Gestalt (manga)

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Gestalt
超獣伝説ゲシュタルト
(Chōjū Densetsu Gestalt)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Manga
Written by Yun Kōga
Published by Square Enix(formerly)
Ichijinsha
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run 1992February 2001
Volumes 8
Original video animation
Directed by Osamu Yamazaki
Released 1997
Episodes 2
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Gestalt (超獣伝説ゲシュタルト Chōjū Densetsu Geshutaruto?, lit. Super-Legend Gestalt) is an 8-volume fantasy manga series by Yun Kōga and published by Square Enix and later by Ichijinsha that later spawned a two episode OVA series.

Plot[edit]

The story circulates around a mysterious and dangerous island referred to simply as "G". A long time ago, a powerful god named Gestalt was banished to the earth and he had found refuge in the island known as G. To utter the name for which it stands is forbidden, for people were so afraid of the wrath of the god that they considered his name a curse. Father Olivier is a priest who has left his order and traveled to the island of G in order to discover the truth behind it. He ends up making the acquaintance of a young girl named Ohri, who turns out to be quite adept in magic.

Meanwhile, the head of the order has hired a dark elf, Suzu, to track down Olivier and bring him back. Suzu finds him easily enough. However, she hadn't anticipated the powerful sorceress in his company, Ohri. The girl disposes of Suzu for the moment, and she and the Father continue on. As if things weren't rough enough, the island of G has its share of monsters and magic-users to get in the way of their travels.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga was first serialized in Square Enix's Monthly GFantasy in between 1992 and 2001. The series' 8 collected volumes was then republished by Ichijinsha under the imprint, Zero-Sum Comics. The manga is also licensed in English by Viz Media.[1]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN North American release date North American ISBN
01 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5131-6 June 16, 2009[2] ISBN 1-4215-2690-5
02 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5132-3 August 18, 2009[3] ISBN 1-4215-2691-3
03 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5150-7 October 20, 2009[4] ISBN 1-4215-2692-1
04 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5151-4 December 15, 2009[5] ISBN 1-4215-2693-X
05 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5162-0 February 16, 2010[6] ISBN 1-4215-2694-8
06 2005 ISBN 978-4-7580-5163-7 April 16, 2010[7] ISBN 1-4215-2695-6
07 2006 ISBN 978-4-7580-5238-2 June 15, 2010[8] ISBN 1-4215-2696-4
08 2006 ISBN 978-4-7580-5239-9 August 17, 2010[9] ISBN 1-4215-2697-2

Drama CDs[edit]

There were 2 drama CDs that were commercially released by Square Enix. The main cast were Kae Araki as Ouri and Takehito Koyasu as Olivier. The first drama CD was released in September 1994[10] while the second drama CD was released in March 1996.[11]

OVA[edit]

There was an OVA adaptation directed by Osamu Yamasaki with music done by Toshiyuki Ōmori as well as casting assistance by 81 Produce. The OVA was licensed in English by Media Blasters.[1][12] The same cast for the drama CDs was used for the OVA.

Novels[edit]

There was a 2-part light novel written by Chizuru Yoshikawa with illustrations by the original author, Yun Kōga titled as Chōjū Densetsu Gestalt Rakuin no Junkyōsha (超獣伝説ゲシュタルト 烙印の殉教者?, Super Legend Gestalt: The Marked Martyr). The novels were published by Square Enix under the imprint, GFantasy Novels while the first part of the novel was published in March 1999[13] and the second part of the novel was published in August 1999.[14]

Reception[edit]

Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies calls "comedy", including jokes and parodies of fantasy role-playing games, "the show's major selling point". [15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Viz Adds Honey Hunt, Gestalt, Magic Touch, Otomen". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Gestalt Vol.1". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gestalt Vol.2". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gestalt Vol.3". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gestalt Vol.4". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Gestalt Vol.5". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gestalt Vol.6". Viz Media. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gestalt Vol.7". Viz Media. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gestalt Vol.8". Viz Media. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "超獣伝説ゲシュタルト[CD] (CD)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  11. ^ "超獣伝説ゲシュタルト 2[CD] (CD)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Gestalt - Media-Blasters". Media Blasters. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  13. ^ "超獣伝説ゲシュタルト〈上〉烙印の殉教者 (Gファンタジーノベルズ): 吉川 千鶴, 高河 ゆん: 本" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  14. ^ "超獣伝説ゲシュタルト―烙印の殉教者〈下〉 (Gファンタジーノベルズ): 吉川 千鶴: 本" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  15. ^ McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 224. — 528 p. — ISBN 978-0061474507

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