Air Gear – episode 1

April 11, 2006 on 8:05 pm | In Air Gear | 20 Comments

Can we just pretend I never watched this? Thanks.

Technological advances have led to the creation of Air Trek, roller blades with the power of cars. Also they can fly and there’s an underground movement of “crazy people” who mod their Air Trek to make them faster.
Ikki lives with four girls for no reason discernible. He breaks into their secret room and takes a pair of Air Trek, meets a pink haired girl and challenges a gang of skinheads by accident (and the way he causes this challenge is by sexually harassing said pink haired girl). The “Department for the Counteraction of Delinquent Special Aviation Footwear Users” attempts to stop them, but wild hearts can’t be broken.

Okay, this is ugly (with the exception of Ringo, who is cute after a fashion, but only because she resembles Abenobashi‘s Munemune). It even has a loli, whose loliness is counteracted by her sheer hideousness and bad personality. The music is a sort of Japanese hip hop which is cool for some people but isn’t really my style.
Plus I think it’s kind of stupid, too.

Therefore I have no doubt that Air Gear will become insanely popular. Oh! Great.


  1. I vote AirGear for the worst manga to anime transition of all time. I think they just tried to compact too much of the manga into 1 episode so they can get to the good stuff, well, at least I hope there’s good stuff coming up….

    Comment by weirdofu — April 12, 2006 #

  2. Just wanted to call it : Air Gear’s looks , design and plot bear a striking resemblance to those of the Jet Set/Grind Radio series.

    Except , JSR does it um…better ?

    Comment by Newbieotaku — April 13, 2006 #

  3. Clearly Air Gear does it better because the female characters have larger breasts.

    Comment by Alex — April 13, 2006 #

  4. You review is hideous. It’s annoying when people are to critical of an Anime. Ihaven;t read the manga, so yeah sure maybe it’s not the same.

    However, as a stand alone shpw you guys are just off.

    Air Gear is a great anime, with good animation and very interestign storyline. The idea of modded blades is cool alone. Maybe you guys can;t skate or have not athletic ability.

    Furthermore, it’s not just rollerblading, there are “powers” involved.

    A story does not unravel in 1 episode, so I don;t know wtf you were looking for.

    Even Naruto took about 6 episodes to be really good.

    I’d ahve to say that if there was a scale of 1-10 that rates wheteher or not you’d want to see the next episode, Air Gear scored 9 with me, as in 90% interest in seeing the next episode. Why?

    1. The art where he breaks into the room and his eyes shake. That was excellent. Really powerful.

    2. The introdution of two dark characters. That white hair police guy (Kaito), and Agito. How can you stop watching when two people like that show up in the first ep!

    3. An obvious badass rival: Spitfire, the redorange haird guy.

    4. The best part in the while episode, and pretty much the clincher to want to watch the next if not th whole series. Somewher circa 19minutes and 15seconds. The main character gets serious. You have to admit that scene was so tight.

    Yes. They packed in a whole bunch in this first ep, but that made it excellent. Not to mention the Opening and Ending songs are good too. OP’s&ED’s can make or break an Anime: Gundam Seed for exmaple (of make)

    I hope you don;t thikn I was tyring to be mean, but you snubbed this show without giving it a chance – and it’s really good. Well there you go. Have a nice day.

    Comment by Kaze — August 14, 2006 #

  5. Kaze: you couldn’t decide whether you were insulting me or being constructive in your argument, and so I am confused. All of the arguments that you tried to turn me with are parts of the show that I considered trite or stupid, and certainly not compelling.

    Not all anime is for every comer. I’m always glad when anime I don’t like finds an audience (unless it’s really, really bad), but I don’t have to “admit” anything. I’m a busy man and Air Gear was never going to be my cup of tea.

    Comment by Alex — August 15, 2006 #

  6. To put it plainly, Air Gear is one of those shows that I feel. . you either like it, or you completely don’t.

    The premise of the story itself already decides that. Some people just won’t find the Oh Great! fanservice-y shounen storyling to be appealing, while others might be more interested.

    I can honestly say that . . when I first started watching the anime, I was a bit turned off. The story seemed a bit cheesy, not to mention, it seemed to have some major shounen-stereotypes and some quirky character personalities.

    But it really does get better later on (that is, if you are even remotely interested in the plot to begin with). The manga is much, much better in comparison to the anime. It details much more, and shows the parts that didn’t make the transition into the anime.

    All in all though. . it’s simply up to a matter of personal opinion.

    Comment by Dan — August 28, 2006 #

  7. ok i love the manga i have to admit that the show was overstuffed, but it was good.and i wish to continue to watch the show but i cant find it on any webstie and was wondering if you guys can recomend me to any.

    Comment by Gabriel — May 25, 2007 #

  8. I watched this anime on the anime network and totally loved it! I guess I just like anime with high tech stuff and everything. I also like jet set radio!

    Comment by Jasumin chan — June 28, 2007 #

  9. AH! Someone agrees with me for once! I’m watchin it anyway tho’ ^__^;

    Comment by Elli — July 23, 2007 #

  10. the manga is much better like but like bleach it start kinda slow…but as the story progress…interesting twist and turn that make u love a charater or hate them more….oh and btw RINGO IS EVILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO IS SORA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by dark — August 15, 2007 #

  11. air gear is a great anime i just cant stop laughin when it comes to the fat guy, he’s like a maniac and can make a pretty girl became naked lolz!! try also chronicles of the wings it also a great anime………..

    Comment by roxas234 — August 16, 2007 #

  12. Air Gear is awesome. I didn’t want to continue the anime after I watched the first episode because it was recreated pretty badly, but it got better as I continued on. The first volume of Air Gear in the manga version was a lot more interesting than the anime version. It portrayed how much of a model Ikki really was as he stood for his middle school gang; how much of a king street fighter he really was. In the anime version, however, I just felt like they made him too weak. Yet, despite the many differences in both versions, I couldn’t stop watching the anime. It’s really, really good. No matter how confusing the beginning might be, the episodes ahead clear it all out. The anime creates its own road with its amazing storyline, tickling comedic scenes, and wild imagination of having the ability to soar in the air, pulling off daring stunts towards the next obstacle with Air Treks. With emblems and kings in the story, it goes even beyond the excitement of having technological advance rollerblades; it’s all about pride. Air Gear is awesome. And I think people should give it a chance and continue watching it before they talk about how bad it is. It’s pretty breaking to see someone talk about how bad a good show is. That’s life & reality though, huh?

    Comment by AyreWolf — August 27, 2007 #

  13. I love this anime, you guys must have watched a compact version of it though, cause spit fire dosent appear till ikkit fights buccha. you must have seen a shortend one? Possibly?

    I give air gear a 9.5/10

    Comment by Shadowen1000 — October 18, 2007 #

  14. I don’t know why I’m bothering to say this, but I watched one episode and then gave up.

    Comment by Alex — October 31, 2007 #

  15. Kaze: actually I thought that the first naruto episode was really badass. I mean, he frickin duplicates himself and beats the shit out of the bad guy.
    Alex: okay if you didn’t watch at least the second episode you fail. now to my constructive argument. yes, the people are crazy. I mean, who would want to ride them while they are faster than usual? and the loli? that is for one ep, no more. I’m not even going to say any more cause I really don’t care anymore.

    Comment by Jon — February 3, 2008 #

  16. Do you have any idea how much anime I had to watch, and how little I watch now? I don’t have room for things like Air Gear. It’s why I only watch the backlog of stuff I paid for now.

    Comment by Alex — February 3, 2008 #

  17. I’m going through the same thing Alex. But i usually read the manga which takes 3-5 min max. I like the manga better anyways XD.

    Comment by Anime Guru — May 11, 2008 #

  18. i like this website because it haves my favorite show on it

    Comment by terrell — October 18, 2008 #

  19. I LOVE AIRGEAR..especially for simca..bcause, that’s one of my reason loving Airgear..

    Comment by septian — November 19, 2008 #

  20. are an idiot.

    Comment by You sir — March 5, 2009 #

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