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Air Gear Vol. 2-3
Author/Artist Oh! Great
And I thought Negima had fan service...
Air Gear skates into it's second and thrid volumes with all the style and sass of it's first, and Itsuki is still struggling to find his feet in the competetive Air Treck world.
In these two volumes, it's humiliation and revenge, as ace lardass skater Buccha lays down the smack on Itsuki's mates, who lend him their skates to create some custom racers which Itsuki then uses for payback.
So far as fan service goes, just...wow. The shameless Simca is the main culprit. She certainly seems to have no problem removing her clothes at the drop of her hat (or other peoples come to that!), and comes off as a major sexual predator, much to the chagrin of Ringo, Itsuki's frustrated house-mate). The author is very liberal with his sexy shots, many of which are so outrageous I'm amazed they got printed, but you can't deny that the artwork, no matter the situation, is beautiful. This is a guy who knows how to draw cool looking guys in great poses and gorgeous girls in and out of some sweet street fashion.
It's actually the artwork and the style that have kept my interest beyond the standard "competition" fare - Air Treck could easily be replaced with boxing, card playing or monster catching, so it's nothing new, but there's something undeniably cool about street racing on tricked out skates, and for my money that makes it more attractive than a thousand Yu-Gi-Oh's.
Shallow? Yes. But well executed and stylish as hell.