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    Air, TV series, 13 episodes (13th episode as recap) + 2 summer specials. Produced by Key, VisualArt`s, Kyoto Animation.

    Genre: Drama, romance, fantasy.

    Plot synopsis

    Long, long ago there was a princess with wings. The princess was all alone, with no mother, no father, and no friends… In the light of her palace, filled with blooming camellias, she was always waiting for someone to call upon her. She was waiting for someone’s voice to take her away in those endless summer days. She is still in the sky, waiting for you. Alone, crying. We all found her and came close to her, but … none of us could save her. Somewhere you two will meet… because it is our destiny...

    It was summer. Kunizaki Yukito, a traveller, arrived at a small seaside town. He only took two things with him. The first was a small puppet, which moves without his touch. The other, given to those who possess the power, is a promise from a distant past…

    Summer continues endlessly beneath the blue sky. In the air, where she awaits…

    Story (6/10)

    The story is divided into 3 arcs: the present (episodes 1-7), the past (several thousands (?) of years ago, ep. 7-9+summer specials) and the present repeated again (ep. 10-12). However, it is really difficult to define what is the 1st and the 3rd arcs and what really is important – you will see what I mean if you watch the show. The third arc is also the reason why I rated the story only above average.
    The third arc is actually an alternate take on the first one – from the point of view of…a crow.

    The first arc is mostly about Kunizaki Yukito befriending a weird girl, Kamio Misuzu, finding a place to stay and getting to know a few other town residents (which, unsurprisingly, are women.) He is travelling because he wants to find a girl with wings, of whom he was told by his mother. In the process, some quite mysterious, magical events take place…

    Up to the seventh episode, I thought that it was just a casual drama with some mystery elements, but by the end of the second arc I was really into it – the story got really interesting and touching. However, after seeing the last episode I was angry and felt like I have wasted the last 1,5 hours....

    Read the spoiler only if you have seen the show and want to know why do I think so:
    In my opinion, the ending is terrible. It seems to have NOTHING to do with anything that happened in the show – basically, the first arc became unnecessary – I thought I just wasted my time watching it; the last episodes turned the focus of the show by 180 degrees… Everything that happened in the first seven episodes became just a minor detail, even the relationship between Yukito and Misuzu – I could not understand why. Neither have I got the last few minutes of the last episode. If you love the series you might say I am really dumb, however for me NGE was LESS confusing that this one, though I’m not really a romantic type of person.

    Characters (6/10)

    It could be said that all of characters were well developed, but the secondary characters were too emphasized. So emphasized that Misuzu became kinda…bland. In the last arc, character focus turned in an unexpected direction – I do not understand why. The main and some of the minor characters from the first arc became simply…….useless later on, except for Misuzu and… I won’t spoil more (but I love Potato XD.)

    Art/animation (8/10)

    I have to say is that the animation is pretty stunning – not much of reused footage, if you cross out a few episodes, and great backgrounds. Art quality is quite consistent, too. Since it is not an action anime, the characters are detailed. I love the sunset scenes, and the colour choice in general ^_^

    Voice acting, music (6/10)

    The voice acting is just… there, kinda bland. Could be better <_< Background music was just okay, but I liked the opening theme, light as a feather, even though I dislike 95% of anime opening themes. I love one of the songs in the last episode, too.

    Overall (6/10)

    I found only the 2nd arc good enough to justify watching the show – but your mileage may vary. See it for yourself, and sorry for the rant :/
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    Last edited by MuZ0NaZ; 12-31-2005 at 09:35 PM. Reason: changed my mind after the movie

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