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Air is an anime adapted from the game by Key. It was animated by Kyoto Animation


HistoryEdit

On November 17, 2004, a teaser DVD called "Air Prelude" was released which had interviews with cast, a clean opening and ending sequences and footage of the anime itself. It was limited edition, with only 20 000 copies printed. The anime is animated by Kyoto Animation, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, written by Fumihiko Shimo and character designs by Tomoe Aratani, based on the original designs by Itaru Hinoue, who illustrated the visual novel. Twelve episodes were produced, along with a recap episode which summarises Misuzu's arc. A two part special, titled Air in Summer, was also released.

Re-release and Blu-rayEdit

On March 31, 2005, a DVD was released titled "Air Memories" which contained commercials, staff commentaries, and clean ending sequences from Episode Twelve and Thirteen. Air was one of the first anime series to be released on Blu-ray, released on December 22, 2006. A new version of the Blu-ray was released on November 28, 2008 in Japan. 

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Original air date[8]
01 "Kaze ~Breeze~"

"Kaze"(かぜ)

January 6, 2005
Yukito Kunisaki arrives to the town in hopes of making money for food with his puppet show. He meets Misuzu Kamio, a strange girl living in the town. Misuzu manages to lure Yukito to her house with food at which after a discussion she offers him residence. Soon after, Haruko Kamio, Misuzu's foster mother, arrives to the house. Haruko initially opposes Yukito's stay but later decides to allow him to stay in the shed. 
02 "~Town~"

"Machi"(まち)

January 13, 2005
Yukito explains to Misuzu the quest of the cursed girl with wings that has been in his family for generations. The next day, Yukito's puppet show only manages to attract a dog named Potato, while scaring others. While performing in front of her clinic, Yukito is caught by Hijiri Kirishima, who offers him work doing odd jobs. 
03 "~Whisper~"

"Koe"(こえ)

January 20, 2005
The surroundings of Yukito and Misuzu briefly change from the shrine to a cropland as a result of Kano's experience. After a confrontation with Hijiri, Yukito and others briefly go to the clinic. Yukito and Misuzu leave the clinic for home. On their way, Yukito realizes he was not paid for his part time job and sneaks back into the clinic only to overhear Kano's other personality. 
04 "~Plume~"

"Hane"(はね)

January 27, 2005
Kano strangles Yukito in her trance-like state near the shrine hard enough to leave a mark before falling unconscious. Back at the clinic, Hijiri apologizes for Kano's behavior and explains when and how Kano's unusual symptoms started, with a single bright feather at the shrine. 
05 "~Wing~"

"Tsubasa"(つばさ)

February 3, 2005
Yukito ends up spending the day with Minagi and Michiru while Misuzu is at school. Yukito walks Minagi home after being invited to go stargazing on the school's rooftop when he first learns of her mother's mental illness. Later, Misuzu attempts to play cards with Yukito, but is overcome with extreme pain. When Yukito learns of Misuzu's condition he decides to move out of the house. 
06 "~Star~"

"Hoshi"(ほし)

February 10, 2005
After Minagi's mother's mental condition has caused her to forget she has a daughter, Minagi leaves home and joins Yukito. Yukito tells Minagi he's leaving town and wants her to come with him, but instead leads her back home to face her mother. Michiru is invited to eat at Minagi's house. Michiru leaves, having fulfilled her purpose. 
07 "~Dream~"

"Yume"(ゆめ)

February 17, 2005
There are a number of flashbacks that Yukito has of his mother telling him about the girl with wings, about how she will forget everything and die when she dreams her final dream, and about how the person close to her will also die. Misuzu's foster mother leaves, leaving Yukito and Misuzu alone. Misuzu tells Yukito about her last dream, and Yukito comes to the decision to stay by her side, knowing the consequences. Yukito suddenly disappears and after Misuzu wakes up feeling better, she wonders where Yukito has gone or if he will come back. 
08 "~Summer~"

"Natsu"(なつ)

February 24, 2005
This story takes place 1000 years prior to the rest of the story. Kanna is a girl with wings confined to a palace with a friend, Uraha, and body guard, Ryūya. When Kanna is to be sent to another temple, the three escape and go on a journey to find Kanna's mother. Meanwhile, the palace is attacked and the three are pursued. They finally find Kanna's mother but she tells them to leave. 
09 "~Moon~"

"Tsuki"(つき)

March 3, 2005
Kanna's mother claims to be "tainted". They all escape from the mountain but their pursuers manage to kill Kanna's mother. Before she dies, she passes the ancient prayer to Kanna. While the pursuers are closing in, the three talk about settling down near the ocean, but Kanna knows this is only a dream. She takes flight but the monks curse her and she is killed by the soldiers. Ryūya and Uraha learn about the curse and Kanna's suffering and vow to end it by having a child who will break the curse. 
10 "~Light~"

"Hikari"(ひかり)

March 10, 2005
The events of the earlier story involving Misuzu are retold from the point of view of a crow Misuzu found and named Sora. 
11 "~Sea~"

"Umi"(うみ)

March 17, 2005
Misuzu's curse is getting more serious. Soon, she has forgotten who Haruko is and begins to act strangely, playing cards by herself and not wanting to go outdoors. Haruko is depressed, but tries hard to restore the memories Misuzu lost. Soon, however, Misuzu's birth father shows up, and tries to claim Misuzu back from Haruko, deciding to let Misuzu decide who she wants to live with. Haruko, desperate because of Misuzu's memory loss, begs him to let her have Misuzu for three more days, to which he agrees. 
12 "~Air~"

"Sora"(そら)

March 24, 2005
The summer festival has finally arrived, but unfortunately it rains that day and thus the festival is canceled. Wanting to do anything she can for Misuzu, Haruko brings her to the local shrine. As mother and daughter bond further, Misuzu continues to weaken and eventually dies in Haruko's arms at the beach. Two familiar kids on the beach are shown. 
13 "Highlights"

"Sōshūhen"(総集編)

March 31, 2005
This is a recap of Misuzu Kamio'sstory arc

Air in Summer[edit]Edit

No. Title Original air date[8]
01 "~Mountain path~"

"Yamamichi"(やまみち)

August 28, 2005
The events of the Summer arc are retold from the escape from the shrine to before the mountain. These events also include scenes not shown in the original Summer arc. 
02 "~Universe~"

"Ametsuchi"(あめつち)

September 4, 2005
The relationship between Ryūya and Kanna is explored more showing their bond to be more romantic than platonic in nature. 

English dubbingEdit

On April 27, 2007, ADV Films announced that they had bought the license for the anime series and the movie adaptation of Air. The episodes were released on four DVDs throughout North America, that included the twelve main episodes and Air in Summer. In July 2008, the license was transferred to FUNimation, who released a three-disc series set of the anime, which did not include the recap episode.

Korean dubbingEdit

In South Korea, the series was broadcasted in the Korean language by AniMax. Details remain unknown.

GalleryEdit

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