Air Review

Story:
Yukito Kunisaki has the ability to control a puppet with his mind. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end up being too useful of a talent when he arrives in a small and sleepy town by the sea. But Yukito has to stay in the small town as he’s been looking for someone very special for many years: a girl with wings whom his mother often spoke of.

Violence:
Initially this aspect is pretty low, but around the second half of the series there are some people that die, mainly from sword fights and such. A girl with wings is shot at with multiple arrows at one point as well. The violence isn’t high visually though. Not too much blood, considering the situation.

Language:
Yukito has the worst language of the characters, though it’s still nothing worse than most YA series, one or two instances of the “illegitimate-son” word being the worst of the bunch.

Nudity:
This is the odd part. The “girl with wings” is actually unclothed in many scenes. However, all details are either covered or simply not there (like a silhouette). The only sexual implications in this show are when a female doctor is looking over her sister and the conversation gets suggestive. Nothing explicit, but it can be uncomfortable (as it certainly is for Yukito in the other room).

Theology/Mythology:
Yukito has the ability to control a puppet with his mind, make what you will of that. Later on, it is implied that reincarnation, or some other kind of “rebirth” exists in the world as well. One girl is supposedly “possessed” by another person long dead. Also the “girl with wings” was born as such and the people who raise her believe her to be a “messenger of the gods.” There is also a lot of talk about fate and whatnot. Nothing attempting to make converts of viewers or anything like that, but it’s there nonetheless.

Personal Impression:
If you don’t like sad endings, give up this show right now. I’m serious. This show does not end well. I won’t spoil it outright, but you should be well prepared for that eventually. If you don’t mind some tears though, you’ll find this show’s story, art (oh my gosh, the art) and characters are all wonderfully done. The music is beautiful as well, depending on slow piano pieces frequently, as is fitting for the sad undertones of the show.
I would mention more on this show, except that spoilers would appear if I did so. Suffice to say that Yukito is quite a loveable and unique hero and the other characters are all pretty interesting overall. Which makes the end quite bitter. Bitter indeed. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes: 26
Languages: Sub and dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Fantasy, slice of life, supernatural
Website: http://www.funimation.com/air
Legal streaming: FUNimation’s site
Screen shots:
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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

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