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Product Details

  • Series: Gravitation Ex (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop; paperback / softback edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591823331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591823339
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

A romantic comedy/drama about making it in the music industry. Spawned a ton of collectibles in Japan; Soundtracks, pencil boards, calendars, phone cards, postcards, artbooks. Gravitation anime also available. 100% Authentic Manga Format.

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Gravitation is a happy combination of honest and raw emotion, plus comedy, and it's also the first title translated into English that's a purely boys' love story. No carefully concealed subtext here! -- ANIMERICA

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Customer Reviews

Great characters, plot, and art.
Betsy
From beginning to end, you will fall in love with at least one of the characters.
Shayla Hidaka
This is just a must read for manga fans.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pithetaphish on November 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like a good many people, I was introduced to 'Gravitation' via the anime. Opening the first volume of the manga, you realise all previous expectations need to be put aside; Gravi the Manga and Gravi the Anime are quite different from one another. The best way to view the two series' are as different takes on the same theme.

There seems to be no middle ground with Murakami's art style - either people love it, or they hate it. The sketchy, harried looking illustrations match the frenetic pace of the characters, especially Shuichi-kun. It does have a slightly amateurish feel in the earlier books, but by volume 4 it smooths out. Unlike so many manga, the character designs don't remain fixed - clothes, hair, even facial appearance (compare Shuichi in track 1 to Shuichi in track 12) change with slightly alarming frequency, if you take the time to think about it. However the action moves so quickly, most of the time you don't notice. It only becomes annoying when one has to stop reading to work out just who these characters are meant to be.

The characters are pretty archetypal, but they're taken to almost neurotic extremes. Hardly a bad thing, Shuichi's massive face vaults and emotional overreactions provide a great deal of the comedy in this series. Yuki plays the jaded and cynical partner, while Hiro fulfils the role of the straight guy sidekick, and Tohma and Taki are the manipulative businessman and the insanely jealous rival respectively. Everyone else is pretty much there for their comic potential. Bad Luck's manager K is a standout as the happy go lucky, bazooka-toting American.

So if 'Gravitation' is so damned funny, why am I only giving it 3 stars?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shayla Hidaka on July 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Murakami-san has created one of the most amazing manga stories in recent years. Aside from it having excellent artwork throughout, she puts alot into the characters which allows the reader to easily associate with one or more of them.
The story itself follows Shuichi Shindou and his best friend Hiroshi Nakano as they attempt to get their band, Bad Luck, into the mainstream. Along the way, Shuichi falls in love with a narcisistic novel writer, who eventually returns that love. It's not an easy, happy life though, there's always a new problem in their personal lives or those of their friends to complicate things.
It's nice to see the North American audience realizing that same sex love is not the repulsive thing that many think it to be, and it can be very sweet and romantic. That is what Maki Murakami accomplishes with this series. If you are open-minded enough to appreciate love in all it's forms, then this is for you.
I have spent the past three years working on translating the Japanese manga for the series, so I can safely say that you will not be diappointed with this series!! From beginning to end, you will fall in love with at least one of the characters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Clay Wendt on October 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I first fell in love with the gravitation series through the fansubbed anime. The characters were great, and the story was awesome (not to mention the music). When I found out that the manga was being translated, I was thrilled. However, the manga is very much NOT the anime.
When you read this manga, you have to keep a few things in mind. First of all, the characters in the Anime and the characters in the manga vary greatly. Sure, Shuichi is still spastic and cute, but his personality is very much different. Plus, the Anime left out a few characters the managa has, including Shuichi's sister. The characters use a very american vocabulary, though outdated, so you'll kinda have to pretend that the story takes place a few years back. One of my favorite things about the manga is the fact that sex isn't so taboo (as it was in the Anime). The characters interact in a very real enviroment, and are always throwing jokes around (the kind that actually make you laugh out loud). I think the manga is much more real than the anime ever was. If you're a huge fan of the Anime, you may not be too thrilled with the manga. If you want to enjoy this, you'll have to read it as a SEPERATE story, and not the anime in a book.
As a stand alone (no anime involved), this series is amazing. The characters are well developed, the humor is great, the story is believeable (and not your typical shounen-ai), but.. the art is a bit lacking. You'll really have to focus on the story and look past some of Maki's artistic errors (such as characters viewed from the side). I would definately reccomend this manga to anyone looking for a funny, romantic, real story. Of course, you've got to be cool with the boy x boy theme.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kalila Tsuru on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was never really sure about whether or not I wanted to pick up Gravitation. I'd heard excellent things and awful things about it. Finally I picked it up in the bookstore, flipped through it, decided it looked good enough to buy, and wow, am I thankful I did.

This may appear to be a dull rock 'n' roll manga, but the focus isn't really on the music at all - it's just the thing that allows for the larger plot between Shuichi and Yuki. And while it is shounen-ai, which will doubtlessly turn some people away, it's still a wonderful manga.

The artwork is nothing to gape at - at times it's rough, sketchy, and really not much to look at. There are times, though, when you can see the potential for brilliant artwork, and there are a couple of occasions when it reaches that point. (The hair flair is especially noteworthy!) The characters are incredibly distinctive and have expressions that convey an equally incredible amount of emotion. Quite frankly, the artwork is the only reason - the one and only reason at all - that I considered giving this four stars instead of five.

The plot is twofold: the more minor plot of the struggle of Shuichi and his best friend, Hiro, in getting their band to go big, and the main plot involving Shuichi and Yuki's hot-and-cold relationship. While there are plenty of laughs to go around, there are a few angsty and serious moments as well, which all balances out nicely. The story moves fairly quickly, but it's not difficult to understand, either, and each page makes you want to turn to the next.

The characters are, simply put, amazing. You can't help but fall in love with the way Shuichi blindly wears his heart on his sleeve and adore Yuki's alternately hostile and almost-nice nature.
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