Air Gear is the “other” big shounen anime out this season. With intellectual plot points involving engine-powered rollerskates, does this anime break the shounen mold?
No. Air Gear is another stupid shounen anime. There, I said it! It does have a few good things going for it too, though. Air Gear is about a guy named Ikki who is thrown into the world aforementioned of powered skates.
The first episode is a sloppily thrown together series of events. These events include: Ikki being beat up by a roller gang (how embarassing!), Ikki being beat up by a bunch of girls (I’m not quite sure why he’s living with them), Ikki finding Air Gear in the super secret closet, and Ikki accidentally challening the previous roller gang to a skate duel!
There’s also a special police task force that goes after the Air Gear users. I suppose they’re breaking some kind of law by skating on everything. By the end of the episode, Ikki is in a one-on-one race against the skull gang’s leader! And it’s his first day using Air Gear!
If the plot sounds really dumb to you, you’re not alone. Something I couldn’t convey in the previous paragraph is the terrible dialogue. I realize this is a shounen series, and probably little kids watch this, but kids deserve good dialogue too!
Since this is a shounen anime, I’ll predict the rest of the series: Ikki finds out that he’s a natural at Air Gear! Awesome! Person A shows up who’s better than Ikki at Air Gear (oh noes!). Ikki trains and beats person A at Air Gear (yay!). Filler! Person B shows up who’s better than Ikki at Air Gear! etc.
So, yeah, the story is basically predictable and dumb. How about the character designs? Surprisingly, they’re pretty awesome! All of the girls in the anime are unique and have a lot of character. They even found a way to make eyepatches cute! Ringo is super way kawaii, with or without glasses! I honestly wish the anime itself could match the level of the character designs. On a side note, there also happen to be plenty of mutants in this anime too…
The OP and ED are not to my tastes. They both lack a clear melody, and on top of that, I just think they’re dumb. Do we really need any more (non-funny) engrish songs? I think not.
Basically, Air Gear fails in every category but character designs. I really love how the (female) characters look, but doesn’t mean I’ll suffer through the plot just to watch em. Maybe they can reuse the designs for a new ninja anime!
Unless someone notifies me of Air Gear turning it around and being totally awesome in the next episodes, I’ll be watching no more of this anime.
If you liked this anime, also check out:
Air Gear manga