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Gravitation Volume 2: 03/24/10
I read Gravitation Volumes 1 and 2 by Maki Murakami over last summer. I got the first one reviewed quickly, although I stalled on posting my review until December. The second volume's review slipped my mind.
Volume 2 intensifies the goofy relationship between Shuichi and Yuki to somewhere between bizarre and unsettling. Stockholm syndrome crossed my mind in a few places. See Shuichi is perpetually emotional and he ping pongs between two extremes, hating and craving Yuki.
Meanwhile things are wrapping up at the school but Hiro is at odds between his commitment to the band and his studies. He's looking at med school but he really needs to study. At the same time, the band has a chance of being something too.
I have volumes three and four to read still. Of the manga series I've read, Gravitation isn't sticking with me as well as the others: specifically Bleach and Nana. I think there's just so much going on at once at a such a frenetic pace that I'm having trouble keeping up.
Comment #1: Thursday, March, 25, 2010 at 16:51:54
Stockholm? I guess I don't know anything about this series - is he kidnapped or something?
Comment #2: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:28:56
No, not kidnapped... just in an unhealthy relationship. The "humor" of this series is tied up in one or the other of the men insisting he's not interested in the other. Whomever is demanding affection in that scene will literally throw himself on the other. One of the men is a young twenty-something who acts much older than his age and the other is a high school student who often times acts much younger than his age. The older of the two is also the more physical of the two and does on occasion take advantage of that. It makes for some squicky scenes. I have two more volumes to read but I'm not sure I'll keep going after that.