Air Gear has been quite an interesting watch. It was pretty entertaining, and kept me busy whenever a new episode was released. 25 episodes later though, I still have mixed feelings about the anime rendition of Oh Great!’s manga series.
Starting from the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I guess you can say that it was some sort of a guilty pleasure. I knew that it portrayed some very obvious shounen-type traits, yet still enjoyed the story. Initially, I was very skeptical about the concept of “roller blading anime.” After seeing it being listed on Animesuki and Tokyo Toshokan’s torrent listings for a few weeks, I thought I’d give it a try.
It was definately worth it. The anime dragged me into the manga (which I luckily found from chapter 1 all the way to the most recent raw), which opened up a whole new venue for viewing this series.
Let me first state a few things:
1. The anime is quite ok by itself.
2. I love the music.
3. Despite some typical shounen-esque plot schemes, it was still enjoyable.
4. The manga is MUCH better than the anime.
I’m not nitpicking on the anime. The anime is a great and entertaining series in its own right. The manga is much more in-depth and colorful in my personal opinion. In comparison, the manga has a lot more character development and provides the “correct” description of events.
The entire ending segment with Simca’s proposal for Kogarasumaru to take over Genesis was a bit rushed. The ending at the Devil’s 30/30 was very annoying to me, lol. If the screenwriters were to choose a point for an “open-end resolution” to the series, that was definatey not a place I’d personally choose.
Then again. . I’m not a screenwriter, lol.
The series was definately worth watching though. I’d definately recommend it to anyone who takes a liking to sports/action type anime. In terms of sports-specific anime, it still doesn’t have much against the likes of Hajime no Ippo, Slam Dunk, Tennis no Oujisama, etc. . but it’s still a worthy watch.
The last recommendation I’d have to anyone who took somewhat of a liking to this series: Do yourself a favor and try to find some mangascans or raws. The manga is a lot better. . and most of all, the story gets much, much better later on. The anime is barely halfway to the point the manga is.
Will they make another season? I really don’t know. . since the anime didn’t seem to acquire much acclaim. If a second season is made though, I’d definately watch it I suppose.