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Air Gear  
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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.


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Associated Names
Air Gear Unlimited

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Latest Release(s)
c.358 by MangaStream over 2 years ago
c.355-357 (end) by MangaStream over 5 years ago
c.354 by MangaStream over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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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User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (1819 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 13th 2017, 7:00pm PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (36 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #491 increased(+124)
Monthly Pos #1044 increased(+63)
3 Month Pos #1445 increased(+157)
6 Month Pos #1526 increased(+115)
Year Pos #1651 increased(+13)

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On 963 wish lists
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Air Gear over 4 years ago
Ending over 5 years ago
Air gear is finally ending. over 5 years ago
ok WTF is wrong with this manga over 6 years ago
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Air Gear   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bludvein
August 30th, 2009, 2:25am
This series was cool while the tricks made sense, but lately, it seems like the author is on crack or something.

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For instance, Sora and Ikki's ability to control surfaces with their palms is stupid. Bringing Obama into the story was dumb. I don't even know what the hell is going on with the Gravity Children/Brain Chargers anymore. Firing a laser with an A-T is stupid, no matter how you explain it. I could go on for awhile. This is just no longer a sports manga really. Its a supernatural fighting manga with a so-so plot.
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Yama_San
February 21st, 2010, 3:30pm
Started out strong, but managed to kill itself halfway. After a certain part of the story, large amounts of bullshit leads to much failure. What used to be a rollerblading manga with a few extra perks has now turned into a jumble of garbage fight scenes and naked ladies. Is it just me that thinks Oh Great has a tendency to start good stories which turn to moot? Basically, read it to the point where it becomes shit, then make up your own goddamn ending. Anything's better than the crap pouring out per page.
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Typical O-Great   
Rating: N/A
by gomting
January 24th, 2009, 6:47am
This has all the usual O-Great elements. Starts out GREAT, awesome art work, hot girls, and interesting characters. Then, it just all goes downhill. Story quickly gets confusing and it's always something about this great destiny of the main character, which can affect the whole world. But really, that's what you FEEL like he's talking about, but actually, it's pretty hard to understand what the hell the story is. It's truly a shame how he ruins his own work. They begin great, obviously from his awesome imagination and inspiration. But, he needs some help with story writing to finish great too.
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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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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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Woohoo . . . wait.   
Rating: N/A
by FallenDevil
August 31st, 2010, 11:29pm
Hah 3 months since the last comment, you'd think a shonen that was so popular would be flooded but nope.

Anyway that isn't the point, the point is, Air gear has drastically fallen (as many have said) to the point of being pure crap. As many have stated, the beginning of the series was awesome, I mean sure there was some fantasy elements into the series (I was actually okay with Akito's beam kick thing and the fact that certain fighters could stop time or something similar, pretty much all the things that happened during behemoth I was okay with).

It wasn't until Sora started pulling out Jedi like powers and that everyone and their mothers had super powers that rivaled naruto or bleach that this series just descended to crap.

I mean why the fuck at the beginning of the series give us those different games (Dash, disc, cube ect.) for each team rising up only to at the end just make the manga into something unoriginal (OKAY GUYS WE ARE ON HIGH TECH ROLLERBLADES SO LETS JUST SHOOT LIGHTNING AT EACH OTHER AND PUNCH AND STUFF KAY?).

I mean seriously, at first this series was interesting, Original even, then we get treated to a battle manga with every other issue someone running past a group of girls and tearing their clothes off? Fuck that.

Air gear has now just become a pathetic piece of shit series that honestly isn't worth picking up. You will only get attached to it and then become disgusted later (If you haven't seen the series, Don't touch it)
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Wow! Airgear's gotten bad.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Alex92
January 2nd, 2009, 6:04pm
So I totally loved it.
Until about 30/40 chapters ago, when it got REALLY bad. I mean, sure, the art is great and everything, but what the hell has happened to the story?!
I have no idea what's happening now, every chapter goes off on one about destiny. And Oh! Great puts in too much unneccessary nudity.
Its like, every chapter.

I read it now because I feel obligated to, and in the vain hope that it may have improved a little.

Whatever, give it a go, just stop like before the last however many chapters.
I wish I had.
That probably wasn't too helpful.

Oh! Well.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2009, 6:05pm
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meh but eh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by GreyDeath
October 25th, 2007, 8:12am
This is a weird one. I really tried to like this. I really did. Artwork is great, the girls look awesome, concept is kinda damn silly but doable, but storyline is squishy and the characters are pretty pathetic. The main character is just another bad-pretty-boy rehash. I dislike him. Nothing really original here. Just a lot of punk ass kids drawn to look cool for vague reasons. At chapter 84, I just exited my view and deleted the archive. Only gets a 6 for the artwork and boobs.
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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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Rating: N/A
by mith
April 9th, 2009, 9:39am
As other have stated before me, this series is just like Tenjou Tenge, a strong start with everything set on a course for greatness but after roughly 15 vol. the captain decided to steer the ship into a iceberg. Apparently the author thought that quadrupling the amount of characters, abandoning earths physics and raising the number of subplots to the power of 3 was a good idea. Well guess what, it was NOT
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