Gravitation (manga)

Gravitation
Gravitation (manga) vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Gravitation as published by Gentosha
グラビテーション
(Gurabitēshon)
Genre
Manga
Written by Maki Murakami
Published by Gentosha
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Kimi to Boku
Original run 19962002
Volumes 12 ( List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed by Shinichi Watanabe
Produced by Koichi Kikuchi
Koji Yoritsune
Masahiro Chiku
Yumiko Masujima
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Daisuke Asakura
Studio
Licensed by
Nozomi Entertainment (2005-present)
Released July 23, 1999September 22, 1999
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Bob Shirohata
Produced by Masahiro Chiku
Yumiko Masujima
Written by Akemi Omode
Mamiko Ikeda
Michiko Yokote
Music by Daisuke Asakura
Tomoko Shibuya
Daisuke Jinbo
Studio Studio Deen
SME Visual Works
Sony Magazines
Licensed by
Original network
English network
Original run October 4, 2000January 10, 2001
Episodes 13 ( List of episodes)
Manga
Gravitation EX.
Written by Maki Murakami
Published by Gentosha
English publisher
Magazine Genzo (2004-2009)
Web Spica (2011)
Original run December 2004November 2011
Volumes 2
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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.

Plot

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 Kitazawa Yuki'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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