Amy I. (aymee) from HENDERSON, NV Reviewed on 12/18/2014...
This was just as cute, bizarre and off the wall as the original manga and anime series. I know that this kind of insanity isn't for everyone, but my sense of humor has always been a little left of center, so I really enjoyed it.
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Official Information about the release::
Carolyn | NSW, Australia | 05/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"America's favorite shonen-ai couple returns in an all new story!
Bad Luck's lead singer and lyricist, Shuichi Shindo, is a total wreck. With deadlines for the band's next album looming, the pressure is on, but the normally energetic Shuichi has become listless and fallen into a writing slump. It's all because Yuki - the great love of his life - has suddenly become cold and distant. Depressed and anxious, Shuichi doesn't want to think about lyrics - he just wants to know how to get Yuki to talk to him!
Now, thanks to Shuichi's big mouth bragging to the press about how talented he is, the band can't even hire someone else to write the lyrics for them. If they don't manage to break Shuichi out of his slump soon, it could mean the end of Bad Luck for good!
Contains the entire OVA series!
PLUS! This disc includes a special Soundtrack-Only audio channel with a lyrics track!
DVD Features: Special Dual Sided Cover, Liner Notes, Art Gallery, Producer Commentary, Anime vs. Manga Comparison, Gravitation "Sneak Peeks" 1 & 2, Textless Opening, Textless Closing for Episode 1, Right Stuf Trailers, Scene Access,
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, Soundtrack Only, English subtitles, On Screen Translations, Lyrics Track."
Better than the series
Mitsukai | Eastern USA | 07/24/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First off, I wasn't a finatic about the Gravitation series, but I decided to watch the OVAs anyways. It's better in terms of animation in my opinion, especially with Shuichi...he looks a lot better without the pink hair. But also note: If "little" kids were watching Gravitation (for..some reason..), then be warned that the OVAs are a little more mature when it comes to the relationship between Yuki and Shuichi. There's a minor, but rather funny, sexual scene in the first part that's only Shuichi dreaming but still, it's more than what showed up in the series. But, for once I liked one of their songs...won't say much about it because I don't want to spoil it, but I hadn't really liked "Bad Luck"'s music...and you people wonder why I sat through the series... Back to the review: Overall, the Gravitation OVA was good. Not excellent, certainly not the best, but good."
T. LaPonte | Connecticut | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Gravitation OVA is finally here!
I won't bother describing the story, because it basically consists of what has already been explained in other reviews and by Amazon themselves (except for how it ends, but I won't spoil that either, not that it is at all hard to figure out for yourselves), so I'll jump right into the disc itself.
This disc is targetting towards fans of the original manga, and follows the manga timeline with little straying, as opposed to the TV series timeline. Incidentally, the TV series was made after the OVA (and the OVA was made around volume 8 of the manga).
You don't need to have seen the TV series to follow this OVA, but you might find yourself lost if you haven't read any of the manga. While they do show you clips of things that occur in the manga (like Shuichi and Yuki's first meeting, their "first time," and the scene in the club where Shuichi sees that Yuki came after all and stutters uncontrollably), they for the most part assume that if you are watching this, you have already read at least some of the manga. I would personally recommend at least the first two or three volumes before jumping into this (although K and Fujisaki don't appear until volume 5).
For the confused fans of the anime, who have not read the manga, there is a section comparing the anime, manga, and OVA. Also, for the fans of the TV series discs, there are still liner notes, so don't you worry yourselves! And for anyone's interest, after each of the two 30 minute episodes, there is a short "sneek peak" still color images slide show of scenes from the manga with voice overs by the voices of Shuichi and Yuki (you can also access these from the special features menu). If you haven't read the manga, these may just make you want to pick it up!
Ayaka, ASK, Mika Seguchi and Kanna Mizuki (she has a bigger role in the manga and only makes a cameo in the TV series) make no appearances in the OVA, but Shuichi's sister Maiko (from the manga) does.
If you were worried, the English voice cast has pretty much all returned, and even some of the voice actors whose characters aren't even in the OVA (notably, Taki and Mika) returned to do additional voices on this disc.
What may annoy fans of the TV series is the change in eye and hair colors for some of the characters. Eiri still has his brown eyes, but Shuichi now has green (as opposed to his lavender eyes in the TV series) as well as much darker hair.
This disc is not recommended to people who have serious problems with homosexuality, and everyone should be warned that the disc is rated 16+ for one kind of graphic (though there is no sex) scene that Shuichi imagines (you need to be ok with the idea of Yuki in some skimpy undies, too). If you are thinking about picking up this disc for "yaoi" content, you'll probably be disappointed, but for the fans of the series, especially if you are a manga fan, there is a ton to keep you interested. The TV series has quite a bit of the "feeling" of the manga in it, but this OVA is even better in regards to humorous comments and situations and asides to the audience. I was bawling with laughter throughout most of it.
Finally, the music on this disc is amazing. Smashing Blue (closing theme), In the Moonlight, Shining Collection and Spicy Marmalade are all great, and worth listening to all by themselves (and you can do this on the audio only track on the disc!). Also, Blind Game Again (which you may remember from the music video in the TV series) is the opening theme.
All in all, I highly recommend this disc to all current Gravitation fans; especially to the fans of the manga. To those who are not currently fans, you may want to rent (or buy, some of those discs go for as little as 9.99 in some stores now) some of the TV series or check out the manga first, as this disc is a little pricy to take a chance on."
singingpheonix21 | Midlothian, Virginia United States | 01/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gravitation is definately an awesome series, i first saw the first episode on anime selects and loved the series and have since then gotten all of the television series, i felt a little let down at the end of the fourth volume because it really didnt tell you much of what would happen after all was said and done. However, when the OVA came out my sister and i went out to buy it and we loved it. Definate gravitation fanatics:) Getting back to the dvd, the music alone sets the stage for the incredible storylines. Our favorite characters all come back in a more mature setting and even toma seguchi gets to be an awesome character. Overall i give this dvd a 5 star rating for incredible music (we couldnt stop rewinding the music lol:)) and the really cool storylines that keep you wanting to know more of what will happen next for bad luck, and schuichi and yuki's romance."