Heart of Thomas ハードカバー – 2013/1/18
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Moto Hagio is a genius and leader in the style of shojo manga (comics for women readers). [...] The stories aren't about make-up and kitties, though. They're actually deep, complicated, and often deal with family relationships.商品の説明をすべて表示する
I have read the Japanese version many times and still enjoy reading the story all over again in English. I first read the Heart of Thomas when I was about 12, but I get so much more out of the story 20 years later. This is manga for adults.
Because the book is much bigger than regular Japanese comic books, you can enjoy the beautiful artwork every time you turn a page. Probably the most beautiful manga book I have ever bought. Looking forward to seeing more Moto Hagio books by Fantagraphics.
Story Review: So I was reading this story late at night till the morning online, and I’m thinking the whole time “ are they gonna end up together or what?” Till I was near the end and wishing there were more chapters because I was wondering how this would possibly end.
A kid named Thomas kills himself in the first few pages and he dedicates his suicide for his love- Juli. Juli hears about it and is still in denial about Thomas’s love for him. Then another guy comes to school named Eric and he looks exactly like Thomas which emotionally screws Juli up because he’s suffering with different emotions. That’s all I’ll say.
I think this is a wonderful story that everybody should give a chance. I’m grateful I was able to buy an actual copy.
First of all, there is the presentation. It is classily done with hardback cover & delicious, crisp, white smooth print papers on the inside. When I start to read it, I am immediately engrossed. The story line itself is pretty simple - it starts with the suicide of a boy named Thomas at a German boarding school. He left a suicide note for another boy, Juli, for whom he has an unrequited love. Juli had determined to be the perfect society member and would have continued to ignore this incident except for the sudden appearance of Erich, a boy whose look is a dead ringer for Thomas. So began the unfurling of this fascinating tale of how innocent loves and friendships among the boys in a German boarding school that save their souls as they grow into men.
What makes this book a keeper for me is definitely the translation and the editing. The prose and the language used in this manga fit the period and location so well. The conversations are fluid, easy to understand and impart the atmosphere of the late 20th century German boarding school. It is something that I rarely come across when reading translated mangas with historical settings.
In fact, I am so impressed with Fantagraphics' publication of "Heart of Thomas" that I would like to request Matt & Co to consider licensing "Sakura Gari" by Watase Yuu if it is still up for grabs. It is one of the best historical yaoi works by one of Japan's most prominent mangakas that is long overdue for English publication. It is definitely on one of the most requested titles. I think Fantagraphics can do it justice if they give it the same type of investment they accorded "Heart of Thomas" and it will be highly profitable with short payback period. Please consider it.
Now onto the plot: Yes, this is about an all-boys school, and yes, it deals very heavily with same-sex crushes. Yes, it deals with the aftermath of suicide, and trying to carry on after (SPOILER ALERT!) pseudo-sexual assault (I add the prefix "pseudo" because it is implied that the assault was sexual, but it's never confirmed to any rational degree.) It is never explicit, as the most that occurs is a kiss between two boys. That's all, and if that's too much for you, then don't buy this book.
Normally I don't purchase or read what can be considered "shonen-ai," but I was asked to read this book for a college course and I honestly enjoyed reading it. I'm very glad I own it now, and I won't be selling this particular "textbook" after the course is over.
Note: This book is composed in the traditional Japanese format, so it will be read "backwards" from what you would expect. Thankfully, the book has a warning page in case you crack it open on the opposite side, so I was quite thankful for that.