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Air

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Air is about a guy named Yukito Kunisaki who is on a journey, seeking a girl with wings who flies in the sky, as mentioned in a childhood tale. During this journey, he settles down in a small tow and trying to earn some money. There, he meets a strange girl named Misuzu. She quickly makes Yukito her friend and invites him to stay with her. He continue searching for the winged girl his mother had searched for in her life. Will he found the winged girl?

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Yukito Kunisaki
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese - game, movie), Daisuke Ono (Japanese - anime), Vic Mignogna (English)
Yukito is a wanderer traveling across the country in order to find the 'girl in the sky', a goal each generation of his family has passed on for a thousand years. Yukito lives off his trade, a special form of stringless puppeteering that was taught to him by his mother before she died. He is a successor and descendant of Ryuya and Uraha.
During his time in the town where Air is set, Yukito meets several young girls and the strange events that befall them, including his temporarily becoming a member of Minagi Tohno's astronomy club and doing odd jobs for Kano Kirishima's older sister Hijiri. He forms a deep relationship with Misuzu Kamio in the time they spend together, but after Misuzu falls ill during his stay he decides to leave after learning that her "illness" grows worse whenever she begins to become friends with someone. After having a change of heart and recognizing his concern for the girl, he begs for another chance to watch over her.
He is initially annoyed at Misuzu's attempts to be around him, glaring at her bringing him juice because of the heat. After helping Misuzu with her summer project (for which his reward was to have her buy him a bowl of ramen since he had not eaten well in days), he gradually warms up to the girl and her eccentric aunt Haruko Kamio after being invited to stay at the Kamio residence.
In the Air movie, along with a re-worked version of the story focusing on the relationship between Yukito and Misuzu, Yukito's personality takes on a more cynical edge as well as a slightly older appearance. He came to Kami in order to perform at the upcoming festival, and at one point claims that he doesn't want to perform for families only pretending to be happy, implying that his own family life may have been difficult. In the movie's version of the story, Yukito is more obviously stated to be the reincarnation of Ryuya. Thus, Yukito recalls his past life, and the guilt he feels for what happened to Kanna, who was his lover in the movie. His relationship with Misuzu is much more overtly romantic, and he confesses his love for her near the end of the film.

Misuzu Kamio
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
Misuzu is the first of the three girls featured in Air that meets Yukito Kunisaki. She becomes friends with Yukito and invites him to stay over at her house. Her foster mother is Haruko Kamio who is actually her aunt as her biological mother died while she was still young and her father gave her to Haruko. She is a cheerful, slightly clumsy girl, and often mentions the pseudo-dinosauric phrase "Gao" whenever she feels troubled or is about to cry. Since a young age, Misuzu has had a great love of dinosaurs, going so far as to believe baby chicks were young dinosaurs for a time.
After several weeks of staying in Misuzu's hometown, Yukito discovers that Misuzu suffers from a mysterious illness that makes her cry whenever she thinks she has made a friend, thus explaining why she is shunned in school. Later her condition worsens and it is revealed that she is actually the reincarnation of the last winged being, Kannabi no Mikoto, who was cursed by Buddhist monks before her death. As the soul of a winged being is too much for a normal human body to contain, Misuzu is fated to die young. Misuzu's good ending in the game is as she dies, she is successful in breaking free from Kannabi no Mikoto's curse, due to the literally life-taking efforts of Yukito and herself. It is implied that both souls are now free from their chains to the Earth. In the finale of the manga however; Misuzu recovers after the last dream thanks to Yukito's efforts.

Kano Kirishima
Voiced by: Asami Okamoto (Japanese), Stephanie Wittels (English)
Kano is the second of the three girls featured in Air and the younger sister of Hijiri Kirishima. Kano is a wily and energetic girl with a cute side, and is always seen with her small dog, Potato. Like Misuzu, Kano has a curse related to the past. Her mother died in childbirth, and her sister is the only family that she has.
Kano is the third hint of a supernatural side to this world, the first two being Yukito's magical puppeteering powers and the mentions of the winged woman Yukito is searching for. She wears a yellow scarf around her wrist all the time, which, Hijiri claims, will enable her to use magic. Also, she, like the other girls, has dreamed for years about flying in the sky, which causes Yukito to suspect that she may be Kanna. Kano has always wanted to fly because Hijiri told her that their mother was now in the sky, watching over them.
Yukito later stumbles upon Kano twice while she is acting very strangely; once, Hijiri is giving her a check-up and her words do not make sense, and once, she is at the town shrine and attempts to choke Yukito to death before collapsing. It turns out that Kano is possessed by the soul of an estranged mother from the Feudal Era who committed suicide in order to protect her child from being sacrificed. Just before the mother had done so, she tried to force herself to kill the child by choking him to death, but could not do it, just like with Yukito.
Kano first began showing signs of the curse when she was very young. It was at the summer festival, where Kano ran into the shrine and she and Hijiri found a feather. Hijiri took it from its place and Kano touched it. Since that time, she acted strangely, muttering to herself and talking about flying. Hijiri does not believe in magic or anything supernatural, but did note that whatever was happening to Kano, her life was in danger. Because of this, she tied the yellow scarf around Kano's wrist, made up the story about becoming a mage, and made her sister promise never to remove the scarf, hoping to use it as an emotional trigger to prevent Kano's suicide.
Kano wishes to see her mother and say that she was sorry for being born because her mother had died soon after giving birth to Kano. However, Yukito tells her that her mother would not want to see her daughter agonizing over her death. He says instead to tell her mother "Thank you" for giving birth to her. Later, as she is in a near-death experience, Kano tells her mother's spirit just that and is no longer in need of her yellow scarf. In the end of both versions where she plays a significant role, she gives it up voluntarily; in the game, she hands it over to Yukito, and in the anime, she lets it float away in the wind.

Minagi Tohno
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Minagi is the third of the three girls featured in Air. A top student in the school, Minagi is very quiet and shy. Though she does not hold a spirit from the past like Misuzu or Kano, she is still rather isolated from others. Until she met Yukito, her only friend was Michiru. Her father is frequently away on business and works as a train conductor.
Minagi is the president of the astronomy club at school, though she is also the only member, until she makes Yukito a member later on. Like with the other girls, Yukito begins to suspect that she is 'the girl in the sky', but is proven wrong. Minagi has a secret, however, which Yukito comes to discover from Hijiri. Minagi's mother has a mental illness stemming from when she had a miscarriage with her second child, who was going to be named Michiru. Since Minagi had always been closer to her father, her mother was hoping that this second child would be close to her, but this did not happen, because the baby died. Now, Ms. Tohno thinks that Minagi is that child and adores her, but calls her Michiru instead of Minagi.
Minagi is completely wiped from her mother's mind as the mental illness worsens. Now she is under the belief that she never had any daughters at all, and does not recognize Minagi, driving her out of the house. Yukito finds her in distress on the roof of the school, where Minagi describes her life as part of someone else's dream. Yukito strongly suspects that Minagi may be the girl he is looking for when she states that now she is like a person with wings that cannot fly. Yukito tells Minagi that he is leaving town, and he asks her to come with him so that she can learn about the world. At first Minagi accepts this offer, but then Yukito leads her back to her own house. As her mother sees her approaching, her memories of Minagi return, and the two embrace joyfully.
All this time, Michiru has been avoiding Minagi's home. However, when Ms. Tohno calls Minagi "Minagi", Michiru agrees to eat with them. Ms. Tohno has a small pause when she learns that the little girl's name is Michiru, but gets over it and accepts Michiru as a friend of her daughter. Later, Minagi goes to the rooftop of the school with Yukito one last time, only to see Michiru, her ribbons untied, standing at the edge of the roof. Michiru reveals that Minagi's tie to the past is different from Kano's and Misuzu's, for she is not a being from the past; rather, she is connected through Michiru, who is actually a wandering spirit. Michiru saw 'the girl in the sky' and wanted to make her smile and free her of her curse, so she went down to Earth to cheer up another sad and lonely girl, Minagi. Now Minagi can exist without her. Minagi tries to stop Michiru from leaving, but can only watch sadly as her closest friend drifts away into the sky. However, at least now she has a friend in Yukito and her mother accepts her existence.
Minagi receives a letter from her father, who has moved to another town and married another woman. Her father and his new wife have a baby daughter now, and they want Minagi to come and visit them. Minagi agrees to go see them, and as she is about to leave, Yukito suddenly calls out to her: "Even wings that can no longer fly have a reason to exist, because they still have a memory of the time when they could fly." Minagi goes to see her father, whose child is named Michiru and looks exactly like the Michiru that Minagi knew.


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