Air Gear is a manga created and illustrated by Ito Ogure (Oh! Great}. It was published by Kodansha in Weekly Shonen Magazine starting November 6, 2002 and ended May 28, 2012. The anime adaption was made by Toei Animation, directed by Hajime Kamegaki and aired in TV Tokyo starting April 4, 2006 and ended September 26, 2006.
Air Gear Plot:
Air Gear is about the life of Itsuki Minami "Ikki", (also known as "Baby Face" and "Lil (Little) Crow") and his friends. The story follows their use of Air Trecks, an in-universe invention derived from inline skates. The early parts of the story carry out the introduction of characters that eventually join Ikki. As the story progresses, it focuses on their roles as Storm Riders and their quest to be on the top of the Trophaeum Tower.
Air Gear Characters:
Itsuki Minami – Itsuki Minami or “Ikki” becomes a Storm Rider. He eventually becomes the founder of the team, Kogarasumaru, where his best friends, Onigiri and Kazu, become members. He was trained to become the Wind King and ultimately the Sky King by Sora but was betrayed as Sora and Nike conspired to steal ikki’s Regalia.
Mikura Kazuma – Kazuma Mikura or “Kazu” is one of Ikki’s best friends. Kazu focuses on speed and inherited the title of Flame King. He is given the nickname “Stealth” because of his incredible speed and has the ability to create illusions such as cloning just off his speed.
Issa Mihotoke – Issa Mihotoke or “Fats Buccha” holds the title of Mountain King. His team was forced to disband when Ikki beat him. He joins Ikki’s team as the main power rider. He is extremely muscular and only appears overweight because all the blood rushes to his stomach when he over eats but he can easily revert the blood to his other muscles to achieve super human strength.
Wanjima Akito – Akito holds the title of “Fang King”. He has a split personality where Agito is the dark side and Akito is the light side. This happens when he switches the position of his eye patch from his right eye (for Akito) and left eye (for Agito).
Air Gear Similar Series:
1. Ride Back
2. Accel World
3. Tenjou Tenge