|Written by||Atsushi Kamijo|
|Imprint||Shōnen Sunday Comics|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||April 3,1985 –March 25,1987|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hamatsu|
|Written by||Izo Hashimoto|
|Music by||Masaya Matsuura|
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.
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.
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.Shogakukan collected its chapters in ten tankōbon volumes released from September 18,1985,to June 18,1987. Shogakukan re-published the series in six bunkoban volumes between January 17 and May 16,1997. Shogakukan re-released the series into a five-volume deluxe edition for its 30th anniversary between December 21,2015,and April 25,2016.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|2||November 18, 1985||4-09-121352-9|
|3||January 18, 1986||4-09-121353-7|
|4||March 18, 1986||4-09-121354-5|
|5||June 18, 1986||4-09-121355-3|
|6||September 18, 1986||4-09-121356-1|
|7||November 18, 1986||4-09-121357-X|
|8||February 18, 1986||4-09-121358-8|
|9||April 18, 1986||4-09-121359-6|
|10||June 18, 1987||4-09-121360-X|
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. "Lemon no Yūki" (Lemonの勇気) and "Cubic Lovers". It was released on October 1, 1987, on VHS, LaserDisc, Betamax and Video High Density. On June 30, 2021, Sony Music Entertainment Japan, who produced the OVA, released it on a limited remastered edition Blu-ray set.Masaya Matsuura was in charge of the music, and his band Psy-S provided the theme songs;
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