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Gravitation, Volume 01 (Gravitation #1)

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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,737 ratings  ·  73 reviews
this is an adult manga series involving YAOI (boy on boy love). It is not too graphic but still should not let children look at this manga.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by TokyoPop (first published 1995)
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Kira
I think I was a little mean to this manga before.

Oh, come on. I dropped it before because I just could not for the life of me stand the artwork. I'd just finished reading the first two volumes of Loveless for which the art is absolutely gorgeous, and then this one... Well, not so much.

I wish I'd known how much it would improve after the first five or so volumes. I think the thing with this manga is that it takes a while to get used to. Murakami's art is confusing and really over-stimulating at...more
Barks & Bites
I was a bit confused when I started this one off and I don’t think it was my fault this time around. I was paying attention and focused but the storytelling was all over the place and many of the characters looked so similar it was hard to differentiate who was who. Eventually I figured things out but it took to long to sort it all out.

The main character is an 18 year old wannabe rock star named Shuichi Shindou. He dreams of being a famous pop star and writes terribly cheesy lyrics for his band...more
Anila
I'm extremely glad I didn't read this as my first manga series. I'll freely admit that I'm a novice to this style of storytelling- DramaCon and FMA are the only two I've dabbled in- and I think if I'd picked up Gravitation before those two I would never have given manga or anime another glance.
(I should note two things before I go further: at the point that I'm writing this review, I'm through Volume Four of this, and I've watched all of the anime episodes; did so before I started reading.)

Excus...more
Talia
Review, Volumes 1-4:

Wow. Just wow. What...what is this series?

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So I should begin by saying I watched the anime first. As such, the art was kind of a letdown, and I couldn't tell some of the characters apart. Which was annoying, but I usually figured it out. However, other than the art, I much prefer the manga.

It might have been that I watched the dub. I shouldn't have watched the dub, I especially should've known better after trying the Loveless dub. Needless to say, it was pretty bad, and I love...more
Susan
If I remember correctly, this was the first "shonen-ai" series published by a major publisher. Shuichi is adorable, and if the series were just about him and his best friend Hiro trying to make it in the music business, I think it would be cute and funny. But in this first volume, Shuichi meets Yuki, a cynical romance novelist (wow, it's so unexpected!) who he (unbelievably [see my new shelf?:]) falls madly in love with. And thus Murakami trots out a few of the annoying cliches of the BL genre:...more
Sarah Maddaford
I was going to use this review to review the whole series, but it seems that my local library isn't going to get the whole series and I am too poor (and not hooked enough) to buy it. So, I'm just going to review the first four books.
They follow the anime fairly closely, which for me was excellent since I saw the anime first and really enjoyed it. The romance is unbelievable. The fact that Shuichi gets picked up by a major label isn't very credible either, but having seen the anime first it's sli...more
Anamelissa
It took me until the first few pages to know what I was REALLY reading. Gravitation is a Yaoi, which means gay. To tell you the truth, it made me very uncomfortable to read about a guy couple, even more when they showed affection to one another.
The story line was capturing though! Violence, comedy, drama, and non-gay author falling in love with clueless teen boy singer. You felt their emotions and understood each side.
You see the ugly alienate Yuki for what he is; a frighten child frozen in the...more
Leila Anani
1st volume in the hugely successful shonen-ai comedy romance series Gravitation.

Young up and coming rock star Shuichi Shindou is hurt when a stranger picks up some lyrics he drops and dismisses them as rubbish. He confronts the man, he soon learns is popular romance author Eiri Yuki and the pair start an odd and often difficult romance that spans 12 volumes. In this one we see how the couple meet - and it sets up the man characters.

While I quite enjoy this series, especially the comedy elements...more
Kati
Crack pure, I tell you. Wacky stories, silly drawings - but there's something about the manga that makes me want to read more. I'm actually really curious about Yuki and Shuichi's romance, go figure. I mean, I already saw the anime but the manga is somehow more interesting, maybe because the characters seem richer, more alive. I'll be definitely continuing this series!
Bettye Kanady
I love ALL Gravitation! My OTP is Eiri and Shuichi. Can't help it. I have loved it since we were introduced. And while Shuichi changes his look often throughout the manga, Eiri is still the same. Just a shy kinda guy who needs those boundaries and limits broken... and NOT by the person who claims to love him most in the world. I love, love, love Gravitation!
Matimate
Errr to old for this.
Grace
I really meant 2.5 STARS since I didn't like it a lot nor did I think it was just simply ok . when I saw
 " shonen-ai smash hit!" 
on the back of the book, I struggled to see why that was after reading it. I don't see what makes this manga so different from other manga's in the same category of Tokyopop boy's love mangas, like for example: eerie queerie, yellow, or even FAKE.I don't see why such a simplistic manga is apparently such a "smash hit"

Another thing that kind of bothered me after r...more
Sophie
I gave the first volume three stars when I first read it, and I guess the first volume was still ok, but the whole series only deserves one star, in my opinion. It starts out funny enough, but after a while "whacky" turns into full-blown insane; the characters and their motivations are completely unintelligible and the plot is convoluted and not worth following. The relationship between Shindou and Yuki can only be called abusive and disturbing, and not in an interesting way. I only finished it...more
Heather
Shuichi Shindou, an amateur songwriting high school student, falls for Eiri Yuki, a cold older romance novelist.

It's interesting to contemplate why Japanese girls like male-male romance after reading some academic essays about it--I can see what some manga scholars mean about one of the male characters being little more than a stand-in for a woman (in this case, Shuichi). The idea of two guys in love has never appealed to me as a straight woman, but the characters behave like a heterosexual coup...more
Tricia
Gravitation is a shounen ai (boys' love) manga and, quite predictably, there's a cute idiot guy (Shuichi) and a hunky mean guy (Yuki) and Shuichi's all like, "Ahh, I love Yuki... WAIT! WHO SAID I LOVE YUKI? I'M NOT GAY!" and Yuki's all like, "Yeah, you're a brat, and I'm not gay, and I hate you" and then it's all kissy kissy kissy followed by, "We're still not gay". If you're not a fan of shounen ai then at least read it for the characters. There's Hiro, who is Shuichi's best friend (BROOOOOMANC...more
Holly Letson
Shuichi Shindou isn't the brightest crayon in the box. He makes some of the worst grades in his school, and is more obsessed with his music than his schoolwork. Plus, he's really insecure, and seems to cry at the drop of the hat. But, he makes up for everything he lacks with his abundance of heart.
Hiroshi Nakano is an all-around great guy. He ranks as #2 in grades at his school, and is aspiring to be a doctor. But, for right now, he's that guitar friend that is beside Shuichi all the way.
Eiri...more
Sandra
Wannabe pop star Shuichi Shindou wants to take the world by storm and become the latest sensation to grace big venues and thrill the crowds of adoring fans, his problem is he has to start somewhere, and with a name like Bad Luck, his chances seem bleak enough. Being the lead singer carries all kinds of responsibilities like being on time for rehearsals, thinking up new lyrics, and keeping his band mates spirits up. He has his best friend, lead guitarist Hiro who tries to keep Shuichi’s feet on t...more
Sarah Sammis
From other reviews I've read on GoodReads, Gravitation was the series that either introduced or popularized shonen-ai manga here in the States. I first heard of the series from one of my favorite book blogs. I mentioned the series to my husband and he got me a copy of the reissued collection. The first book has volumes one and two.

The series centers on Shuichi and his band "Bad Luck." They are in a music high school and trying to graduate. Meanwhile, Shuichi's attention is drawn away by Yuki, a...more
Oscar
I was a fan of the anime/OAV series, so I thought my love of the manga would have been a given.

Perhaps it's my fault for going in backwards but I just couldn't get into this. The characters just didn't feel like the characters I knew and loved.

It's been many years since I attempted to read this - maybe it's time to give it another shot...
Sarai
Amazon Product Description: Shuichi Shindou is determined to be a rock star. He has no experience, no talent, and no band. After finding a charismatic guitarist and getting a gig, he's ready to show the world what a genius he is with his powerful lyrics. However, Eiri Yuki overhears his amateurish verse and puts the young musician in his place. Unable to get the harsh criticism out of his mind Shuichi forces himself into Yuki's life and the two find their futures inexorably intertwined. The forc...more
Christina
Shiuchi Shindou is an overly energetic aspiring DTM/Techno artist in a band with his best friend Hiro.
When on a walk home from work in the park one night, he drops a piece of paper with his newest lyrics written on them... only to be found by a mysterious (but hot!) man that for some reason, Shiuchi immediately gravitates to.
After reading Shiuchi's lyrics over, the mystery man says to Shuichi with a disgusted face that his lyrics are no better than horse shit and tells tells him to get out of th...more
Harper Kingsley
I saw the anime before attempting to read the manga. Just to let you know, they're very different.

The manga has some definite non-con that the anime glosses over. Shuichi and Eiri meet at a different point in their life--Shuichi is still in high school for one thing and is living at home with his mother and sister.

Basically, I went into this manga with some preconceived notions of what was going to happen that I immediately had shattered. Your first sign that the manga and anime have diverged? T...more
Anna
I remember the first time I read this I really enjoyed it. I felt the author did climaxes really well.

However, this second time around, I truly realize that Japanese manga has loads of translation discrepancies. Perhaps it's just a culture thing, but there's so much stuff I can't understand, even when it's in English. Either it's that, or just most mangas are poorly written.

Besides that, the art is really awful in this series, at least in the beginning. Shuichi is whiny as hell (how can ANYONE c...more
Alex Hagane
If I see this like a madure, sane,etc. person it has a lot of things that I dont like, little parts of the plot make me angry. but I still find it oh so funny and better that some of the new-er yaois, so Im glad this was my first.
Ashley
Sep 04, 2007 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who don't mind slapstick comedy
Shelves: yaoi-bl, manga
I consider Gravitation to be one of those series that helped but yaoi and BL on the map in the Western world. It certainly was one of the first series to be licensed and translated by Western manga companies.

Gravitation is about Shuuichi Shindou, the lead singer in a band called Bad Luck, and his tumultuous relationship with the very guarded and mysterious romance novelist, Eiri Yuki. This is slapstick comedy at its funniest, I think. It has its serious moments, and a lot of the issues it brings...more
Cassandra
This yaoi manga was the first manga i ever read of yaoi heck this manga is what made me get addicted to yaoi ;P i love the storyline and the characters xD i remember it clearly one day i walk into my sister's room and notice the new manga she got so i was interested, after awhile i was intensely caught up in the story and the characters problems and situations, i didn't know that i was reading yaoi.

i just loved reading it over and over as much as i needed to. and ever since then for two straight...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Hadn't even heard of this.

Saw a fan vid and thought the main character was a girl.

Seeing the show and was surprised.

The music was good.
Flavia
I was really, really into this manga and up until volume 7 all was golden. What the hell was that blatant self-insertion, Maki Murakami?
Katalin Tóth
I like it so far although I really can't stand Eiri's character. For now.
Anyway, I'll keep reading.
Sianeka
A fun Rock n Roll Romance Comedy. A classic Shounen-ai/Boys Love/Yaoi story, this is a good introduction to this genre; it is not explicit. Lots of angst, both characters are vividly portrayed and the story moves along well. Although the plot doesn't advance quickly, you still want to share Shuichi and Eiri's adventures. The artwork is fun, with many quirky chibi/super-deformed "cute" pictures of silly Shuichi although this author does have a tendency to draw some of the lesser characters very s...more
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