Well Air gear happens to be one anime i enjoyed very much the first time i saw it. The plot at first seems very stupid but after you give it a chance you cant stop watching it.
In Japan a new trend called Air Tecking is what some people are doing. Air Treck are rolleblades, not real rollerblades but special that are quite high-end and motorized. These special inline skates have three major components to them which are: wheel motor to power up the wheels at start, a power injection system to get the high speed, and a hydraulic cushion system. There is also a braking system wich will allow a pair of these skkates to function as normal inlines. The story revolves around Ikki, his friends and family(who are not blood related to him they don’t exactly say the whole story in the anime but they mention in the managa.) So Ikki’s family is a group of storm riders known as Sleeping Forest.( Storm riders are people who use air trek which are basically super charged roller blades that people use in parts wars, were you verse other teams to get their emblems. ) Ikki decides to make a team so that he can compete in parts wars.
The animation is well done if compared to the many 2006 anime’s that came out. although i have seen better there is nothing wrong to complain about with the animation. The music was very good, but watching all 24 eps i noticed the intro(op) and the ending themes were used for the sound tracks during the show. Another great point of the show is the characters each person is very cool and has a great personality Ikki is a standard protagonist with a stubborn/ hardheaded attitude,Kazuo is another great character very fast on air treks. The only people i didn’t like were onigiri and the skull saders leader. The story is very original you can not compare this to any other show out their. The only problem would be that it ended to fast the ending left so much room for more, .I know the managa goes much further in detail and story its also considered to be the darker side of air gear I have heard some rumors of a season 2 and i am 100% sure there will be a movie, so if anything that should solve your “cliff hanger ending”
Air Gear is a refreshing and original anime series. If you rollerblade, then you probably might enjoy watching Air Gear. The series is dubbed but is not available to everybody. It may also be difficult to order the series as it is difficult to find. However, if you can find a copy of the Air Gear series, check it out. You won’t look at rollerblading the same way again.