Fly To The Skies – Air Gear Review

 

“Follow the heavens road”

Time for me to cover some underrated, not talked about series out there. I’ll be covering various series you may have never heard of and give you a reason to check it out. To kick of my new review idea, I wanted to started off with a series that made me forget how much I love skating, Airgear.

 

Anime: Air Gear 
Published: 2006
Genre: Action/Sports/Comedy
Producer: Toei Animation
Episodes: 25



Story

Ikki is a little trouble maker, he soon delves into the world of “Air Treks” a aggressive, different side to skating. Teams compete in various events using their A-T blades , Ikki soon decides to create his own team with fellow friends Kazu, Onigiri and other allies they befriend. Ikki dreams of making it to the top along the way, learning some of his past and competing against the best skaters out there. 



Growing Team Bonds


Air Gear,
was a really fun series to get into in my early days of watching anime. I re-watched sometime last year and from the first time watching it, my feelings on the series have changed a little. My feelings haven’t changed for the worst but after watching anime for over 10 years now, my mind is much clearer to notice things you wouldn’t. But I am going to talk about one enjoyable factor I got out of this series was the strong bonds between Ikki’s Team. The whole series focus isn’t all about this sport of aggressive skating  but the primary factors of what makes a good team work together.

Ikki as a whole is a complete jerk most of the time but as a leader, he always encouraged everyone in his team and only wished for them to be the best they could be. Having friends Kazuma and Onirigi already on his team, when the two additions Buccha and Akito come along does Ikki’s team begin to feel solid. Akito I felt sorry for as primarily never having friends and just used a lot by others, Ikki didn’t hesitate to welcome Akito in his team. It was a little heart warming to watch that scene I remember and reminded Ikki does have a kind side somewhere in there.

There bonds as a team only grow stronger in the series of every battle or other team they face and Ikki’s team. I feel display just because there all rookies, doesn’t mean they’ll be shoved to the side so easily or give up.



Suburban Skater Beat


To enjoy the full extend of this show, upbeat music was a key factor and it delivered right on the mark. The music to Air gear reflects the retro, suburban setting of the series and exciting and passionate feeling,the characters in the series, display through their love of skating. The high, electric music really makes you feel excited when skating teams battle one another and adds to the fun thrill.


 

Ikki loved evil plans.


So Air Gear’s main strong points are team bonds and the urban street music that give it it that retro edge. Adding onto this, there is a good sense of comedy throughout the series and humorous cast of characters. There were characters though that brought nothing to the series, for example Simca she was just a fan service element to drool over. New characters would be introduced half way through the series and you would barely get to know. Thank god for the main cast of characters like Ringo, Ikki, etc they make up for all of that with their funny, humorous personalities.

I’d be surprised if this series did not make you chuckle even a little because some of the uncanny, unrealistic things that happen. For example Ikki’s team member big Buccha during a skating battle he sucks in fat and shrinks his body size to skinny, so he is able to maneuver faster. A lot of scenes like that are over top and Air gear is a series like that goes a little over the top at times, but it’s done in a hilarious fashion.

I’ve read only two other reviews on Air Gear, have to say though the series gets overlooked a little because the writers mention of the fan service element. I’ll just clarify I think the fan service in the series is on a moderate level, nothing over the top that would ruin your enjoyment. It didn’t put me off watching this series, to be frank it added to the amusement and humor of the show.

 

Everybody loves Simca -_-


From referring back to the beginning of the review of mentioning my feelings has changed a little after re-watching Air Gear. One downside of this series is the ending as it was not the best and did not conclude the series at all, I feel Air Gear needs a season two. I was left feeling, wanting more as the plot, I felt was rushed also. Everything was happening at a fast pace, for me if the series was a few episodes longer, would have made a huge difference. Now I can only pray someday it get’s a second season but the manga now will have to comfort me for a conclusive ending.



Ringo my favorite character from the series 😀

 

Stand Out Points

– Good comedy and humor
– Fantastic Urban skater music and OST
– Very entertaining

Negatives

– Plot was fast paced
– Ending non conclusive
– Some characters had bland personalities

 



Conclusion


Air Gear, is a series you can just roll with and have fun with. It’s not a perfect show in some areas but god dam it so entertaining with the plot idea of futuristic skating. It’s a silly concept really, skates able to take you to the sky. But that is envisioned through the main protagonist Ikki brilliantly, your taken along for the ride. I was kept entertained and laughed endlessly, that is what mattered to me in the end, humor is a good strength for this series. I would recommend this series to anyone who is looking for something fun to watch and just needs a few laughs.


I hope you enjoyed my review on Air Gear, 

I’ll admit after re-watching this series I got back into roller blading big time. Dam that Ikki.

Please leave any comments below!! 
I hope to continue bringing you more rare, unknown shows for you to give a go!! 

I’ll see you all in the next post!! 

LitaKino


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6 thoughts on “Fly To The Skies – Air Gear Review

    • Awww thankyou, this is a series you got really detaily review. It’s not a serious series I found it to be something you can just have fun with and I feel I addressed everything I needed too 🙂

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  1. I watched this and it was one of my favourites from back in the day. Some schoolmates that also liked anime said it sucked on the count that it wasn’t the end because the manga was much better. I mean, when you have something end on a cliffhanger like the anime did when you know the manga continued passed that, it just feels like a middle finger…although a majestic middlefinger at the time you saw it.

    Anyways, I gave the manga a shot and it was AWESOME! It did end up doing the same thing the anime did at the end though… It began to feel like ENTIRE chapters were removed just to get the story over and done with and it left many confused as to what in James Bond just happened. It’s still a gold series to me though and only now with your post do I realize that it can in fact be considered underrated….

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  2. Futuristic skating the anime? I didn’t even know that’s what Air Gear was about. In fact, I thought it was a mecha LOL It’s nice to hear about another show that you used to watch a long time ago and your current thoughts after rewatching it lately. It’s amazing how much a series can change (or how much it was exactly as you left it) after several years! If I’m ever need ign a laugh, I’ll have to keep in mind that Air Gear is NOT a mecha, but a fun anime XD

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