I had extremely low expectations for Air Gear because of what people have said in the past, but ,to my amazement, it surpasses many of my previously favored animes. It definitely made me rethink my expectations by episode 2. It was outstanding in comparison with some of the previous shows that I have seen. It hooked me like a fish in a line, and now I anticipate the coming season for it.
Itsuki "Ikki" Minami is the only boy in his household, his sisters treat him like crap. But one day he finds a bunch of Air-Treck tapes. These Air-Treck utilize the power of extremely powerful, but small, motors to do tricks and race. Soon after, Ikki finds several sets of A-T's locked in a room in the house. He takes them for a spin and learns that it is actually hard to use them. Ikki gets into trouble once he accidently challenges a Storm Rider gang called the Skull Saders. After that, his adventures into the world of A-T's continues and man-o-man does he learn a lot, about himself and about others.
The plot centers around the Air-Trecks and the teams and battles that surround them. Ringo, one of Ikki's sisters, is also one of the most important people in the plot itself. The progression leading to the end of the season is composed of battles, racing, team building and making friends along the way. Certain circumstances force Ikki into desperation to win which just adds to the importance of the progression. The characters are all important to the plot at least once. You can relate to the characters pretty well, although they are the typical shounen character stereotypes. The plot and characters are well engaged, despite the the stereo-typicality of the characters and plot.
The only reason that Air Gear lost a star was because, although it is engaging and good to watch, it lacks the unique interest that most shounen anime now overlook. This unique quality is usually one thing that addicts me to an anime. But overall it was really good.
Total Ranking: 4/5