December 10, 2011
The main character of the show is a teenage boy name Itsuki (Ikki in the English dub). Ikki wants nothing more than to become a storm rider, but his sisters forbid it. Eventually Ikki gets his hands on a pair of ATs and that's when his quest to become the best storm rider begins.
While this was an entertaining series to watch, there was a lot happening in the story that was difficult to connect. For example, Ikki starts out as an inexperienced kid, and by the end of the series he is challenging some of the best storm riders in Japan. The progression of the story was all over the map. This is primarily due to the large framework set out at the beginning of the series. In 25 episodes there was no way to capture all of the nuances. Also the character development had very awkward growth pattern as well. It started out slow, then all of a sudden at the end too many elements were introduced. The story never did receive proper closure, and the last episode concluded much like any other.
Overall, Air Gear was entertaining to watch, however, I was disappointed with the lack of closure at the end. I suppose that watching the OVA will help to answer the questions left by the series. To get a better sense of the type of demeanor this show presents, it is very much like Eureka 7 or BeyBlades.