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Air Gear  
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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

Groups Scanlating
A3S Scans
AT-Translations
Binktopia
DBR
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Latest Release(s)
c.355-357 (end) by MangaStream (785d ago)
c.354 by MangaStream (813d ago)
c.353 by MangaStream (822d 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

Forum
44 topics, 1863 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (1657 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.49 / 10.0
10
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9+
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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 #503 increased(+168)
Monthly Pos #918 increased(+26)
3 Month Pos #836 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #822 increased(+3)

List Stats
On 4298 reading lists
On 873 wish lists
On 1835 completed lists
On 478 unfinished lists
On 396 custom lists

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Air Gear 365 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes ago
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Air gear is finally ending. 828 days, 18 hours, 41 minutes ago
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Airgear ending *spoilers?* 950 days, 17 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Terrible   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by cnd
February 19th, 2012, 8:33pm
That's the only word for it. Whether it's the translators or the author, you can not take two steps without walking into a bird metaphor. The plot, while unique, can't figure out whether it wants to be a serious battle manga, a emotional tale with romance and betrayal, or a seinen action drama.

Why can't it be all three you think? Well, it can, it's just that this mangacka tries to execute all three simultaneously rather than taking the best parts of the three and mashing them into something wonderful. The result is trying to fit three mangas into one leaves something to be desired in all three categories and every chapter just feels empty and lacks the meaty content and cliffhangers of better page turners.

The characters are likable but have ridiculously unstable personalities that makes it difficult to like any of them except the main protagonist. Even though the manga focuses on the team aspect only 2 characters have well fleshed out expositions. Antagonists' motives are somewhat silly and contrived, and they aren't very well though out either. You learn most of the antagonists' motives through sequences that can be summed up in one line - SURPISE! I'm not who you think I am, let me tell you who I really am for 10 pages where all the pictures are just faces while making as many bird analogies as possible.

And finally, the plot isn't some super elaborate, deep, philosophical reinterpretation of neo-nihilism and that's why everyone's confused. The author's just thick. All in all, skip this one.

... Last updated on February 19th, 2012, 8:35pm
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Wtf is going on?!   
Rating: N/A
by Lnc411
November 25th, 2011, 10:28am
A great concept that has been poorly executed. The series started off great. It was fun and light-hearted. The art was awesome also. But sadly, all of that got flushed down the toilet the further the manga went on. Now it became a confusing mess filled with a bunch of random philosophy (which made no sense), dark atmosphere, and half the time you can't even tell what is going on because the art is so clustered. If you read Oh! Great's prior work such as Tenjou Tenge, you can expect more or less the same random and confusing story here. I really feel like Oh! Great has talent as an artist, but as an writer... he's not so "great" as his name states.
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confusing???   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by epicrockzz
November 25th, 2011, 6:16am
After Reading all the released chapters and gotta say, damn its fucking confusing , not just the storyline but the action too, like recently where they show what might happen and now when they really fight. Damn you get confused even when you go from 1st block to 2nd block in the same page. The action is not described properly at all, its like i am reading a page and the next is like i missed a whole lot of pages, i get that sorta feeling when i read this manga, but other than that this manga is pretty interesting i would recommend it.
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Storyline is a Wreck   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by newguyintown
November 10th, 2011, 11:59am
I stopped reading after chapter 165 because the storyline was a complete wreck. There were so many change of hearts and alliance-flip-floppings (see spoilers below for more details).

The Kogarasumaru was viewed as the most prosperous/strongest team. The team is carried by two members, Ikki and Agito. The others were relatively weak in comparison to the Kings (with the exception of Kazu, who is inconsistently comparable to the Kings at times). This wouldn't be a problem if this team wasn't viewed as the strongest team. Finally, Onigiri's battle strength is motivated by perversion. Without it, he has no battle strength whatsoever.I feel that he should be left out from the team because his lack of motivation to compete.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
In regards to the change of hearts and flip-flopping:

The Sleeping Forest was initially was thought of as neutrally good, switched to enemy when Simca is assaulted, more adversarial when the Kilik's story was told, and back to neutrally good when Sora revealed his betrayal. Similarly with Genesis...
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: N/A
by kosa333
August 25th, 2011, 9:56am
This was my favorite manga when it started. It was the best sports manga I had ever read, based on a brilliant idea (roller-skates with engines).
By now it has become a boring shounen ski-fi fighting manga with superhuman powers in it and has completely nothing to do with sports.
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The current "ship" arc started more then 1.5 year ago, and almost nothing happened so far even though it's a weekly manga. I hope it's gonna change in the future.

Many say that it's hard to understand because of the physics and chemistry in it, well a can't confirm that, I haven't noticed it yet.
The art is excellent, the story is good.

Looking at the whole picture it's not as bad as it sounds. It's worth a shot, especially if you're looking for a manga with good character developement and many twists in it!

... Last updated on August 25th, 2011, 5:38pm
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Justified Hesitantness   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by TRMshadow
July 31st, 2011, 10:23am
From the get go I was tenuous about starting this and immediately my doubt was justified. From the get go: a weak story, weak characters, and WAY too much superfluous ecchi fanservice made it a real chore to read; and from what I've read here it only got worse. Honestly, I'm glad I dropped this; saved me a whole lot of wasted time.
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what??   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shashanksharma
July 15th, 2011, 10:50am
This series is awesome, the best science fiction i have ever read. (At least much better than the crap like dragon ball z & gt). Really great logic. Mostly authors just grow stuff up. The techniques which are mentioned here are based on natural phenomenons.
You need a lot of IQ and physics and chemistry knowledge to understand this. If you do not understand what the author is trying to say then this manga is not meant for you.

PS: Do not read if you do not have good knowledge of physics and chemistry. It will become more confusing on later stages.
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Worth A Shot   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by skywriter
June 24th, 2011, 11:25am
I started off watching the anime first, which was amazing. And I admit, when I started the manga, I got lost and confused - but I still read it hoping maybe it'll fan out. It did.

In the beginning, the author is building on the characters, the techniques, and the bonds between everyone. After much battling as many shounen manga have, eventually there is an ultimatum - one event that flips everything and everyone into mad work out routines and etc. Here is where people get thrown off. Because the author babbles on about physics and the law of whatever and the past, many people, including myself, get lost. But if you just go with it, you'll realize that it's not all that chaotic. To be frank, the author is probably just rambling about it to fill up the speech bubbles, but the art itself is great.

Another thing that throws a lot of people off is the sudden Obama character and politics. Well, in every shounen, there's a bad guy trying to rule the world and then suddenly you meet new characters that band together with the protagonist to take him down. Obama is just another character aiding the take down. The fact that he's the President shows how bad the villain is and how important ATs have become. There isn't any actual politics.

Air Gear definitely isn't a manga that you would expect is easy to follow because there is just so much information on each character. Each individual has a background story that goes deeper than most other shounens. It's clear that the author consistently builds on it which makes the story compelling. However, most people will see this as a scattered storyline bouncing back and forth between the past and present.

So why did I give it an 8.5? Precisely because I am one of the readers that did get lost reading this. I do admit that the author could have organized it more fluently, but hey, I still ended up understanding it. Maybe that was his/her intentions all along, but it's a turn off if the readers don't get it.

Either way, I believe everyone who reads Air Gear or will read Air Gear should brace themselves for a rocky story. Just be assured that there is a clear plot amidst the rocky-ness.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2011, 7:10pm
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what?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alexj2936
May 26th, 2011, 7:34pm
I loved it at first but now it's just confusing as hell. Not saying it's bad or anything but you will have to think really hard when reading any of the newer chapters.
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My favorite.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
March 10th, 2011, 11:28pm
It's good. Hands down. Don't want to get into detail. But Oh Great! is a manga God. The manga has great art, story-line, character development, drama,comedy (but it has been slacking I do admit) and action.
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