The Visual Novel and Anime:

  • Angst Aversion: It's a Key anime, so what would you expect?
  • Awesome Music:
    • Summer Lights the calming, peaceful piano song that plays when Misuzu first shows up.
    • Within the Japanese otaku-dom, Tori no Uta ("Bird's Poem", or "Bird's Song") is often hailed as the anthem of anime/manga culture.
    • Aozora, which starts playing as Mizusu dies. Also Crowning Music of Tear Jerking.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • The monks who cursed Kanna got away with it and caused Misuzu to break down whenever she gets close to someone, 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.
    • 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 Hope Spot when the characters the audience has grown to love still do not get happy endings.
  • Deader Than Disco:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: On June 9, 2011, Tomoko Kawakami, the voice actress for Misuzu, passed away from ovarian cancer, therefore making it even harder to watch the final episodes.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Here in AIR, Kano always wanted magical powers. You would feel happy for her if you have played Eternal Fighter Zero, where she fights with a fantasy role-playing staff, and is able to cast tiered versions of fire, ice and lightning spells, in a reference to a Role-Playing Game named Ragnarok Online, then you realize that her wish has finally become true.
    • So, Misuzu dies at the end, and the story ends with the implied Hope Spot that her curse was broken, and she will finally get the happy life she deserves in her next life. Like Kano's example above, you'll feel happy for her if you have played Eternal Fighter Zero, where she looks pretty happy, and having fun fighting. For this same reason you will also feel happy for Kanna (If you can pass over her SNK Boss status).
  • It Was His Sled: Anyone even remotely familiar with AIR will tell you that Misuzu dies. Especially its haters.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Far more people know that Misuzu dies than have actually watched the show.

The band:

  • Epic Riff: They have quite a few - "Sexy Boy", "Kelly Watch the Stars", "Playground Love"...
  • First Installment Wins: Kinda sucks having your first album be the most acclaimed...
  • Sophomore Slump: 10.000 Hz Legend, their second album (minus reissues and soundtracks) was less well-received than Moon Safari.