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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Nike a lost, lonely man who started fighting and killing because he was forced to have nothing else in his life and is now a broken shell of a person who sees what he was deprived of but feels he can no longer embrace it, or did he get off lightly thanks to the sympathies of other characters and the presence of a sad backstory that he personally doesn't care about?
    • Is Sora a Well-Intentioned Extremist who honestly wants to make the world a better place, and who will do whatever he must and who will sacrifice whatever he must to do so, or is he a power-hungry bastard who couldn't care less about all the pain and death he leaves in his wake as he attempts to rule the world?
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Konomi cheerfully tells Ringo that she was so poor at one point that she was living off of the food that a supermarket threw away.
  • Awesome Art: Almost everyone can agree that Oh!Great's artwork is one of, if not the biggest selling point of the manga.
  • Awesome Music: The anime's soundtrack. What would you expect from Hideki Naganuma?
  • Base-Breaking Character: Simca is disliked by some for manipulating Ikki by using her attractive body and his feelings for her in order to get him to do what she wants him to in a sort of All Take and No Give relationship. But others like her as she develops real feelings for Ikki and actually wants him to become Sky King by manipulating those who oppose him instead.
  • Better on DVD: The series has less censoring on DVD than it did when it aired on TV. It also reads easier in tankōbon format than it does one chapter a week.
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  • Broken Base: Some fans like the new direction Air Gear took with the introduction of Genesis and The Sky Regalia, feeling that the material is a good blend of both styles while going in a new direction. Others hate it, feeling that the series became too complicated and completely abandoned the tone and style of the earlier chapters. There is next-to-no middle ground.
  • Canon Fodder: The question of what exactly is Ikki; whether he's actually a normal human or Dr. Minami's masterpiece — greater than both the Gravity Children and the Brain Chargers — is left unanswered and several fans have picked up on that.
  • Cliché Storm: A common criticism levied at the series. In it's defense, while the main conflict of the series and the driving motivations of most of the characters are a bit cliche, Oh!Great likes to expand on many of these clichés and explore them (though not necessarily subverting or deconstructing them). This somewhat helped to develop the main cast, many of whom began as typically clichéd shonen characters, before being revealed to have Hidden Depths.
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  • "Common Knowledge": Hideki Naganuma's contributions to the anime's music were far less major than what the majority had assumed for years. Beyond "Sky-2-High" and "Love Sensation", the rest of the show's score was done by the obscure composition group Wall5 Project. To add more fuel to the confusing fire, the What a Groovy Trick!! and Who Wants More Groovy Track!!?? soundtracks were graced with cover art that featured the pseudonym skankfunk. note 
  • Complete Monster: Sora Takeuchi emotionally abused his brother Nike and his girlfriend Rika, the two people who loved him and trusted him most. He even brainwashed the latter, and when the two of them stopped being useful to him, he threw them aside like trash. While he does have a slightly sympathetic past that paints him as a failure, this justification rings hollow when it's shown that he's orders of magnitude more powerful than every single rider except Ikki. Furthermore, he remorselessly killed several friends who were once in the same situation as him and who even helped him, all in the name of gaining personal power. He is either directly or indirectly responsible for all of the deaths in the series and he doesn't even think highly enough of the lives he's taken to feel something like satisfaction, let alone remorse or regret. After he is defeated, he spits in the face of redemption and tries to turn his girlfriend into a bomb so that he could kill everyone in the tower in which he was fighting so that even if he were to lose, his opponents wouldn't win. He only gave up afterwards when faced with overwhelming power that convinced him he would never be able to succeed. Even Nike looks tame and compassionate in comparison.
  • Crazy Awesome: Lind, and maybe Kaito.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A good deal of the humor. See Covert Pervert.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Agito/any male fans tend to really detest Yayoi. When they started getting Ship Tease, it apparently got so bad that bitchy fans made online petitions to pressure Oh!Great into splitting them up.
    • Many Ikki/Kururu fans have always vehemently despised Ringo, to the protest of many people, even other Kururu/Ikki shippers who think the haters are out of line, and after Ikki and Ringo got together, many of these haters began calling for Ringo's death in the final battle.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme, Chain.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Until Ikki chose Ringo, Kururu was the most popular of his love interests. Even many IkkixRingo shippers admitted that despite their hopes, Ikki would probably end up with her anyway.
    • However, after several scenes showing just how close Ikki and Ringo are, and of course after their Relationship Upgrade, many fans are actually supporting that couple, and although the Ikki/Kururu ship still has its supporters, the Ikki/Ringo ship now seems to be the largest.
  • Fridge Horror: Agito/Akito's third personality Lind is actually the personality of their mother Gazelle who is very much still in love with Kaito and will even highjack Agito/Akito against their will if Kaito is getting hurt. Let me make it even clearer: Gazelle, the mother of Agito/Akito is still in love with Agito/Akito's father Kaito and has no problems highjacking her son's body when necessary. Or when she feels like it. Ewww.
  • Growing the Beard: The point when the conflict between The Sleeping Forest and Genesis over the Sky Regalia became more central to the story is this to some people, as it gave the plot more direction than Ikki simply trying to be the best at using A-Ts.
  • Guilty Pleasure: The manga itself. Many an anime forum poster have gone on at length about how stereotypical and contrived the series is, while still wholeheartedly enjoying it for just how fun it is to read. The Awesome Art doesn't hurt either.
  • Ho Yay: See the page.
  • I Knew It!: Here's a shipping example: A small number of fans pointed out that there have always been hints that Ikki and Ringo would end up together even in the face of most fans (even IkkixRingo and IkkixSimca shippers) figuring that Kururu was the most likely of the three love interests to win. These shippers brought up a number of scenes that show just how close the bond between Ikki and Ringo is. Come Chapter 329, a good number of those scenes are actually shown in passing, meaning Oh!Great was building up their relationship from the start and that these fans were right.
  • Iron Woobie: Kilik
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kilik again. Given how his ideals were betrayed by all of his friends, it's easy to see how he became such a prick.
  • MST3K Mantra: While the story does try to makes some kind of sense, the powers that are on display are based on pseudophysics at best, and if you try to apply real-world logic to any of them, your brain will melt. And that's before they start piling on things like a Humongous Mecha. Your best viewing experience will probably come if you just sit back and don't think about it.
  • Narm: Everything that Inuyama says in the anime is so over the top and hammy that you'll find it difficult to take him seriously.
    • Narm Charm: However, this just make him more entertaining, and it's likely done on purpose.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: IkkixKururu vs. IkkixRingo, with the (smaller) IkkixSimca getting some shots in as well. This combat is a bit more one-sided than most, with relatively few Ringo fans actively bashing the girls supported by other shippers, but a great deal of Kururu and Simca shippers take potshots at Ringo. However, there has always been a significant portion of the IkkixKururu fanbase that is quite civil and is rather disgusted by other shippers' behaviour.
  • Squick: Almost everything that Onigiri says or does. Arthur and Shallot get their fair share as well.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many people felt that relegating Emily to being Omaha's body was a waste of a character that was just getting interesting.
  • What an Idiot!: Kazu says it's a good idea to build a forward base to defend Kogasumaru's territory... right on top of train tracks. Which are being used.

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