To-y is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Kamijo. It was serialized by Shogakukan in the shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1985 to 1987, with the chapters collected in ten tankōbon volumes. It tells the story of GASP, an underground punk rock band, and their attempt to get a recording contract and attain stardom. To-y was adapted into an original video animation (OVA) in 1987.

To-y
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Manga volume 1 cover
GenreMusical[1]
Manga
Written byAtsushi Kamijo
Published byShogakukan
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 3, 1985March 25, 1987
Volumes10
Original video animation
Directed byMamoru Hamatsu
Written byIzo Hashimoto
Music byMasaya Matsuura
StudioStudio Gallop
ReleasedOctober 1, 1987
Runtime55 minutes
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PlotEdit

The story follows To-y Fujii (藤井冬威), lead singer of GASP, and his attempts not to sell out during his rise through the recording industry. The story also follows To-y's growing relationship with Niya Yamada (山田二矢), as the two find comfort in one another while they are shunned by mainstream society.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

To-y is written and illustrated by Atsushi Kamijo. It was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 3, 1985, to March 25, 1987.[2][3] Shogakukan collected its chapters in ten tankōbon volumes released from September 18, 1985, to June 18, 1987.[4][5] Shogakukan re-published the series in six bunkoban volumes between January 17 and May 16, 1997.[6][7] Shogakukan re-released the series into a five-volume deluxe edition for its 30th anniversary between December 21, 2015, and April 25, 2016.[8][9]

Volume listEdit

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 September 18, 1985[4]4-09-121351-0
2 November 18, 1985[10]4-09-121352-9
3 January 18, 1986[11]4-09-121353-7
4 March 18, 1986[12]4-09-121354-5
5 June 18, 1986[13]4-09-121355-3
6 September 18, 1986[14]4-09-121356-1
7 November 18, 1986[15]4-09-121357-X
8 February 18, 1986[16]4-09-121358-8
9 April 18, 1986[17]4-09-121359-6
10 June 18, 1987[5]4-09-121360-X

Original video animationEdit

The manga was adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Gallop, directed by Mamoru Hamatsu, with character designs by Naoyuki Onda, and art direction by Shichirō Kobayashi.[18] Masaya Matsuura was in charge of the music, and his band Psy-S provided the theme songs; "Lemon no Yūki" (Lemonの勇気) and "Cubic Lovers".[19][20] It was released on October 1, 1987,[21] on VHS, LaserDisc, Betamax and Video High Density.[20] On June 30, 2021, Sony Music Entertainment Japan who produced the OVA released a limited edition remastered Blu-ray.[22]

LegacyEdit

To-y was a pioneer of band-themed manga and has served as an influence to other manga series like Beck and Nana.[23]

In 2007, Justin Sevakis of Anime News Network reported that a frame-by-frame digital restoration of the To-y OVA was being done by fans. He cited it as the first fan restoration in the anime community.[20]

Visual kei rock band Penicillin took their name from the group Penicillin Shock seen in To-y, and titled their first album after the fictional band.[24] In 2015, Atsushi Kamijo drew the album cover for Penicillin's Memories ~Japanese Masterpieces~.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oppliger, John (July 26, 2004). "Ask John: How Popular is Music Themed Anime?". AnimeNation. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  2. ^ 週刊少年サンデー 1985年 表示号数16. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  3. ^ 週刊少年サンデー 1987年 表示号数15. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b TOーY 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  5. ^ a b TOーY 10 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  6. ^ TO-Y / 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on January 31, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  7. ^ TO-Y / 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on January 31, 2004. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  8. ^ To-y 30th AnniversaryEdition 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  9. ^ To-y 30th AnniversaryEdition 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  10. ^ TOーY 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  11. ^ TOーY 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  12. ^ TOーY 4 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  13. ^ TOーY 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  14. ^ TOーY 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  15. ^ TOーY 7 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  16. ^ TOーY 8 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  17. ^ TOーY 9 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 28, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  18. ^ 「To-y」‐Original Video Animation HD REMASTER Blu-ray Limited Premium Box. Sony Music Shop (in Japanese). Archived from the original on September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  19. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2015). The Anime Encyclopedia: A Century of Japanese Animation (3rd ed.). Stone Bridge Press. p. 2371. ISBN 978-1611720181. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  20. ^ a b c Justin Sevakis (March 15, 2007). "Buried Treasure To-y". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  21. ^ 上條淳士×松浦雅也が写し取った1980年代東京の空気がよみがえる「To-y」‐Original Video Animation HD REMASTER Blu-ray Limited Premium Box【不破了三の「アニメノオト」Vol.10】. Akiba Souken (in Japanese). Kakaku.com. August 7, 2021. Archived from the original on September 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  22. ^ OVA「To-y」Blu-rayプレミアムボックスの詳細発表、イメージアルバムの復刻版が付属. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. May 1, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  23. ^ マンガの常識を突き破った名作がよみがえる『To–y』&『SEX』上條淳士 インタビュー. Da Vinci (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. June 6, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  24. ^ 【インタビュー】PENICILLIN、初のカバー集完成「高校時代の俺をビックリさせたい」. Barks (in Japanese). Japan Music Network. March 18, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  25. ^ ""TO-Y" Manga Artist Draws Visual-kei Band PENICILLIN's Latest Album Jacket". Crunchyroll. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-10-05.

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