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This is the story of a curse....and how it was broken.,
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AIR is without a doubt, the most beautiful anime I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of anime. The animation: blessed by the legendary Kyoto Ani studios, AIR is a stunning visual piece with sweeping backgrounds and gorgeously crisp and original character designs. Everything is beautiful, from Misuzu's golden hair blowing in the summer breeze to the stills of the sun setting in a reddish-purple sky, its an aesthetic masterpiece and the visuals will keep you entertained throughout. The soundtrack: perfectly crafted to inspire visions of a summer's day, the music sweeps the viewer along in its own quiet, poignant way. Most memorable is the piano track called 'Summer Lights'; from the very first episode you just know that sweet little tune will stay in your memory forever. Worthy of mention is the vocalist LIA, who provides the haunting opening theme, the uplifting ending theme and the tear jerking insert song Aozora-her angelic vocals send shivers down my spine every time. The characters: even the supporting cast stole my heart in this anime, although they weren't fleshed out as well as they could have been. However it was Misuzu, Yukito and their ancestral counterparts that really stole my heart once the main arc of the story sets in. Not to spoil anything-but the ending is beautiful, if heart wrenching. The story: AIR is a tale of innocence, hope, and a love that transcends time, all told during one fateful summer where a Misuzu, a lonely young school girl finds a friend in a travelling puppeteer named Yukito who is searching for 'the winged girl waiting in the sky' that his mother told him of. But supernatural events from their past lives are catching up to them, and this summer might just be their chance to break the cycle of doomed love and sorrow that has lasted for a thousand years; a thousand summers. Could Misuzu be the girl who is waiting in the air? Worthy of every good word ever said about it, AIR is truly a masterpiece, and if you enjoy beautiful meaningful anime such as Spirited Away and Rahxephon you will undoubtedly enjoy this.