Gravitation, (art by: Maki Murakami) while the characters aren’t the most original they do make you laugh, with a gun-toting manager, a popular lead singer with a stuffed animal and hilarious personality, along with another lead singer who grew up mimicking his idol who falls in love with a cold, elusive romance writer with a dark past. This manga, including its anime, will make you love them even with there outrageous behavior that makes you laugh. This might be a Shonen-ai (yaoi), but you don’t need to be a fan of that genre to enjoy this series.
The story surrounds an aspiring singer, Shuichi Shindou, and his band, Bad Luck (formed with his best friend Hiroshi Nakano, who is on guitar). Shuichi wants to become Japan’s next big star, and follow in the footsteps of the famous idol Ryuichi Sakuma, lead singer of the now-disbanded legendary group Nittle Grasper. One evening, Shuichi is looking over lyrics for a song he was writing when his paper is blown away by the wind and picked up by a tall, blond haired (light brown in the manga) stranger. The man dismisses Shuichi’s hard work as garbage, which hurts Shuichi deeply. Despite his anger, he is intrigued by the stranger. This will be their first encounter as Shuichi becomes fascinated by the stranger, who soon turns out to be the famous romance novelist, Eiri Yuki (real name: Uesugi). Both the manga and the anime follow this plot. Source Gravitation Wikipedia
Yes it is a boy’s love story, but so what? The graphic, the story, and especially the music (from the anime) is extraordinary. The manga has released twelve volumes, with six compilation following it in America in the year 2005. With a sequel called Gravitation EX on hiatus after only two volumes and a one shot “Shindo Family Circumstances” This manga has gotten a lot of followers from its official serialization in Gentosha‘s Kimi to boko in 1996.
The anime and manga are
different in some aspect, the manga is set in the last year of high school and continues on; it also includes character you don’t see in the anime. The anime starts out with Bad Luck already having a deal with N-G studios, and very fast going. Though they are different, they are both based on the same theme: Shuichi-kun meeting Eiri-san in the park at night and there lives are forever entwined.
Almost half a million copies of the Gravitation manga have been sold from its North American release from 2003 to 2007, and in 2005 it was the top manga on BookScan with BL themes. Rachel Woods notes that even a milder shōnen-ai manga “relies on sexual innuendo, comic double entendres, and coded visual references in order to maintain an erotic undercurrent that is not sexually explicit in nature”, and discusses a page from Gravitation which shows the characters kissing, but using “fragmented panels” which show Yuki’s “wandering hand” to provide a “tantalizing and suggestive imagery” that encourages the reader’s imagination. Source Gravitation Wikipedia
With Kotani Kinya singing the main songs from “Bad Luck” and “Nittle Grasper” you can be sure that the songs from the manga has come to life. Kotani Kinya is a male singer and actor from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. His songs were made into theme songs for the anime Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and various songs for Gravitation. Wikipedia
With his amazing talent bringing to life the music, you can’t help but dance along. As a fan of the series, I hope you can enjoy the series as much as I still do. @Stuffsbooks
Here are the voice actors of both the dubbed and subbed version of Gravitation:
- Shuichi Shindo – Rich McNanna (dub) – Tomokazu Seki (sub)
- Eiri Yuki – Rome Elliot (dub) – Kazuhiko Inoue (sub)
- Hiroshi Nakano – Daniel Kevin Harrison (dub) – Yasunori Matsumoto
- Suguru Fujisaki – Luke Novak – Fujiko Takimoto
- Ryuuichi Sakuma –Kenneth Robert Marlo – Kappei Yamaguchi
- Touma Seguchi – Bill Rogers – Ai Orikasa
- Noriko Ukai – Megan Hollingshead – Haruna Ikezawa
- Tatsuha Uesugi – Jason Griffith – Hideo Ishiawa
- Mika Seguchi – Debora Rabbai – Hiromi Tsuru
- Mr. Sakano – Bill Timoney – Takehito Koyasu
- Taki Aizawa – Tim Breese – Shin’ichirô Miki
- Ayaka Usami – Rachael Lillis – Rie Tanaka
- Claude “K” Winchester – Brian Mailard – Ryôtarô Okiayu
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