In a world where street gangs zip around on super-fast motorized skates, Junior High Minami Itsuki has the need for speed! He will do anything to master the Air Treck skates and become a Storm Rider himself. But can he make it to the top? Based on the hit manga series by Oh Great!, Air Gear is a non-stop rollercoaster ride featuring cool characters, cutting-edge CGI animation, and of course lot of action!
Based on the manga by "Oh! great" (Ito Oogure), Air Gear
(2006) elevates in-line skating to a high-tech extreme sport, much the way Eureka Seven
pushes snowboarding. Minami "Ikki" Isuki is a tough-talking high school student who freeloads at the home of the four Noyamano sisters. After getting the wasabi beaten out of him by a gang of Storm Riders, Ikki discovers the world of air treks
: motorized in-line skates that go at extraordinary speeds. Not surprisingly, he turns out to be a natural rider, quickly picking up skills and catching a brief vision of "the Road in the Sky." But Ikki has to face rival gangs, beginners' races, and getting a job to pay for his skates before he can aspire to the mystical aspects of the sport. Although the misfit hero, athletic challenges, and other elements in the series are standard-issue shonen
(boys') anime, the computer-animated racing shots, skillful cutting and winning voice performances make Air Gear
a lot of fun. (Rated TV MA SL, suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, profanity, nudity toilet and risqué humor) --Charles Solomon