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Air: The Motion Picture

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Although blessed with a cheerful spirit radiating youthful innocence, the fragile beauty Misuzu is cursed with a mysterious illness. Compelled to understand the history of her people, she delves into the heartbreaking tale of the legendary winged Princess Kanna. During her journey, Misuzu encounters Yukito – a traveling performer desperately hoping to silence the demons of his past by finding his own Girl with Wings.

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By ONENEO VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
I had the very unique opportunity to view Air the Motion Picture literally directly after having finished watching The Complete Series. As such, the emotions left behind from the original telling of this tale were yet burning bright.

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.
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This is my first review on Amazon. I hope you find this useful.

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.
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Note: This is more of a comparison to the TV Series than an actual review. It's mainly meant for those wondering if the Air movie is worth a purchase after having seen the series. Spoiler-free.

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.
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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. It was like looking at a new film all over again with a fresh new look. Two scenes made me tear up, which is something the Air series never did to me before. Probably sick of hearing this but its what KEY does, making their viewers cry their eyes out. And thats not an exaggeration. Pacing is okay and is a good adaptation of Misuzu's story from the original visual novel. If you like KEY games turned anime, then Little Busters is worth looking at. The EX OVA will have all 8 episodes released by this July so the anime is still quite new.

For those of you who had mixed views on the Air motion picture, maybe its about time you rewatch it and give this great film a fresh new look. Only time can heal past evils and thats what this rewatch did for me.
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