This TOKYOPOP manga standard-sized volume has the dubious distinction of being the first ever of their novels that I have read. In all fairness, it most likely won't be the last, but if they don't up the quality of their offerings, the future is not bright for their novel releases.Lennon, Jun and Maki Murakami. Gravitation: The Novel. Trans. Andrew Cunningham. Los Angeles: TOKYOPOP, 2006. (Original Japanese Edition: 2000)Summary
: Hiro's mother wants him to quit Bad Luck, and Taki of ASK just wants Bad Luck to quit, period. So, they almost don't get to the concert on time, and, even after getting there, they almost don't make it to the stage. Fortunately, it all turns out for the good, and Yuki even watches on TV--more proof, since Shuichi can't get enough of it, that he is loved.Comments
: You mean people get paid to put this crap out??? Oh, waitaminute...*I* paid good money for this crap!!! What's wrong with me!? Of course I was expecting it to be foolish shoujo tripe, but it was way worse than I was expecting. I mean, I think I was a better writer than Lennon when I was twelve! Murakami's humor, which is so heavily slapstick and visual in its foundation, does not translate well into prose, and Lennon's attempts to do so fall pitifully flat. (The sex, on the other hand, gets a touch more explicit in text form.) Also, the plot is cookie-cutter Gravitation
with all of the trimmings but no original, flavorful garnish WHATSOEVER to make this novel worthwhile, even for diehard fans--unless a few pages of B&W art count. The translation seems okay, nothing inspired, but then, there ain't much here to inspire, period. Unfortunately, the lack makes the novel pale even more profoundly when compared to TOKYOPOP's release of the manga, which sported one of the most lively and entertaining translations/adaptations I've ever seen in manga anywhere.Notes
: paperback, 1st editionRating
- Stick to the manga (which is actually FUN to read!) and be (VERY) thankful.