"Air Master" is a satire and since a lot of folks don't "get" satire they gave it a "1". And those folks, by their reasoning, would be correct:
- the story is non-existent
- the art is all over the place
- the animation sucks
- the character design, well, the lead (except in flashback) is a hulking sort of Amazon; there's a "psycho supporter" lesbian who wears a bra with a cup size so large only Dr. Seuss could come up with a letter designation for it; a dwarfish creature that appears to have escaped from "Spirited Away" or, more likely, was exiled; and there's also "those
two characters who are always hanging around the lead character"; and then there are the other characters who show up, disappear for no apparent reason and then resurface several episodes later for the same no apparent reason.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!
So it's understandable that the folks who watched "Air Master" assuming it was about an outsider girl "finding her way to acceptance by being the bad ass-est fighter on the street" would be upset and think it deserves a "1". It's also understandable that they missed the point entirely; they were clearly watching the wrong anime.
"Air Master" works on two levels: it's a satire but, also, in the grand tradition of "Usagi-chan de Cue!!", it's superbly silly. There is about one really decently animated fight sequence per episode along with quite a few good jokes including satirical comments about anime in general (note "the two characters who are always hanging around the lead character").
That's it nothing more, nothing less. "Air Master" is a fairly sophisticated satire presented as a silly action anime.
The story of Air Master is a typical flimsy series of excuses to fit in as many fights as possible. This is not necessarily a bad thing since the real reason to sit through all 27 episodes of Air Master is for the enjoyment of the fight scenes.
The characters never get much depth, but they click in a way that makes the silly comedy work. Maki (main character) does get some flashbacks: I like her unusual fighting background. Mina might offend some people, but her proportions are so ridiculous that it's hard to take her for anything but the parody she is.
Even annoying little girl Renge gets a few comedy moments that make her not quite as annoying.
Voice acting is pretty decent. Paku Romi was a great choice for Maki, and Mika Doi does a good job as the psychotic Kaori. Also featured are Yukana Nogami as Mina (Tessa in Full Metal Panic), Tomoko Kaneda as Renge (Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh) and Masumi Asano as Michiru (Hakufu in Ikki Tousen). The music isn't outstanding, but fits the show well, particularly the fast-paced OP and ED.
The art seems to be one of the biggest reasons people avoid this anime. However, after seeing the billionth show designed to have the cutest characters possible, it's downright amazing to have character designs that are willing to slap you in the face and kick both "cute" and "the norm" to the curb. It's also refreshing to see a female anime character that can kick butt AND looks the part. The character art isn't always consistent, but the animation does a great job of making the fights flow well and making the blows look real and painful, while using a variety of crazy fighting styles.
I recommend this show to anyone who wants to see some interesting fights that don't have much in the way of the typical copouts (like hurled energy beams or blurred strikes that are supposedly too quick to see). For those viewers, the key rating is 7 for enjoyment. People who don't care much about fights and want some real character development and substance to the story should look elsewhere.
I love anime centered around fighting. Grappler Baki might be my favorite series ever, Garouden is my favorite manga, I thought Yu Yu Hakusho was great, and consider Bleach good solely on the strength of its action scenes.
Air Master, however, is the single worst anime series I've ever seen. It is putrid, like moldy rice tossed into spoiled milk, that reeks for weeks on end. At first, I thought that three of the other four reviews for this series giving it a "1" were just exaggerating how bad it was.
The story introduces us to Maki,
a seven foot tall, 14 year old girl, who fights with the power of....wait for it.....gymnastics. Her goal is to challenge other strange-looking people to street fights. Violence and poor animation ensue.
How a seven foot tall girl with broad shoulders, weighing at least 250 pounds was at one point a world class gymnast and can fly through the air never even receives an attempt at an explanation. It does, of course, lend itself to numerous shots of tight white panties underneath Maki's mini-skirt.
Apparently, the goal is to turn me on sexually with an animation while I'm watching a fight featuring copious amounts of blood.
Now listen, I have no problem with absurd, unrealistic premises and backgrounds in an action anime. Hell, I like it.
But even if none of the moves used are the least bit practical, there has to be something in the fictional main combatant that resembles a REAL fighter, or at least the audience's perception of what a true fighter should be.
Baki was a teenager also, but he was muscular, disciplined, and had a great personality. Ippo was a boxer of tremendous dedication and heart, and acted like a real human being. Hell, even some of the characters in Dragonball Z had moderately interesting aspects of their personality that were genuine.
Here, Maki is like a giant robot, with no emotion, no motivation for anything she does, and numerous holes in the consistency and logic of everything from her interactions with her normal friends, to her feelings about other fighters.
She's not cool, deep, or unique. She's an overgrown, violent retard.
Of course, you can't really blame her. Every other character is the same.
Now, let's talk about the animation. Normally, I don't believe it deserves its own section, but this is an exception. "Air Master" has the worst animation I have ever seen in an anime. There are literally about 3 or 4 frames per second, at best, which often makes me think I'm seeing a Powerpoint slide.
It feels disjointed, the characters are animated with little detail, change noticeably from scene to scene, and their movements always feel unnatural, not just in terms of the fighting, but even something as simple as crossing the street. Frankly, it feels like the series was made between 1988 and 1992, not 2004.
The only possible thing that could salvage the series would be the fight scenes. Unfortunately, they're stale and repetitive; once you've seen one fight, you've essentially seen them all. The afore-mentioned horrible, cheap animation doesn't help either.
Additional lowlights in the series include a high-pitched, midget 14 year old who cries and throws temper tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants, and is present in virtually every episode. Why throw one of the most annoying anime characters I've ever seen into the show? Apparently, she's supposed to be funny.
The dialogue is unbelievable, too.
From the first episode alone, we get the following priceless quote from a Mexican Lucha Libre guy, to demonstrate how much of a scary motherfucker he is;
"Or perhaps there's a poor puppy struggling for breath in a muddy stream, even if there's a heavy rain warning, I'll jump in!"
Intimidating. Like the rest of "Air Master", it's ridiculous, not funny, pretentious, and horribly animated with no story.
Even if you watch every fighting series under the sun, like me, stay away.
I didn't know anything about Air Master, nor did I know that it had any sort of reputation. It was just one anime among the many but I got interested in it just because one artist I've been stalking has made nice ( yaoi ) fanart out of it.
So I sought Air Master out and watched it, without having any idea on what I was going to see.
I was surprised to find that the main characters were females and not only that, the yuri/lesbian implications were quite evident ( to the point where they weren't even implications anymore ). I didn't mind at
all. And BIG big bonus: the females were NOT annoying, generic, overly cheerful, bug-eyed, cutsey wutesy woo twerps with glittery hair and two out-of-proportion sticks for legs. The characters were exaggerated, but realistic somehow. It was nice and refreshing.
The story itself does leave alot to hope for. It's often the same problem with all anime series: it's friggin' confusing or plain. I immediately got the feeling that once again the makers of the anime trust that the person who sees the anime has read the manga.
In Air Master, it was plain and a bit stupid... plus it the series ended like in the middle of everything. I didn't feel like anything was concluded. So story-wise, it was a bit of a disappointment.
What saves it was the quality of each individual episode. It wasn't a funny anime per se but it was amusing, and impressive. Don't get me wrong: I do NOT like fighting animes generally. I find them utterly boring. But Air Master was beautiful, plus I do find some charm in the Street Fighting romantique ( can you say that? ). Besides Maki herself is really likable character, as Air Master and as Maki, her fighting style is cool.
I understand if someone would diss this anime because of the lacking story, but I'd say one should still give it a chance ( and maybe if one likes it, she could see about the manga? ).
However, if you're the type that likes cute girls doing cute things or high-school boys who sprout wings every now and then, I don't think this anime is for you.
If you're a bit perverted ( to every way ) and find amusement from dirty jokes, yet enjoy a bit of coolness every now and then, Air Master should be well worth a view.
This is quite possibly the single worst anime I have ever had the displeasure of watching, in all honesty I am surprised I managed to watch up to episode 3, its just abysmal.
Now, I only watched three episodes of this anime so its true that I didn't get a good grip of the story, but unless the main character becomes a 80 ft, semi-robot killing machine I honestly cant see it getting any better in the slightest.
The art for this anime is horrible, simply horrible, I have seen better two year old children's wall drawings that are better than this (no offence to
the artists, i'm sure they are very talented 1 year old children with only one finger and thumb).
The voice acting is one of the worst I have seen, I would think that just because the lead character looks like a deformed mutantdoesn't mean she has to sound like one too, the voices sounded stiff and had no emotion, generally poor. Now the background music and op & ed arepassable but sadly are not good enough to improve the score past a 1.
BEHOLD! a giant deformed mutant that's only talent is beating the crap out of people, just not a likeable character at all. The rest of the cast isall rite I suppose, with one exception (and main reason I have given it a score of 1) Inui Renge, what a horrible creature this is. It is the most annoying thing since the dog from duckhunt (for those who remember it).
Enjoyment: 1 (Only because I couldn't go lower)
HA! I got no enjoyment from watching this anime (or the 3 eps I watched at least), I would have had more fun cutting off both of my hands.
As I said before, this is the worst anime I have seen, it has no redeeming qualities, its pure crap. To all those that read this and think "it cant be that bad, i'll try it and see" please for the love of god don't make that mistake, it would be less painful to brake both arms and legs than sit through an episode of this.
I saw an episode of this anime on a demo DVD that one of my friends had, three or four years ago. I mention this because it is still made fun of in my group of friends. The animation is bad, the character design is bad, the plot is nonexistant, and the fight scenes involve a girl crying lightning. The show includes one of the most annoying characters I've ever heard, as well as the biggest breasted character to be drawn outside of hentai.
I think this show may have been conceived as a parody, but I'm honestly not sure. If it
was supposed to be a parody, it crossed way over the line into badness, and never looked back.
Anyway, if you were planning on watching this show, I would recommend doing something else. Like the laundry. Or cleaning your toilet. Worst case scenario, instead of watching this show, you should stare at the wall, trying to imagine the most boring thing you can think of. You'll thank me later.
Fucking sweet anime about an ex-gymnast turned street fighter and her daily life/daily fights. While it starts of in something closely resembling "the real world" it does get more bizarre as the series continues. Though never to a disconcerting or intrusive level. The fights in this are great looking, very flashy but still retaining a semblance of "reality" which makes them all the more spectacular.
It also has a somewhat odd presentation in terms of story; as with most fighting anime manga the delivery of plot tends to be, by the very nature of the thing, episodic, usually delivered in a fight-train-fight format. However with Airmaster
the delivery is more like a "slice of life drama" and it just so happens the main protagonist is involved in a lot of fighting. I think this can be seen best in the conclusion of the series, which could be seen as disappointing if one hasn’t grasped the flow of the series plot.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to see more of this, as I’m unsure if the 27 episode anime fully covers the 28 volume manga.
We shall now enter the anime Air Master...A good series but a little disappointing.
This anime starts off with a former gymnastics expert named Maki Aikawa who decided to become a street fighter. Being a street fighter makes her feel alive, which gives her amazing power and grace. She fights A LOT of enemies, and after continuing to demonstrate her incredible power, she earns the new nickname, "Air Master".
First off, Air Master was good because there were hilarious moments that were topped with a myriad of epic street battles and a hint of romance, surprisingly. The anime's plot was good at telling the story but
I believed that this anime could've done a lot better. The first thing that I didnt like at all about the anime is that Aikawa was made WAY too tall. I mean she towers over everyone around her age, given the fact that she's a woman. I understand that women come in all shapes and sizes, but really? Does she have to be that tall? Also, I didn't like Aikawa's friends Mina and Renge. Let's start with Mina. I didn't like Mina because she was extremely annoying and clingy towards Aikawa. She wouldn't even last one second without Aikawa. Seriously? Do you need her that badly?! Also, Mina's boobs are way too big for her own good. She always gets noticed for her big boobs by guys everywhere she goes. I'm not hating on her, but it really gets annoying. Secondly, I didn't like Renge because her voice sounded like a dying raccoon. Also, doesn't she look like she should be in kindergarten, not junior high? Over all I give this anime a 6/10. It wasn't good or bad either, I just wish that the characters were developed properly and that the plot was better thought out and planned out properly. I would only recommend this anime to people who are interested in top-notch action and comedy.
If you like fighters Air Master willtake your breath away with the amazing moves that Maki pulls off. The fights are pretty fluent and no frame by frame fight scenes.
Character Developement is pretty weak because it only focuses on the fight side of things which for this series was alright. Although I will say Sakiyama Kaori had excellent character development. Others were just Maki's friends or rivals nothing more nothing less.
Best character development anime ONE PIECE!!!!
For lovers of Ikkitousen and Tenjou Tenge this is something new. For Dragon Ball Z fans and YuYu Hakushou fans leave it alone. It attempts
to stay pretty grounded.
Air Master is an enjoyable show. There isn't any complex storyline or thinking involve in this anime, but it does have fighting scenes and funny moments in every episode.
I think most of the characters are likable, there is only two or three that most would find annnoying, Mina and Renge.
Kaori Sakiyama is like Vegta from Drangonball Z because she strives to be better than the main character Maki Aikawa. She has the most development in this story and the most fun to watch. There are many other interesting characters and their interactions with each other is funny to watch, Maki and Julietta is one I
find funny though it is boardline creepy/obsess.
The storyline isn't really about Maki training and fighting others to reach the top.
Maki starts of strong already and she does get progressively stronger, but that's not really the reason of the show, to me anyways.
The storyline could be split into two parts.
The first would be Maki and her friends going through series of situations, which some would deem random, but it is also the time when Maki tries to find strong opponents to fight to achieve the thrill and adrenaline rush that she used to feel when she was apart of gymnastics. During this time you are become used to all the characters. I like this half more since even though it was more random, you understand a bit more of why Maki wants to fight and her capabilities as the Air Master.
The second part would be Fukamichi Ranking.
This parts has all the fighters that Maki fight in the previous part show up again. Most of them take part in the ranking and there are new fighters introduced. The fights are good and Maki is stronger, but to me during this half she doesn't really have the same fighting drive she did in the first half. Also, this half shows Maki isn't always invincible.
The ending episode is a bit confusing. I would like more information about the whole Eternals and the ghost lady first, and if they had an episode explaining it fist and then have the last episode it would atleast made a bit more sense. But the fighting was good and everything did feel complete beside the Eternal thing.
So, you should watch it if you want to watch something funny and has action and no really serious plot.
Though there is mention of yuri (Maki, the main character, and Mina the big chested girl[its somewhat onesided] ), and yaoi (Kinjiro Kitaeda, one of the fighters, and Nagato, Kinjiro's bodyguard [also onesided, but they do kiss-extremely gross, but funny]).
There is a few obsessive characters, but its funny. So, if you take the show to seriously or don't like the above mention then it wont be funny or enjoyable.
I watched this series on crunchyroll over a period of two or so weeks. Typically I'll start a series and get disinterested and stop watching about six episodes in. Air Master was able to hold my interest some how.
When I first started watching I assumed this anime was a lot older than it turn out to be based on the art style. It definitely isn't a style I have seen very often and came with a lot of interesting character designs and a fighting style that I enjoyed.
I found the variety of characters to be surprising. There wasn't too much repetitiveness and each fighting style
kept me intrigued and interested in how fights would go and what would happen with the characters. While many of the fights and characters lacked the amount of depth or story some would hope for, this was a fighting show and the fights were all over the place enough to keep me watching.
All in all Air Master is a good series if you are not looking for to much depth and just want a good ole fighting anime that doesn't have any ninjas (aside from one).
So, Air Master is a really bad show, but it's mildly entertaining in a campy way. I think I need to somewhat summarize how weird this series truly is.
• Seven foot, 14-year-old girl challenges an incredible amount of aberrant-looking (and acting people) to street brawls, along with her lesbian lover that has breasts that look like two bean bag chairs. Seriously, Mina has boobs as big as that gelatinous monster from Occultic;Nine. Oh, and she's voiced by Yukana (C.C.)? And there’s a shrieking midget… girl? The gender is more on the ambiguous side, but our main heroine is no different. Seeing as she could
contend with Conor McGregor in stature.
• The aforementioned heavy-weight champion in-training, Maki weighs like 250 pounds, she specializes in aerial attacks, and manages to fly through the air, despite having a body like a primal man from the Paleolithic ages, and often flashing her panties. There's a lot of surrealist humor, and buckets of fanservice. I'm not usually a person who likes copious amounts of fanservice, but the comedy makes it acceptable to watch. Though disgusting, but I think that's the point?
• I would describe Air Master like: What if Grappler Baki met Eiken. Or Peepochu. It's raunchy, gory, and somehow hilarious in its over-the-top depictions of characters. I feel like this would be the type of show to get drunk or high with your friends and watch, but probably not something worth watching on your own, or if you're sober.
• The animation and the art are possibly the worst part of this train-wreck of a show, it was almost unwatchable, at times, with how bad the animation was. If you value that aspect of a series, don't watch. I feel like you only have to watch one or two episodes to get all of the enjoyment that you're going to get from this series.
• All of the men in this series are perverted rapists (especially Julieta Sakamoto), but I guess, what do you expect when you seen a panty shot or boobs jiggling every few seconds? This series could have been a bizarre street fighting hentai with how fucking strange and awkward everything is.
• There is no existent plot, just insanity ensuing. It's just plain absurdist twaddle, with the addition of the mentally-impaired main girl, I mean ogre, beating the crap out of characters on the street, while her merry band of freaks that accompany her do not amplify the case show’s image.
• The satire and mocking of the fighting genre is the biggest achievement of this show, but no one can deny how awful it is. I particularly didn't like the ending of the show, it tried to be something, even though it was best at doing nothing, and then answered no questions. Who are The Eternals? Should we even care?
• Overall, should you watch Air Master? No. ONLY if you're bored and want to get a laugh out of something weird. You're better off watching a Yoshiyuki Tomino reject series, like Garzey's Wing. I give Air Master a 3/10.
Air Master doesn't really have a plot. You just follow somedays in the life of the main character. If you are looking for a plot of any kind, this isn't the anime for you.
The anime has a very old feeling. It reminded me of ranma 1/2 and some older animes.
The music is the best part for me.
The characters are entertaining enough. If you aren't easily ofended I don't think they will get on your nerves. The fights are cool, but they aren't as well constructed as in others animes. Don't take me worng, there're definetly some cringe moments. The anime isn't afraid of breaking bones
and spilling blood. All episodes are action focused. Some laugh out loud moments are present as well. All in all, it's a very light hearted anime that you can watch when there is nothing else to do.
this anime had buckets of potential but as the episodes went on, my enjoyment decreased and the characters became more and more annoying.
Every second "MAKI CHAN MAKI CHAAAN"
It was just generally disappointing that the fights were good but somewhat repetitive and the main character was just flipping crazy strong from the start.
i think it would of been good if she at least started off average and got better by actually training or experience due to the fights but nope.
Tbh everyone else except a few characters were so annoying the amount of shouting was not necessary.