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Gaku: Minna no Yama (岳 みんなの山?, lit. "Peak: Everyone's Mountain") is a Japanese mountaineering manga written and illustrated by Shin'ichi Ishizuka. It has been serialized by Shogakukan in Big Comic Original since 2003, and collected in twelve bound volumes as of June 2010. It depicts the adventures of a volunteer with an alpine search and rescue team in the Japanese Alps. Gaku: Minna no Yama received the 2008 Manga Taisho ("Cartoon Grand Prize") and the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga.

Manga

Gaku: Minna no Yama is written and illustrated by Shin'ichi Ishizuka and was first published by Shogakukan in the seinen (aimed at younger adult men) manga magazine Big Comic Original in 2003 issue 19. It was serialized irregularly until July 2007, when it moved to a weekly schedule. The serial chapters have been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes, titled Gaku ("Peak") without the subtitle used on the serialized numbers, as of October 2009. The series is licensed in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press.[1]

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> 26 April 2005[2]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-187571-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> 29 September 2006[3]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-180730-5</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> 26 December 2006[4]</td><td>ISBN 4-09-181003-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> 24 April 2007[5]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181207-0</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> 28 September 2007[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181470-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> 30 January 2008[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-181719-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> 30 June 2008[8]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182029-7</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol8">8</td></td><td> 28 November 2008[9]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182248-2</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol9">9</td></td><td> 27 February 2009[10]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182380-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol10">10</td></td><td> 28 August 2009[11]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-182590-2</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol11">11</td></td><td> 27 February 2010[12]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-183073-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol12">12</td></td><td> 30 June 2010[13]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-09-183218-4</td></tr> </table>

Reception

Gaku: Minna no Yama is a best-seller in Japan—for example, volume six reached number 6 on the Tohan Comic Ranking,[14] volume seven also reached number 6,[15] volume eight reached number 14[16] and remained at number 16 the following week,[17] and volume 9 debuted at number 26[18] before rising to number 17 the following week.[19] The series was featured by Da Vinci magazine as the Platinum Book of the Month for April 2007.[20]

Gaku: Minna no Yama received the first annual Manga Taisho ("Cartoon Grand Prize") in 2008,[21] and the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga.[22]

References

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  14. "Japanese Comic Ranking, January 29–February 4". Anime News Network. 6 February 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  15. "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 1–7". Anime News Network. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  16. "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 26-December 2". Anime News Network. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  17. "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 3-9". Anime News Network. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  18. "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 24-March 2". Anime News Network. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  19. "Japanese Comic Ranking, March 3-9". Anime News Network. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
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  21. "Shinichi Ishizuka Wins First Ever Manga Taisho for Gaku". Anime News Network. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  22. "54th Shogakukan Manga Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 

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