Air in Summer

Title:Air in Summer
Air Summer Special
AIR イン サマー
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Notables: CANNA Nobutoshi
INOUE Kikuko
Music - MAEDA Jun
Original Concept - KEY

One a stormy evening, a Samurai warrior named Ryuuya flees a palace along with a miko named Uraha and a princess named Kanna. While attempting to elude their pursuers, Kanna gets to experience life outside of the palace for the first time in her life. But will they reach Kanna's imprisoned mother in time?

[2 episodes; TV Special. This special fleshes out the the back story told in episodes 8 & 9 of AIR TV, where Ryuuya-dono, Uraha-dono, and Kanna-sama flee for their lives.]

1:00min Trailer - YouTube Video
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 9 9 8 9 8 8 Dreamer [series:1177#2279]
Having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the series, I had picked up these two OVAs in hopes of more of the same goodness.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
The art and animation was the same quality as the series. See my review on Air TV

The soundtrack was the same as the series as well. Again, see my review on the series.

Series and Episode Story
These two OVAs expands upon the the story told in the feudal era. It gives more depth to the story already told in the series. Being a fan of the series, this was a welcomed addition and made for more amazingly good entertainment.

Overall, it a good watch if you enjoyed Air TV.

Last updated Sunday, May 10 2009. Created Sunday, May 10 2009.
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Last updated Monday, December 08 2008. Created Monday, December 08 2008.
Rent 9 8 8 9 8 Ggultra2764 [series:1177#1552]
This is a special which further fleshes out the characters of Kanna, Ryuuha, and Kanna. The limited number of episodes for the feudal arc hindered any kind of fleshing out for their characters in Air and this special does a decent enough job of expanding their journey up to before they find Kanna's mother. It does incorporate some comedy to mix in with serious moments as Devil Doll explained in her review.

This special provides some breathing room from the tragedy and emotional drama found in the TV series so it is worth a watch if you wanted an expansion to the feudal arc.

Last updated Sunday, March 30 2008. Created Sunday, March 30 2008.
Rent 8 8 9 8 6 9 Devil Doll [series:1177#752]
[Score: 80% = Rent+]

This OVA isn't exactly playing between episodes 8 and 9: The first episode rewrites a part of episode 8 (similar to episode 10 looking from a different angle at events that happened earlier in the series), repeating some of the events from there and inserting certain other events (and thus explaining what made certain of the events of episodes 8 and 9 happen, such as Kanna running away from the cockerel). The second episode is completely new material though.

By fleshing out the characters a bit more, these two episodes give a little more life to the story, and as such are a nice watch. On the other side, they contain significantly more slapstick elements (such as Kanna juggling with real stones and hitting herself with them) than would reasonably suit the atmosphere of their desperate abscondence; the same goes for a number of fanservice elements (such as Ryuuya and Kanna constantly quarreling about the mikoto being flat-chested, or the scenes hinting at Kanna potentially undressing). While being hardly appropriate for this scenario, this special (most notably the second part) manages to present a marvellous combination of funny scenes with surprisingly serious interludes now and then, and as such was a very nice experience almost on par with Aa! Megami-sama! TV.

One big downside should be mentioned: Ryuuya's story about his childhood clearly contradicts the TV series where we saw him together with his mother. I deducted one point from Series Story because of this.

Last updated Saturday, June 14 2008. Created Wednesday, February 27 2008.
Rent 9 8 8 9 7 AstroNerdBoy [series:1177#436]

As mentioned in the synopsis, this TV-special takes place between episodes 8 & 9 of the TV series. As such, we get more fleshing out of Ryuuya-dono, Uraha-dono, and Kanna-sama. Some of the stuff we already saw and some of the stuff is new. This background story, while nice, still isn't the part of AIR that gripped me so. Still, I did enjoy seeing this trio again and learning the additional information.

Bottom line: If you liked episodes 8 & 9 of the TV series, you'll enjoy this special a lot.

Last updated Tuesday, April 04 2006. Created Monday, September 05 2005.

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