Book Reviews of Gravitation, Vol 1

Gravitation, Vol 1
Gravitation Vol 1
Author: Maki Murakami
ISBN-13: 9781591823339
ISBN-10: 1591823331
Publication Date: 8/5/2003
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 56 ratings
Publisher: TokyoPop
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
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 similarly to main characters, which is confusing. This is the first volume in the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Shouichi Shindou is determined to become a rock star. He has no experience, no talent, and no band,After finding a charismatis guitarist and getting a gig, he is ready to show the world what a genius he is with his lyrics. However, Erie Yuki overhears his anateurish verse and puts the young artist in his place.Unable to get the harsh criticism out of his mind Shouichi forces his way into Erie's lifeand the two find their futures inexorably intertwined. The force that brings them together is like gravity and there is nothing they can do to stop it.
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I was a bit confused when I started this one off and I dont 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 Bad Luck. He and his guitarist think he's a genius. One night he stumbles across a mysterious man who declares his lyrics are shit. Shuichi is forevermore obsessed by this charmer and is determined to find out who he is and starts to insinuate himself into Eiri Yukis life. Soon the two are kissing though both vehemently deny liking men. Its the gravitation between the two, you see, it cannot be denied! They're both very pretty though so who am I to cast stones at true lust er love?

Rather like Dee in the yaoi series Fake, the older, more experienced love interest here is an arrogant dick. But Dee worked as a love obsession because he had charm, a sense of humor and a wicked grin. His callousness and dickery moves could be forgiven. Angry Eiri has none of these attributes and just comes across as a big old full of himself, sneering dong. Hes nothing but mean to Shuichi who weeps like a little girl throughout the entire book but yet Shuichi keeps coming back for more set downs. Its a weird dynamic. One I think Im too old and jaded to sympathize with at this point in my life. Ah well, I already have #2 so I may as well read it before calling it quits here. Eiri can only improve from here, right?
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One of the early "shonen ai" series to breach the mainstream, GRAVITATION follows a young singer, Shuichi, in his entanglements of career, family, and romance.