Gravitation (manga)

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Cover of the first volume of Gravitation as published by Gentosha
Written byMaki Murakami
Published byGentosha
English publisher
MagazineKimi to Boku
Original run19962002
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byShinichi Watanabe
Produced byKoichi Kikuchi
Koji Yoritsune
Masahiro Chiku
Yumiko Masujima
Written byHiroyuki Kawasaki
Music byDaisuke Asakura
Licensed by
Nozomi Entertainment (2005-present)
Released July 23, 1999 September 22, 1999
Runtime30 minutes per episode
Anime television series
Directed byBob Shirohata
Produced byMasahiro Chiku
Yumiko Masujima
Written byAkemi Omode
Mamiko Ikeda
Michiko Yokote
Music byDaisuke Asakura
Tomoko Shibuya
Daisuke Jinbo
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkWOWOW
English network
Original run October 4, 2000 January 10, 2001
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Gravitation EX.
Written byMaki Murakami
Published byGentosha
English publisher
Madman Entertainment
MagazineGenzo (2004-2009)
Web Spica (2011)
Original runDecember 2004November 2011
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Gravitation (Japanese: グラビテーション, Hepburn: Gurabitēshon) is a yaoi manga series written and illustrated by Maki Murakami. The story follows the attempts of Shuichi Shindo and his band, Bad Luck, to become Japan's next musical sensation, and his struggles to capture Eiri Yuki's heart.

The manga was published by Gentosha and was serialized on Kimi to Boku starting in 1996 and ending in 2002. The manga has been licensed and published in English by Tokyopop, as well as a light novel. There is also the Gravitation Collection which consists of 6 volumes, each of which has two original volumes of Gravitation in it. A sequel, Gravitation EX. (グラビテーションEX., Gurabitēshon EX.), was published in the web magazine Genzo from 2004 to 2009 and returned in 2011 to Web Spica.

Gravitation has also been adapted into a two episode OVA series in 1999 directed by Shinichi Watanabe and a thirteen-episode anime television series directed by Bob Shirohata. The TV series aired in Japan from October 4, 2000 to January 10, 2001, on WOWOW Wednesdays at 18:30 and was reaired on Tokyo MX in 2007. The anime goes to roughly volume 7 of the manga. Both have been licensed for North American release by Nozomi Entertainment.


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.

Gravitation EX.

The story picks up directly after volume 12; Shuichi and Eiri find and agree to momentarily take care of Yuki Kitazawa's son, Riku. Shuichi kisses and conducts a short affair with Ryuichi Sakuma, who announces that he is always been in love with Shuichi. Eiri is in a car accident that causes him to temporarily lose his eyesight, and Reiji announces that she's making all that has happened into a movie. Shuichi believes that this movie is the reason Ryuichi "pretended" to go after him, although Ryuichi's true motives remain unknown.

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