!! The VisualNovel and {{Anime}}:

* AngstAversion: It's a Key anime, so what would you expect?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpbXDBDG_B0&fmt=18 Summer Lights]] the calming, peaceful piano song that plays when Misuzu first shows up.
** Within the Japanese otaku-dom, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDpSoqey4iI&feature=related Tori no Uta]]'' ("Bird's Poem", or "Bird's Song") is often hailed as the anthem of anime/manga culture.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXEyfyNyac Aozora]]'', which starts playing [[spoiler: as Mizusu dies]]. Also [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning Music of]] [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]].
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy:
** [[spoiler: No one manages to break the curse, and at the end, Misuzu dies.]] Many detractors from Air will say that nothing ever happens in the entire series.
** [[spoiler: Although in truth, its stated in the game and very heavily implied in the anime that the curse ''is'' broken, and that Misuzu's reincarnation will get to have the happy life she deserves.]] It is, however, harder to be happy about an implied HopeSpot when the characters the audience has grown to love still do not get happy endings.
* DeaderThanDisco:
** Goes hand-in-hand with having one of the worst cases of ItWasHisSled, as its SignatureScene was [[spoiler:Misuzu's death at the very end.]]
** Getting [[Main/OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed]] by its [[VisualNovel/{{Kanon}} two siste]][[VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} r series]] probably played a role too. Nowadays, Creator/KeyVisualArts considers ''AIR'' an OldShame.
* HarsherInHindsight: On June 9, 2011, Creator/TomokoKawakami, the voice actress for Misuzu, passed away from ovarian cancer, therefore making it even harder to watch the final episodes.
* InferredHolocaust: How many people got attached to Kanna's reincarnations, which caused her curse to kill both of them?
* ItWasHisSled: Anyone even remotely familiar with AIR will tell you that [[spoiler:Misuzu dies]]. Especially its haters.
* MainstreamObscurity: ''Far'' more people know that [[spoiler:Misuzu dies]] than have actually watched the show.
* MemeticLoser: Misuzu will forever be remembered for only one thing: [[spoiler:dying at the end]].
%% * {{Moe}}: Par for the course.
* MoralEventHorizon: The Buddhist Monks crossed this line when they placed a curse on the Kannabi No Mikoto that extends to the ''next lives'' which is pretty much "If you fall in love, you die". Because [[DisproportionateRetribution she left the temple she was supposed to guard just so she can see her mother. They also killed her to top it off as well and the worst part is that they got away with it]].
* TheScrappy:
** Misuzu can also be this for those who dislike Air, because of her voice, breakdowns, and crying scenes which look ugly to them.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Face it, Minagi, Kano, and Yukito get thrown away and never referenced again.

!! The band:

* EpicRiff: They have quite a few - "Sexy Boy", "Kelly Watch the Stars", "Playground Love"...
* FirstInstallmentWins: Kinda sucks having your first album be the most acclaimed...
* SophomoreSlump: ''10.000 Hz Legend'', their second album (minus reissues and soundtracks) was less well-received than ''Moon Safari''.