Legend tells of a winged beauty who was so feared that she was confined to a palace, never to leave its gates alive. She lived a life of solitude until one day love entered her life; but as cruel fate would have it, the more the young woman loved, the closer she came to her death. For young Misuzu, researching the tragic tale of the winged one was only the beginning of her summer’s journey; a journey that would be filled with the discovery of love, the pain of loss, and the exploration of the human heart.
On an island where cherry blossoms bloom all year-round, love seems to always be in the air. It is in this magical atmosphere that Asakura Junnichi lives, and when he dreams he travels to the dreams of others, rather than have any of his own. In everyday high-school life, he is accompanied by his adopted sister, Nemu, and an eclectic group of friends including a j-pop idol-in-the-making and a girl they knew from their childhood. Promises, and magic, and love -- Junnichi seems to dream about every girl he knows, but which girl dreams of him...?
In both Air and Da Capo, relationship problems between the main characters are prevalent. In the Air Movie the main heroine, Misuzo, is a young girl with a naïve personality, while her hero, Yukito, is more serious and mature, with a multifaceted personality. In Da Capo, the two main characters were raised as siblings so there is a strain on their relationship.
Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
The dramatic atmosphere presented in both Fruits Basket and the Air Movie is seen in how the main characters interact with one another. Both have sad parts throughout and deal with issues such as solitude and what cruel fate can bestow on someone. The main characters go through a journey of trials and tribulations trying to overcome what is destined for their futures and try to make their curses something more than a hindrance.
Narumi Takayuki is a normal high school student with a crush on Mitsuki, the school's swim star -- that is, until he receives a profession of love from his friend Haruka. But amidst the beautiful budding relationship, tragedy strikes when an accident occurs, turning Narumi’s life upside-down. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is a compelling drama about one man, and the choices he must make for love.
After having lived elsewhere for several years, Sana returns to the town in which he grew up in, and quickly begins to reacquaint himself to his surroundings and new high school. While there, Sana runs into his four childhood friends: Shuu, Shuri, Aoi, and Nanaka; but for some strange reason Nanaka gives him the cold shoulder. As he goes about his new daily life, can Sana rebuild his friendship with Nanaka while trying to deal with a troubling secret from his past?
The Air Movie and Myself; Yourself deal with real life problems and a harem type of relationship angst. The Air Movie, however, involves a magical arc to the story but the main line of it deals with the relationship between the main characters on a daily basis. In the end viewers will get the feeling that the love interests chosen will stay with each other forever.
Once there lived an eccentric author called Drosselmeyer who wrote grand tragedies - one of them was the tale of a prince who sealed away an evil raven by breaking his own heart into tiny pieces. However, before the story could be completed, the author died and the tale took on a life of its own. Now, in a town where fiction and reality meet, the story continues on its tragic course with Ahiru, a duck who transforms into the beautiful Princess Tutu in order to restore the prince's heart. But will Ahiru's act of love be enough to defy the story's terrible destiny and lead to a happy ending?
What's great about Princess Tutu and Air Movie is that they are disguised as very shoujo and magical with the sweet female leads and mystical and legendary romances; but if you look deeper, there is an underlying theme of tragedy and unfairness that, although subtle, is very effective.
They also present a lot of life's ironies, like how acceptance of a tragic fate is more apparent in the person themselves than their loved ones, or how grim fates fall to the undeserving.
Both anime are dreamy, sad, and bittersweet; I think that you'd like one if you liked the other.