Following a humiliating defeat in a fight, Ikki is a troubled
student. His luck starts to get better when he meets up with
sisters who belong to the Sleeping Forest, Storm Riders gang.
The Noyamano sisters provide him with his first pair of Air
Trecks, a form of high tech roller skates. With the use of
the skates Ikki is able to regain his honour and enter the
fast and furious skating world of Air Treck...
Air Treck is a teen action ecchi manga from Oh! Great.
It's not actually the name of the artist, which is Ogure Ito,
but a play on his name. Apparently, if pronounced correctly
it sounds just like Oh Great. Better known for his successful
Tenjho Teng franchise, Ito started his career drawing
hentai books. Although this path to success is often not acknowledged,
you'd be surprised how many respectable writers started out
by writing pornography, to hone their skills and pay the bills.
There is no denying the success of the Air Track series.
To date it has spawned, a soon to be released, anime show
There is a huge amount of information to take in on the Storm
Riders, the name by which AT users refer to themselves. The
various ranking and gang names mean that you really should
start reading this series from the start and not from Volume
Three - as I was forced to do.
The current volume details Ikki's fight with a rival gang
member, Buccha, after he has put two of Ikki's friends in
hospital. Through the story we follow his quest to improve
his skills in order to take the bad guy down.
The undoubted strength of this manga is the artwork. Ito's
artistic ability easily adds to the dynamism of the action
panels, though the overall quality is very high. The book
does contain a lot of violence and moderate amounts of wry
salacious buxom nudity, though this is par for the course
So overall a good story backed up by some impressive artwork.