Over the past several years, I’ve been investigating several anime series that has amassed a large following and why some of them received sequels and some didn’t. “Air Gear” Season 1 is one of them. It’s been over 15 years since the sports anime’s fans began yearning for a sequel. Sadly, there has been no news regarding it thus yet.
Originally released in 2003, “Air Gear” is also known in Japan as Ea Gia is a great sports anime and is based on manga of the same name. The manga ran for 37 volumes and finished in July of 2012. Ito Ogure, often known as Oh! great, is the author and illustrator of the series. Once it became successful enough during its serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Maagazine¬, the series was picked up for anime adaptation.
Since its debut in Japan on April 5, 2006, “Air Gear” has only had one season with 25 episodes and three OVAs (original video animation). Director Hajime Kamegaki, and animator Toei Animation Studio, worked together to create the anime.
In the series, you may watch Itsuki, the main character, as he tries to realise his ambition of one day reaching the skies in this futuristic sports anime with shounen themes which people across worldwide adore.
Season 1: Plot
The narrative highlights, Air Treks, or ATs, a new futuristic skating technology that has entered the scene. It is true, that this technology has been used worldwide, but certain safety limits have been put in place by the government to limit the speed. “Storm Riders” are a group of adrenaline addicts who’ve found a method to hack the gadget and make it perform at maximum capacity. These days ATs aren’t simply utilised for transportation; they’re also being employed in subterranean conflicts and as a badge of honour for those who want to rule the streets.
Itsuki Minami, also known as Ikki or Crow, a middle school kid well renowned for street fights, lives in such a wild period. With his pals Kazuma Mikura and Onigiri, his main goal in life is to overcome all that stands in the way of his greatness. It doesn’t matter what he faces, he’ll overcome it. A pair of Air Treks appear at his home one day, and his destiny begins to coincide with that of his dream of reaching the top of the Trophaeum Tower.
A look at the possibilities of “Air Gear” Season 2…
Lots of questions have been raised, “Will be a second season of Air Gear?”.
When will the second season of Air Gear be available?
Will there be any more seasons of Air Gear?
Is the Air Gear project complete?
It’s time to answer them!
Despite all of the inquiries and demands from fans for it to be released, Air Gear season 2 has yet to be officially announced, let alone a release date.
However, there are a number of reasons why the anime has failed to release its second series. An important factor in delaying its renewal was ratings and income. Sadly, although having a distinctive concept, the anime was not able to make a significant amount of money.
Is there going to be a second season of Air Gear?
I thought the first season was nicely made, with some nice animation at the beginning. Although it received mixed reviews, viewers appeared to like the soundtrack and the story’s many characters development plots. No one excellent thing could compensate for the weak and uninspiring writing that marred the film. As a result, Season 1 garnered mediocre reviews from critics and audiences. Due to this, the series struggled to make enough money. Even though it did not lose money, a company like Toei Animation, which is widely known and influential, may not be interested in a project that isn’t profitable. Because of this, it’s possible that Air Gear won’t get a sequel.
Nevertheless, there is a lot of interest in Season 1 of Air Gear. According to IMDB, the first season has received 7.2 stars, while MyAnimeList has given it 7.54 stars. Therefore, if a sequel is made it wouldn’t really fail, however, the prospect of it is likely low.
“Air Gear” Season 2: Crux
It’s crucial to keep in mind that without the second half of the anime series, we’ll never know what happens at the end of the tale. We’ll never know if Ikki’s goal of reaching the skies and becoming the most skilled storm rider ever comes true or not. Let’s wrap it up with a quick look at the manga’s last chapter.
About the manga…
As for the manga, the author has produced 37 volumes, of which only the first 12 have been adapted into the first season of the anime series. In terms of OVAs, they only cover volumes 16, 23 and 24, which came out much later, so calling them sequels would be unfair. So, there is a lot to cover. Therefore, the three OVAs are not the continuation of the first season as many people believe.
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It is true, both the anime and the manga is completed in 2021. It’s official: the Air Gear saga has come to its end. After the 37th volume, The Air Gear came to an end in Japan on July 17th 2012.
To date, both Japanese manga and anime have become increasingly popular, both in the east and the west, and now have quite a significant audience. Over 18 million copies had been sold by August 2020 and it received the 2006 Kodansha Manga Award in the shonen category. Despite this, the first season of the anime is sometimes criticised for not being faithful to the manga’s plot and for skipping portions of the storyline.
As a whole, the series full packed with action, adventure and fantasy with a dark and light undertone incorporated when required. However, to bring an average rated anime to market now would be high risk and one that the makers of “Air Gear” may not take.