Sucker Punched by Cuteness

So… a friend of mine recommended the anime “Air” to me.

Since he’s given me lots of good suggestions in the past (Haruhi, Welcome to the NHK, lots of others that aren’t coming to mind), I figured I would take him up on it.

I went in to the series knowing two things:

1) It’s by Kyoto Animation, famous for Lucky Star and Haruhi.

2) It’s based on a visual novel that started as an eroge before being rereleased in an all-ages version.

5 minutes in to the first episode, I had the following facts:

3) There’s a quirky “big brother” kind of character.

4) There are at least 3 cute female lead characters.


Based on these, I was pretty sure it was going to be a happy fluffy anime, the kind that has a little bit of angst but that ends with most everyone in a good mood and romantic triangles mostly wrapped up.

Those of you who’ve seen “Air”, let me know when you’re done laughing.

For those of you that haven’t, I won’t spoil too much, but, uh, if you decide to watch it, go in expecting that it’s going to make you do some thinking to figure some stuff out on your own, and, no, it’s not happily ever after for everyone.

I think I may give it another watch now that I know what’s coming and I’ll be spared the “uh, how are they going to get out of this one?” thoughts.

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