English: Air TV
Jan 7, 2005 to Apr 1, 2005
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisYukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself in a small town in which he did not expect to stay very long. However, when he meets an unusual girl named Misuzu, things take a drastic turn as he is invited to stay with her.
By staying in the quaint town, Yukito soon becomes friends with the locals. As he gets to know them better, he learns of their problems and decides to help, putting his search for the Winged Maiden on hold. With his search on hold, and his growing attachment to Misuzu and the small town, will Yukito ever find the Winged Maiden, or is she closer than he thought?
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Characters & Voice Actors
Kaze: breeze (かぜ～breeze～)
|Jan 7, 2005
Machi: town (まち～town～)
|Jan 14, 2005
Koe: whisper (こえ～whisper～)
|Jan 21, 2005
Hane: plume (はね～plume～)
|Jan 28, 2005
Tsubasa: wing (つばさ～wing～)
|Feb 4, 2005
Opening Theme"Tori no Uta (鳥の詩)" by Lia
Ending Theme#1: "Farewell Song" by Lia (eps 1-12)
#2: "Tori no Uta (鳥の詩)" by Lia (ep 13)
"I guess people can't live without their memories, but I don't think it's possible to live on nothing but memories, either. Everybody has to wake up from their dreams sometimes." - Michiru
"Do YOU have magical powers?
Are you now or have you ever considered becoming a broke vagrant?
Well, fret no more! In Bum Simulator 2005, you can be all of these things- and for your troubles, a myriad of schoolgirls with health problems and terrible home lives will flock to you!
Such things like feeding yourself from the garbage and finding a dry bridge to sleep under will never be a problem again! They'll give you money, invite you into their homes, and feed you, all for free! Life has never been better!"
Until life hits you right in the tragedy.
Artwork and Animation: 7
Air is 10 years old this year, and while not a bad looking show by any means, it has moments of weakness. There are a lot of great qualities about it though, especially the backgrounds and scenery. Occasionally the character models fall off and drop to a very low detail level and there are more than a few stillframes and pans over them, but overall a nice looking show- even if I don't care for the enormous bug eyes that take up a third of each female character's face.
Sound and Voice Acting: 9
Honestly, this is about as good of a performance as one can get from Monica Rial and Vic Mignogna. Vic sounds appropriately indignant, bored, and playfully angry, along with an emotive performance, befitting of a young man who actually cares about his female companion's well being.
I've long maintained that Monica Rial was best in Panty and Stocking, but I might have to reorder my list after this. I did not know that she was capable of playing a dramatic, tragic, and nuanced role as she did in Misuzu. She was legitimately awesome in this; totally believable in the role of an immature, wistful, and sick, but hopeful young girl.
There were no hammy performances, and no false-feeling emotional scenes- every bit of it was all one could have hoped for in a heartfelt drama.
The music in Air is the true beauty- with soft, melancholy piano melodies, and a mixture of ethereal, airy sounding background music, including an excellently fitting opening song, "Tori no Uta"; (Bird's Poem) that combines danceable bass beats with the celestial qualities of the vocals and string sections.
Contrivances and Story:
I think the whole show could be described as a very long, very thin Red String of Fate. This theme of long distant past events affecting the present day is fairly common in media, however, Air's usage of it relies on several plot conveniences that I just cannot forgive. I understand that they were trying to make the plot into a tragic love story, but the means by which they use to get there are, honestly, poor, and would have functioned much better and been more believable with only very slight changes to the story.
I was following along well up until episodes 8 and 9. I lost it when the plot decides to make an unexpected jump off a cliff straight back in time a thousand years. That one paragraph of exposition at the end of episode 9 mostly straightened it out, but still, the show was about 70 miles into a 100 mile trip, flipped on the left blinker and cruised straight out of the country and into the ocean.
I was, and am certainly not alone in being totally lost in 8 and 9, didn't know who the characters were or why I should care that this character's mother died; I just really didn't know why I was supposed to care about these characters you force on me for two episodes in the middle of a story- with very little explanation as to why it's important, only to have the supposed importance of it absolutely quashed in the end in favor of a emotionally manipulating tragic ending.
The show had just spent the last 7 episodes building this relationship between Misuzu and Yukito up, only to hand me three new characters who, by the end of the show, aren't even that important.
Also, this trip in time was supposed to make me feel bad for the winged people because they were used as weapons?? What kind of tacked on tragedy is that? Why can't people just hate them because they have wings?? Why do these people even need to have wings? Why can't they be just some minority that the feudal Japanese of the time discriminated against?
This little episode also introduced the absolute thirstiest chick I've ever seen in anime.
Woman to her best friend's lover: "Ryuuya, there's only one way to help Kanna now, you and I must have a child together."
Okay seriously? The lover and best friend of the afflicted winged person have to have a child so that the child of their great great great grandchild's grandchild's great grand child MIGHT end up helping the reincarnated form of your friend???
What made them think that was going to work???
What if one of the kids 200 years down the line decides, "you know what, screw this girl in the sky garbage, who even cares?" and it ended there?
What about infertility?
What if one of the descendants got cholera and died before they had children? They didn't have Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines back in 994 AD.
The show relies on this convenience heavily, only for it to totally come apart and mean nothing at the end!
The whole story could have been revamped with a much simpler, yet equally tragic plot without relying on these extreme conveniences for melodrama: make the main heroine just ill, with a hereditary terminal disease instead of inheriting a cursed soul that her body can't contain. Male character who's unaware of her condition and just thinks she's a bit strange befriends her, they develop a relationship, and then it changes from a cute love story to a terrible tragedy of lovers. The other characters do their best to help treat it, to no avail, and eventually (if you want your magic tie-in), through some circumstance, a miracle happens, and the girl is saved, or- maintain the tragedy and she becomes more ill anyway.
None of this thousand year old curse nonsense that even MANIFESTS ITSELF AS A DISEASE! No ridiculous "my descendants will help save this person's reincarnated form in the far future!", and no stupid reincarnation. Magic in shows is fine, but this show takes a couple pages out of the rule same book Code Geass got its internal consistency from.
I don't even remember how Kanna KNEW WHERE HER MOTHER WAS! She said in the beginning that she didn't even remember her mother, and then she and her friends magically knew where to find the mother because of the female best friend's magical "woman's intuition" equivalent of GPS tracking.
And a guy becomes a crow.
Seriously, I can't make this up.
Enjoyment and Overall: 6
I want to like Air, because it's a pretty sweet story about tragedy, but there were some so incomprehensibly stupid moments about it that broke it for me. In spite of a forgettable cast of supporting characters and a few plot threads that really don't go anywhere, I'll give it a pass, because it's a nice little story, and I enjoyed it for the most part- it just could have done with some good editing before it was put to paper in the form it came out in.
"Y'know everybody holds the idiot ball from time to time. Except this one girl played keep away with it... Forever. She took it home and never gave it back." read more
~ The 1000th Summer...~
Air the story of Yukito Kunisaki, a young man carrying on his family's journey to find the "girl in the sky" and free her from a curse. Stumbling upon a sleepy coastal town, he meets three girls: Misuzu Kamio, Kana Kirishima, and Minagi Tohno. He comes to spend more and more time in the town, living at the Kamio residence with Misuzu and her adopted mother.
Some may know, others may not, but Air is based off an ero visual novel by KEY. Thus, each of the main heroines (Misuzu, Kana, and Minagi) each have different scenarios to explore. The short anime tries its best to explore each scenario, but since it was so short, it felt somewhat rushed and the arcs of Kana and Minagi felt somewhat detached. Thus why the story only gets a 9/10.
However, I still rated it so high because the main story (the one of Misuzu) is simply beautiful. It's original, fresh, tear-jerking, and just beautifully done. I'll admit it, I cried at at the end.
Most consider Air to be confusing when they watch and don't understand the Kanna arc. I myself got it the first time, but if you don't, just watch it over -- you won't regret it. Most understand it the second time and come to appreciate the series much more.
Kyoto Animation, the company that animated Air, did a stunning job as always. The scenery felt alive like I could just step in, everything flowed smoothly and they're weren't any inconsistencies. Air is set in the summer, and like to watch parts of it in winter when I feel cold -- that's how real it feels. The clouds and skies in particular were stunning, and kudos to them for that, since the sky and flying are important symbols of Air.
I love, love, love the opening theme to Air ("Tori no Uta" [The Bird's Song] by Lia). It's beautiful and the mood and lyrics reflects all the emotions and events in the series. The ending theme ("Farewell Song" also done by Lia) as well complimented the story and plot wonderfully. The BGM was nicely done, giving off the perfect aura for whatever was going on when it was played. Kudos to the voice actors, also -- they did terrific work on their roles. The character's emotions were conveyed convincingly and they spoke with such emotion it could tear your heart out.
The characters in Air were all alive and I felt for each and every one's issues. The designs on them were varied and I never was annoyed by any character in particular (a nice change for once). However, the reason this rating isn't higher, is because since the anime was so short most characters did not receive the development they were in need of.
I gave Air an "enjoyment" rating of 10. I don't let this affect my score, however, since it's really a personal thing -- someone who isn't a romance, drama, supernatural sort of thing probably won't like this. However, I loved Air every moment, from beginning to end. If you're looking for a nice romance with a touch of supernatural fantasy and great characters, I highly recommend Air. read more
The general response to the Air anime is fascinating. In the far right, fans of the traditional romance visual novel format denounce a jarring and unfocused storyline. In the left, adaptation perfectionists with bloated expectations deem an imperfect translation between mediums a failure. Across the anime audience, general acceptance of the vague composition is scarce, leaving this piece an estranged and underwhelming work of art. I guess I’m not a part of that crowd as I found many surprises in this unintentional anime jewel.
Before I explain the accidental merit of this otherwise hasty adaptation, a quick synopsis is in order as usual. A traveling performer named Yukito winds up in a beachside town looking for work and stumbles across an eccentric, childlike girl named Misuzu who has difficulty forming basic relationships with others. He is allowed to stay in her home with her guardian Haruko, and as he continues to explore the town, he comes across some other girls who seem to be having troubles of their own. Unbeknownst to all of them, Yukito is actually looking for something else on his travels: a legend of a girl in the sky, told through many generations as a tale of supernatural events that occurred many centuries ago. But he may have found a good lead as various fantastic events unfold around him, and connections to the supernatural bring hardship and turmoil to the people he encounters.
What baffles me the most about the show’s reception is how many people are quick to slap on the “Romance” tag when the show has barely anything to do with it. Despite being clad in the robes of a Harem Visual Novel (and using elements like traditional sob stories and the observer protagonist in the beginning), the show shifts from the predictable romantic plot line into a more dextrous display of topics focusing on maternal relationships rather than young romance. So what began as an already effective slew of sob stories developed into a much more complex entity that actually got me thinking. Comparing it to visual novel by the end of it would be out of the question, and I found more parallels between this anime and something like 2001: A Space Odyssey in regards to its resulting presentation. A bit far fetched indeed, but the disjointed narrative style with overarching themes reveal an intricate thematic delivery behind that visual novel clothing.
Now of course, one could argue that the story only became jumbled in the attempt to fit too much of the original material into a shorter running time, and this definitely appears to be the case with Air at first glance. But the result is a hundred times more interesting and effective than what would have been a drawn out adaptation. Whether or not it was intentional to condense the material into a more profound showing is unknown to me, but the final piece certainly does well in handling and connecting its subject matter with sophistication.
Turning back to thematics, the focus on maternity itself is very romanticized (the only type of romance this show has in abundance), and while said content is very emotional and blends well with the supernatural aspects, you might want to look elsewhere for super serious motherly advice if that’s what you’re expecting. Air focuses on the relationships and hardships between mother and child, and does so with various amounts of symbolism in the arcs that it presents, sometimes taking the form of generic bad fortune to others around the family, or mysterious plumes that bring around extreme versions of real issues like depression due to early loss or miscarriage of a child. They are glamorized as hell, yes, but I still think they were effective given the premise of the show, which is basically to bask in the fantastic events and the emotional aspects of life.
The other big aspect in the script was the portrayal of the actual town life and the characters. Everyone that Yukito encounters is wholly likable no matter how much focus they get, and those who do get dedicated time to tell their stories end up being unforgettable. Yukito himself is not only an effective observer in the beginning by having a memorable design and a significant snarky attitude, but ends up being a character that amplifies the themes of family and ambition. While some of the narrative shifts to the older times, the elements that make the present setting work well carry over. The characters are likable and distinctive, and the emotional content leaves as much impact as the events in the town. Misuzu and Haruko end up being the main driving force by the end of the show, and their relationship is easily the best part of the anime, which is fitting for the finale. The time given to them beforehand was used well to build up their issues overtime, while the narrative was still jumping around and the other girls were getting their tragedies fleshed out. By the time we can connect everything after witnessing a bunch of likable characters handling their own distressful situations, Misuzu and Haruko act as the final kicker, and they do it so well that audience memory of the show is often linked to them. I don’t remember one dull moment this show had to offer, and it used all twelve episodes to their fullest potential when developing the story. And since most of that time was dedicated to the present town and the respective main cast, I have to give props to them for getting so much out of it in a shorter timespan.
Though that praise is not without complaint. Due to that gnarly storyline, the overall tone of the show never felt placid, and each mood swing needed a bit of getting used to. It’s not as severe as something like Canaan’s messy tone which zig zags between comedic fanservice and terrorism discussion. But there was rarely a time where I felt like I could breathe for awhile without quickly being led to the next development, which could range from lighthearted pastime to drop dead sorrow. If the rush to fit content into twelve episodes isn’t relevant in the theme exploration, it comes out noticeably in the pacing. You can still take in the atmosphere of the location fine and it’s great how the story doesn’t drag, but a break every now and then would have been nice. Also notable is the ending, while the show did offer a great climax, I’d be lying if I didn’t feel like there were many scenes that just didn’t fit. One riding solely on interpretation coupled with a poetic dinosaur montage was a bit too much for me, though they do connect fine with Misuzu's train of thought. I just thought after the finale, everything was taken care of and these were just one too many epilogues. And occasionally throughout the show I remember thinking “I really don’t have to be told this three times to get it.” Aside from those, I thought the story was unexpectedly thought provoking and clever in its grand design.
Being one of the earlier works by Kyoto Animation, Air proved that the studio was able to produce impressive animation on the technical side. The character’s actions are always lively and unique, creating great facial expression and body movement. The execution and timing turned simple scenes into genuinely funny gags or heart-wrenching breakdowns. While the extreme moe designs aren’t exactly my favorite, I can stomach them fine with the commitment to quality portrait. The 3D work blended pretty well with the lush backgrounds, making for some intense summer atmosphere. However, even with the great 2D animation and the alluring surrounding art, a considerable amount of polish would have gone a long way in making all of the elements mesh better. Even though they came out a year after, KyoAni anime like Haruhi Suzumiya and Kanon still look great today while Air has aged considerably. Colors are noticeably saturated in places and thus not many scenes are particularly easy on the eyes. Of course this only helps with portraying the summer setting where everything is bright and illuminated, but if it were toned down a notch it would be easier to behold.
The music was pretty damn good overall. Many of the repeated tracks work their magic in whatever scene they’re in, providing good accompaniment for moments of exposition, depressing episodes, and supernatural developments. The tracks that I didn’t like as much included those that sounded a bit too much like visual novel background music, usually played during slower scenes. Many of the more expressive or stirring pieces caught my attention enough to hunt down the whole soundtrack, specifically Summer Lights which ended up being an anime OST favorite. Also noteworthy are the Opening and Ending sequences, both of which I never skipped. Fantastic songs by Lia complemented by sweeping visuals and subtle imagery always got me in the zone to watch and gracefully bid farewell afterwards. These are also personal favorite OPs and EDs of mine, and they are breathtaking supplements that reinforce most of what makes the show work.
I also really liked the voice acting, which is a rarity for me since I find it very easy for the same types of voices to get grading after awhile. The original actors for the leads do fantastic and demonstrate skillful deliveries, particularly in the case of Misuzu and Haruko. A shocking moment for me was when I found out that one of the actors who I thought did wonderfully only had a repertoire of two roles! I feel like this whole cast was more organic than most of what I’ve listened to, though it’s probably due to how long ago it was done. Regardless, I enjoyed listening to the VA’s, which is more than could be said about most of the anime I watch subbed.
I haven’t seen the anime dubbed, but from the clips I’ve heard most of the voice actors seem to mesh with their respective characters very well. So though I haven’t seen the entire thing through, I can’t imagine that there would be some wild factor that would make the dub absolutely horrible. Unless they change some significant part of the script, that would irk me pretty bad.
So what do we have here in the end? Intentions of the team aside, we have a well produced anime that ends up being something with unexpected profundity, riding on intriguing aspects of symbolism and non-linear storytelling. We also have a work that is able to support many different interpretations alongside providing aspects that make it interesting to decode and think about. I also think that taking the time to do so is rewarding, and I was able to delve into many engaging facets due to this case of rushed adaptation. As a dynamic story with well rounded explorations of concepts and ideas, Air surprisingly excels. As the perfect visual novel adaptation that the general audience wants so badly, Air definitely falls shorter than others.
But I really don’t give a shit if it’s a good adaptation or not. I don’t want a perfect visual novel translation, I want a quality anime that doesn’t need other sources to explain what it skimped on. All I want is a complete work of art that can stand on it’s own and uphold its own identity, which Air does perfectly fine. It’s another favorite of mine that offers new experiences every time I watch it, and I respect it wholeheartedly for what it ultimately became.
I give this anime a 7.8/10 (4 Stars), and a Highly Recommended rating. read more
Air is a rather peculiar and unique anime to say the least, it’s indubitably one of Kyoto Animation’s most inventive and ingenious series to date. This evidently should come as no surprise since this is an adaptation of a prized and cherished visual novel made by the adept and adroit studio known as Key, a subsidiary of Visual Art’s.
Air is an anime that pertains to a select breed of anime that strive to relay a considerably greater amount of occurrences and revelations to the viewer than one would reasonably anticipate out of a mere half season series. It’s exceptionally high compared to what one of its banal kindred would habitually consist of. Unfortunately, due to this ambitious and perilous tactic, the series suffers some notable as well as essential drawbacks, and it conspicuously shows it.
Yet despite the overwhelming plethora of considerable limitations that certainly should have been excluded from the very beginning regardless of the reasoning, this series still astonishingly manages to attain greatness, albeit to a certain degree.
Though I obliged to address the concept to my fellow viewers that contradictory and disparate to the bulk of anime in existence, this particular series is very special in regard to that, based on what your own personal preferences are for what you seek in anime, will determine your individual impressions of the quality of Air.
For those of you who are compelled and oblige only specific aspects within a series to be adequate and efficient, then Air will absolutely satisfy you to the fullest extent, since after all this is indeed a very captivating anime.
One unrecognized and unsigned theme that is extant in Air is undeniably mystery, though this is inadvertent rather than actually deliberate, and is very detrimental to the development of the plot. The constant sense of aggravating bewilderment significantly hinders your level of cognition, but fortunately isn’t quite to the unbearable extent of being imperious though.
Nevertheless it still wistfully manages to prevail over and detract from the strong points of the series, resulting in an inadvertently jumbled and convoluted conclusion that leaves you somewhat perplexed, making you wonder what the main point(s) genuinely were.
The romance was rather subtle though providentially not quite tenuous, it was very heartwarming and rousing, without incorporating any sense of archetypical sensuality (aka fan service). It’s verily admirable how the romance was quite effectively and flawlessly executed in such a manner, considering Air was twain an adult visual novel as well as an eroge.
The slice of life is prevalent throughout the entire series, though predominantly integrated into the introduction and opening episodes. Despite the profusion of chaos, pandemonium and tragedy, as well as melancholy ambiance that prevails throughout the entire duration, slice of life still acquires a fitting place in Air, and deserves admiration for accomplishing such a feat.
Every Key adaptation acquires their impressive and majestic artistic, as well as imaginative excellence from the supernatural aspects that are incorporated into them, and Air is indubitably no exception to this inclination. However ironically this element of Air is what delivers the gradual and continuous sense of befuddlement, especially nearing the bizarre conclusion. If only the supernatural elements would have been utilized adequately and appropriately.
That’s what happens when you consolidate a rather comprehensive and intricate novel into only an incompatible half season adaptation, the inept result is merely an insufficient and convoluted anime.
Unlike the supernatural elements, Air’s drama is virtually impeccable, no imperative flaws exist whatsoever. There is a bountiful variety of absolute awe-inspiring and defining heartbreaking as well as heartwarming moments that you will remember forever. No matter the magnitude of any particular predicament or occurrence, it’s repeatedly presented in a glamorous and charismatic style.
Once again there is yet another theme is extant within Air that is queerly unrecognized for obscure reasoning, comedy. The comedy is tenuous throughout, but is very mollifying and is effective at alleviating, in addition to counteracting the gradual escalating climatic revelations being discerned by the protagonist(s).
Main Points/Messages: 6
Constructing an adequate review for Air’s vague and indeterminate main points is a rather onerous challenge to confront, though I will do my utmost to reach that feat since I feel this anime deserves it.
Air is very similar and akin to my previous anime review in regard to that, the main points are addressed in an evasive and indirect manner. It requires a considerable amount of attentiveness to notice them all, since their conferred abruptly and rather erratically. The reasoning for utilizing them in such an outlandish and audacious manner is enigmatic to me, and is anyone’s guess. Likely the origin of this predicament is that numerous impolitic and imprudent alterations were required in order to adapt Air into only a half season, and quite frankly, Kyoto Animation definitely dropped the ball in that regard.
Though a profusion of avid fans of this adaptation and Kyoto Animation will indubitably loathe me intensely for stating this and will try their utmost to dispute and disprove this, there is absolutely no motive or even purpose for this faulty as well as negligent execution of addressing the main points/messages of the plot. Surely KyoAni could’ve done more if they truly aspired to make this series greater, why they seemingly chose to neglect this notion and not give this exceptional adaptation the diligence it merited, we’ll never know.
Putting the flaws aside, the essential messages addressed through the dialogue occurring adjacent to climatic scenes are exceptional and extraordinary, regardless of the execution. The supernatural elements incorporated into the main points make it all the more glamorous and elegant, not to mention fascinating as long as you can tolerate a lack of thorough understanding and attentive constantly.
I’d be delighted to discuss in extensive detail each individual main point presented but I will refrain from revealing spoilers if possible, in accordance with the site’s updated rules.
The plot itself as I’ve previously stated is excessively variegated and convoluted, you simply won’t wholly comprehend everything that transpires throughout its duration. Still the exiguous story somehow administers a sense of adequate uniformity and superb elegance, it’s as if the series itself was unwilling and reluctant to allow itself to fall to the depths of ruin. Air is truly superlative and inspirational considering that this anime still managed to retain a compelling as well as distinguished story, despite the plethora of unjust limitations enacted upon its inception.
It’s meritorious and quite impressive how the voice actors implemented such a gratifying and exquisite performance with the script they were constrained to work with. Each individual character was very pragmatic and unique, absolutely no archetypes extant in Air whatsoever. They all are first-class examples of exemplary characters, vibrant, astute, and dynamic, they virtually resemble real homo sapiens. Overall the pristine quality of the characters is on par with other notable Key anime adaptations.
Considering Air was released in 2005, it’s very alluring and angelic to say the least. The landscapes portrayed were ordinary yet hypnagogic, and very radiant. The character animations were aberrant without being disproportionate to be more appealing or to conform to a particular viewer type.
The voice actor’s well, voices themselves were adapted to absolute perfection for the characters they represented, truly magnificent performances executed throughout the entire cast. The general sound effects were adequate and alluring, in addition to being very well balanced. Another opulent as well as sumptuous aspect about Air was the imaginative and absolute breathtaking music present within every individual episode. It’s quintessential for delivering the tone for the series, and does so flawlessly. The OST for Air is certainly one of the best I’ve heard, it’s a true personal treasure to possess.
Despite the abundance of ridicule and bantering I’ve bestowed upon this anime, it still was a very outstanding and accomplished series, despite how much it unfortunately simply couldn’t achieve due to its design limitations. The auxiliary and subsidiary aspects are genuinely what sustained the quality and more importantly are what luckily sustained Air’s virtue in addition to sophisticated excellence that its novel consisted of. This is certainly a distinguishing and adept anime, especially considering the unjust alterations enacted upon it, with a very imaginative, inventive, as well as ingenious plot that any anime fan should watch regardless of its aggravating drawbacks.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, will gladly and readily listen to any comments and opinions of my reviews as to better future reviews. These reviews are designed to assist the viewer, not to merely state my impressions of it just for fun, thanks! read more
also done by Kyoto Animation, and produced by Visual Art's/Key. Looking for sad stories like in Air? Kanon is your answer, but twice as long and just as good.
Do I need to say anythign at all? Kawaii girls that you can choose from! imo kanon is better cuz it has more kawaii girls.
KyoAni does sad girls with sad stories yet again, but this time with an easier to understand plot.
One guy and a lot of different girls with there own beautiful arcs. Both have supernatural elements and are animated by the same studio, Kyoto Animation.
Besides being made by the same creator, both these series are sweet and sentimental. Best suited if you're looking to shed a tear or two.
Well first off, they're both originated from Key games and animated by Kyoani.
They're both incredibly sad story's which will tug at your heart, mind you with fabulous animation (kyoani ftw!)
Both series are based off games from the company Key for starters. The first plot of Kanon (with Makoto) is extremely similar to Air's story, except of course not exactly the same.
Both are based on Visual Novels done by KEY. The story contains that Air feel about it, but it's still got it's own vibe throughout the series.
Air was really similar to Kanon in the style and presentation but really takes a more emotional route and was def an anime to watch.
Both have the same atmosphere. They both basicly tell the story about a guy whho comes to a town and helps the sad girls in it...
The same creators are responsible for Air and Kanon and it shows: from the character design to the pacing and plot, these are indeed akin titles that should appeal to a similar fanbase. Both are heartfelt anime that compel the viewer to empathize with he characters. However, Air takes drama to a whole different level and becomes downward tragic while Kanon manages to retain a bitter sweet feeling.
Both are made by Key, and adapted by KyoAni. Both have a tragic feel to them, and they follow the "girl arc" formula with a boy coming to a town, meeting girls and their individual tragedies and troubles, each story arc focusing on one girl.
Both are made by the same group - Key and Kyoto Animation. Both have similar (yet different) and [i]sad[/i] plots involving a main character and several girls.
Boths series have lot in common. They are both KyoAni products and both have wonderfukl stories that will move your heart. They are Both harem shows with character arcs, and some of the character arcs in Kanon and Air resemble each other. IN other words, if you liked AIR you're definetly going to like Kanon.
It's similar to air in case of the drama intensity. However, Air lacks the longevity of the story, but it's a pretty good one too. Kanon is great because of the unpredictable flow of the story. These two will surely bring tears to your eyes.
its made by the same people, and has the same sort of effect-like you could go back and watch it hundreds of times.
Both titles being games produced by Key and both Animated by the wonderful KyoAni, both shows are beautiful to look at, and they both feature very sad stories. Keep your eyes open during ep 2 you might get a pleasant surprise lol
I really enjoyed Air but I enjoyed Kanon (2006) even more! Kyoto Animation works its magic in both of these romance / drama anime. Air and Kanon were both written by Key, and were video games before anime. They both have really intriguing plots and the animation is amazing and close to flawless! I was brought to tears by both of these shows. There are really moving scenes, and also scenes where you find yourself smiling from ear to ear! I strongly recommend Kanon (2006) if you liked Air!
Both Drama series from Kyoto Animation. If you watched Air (/Kanon (2006) then you should check the other one. They both include good Character developing, an emotional story through the Animé and great graphics and soundtracks fitting the whole atmosphere. Mixed with some Humor makes Kanon (2006) an overall great Animé which is definatly worth watching!
Besides the obvious reason of both of them being made by the same company, Air and Kanon both seem to be domant in a season and center in a season. Air capture the soul of Summer as Kanon gets the essence of winter. Both have a still , silent vibe. Both are awesome!
I'll try to keep this short. A lot of people have been suggesting things like kanon, or sola, or whatever for air, because they're both "sad". let me tell you that I don't get why that is. Kanon is nowhere NEAR Air's level. Air is spectacular. Why? Well, because, it doesn't just deal with the usual "tragedy" - the whole doomed love thing. Air goes so much deeper than that - not only does it explore one (make that two >.<'') of the purest couples I've ever seen before, it also goes into the love of sisters, and a mother and her daughter, and more. If you've watched Kanon, watch air right this second. It is WORTH it. If you've watched Air and you know what real tragedy is, I guess Kanon would be a good next stop. It's not as sad, but the animation is really similar, as is the way they lay out the story.
Viewers that are teary-eyed on the sad moments from Air should certainly check out Kanon(2006). Kanon presents a simple but unpredictable storyline and captivating animation provided by the famous Kyoto Animation Studios. Be ready with those tissues though.
A one guy and a lot of girls, each one with its own drama and a beautiful background story. A serie that will make you cry and smile with the characters.
Kanon and Air are both adapted from visual novels by Key.
Both anime have the same type of supernatural elements and the moods of both stories are bittersweet. Anybody who enjoys one of these will definitely like the other.
Air and Kanon are very similair. they are both made by kyoani
the first arc in kanon 2006 is very similar to air tv. the following arcs also carry a resemlance and even take it that tiny bit further
both are very sad but beatiful
if you like air you will def like kanon and vice versa
Sad girls that seem happy, a sad town that seems happy and a sad, sad, sad story that seems happy. Also, Kanon is based around winter while Air is based around summer.
Air and Kanon 2006 are both based off of visual novels by Key, and each have very moving stories that will probably make you cry. Also, the Makoto and Misuzu arcs are incredibly similar.
One male main character and a lot of girls around him. Both sad, touching, interesting and heart breaking stories made by Key.
Both feature a male protagonist meeting different females who have weird quirks
In Kanon Ayu says "uguu" a lot
In Air Misuzu says "gao" a lot
In Clannad Nagisa is obsessed with the dango song
They have similar art and music and will both make you CRY!
Both series pictures the lives of a main person (Yuuichi/Yukito). They both meet a girl (Ayu/Misuzu) who is a little childish, and becomes very close to the main character. Both will make you cry after a few episodes, as they both turn and twist the story all around.
They both have sort of the same music, characters and both are harems plus in Air a couple of characters from Kanon show up.
both have the same feel to them they are both a little on the dark side but the story really shines.
They are made by the same company, Air is like the first attempt but they hit the jackpot on Kanon. They both deal with a fairly strange story line but still understandable with a GREAT twist.
If you're done watching one of them and loved it, strongly consider picking the other back-to-back!
Reasons is simple: You're already on the mood of Key/Visual Art's drama so the story gets a boost on the emotional side, plus, some more forced moments won't feel so awkward as it would if you're coming from a more serious, less fanciful franchise.
They also complement each other in a lovely, almost melodic, way.
Air is set during summer, deals with new beginnings, meeting new people, facing new challenges where you have the chance of a fresh start, just like the Summer season, breaking out of winter bringing "life" again.
Kanon is the polar opposite as it takes place during winter. Introduces the tale of a boy returning to a city he used to visit on the past. Memories long forgotten coming back and all the melancholy winter can bring.
"Cicadas for summer and snow with crying girls during winter" the classic recipe for a romantic drama.
Both are remarkable tales about love, life and human relationships. Tragic stories, troubled pasts and a uncertainty about the future with supernatural events, trademarks of Jun Maeda.
A must for every fan of his works but also anyone into drama/romance anime.
The two anime's are both slice of life, with main characters suffering from memory loss. They are beautifully put together. I found Kanon to be more comic in the start but they both sink into a darker plot. Both have a character who is suffering or trying to find memories.
Both have the power to make you cry and laugh.
Both of these animes are really heart breaking, but i loved them both. The art styles are incredibly similar. AND Ayu, Nayuki and Makoto all make a small appearence in the show.
Very alike in drawings, personality, and others
Main characters both very similar,
Both amazing anime's
They both start slow also -.-
Air is however better IMO
I suppose it's pretty obvious, but a lot of newer people don't realise that Air and Kanon are by the same original author; Key. Art style and some of the themes are similar, but what I find the most striking is their presentation of seasonal opposites. Air does the melancholy in summer so amazingly well, and Kanon does the melancholy in winter almost as amazingly well.
So I suppose if you liked the summer feel of Air and want the winter version, Kanon (2006) would be it.
It has the same animation style of air. It also has the same supernatural tone, but kanon focuses on miracles, while air just seems to get more depressing lol
Mysterious, tragic harem series. In both, a young male comes to a town, confronted with the many problems of the female characters.
Both Air and Kanon have a similar drawing style, as they're made by KyoAni.
Although I dislike harem animes, but I can see why viewers of Air and Kanon would enjoy both. In true Key style, there is a great deal of tragedy and a great deal of the plot is (intentionally) left to interpretation. The story telling style reveals more of the plot and past as the series progresses. A slight touch of fantasy and the supernatural also sets a similar mood.
Obviously, these share similarities in producer and animation style as well.
Both anime focus on a guy that doesn't know what to do with himself, and instead starts to help a girl fufilling her dreams. Also, the animations are quite alike, as they're both based on a visual novel by Key.
Both are pretty slow-moving and capture the spirit of summer. In both, a male character helps out a female character who is weak.
Both anime made the same creators and atmosphere is the same. Both stories are about young male character, who helps weak girl making her dreams to come true.
They are both about the past and about characters who are a lot the same. People hiding their past and trying to make friends.
AIR and Clannad founded both visual novel games. Both is very sad, but they've their funny moments too. Charachter are most of girls and actually only main character is boy.. ^^
They are both by the same company so they are to have many similarites they both have romance that sways off from time to time and girls who all seem to have some sort of relationship with the main character who ends up falling in love with one of them there other similarities now go find out for yourself :)
Apart of having been created by the same studio, they both focus on "family", and how important this family is throughout your life.
One male main characters and harem around him. Every girl has a different story but in the end he only choses one. Both of them are great stories produced by Key
Both feature a male protagonist meeting different females who have weird quirks
In Kanon Ayu says "uguu" a lot
In Air Misuzu says "gao" a lot
In Clannad Nagisa is obsessed with the dango song
They have similar art and music and will both make you CRY!
Both are created by Key and animated by KyoAni.
The worlds of both anime seem normal but they really aren't. Hidden forces affect the worlds. Characters give off a very happy feel, but their pasts are full of hardships. Each arc within both series focus on each character and further develop each characters and the overall plot.
Both Clannad and Air are created by Key. These animes involve a guy who meets a girl and ends up helping her. Eventually, these same guys end up meeting more girls and, being as kind-hearted as they are, help them out, as well. Both of these animes leave you wanting more.
these two have a LOT of similarity, and they are made by the same people
-the main guy and girl both have an age difference AND a height difference
-the guy helps other girl who have problems and sorta brings them together
-both have a supernatural part to its plot.
-both main guys are kinda "alone"
-both main girls are clumsy and weird, but you can't help being friends and liking them. the 2 main girls are also very "fragile"
Both Air and Clannad involves a group of girls that revolves around a boy. Both give off the same feeling of sadness, but also include some funny parts. In both, the male protagonist is constantly trying to help those around him, especially the main female protagonist, who in both shows bouts of illness. Both are cute anime's, with sadness, slice-of-life, comedy, and romance. =)
Both anime can be seen here: http://www.myanimelinks.com/
Both anime series are extremely similar. From art-style, animation, and character design to the involvement of somewhat magical elements, storyline, and events. If you enjoyed either Clannad or Air, you'll definitely enjoy the other
While Kanon (2006) is more similar in it's Harem aspects to Clannad, Air is very thematically similar to Clannad in that it focuses very much on family. In my opinion, Air did a much better job at presenting themes of family than Clannad did so if you liked that aspect of Clannad, you'll love Air :)
Both anime focus on a guy that doesn't know what to do with himself, and instead starts to help a girl fufilling her dreams. Also, the animations are quite alike, as they're both based on a visual novel by Key.
Both anime are about a man who is surrounded by girls and helps them with their problems. Also, they both forge a special connection with one of the girls.
- Both are based on Visual Novels by Key.
- Both revolve around a guy who ends up helping a group of girls. Each girl gets her own arc.
- Both have a supernatural tone to them however it's seen more in Air than in Clannad.
- Both are quite heart-touching and can bring the viewer to tears.
If you love Air, you'll love Clannad (and vise versa!). They're both beautiful slice of life/drama anime made by KEY with comedy and plenty of tear-jerking moments (Clannad REALLY starts to get sad in After Story).
I absolutely LOVE both of these anime!
There both about this guy trying to find a place in the world. They both meet a girl who changes their life around.
They are created by the same company - Key. They both have the same art style, as well. The anime is harem based, although there isn't a harem. There are also Arcs for the different female characters. The male roles are both looking for something.
Air TV and Clannad undoubtedly have similar styles. These Kyoto Animation productions have extraordinary artwork. Both series begin quite nicely but there's more to them than meets the eye. In addition, there seems to be an overrepresentation of "Moe" factors; the casts of characters have comparable personalities (I'm not saying they're the same). The main characters are quite indifferent to life, while the main girl is clumsy and naive.
Both are centered around a certain boy who encounters several certain girls, all of which are made out to seem like romantic interests. However, in both there is one of these romantic interests that has problems keeping her from making or retaining friends, prompting this certain boy to take care of her. As well as similarities in plot, they have some similarities in message, and both are wonderfully deep and touching.
It is a visual novel by Key adapted into an anime at the hands of the Gods who reside upon Olyp-- I mean, Kyoto Animation. They have what some have started calling the "Holy Trinity" This being Clannad, Kanon(2006), and Air. Very similar stories, all are heart-wrenchingly sad and all are absolutely great.
Both animes are made by Kyoto Animation. So you can expect to shed a few tears - keep a tissue box near! Both of the heroins in the stories suffer from an illness which makes them weaker overtime. Yet both girls keep an optimistic outlook on their lives and continue to strive forward. Both stories will have you hooked on the characters and the adventure of the story. Both of these are some of my favorite animes. They have both changed my out look on a lot of things - mostly to appreciate life and the beauty that can come with pain. I highly recommend these titles!
Sola and Air are both tragic love stories riddled in mystery and supernatural abilities. A very short watch so if you prefer more drawn out anime then perhaps this is not going to be your cup of tea. If you enjoyed the way the writers choose to progress the story on an emotional level in one series then you're going to love it in the other. Similarly, if you hated how the director relied on mystery to keep the shallow love story alive in one anime you'll probably hate it in the other.
this show is very similar to air, first in the plot line, that when you go on you find out the rest. and secondly you may like it like i did' this is great stuff :)
As those before me said, these two animes are very similar. Both revolve around the sky and everything about it, both are filled with heart-breaking moments sprinkled with a bit of comedy here and there and both are truly drama masterpieces.
Air is so similar to sola it's not funny. I can even compare them and say this character has the same personality as that character between the shows. Both are also about the sky in some way. In sola it's about being able to stand under the sky, and in Air it's about being in the sky. Both shows are very similar, and I highly recommend if you've seen Air you should see sola and if you've seen sola you should see Air.
They're both very sky obessesed lol, in a gd way
Its a bit different, but if u liked Air den you will totally like Sola.
Both Sola and Air are supernatural anime that involve a story from the past that connects to what's going on in the present. Air and Sola both are romance anime that have sad endings, so if that's your type of thing you'll enjoy both of them.
They're both very sad, and yet beautiful at the same time. They also both have a girl main character that enjoys looking at the sky who is not human. They both revolve around the sky a lot.
They both just have the same atmosphere. They both deal with the sky and although Air seems to have a bit more romance, they both have that ending that just keeps you thinking...
The plot of these two animes show a lot of parallels and the tone is similiar, too. Well, you will see what I mean when you watched both.
Many many similarities, exactly the same genre, I sincerely recommend this .First of all both have a very deep and symbolic connection with the sky. Then both of them have the same type of female leads, sweet, innocent and lovable.
Furthermore these two animes have an arc about the past(like a flashback). Finally a very big part of the plot consists of mythological elements that you should get used to( these elements seem to be part of a much greater mythology that the writers keep hidden from us).
They are both sad stories, featuring a supernatural race, which has been persecuted somewhere down the line. They also both have a fixation on the sky.
the 2 main male leads are kinda similer, each with somthing distinct that stands out.
the "air" and atmosphere are the same, and they both involve past lives.
they both have fantasy elements to it and it also involves school life
The first thing anyone would pick up are their similar titles.
Air & Sola [Sky]
A special boy meets a special girl and helps her overcome a problem, but in the end he neither succeed or fail.
The plot will alternate between past and present, so look forward to that.
Be prepare to feel sad inside or shed some tears, as both anime are meant to be very sad ones.
Both shows use the sky as their central theme. Characters are also somewhat reminiscent of each other when it comes to their roles. Sola has more action while Air is more slice of life.
Both are heart warming tales that make you think about the importance of life and what it means to live. That and that they are both under 20 episodes
(Air: 12; Sola:13) but a lot happens that is pointless but needed when you look back at the very end.
Both series share a similar style in theme and direction and an under lying plot that is emotionally heavy. They also share the same mix of character development, action, & romance throughout the series.
Both were made by Jun Maeda. They share a sad story and the protagonists are deadspan snarkers.
The main character gets to meet the other people in a town/ school. Then comes a series of flashbacks from many characters. Finally comes cliffhanger ending. That's how i would describe the overall plot of these two similar series.
As you might have figure it out, but both series are made by the same producers. Which concludes that they have similar arts, and a mix of action and romance.
To wrap up both series, the ending will leave you in tears, without a doubt.
Pretty much the same. The drama is there, same creator, both have awesome plot and are totally worth watching. If u enjoyed one of them you will deffinetly love the other.
Although Angel Beats has more of an impact compared to the other, and also it has much deeper plot (in some parts anyway).
In the two animes arises a romance unexpected in between of story. The anime style is very beautiful and the stories have a very sad tragedy. The two female main characters are very quiet and innocent. I recommend this anime because have de same Creator (Ishihara, Tatsuya ) and this man easily make you cry with two short animes. Her anime style is extremely beautiful. It's a fucking genious of drama/romantic animes. Are animes that you can not miss!!!
En los dos animes surge un romance inesperado en medio de la historia. El estilo del anime es muy bonito y las historias tienen una muy triste tragedia. Las dos personajes principales femeninas son muy tranquilas y inocentes. Recomiendo este anime porque tienen al mismo creador (Ishihara, Tatsuya) y este señor puede hacerte llorar con dos animes cortos muy fácilmente. Su estilo de anime es precioso. Es un maldito genio del drama/romántico. Son animes que no puedes perderte!!!
Has a laidback vibe to it like True Tears does, a strange girl, a realistic girl, and a girl who closes herself off from others. Progresses very well, highly recommended if you're into Air.
Both only 13 episodes
Both can make you cry a river
Both have around the same number of main characters
Both deserve your attention
its not really about a guy and girl falling in love although i think they do like each other but its a sad story
They are similar for all talks about sky, wings, fly, tears and cry. Moreover, Noe reminds of Misuzu about this side.
Both have a good drama, and marvellous ends. They hold our attention up to the end of the anime.
At first glance ef-a Tale of Memories and Air do not seem to have much in common, the first being more focused on romance while the second deals primarily with tragedy and family ties, however these titles have a similar atmosphere to them. Both are character driven through and through, the interaction between the characters is what advances the plot. These anime are highly emotional in the way they approach human relationships, a stellar soundtrack and flawless animation make them akin in more ways than one. Especially relevant is the attention to detail in the several scenes that feature the sky that are simply gorgeous both in Air and in ef-a tale of memories.
First of all, similiar, beautiful art.
They both tell a little bit sad, psychological story about life, happiness and relationships. If you liked one than you will probably like the other.
Both of these series contain romance, tragic, and is emotional on several levels.
Both series contain the style of dreams, memories, and deals with the theme of being alone but finding someone that cares about them. Needless to say, these two series contain a similar atmosphere.
Both series also contain a more mature story and has deep drama. Human relationship is explored in these two series that can give the viewers a better look at the mature side of anime in its state of being.
Ef is like a work of art. It has a beutiful plot, just like air. It connects the lives on others through spirit.
They are both deep, emotional dramas. They are also very heart warming and romance related.
Both are great animes with amazing characters and story lines. Definitely worth watching!
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