(エアマスター, Ea Masutā
?) is a seinen manga created by Yokusaru Shibata and serialized in Hakusensha's Young Animal. The story focuses on Maki Aikawa, an ex-gymnast turned streetfighter. A 27-episode anime adaptation was produced by Toei Animation. The manga ended in 2006 after a 28 volume run.
Geneon signed an agreement with Toei to release the anime series on DVD in the United States and Canada, but as of August 2006 only four discs have been released, and no further releases have been announced.
Its main character is a 16 year old redheaded schoolgirl who, rather than fighting the typical Anime martial artist mold popular with many otaku, is enormously tall and fairly muscular. In addition, the art style has been described as anything from charmingly rough to crude, resembling the more old school
fighting manga style rather than similarly themed (but even more fanservice oriented) works, like Tenjho Tenge
or Ikki Tousen
. In addition, the series itself is a homage/parody of the fighting genre, as well as other genres, which are well hidden within the entire series.
The series title comes from Maki's nickname as a street fighter, a reference to her acrobatic skills. Maki has climbed buildings, executed death-defying leaps, changed course in mid-air, and pulled off multiple aerial attacks.