Plot: A boy named Yukito is on a journey to find the mysterious girl with wings who flies in the sky from the stories his mother used to tell him when he was a child. During his travels, he meets a girl named Misuzu and quickly befriends her. She even invites him to live at her house with her aunt. As Yukito searches for the winged girl, he realizes that there is far more behind this town and Misuzu than meets the eye, leading him to friendship, love and tragedy.
Breakdown: One of the hazards of taking my old reviews and revamping them is seeing anime that I’ve long since completed and reevaluating my opinions on them. Some anime I’ve actually pulled a complete 180 on in opinion, but this wasn’t as drastic.
I first gave this series a firm middleground reating, mostly for the bad-ish art, the fact that a good chunk of the series was confusing, and that it gets overly dramatic sometimes. Air, at its core, is a very beautiful and warm story with many fleshed out and likeable characters each with their own interesting and usually supernatural in some way storyline. The problem I was so preoccupied with was that it seemed like this whole town was filled with people who in some way had mental problems that all seemingly linked back to a supernatural origin, somehow, intertwining with an even bigger supernatural plot that I just didn’t understand very well.
I don’t really understand much better now, to be honest, especially in terms of the ending. I don’t understand what happened to Yukito near the end, I don’t understand a bulk of what the various characters’ mental issues actually mean even with the supernatural explanations for some of them, I don’t really understand Misuzu’s situation with her father, unless he’s just a jerk. However, the stories for the characters, like I said, were very interesting. While I think tying them off together in a nice little bow like they intended just didn’t happen at all, they were nice standalone stories.
I do have to give this series props for being one of the few anime that has actually made me cry not once but twice. Since this show is so highly regarded by so many people, maybe I’m just missing something that is causing me to not understand. It’s by no means a bad show, but it’s also not a masterpiece in my eyes. Still a very enjoyable, heartwarming and tragic show that I’d recommend anyone to watch at least once.
Additional Information and Notes: Air TV was based on a visual novel of the same name (Though, be warned that the original game was an erotic visual novel. The game was later changed to remove the erotic content, but I imagine the h-game version is still out there.)
It was directed by Tatsuya Ishihara who is also known for directing Clannad, Kanon, Fushigi Yuugi and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Hell of a track record, if I do say.) and it was written by Fumishiko Shimo. It was produced by Kyoto Animation and the English Dub is currently licensed under Funimation.
There was also a movie of the same name made along with a spinoff series called Air in Summer, both of which I may review in the future.
Recommended Audience: There’s some degree of violence and a couple deaths in the series. There’s also a scene that involves suicide sorta. In addition, the subject matter itself is pretty heavy and the show is really dialogue heavy. 13+
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