Legendary Yaoi Anime ‘Gravitation’ The Complete Series is Coming

GRAVITATION was the first Boys Love anime I’d ever seen, though back in those days (before instagram and when Facebook was just for college students), it was just referred to as yaoi and was one of the most exciting things I was ever able to watch. However, being in Montana, access to anime was limited – especially access to LGBT anime.  So, even with as cute as I thought Gravitation was, It was something I resigned to never get the chance to finish. 

Then Nozomi / Lucky Penny came along and released Gravitation the Complete Collection on blu-ray. Luckily for me, the good people at Right Stuff Anime were kind enough to allow me the opportunity to review it.  I couldn’t have been more excited. 

I remember feeling like such a rebel when I purchased it, watching it alone in my room – for the share fact that I was afraid of what people would say if they caught me watching a “cartoon” about a love story between two men. It’s amazing how much we change when we get older – it’s also amazing at how far we (the LGBT community) has come in the fifteen years since Gravitation‘s original release.  We’re everywhere – even in the world of animated mainstream superhero series. It’s wonderful. But, even with as far as we come, it’s important that we don’t forget the past – which includes wonderful wackiness of Gravitation

Gravitation is a series  that follows an aspiring rock star, Shuichi Shindou who’s band Bad Luck is on the cusp of making it big. So, of course, it’s the perfect time for Shuichi to get writer’s block. To make matters worse, the winds of fate rip his unfinished lyrics out of his hands where they land at the feet of novelist Eiri Yuki, who completely crushes the young singer by telling him he has “zero talent.” The comment sends Shuichi into a tailspin, but forces him to finish the lyrics. After doing so, he can’t decide if he finished them out of anger – or has he fallen in love? 

Though very much an over-the-top comedy, there are some dramatic, and very emotional (and even dark) moments,that make this series something very special. Returning to the series was a very fun and nostalgic journey for me. Though, I do believe it could benefit from an updated English dub, the set does include the original Japanese language track and English subtitles. I forgot how lovely this series was. Seriously.  It’s a fun story, centering around music – which of course (as a singer-songwriter myself) I love.  It’s defiantly a series not to be missed. 

Gravitation will be released on September 3rd, 2019. The four disc set includes all thirteen episodes of the anime series as well as the  Original Video Animation (OVA) “Lyrics of Love.” The series can be purchased directly through rightstufanime.com for $25.99.  With a run time of 385 minutes, Gravitation The Complete collection is rated 14+.

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