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Juvenile and Entirely Formulaic
on July 7, 2009
The reviews so far on here are misleading. This series is entirely formulaic and hardly deserving of 4 or 5 stars. At absolute best it's only a 3 star series.
It's basically extreme sports, loosely based off of rollerblading and skate-boarding, with some magic thrown in. The main character is a bit of a loser, gross at times, and almost always juvenile. As others have mentioned, it's not for kids as there are adult themes and nudity (which also usually comes across as juvenile). There's the usual "protagonist taps into his hidden energy to pull something amazing off" stuff, but it's just hard to take the protagonist seriously since he is so juvenile and portrayed as a loser more often than someone you would actually want to follow or could respect.
The series reminded me the most of Get Backers (out of the fight anime I have watched). Except Get Backers had interesting protagonists, interesting villains (e.g. Dr. Jackal) and broke out of the Fight Anime mold with episodes like recovering the Stradivarius, the one about famous artists, the really hilarious episode with Ginji in the hospital, etc. They also actually go the Limitless Fortress in both seasons.
AirGear is Get Backers without the interesting parts, without the interesting characters, and literally without any resolution -- the whole 8 kings story arc was clearly meant for season two, which never happened. So on top of all of the formulaic action, contrived plots, 1 dimensional characters, etc. you also don't even get a decent ending.
My advice: pick up Get Backers instead.