Anime Review: Air

Anime Review: Air

If you can stand anime without explosions, you should watch Air. As in, right now.

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I'd only seen the first 2 episodes before, and liked it, but unfortunately was too lazy to watch the rest (Too many games and whatnot). Will watch it to the end now.

Great Series, been lucky enough to see it myself and I adore it. Beautiful in nearly every respect

Very good series. Short sweet and to the point.

Sounds pretty cool, I'll have to check it out when I can

I guess I do have a rare mental condition. I enjoyed this series to a degree but a lot of it just came off as terribly boring. Although I did like the fact that it didn't overdo it's stay and drag on the plot for several seasons. And it actually had a decent story.

It just couldn't hold my interest enough to go back and watch it again.

eh, i watched air a long time ago. It was okay as far as tragedies go.

I'll probably check it out. The shortest series are usually the best ones as well.

It's a brilliant series, however, IMO, both Kanon and Clannad (also Key visual novels adapted by Kyoto Animation) are better, though longer.

I watched this some time ago, actually. My friend, Jessie, who advised it to me, said, and I quote, "Just watch the first three episodes. It's a great show, but it gets really depressing." I ignored this advice, and watched everything. It gets really depressing, but ends implying something more (not a sequel, just something more), so I was okay with it. Kind of like the ending to ICO, depressing, unless you watch the true ending (after the credits), and suddenly it's not so depressing anymore.

me and my sister both loved Air, its beautiful
i'm surprised such a beautiful anime could come out of an eroge game

I've been wanting to play the original game for a while. It doesn't look like it has an English translation, though. ...you know, I'll take you up on your offer, good sir. I need to seek this anime out. I've had good experiences with Key works before, and you've certainly convinced me regarding this one.

Besides, your first paragraph really struck me!

I remember expressing that same sentiment myself about something, not long ago. I'm glad I'm not just paranoid!

tthor:
me and my sister both loved Air, its beautiful
i'm surprised such a beautiful anime could come out of an eroge game

I'm kind of surprised as well, though probably for a different reason! I keep getting the impression that the original games are usually better, especially with the ones I have experience with; of TYPE-MOON's works, Tsukihime's anime adaptation was not very good and Fate/Stay Night's was only middling.

I keep hearing wonderful things about the anime adaptations of Key's big three games (Kanon, Clannad, and Air). Kanon was an excellent game, and I've heard it made a wonderful anime, as well (the second time, at least).

After reading that review im sooo keen to watch AIR there are too many head-exploding anime out there and it will be a nice change.

I feel that there should have been a warning in the recommendations as to how depressing the ending is.
More emotional (not me) anime watchers could be put off by it.
In general people looking for action (not just head exploding levels) could be put off, but it is an anime fans should definitely check out at the least.

my favourite series ever. EVER. there is nothing better than air or air the movie.

NinjaDC:
I feel that there should have been a warning in the recommendations as to how depressing the ending is.
More emotional (not me) anime watchers could be put off by it.

well said. I mcry my eyes off every time i watch it.

I enjoyed Air, but it paled in comparison to Clannad and Clannad After Story, especially since I watched them first. I would seriously reccommend Clannad to anyone, go watch it. Right now. It will make you laugh and make you cry like a baby, no matter how emotionless or strong willed you think you are.
And don't wait around for it to be dubbed ( http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2010-03-15/sentai-filmworks-announces-clannad-english-dub ), it sounds so much better in Japanese with subtitles, there's no way english voice actors can pull off something like this. I'd reccommend getting it from bakabt.com, the fansubs look better and read better than the DVD subs.

I'm sorry. I'm just not going to put this out there as one of my favorites. Air had all the elements of a compelling story, but I'm going to go on record in saying that I don't think it was well executed. You had two sets of stories that were completely irrelevant to the overall storyline. I understand this was adapted from a Visual Novel. But I feel like the other girls were placed in the series as a means to torture Yukito.

When it comes to the main plot, Minagi and Michuru were pointless; and so was Kano. They seemed to me more like filler stores moreso than anything else. It's like they were trying to make the series last 13 episodes, so they included them.

I would have preferred that the series constrain itself to telling more about Yukito and his mother, as well as Misuzu and Haruko; and then fleshing out Lady Kanna's story instead of including it in an OVA.They really didn't do a good job of fleshing out the Winged people's part in all this. I honestly feel like I wanted to spend the entire series in the past and follow winged people and then include Yukito and Misuzu in the OVA as an ending.

Questions that I feel really deserved answers were:

* Who cursed Lady Kanna?
* Why did they curse Lady Kanna?
* Why is her mother defiled for doing the will of her captors. It seems to me that you don't curse the gun --you curse its wielder.
* Why would they store all the magic in the doll just to turn Yukito into a bird, which consequently sent him back in time. Why not just send Yukito back in time in order to stop the curse from happening in the first place?

For me, this one just has way too many holes in the story. I liked the characters, except for Hakura. I found her to be completely unbelievable as she was written. I might accept it more readily if she had known about the curse and maintained her distance in order to keep Misuzu alive, but that isn't how they explained it. And I didn't really care for the insinuation that she might have cultivated a relationship in the future with Misuzu's father who was at best a deadbeat dad.

There was nothing uplifting about the ending. The two children on the sand at the end needed more than a single line of dialog if they were meant to be some kind of exposition. Like I said, this has all the elements of a great story, but it just didn't make it in my book. I can't really agree with everyone else.

I read this review about a year ago but never really got around to watching Air until now and now that I just finished it I have to say I regret waiting so long. In just three short nights this has become one of my favorite animes that I have ever seen and probably will ever see. For me this is right next to Gurran Lagann and Cowboy Bebop and thats really saying something. This anime was great and I just wanted to say thanks to both the escapist and especially Josh Viel for posting this review because without it I probably would have unknowingly let this wonderful show pass me by.

It was a fair few while since I last saw Air (after the Haruhi craze, if memory serves correct) and my memory on the story was hazy, but I remember having a bad taste in my mouth afterwards. It was like eating a delicious looking sandwich which then gave you a stomach ache. As I racked my memory as to see what I was missing (or hating) of Air, I came across this quote which had a few of my questions after viewing.

William Watson:
Questions that I feel really deserved answers were:

* Who cursed Lady Kanna?
* Why did they curse Lady Kanna?
* Why is her mother defiled for doing the will of her captors. It seems to me that you don't curse the gun --you curse its wielder.
* Why would they store all the magic in the doll just to turn Yukito into a bird, which consequently sent him back in time. Why not just send Yukito back in time in order to stop the curse from happening in the first place?

'Course, it's been 8 months since this (review) was posted, and I don't expect an answer, but the story seemed to be too complex for its own good. Clannad, or even Kanon was better in that aspect.

Watched the entire thing today. Start to end. Sobed my heart out.
It's apsolutly heartwarming.

Air is not that great, when I think in comparison to Clannad, Kanon and Angel Beats. I'm not saying it's bad, far from it, but in comparison to other Key anime's, it appears to try and pack in too much a small amount of episodes. Angel Beats handles it better in the same amount of episodes, and Kanon and Clannad to a much greater degree with more episodes to give weight to the point they try to send out.

 

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