GRAVITATION BOX SET

Posted On September - 18 - 2009
  RELEASED BY:   MVM
  ASPECT RATIO:  

4:3 FULL SCREEN

  AUDIO:  

ENGLISH AND JAPANESE DD 2.0

  RUNNING TIME:   385 MIN
  RATING:   16
  RELEASE DATE:   08/03/2009
  REVIEW DATE:   09/18/2009
  REVIEWED BY:   SANDRA SCHOLES



SYNOPSIS:
Rock wannabe Shuichi Shindou has problems saying what he means and his lyrics suffer even though he wants his band Bad Luck to reach the heights of fame. Shuichi plods on trying his hardest when one night he had a chance meeting with a tall, blond man that changes his life. Eiri Yuki is his name and he trashes his lyrics and tells him to give up on writing while he still can – though this only encourages Shuichi to carry on writing in order to prove him wrong.

The story revolves around how the two of them most of the time even when there are other characters who have just as much comic value in them. Shuichi's best friend and guitarist Hiro provides support for his tantrums and when he's feeling down, K thier insane manager whose gun-toting antics will provide more than a few laughs does all he can to make sure Bad Luck get to the top. While Ryuichi Sakoma, Touma Sekiguichi and Taki Aizawa are the other characters that do well in such a high octane anime series.

Shuichi's relationship with Yuki is frequently rocky with Hiro having to act as a go-between each time Yuki splits up with him. Yuki tries to deny he truly loves Shuichi, yet he does feel something close to love for him later in the second disc, but hides a terrible secret from his dark past that interferes with his relationship.


REVIEW:
As this is one of the first box sets to be labelled as in boy's love genre it also has a more interesting appeal to it as the characters seem believable and richer for being together in the series and many would go so far as to say that the series ended rather suddenly too as there are only three volumes and a single OVA in this collection.

From the creator who brought Gamerz Heaven to fans, this title, Gravitation a Yaoi story by Maki Murakami is done normally for the delight of female viewers yet fellas will find this series just as interesting as it has over the top characters, an interesting blend of humour and some storylines that deal with the darker side of life more from Eiri Yuki's viewpoint as the viewers will soon find out.
 
Directed by Bob Shirohata of Diamond Daydreams and Let's Dance With Papa it has the potential audience to make the latest series of novels by the author to become a follow-on anime series sooner than thought.


EXTRAS:
Original Trailer, Art Gallery, Clean Closing animation, 3rd Art Gallery, Anime vs Manga comparison, Original Gravitation "sneak preview" 1&2, Text-less version of alternative episode 1 Closing, Text-less Opening and Trailers for other anime titles in this series.


IN SUMMARY:
This Gravitiation box set is a real treat for shonen-ai fans the world over -  it is a rock fuelled masterpiece of Japanese cinema.

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