"A condensed love story with significant differences from its TV counterpart."
Advice #1: Do NOT watch the movie right after finishing the TV series. It is very tempting to do so (for comparison) but you are bound to be disappointed if you do so (due to various reasons to be discussed below).
Advice #2: Forget what happened in the TV series about Kano and Minagi as they play no part in the movie so do not hope for much of their appearance in the movie. (same for PIKO PIKO!)
Advice #3: Do NOT view the movie as inferior to the TV series. You are comparing French to
English. The two are not even made by the same director!
It was a very good idea for Toei Animation to have both Kanna and Misuzu's story intertwined throughout the movie. This makes plot development much simpler to understand. For example, instead of the dreams that Misuzu often had in the TV series (as a way to link the past with present), she now uncovers the past through her field work. Two every different ways of presenting to the viewer "the story behind the story". There were also significantly more romance involved between Kanna-Ryūya pair and Misuzu-Yukito pair.
Since the movie was produced by Toei Animation, the animation quality will obviously be different from its TV counterpart. It is certainly not wise to compare the two (movie VS TV series) in terms of graphic (Kyoto Animation win by light years ahead). However, it is worth noting that the Movie does have some unique filming techniques that were quite impressive but those "still image" picture-book-like techniques were kind of overdone a little. In addition, for a 2005 production, the animation quality is really not that great (especially for a movie).
Soundtrack wise, the same OP/ED songs were used for the movie as the TV series. So it should make most viewers comfortable watching the movie (not sure if it were wise to do that as it'll just make viewers want to compare the movie with the TV series even more).
The major difference from the TV series is that Yukito in the movie is NOT voice acted by Daisuke Ono, instead Yukito's CV in the movie is Hikaru Midorikawa (Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing, Kaede Rukawa in Slam Dunk, and Yusuke Yoshino in Clannad).
While it was enjoyable to see more character development and more developed relationships between the main leads, it was also sad that major characters in the TV series like Kano, Minagi, Michiru, Uraha, and even POTATO did not have much of a role in the movie.
It is worth mentioning that some characters' personality are altered slightly. What does that mean? For instance, the "love" between Kanna and Ryūya in the TV series was very pure (Ryūya's love was more like out of respect), but the movie version have a totally different take on that. Much the same between Yukito and Misuzu.
I tried my best to not compare the TV series and the movie as much as possible (due to the simple fact that they were produced by different company), but I still find it hard to rate the movie as high as the TV production. However, the movie did give us some alternative paths that were not taken in the TV series (which was rather unique). It does not really matter which to watch first (TV or movie), but ultimately both have the same tragic ending (though the movie was less tragic due to Yukito being alive at the end ).
Air the movie was a different story compared to the TV series, but both started and ended the same way. There were a lot of differences, such as Misuzu and Yukito’s relationship, as well as Kanna and Ryuuya’s relationship. In fact, the story focused more on these relationships, removing the story arcs of Kano, Michiru and Tohno. I guess they wanted to give more light to Kanna and Ryuuya’s story (which is a good decision)
As for Misuzu and Yukito, their relationship was more boyfriend-girlfriend, whereas in the series, they were more like brother and sister. Kanna and Ryuuya were much closer too, and
Uruha’s role was minor in the movie. The same with Kano, Michiru and Tohno. Actually, the last 3 I mentioned didn’t even have a role – they were just extras. The biggest character-related disappointed was with Potato! Why would they take an absolutely adorable dog out of the story? On that note, I guess I like how the characters were on the TV series better.
The voice acting was OK, but I kinda wish Daisuke Ono came back for his role as Yukito. Daisuke Ono’s work made Yukito more sarcastic and funny. I am glad that Aya Hisakawa was back for Misuzu, because her voice was one of the elements that made Misuzu adorable. Other seiyuus that repeated their roles are Nobutoshi Canna (Ryuuya) and Chinami Nishimura, to name a few.
It almost looks the same, except KyoAni’s animation techniques were a lot better. Toei Animation’s work wasn’t that bad – in fact I like some of the techniques they used. I don’t know what it’s called, but I like it when they would divide one scene into many panels, sort of like what you would see in a manga. I also like the technique they used in telling Kanna and Ryuuya’s story, wherein there were always cherry blossoms. It makes an interesting screen play.
Most (if not all) of the music from the TV series were once again featured in the movie, except they were arranged differently. Personally, I like the original arrangements better, specially for the “Farewell Song” by Lia. The arrangement in the movie was a bit odd – it ended on a weird note. I do like the new song, “If Dreams Came True” by Eri Kawai. It was a really sweet song.
I can’t speak for everyone and say that it’s as good as the TV series, but it’s worth watching. It is an alternate retelling, actually, it’s more of a “dramatic” alternate retelling since it became more of a forbidden love story. My main motive for watching it was to compare it with the series (obviously I like the original more), but as a stand alone, I can say that it’s viable.
Hmmm... It's actually my first time writing any kind of review, but I'll try my best...
First of All let me say I enjoyed original series. It was touching, it was interesting, had great art...
With that being said, I personally don't see much similarities between this movie and original. First: the animation. I just couldn't get used to new art, it kept bugging me through whole series. In Original series characters actually looked cute, while in this movie just freaky. Animation itself was OK though I think.
Then the characters... I'm sorry but the idea of making someone say "A", "definately A", and then without any real
reasons say "B" out of the blue isn't really convincing. Besides the whole thing between the two was VERY streched idea IMO. Also Harukas character was completely changed, with the original showing through a few times, making whole thing confusing and irritating.
Story... Well the biggest thing bugging me is how they made exactly the same ending as in original, and different rest, making it stick out like a sore thumb. And that hair thing was just... Come on, who would do that in her situation... Also that "Misuzu in a Pinch" just irritated the hell out of me. It was idiotic if I am allowed to say that, and completely ruined the mood.
I don't have much to say about sound, it was pretty OK, except maybe that moment where Yukito start whistling. they COULD remove the BGM, at least you would be able to hear him better.
As for enjoyment... honestly saying the only moment i TRULY enjoyed was when Yukito punched [spoiler - you'll know what i'm talking about once you watch]. This was really well implemented, I could see it coming and I would do exactly the same. Other thing is how the mentioned person acted before and after he met Yuki, with the two completely different IMO, but it's a detail, isn't it?...
Overall. It could've been a good movie. But little details here and there, inconsistency in characters behaviour, some sticking out moments that completely didn't fit the story ruined it. Maybe it would be better if I haven't watched series before, but... no, I won't say "don't watch it", since it's your choice and what I wrote were just how I saw the movie, but personally i'd like that 1,5 h of my life back.
Once again we witness another shot from Toei Animation at one of Key's works, first from Kanon, and now a movie based on the eroge Air. Is it on the same level as the acclaimed Kyoto Animation anime or does it hide in the shadows once again, overwhelmed by Kyoto's masterpiece?
To put it rather bluntly, yes, it does. The movie is not that bad itself, but it just can't keep up with the series. But upon analyzing as an individual, without any type of comparisons, we can see that there are many good points worth mentioning, which could potentially place this movie under the "good
Story> It has the same foundation as the series, but differs greatly in terms of events and sequence. It could also seem rather shallow at first, since many things from the series were omitted, including characters and events, but is rather understandable, judging from the fact that the series has a duration of over 250 minutes, while the movie consists of approximately 100 minutes. The summer arc is squeezed between the main plot, which, in my opinion, is not that bad as other might make you think, since you can denote the similarities between Misuzu and Kanna much better and faster this way. Events differ greatly from the series too, meaning that if you previously watched the series you won't be witnessing a mutilated retelling of the story.
Art> It wasn't bad but definitely not a masterpiece. You will find moments where the animation is really awkward and sluggish, even to the point of mediocrity, but there are some parts as well that deserve their recognition, like the sakura filled screens when the story changes to Kanna's legend. I've also heard people talk about the character models being annoying, but frankly, I really think it's stupid to use that as an argument. It's true that at first it might be uncomfortable if you're used to Kyoto's designs, but the models are not bad at all; they're well drawn, and if someone argues that their faces change and are inconsistent, they have big eyes or deformed faces, then those people haven't watched Ichigo 100%, read the Ouran High School Host Club manga or watched Kanon 2002, respectively, and just because they don't look so "heavenly" or "cute" or whatever adjective that clearly shows affection towards the Kyoto version it doesn't mean that it can be discriminated. In conclusion, the animation is average and character models are well drawn.
Sound> Same as above, you'll find its ups and downs. Opening and ending themes, you already know them if you've seen the Air series, and if you haven't, then stop reading this review and go view it, since I highly recommend watching the series first. I have to admit, there were some moments where the BGM took the "feeling" out of some parts, like the moment where Yukito was whistling, or where the transition from silence to dramatic was so great that made me jump from my seat. So, as to the sound and music, a fair 6 is enough.
Character> Don't be thinking that there's going to be any Tohno or Urara, 'cause they're just minor appearances (not even characters). The movie centers on the Yukito-Misuzu and Kanna-Ryuuya relationships, which greatly differ form the ones in the series, in the sense that they convey a different type of love, if you can deduce what I mean. Under my point of view, it is the characters' actions and feelings and not their situations they're placed in that make the movie (and the series as well) roll into a tragedy, since calling it a drama is short, but explaining this would need an article of itself. And because of the slightly alternate personalities of the cast, the character development deserves an 8.
In conclusion, the Air movie is rather satisfactory at the end, just like any other movie you might go and watch to a theater nowadays. It does not, however, keep up with Kyoto's level and remains, without doubt, inferior. But don't let this disappoint you and try giving it an opportunity, since it proves to be a nice "alternative" to the events that happened in the series.
To start off, I watched the Air movie after the series. I wanted to compare them and see how good it was. This was not a mistake, since the movie and the series are quite different in many ways. Personally, I believe the movie is so much better, and it should be watched before or after the anime. This is why... (NOTE: Spoilers will be announced.)
Compared to the series, the art
in this movie is gorgeous. Lots of very bright lights, but also, the characters and settings are waay more appealing. Much nicer backgrounds (you actually see movement in the movie). Finally, they show very nice art when they show Kanna's story. Overall, I gave it a 9 because its very beautiful compared to the anime.
Im a softie for emotional tunes. What InuYasha's "To Love's End" did to me, is like what Air's "Natsukage" does. Its a very emotional and nice tune. The intro is also not bad (its actually TOO catchy XD). I loved the music of this anime, and of the movie, but the voice acting in the movie is way better.
On to the Characters & Story:
As you might know, Air is based on a visual novel with many possible endings. Many say its a "kind of harem" but i dont like to call it that because you never percieve that in the anime. While in the anime you get to see a few of the stories of the girls in town, you never see them properly, or at least you dont get enough information/time with each to get suficiently attached.
The movie is different. In this movie, they skip the expendable side-stories, and (while you do get funny appereances of the characters) its focused almost completely on Mizusu and Yukito, and this is very good. If it were for the story, I would reccomend you to see the movie first, and if you want to complicate yourself, go watch the anime. The thing is: events happen differently in the anime and the movie, and I personally like the movie version better.
The movie is much more relateable, emotional, and understandeable.
The characters are different than in the anime. While we might not go too deep on some aspects, we understand more clearly the most important ones that were confusing at times in the anime. The story is slightly different, and the movie is so much more satisfying than the anime in this sense.
They tell the story of Kanna and Michiru in a different and more organized way. Since the movie is completely focused on this relationship and the relationship between Michiru and Yukito, the characters are more appealing and you care for them more. We understand less the effects of Michiru's sickness, we understand what it really is and means much better, and why its important. The ending is slightly different, and the crow (Sora) has a very different role. There is a real love interest, and the relationship with the past is much more comprehensive. Some things change from the anime, some people are different, others have a different role.
But overall, while we may not get all the details of everything (and while we may miss out on things shown in the anime), the reality is that this movie helps you understand everything much better. It still changes things though, and thats why I think that you should not miss out on the movie if youve watched the anime. You understand things better, you relate to the characters better, and you enjoy the visual aspects much more.
If youve watched the anime, DEFINITELY watch this. If you havent, you might want to watch this movie first. If you like it and want to go deeper into the story (albeit some changes), then watch the anime later.
The movie is the best of the two, but since there are changes and the anime is longer, it might be worth watching the anime later to be able to compare.
Personally, I'll always think this movie is much better, but only because I was able to compare it with the series.
M y advice, forget about the series. It's basically telling the whole story diferently, and that's what makes it so much better than the series in my opinion. However the art seems drawn differently. It looks a but more lower qualiity then the anime did, and Yukito's hair looked purple on my screen. Now it might have been the quality of video I was watching it on, but that's what it looked like to me. Also the ending made me bawl my eyes out so bring tissues.
This movie was bad. I got interested in Air by a random AMV I saw at Otakon and decided to seek out this anime. My thought process was that the movie would have a higher production value than the TV series; this was my mistake. I now know that they have different directors and that the TV series is regarded as being better.
Sorry about the rant, let's get to the movie review.
Animation: The first thing you notice is the slightly experimental visuals. Lots of sun glare and strange but effective uses of the background becoming the foreground. It
gives a slightly surreal but totally fantasy setting. It works. This is the only saving grace of the movie. Unfortunately it's not blended well with the regular animation and is more visual eye candy than an emotional additive to the experience.
Story / Characters: Is god-awfully average and uneventful. A traveler stumbles upon beautiful, typically average girl with mysterious, deadly illness. Through a serious of cliche events she shows him that even he is capable of love. The parallel between the old-story and the current was interesting but didn't move me either way. If it wasn't for interesting animation I would have stopped watching this.
Sound: The theme is memorable and blended well throughout the movie. Besides this, the music is cheap, average and is just simple noise filler.
When I watch an anime I there's two things I NEED in order to be entertained, art and story. The art was there but it was shallow. The story was something a 5 yr old wrote, a hodgepodge of other stories. I bought this dvd and I know I'm never going to watch it again. I DO however want to check out the tv series. From what I hear the storytelling/ animation is done more effectively.
The movie of my favorite anime of all time, Air! I was severly disappointed with this and I will go into further detail in my review.
For the most part the story stayed true to the anime (which was the true story). This stayed with Yukito and Misuzu, and only had Kano and Minagi and Michiru as characters taht didnt even talk. They even turned Michiru into one of the children that watches the puppet show! WHAT THE HELL?!? Anyways. Very romantic. They focus more on romance :\ Hate it.
Sucks. Toei Animation failed epicly on this. Comapred to KyoAni's OUTSTANDING anime, this was just horrible.
theme was kept and the ending theme (partially) but was also split with a shitty new one. The insert song also was played at the wrong time. The new background score also was poo.
No new characters. Focuses mostly on Yukito and Misuzu and their family making the other characters of Air just kinda town citizens taht don't speak.
I couldn't wait for it to end.
Although I hated this, I have rewatched the movei 10 times cause I love Air and will watch anything related to it =3
Since the AIR movie existed to condense the series into something a little less drawn out, and focused on Misuzu and Yukito’s relationship dominantly, I expected something to have superior quality to the original series. How wrong I was. Besides the tighter screenplay, this movie fails where it should have been strong: its technical aspects.
This was my major problem with this film. Because Toei Animation decided to take on the project (the guys who made Digimon) instead of Kyoto Animation, the animation style has changed greatly, and for the worse. I’m not saying Toei Animation is a bad studio. They are capable of beautifully
animating their work (see any of the Digimon Movies to see what I mean). However, it’s as though they didn’t really care for this production, or just made it to make money, with little passion for what they were actually doing.
The change in character designs was not the problem- in fact the smaller eyes may sit better with audiences unfamiliar or who dislike Kyoto Animations work. The character designs were still cute, but the lighting and colouring was all wrong. In most shots there is so much light around the characters that you can’t even tell what is going on, and the lighting is so bright the colours and character designs become obscure and ugly.
The animators also threw in some split screens, which I wouldn’t a problem with normally, if they had kept the high quality animation Kyoto Animation did. But they used a lot of stills (stills in a movie, right??) – including hand drawn images as stills. The hand drawn bits (in colour pencil) looked higher quality than the actual animation itself .
The backgrounds look quite uninspired and the characters didn’t move around too much. This is unacceptable standards for a film, or anime itself for that matter. Kyoto Animation should have animated this project.
Background music was also surprisingly mediocre- mirroring, if not worse than the original series. For a film, something along the lines of Tenmon or just orechestrated music would have been much more appropriate and up to standard.
I didn’t like that they re-used the same opening song for the opening. Rather, I’m annoyed they didn’t remix it or changed it slightly to show the movie was special compared to the series.
The story is almost as good as the original, the filler bits of the series (Episodes 2-6) have been cut. My only gripe with the script is I didn’t like how the Kanna flashbacks were for the majority, narrated rather than shown (rule of writing- show don’t tell!). Otherwise the script is a lot tighter. I didn’t like the change in the ending though. I preferred the soul switching twists in the original series. It didn’t seem that dramatic of an ending this time around because Mizusu wasn’t completely alone.
I did like the additional bits of romance between Mizusu and Yukito though. It gave a bit of what the fans wanted :P
The characters are just as strong as the original as they encounter all the same issues and their backgrounds are pretty much the same. No complaints here.
Overall AIR MOVIE fails. I was hoping to give it all 10/10’s (or close to it), like the Rebuilds of Evangelion. It has worse animation, worse sound – and they changed the ending for the worse.
AIR fans should watch the series instead, and Kyoto Animation should re-do the movie and make the show shine for what it is: a beautiful love story of living life to the fullest and not giving up.
I would not recommend this to any anime fan; it is a demonstration of pure laziness and something I don’t want to show off to anyone. It is an insult to call this a movie, or anime for that matter.
Story - 3
I watched this movie twice, and I still don't get it. the plot is totaly poor, mixed up and has no conection to the anime.
Art - 5
The art of the anime was so good, so pretty, so cute. then came the movie. everything is suddenly so...not cute._.!!! the eyes looks really bad, Misuzu looks like twice Haruko's age, and wasn't Yukito bishie?
Sound - 6
nothing special, but I like some of the voice actors.
Characters - 1
I am not even going to start talking of how hopeless the characters became in this movie.
Enjoyment - 3
I guess only those who are obsessed about romance will
find any reason to watch this movie.
Overall - 4
If you watched the anime, PLEASE do yourself a favor and don't watch this movie.
If you are not planning to watch the anime anyway, don't feel bad if you don't get a darned thing of it. you are not alone.
The Air Movie was interesting to watch. I will leave it up to viewers to decide whether or not to watch immediately after the TV series, as I did that. I will say that I enjoyed this less in most aspects, but more in some more.
Story: I greatly enjoyed the story of Air, and this was no different. I do believe that this solved the plothole issues that I had found in the TV series, and I found this one's plot to be less confusing. 10/10.
Art: I did not enjoy the art style used in this movie, and the scenes were less pretty, IN MY
OPINION. I do still agree that they were fine, and not *bad*, but not as good as what I had hoped for. 7/10.
Sound: I enjoyed the soundtrack in this movie, the music was very touching and thought-provoking. 8/10.
Character: I am once again forced into comparing this to the TV series, which I would not like to do. This specific adaptation did not include some of my favourite characters, but ignoring that fact, I do not think it went as in-depth into some of the cast as it could have. 8/10.
Enjoyment: I did enjoy this, but not as much as I could have, had I watched this after leaving some time between the adaptations. 8/10.
Overall: I definitely enjoyed Air the Movie, but feel that in some areas it was lacking, and could have been improved, as I had already seen some ways in which it could be. I would recommend watching the TV series first, as it helps explain anything that was unexplained in the movie, but the movie also explained some of the (less important) unexplained areas in the series. 8/10.
This was a good movie, and it still reduced me to a small ball, as I contemplated the beautiful masterpiece I had seen and experienced.
I have watched the movie not very long after I have finished the anime, while some say you shouldn't do that.
I kind of can agree with that because the story is almost changed completely.
The relationship between the two main characters become deeper and looks a bit similar to the relation between the lady with the wings and her guard.
There are things I don't like about what they changed, not only in the story but also about the art style.
For example they changed the way the eyes look, what I like, but some characters don't look the same anymore what is kind of a shame.
give the movie a 7.
[Note, this is the first revieuw I ever wrote.]
I far prefer the movie version of Air to its tv counterpart, and I think the condensed format works better for the story that it's trying to tell. Comparisons aside, though, I think as a standalone movie Air is a very moving piece of tragedy that can really tug at the heartstrings from the way it sets up your expectations for a tragic ending and delivers on it in a timely manner.
The story is once again about a man on a mission to find some lady in the sky that his mom used to talk about, and he finds a strange girl in a seaside
town and decides to stick around for a while.
I felt as though Misuzu's death was very moving, and showing her physical decline was very difficult to watch, as was Haruko's mourning for her daughter. The scene between Misuzu and Yukito at the shrine during a fireworks festival was particular moving, seeing Misuzu barely able to stand and witnessing a passionate kiss between the two of them.
I'll be honest though, I don't remember the exact details of this movie because I watched it about three years ago. However, I definitely remember how I felt while watching it, and what it does great is write a very bleak story that just makes you feel shitty. There really was no good way out for anyone in this story, except maybe for Haruko, but even she has to deal with an enormous amount of suffering by the time the movie is over. The movie definitely has a lot of things one could interpret from it, such as the importance of having the strength to move on after tragedy as can be seen in Haruko's character, but I suspect many different meanings could be pulled from this title than just that one. It tells the viewer very little, but instead opts to show you what the characters are experiencing, and in so doing leaves it up to the viewer to decide what the message is supposed to be. I really like this format, and seeing what different people took away from this tragic tale is always interesting to see.
The art and sound are very well done for being several years old, and I attribute this fully to the enormous pockets of Kyoto Animation, since their animation has basically always been top notch. The character designs are Key classics, with pretty looking characters whose eyes are probably too big to be taken seriously by most, but are easy to get used to if you just go with the flow. The music is appropriately wistful and sometimes downright depressing, but oftentimes there simply is no music, and I felt that added to the more dramatic scenes. The impact of having to accept the tragedy before your eyes without any sort of music in the background forces you to focus on what's going on in front of you, and it makes it feel strangely real at times. Sometimes there is nothing but grief, and I think the movie definitely has moments where it smacks you in the face with just some cold, hard sadness.
I don't think everyone will enjoy this movie, since it certainly is not fast-paced, nor is there much that actually happens in it. However, for someone who wants to just sit down and sink into a hope-filled story that slowly just breaks apart into heartrending tragedy, I highly recommend Air, the movie edition.
Well...I watched the movie right after I finished the TV series...I can't say I'm disapointed...I actually am glad that I watched the movie too...It had some different twists at some parts...Like Ryuuya's love with Kanna [in the TV series it wasn't THAT serious and they never made sex lol >.< -],and Kanna was more funny and childish,in the movie she seemed more like a grown up, same thing with Misuzu and Yukito's love [I honestly don't remember in the TV series that these 2 kissed -] but to be honest I really loved this difference...The ending was sad too...I thought I will not cry because
I knew allready what was hapening...but alas! I was wrong...Even knowing what hapened in the TV series I still cried... baka baka baka me >.< [I'm man enough to conffes that I cried like a little girl at both the movie and the TV series ending -]...the only joy at the end was that Yukito was still alive...but I was still sad that the producers HAD to kill Misuzu >.
If you are just finishing up with Air (TV) Series and are looking to see whether you want to watch the movie... I only have one thing to say to you...
Prepare for disappointment. The television series and that of the movie are completely different. They are about the same story and about the same people (for the most part) but unfold differently. But don't get me wrong the movie was good but not after you just watched the television series.
One thing I really noticed about this movie compared to the series is how powerful it was. What I mean is, The movie had some deep
thoughts thrown out there but not even in the same ballpark as the TV Series. I watch the TV series and a cried because it was so sad. There were so many sad things throughout the series and the things that were said were deep. It really made you think. But in the movie it just fell short.
I kept thinking throughout the whole movie, that it just didn't feel right. With me, at least, it just didn't place well. It was a good love story and was fair; but when you get down to it, it just didn't live up to its television counterpart.
The art was little to be desired really. At least, nothing like that of the television show. But like I rated "fair", it was nothing more than that. It was somewhat overdone. I personally didn't like it.
this movie is one u can sit down on the sofa with your boyfriend and a tub of pop-corn
it will make you cry at the end but there are the odd funny moments with yukkito the main carecter
the story is simple so its easy 2 follow
air is a not so common anime but it should be on how high i would rate it
there is one thing to be carefull about tho. you have to watch the move before thanime or you wont really understand it.
i learnt that out the hard way
so watch this movie
well, i didn't think i was going to be watching the air movie for quite some time but here i am with it completed and writing a review. i loved the anime air so i thought oh what the heck, lets see what the movie was like. so without further adieu, lets get on with the review. ^^
first off the story. overall, it gave me a feeling like it was a condensed, slightly changed version of the anime. it focuses more on misuzu's and kanna's story rather than any of the other characters (the other females like minagi and kano were not even in this
movie but for a second which was a bit disappointing but bearable) i liked how kanna's story was revealed along side of misuzu's as a part of her project with animation. though it was different in that misuzu didn't have her dreams, i liked it all the same.it also was different how they went for a type of picture book appearance at times with the still shots used at points. because i am a slight fangirl, i enjoyed the expansion on the yukito/misuzu relationship. i found it to be rather adorable and touching at the same time along with the kanna/ryuuya pairing.though it was different than the show, it still had a light hearted, funny at times, and sad feel to it much like the anime. the art..well that's most likely the thing i didn't like most about this movie. i have seen that the people who did air were not the ones who produced the movie so i can see why it was changed but it was a let down. the art was one of the reasons the anime caught my eye in the first place; it was beautiful and this, though sometimes pretty, couldn't match the anime's beauty. the voice acting was as good as the anime, all the same people from what i can tell and it sounds good (speaking in terms of the english dub that i watched that is) some of the music i could remember from the anime was used here(like the starting song) and was kinda pretty, it did seem to flow like the music from the anime did but still i liked the ost from the anime much more.(though the second ending song was really pretty) the characters did change somewhat from the anime i will say. though holding to their main points, they were slightly changed. haruko, yukito, and ryuuya were the biggest changes in how they spoke and acted. they were all a bit more emotional in my opinion though more with yukito and ryuuya.yukito was also a bit more stand offish in the beginning of the movie than in the anime. other than that, i was able to enjoy them as they were in the anime seeing as misuzu was still pretty much her cute self that i enjoyed. to give a closing in short, for an air fan like myself, i can't say that it wasn't enjoyable. it was carried a bit different than the anime but still, even with no different plot per se, i enjoyed it. i'd say the biggest let down in this movie is the art, which couldn't compare to the anime by a long shot, and the music wasn't quite as good and flowing as the anime. none the less, it is worth watching for any air fan and is entertaining(even i still didn't get a happy ending :[ )