Manga: Swan

Swan, by Kyoko Ariyoshi, is a classic ballet manga from The Seventies (specifically, 1976-81) and is notable for being one of the very few shoujo manga from that era to have been published in English; sadly, though, CMX were only able to release 15 volumes out of 21 before closing down, and so the series is now out of print. The plot follows aspiring young dancer Masumi Hijiri as she pursues her dream to become a star ballerina. Friendships, rivalries, dance competitions, love triangles and oldschool melodrama ensue, along with the kind of vigorous training that makes Swan feel like shoujo's answer to shounen sports manga.


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