I stalled out on Gravitation ages ago, but tried picking it up again to see if I wanted to keep the books or give them away.

Okay, I realize that it's a cracktastic manga regardless, but what I want to know is this: did I forget where I was and start in the wrong place, or is this a dream or fantasy sequence, or does it actually really happen in canon that a giant flying panda robot destroys New York City? And if that actually did happen... how shall I phrase this... why?

From: [identity profile] boniblithe.livejournal.com

Oh no, it's canon. But I do think you started again in the wrong place.

From: [identity profile] branna.livejournal.com

*laughs so hard she cries*

By the way, what are you up to this evening?
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From: [identity profile] kyuuketsukirui.livejournal.com

Yes, it happened. There is no why, other than "because it's crack".

From: [identity profile] spectralbovine.livejournal.com

Are the Japanese born with more vivid imaginations, or are they just more allowed to express said imaginations?

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

What makes this even better is that when I left off, it was a melodramatic but more-or-less realistic story about a singer in a boy band and his stormy relationship with a (male) romance novelist. There was nothing that would lead one to expect giant flying robot pandas.

From: [identity profile] minnow1212.livejournal.com

...I did not imagine that scenario when I clicked on the tag.

From: [identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com

That just makes it funnier, though.

...also increases my resolve to cling to my DVDs and not read the manga, but.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


That surpassed anything I could have imagined. I think you now need a tag for unexpected giant flying mammals.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

And, you know, it's so unexpected! Eight volumes of the romantic travails of a boy band singer and his cold romance novelist lover, and then WHAM! A giant flying robot panda destroys New York!
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

... still laughing too hard to say anything.

From: [identity profile] severefun.livejournal.com

The completely arbitrary crazy ramps up slowly but oh so surely as it goes along, yes indeedy. I'm not going to say the transition actually works, but it kept me reading. They do try and play the melodramatic angst card again at the end... a lot... but after you've lived through robopanda air siege, nothing else compares.
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From: [personal profile] octopedingenue

I guess...I missed a volume.

...wait, but, people in the series GO to New York later!! And there are no giant pandas! or rubble! anywhere!!

I don't think this counts as a spoiler.

From: [identity profile] auragirl.livejournal.com

And that's why I could never stand the manga, personally. The anime basically tones down the 'Total WTF' factor, and also makes the 'Japan, psychology and mental trauma DON'T WORK THAT WAY' a little less glaringly obvious.

From: [identity profile] rilina.livejournal.com

Oh God, I am so glad I clicked on that cut tag. I may never stop laughing.
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From: [personal profile] chomiji

You know a manga has surpassed cracktastic when your 15-yr-old tells you that "I think the giant flying panda-bot was a bit much."

It's strange, because there are actual moments of real emotional power buried in that thing, at various places. I still don't think I could make myself read the whole series again.

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From: [identity profile] ldybastet.livejournal.com

Wow. I have only watched the anime... but now I think I seriously have to try to find the manga to read it, because... yeah: wow. I have no other words.

From: [identity profile] seshat.livejournal.com

Yes, it's canon.

Short answer on why is: Because gravi goes completely off the rails in the comedy sequences in utterly cracktastic and insane ways that might as well be dream sequences for all the impact they have on the overall plot.

Long answer: Umm...Ack. I had this long explanation typed out, and it was hugely spoilery and I realized that my recollections of some of the entanglements are probably wrong without the books to check against (I'm at work and they're at home in a box somewhere). So...there was an actual plot related reason, if you take the giant robot panda as a symbolic manifestation of the feelings of the character piloting it, allowing her to show through actions instead of having to talk it out like normal humans do. Plus it's utter crack. Yeah.

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