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Description
Itsuki Minami needs no introduction – everybody’s heard of the “Babyface” of the Eastside. He’s the toughest kid at Higashi Junior High School, easy on the eyes but dangerously tough when he needs to be. Plus, Itsuki lives with the mysterious and sexy Noyamano sisters. Life is never dull, but it becomes dangerous when Itsuki leads his school to victory over some vindictive Westside punks with gangster connections. Now he stands to lose his school, his friends, and everything he cares about. But in his darkest hour, the Noyamano girls come to Itsuki’s aid. They can teach him a powerful skill that will save their school from the gangsters’ siege–and introduce Itsuki to a thrilling and terrifying new world.

Note: A new edition under the title Air Gear Unlimited was released in 2014. Its format is bigger and contains some coloured pages.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
エア・ギア
エア・ギア UNLIMITED
飞轮少年
Air Gear Unlimited
AirGear

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Latest Release(s)
c.355-357 (end) by MangaStream (794d ago)
c.354 by MangaStream (822d ago)
c.353 by MangaStream (831d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 12, Chap 103

User Reviews
Air Gear by Master_M2K

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44 topics, 1863 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (1659 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.49 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 11th 2013, 1:12pm PST


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Year
2003

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Del Rey (17 Volumes - Defunct)
JManga (Defunct)
Kodansha USA (10 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #530 increased(+62)
Monthly Pos #698 increased(+181)
3 Month Pos #796 increased(+29)
6 Month Pos #799 increased(+26)

List Stats
On 4294 reading lists
On 874 wish lists
On 1845 completed lists
On 479 unfinished lists
On 396 custom lists

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What exactly is the plot in the first place?   
Rating: N/A
by SephiriaChronos
July 30th, 2014, 12:08am
Basically my subject summed up everything about this manga.

What the hell happened? What was the plot in the first place?! It seems to me that somewhere along the way the plot flew straight out of the window and is never to be seen again. And Oh!Great's narrative just plain sucked.
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It's really really pity!!   
Rating: N/A
by Lovey-Dovey
May 14th, 2014, 3:49am
I loved the beggining so much!!! I could feel the freedom, the joy, the motivation, the love straight through my heart. I was really shaken, the phylosopy was so strong, that made me want to experience that ultimate fun and freedom, which the characters are having ....BUT midway I lost the sence of the "freedom and fun aspect" from this story and felt bored and confused, I didn't like the idea, that a middle school kid can have such a huge impact on the world (introducing "Obama" in the plot -_- ..) ...I just liked it simple, 'cuz I think, that's where the freedom lies....But nevertheless I do recommend this manga, because I really thought that everything was so real and made me feel the happiness, even if it was just for a while. smile
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The only comment you have to read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Alekzxxx
April 13th, 2014, 4:22pm
It seems, that most of the people here just simply don't get it.
This manga is enjoyable, crazy, surprisingly smart for shounen and of course exciting ride, from beginning to the end, you just have to be prepared, that plot will get you in a totally different direction from where it seems to be going at first. People are scared of unexpected story twists, dialogues, where you have to pay a tiny bit of attention, and overwhelming awesomeness. The whole concept didn't make any sense from the beginning (roller blades with engines, really?), neither did "superpowers" that were introduced a little bit later, but Ito was doing a great job tying it all to his masterfully crafted universe using pseudo-scientific explanations. Don't get humble first parts of the story fool you, this manga is gurren-lagann-level-nuts. But it has its own poetry feel to the narrative, dialogues filled with beautiful metaphors, which are sometimes translated into incredible art, philosophies, which are ,for once, not empty, and characters that feel really alive. It's about awesomness, Dreams, love, FEELS, epic, finding one's way in life, rivalry, and many other great things. It has really funny jokes, as well as most exciting, most well-thought and most unpredictable battles in history of manga. That battle with Sleipnir you'll never forget. Oh yeah and also some ecchi, but i stopped noticing it after a while. You just have to follow carefully, and even use your brain from time to time to comprehend what's going on, otherwise you might get pretty confused.
And who the hell cares about what happened to Ikki's crow, whether he got expelled from school and how obama-girl got switched back? Someone here was wondering what happened to Ikki's parents, well it's actually was all explained in the manga, like i said, you just had to pay attention. Anime sucks balls, btw.

Bottom line is, Air Gear is one of the greatest and most beautiful mangas out there , both story-wise and art-wise, but it also a little bit demanding, you have to read it carefully. So fasten your seatbelt, and ready for the craziest ride (or is it better to say flight?) of your life, you won't regret it, trust me.

... Last updated on April 13th, 2014, 4:23pm
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Reminds me of Cage of Eden for some reason....   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 12th, 2014, 10:03pm
I hate to write a scathing review on a popular series, but in truth both Air Gear and Cage of Eden sucked. At first, both were interesting enough and I tagged along for a ride... but eventually stories got twisted out of proportions, to the point where the original joy I found while reading just disappeared on me.

Characters' personalities and what not were stereotypical, shallow, and there weren't any characters that resonated with me on an emotional level....They just never became life-like. Just one dimensional people....

The main character did not grow mentally at all, even though his skills "soared" (ha ha i made a pun).

This series was basically a combination of cliches, roller skates, gang fights, crappy villains, boobs, and more boobs. This type of story-telling filled with tritely staged heroic moments may be wonderful for a new reader, but to a veteran shounen reader, this story reeks of the typical shounen jump formula mixed with a tiny brush of freshness--the flying skates.

But that's it. The story was far too cliche for me.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2014, 3:58pm
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Typical   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
August 13th, 2013, 8:11am
When the main characters of a sports / action series are debating over the "99 Percent", you know something has gone terribly wrong.
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...........WTF happened to this   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
May 27th, 2013, 3:36pm
huuuu..... there are so many problems i dont feel like saying them all, all i can really say about this is that it was a great manga in the beginning with amazing art and an interesting story with funny characters. although the art just keeps getting better the story gets way worse (id say after mainly he starts being storm King) the and confusing' eventually all he does is make several and i mean SEVERAL metaphoric sequences with his characters doing random unexplained. dont get me wrong they do get the story in a good place several time then they go right back to the confusing random stuff with more and more metaphors. i basically read this to the end because of how i used to like this and how amazing the art was; but i can only recommend this if you dont care too much about the "story/dialog" cause it got lost in this manga. ESPECIALLY the last 100 or so chapters that lose most of it sense and story to Metaphors and randomness again. the only thing i wanted by the end was some answered questions/mysteries and a future ending where you see who ended up with who and what became of every one, i didnt have to be years in the future it could have been just after everything but you didnt get that you just cont a few random pics of all the characters saying and doing different stuff. if anything i learn from this and Tenjou Tenge (his other series i was reading that went exactly the same and i mean EXACTLY) is that in the being of both he had a great story but now a days Oh! Great cant keep up one to save his life and cant end one to save his family. i really liked these two series and i cant stand the way they turned out and how he butchered them. i only gave this a 7 cause i did have some good time with this in the begining and the art is still really great

... Last updated on May 27th, 2013, 3:38pm
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The emotional roller-coster of Air Gear   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by gindorobo
December 5th, 2012, 6:59am
His idea for the manga was excellent. let's make a manga about roller blades. But he lost control of the story (as usual) around chapter 150 or so. After following this since the anime and continuing from the manga, I thought that this might be pretty cool. Both story and art work was great. As I was reading this from the continuation of the anime, there just seems to me the story was just getting dragged on and on and it made it confusing for me at times, but it picks up a bit near the end which I'm kinda glad the story ends at volume 36. I find Air Gear my favorite creation by Oh Great! But, he REALLY needs to get better at his storytelling. =.=
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Gets lame   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kaloo
November 15th, 2012, 7:19pm
It was so cool at first. Rollerblade street gangs is an awesome concept. But once it became about the other nonsense rather than about the gangs going up against each other I found less interest. As it continued I liked it less and less.
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Air Gear the Review   
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by Dragoon119
September 14th, 2012, 3:54am
Air Gear started out like a typical shounen however unlike many others it went about it in a fresh new way by using a different idea. Using high powered rollerblades called Air Treks. This may sound lame but in reality it was very exciting once explained. As the story progressed many things about the world of Air treks was explained. What kept me reading was the amount of thought and research that the author put into actually writing the mechanics of Air treks and the tricks that the riders were capable of doing with them. We then as a reader learn that their is a competition which determines the best of the best Air trek riders or Storm riders as they called them in the story. Later however we learn that to truly compete in the competition it is necessary to own a special Air trek. I'm gonna stop their because that is where the story begins to travel down hill.

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This is where the problems start, the author attempts to throw to many things at once without addressing the previous loose ends he left open as cliffhangers to keep reading. Tossing in the high powered regalia which are the special Air treks owned by the best Storm riders was a great idea. However he was unable to keep up with the ever mounting amount of physics research necessary to include it into the manga. Just a few of the questions he left unanswered are:

What happened to Ringo, Rika, and the two other sisters?
What happened to the tower?
What happened to Ikki's parents?
What happened to Ikki's crow?
What happened to the regalias?
What happened to the obama/girls body? How did they switch back?
How did Ikki recover having every single muscle in his body torn?
What happened to Ikki's teaching? Wasn't he in middle school? Did he just decide not enter high school?
These are just a few of the loose ends left open to who ever believes they have an answer to them.


All in all the authors inclusion of many of today's pop culture ended badly because he strayed too far away from the original plot of the manga. Which was the simple joy of flying through the air with Air treks unimpeded and unobstructed by anyone or anything.

I give this manga a 6 out of10 because 2/3 percent of this manga was actually very good. It was only when the manga neared the three hundred mark, that the plot decided to pick up its suitcase grab it's belongs. And move out of Air Gear and has since the ending on chapter 357 has not returned. Still I'm glad I read this manga since it gave me and my friends many sleepless nights trying to reverse engineer Oh Greats brilliant invention.

... Last updated on September 14th, 2012, 3:55am
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Another botched series by Oh! Great   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Neofit
September 7th, 2012, 6:41am
Just as with Tenjou Tenge, the series loses coherence and focus mid-way. I just assume that Ogure Ito does this because he gets bored with working on his series and just focuses on drawing surreal art and pantyshots, while trying to make as little sense as possible.
If it would have stayed a series about kids rollerskating, it might have been a decent series.
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