Posted by psgels on 1 January 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews



Many of the criticisms and praises I had for the Clannad Movie also go for the Toei version of air: their big disadvantage lies only in their length. They’re short, and therefore not as engaging as the Kyoani-versions. But they’re still excellent movies that did a great job of cutting up their stories in only ninety minutes. If Osamu Dezaki would have gotten the same amount of episodes as with the Kyoani series, then I’m sure that the end result would not have been inferior to them. Both Air and Clannad have wonderful story-lines, and both Toei and Kyoani did a wonderful job in adapting them.

The visuals: also pretty much the same story. In technical terms, Kyoani did a more fluid and consistent job, but on the other hand the Toei version loves to play with different camera angles, visual direction, filters and interesting screenplay, that makes it a visual feast in its own way, and yet it doesn’t get in the way of the storyline unlike some of Shaft’s productions.

The characters? The same can be said again: the side-characters are still wonderful, and the lead female is actually much more strong-headed than she was in the Kyoani-version, which gives a completely different dimension to her. In exchange, the male lead again just isn’t as interesting as he was in the Kyoani version: again, instead of the male lead helping the female lead amidst his own problems, this movie shows the female lead as she helps the male lead amidst her own problems. It actually works really well.

Air again cuts away all of the side-stories, to focus completely on the main storyline of Air. It’s much more of a straightforward romance story this way, instead of a strange pseudo-harem, and it works pretty well. But yeah, the climaxes just aren’t as emotional due to the small airtime. In any case though, Key really was lucky that its works were adopted twice, by people with great but completely different talents. At this point, I hope that Genji Monogatari wasn’t the last we’ve seen from Osamu Dezaki, because this guy is a truly unique director, and he shows it in this movie yet again.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Great cut and paste job to fit the story into 90 minutes.
Characters: 8/10 – Needed more time to flesh out characters, otherwise excellent in a different way from the TV-series.
Production-Values: 9/10 – A visual feast thanks to Osamu Dezaki’s visual direction.
Setting: 8/10 – Pretty nice, but not the main focus.

5 Responses

  1. thomas says:

    I remember hating this as much as I loved the series :)

  2. veee says:

    Hmmm.. I forgot why but I didn’t manage to finish Air in the end, after reading this review I feel like watching both the TV and movie versions :D

  3. nodbgp says:

    Personally i liked the movie more than the series, for the simple fact of cutting the side stories, didnt like any of then in the anime version.

    I remember this series pretty well, because this was the first anime that made me hold myself to not cry.

  4. Fred says:

    Based on your experience with anime, I was hoping you could answer this question: what are some other anime movies or series that I’d enjoy if I like the work of Miyazaki? Something magical, exciting, heartfelt, nostalgic, high quality. I’m sure you know what I mean.
    Thanks!

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Well, there is Satoshi Kon with Millennium Actress (a very charming homage to all sorts of movie genres) and Tokyo Godfathers (perhaps not magical in technical terms, but the christmas spirit is all over the movie).

    Then there’s Metropolis, a science fiction movie but with all the charms of Osamu Tezuka. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo is also very good and down to earth.

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  • Asuka111
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:42 PM)
    Wouldn’t that be crazy, lol
  • Asuka111
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:39 PM)
    Lol you guys are hilarious. Even funnier when you realize we’re talking through a little box on an anime blog, but I digress. Heck, all of you could be automated response bots for all I know.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:21 PM)
    I decided to drop psycho pass this week, only really watched the second season because I was told I’d like it more, alas though I’ve tired of the dumb fun it was providing me.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:19 PM)
    And oh liam Neeson…tying yourself to that awful Million ways to die in the west movie and a pox on you McFarlane for thinking you qualify as a modern Mel Brooks…for shame.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:16 PM)
    Never could get into the family guy spinoff or American dad and family guy itself just ran out of effect eventually, has gone on too long, nothing stringing its humour together and I’ve long outgrown the series. I won’t be bothering with Ted 2 in any case.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:14 PM)
    For the first forty minutes or so Ted had its moments and the flash Gordon/80s references worked, but it got pretty stale and ran out as it went on and further signified the fall of Seth McFarlane in my eyes.
  • Enka
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 08:04 PM)
    Ha, hindsight’s 20/20. But the joke I was referring to was the “you must be great at parties” thing, because that’s the one that set him off I guess.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 07:35 PM)
    @SomeAnonGuy, Um..yeah. Hi.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 07:34 PM)
    @Enka, Bam is taking this a little too personally though I do agree that your joke was terrible. Wasn’t even a joke to be honest. It was like that moment in that Ted movie where the guy goes to the fat kid “Back off Susan Boyle!” It’s not really a joke, just a random reference that makes no sense.
  • Enka
    (Friday, Nov 28. 2014 06:05 PM)
    And who started it? I said a harmless joke (if it was a crap joke or not) and you got your feelings hurt. Not my problem.
    @Emma I see. But for me, SnK had so much wasted potential that I feel like spinoff stories give me what thr main series lacked. :/

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