Sunday, June 14, 2009

Air Gear

Ok, so the story in Air Gear is as follows. All over the world there are this popular air trek skates, that teenagers use in order to race and fight. The main hero of the series is Ikki, who is a middle-school boy, and is the toughest street-fighting punk on the east side of town, on top of that he lives with 4 gorgeous sisters that took him in when he was a kid. But what Ikki doesn't know is that the girls are part of one of the most infamous A-T gangs, 'Sleeping Forest'. The early parts of the story carry out the introduction of characters that eventually join Ikki. As the story progresses, it focuses on their roles as Storm Riders, the team that Ikki created with his friends, and their quest to be on the top of the Tropaion Tower, some kind of ranking system in the world of Air Trek. Being a fantastic combination of comedy, action and ecchi, Air Gear is incredibly fun to watch. I can't explain it to you why Air Gear is so cool. I was practically hooked after the intro, which is one of the best intro I have ever seen. Nothing sets the mood for some skating like the song they picked.

What Air Gear lacks is an ending. It's only flaw I discovered is an ending, which is kind of cool, as long as all the fans know the fact that the manga is still ongoing, letting us know that there might be a second season. What the creators of Air Gear do well is set the mood for an ending. With Ikki's team rising towards the top, and different "kings" making appearances during episodes, you would probably think that by the end of the series you will have Ikki fighting for the crown. But no, there is no "I am the best"-ending, which makes the series a little disappointing.
Overall this was a great anime, and by the end of it you'll be left wanting for more. The graphics are gorgeous and the music is incredible, but again, lacking an ending is what makes Air Gear not one of the best series out there.

Graphics 9/10
Sound 10/10
Storyline 8/10 (no ending)
Characters 9/10
Overall 9/10


YURI said...

Cool review, I'll watch this anime.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great :)

blur said...

I still remember watching this series so enthusiastically only to be surprised by the abrupt ending. Lol!
I was going "Huh?!" 0_o!

Simca still bears a grip in my heart. *koff*koff*