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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.
  • Broken Base:
    • Misuzu's death always was the main reason for criticism of this novel and anime, even among its most loyal fans.
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    • Although this has become a motivation for many anime fans, to read the original novel, Gainax Ending in the adaptation is still considered rather controversial and spoiling the overall impression of viewing.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy:
    • Because of Misuzu's heartbreaking death, 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.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Yukito asks Girl in the sky a second chance for them with Misuzu, after which they both reincarnate and finally walk like children in their new life on the beach and look sadly at the last day of their past life
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Misuzu dies of a curse a curse inflicted on her ancestor Kanna; she must endure constant reincarnation and death whenever she finds love. It becomes even more devastating when, eleven years after the original visual novel was released, Tomoko Kawakami died after undergoing hospitalization for ovarian cancer since 2008.
    • The dub is uncomfortable, too, given that it cast someone accused for over ten years of sexual misconduct as the male lead and his most famous victim as the female lead.
  • Inferred Holocaust: How many people got attached to Kanna's reincarnations, which caused her curse to kill both of them?
  • 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.
  • Memetic Loser: Misuzu will forever be remembered for only one thing: dying at the end.
  • Moe: Misuzu as one of the most famous examples of the terminally ill Love Interest.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Adaptation can be more atmospheric, sad and symbolist, if you will review the show by learning about the concept of Yugen and Japanese shinto convictions.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Face it, Minagi, Kano, and Yukito get thrown away and never referenced again.

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.

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