Air TV: The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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Yukito is a travelling performer. He moves through this world with only the clothes on his back driven onward by stories of The Girl in the Sky . Not knowing when or if he will find her, Yukito wanders, clinging to fleeting hope. Destitute and near starvation, Yukito s life changes after the eccentric beauty Misuzo offers him food and shelter. This fragile treasure shares with him her dreams of a life lived amongst the clouds, and he listens closely out of a gratitude which soon gives way to rapt curiosity. The unlikely pair grows close, but Yukito cannot forget his destiny or his past. In the end, the compelling need to find her remains. Who is the girl in the sky? Does she even exist? The questions run rampant, but the answers float aimlessly through the air.
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I'm going to start this off by saying that the OVA version of this show is horrendous, so please watch this and not that. The animation and music in this show is wonderful. This is another anime based off of a visual novel created by the company Key. Key also made the visual novels for Clannad and Kanon. The anime adaptions for both of those are stellar, and I would recommend spending money on those before picking this up. Not that this isn't a great show, I gave it 5 stars after all. Unlike those other shows, this has a much more linear story and doesn't delve into the back stories of the side characters. I would classify this as a slice of life/romance show, because any other label would require spoiler tags.
Another bonus of this show is that the female protagonist has a real and serious problem. It's not about crushes or getting good grades, it's a life-threatening illness. You also get to see her handling herself as a normal person and grow attached to her as an individual. As I said, this is a good show. I will also say that I think Clannad is the best work they've ever done, and I consider it a masterpiece. In truth, I would give this a 4.5 out of 5, but since that isn't an option I decided to go with the 5 star rating. I'm sure that if I watched this before I had seen Clannad, I would have rated it a full 5 stars.
If you watch this and find that you really like it- consider investing in the visual novel. You get to learn a lot more about the back story of the characters you see in the anime, and learn a ton about characters who barely appear on camera in this show. I assume this was removed to maintain that linear plot, which some are sure to appreciate. Personally, I found that it just made me want to play the visual novel and get the authentic experience.
Yes, maybe the core of this series deals with a problem, isolation/alienation or incapacity to bond with other people. This is widespread everywhere, nonetheless the American entertainment industry usually fails to portray or approach realistically. Japanese anime deals with it more often, yet still struggles with the challenge of reflecting it well. "Air" is the best approach to alienation that I've ever seen and therefore the one that has impressed me the most in all my life.
This show's portrait of alienation surely uses much fantasy, but its drama and circumstances well make up for that lack of realism. This could be the saddest anime drama that I have seen (maybe 80 or so). The drama gets as deep as in classic movies like "Doctor Shivago" The central heroine, Misuzu Kamio, beats Lara Antipova from my viewpoint. Besides, the fantasy is well deployed because it's used to display a surreal atmosphere rather than the typical average situation of superheroes, superpowers, fights and more overused routines. Even the few fights in the show yield quite unexpected outcomes while keeping the art. The animation and soundtrack are also first rate as well as the English-voice actors, and I normally prefer to listen in their original language. I even bought the CD soundtrack. It seems the base of these qualities are Japanese values, like sharp elegance or work ethic shown every possible way, such as house chores.
This series will make you understand why the Japanese cannot believe that Americans enjoy anime. One big reason is that they normally watch what is already very similar to Hollywood's stuff. This series, Air, is not like that at all.
The story starts with a boy that travels from town to town named Yukito. He finally arrives at his next destination only to run into the most unusual girl in town named Misuzu. Misuzu ends up inviting Yukito to stay with her and her mom. He does and during his stay with them Yukito encounters many women with problems. He tries his best to help everyone he can in the town and the town grows on him. Mean while he still searches for the person his mom told him about called the lady in the sky (A woman with wings). Yukito believes that woman is in that town. Yukito ends up making many friends and discovering a more beautiful part of life.
The ending to this series made a tear run down my cheek and believe me it is not easy to make me tear up. You will experience many feelings when watching this anime and will be able to relate to almost all the characters without difficulty. I would recommend this anime to any anime lover and to someone that is looking for a story that will make their hearts hurt with sadness. If you liked Rumbling Hearts or Suzuka then I have no doubt that you will treasure this series.
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Feels like quality.
Looks good on an hd tv being played through my ps4.