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Noyamano Ringo - The Masked Hentai - Yamato - REVIEW 16 ADDENDUMNoyamano Ringo - The Masked Hentai - Yamato - REVIEW 16 ADDENDUM

HappyakrzHappyakrz17 days agoReview
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As it doesn't sound like the general community is as well-versed in the story or imagery of Air Gear (I realize it's a slightly older story and not nearly as popular as some of its contemporaries), I thought I'd share a couple of images that might help you better understand the Ringo image I reviewed the other day.

Would I do this if she wasn't my waifu? No, probably not. But she is, so I feel fine about passing the info along to you. I'm also treading on dangerous ground in regards to posting imagery from a published work, but as I'm attempting to promote it (including the purchase of the Air Gear volumes available on Amazon and through your local book store! lol), I'll share just enough so that you can get the idea.

I've marked this article as NSFW, so if you're reading it anyway and are bothered by skimpy outfits on gorgeous feminine bodies, you may want to click away now. Fair warning!

Who is Ringo?

She's a lovely young Japanese woman (I'd guess mid- to late teens) who is an old-fashioned girl, very devoted to the young man she loves, and is somewhat naive to the world outside of Air Treks (rollerblades in Air Gear). She also is quite unaware (innocently naive) about how appealing her personality and body are to the male characters around her.

Here are a couple of cover inserts that will give a general idea of her look and personality.

http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/ringo_01.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/ringo_02.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/ringo_03.jpg

Who Is That Masked Girl?

Early in the story, Ringo finds that boy she loves is getting in trouble, and she goes out of her way to help him -- incognito. She scrounges through this school locker room and comes up with an outfit that includes a swimsuit, some crazy glasses, a wild wig, and a hat. I have no idea why she calls herself the Masked Croissant, that's the name she comes up with on the spot. It's all very ridiculous and adds a lot of humor to the somewhat tense section of the story.

http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_croissant_00.jpg http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_croissant_01.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_croissant_02.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_croissant_03.jpg

How Did She Get the Sexy Outfit?

Later in the story, a rival who knows Ringo's secret swaps bags with her, and when Ringo heads to the bathroom to change into her "safe" costume, she finds something quite different waiting in the bag she thought was hers.

http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_hentai_01.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_hentai_02.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_hentai_03.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/masked_hentai_04.jpg

And that is the outfit that the designer and sculptors chose to represent this wonderful character! lol Not that I'm upset about it, but I felt that you needed to know (in Paul Harvey's words) The Rest of the Story!

In closing, here are a couple of promo drawings that were used in the books, leading up to the reveal of Ringo's outrageous outfit, plus one of my shots from my recent review.

http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/promo_1.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/airgear_images/promo_2.jpg
http://www.happyakrz.com/anime/ringo_straps/ringo_straps_display_03_72.jpg

I hope that was helpful!

Enjoy your Tuesday evening!

Todd / Happyakrz
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Was this kind of back-story explanation helpful?

  • 72%Yup, I loved learning more about Ringo and that crazy outfit!
  • 20%It was okay, but it wasn't necessary.
  • 8%Meh.
  • 0%I'm offended and will alert the copyright authorities.
  • 0%I'm deeply offended and will pray for your soul!
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1pt
rubyserpent_720 (17 days ago) #70875716ah man that really brings me back. Oh Great-sensei's art is godly and he has interesting stories but they tend to fall off the track later on a la Air Gear and Tenjo Tenge.
Isn't he drawing Bakemonogatari now?


Yeah, I really think his artistic technique is top-notch!

I was surprised yesterday when I searched for scans of the Air Gear books that the story continues beyond what has been published (and supposedly completed) in the series that I purchased. And I don't mean that it continued for a couple of chapters .. I mean it went on and on and on .. though the artwork doesn't look the same, and I don't see Oh Great's name associated with it later on.

Did he only work on the original story (the first 37 volumes ending in Trick 356)?

I've skimmed through a Tenjo Tenge, but haven't spent any solid time actually reading his other work.
17 days ago
3pt
ah man that really brings me back. Oh Great-sensei's art is godly and he has interesting stories but they tend to fall off the track later on a la Air Gear and Tenjo Tenge.

Isn't he drawing Bakemonogatari now?
17 days ago
1pt
I always wondered about the source of that crazy outfit. Thanks for sharing.
17 days ago
1pt
I do love those little translator notes. Thanks for the interesting read :)
17 days ago
2pt
galablue (17 days ago) #70874558i've added air gear to my read list for the next time im at the book store! :)
thanks for sharing some of the panels, it's what threw me over the edge. i love the figure but the art is just amazing.


When I decided that I wanted to read a full series, the only criteria that I set was the level of quality in the artwork. So I went to Barnes & Noble and leafed through every title they had available. The only one that really jumped out and stuck with me (by a landslide) was Air Gear. Not only are the characters drawn well, but the technical details (gear, architecture, etc.) is simply phenomenal! Add to that the fact that Oh Great! can really draw a beautiful woman, and I was sold!

I love the story of Air Gear, but what makes it an absolute favorite is the artwork. You will NOT be disappointed. From individual cells to double-page spreads, the action and flow is first rate.
17 days ago
1pt
I remember Air Gear was pretty popular back then — to the point that at least 1/3 of the people I knew who read/watched anime has read Air Gear. Even today, I'll occasionally find one or two people who knows about Air Gear and ask me if they've seen a vendor that is selling the whole series or have artbook related it it.

Seeing these panels made me pretty nostalgic (。・o・。)ノ
17 days ago
2pt
i've added air gear to my read list for the next time im at the book store! :)
thanks for sharing some of the panels, it's what threw me over the edge. i love the figure but the art is just amazing.
17 days ago
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