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. For expamle, Sky the crow, the dog on the anime that Misuzu watches, and the glimpse of Kano and Minagi with Michiru at the summer festival. The TV series left me with some questions, but the movie tied everything together in the end so you are not left wondering about something. I would tell you what left me confused in the TV series, but I don't want to give anything away.
Differences Between the Movie and TV Series:
Of course, I noticed these differences after watching the TV series then the movie.
1. Ryuuya in the series resembles Yukito, but in the movie he has darker hair.
2. Kanna seems older in the movie than in the series.
3. In the movie, Uraha has a very small role unlike the series.
4. You never met Kano, Minagi, and Michiru in the movie, just only see a glimpse of them.
5. Misuzu and Haruko have a closer relationship in the movie than the series.
6. Misuzu says "gao" only one time in the whole movie.
8. Misuzu has not gone to school for the past school year.
9. Yukito is really her only friend through the whole movie.
There are a few more differences, but I don't want to give everything away.
Hopefully, you found my review to be helpful. I have tried to keep this review spoiler-free, but if I slipped up a few times, I hope I didn't ruin the movie for you. I wouldn't want someone to tell me what happened and ruin it for me.
This is one of the best anime movies out there. Even if you are not into anime but somehow stumbled across this review, please give Misuzu and Yukito a chance. You will fall in love with the characters, laugh at Haruko's antics, and feel like you have known Misuzu and Yukito your entire life. If Air doesn't do something to our insides, then leave me a comment.