Air Master ( ƒGƒAƒ}ƒXƒ^[ ) Toei Animation/NTV/VAP, 2003 U.S. Distributor Pending. Directed by Daisuke Nishio (Dragon Ball/DBZ/DBGT, Crying Freeman: Portrait of a Killer). Not Rated. Contains graphic violence, slight nudity and HLA. Based on the manga by Yokusaru Shibata. Maki Aikawa has just moved to a new high school. While she's known for her unusual height (she's at least six feet tall) and her quiet manner, gangs and street fighters in Tokyo know her as the "Air Master", a fighter who mixes acrobatics and martial arts with deadly precision. Story: A- In some ways, Air Master can be compared to Azumanga Daioh because the main characters are a group of high school girls. As a matter of fact, the characteristics are very similar with Maki being the Sakaki-type and Renge being the Chiyo-type on crack. On the other hand, Air Master can also be compared to Virtua Fighter and Fatal Fury with its non-stop martial arts action. Animation: B+ Yoshihiko Umakoshi's dull character designs will take a lot of getting used to, but the anime uses some of the wildest camera shots during the fight scenes. Animation is pretty fluid and the fights are well-choreographed. And there are some panty shots, of course. Soundtrack: A- Air Master has a unique mix of rock and percussion in the BGM. The opening and ending themes totally rock! Cast Air Master features Romi Paku (Katie in Macross Zero, Loran in Turn-A Gundam) as Maki, Tomoko Kaneda (Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh, Marie in Please Teacher!) as Renge, Mariko Suzuki (Honoka in Sentimental Journey, Cosmos in Xeonsaga) as Yuu, Masumi Asano (Saga in Sugar, Shouta in Haibane Renmei) as Michiru, Yukana Nogami (Teletha in Full Metal Panic!, Mirai in Moldiver as Mina, Mika Doi (Misa in Macross) as Kaori, Tomokazu Seki (Van in Escaflowne, Sosuke in Full Metal Panic!) as Tokita, and Unshou Ishizuka (Guld in Macross Plus, Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop) as Lucha Master. The Bottom Line Kinnikuman, eat your heart out. Air Master is anime that really kicks!