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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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A3S Scans

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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Kodansha Comics (36 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #417 increased(+198)
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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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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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by sighing
May 27th, 2012, 5:29am
What amazes me is, even though here you can read many diss comments, this shit still has 36 volumes and is ongoing. So, I won't say, just because it's popular it must be great but, if you like amazing drawings, awesome battles and cool powers, you've got it. If you're for stupid feelings and rofl situations, you got 'em. If you get off on mindless ecchi, funny sometimes and actually really cute, you got it too. This manga is packed with good things (and I haven't told the whole list yet). So, if you're just passing by and looking for a good manga to pass time, you got it, and then, it's up to your own judgement for the whole story-line because though it may be good(in my senses), it's true it has some quite fucked up point. But judging a whole 36 volumes for a few points is like Hitler nitpicking about skin-color, hair-color and the such.
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An under appreciated Manga   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Adipvpster
May 26th, 2012, 1:07am
If you consider yourself a science fan, genius, alone and read manga not for time pass but to learn something and consider it a form of wish(writer/world etc) then you have to read this manga. If you aren't sure about ecchi part don't let it bother you because good things come in many way. But if you read manga just for short fun, then you may want to turn away because the story will only confuse you.
Many of the comments say that this manga has no story line or characters are weak. But trust me, it's just that they don't get the manga that's all. If you understood every single detail of the manga, you will come to see that the writer is genius but under appreciated
Firstly story, It's simple(if you understandwink) yet complicated. It has a lot of philosophy which for once, aren't hollow. Taking a single instance, it lays down a beautiful message with amazing art.
The thing that I found interesting are here are the characters. They are really simple and 'real'. Of course at first they are shown as perfect, but as they go on, they unravel themselves and really feel alive to you. With his drawings, he really knows what he is doing.
The thing is, this manga feels complicated that's all. But in actuality it is quite simpe. Because I feel it isn't a hero centered manga(although it looks like other side) The thing you have to concentrate here is on the ideals of the characters of the character. It says one can change themselves, in a real convincing way. If you aren't enjoying it, then don't read. Because you will find yourself really confused like most of the people here
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by burp
April 3rd, 2012, 9:48am
First of lets get one thing strait : YOU CAN NOT MAKE ROLLERBLADES LOOK COOL, thank you that was releaving. Ok did not get far of into the searies for the rollerblades put me of,among other things i would discuss but i dont know how to activate the spoiler thingy. I think that if not for. Scrach that, if you dont want to read emotionaly empty, bellow average story, with "dudes" fighting wearing rollerblades (gay as hell) dont read this searies.
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Leave! Now!!   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by prinzeugen
March 19th, 2012, 2:22am
This manga isnt deserve 5/10 rating. The story is going nowhere randomly, i used to love this manga when the story is about the airgear gang wars.

-Artwork (Awesome) one of the coolest in the world of manga
-Fanservice (Useless) meaningless ecchi, especially now when Tool Toul To start to introduce in the story. naked everywhere *even though they using actually using suit
-Story (F**K!) newbie team suddenly become the strongest in just short time? invading aircraft carrier with those silly rollerblade without problem? united states president help them and depending on teenagers in rollerblade to save the world? not to mention power to changing body shape from fat to muscleman and stopping time?
the story is not like that when it started, the airgear they use now is useless and right now just become an ordinary battle-manga with full pages with no words at all
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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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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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