Tsutsumi Shinichi as Kouda Kazuki. Captain Kouda is haunted by his past. He blamed himself for not able to save a plane that crashed 12 years ago and thus has turn himself into a STRICT captain who wants nothing but safety on the plane. He's a hate figure but no one understands that every action he did is for the good of everybody. DEDICATED to his job and his severe ways of handling things, he is very macho and cool.
Shibasaki Kou as Ogawa Ayumi. A COOL, quiet mechanic in the hangar that Shinkai fell for. She has this mysteriously personality and is not afraid to SPEAK UP whatever that is on her mind. Why she's a mechanic? Because her parents died in a plane crash and from then on she tries to make sure every plane will not malfunction.
Kuroki Hitomi as Togashi Noriko is somewhat a perfect air stewardess. She turned down a good promotion that needs to be based on ground because her LOVE FOR HER JOB as an air stewardess. She showed that to love a man, you don't have to have him by your side. You can still keep him in your HEART even if he is not there anymore.
I really love the story. It's funny how Shinkai and Ogawa expressed their feelings to each other. It's not the lovey-dovey type but the opposite. They encourage each other directly using the hard way. For Togashi and Kouda, she stood by him no matter what but not being clingy. Kouda is a man of few words, but she understands him by the heart.
Be postivie and even if you feel down, give yourself some little time to be sad but never too long!! Good Luck everyone...