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Air: The Complete Series

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Yukito is a traveling 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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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
Thanks to a very deliberate effort to avoid any form of spoiler (or even editorial review), I was able to dive into Air The Complete Series completely and utterly unaware of what to expect. The stills and screen captures have always had a crisp, clean and unmistakably "anime" quality to them and thus hinted toward a story that would succeed on multiple levels. As such I have found in the past that expectations on either side of the coin can go a long way in deteriorating this type of dramatic series. Thankfully my mission was a success as it allowed me to journey into this emotionally saturated tale completely non-jaded. Here's what I discovered.

Spread across 3 discs, Air the Complete Series consists of 12 episodes on the first two plus a pair of specials on the third disc. Packaging, much to Funimation's credit, is every bit as intriguing and beautiful as the actual series art. Within the stunning cardboard slip box are two thin packs, the first of which contains the two series discs (6 episodes on each) and the second pack houses the third (bonus) disc. In all the series spans 340 minutes and is rated TV 14.

The story goes something like this: A mysterious traveler finds himself in a seemingly parentless town somewhere along Japan's coast (modern day). With little more than the clothes on his back, he attempts to make a living as a puppeteer only unlike say, Jim Henson, our traveler is able to manipulate his puppet via telekinesis. While his performances are quite entertaining, he quickly discovers that audiences of unappreciative (and broke) children aren't particularly generous in the tipping department.
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Over a thousand years ago, people born with wings were used by people as weapons in war, some were used for the protection of the world. A mother and her daughter were the last remaining people with wings. Those who feared the winged beings were able to kill the mother but as for the young daughter, a deadly curse would be put on every reincarnated winged person and the person that she was close to.

In an effort to break the curse, the young winged girl's best friend and her bodyguard decided to have an offspring in an effort that one day, a descendant with the bloodline will be able to find the girl with wing in their current time period and break that terrible curse.

A thousand years later, Yukito Kunisaki, a descendant in search for the winged girl, believes he finally found her.

Welcome to the whimsical and magical storyline of "AIR", a popular 2005 anime series is based on a visual novel by the Japanese software company Key back in 2000.

The original visual novel for the PC was an adult game but was later released without the adult content for the PC, Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 2. And not long ago for the Sony PSP and cell phones. The visual novel also branched out into manga and also an animated film.

Both the animated series and the film were originally released by ADV Films in 2007 but the license for the animation was transferred to FUNimation Entertainment and both have been re-released as a complete series box set (the 12-episode series and the two specials) and the film in 2009.

The series was directed by Tatsuya Ishihara ("K-ON!", "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", "Tenchi Universe", etc.) and features original character design by Itaru Hinoue ("Kanon", "Clannad", etc.
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Before buying a whole season of an anime, I always watch some episodes online. The first scene of "Air" convinced me that this would be a good buy, so I ordered not only the series but also Air: The Motion Picture. After the first day of watching them, I never watch more than four episodes a day, the tune of the theme song went on constant repetition in my head for days. What I want to say is that this composition is very suggestive, though not for thoughts but for emotions. During the last episode of the second disc, the third has only two alternative episodes to a subplot, you are bound to cry or at least to fight back your tears, or else you would have stopped watching it earlier.

"Air" has a dream-like world and story-line. There is some magical reality in it and also some sentimentality. It's interesting that you tend to notice only after waking up from this dream-world how few characters are in this small town. And the composition of the visible population: there are only two men, neither of whom native or permanent resident, and the second one has a very peripheral role. All the others are children and women. The notable exception is the main character the point of view of whom most of the episodes are told.

Suggestion: if you don't mind that an anime does not have armed fights and wars to save the world, only personal dramas and vulnerable characters, buy "Air" and if you liked the experience, go on to Kanon: The Complete Series.
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I want to give this 5 stars, I really do. Through most of the show I loved the story, the characters, didn't have any complaints about animation or music or anything. I got really wrapped up in it and couldn't wait for the happy ending that seemed pretty obvious. Apparently, the writers saw that it was obvious too, and decided to put a horrible, heart-wrenching twist on it. It was like they wanted to be able to say "Ha! You thought you knew what was gonna happen, but boy did you get a surprise!" I loved the series through episode 7. Then the next episode was kind of intriguing because you got to put some of the pieces together from Yukito's and Misuzu's pasts. But then episode 9 was like WHAT?! By then I was confused beyond repair, and pretty disappointed.
First Yukito turns into a crow and goes back in time to when he first met Misuzu. Wha...??? At first I was thinking "Oh, so this is the chance he asked for, to be able to go back and fix his mistakes. But absolutely nothing changed whatsoever. The only difference is that Misuzu has a pet crow. The only thing he accomplished was retrieving the birthday present Haruko got for Misuzu, which only made her happy for about a day, and Yukito still failed and randomly disappeared, and Misuzu still died in the end. So basically Yukito got to go back in time and helplessly watch himself fail all over again, and see some of Haruko's side of the story so he could feel like more of a jerk (plus the fact that he doesn't even really remember what's going on). They got me really attached to Yukito and Misuzu, then they throw them aside and the end is randomly about Haruko and some guy who your first impression of is "He's a jerk.
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