Japanese cover of the first volume
|Genre(s)||Comedy and Drama|
|Publisher||Weekly Young Sunday|
GO-ON! (ゴー・オン！) is a Japanese manga series created by Manabu Akishige.
The story of Go-On! revolves heavily around a high schooler named Rika Nagano gifting the main character, Ryo Katase, a signed copy of Weezer's The Blue Album, prompting them to become closer romantically. Other Weezer-related materials appear in the series, such as The Blue Album Deluxe, The Red Album, and the songs "Undone - The Sweater Song" and "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)".
The manga was serialized from December 20, 2007 to January 24, 2009 in the weekly manga magazine Weekly Young Sunday, and has a total of 4 volumes and 30 chapters. Each volume received physical releases as tankōbon in Japan between 2008 and 2009 by the publisher Shogakukan. A Taiwanese edition of the manga with unique cover art, Chinese translations of the text, and the new title Youth Heat Go-On! (青春热浪GO-ON!) received tankōbon releases between 2009 and 2011 by the publisher Sharp Point Press, and multiple other official translations, including those in Indonesian and Korean, are known to exist.
Reportedly, Rivers Cuomo has read the manga and enjoyed it. He was quoted on the OBI of the manga's second volume, stating (roughly translated from Japanese):
|Funny scenes, pretty girls, rock guys ... I only understand about 10% of the words, but I really like them. After all, it's great that our album will appear in MANGA !!
Marketing for Weezer (The Red Album)
The story's serialization started shortly prior to the release of the 2008 Weezer album, The Red Album. The manga helped market its release in Japan, with posters featuring Ryo Katase and Rika Nagano listening to the album's CD, and OBIs on some physical releases displaying the album's cover.
Akishige would work with the band further, creating the art for the digital iTunes "Troublemaker" single, released exclusively in Japan. Art from this release, as well as from Go-On!, was featured on Troublemaker Remixes and on the Mexican release of Six Hits.
Panel from chapter 1 which includes an illustration of Weezer (The Blue Album)
Illustration of main characters listening to The Red Album, used on Troublemaker Remixes and Six Hits
International volume covers
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 GO-ON! (manga). Anime News Network. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=16220&page=28.
- ↑ 青春热浪GO-ON!. 百度百科. https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E9%9D%92%E6%98%A5%E7%83%AD%E6%B5%AAGO-ON%21
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 June 1, 2008. ウィーザー、人気ロック漫画とコラボ. barks.jp. https://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000040493
- ↑ Go-On! Volume 2 packaging.