This is kind of random, but I'm trying to track down a copy of the Air Gear manga IN ENGLISH, volumes 15, 16 and 17. Apparently they were published together in one large volume, but it's out of print and out of stock pretty much everywhere. I realize there are places to read fan-translated manga online, but I'd really like to have a physical copy of this. The only ones I've found online are just way, way too expensive. I figure somebody must have a used copy collecting dust, so I'm just throwing it out there that I'm interested.
So ABOUT Air Gear... It's a series written and drawn by Oh! Great (Ogure Ito), who's also known for Tenjou Tenge. His work can be pretty raunchy at times, but the art is extremely detailed and well-drawn. His ability to capture action and use creative camera angles makes his manga really fun to read. Air Gear is basically about competition/battles between street gangs using high-powered roller skates. That's the framework and setting, but it's really a story about challenging yourself to improve and surpass your limitations. I find that kind of struggle to be really entertaining, especially when it's not guaranteed that the heroes will actually succeed. In Air Gear especially, failure does occur, and success is often bittersweet. The characters also explore develop different types of strength in order to achieve their goals. It makes for an interesting read.
Listen to me, trying to be a manga reviewer. I think I just used up all the pseudo-clever vocabulary and grammar I had saved up!
So again, if anybody has a copy of those Air Gear volumes in English, let me know or please keep an eye out for it. Thanks, guys. More art on the horizon, as I'm getting ready to resurrect my website, EDCOMICS.COM.