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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: Won the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category. A new edition named Air Gear Unlimited was released in 2014. The format is bigger and it 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

Groups Scanlating
A3S Scans
AT-Translations
Binktopia
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Latest Release(s)
c.358 by MangaStream (693d ago)
c.355-357 (end) by MangaStream (2001d ago)
c.354 by MangaStream (2029d 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: 7.4 / 10.0 (1813 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 13th 2017, 7:00pm PST


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Year
2003

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (36 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #563 increased(+176)
Monthly Pos #933 increased(+184)
3 Month Pos #1564 increased(+12)
6 Month Pos #1615 increased(+55)

List Stats
On 4283 reading lists
On 958 wish lists
On 2247 completed lists
On 517 unfinished lists
On 487 custom lists

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Air gear is finally ending. 2045 days, 3 hours, 1 minutes ago
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Airgear ending *spoilers?* 2167 days, 2 hours, 12 minutes ago

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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   
Rating: N/A
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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Just like Tenjou Tenge.   
Rating: N/A
by Jooles
August 7th, 2012, 10:58am
Seriously, how hard can it be to make something comprehendable. Currently at Vol. 14 (heard it gets even worse), and I have no clue what's what. The setting's interesting, and I have no problem with the super-powers that is starting to appear. Wouldn't have*, rather, but it feels so off when compared to the earlier volumes which was based more on fringe-science.

Regardless, the main thing he needs to work on is STORY-TELLING. The quality of it makes his name seem like a poor joke. Bah. Bah. Bah!

I can't really see how this got to 30+ vols in Japan unless they were all about flash without substance and the "nudity" (not even any frickin' nipples?! Weak).

(Is it easier to comprehend if you're a Jap/fluent in it?)

... Last updated on August 7th, 2012, 2:31pm
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Good start but then felt it went downhill.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kari+
July 6th, 2012, 12:44pm
There a lot I could write but I think otheres already pointed ut out. I liked the start with the rollerblade converted sport type, customize AT part's, and was looking foward to see all the different ideas and what would happen etc from the impression of vol1. Teams, gangs, winning parts etc. (ignored th fanservice but it did make it funny sometimes)

Then later maybe after vol 12 it went downhill for me, it drawn away from the entire theme of AT thing and learning new moves that i thought was so cool and level etc. It went into all this nonsense with super power stuff that should have just stay related to the AT instead of these over power guys that not even sometimes not related to AT all. Went to deep with political stuff. It pulled away from the AT games and focus on this villen thing. Maybe it could have shown up latwr when they reaching the final rank and learn bad news of the top rank people or aomething. It just felt way overpowered. Maybe they could stuck same plot line but tone it down but then maybe it be less cool. I wanted to see more skate tricks then havong to shoot super moves. Here and there would be ok. Though I guess that was for lower rank games and i though we be seeing more of those challanges but it fast foward skip or rule match only needed a few to move onto the next level. I guess i was exspecting more sport power type manga then having it switch to more to science power special moved that are just crazy. Maybe if the game where more on point ststem for move then bashing each other it would be great. Characters then learn super power moves that help them through challenges. I dont know. I just dont know how to exsplain it well. Just wanted cool sport roller blade and super cool sports tricks.

Agito is my top fav character.

The artwork was nice on the detail on the rollerblade and breakdown. I really thought and got excited that they were going to focus on stuff like that. Main char would upgrade his blade over time with new parts he won etc. Even if it fictional story and etc.

It's hard for to rate this since later on i started to dislike the story. sadly i think i'll have to give this a 5-7. VoI 1-11 would be a 10 score. I don't hate the manga, just very disapointed.

one day ill go and finish up the manga. I enjoy rereading up till vol 12 and the. skipping after to ch or vol i liked down the road. Will purchase the rest of the manga once it done.

... Last updated on November 4th, 2015, 5:46am
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Meh   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Bebe~
June 26th, 2012, 6:39pm
At first I read it to see what all the hype was about...but man is it boring. In the end, I had to drop it. Too much unnecessary dialogue. Sure, he battles many opponents but it gets too repetitive. Most of the time, I literally just flipped through pages without reading the dialogue.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2012, 6:47pm
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One more time!   
Rating: N/A
by WinningDays
June 14th, 2012, 4:16am
Well anyways, I'm really glad I read it.
Air Gear is one of the first manga series I started reading and it'll always have a place in my heart.
I'll never forget how amazed I was seeing the drawings. I thought, "Wow, so this is what a manga can be..." And since then I've read hundreds more but not one can compare.

I don't think the story is flawless, but there are so few that are. Unlike novels that are perfected before being published, the stories of manga have to be made up along the way. In ten years, I'm sure there were many changes made to the story, and it's sure to be confusing. But reading carefully, there was nothing that couldn't be comprehended as one part of the story flowed into the next. It may not have been planned out perfectly from the beginning, but everything still manages to connect in the end. And besides, it was interesting.

I don't know enough to call it a masterpiece, but I'm sure it'll always be one of my favorites.
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Finally Over   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Samken
June 1st, 2012, 6:12am
Air Gear proves again that Oh! Great can't write for shit. He is an excellent artist, no doubt of that, but artwork alone is not enought for a manga, you need plot too, and a good one would have helped this manga tremendously.

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. The story was all over the place, you just couldn't understand what's going on anymore. Throwing so many info at the reader, then 50 chapters later that information is not important anymore.

My overall score is a 4. Below Average. Artwork alone can't save a manga, and Air Gear (with Tenjou Tenge) is a great exemple of that.


My recomendation for Oh! Great is:

You need to hire a writer to write for you or just stop doing manga altogether and just go to the Light Novel/Visual Novel market as a freelancer artist. Many people would play a Visual Novel with Oh! Great artwork.

... Last updated on June 27th, 2012, 11:02pm
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Finally!   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by ultenth
May 29th, 2012, 10:33am
Thank god it's over, and Oh! Great proves again that he has NO CLUE HOW TO END A SERIES.

lol. What a crack smoker. I swear he gets bored at the end and just start throwing random shit in there in order to fill space. Thank god it's over and I can pretend it ended 200+ chapters ago. God this series sure got boring and stale and weird.
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Has it's ups and downs and now it finally ends!   
Rating: N/A
by BowlOfNoodles
May 27th, 2012, 3:23pm
After following this since the anime and continuing from the manga, it had a really cool concept. 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 pretty boring for me, but it picks up a bit near the end which I'm kinda glad the story ends at volume 36. To me if the story had any more volumes, I think it would just make this series really bad.

So it was a good read if you want to know what happens, but the ending didn't really tie everything up, but oh well.
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