Air: The Motion Picture
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The Motion Picture, for those who don't know, is essentially the retelling of the Complete TV series in condensed form. Now as a general rule, I usually shy away from motion picture adaptations of beloved series due to their tendency to omit critical details of the story to meet strict time restrictions.
I am very pleased to report that Air the Motion Picture is perhaps the first time in history where I actually appreciated the condensed story over the original. Die-hard fans of the Air mythos may disagree, but in my opinion the original television series seemed muddled after having viewed the Motion Picture.
The core of the story retains all of the important attributes that make the television incarnation so well respected: A mysterious traveler arrives to a small coastal village in modern-day Japan and meets up with a slightly abnormal (but adorably innocent) young girl.
His personal haunting prophecy, it turns out, is intertwined with the sickly girl's dreams and their love perseveres throughout space and time. However, where the original fails with poor transitions and way too many irrelevant characters along the way, the Motion Picture puts the prose on an extreme and very appreciated diet.
Let me begin this review by taking a moment to discuss the surface differences between the two incarnations of the shows. Where the television series used anime character models so intense that they bordered on caricatures, the Motion Picture presents character art that is a bit more realistically proportioned.Read more ›
I found the movie Air as a recommendation from Amazon and decided to give it a try. I did see the movie before the series and I can't help but but compare the movie and TV series. I do admit that I prefer the movie over the TV series. I have seen the movie once before watching the TV series and once after. I usually never, ever cry because of a movie but the first time I watched Air I teared up a little at the end. The second time the tears came running down. So prepare yourself.
A Brief Summary:
Air is about the cheerful, kind, thoughtful beauty named Misuzu Kamio, a traveling puppeteer named Yukito Kunisaki, and a 1000 year old legend that unfolds again in the small town of Kami, Japan. Misuzu has not been to school for the past year because of a mysterious illness that no doctor can treat. She asks for a summer project which leads her to the legend of Kannabi no Mikoto, or Kanna for short, the last of the winged people. Yukito is in the town of Kami for a summer festival to make some money with his puppet business. He meets the beauty Misuzu and assists in her research of the town, her summer project topic. Through narration by Misuzu, Kanna's story is told as Misuzu and Yukito become closer.
Before Watching The TV Series:
If you are going to watch the movie before the series, don't worry about being confused. You won't be. Unless, you are not following the storyline.
After Watching the TV Series:
If you want all the background information about the storyline and decide to watch the series before the movie, you will just understand some references to the series that pop through the movie.Read more ›
I liked the story of the Air movie a LOT more than the series. All the plot elements that I thought were silly and/or convoluted in the TV series were removed in the movie. Everything was explained clearly, and the story just made more sense. To me, it was a lot more believable and much more touching. I'm glad I didn't just dismiss it just because I wasn't crazy about the series.
If you enjoyed the series, however, I see no reason why you wouldn't also enjoy the movie. It's a completely new story, but the characters' personalities are left more or less in tact.
Unlike the television series, which tends to jump between two to three stories and leaves viewers somewhat confused at the end, the movie is able to incorperate the ancient tale of Kanna and Misuzu's daily life together to create a coherent, flowing work. Audiences, however, may not like the rushed feel of the movie (all events take place during the course of a week)or the lack of the other traditional characters which were an important part of Air the TV series. Misuzu's character in the movie also lacks some of the childish charm which the television series hilighted. She is instead a young woman who is aware of the graveness of her condition and wants to experience the joys of existance before she dies, among them being love.
The ending of the movie is just as sad as the television series. However, instead of focusing on Haurko's reaction after the tragety, Yukio, who remains a human, describes how Misuzu has impacted his life as he travels through the countryside the following autumn. He is a young man learning from his past and moving ahead towards the unpredictable future. The movie is a must-see for all anime fans, just make sure to bring a box of tissues.
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This movie is great and was just like new! Nothing short of 5 stars! 😀Published 6 months ago by Labrea
Ive had this movie since 2010 and put it away for a while since I didnt like it as much as the TV series. Its 2014 and I rewatched it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kohinata99
the dvd came in like-new condition, whoever owned this movie knew how to take care of it (maybe this movie was in a collection?)Published 23 months ago by Evin DeVore
Very well done, The Art is done by Toei instead of Kyoto which was standard for Key Visual Arts; Since they prefer Toei for Movie formats. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Ren
To those who've seen the show and loved it, I expect you'll be disappointed with this movie. And to those who haven't seen either and don't know anything about it, I suggest you... Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Christianpoetwannabe