VIZ To Publish Grand Guignol Orchestra

By Ishaan . October 2, 2010 . 10:33am Kaori Yuki, best known for Angel Sanctuary and Fairy Cube, has another series coming to her North American fans, courtesy of VIZ. The publisher licensed Guignol Kyuutei Gakudan, localized “Grand Guignol Orchestra,” and are launching the series on October 5th under their Shoujo Beat imprint.


Grand Guignol Orchestra consists of five volumes, based around a singer named Lucille and his Grand Orchestra, a traveling orchestra that ends up in a town threatened by people infected with the Guignol Virus, turning them into zombies.


While it might sound a little bland, Kaori Yuki is known for her creepy, gothic style of work, which is why this is running under a shoujo imprint rather than a shounen one. VIZ are calling it a mix of horror and “tortured romance.”


Volume 1 will debut on October 5th for $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

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  • Oh. It’s been a long while since I’ve read this. While it’s interesting, it’s not enough to keep me reading it.

  • Ereek

    Oh, Kaori. Your works are so twisted that I can’t help but love you.

  • Wow, this sounds pretty scary with zombies. Zombies always free me out.

    • It’s not exactly zombies. The infected act more like mannequins.

  • j.

    Awesome news. I was wondering when we’d see a new series from her localized. Love her stuff. Want to see what this “tortured romance” is about.

  • Strange for the adjective “bland” to be used here — seriously, you had me at the word “zombies” (even if they aren’t technically zombies, I dun care :P).

    Looking forward to this one, thanks for the info! Nice to hear about Yuki’s new projects. Still need to finish Angel Sanctuary…

  • Roses4Aria

    You know, I have always loved Kaori Yuki’s artwork. Her storylines…not so much. She usually incorporates way too much hinted at–if not outright–shounen ai/yaoi vibes for me, but I’m happy for Yuki’s fans that Viz is bringing this over. At least it’s a sign that Viz is keeping an eye out for shoujo that veers away from your typical shoujo conventions, which I like.

    I’ve loved that they’ve given us Kimi ni Todoke and Dengeki Daisy, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more series like this. Cough Obaka-chan Koigatariki cough.

    • Joanna

      You should give Kaori Yuki’s Fairy Cube a try. There is no shounen-ai at all and the story was pretty good. It’s only 3 volumes as well. :D I love her art too. :3

      • Roses4Aria

        Actually, Fairy Cube was one of the first Kaori Yuki works that I read and I definitely enjoyed it much more than some of her other series. :)

  • Joanna

    “which is why this is running under a shoujo imprint rather than a shounen one.”

    I always thought the magazine which the original ran in determined what demographic it is labelled not the actual content or art style. I mean if that was the case, why would Viz label Banana Fish shoujo and not shounen since the art and the themes are pretty “shounen”. The only “shoujo” thing about it is the boy love.

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