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16th Feb '16 10:55:59 PM aye_amber
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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream YaoiGenre manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot?]] typical of many BL series.

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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream YaoiGenre [[YaoiGenre Boys' Love]] manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot?]] typical of many BL series.



* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix,]] doujinshi by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so.]]

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* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix,]] doujinshi by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix ''Megamix'' series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so.]]



* DenserAndWackier: Hits the manga hard from book six onward.

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* DenserAndWackier: Hits the manga hard from book six Volume 6 onward.



* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In A Coma!]]
** Strangely enough, this is averted in ''Gravitation Ex'' when [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]

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* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In A in a Coma!]]
** Strangely enough, this is averted in ''Gravitation Ex'' Ex.'' when [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]



* {{Expy}}: A lot of characters are this in relation to the ones in Help! See {{Pilot}} below.
* FakeBand: Back Luck, Nittle Grasper, Ask.
* FiveManBand: Bad Luck, [[ThreePlusTwo when K and Sakano are involved]]: Shuichi as the lead singer (The Hero), Hiro the guitarist (TheLancer), K the manager (TheBigGuy; Noriko takes this role in the manga before K shows up), and Suguru the keyboardist (TheSmartGuy). Their male producer Sakano, who frets like a mother hen with eggs balancing on the edge of the Eiffel Tower, is easily TheChick.

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* {{Expy}}: A lot of characters are this in relation to the ones in Help! ''Help!'' See {{Pilot}} below.
* FakeBand: Back Bad Luck, Nittle Grasper, Ask.
and ASK.
* FiveManBand: Bad Luck, [[ThreePlusTwo when K and Sakano are involved]]: Shuichi as the lead singer (The Hero), (TheHero), Hiro the guitarist (TheLancer), K the manager (TheBigGuy; Noriko takes this role in the manga before K shows up), and Suguru the keyboardist (TheSmartGuy). Their male producer Sakano, who frets like a mother hen with eggs balancing on the edge of the Eiffel Tower, is easily TheChick.



** Badluck: Shuichi (id), Hiro (ego) and Suguru (superego)
** Nittle Grasper: Ryuichi (id), Noriko (ego) and Tohma (superego)

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** Badluck: Bad Luck: Shuichi (id), Hiro (ego) (ego), and Suguru (superego)
(superego).
** Nittle Grasper: Ryuichi (id), Noriko (ego) (ego), and Tohma (superego)(superego).
16th Feb '16 10:44:37 PM aye_amber
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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot?]] typical of many BL series.

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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove YaoiGenre manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot?]] typical of many BL series.






* {{Bishounen}}: As is the standard fare for BL.
* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix doujinshi,]] by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so.]]

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* {{Bishounen}}: {{Bishonen}}: As is the standard fare for BL.
* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix doujinshi,]] Remix,]] doujinshi by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so.]]



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with [[http://images.myreviewer.co.uk/fullsize/0000209394.jpg Shuichi's mouth and K's gun.]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with [[http://images.myreviewer.co.uk/fullsize/0000209394.[[http://i.imgur.com/iSMpFuk.jpg Shuichi's mouth and K's gun.]]



** Strangely enough, this is averted in Gravitation Ex when [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]

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** Strangely enough, this is averted in Gravitation Ex ''Gravitation Ex'' when [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]



* FunWithAcronyms: "Bad Luck" is occasionally abbreviated to "BL." Right, [[BoysLove that's what it stands for.]]

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* FunWithAcronyms: "Bad Luck" is occasionally abbreviated to "BL." Right, [[BoysLove [[YaoiGenre that's what it stands for.]]
16th Feb '16 10:38:06 PM aye_amber
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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? typical of many BL series.

Shuichi Shindou wants, above all, to find success as a singer in his band Bad Luck along with his best friend Hiro. But life has something else in store for him: while walking through a park at night, the song lyrics he had been working on are blown out of his hand, and picked up by a [[TallDarkAndSnarky tall, blond, and snarky]] stranger who mercilessly criticizes them. A hurt Shuichi is determined to track down the stranger (later found to be famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki) and demand an apology. But wouldn't you know it, he finds himself being strangely attracted to him by that unstoppable force called gravitation...

The rest of the series is about Bad Luck's rise to fame and the development of the rocky relationship between hyper Shuichi and emotionally cold Yuki who has a [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark past]] of his own. They break up and get back together as the series continually [[MoodWhiplash seesaws between angst and comedy]], but the gravitational pull of love keeps them together in the end, in spite of, or maybe ''because'' of, their [[OppositesAttract vastly different personalities]].

''Gravitation'' was first made into a 2-episode {{OVA}} series and then later remade into a 13-episode anime series that somehow managed to pack the comedy, drama, romance, and music in equal spades without compromising the strength of any one. It's even become popular enough that many non-BL lovers have [[MultipleDemographicAppeal enjoyed]] it for its other qualities.

''Not'' to be confused with ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].

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''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? Plot?]] typical of many BL series.

Shuichi Shindou wants, above all, to find success as a singer in his band Bad Luck along with his best friend Hiro. But life has something else in store for him: while While walking through a park at night, the song lyrics he had been working on are blown out of his hand, and picked up by a [[TallDarkAndSnarky tall, blond, and snarky]] stranger who mercilessly criticizes them. A hurt Shuichi is determined to track down the stranger (later found to be famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki) Yuki Eiri) and demand an apology. But wouldn't you know it, he finds himself being strangely attracted to him by that unstoppable force called gravitation...

The rest of the series is about Bad Luck's rise to fame and the development of the rocky relationship between hyper Shuichi and emotionally cold Yuki who has a [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark past]] of his own. They break up and get back together as the series continually [[MoodWhiplash seesaws between angst and comedy]], comedy,]] but the gravitational pull of love keeps them together in the end, in spite of, or maybe ''because'' of, their [[OppositesAttract vastly different personalities]].

personalities.]]

''Gravitation'' was first made into a 2-episode {{OVA}} two episode [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]] series and then later remade into a 13-episode 13 episode anime series that somehow managed to pack the comedy, drama, romance, and music in equal spades without compromising the strength of any one. It's even become popular enough that many non-BL lovers have [[MultipleDemographicAppeal enjoyed]] it for its other qualities.

''Not'' to be confused with ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', ''Anime/{{Gravion}},'' nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].
videogame.]]



'''Some tropes include:'''

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'''Some tropes include:'''



* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix doujinshi]], by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so]].

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* BleachedUnderpants: The infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix doujinshi]], doujinshi,]] by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so]].so.]]



* CloudCuckooLander: It's easier to count the characters who aren't, as most of the cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Especially in the manga. See character page for specifics.

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* CloudCuckooLander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: It's easier to count the characters who aren't, as most of the cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Especially in the manga. See character page for specifics.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with [[http://images.myreviewer.co.uk/fullsize/0000209394.jpg Suichi's mouth and K's gun]].

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with [[http://images.myreviewer.co.uk/fullsize/0000209394.jpg Suichi's Shuichi's mouth and K's gun]].gun.]]



* {{Eagleland}}: A significant amount of the manga takes place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]].

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* {{Eagleland}}: A significant amount of the manga takes place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]].City.]]



* FunWithAcronyms: "Bad Luck" is occasionally abbreviated to "BL." Right, [[BoysLove that's what it stands for]].

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* FunWithAcronyms: "Bad Luck" is occasionally abbreviated to "BL." Right, [[BoysLove that's what it stands for]].for.]]



* HasTwoMommies: the temporary care of Riku.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yuki in the beginning, Hiro throughout. Shuichi also takes very much care to remind people that [[BiTheWay actually, he's bi]].

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* HasTwoMommies: the The temporary care of Riku.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yuki in the beginning, Hiro throughout. Shuichi also takes very much care to remind people that [[BiTheWay actually, he's bi]].bi.]]



* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted: At one point [[spoiler:Yuki seems to suffer from this condition, even going to the extent of coughing up blood. However the illness turns out to be ulcers and goes away on its own.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: In the final episode of the anime [[spoiler: Shuichi arrives just in time to keep Yuki from committing suicide. Keeping up with the spirit of MoodWhiplash of the series, Shuichi is ''wearing a dog suit'' as he bursts through the wall just as Yuki is about to shoot himself]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Ayaka, Yuki's fiancée, willingly gives him up to Shuichi. Hiro might also do this with Shuichi to an extent, depending on how much you read into the HoYay. Reiji eventually delivered this to Shuichi as well.

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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted: At one point [[spoiler:Yuki [[spoiler: Yuki seems to suffer from this condition, even going to the extent of coughing up blood. However the illness turns out to be ulcers and goes away on its own.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: In the final episode of the anime [[spoiler: Shuichi arrives just in time to keep Yuki from committing suicide. Keeping up with the spirit of MoodWhiplash of the series, Shuichi is ''wearing a dog suit'' as he bursts through the wall just as Yuki is about to shoot himself]].
himself.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Ayaka, Yuki's fiancée, fiancee, willingly gives him up to Shuichi. Hiro might also do this with Shuichi to an extent, depending on how much you read into the HoYay. Reiji eventually delivered this to Shuichi as well.



* MayDecemberRomance [[spoiler: Noriko and Tetsuya]].
* MeetCute: Yuki and Shuichi do this twice; first when Yuki catches shuichi's lyrics sheet in the park, and then when Shuichi jumps in front of his car in the rain. Hiro and Ayaka also do this, when he and Shuichi save her from the guys who were hassling her.

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* MayDecemberRomance [[spoiler: Noriko and Tetsuya]].
Tetsuya.]]
* MeetCute: Yuki and Shuichi do this twice; first when Yuki catches shuichi's Shuichi's lyrics sheet in the park, and then when Shuichi jumps in front of his car in the rain. Hiro and Ayaka also do this, when he and Shuichi save her from the guys who were hassling her.



** Nittle Grasper has the most direct example with Tohma, who [[http://oi57.tinypic.com/2iw0o02.jpg is a very obvious]] CaptainErsatz {{Expy}} of Daisuke Asakura and Ryuichi is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute suspiciously similar]] to Hiroyuki Takami, the other member of access, a RealLife music group Murakami's circle was well known for writing {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} about prior to Gravitation. Tohma and Ryuichi look nearly identical to the way [[http://i60.tinypic.com/ot235f.jpg Daisuke and Hiro were drawn in the doujinshi]].
** Bad Luck shares a similar origin: [[http://oi61.tinypic.com/728g.jpg their designs are recycled from the yaoi doujinshi that Murakami's circle also drew]] about [[JapanesePopMusic B'z]], and have the same positions in Bad Luck as their RealLife inspirations. This influence became more of an artifact once Suguru was added and Shuichiís design became influenced by TMRevolution.

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** Nittle Grasper has the most direct example with Tohma, who [[http://oi57.tinypic.com/2iw0o02.jpg is a very obvious]] CaptainErsatz {{Expy}} of Daisuke Asakura and Ryuichi is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute suspiciously similar]] to Hiroyuki Takami, the other member of access, a RealLife music group Murakami's circle was well known for writing {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} about prior to Gravitation. Tohma and Ryuichi look nearly identical to the way [[http://i60.tinypic.com/ot235f.jpg Daisuke and Hiro were drawn in the doujinshi]].
doujinshi.]]
** Bad Luck shares a similar origin: [[http://oi61.tinypic.com/728g.jpg their designs are recycled from the yaoi doujinshi that Murakami's circle also drew]] about [[JapanesePopMusic B'z]], B'z,]] and have the same positions in Bad Luck as their RealLife inspirations. This influence became more of an artifact once Suguru was added and Shuichiís Shuichi's design became influenced by TMRevolution.Music/TMRevolution.



* {{Paparazzi}}: Once Bad Luck hits the big time, they become a recurring obstacle/antagonist.
* PetTheDog: Yuki starts getting these moments in episode eight.
* {{Pilot}}: Gravitation is an expanded rewrite of an earlier doujinshi series by Murakami, collected under the title of Help! It was about a singer named Ryuichi Sakuma and how his relationship with novelist Tatsuha Uesugi affected his work in his band, Nettle Grasper. Ryuichi and Tatsuha were used as [[TheSameButDifferent the basis for Shuichi and Yuki]] [[MythologyGag as well influencing the characterization of their namesakes]] in Gravitation. Secondary characters from Help! were moved into Gravitation without any real changes to their names or personalities. Short chapter summaries of Help! can be found [[https://web.archive.org/web/20050311050810/http://www.nittlegrasper.com/nittles/gravitation_nittles_help.shtml here]].

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* {{Paparazzi}}: Once Bad Luck hits the big time, they become a recurring obstacle/antagonist.
obstacle / antagonist.
* PetTheDog: Yuki starts getting these moments in episode eight.
Episode 8.
* {{Pilot}}: Gravitation is an expanded rewrite of an earlier doujinshi series by Murakami, collected under the title of Help! It was about a singer named Ryuichi Sakuma and how his relationship with novelist Tatsuha Uesugi affected his work in his band, Nettle Grasper. Ryuichi and Tatsuha were used as [[TheSameButDifferent the basis for Shuichi and Yuki]] [[MythologyGag as well influencing the characterization of their namesakes]] in Gravitation. Secondary characters from Help! were moved into Gravitation without any real changes to their names or personalities. Short chapter summaries of Help! can be found [[https://web.archive.org/web/20050311050810/http://www.nittlegrasper.com/nittles/gravitation_nittles_help.shtml here]].here.]]



* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Shuichi is gang-raped on the orders of rival musician Taki Aizawa in order to protect Yuki's reputation. But though Shuichi suffers physical injuries over it and has serious angst over it, he gets over the ordeal relatively quickly. The fact that he's able to do so [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness makes Yuki cry for the first time in six years]].]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The TV soundtrack features multiple instrumental remixes of all of the vocal tracks. One of these was actually turned into a vocal version in the anime: the slowed down rendition of "Sleepless Beauty" that Ryuichi sings when he crashes Bad Luck's concert.

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* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Shuichi is gang-raped on the orders of rival musician Taki Aizawa in order to protect Yuki's reputation. But though Shuichi suffers physical injuries over it and has serious angst over it, he gets over the ordeal relatively quickly. The fact that he's able to do so [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness makes Yuki cry for the first time in six years]].]]
years.]]]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The TV soundtrack features multiple instrumental remixes of all of the vocal tracks. One of these was actually turned into a vocal version in the anime: the The slowed down rendition of "Sleepless Beauty" that Ryuichi sings when he crashes Bad Luck's concert.



* ShoutOut: The series is built on this trope, and becomes immensely more enjoyable when you know exactly what is being referenced and why. The most obvious is Bad Luck and Nittle Grasper's origins (see NoCelebritiesWereHarmed above). The storyline about Shuichi obsessing over going to Disneyland with Yuki (and chanting "Mickey " repeatedly) is one enormous shout out to Daisuke Asakura's well known love of all things MickeyMouse. There's also a glance at an Oricon chart featuring [[TMRevolution S.M.Revolution]].
** Features a character named [[Music/XJapan Yoshiki]] in a series featuring part of the Japanese music scene [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who just happens to be transgender]], though if Yoshiki's name is really a shout out, YMMV on whether itís meant to be a positive ShoutOut or more of a TakeThat to XJapan and/or VisualKei.
* SlapSlapKiss: Much of Shuichi and Yuki's interaction in the first episode consists of Shuichi yelling at Yuki that he has no right to insult his lyrics and Yuki coolly responding that he really has no talent, climaxing in a kiss. Interestingly, this WillTheyOrWontThey phase is much shorter than typical because Shuichi from then on becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl completely devoted]] to Yuki, who plays the part of the [[{{Tsundere}} cranky but ultimately protective lover]].

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* ShoutOut: The series is built on this trope, and becomes immensely more enjoyable when you know exactly what is being referenced and why. The most obvious is Bad Luck and Nittle Grasper's origins (see NoCelebritiesWereHarmed above). The storyline about Shuichi obsessing over going to Disneyland with Yuki (and chanting "Mickey " repeatedly) is one enormous shout out to Daisuke Asakura's well known love of all things MickeyMouse. There's also a glance at an Oricon chart featuring [[TMRevolution [[Music/TMRevolution S.M.Revolution]].
Revolution.]]
** Features a character named [[Music/XJapan Yoshiki]] in a series featuring part of the Japanese music scene [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who just happens to be transgender]], transgender,]] though if Yoshiki's name is really a shout out, YMMV on whether itís meant to be a positive ShoutOut or more of a TakeThat to XJapan and/or VisualKei.
* SlapSlapKiss: Much of Shuichi and Yuki's interaction in the first episode consists of Shuichi yelling at Yuki that he has no right to insult his lyrics and Yuki coolly responding that he really has no talent, climaxing in a kiss. Interestingly, this WillTheyOrWontThey phase is much shorter than typical because Shuichi from then on becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl completely devoted]] to Yuki, who plays the part of the [[{{Tsundere}} cranky but ultimately protective lover]].lover.]]



* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Very rarely does anyone say anything nice about [[spoiler: [[AssholeVictim Yuki Kitazawa]]]].
* StupidSexyFlanders: Shuichi might be a victim with a notoriously open mind, considering how he never shows any interest men except for Yuki; particularly in the manga, where he actually has some brief displays of interest in ''women''.

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Very rarely does anyone say anything nice about [[spoiler: [[AssholeVictim Yuki Kitazawa]]]].
Kitazawa.]]]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Shuichi might be a victim with a notoriously open mind, considering how he never shows any interest men except for Yuki; particularly in the manga, where he actually has some brief displays of interest in ''women''.''women.''



* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler:Yuki]] killed someone but it was in self-defense, they were trying to rape him. This trope is actually [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-universe when he reveals it [[spoiler: because he does so in an effort to repel Shuichi. It only makes Shuichi like him more.]]

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* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler:Yuki]] [[spoiler: Yuki]] killed someone but it was in self-defense, they were trying to rape him. This trope is actually [[InvokedTrope invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in-universe when he reveals it [[spoiler: because he does so in an effort to repel Shuichi. It only makes Shuichi like him more.]]



* ThereWasADoor: Shuichi does this ''a lot''.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: OVA Shuichi handing out ''German Suplexes''.

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* ThereWasADoor: Shuichi does this ''a lot''.
lot.''
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: OVA Shuichi handing out ''German Suplexes''.Suplexes.''
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28th Dec '15 9:47:56 AM aye_amber
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''Gravitation'', created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? typical of many BL series.

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''Gravitation'', ''Gravitation,'' created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? typical of many BL series.
18th Oct '15 5:44:47 PM Dsubu
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* DoubleStandard: It's interesting, and at times painful, to contrast how these character types would be (and frequently are) treated in het romance. If Yuki was a woman, fans would hate her for "taking Shuichi's pure love for granted and treating TheWoobie like crap". If Shuichi was a girl, she'd be bashed as "a LoveMartyr who sucks up to her boyfriend despite him treating her like shit and sets back feminism x years". Since they're both males, fans barely notice the flaws of both characters, or bend over to justify them... while female characters with the same traits get routinely slammed, slutshamed, loathed, etc.
11th Jun '15 6:32:15 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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''Not'' to be confused with ''{{Gravion}}'', nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].

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''Not'' to be confused with ''{{Gravion}}'', ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].
10th Feb '15 6:16:02 PM arachne
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''Gravitation'', created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? in BL.

Shuichi Shindou is a typical 19-year-old who wants, above all, to be a J-pop singer in his band Bad Luck along with his friend Hiro. But life has something else in store for him: while walking through a park at night, the song lyrics he had been working on are blown out of his hand, and picked up by a [[TallDarkAndSnarky tall, blond, and snarky]] stranger who mercilessly criticizes them. A hurt Shuichi is determined to track down the stranger (later found to be famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki) and demand an apology. But wouldn't you know it, he finds himself being strangely attracted to him by that unstoppable force called gravitation...

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''Gravitation'', created by Maki Murakami, is one of the few mainstream BoysLove manga and anime series out there, partly because of the non-explicit nature of the romance between the two main male characters, and also because it has an actual plot to it instead of the usual [[PornWithoutPlot Plot? What Plot]]? in BL.

typical of many BL series.

Shuichi Shindou is a typical 19-year-old who wants, above all, to be find success as a J-pop singer in his band Bad Luck along with his best friend Hiro. But life has something else in store for him: while walking through a park at night, the song lyrics he had been working on are blown out of his hand, and picked up by a [[TallDarkAndSnarky tall, blond, and snarky]] stranger who mercilessly criticizes them. A hurt Shuichi is determined to track down the stranger (later found to be famous romance novelist Eiri Yuki) and demand an apology. But wouldn't you know it, he finds himself being strangely attracted to him by that unstoppable force called gravitation...



''Gravitation'' was first made into a 2-episode {{OVA}} series that had a noticeably distinct color scheme, including inexplicable [[HairColors hair color]] [[AdaptationDyeJob redesigns]]. It was later remade into a 13-episode anime series that somehow managed to pack the comedy, drama, romance, and music in equal spades without compromising the strength of any one. It's even become popular enough that many non-BL lovers have [[MultipleDemographicAppeal enjoyed]] it for its other qualities.

''Not'' to be confused with ''{{Gravion}}'', nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with a Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].

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''Gravitation'' was first made into a 2-episode {{OVA}} series that had a noticeably distinct color scheme, including inexplicable [[HairColors hair color]] [[AdaptationDyeJob redesigns]]. It was and then later remade into a 13-episode anime series that somehow managed to pack the comedy, drama, romance, and music in equal spades without compromising the strength of any one. It's even become popular enough that many non-BL lovers have [[MultipleDemographicAppeal enjoyed]] it for its other qualities.

''Not'' to be confused with ''{{Gravion}}'', nor with a famous textbook on General Relativity by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, nor with a Jason Rohrer's [[http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ videogame]].



* ArrangedMarriage: Yuki and Ayaka. She breaks it off later [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy to let him be with Shuichi]], though.



** It goes even further. Compare the last chapter of the original manga to the last released chapters of ''Gravitation Ex.'' The style seems to devolve into in very simplistic style by comparison, though this may have been an indication of her eventual hiatus.
* BareYourMidriff: The outfit Shuichi wears while performing.
* BleachedUnderpants: The mangaka created doujinshi (Remix series) that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is even more so.
%% * BunnyEarsLawyer: K
%%* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CloudCuckooLander: The whole cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Specially in the manga.
* {{Crossdresser}}: In the manga: Yuki and K.
%% * DarkAndTroubledPast: Yuki
%% * ClosetKey: Tohma

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** It goes even further. Compare the last chapter of the original manga to the last released chapters of ''Gravitation Ex.'' The style seems to devolve into in very simplistic style by comparison, though this may have been an indication of her eventual hiatus.
hiatus.
* BareYourMidriff: BetaCouple: [[spoiler: Hiro and Ayaka.]]
* BigApplesauce:
The outfit Shuichi wears while performing.
story arc introducing Reiji takes place in New York.
* {{Bishounen}}: As is the standard fare for BL.
* BleachedUnderpants: The mangaka created doujinshi (Remix series) infamous [[HotterAndSexier Remix doujinshi]], by Murakami and her doujin circle, that is ''far'' more explicit than the original series. And then the Megamix series, which is [[UpToEleven even more so.
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so]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: K
%%* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Again, unavoidable given the genre.
* CloudCuckooLander: The whole It's easier to count the characters who aren't, as most of the cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Specially Especially in the manga.
* {{Crossdresser}}: In the manga: Yuki and K.
%% * DarkAndTroubledPast: Yuki
%% * ClosetKey: Tohma
manga. See character page for specifics.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with Suichi's mouth and K's gun.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the OVA with [[http://images.myreviewer.co.uk/fullsize/0000209394.jpg Suichi's mouth and K's gun. gun]].



* FagHag: Reiji suffers severely conflicted feelings when she realizes that the man she is in love with is in love with another man, because she actually [[{{YaoiFangirl}} has a fetish for that kind of thing]].
* FakeBand: This shouldn't even need to be explained...
* FiveManBand: Bad Luck: Shuichi as the lead singer (The Hero), Hiro the guitarist (TheLancer), K the manager (TheBigGuy: Noriko takes this role in the manga before K shows up), and Suguru the keyboardist (TheSmartGuy). Their male producer Sakano, who frets like a mother hen with eggs balancing on the edge of the Eiffel Tower, is easily TheChick.
* {{Flanderization}}: Shuichi in the original manga went from an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who was more impulsive and loud-mouthed than those around him to a full-blown {{Keet}}. To be fair, this was mitigated by his [[CharacterDevelopment maturation]] in the last few volumes. The anime avoids this by simply depicting him as the {{Keet}} from the ''beginning''.

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* FagHag: Reiji suffers severely conflicted feelings [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In A Coma!]]
** Strangely enough, this is averted in Gravitation Ex
when she realizes that [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]
* {{Eagleland}}: A significant amount of
the man she is manga takes place in love [[BigApplesauce New York City]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The high school setting and considerably more even tone of the first couple volumes of the manga are very much this.
* {{Engrish}}: Unavoidable
with is so many {{Eagleland}} characters in love with another man, because she actually [[{{YaoiFangirl}} has a fetish for that kind the cast.
* {{Expy}}: A lot
of thing]].
characters are this in relation to the ones in Help! See {{Pilot}} below.
* FakeBand: This shouldn't even need to be explained...
Back Luck, Nittle Grasper, Ask.
* FiveManBand: Bad Luck: Luck, [[ThreePlusTwo when K and Sakano are involved]]: Shuichi as the lead singer (The Hero), Hiro the guitarist (TheLancer), K the manager (TheBigGuy: (TheBigGuy; Noriko takes this role in the manga before K shows up), and Suguru the keyboardist (TheSmartGuy). Their male producer Sakano, who frets like a mother hen with eggs balancing on the edge of the Eiffel Tower, is easily TheChick.
* {{Flanderization}}: FreudianTrio: Both Bad Luck and Nittle Grasper.
**Badluck:
Shuichi in the original manga went from an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who was more impulsive (id), Hiro (ego) and loud-mouthed than those around him to a full-blown {{Keet}}. To be fair, this was mitigated by his [[CharacterDevelopment maturation]] in the last few volumes. The anime avoids this by simply depicting him as the {{Keet}} from the ''beginning''.Suguru (superego)
**Nittle Grasper: Ryuichi (id), Noriko (ego) and Tohma (superego)



%%* GameShowAppearance
* {{Gayngst}}: Shuichi doesn't go through this most of the time but when he does, it hits him hard.
* GeniusDitz: [[TheRival Ryuichi]] acts just like a little kid until he gets in front of a microphone, when he suddenly goes into "serious" mode and his PuppyDogEyes narrow. He's more of a BunnyEarsLawyer in the manga where he shows surprising ingenuity even when not acting completely "adult".
** Due to supernatural events in Gravitation Ex, it seems that [[spoiler: Ryuichi may actually be suffering from two separate, conflicting personalities.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: K's random English phrases. Don't forget Spicy Marmalade!
%% * GroupieBrigade

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%%* GameShowAppearance
* GameShowAppearance: Multiple times in the manga, with the same host despite the game show being a different one each time.
* {{Gayngst}}: Shuichi doesn't go through exhibits some of this most of the time occasionally, but when he does, it hits him hard.
* GeniusDitz: [[TheRival Ryuichi]] acts just like a little kid until he gets in front of a microphone, when he suddenly goes into "serious" mode and his PuppyDogEyes narrow. He's more of a BunnyEarsLawyer in the manga where he shows surprising ingenuity even when not acting completely "adult".
** Due to supernatural events in Gravitation Ex, it seems that [[spoiler: Ryuichi may
Yuki actually be suffering plays this trope, er, straighter, given his backstory and how it is implied he became aware of his own sexual orientation.
* GroupieBrigade: Used to show Bad Luck's increasing popularity. Taki also uses an escape
from two separate, conflicting personalities.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: K's random English phrases. Don't forget Spicy Marmalade!
%% * GroupieBrigade
one of these to win Shuichi's trust.



* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yuki in the beginning, Hiro throughout. Shuichi also takes very much care to remind people that [[StupidSexyFlanders actually, he's bi]].
* HumongousMecha: Reiji's preferred method of travel.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted: At one point Yuki [[spoiler:seems to suffer from this condition, even going to the extent of coughing up blood. However the illness turns out to be ulcers and goes away on its own.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: The final episode of the anime [[spoiler: Shuichi arrives just in time to keep Yuki from committing suicide. Keeping up with the spirit of MoodWhiplash of the series, Shuichi is ''wearing a dog suit'' as he bursts through the wall just as Yuki is about to shoot himself]].

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yuki in the beginning, Hiro throughout. Shuichi also takes very much care to remind people that [[StupidSexyFlanders [[BiTheWay actually, he's bi]].
* HumongousMecha: Reiji's preferred method of travel.
travel is a giant panda mecha.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Subverted: At one point Yuki [[spoiler:seems [[spoiler:Yuki seems to suffer from this condition, even going to the extent of coughing up blood. However the illness turns out to be ulcers and goes away on its own.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: The In the final episode of the anime [[spoiler: Shuichi arrives just in time to keep Yuki from committing suicide. Keeping up with the spirit of MoodWhiplash of the series, Shuichi is ''wearing a dog suit'' as he bursts through the wall just as Yuki is about to shoot himself]].



** Hiro actually quotes the trope at the beginning.
* {{Keet}}: Shuichi is the example on the page.

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** Hiro actually quotes the trope at the beginning. \n* {{Keet}}: Shuichi is the example on the page.



* LoveMartyr: It doesn't seem to matter just how cold and distant Yuki acts toward Shuichi; Shuichi is still hopelessly in love with him. Even when [[spoiler: Yuki tells him that he committed homicide in the past]], Shuichi doesn't seem to be bothered. Ironically, Yuki actually tells him this in an attempt to chase him off for his own good.

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* LoveMartyr: It doesn't seem to matter just how cold and distant LoveTriangle: The series progresses through several with Yuki acts toward Shuichi; and Shuichi being two sides of it at any given point, but itís not until EX that this trope is still hopelessly in love truly played, er, straight, with him. Even when [[spoiler: Yuki tells him Ryuichi]] making an open declaration of love to Shuichi and Tohma apparently forgetting that he committed homicide in the past]], Shuichi doesn't seem to be bothered. Ironically, Yuki actually tells him this in an attempt to chase him off for his own good.has a wife.



* MeaningfulName: "Yuki" (the word, and the girls' name) means "snow". He tends to be very cold towards people. This is lampshaded when Shuichi is playing charades to get his message across.
%% * MeetCute
* MoodWhiplash: Dramatic scenes turn comedic at the drop of a hat (normally when Shuichi pulls a SuperDeformed antic), and vice versa.
* MoralDissonance: Arguably. However YMMV. [[spoiler: As we find out that a large proportion of Yuki's backstory stems from an attempted rape. Fair enough considering how horrible that is. However the dissonance comes in that when Shuichi actually GETS raped by ''two guys'' no less as part of a vengeance/blackmail plan it is literally ''glossed over'' in almost one chapter and never mentioned again.]] However much MoralDissonance can be argued on this one, at the ''very least'' there is AngstDissonance.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Shuichi and Yuki
%% * OcularGushers
%% * OddCouple
* OlderThanTheyLook: Ryuichi looks about as old as nineteen-year-old Shuichi when he's in fact ''thirty'' years old. Arguably, round-faced Shuichi doesn't look his age either. The same goes for Tohma and Noriko, both being over thirty and looking very young for their ages.
%% * OneHeadTaller
* PairTheSpares: Hiro and Ayaka get hooked up after Ayaka breaks off her engagement to Yuki.

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* MeaningfulName: "Yuki" (the word, MeetCute: Yuki and Shuichi do this twice; first when Yuki catches shuichi's lyrics sheet in the girls' name) means "snow". He tends to be very cold towards people. This is lampshaded park, and then when Shuichi is playing charades to get jumps in front of his message across.
%% * MeetCute
car in the rain. Hiro and Ayaka also do this, when he and Shuichi save her from the guys who were hassling her.
* MoodWhiplash: Dramatic scenes turn comedic at the drop of Any time a hat (normally when Shuichi pulls a scene starts getting serious or dramatic it Ďíwillíí be derailed into over-the-top SuperDeformed antic), and vice versa.
madness.
* MoralDissonance: Arguably. However YMMV. [[spoiler: As we find out that a large proportion of Yuki's backstory stems from an attempted rape. Fair enough considering how horrible that is. However the dissonance comes in that when Shuichi actually GETS raped by ''two guys'' no less as part of a vengeance/blackmail plan it is literally ''glossed over'' in almost one chapter and never mentioned again.]] However much MoralDissonance can be argued on this one, at the ''very least'' there is AngstDissonance.AngstDissonance.
* MythologyGag: Tatsuha and Ryuichi share their names with the characters in Help! who were used as the basis for Yuki and Shuichi. Tatsuha's [[StalkerWithACrush ''thing'']] for Ryuichi is a reference to this.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Shuichi and Yuki. Noriko and her husband as well. Also Tohma and Mika. Kind of a running theme in this series.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Not in the standard sense, but both Bad Luck and Nittle Grasper both contain blatant [[{{Homage}} Homages]] to actual musicians:
** Nittle Grasper has the most direct example with Tohma, who [[http://oi57.tinypic.com/2iw0o02.jpg is a very obvious]] CaptainErsatz {{Expy}} of Daisuke Asakura and Ryuichi is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute suspiciously similar]] to Hiroyuki Takami, the other member of access, a RealLife music group Murakami's circle was well known for writing {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} about prior to Gravitation. Tohma and Ryuichi look nearly identical to the way [[http://i60.tinypic.com/ot235f.jpg Daisuke and Hiro were drawn in the doujinshi]].

* NoAccountingForTaste: Shuichi and Yuki
%% * OcularGushers
%% * OddCouple
* OlderThanTheyLook: Ryuichi looks
**Bad Luck shares a similar origin: [[http://oi61.tinypic.com/728g.jpg their designs are recycled from the yaoi doujinshi that Murakami's circle also drew]] about as old as nineteen-year-old Shuichi when he's in fact ''thirty'' years old. Arguably, round-faced Shuichi doesn't look his age either. The [[JapanesePopMusic B'z]], and have the same goes for Tohma and Noriko, both being over thirty and looking very young for positions in Bad Luck as their ages.
%% * OneHeadTaller
* PairTheSpares: Hiro
RealLife inspirations. This influence became more of an artifact once Suguru was added and Ayaka get hooked up after Ayaka breaks off her engagement to Yuki.Shuichiís design became influenced by TMRevolution.
* OcularGushers: A common feature of Murakamiís flavor of SuperDeformed.
* OneHeadTaller: Yuki and Shuichi.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Once Bad Luck hits the big time, they become a recurring obstacle/antagonist.



* PhenotypeStereotype: Mister K.
%% * PuppyDogEyes
%% * RapeAsBackstory
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Shuichi is gang-raped on the orders of rival musician Taki Aizawa in order to protect Yuki's reputation. But though Shuichi suffers physical injuries over it and has serious angst over it, he get over the ordeal relatively quickly. The fact that he's able to do so [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness makes Yuki cry for the first time in six years]].]]
* ShoutOut: A crossdresser named Yoshiki in a series featuring part of the Japanese music scene. [[Music/XJapan Now isn't this familiar]]? Also, Shuichi's appearance seems to be based in part on one of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide's]] styles.
* {{Shotacon}}: An {{Omake}} chapter shows that [[spoiler: Tohma]]'s [[{{Yandere}} more-than-just-brotherly interest]] in Yuki dates back at least far enough to have induced jealous combats with [[spoiler: Yuki Kitazawa]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Much of Shuichi and Yuki's interaction in the first episode consists of Shuichi yelling at Yuki that he has no right to insult his lyrics and Yuki coolly responding that he really has no talent, climaxing in a kiss. Interestingly, this WillTheyOrWontThey phrase is much shorter than typical because Shuichi from then on becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl completely devoted]] to Yuki, who plays the part of the [[{{Tsundere}} cranky but ultimately protective lover]].

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* PhenotypeStereotype: Mister K.
%%
{{Pilot}}: Gravitation is an expanded rewrite of an earlier doujinshi series by Murakami, collected under the title of Help! It was about a singer named Ryuichi Sakuma and how his relationship with novelist Tatsuha Uesugi affected his work in his band, Nettle Grasper. Ryuichi and Tatsuha were used as [[TheSameButDifferent the basis for Shuichi and Yuki]] [[MythologyGag as well influencing the characterization of their namesakes]] in Gravitation. Secondary characters from Help! were moved into Gravitation without any real changes to their names or personalities. Short chapter summaries of Help! can be found [[https://web.archive.org/web/20050311050810/http://www.nittlegrasper.com/nittles/gravitation_nittles_help.shtml here]].
*PopStarComposer: Daisuke Asakura, who composed and produced the entire OVA soundtrack. He also produced the TV series soundtrack and composed or co-wrote all of the vocal tracks and their remixes. (Koji Sakurai wrote the rest of the BGM tracks for the TV series.) This is especially important to note given the NoCelebritiesWereHarmed situation.
* PuppyDogEyes
%%
PuppyDogEyes: Murakamiís brand of SuperDeformed features a very, er, special variation of this.
* RapeAsBackstory
RapeAsBackstory: See SympatheticMurderBackstory below.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Shuichi is gang-raped on the orders of rival musician Taki Aizawa in order to protect Yuki's reputation. But though Shuichi suffers physical injuries over it and has serious angst over it, he get gets over the ordeal relatively quickly. The fact that he's able to do so [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness makes Yuki cry for the first time in six years]].]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The TV soundtrack features multiple instrumental remixes of all of the vocal tracks. One of these was actually turned into a vocal version in the anime: the slowed down rendition of "Sleepless Beauty" that Ryuichi sings when he crashes Bad Luck's concert.
* RefugeInAudacity: Once the DenserAndWackier sets in, the entire manga is basically this.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Gravitation recycled the character designs from Help! which was already reusing the designs from Murakamiís access and Bíz doujinshi. See also NoCelebritiesWereHarmed above.
* ShoutOut: A crossdresser The series is built on this trope, and becomes immensely more enjoyable when you know exactly what is being referenced and why. The most obvious is Bad Luck and Nittle Grasper's origins (see NoCelebritiesWereHarmed above). The storyline about Shuichi obsessing over going to Disneyland with Yuki (and chanting "Mickey " repeatedly) is one enormous shout out to Daisuke Asakura's well known love of all things MickeyMouse. There's also a glance at an Oricon chart featuring [[TMRevolution S.M.Revolution]].
**Features a character
named Yoshiki [[Music/XJapan Yoshiki]] in a series featuring part of the Japanese music scene. [[Music/XJapan Now isn't this familiar]]? Also, Shuichi's appearance seems scene [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who just happens to be based in part transgender]], though if Yoshiki's name is really a shout out, YMMV on one whether itís meant to be a positive ShoutOut or more of [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide's]] styles.
* {{Shotacon}}: An {{Omake}} chapter shows that [[spoiler: Tohma]]'s [[{{Yandere}} more-than-just-brotherly interest]] in Yuki dates back at least far enough
a TakeThat to have induced jealous combats with [[spoiler: Yuki Kitazawa]].
XJapan and/or VisualKei.
* SlapSlapKiss: Much of Shuichi and Yuki's interaction in the first episode consists of Shuichi yelling at Yuki that he has no right to insult his lyrics and Yuki coolly responding that he really has no talent, climaxing in a kiss. Interestingly, this WillTheyOrWontThey phrase phase is much shorter than typical because Shuichi from then on becomes [[ClingyJealousGirl completely devoted]] to Yuki, who plays the part of the [[{{Tsundere}} cranky but ultimately protective lover]].



* StupidSexyFlanders: Shuichi might be a victim with a notoriously open mind, considering how he never shows any interest men except for Yuki; particularly in the manga, where he actually has some brief displays of interest in ''women''.
* SuperDeformed: Shuichi is especially prone to this.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler:Yuki killed someone but it was in self-defense, they were trying to rape him.]] It ruined their life, so you will probably feel pretty sorry for them.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Yuki fits this role to a T, though he has the wrong hair color.
* ThereWasADoor: Shuichi does this occasionally.
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Yoshiki Kitazawa]], although the series portrays her as more of a WholesomeCrossdresser.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Arguably, Hiro in regards to Shuichi and Ayaka in regards to Yuki.
* VerbalTic: Sakuma's "Nano Da".
* VisualKei: Bad Luck appears to be this, albeit comparatively subdued.
%% * WhatTheHellHero
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Tohma who, while [[StepfordSmiler initially appearing to be an amiable person]], is shown to have a ruthless streak when his brother-in-law's safety or health is threatened.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: OVA Shuichi handing out ''German Suplexes''.
* {{Yandere}}: Although a bit more male than the typical {{Yandere}}, Shuichi's obsession with Yuki goes from endearing to downright [[StalkerWithACrush alarming]] as the series progresses. Also, Yuki's brother-in-law Tohma holds a constant, disarming smile as he manipulates his employees, orders Shuichi to break up with Yuki if he wants to stay at NG Studios, and even ''pushes a man in front of a moving car''.
** Tohma is much further down this road than Shuichi in the manga, where he not only displays it far more often, but at one point also attacks [[spoiler: Yoshiki dressed up as her brother]] ''with an axe'' for giving Yuki trauma.
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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: Very rarely does anyone say anything nice about [[spoiler: [[AssholeVictim Yuki Kitazawa]]]].
* StupidSexyFlanders: Shuichi might be a victim with a notoriously open mind, considering how he never shows any interest men except for Yuki; particularly in the manga, where he actually has some brief displays of interest in ''women''.
''women''.
* SuperDeformed: Shuichi is Quite a bit of the MoodWhiplash, especially prone in the manga, can be attributed to this. Murakami has a very special, very over the top and extreme way of doing this.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler:Yuki [[spoiler:Yuki]] killed someone but it was in self-defense, they were trying to rape him.]] him. This trope is actually [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-universe when he reveals it [[spoiler: because he does so in an effort to repel Shuichi. It ruined their life, so you will probably feel pretty sorry for them.
only makes Shuichi like him more.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: TerribleTrio: Ask.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted.
Yuki fits this role to starts seeing a T, though he has the wrong hair color.
psychiatrist who is actually good at her job, prescribing him meds and giving him proper counseling.
* ThereWasADoor: Shuichi does this occasionally.
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Yoshiki Kitazawa]], although the series portrays her as more of a WholesomeCrossdresser.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Arguably, Hiro in regards to Shuichi and Ayaka in regards to Yuki.
* VerbalTic: Sakuma's "Nano Da".
* VisualKei: Bad Luck appears to be this, albeit comparatively subdued.
%% * WhatTheHellHero
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Tohma who, while [[StepfordSmiler initially appearing to be an amiable person]], is shown to have a ruthless streak when his brother-in-law's safety or health is threatened.
''a lot''.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: OVA Shuichi handing out ''German Suplexes''. \n* {{Yandere}}: Although a bit more male than the typical {{Yandere}}, Shuichi's obsession with Yuki goes from endearing to downright [[StalkerWithACrush alarming]] as the series progresses. Also, Yuki's brother-in-law Tohma holds a constant, disarming smile as he manipulates his employees, orders Shuichi to break up with Yuki if he wants to stay at NG Studios, and even ''pushes a man in front of a moving car''.\n** Tohma is much further down this road than Shuichi in the manga, where he not only displays it far more often, but at one point also attacks [[spoiler: Yoshiki dressed up as her brother]] ''with an axe'' for giving Yuki trauma. \n----
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: K
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CloudCuckooLander: Yoshiki is a borderline case
** The whole cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Specially in the manga.
* {{Crossdresser}}: One episode, but definitely noteworthy.
** And in the manga: Yuki and K.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Yuki
* ClosetKey: Tohma

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%% * BunnyEarsLawyer: K
* %%* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CloudCuckooLander: Yoshiki is a borderline case
**
The whole cast aren't exactly people with their heads well placed on their shoulders. Specially in the manga.
* {{Crossdresser}}: One episode, but definitely noteworthy.
** And in
In the manga: Yuki and K.
%% * DarkAndTroubledPast: Yuki
%% * ClosetKey: Tohma



* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In A Coma!]]
** Strangely enough, this is averted in Gravitation Ex when [[spoiler: Shuichi really ''is'' in a coma.]]



* GameShowAppearance

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* %%* GameShowAppearance



* GeniusDitz: [[TheRival Ryuichi]] acts just like a little kid until he gets in front of a microphone, when he suddenly goes into "serious" mode and his PuppyDogEyes narrow. He's more of a BunnyEarsLawyer in the manga where he shows surprising ingenuity even when not acting completely "adult" (making one wonder if it's actually ObfuscatingStupidity; [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation who knows]]?).

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* GeniusDitz: [[TheRival Ryuichi]] acts just like a little kid until he gets in front of a microphone, when he suddenly goes into "serious" mode and his PuppyDogEyes narrow. He's more of a BunnyEarsLawyer in the manga where he shows surprising ingenuity even when not acting completely "adult" (making one wonder if it's actually ObfuscatingStupidity; [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation who knows]]?)."adult".



* GroupieBrigade

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%% * GroupieBrigade



* MeetCute

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%% * MeetCute



* OcularGushers
* OddCouple

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%% * OcularGushers
%% * OddCouple



* OneHeadTaller

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%% * OneHeadTaller



* PuppyDogEyes
* RapeAsBackstory

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%% * PuppyDogEyes
%% * RapeAsBackstory



* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell,]] [[JustForPun Hiro?]]

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%% * [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell,]] [[JustForPun Hiro?]]WhatTheHellHero
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* BastardBoyfriend: Yuki ''can'' be interpreted as this in AlternateCharacterInterpretation. However YMMV, and this is definitely subjective reader to reader.
** BespectacledBastardBoyfriend: Yuki. When he's wearing his glasses.
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* [[RoseHairedGirl Rose Haired Boy]]. Also a {{Keet}}.
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