Modern Visual Culture

Recommended Works

Air Gear


Mangaka: Oh! great 大暮 維人
Born: 22nd of Feb, 1972
Original Publisher: Kodansha
English Language Publisher:
Published: November 2002 to May 2012
Status: Finished
Number of Volumes: 37
Serialized: Weekly Shonen Magazine 週刊少年マガジン
Genre: Sports, Martial Arts
Demographic: shonen

    Air Gear revolves around the improbable adventures of Itsuki Minami, who as a member of a futuristic roller skating gang spends all day engaging in skating battles with rival gangs using Air Trecks, inline skates that enable their users to leap entire buildings, and all night with his four attractive older female roommates.

    Somewhat dark and overly brutal for a purely shonen manga, Air Gear is mainly distinguished by its great visuals.
    Background & Impact
    Air Gear was adapted into a successful anime series that deviated from the plot of the manga in significant ways.

    Also, and quite oddly, it was adapted into a musical.