Friday, November 23, 2007

Review | Anime | AIR TV

AIR : AIR is a heartwarming story about a boy named Yukito who travels from city to city looking for work. He arrives in a small oceanfront town where he meets a young girl named Misuzu, who offers him a place to stay and her friendship. For generations, Yukito's family had passed down a legend about winged beings, and Yukito searches for these beings on behalf of his mother, who searched for them before her death. As time goes by, Yukito begins to suspect that Misuzu is a descendant of the winged beings, and if his suspicions are correct, Misuzu's life may be in danger.

I stumbled across AIR in the randomest way. I was in the library, and on a table was a small magazine (very small, there were hardly 15 pages in it) with the characters of AIR on the cover. The illustrations were just beautiful, so I had to look into it. I found the episodes online and watched them. The theme song remains one of my favorite songs of all-time.

AIR is very deep. It's not stereotype, and there's not very much of anime's signature unnatural face-making and goofy posing, though you'll find some. Yukito's rather cold for Misuzu to think as much of him as she does, and definitely isn't your typical teenaged drama queen hormone circus. Misuzu, implied to be about 15, has a case of childlike dependency, and this is displayed by her big imagination and saying, "Gao" ("grr" or "growl") whenever something annoys or disappoints her. Potato the dog is to die for; it is so amazingly adorable, anyone with a heart would want to snatch it out of the screen and cuddle it. The relationship between Yukito and Misuzu is foggy, but you can tell the two are really concerned about each other.

But do remember, I mentioned deep, and I mean very deep. This one is a tearjerker. I never cry at TV, ever, but this one was getting to me. It's a concoction of heartwarming/tragic/meaningful. If you easily cry, you'll cry at this one. Misuzu's strained relationship with her mother begins to dwindle and the two spend more time together as the series nears its completion, and that's when the eyedrops start to flow. There are several scenes throughout the series that are very sad, so if you don't like sad animes, this one's probably not for you. I don't want to ruin the ending so I'll leave it at that.

I like this one a lot, it's a must-see for those of you who appreciate the art of anime, because the animation is gorgeous and very detailed. This series is relief from the comic or action-packed violent animes, giving off a more serene and dreamy feeling. Like walking on air.

Overall Rating:
/ 5


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