‘Air’ is a short anime series that has been adapted from a visual novel. While the visuals novel revolves around the alternate stories of three different female protagonists, the anime makes good use of its 12 episodes to bring a story that does justice to its source material. The story has been beautifully done and though, for obvious reasons, it is a little different from that of the game, it is still equally moving and will surely leave you with tears in your eyes. If you’re not able to understand the Kanna Arc the first time you watch it, try watching it again and I can assure you that you’ll come to appreciate the series a lot more. The characters are all very realistic and as a viewer, it’s very easy to understand what each of them is going through. The only problem with them is that quite a lot of characters don’t receive the development they deserve because of its short runtime.
Kyoto Animation, as always, does a stunning job with the animation. ‘Air’ offers some breathtaking scenes and some of the most amazing backgrounds that just make the whole viewing experience even more thrilling. The music is as good as the animation, especially the heartwarming opening theme that subtly prepares you for each episode. ‘Air’ can be a little off-putting in the beginning because things may not make sense to most people. But if you’re patient enough to stick with it till the end, you’ll be surprised at how amazingly its entire timeline has been paced. Overall, I would only recommend it to someone who is not just a romance anime fan but is also a little open-minded. If you’ve already been through the visual novel version of it then I don’t think you’ll be able to enjoy it much but for anyone else, this tear-jerking anime deserves a chance. Not to mention, it can get really depressing at times so make sure you’re prepared for that.
Air Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Air’ season 1 premiered on January 7, 2005 and came to an end on March 25, 2005. During this span, the anime aired a total of 12 episodes with each one of them being 24 minutes long. While most visual novel adaptations fail to reach the standards set by their source materials, ‘Air’ proves to be an exception. Soon after its release, the anime was very well accepted fans and though its overall rating on most platforms was quite average, most viewers were expecting a sequel of it.
Unfortunately, it has been more than a decade now since its release and Kyoto Animation has not announced anything about ‘Air’ season 2 yet. After all these years it seems very less likely that there will ever be one. But even then, if you’re still craving the supernatural drama of this anime, you can always watch the alternate versions of it or you can also try out its visual novel. If we get any updates of its renewal or Air season 2 release date, we’ll surely update it here in this section.
Air English Dub:
The English dub of ‘Air’ is available on Funimation.
Yukito Kunisaki, the main protagonist, sets out to search for a Winged Maiden that his mother would often tell him about though childhood tales. While he’s at it, Yukito tries to make a living through puppet shows and stays in a small town that he wishes to leave soon. But his life takes a turn when he meets an eccentric girl named Misuzu and he is forced to stay in the small town a bit longer after he is invited to stay with her.