Air Anime Review

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Around the time that I was new to anime streaming, I watched alot of romance visual novel animes while watching alot of mainstream ones too. Still, I couldn’t help myself and on-hold alot of animes. I mean, I was still a student at that time and was busy with life.

Anyway, as you noticed on my recent entries, I had been watching (and rewatching) alot of animes. I kinda want to watch alot of old stuff before diving into the new ones. Its what I am in the mood of doing so just follow with it. Heh.

For this entry, I am (re)watching an anime I had been putting “on hold” for a long time, Air. This is my least favorite Key anime as it didn’t impress me years ago when I first tried watching it. Believe me, my feelings for it didn’t change even after finishing it.

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2005 to Mar 25, 2005
Premiered: Winter 2005
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Visual novel
Genres: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Drama, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Synopsis: Yukito 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? (MAL)


This is such a disappointment.

I have a soft spot for Key visual novel adapted animes because I liked a bunch of their releases, but this missed the mark…like very.

Air anime is about a homeless handsome guy trying to gain money through his lame puppeteer moves. He then met a bunch of girls that seemed to have supernatural going on around them. It took me a while to gets that this supernatural thing was a “norm” in their place as everyone seemed so calm and nonchalant with it. I guess it would have been better if they implied that it was the case and not let the viewers be confused with it. Heh. Well, that’s just me. But that was not a huge issue though, I just let it slide as they might’ve just followed what the visual novel was. My issue with this anime was the story.

Premise-wise, its very interesting. A bit generic at best, as it’s similar to any other animes. But the whole story went downhill in the middle of it, it definitely made me speechless. The progression of the story was consistent all throughout the first half, but the plot twist…uugggghhhh…it was so bad. I really don’t want to spoil anything but WTF. The 2nd half of the anime felt like another anime. I mean, the 2nd half story, like itself, was interesting and I would definitely watch it. Bust as a part of this current anime…uuuhhhh…no. I felt like if the 2nd half had its own season then maybe just maybe it would have been alright. I mean the twist would have been a good ending for the first season, then the 2nd half be the 2nd season, like what they did with Clannad animes then…uuuggghhhh…I might like this one more. Such a shame.

As for the characters, they were really interesting. All of them started off as generic, but they become more likable and intriguing as the series goes on. But yeah, having a source material a “visual novel”, the girls had their own arcs and moments to shine. If I were to choose, I definitely like the main heroine’s, Misuzo, story arc and also’s Minagi’s arc. Both were heartwrenching and full of feels, they definitely made me almost love this anime. But yeah, the story progression was bad so no-no.

The main guy was alright. he had enough personality to not be boring and bland at least. But damn that twist. Turning him into something else was really stupid. That’s the only clue I could give, bruh.

Art and animation- wise, it was soooo nostalgic. This type of artstyle was the one I used to see years ago, and seeing these character designs again is definitely giving me feels. Heh. The consistent animation, of course, is all thanks to the fact that this anime was made by Kyoto animation. So good for its time.

The OST was great too. I can tell that this used to be visual novel. I especially love the opening, it definitely added alot of intensity to the anime and it makes me look forward to the anime more. The ending, on the other hand, was bland and not worthy to discuss. Lel.

Overall, this anime was disappointing. It had an interesting premise, and it was gone to waste because of mishandling and broken story progression. It’s unfortunate but yeah, this is still my least favorite Key anime.

Would I recommend this to anyone, no. But if you become curious just by reading my review then feel free to check this one out. I’m not stopping you. Heh.

That is all for now.

Thanks for reading.

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