All Shuichi ever dreamed about was following in the footsteps of his pop idol, Ryuichi Sakuma and the band Nittle Grasper. Together with his best friend Hiro, Shuichi’s formed a band called Bad Luck and they’ve even managed to get signed to a major recording label! Unfortunately, the studio deadlines are looming and Shuichi still hasn’t finished the lyrics for any of the songs. What he needs is a little inspiration… but he’s been running a little low in that department lately. While Hiro recommends finding a girlfriend, fate has other things in store for him… Walking through the park late one night, Shuichi’s latest lyrics flutter away and land at the feet of a stunning stranger that takes his breath away. Unfortunately, that mysterious stranger happens to be the famous novelist Eiri Yuki, who completely crushes the young singer by telling him he has “zero talent”. Now, Shuichi’s so annoyed that he’s managed to finish his song just so he can find and confront Yuki once again. But, are his actions really motivated by anger, or has he actually fallen in love? – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Gravitation is one of my favourite Anime series. This story is a make me laugh/make me cry kind of story. It appeals to my Yaoi-girl soul in that it is a m/m story that though light in the Yaoi side of things with just kissing and some off scene making out, it still manages to strike all the right buttons for me.
The only regret I have with Gravitation is that it isn’t long enough!
It was actually pretty funny regardless the gender it reminded me of Skip Beat because of the drawing and its show biz too. Each episode was very funny and enjoyable to watch. I play to maybe watch it over again in the future the characters are hilarious.
Gravitation is a tale of love and the various forms it can take set against a backdrop of the music industry. The series follows the path two people will walk as they travel from strangers to lovers while dealing with the trials that life and society will throw at them as well as the past that has weighed so heavily on one of the character’s life will be laid out. Gravitation can tread between incredibly serious and absurd comedy with a deft touch that few other series can pull off and stay credible. While the comedy elements may not work for everyone and some others maybe initially put off by the romantic relationship of two men, those who are willing to give the series a chance and can become attuned to the world it is creating will find a fantastic mix of friendship, pain, and love set against a great soundtrack and colorful characters. Highly Recommended.
To fans of shounen-ai/ yaoi anime, Gravitation was the anime that helped popularize the launch of later “boys love” TV anime titles that would pop up now and then like Junjou Romantica and Loveless. However beyond the latter and Antique Bakery, much of my exposure to “boys love” titles have consisted of subpar and angsty melodramas focused on “dominant” and “submissive” types of attractive male characters that made me not survive any further than the first few minutes of a show’s first episode. Sadly, Gravitation follows this same mold to a great extent in its focus on Eiri and Shuiichi’s developing relationship with each following the dominant and submissive roles respectively. Both characters got quite obnoxious with their personalities for me with Eiri’s barely expressive demeanor and Shuuichi’s energetic and intrusive behavior. The approach that the anime takes in their relationship developments is just as irritating where the plot keeps teeter-tottering their developments between going smoothly and strained on enough occasions throughout the show’s run, which made me blow enough steam over why Shuuichi doesn’t just jump ship from his angst-loaded lover having enough mood swings. To its credit, the series does at least provide decent fleshing-out of its prominent characters and provide some believable elements to the complications that arise when becoming a celebrity such as the paparazzi and handling the fast rise of fame acquired. However, these few positives elements aren’t enough to outweigh my sheer annoyance of the main pairing of Gravitation as I could care less about neither their relationship nor characters because of how melodramatic they were. Unless you’re a sap for any type of shounen-ai/ yaoi anime title, I wouldn’t waste any time on Gravitation.
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Gravitation is one of my all-time favorite animes. It’s got a great story line and some of the most unique characters I’ve ever encountered.
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Gravitation really is a piece of work. It can go from absolutely hilarious to troublingly dark (and vice versa) in three seconds flat. You get two stories at once, two missions, two goals. You seem to jump back and forth from one to the other, but in truth, they’re both intertwined through relationships and an mysterious history, making things quite intriguing. Gravitation is worth a watch, even if you aren’t particularly fond of shounen-ai. In the end, it’s a romantic comedy with a dark twist, and I’ve known a good number of people who don’t care for the genre at all to have fallen in love with this series because the boy’s love isn’t the point. (Just a plus.)
I do love Gravitation, but towards the end of the series, the humor was annoying, even for me (and believe me, that takes a lot!).
The reason this show seems to work on so many levels is the excellent writing and direction throughout. I certainly never felt like there was a dull moment with the show. Gravitation also did a better job of developing its characters than I had initially anticipated. While I am not familiar with other shounen-ai (boy love) series I can certainly recommend this one for its surprisingly high entertainment factor. The only downside to the set is a disappointingly lackluster OVA and a general lack of extras. Recommended.
As a zany, comedic work, Gravitation is enjoyable and endearing. Its biggest failing is that its serious sub-plots are out of place and result in tonal awkwardness. Which does weaken the series quite a bit.
Even though I rated a few sections lower than great, I still enjoyed Gravitation. I just wish it would have kept the same tone and dynamic it did in the first few episodes. I felt like it sort of went downhill from there, turning into an annoying spectacle of Shuichi whining and clinging to Yuki, Yuki getting mad, and then in the background the band is growing in popularity. I wish the series could have decided what it was, a story about a band growing, or a comedic romance. The two didn’t fit so well, in my opinion, and took away from each story that would have been better seperate. But still, I enjoyed Gravitation. If you can handle the fact that it’s two guys in love (why should it matter what gender they are?) then this is one of the better romances I’ve seen, even though I had some complaints. And if you like the idea of a band that comes out of nowhere rising to the top, this is good as well. Overall, a decent series.
The Nihon Review
Gravitation is driven by emotions and guided by its characters. The fact that the central relationship is between two men is addressed, but never the focus of the story. It’s a fairly standard romance with an excellent cast of characters (with a few exceptions) but suffers from excessive silliness. With a better balance of drama and comedy this could have been a much more successful series.