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Marionette Generation (マリオネット ジェネレーション Marionetto Jenereeshon?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruhiko Mikimoto. The manga was serialised in Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype beginning in 1989,[1] and was later collected into five tankōbon volumes which were published between July 1989 and March 1998.[2][3] The series was licensed in North America by Viz Media,[4] who serialized it in Animerica Extra.[5] The manga is also licensed in France by Panini Comics' Planet Manga imprint.[6]

Manga

Kadokawa Shoten released the manga's five tankōbon volumes between July 1989 and March 1998.[2][3] Viz Media released the five volumes between July 6, 2001 and April 7, 2004.[7][8] Individual chapters are called "part"s.

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th>Title</th><th style="width: 24%;">Japanese release</th><th style="width: 24%;">English release</th></th></tr></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td><td style="text-align: left;">Entrances</td><td>July 1989[2]
ISBN 978-4-04852221-2</td><td>July 6, 2001[7]
ISBN 1-56931-558-2</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="4">
  • 01. Sleeping Lady-1
  • 02. Sleeping Lady-2
  • 03. Sleeping Lady-3
  • 04. Sleeping Lady-4
  • Extra Special Behind-the-Scenes Side Story: What's My Name!?
  • Side Story Collection: Private Time
  • 05. Whisper-1
  • 06. Whisper-2
  • 07. Little Lovers-1
  • 08. Little Lovers-2
  • 09. Little Lovers-3
  • 10. Little Lovers-4
  • 11. Again-1
  • 12. Again-2
  • 13. Present
  • Prequel Episode: Unbalanced Hair
  • An Autumn Princess Story: A Profile of the Heart

</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td><td style="text-align: left;">Pulling Strings</td><td>August 1991[9]
ISBN 978-4-04852225-0</td><td>ISBN 1-56931-708-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="4">
  • 14. A Fan Letter
  • 15. Here I Am!
  • 16. Naughty, Naughty!
  • 17. This Can't Be Good
  • 18. My Uncle
  • 19. Looks Like a Kid
  • 20. You Owe Me!
  • 21. B-E-L-I-E-V-E
  • 22. Busted...
  • 23. ZZZZZ...
  • 24. Another One
  • 25. That's the Story...
  • 26. O.K.?
  • 27. Sheesh...
  • 28. Hear Me Roar!

</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td><td style="text-align: left;">Manipulations</td><td>April 1994[10]
ISBN 978-4-04852480-3</td><td>ISBN 1-59116-024-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="4">
  • 29. A Regular Girl
  • 30. A Normal Day For a Regular Girl
  • 31. A Normal Relationship
  • 32. Whoa!
  • 33. Sheesh
  • 34. Who?
  • 35. But It Can't Be...Can It?
  • 36. Why...?
  • 37. Maybe...
  • 38. Giggle
  • 39. It's Unnatural!
  • 40. Just an Ordinary...
  • 41. It Comes From Within
  • 42. Displays of Affection
  • 43. Conditions
  • 44. One Date, as Agreed
  • 45. What's Up with That?
  • Retribution

</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td><td style="text-align: left;">Improvisations</td><td>April 1997[11]
ISBN 978-4-04852588-6</td><td>ISBN 1-59116-055-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="4">
  • 46. Blush
  • 47. That About Sums It Up...
  • 48. Wishy-Washy
  • 49. Responsibility
  • 50. Lucky You
  • 51. Destiny
  • 52. Going Through a Rough Time
  • 53. Impulse
  • 54. Sorry to Inform You...
  • 55. Instead of Misty
  • 56. Huh!?
  • 57. Is It Because Of...
  • 58. Lucky!♥
  • 59. Acting Strange
  • 60. Another Friend of Yours...?
  • 61. Probably...

</td></tr>

<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td><td style="text-align: left;">Finale</td><td>March 1998[3]
ISBN 978-4-04852803-0</td><td>April 7, 2004[8]
ISBN 1-59116-200-9</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="4">
  • 62. What's Going On!?
  • 63. Somewhere Before...
  • 64. Wha-?
  • 65. Wel-come...
  • 66. Dense
  • 67. I Declare!
  • 68. I'm Counting On You
  • 69. Very Lucky
  • 70. Get Cracking
  • 71. Would You Like to Come Live With Me?
  • 72. Am I Sure?
  • 73. For Keeps
  • The Fifth One of the Plus One

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Reception

Animefringe's Patrick King commends Mikimoto's artwork, saying that he has "an undeniable knack for illustrating characters that clearly convey their emotions".[12] In a later review, King commends the series for its "sheer imagination and artistic brilliance" and comments that the manga's romance has "less panty shots and more drama than usual, and with the addition of a talking doll there's really no way you can go wrong here".[13]

References

  1. "Marionette Generation". Anime News Network. 2000-09-19. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Script error
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Script error
  4. "Viz April Releases". Anime News Network. 2000-12-22. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  5. "Viz announces plans for 2000 at Katsucon 6". Anime News Network. 2000-02-15. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  6. Script error
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Marionette Generation, Vol. 1: Entrances". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Marionette Generation, Vol. 5". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  9. Script error
  10. Script error
  11. Script error
  12. King, Patrick (April 2002). "Marionette Generation Vol. 2: Pulling Strings". Animefringe. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  13. King, Patrick (June 2004). "Marionette Generation Vol. 5: Finale". Animefringe. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 

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