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Thomas no Shinzou  
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Description
The setting: A boys’ boarding school in Germany, sometime in the latter 20th Century. Fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death immediately after sending a single, brief letter to a schoolmate:

To Juli, one last time
This is my love
This is the sound of my heart
Surely you must understand

Type
Manga

Related Series
11-gatsu no Gymnasium (Alternate Story)
Houmonsha (Prequel)

Associated Names
トーマの心臓
天使心 (HAGIO Moto)
托马的心脏
Heart of Thomas
Le cœur de Thomas (French)
Mitsukuni no Musume
The Heart of Thomas
Thoma no Shinzou
Thomas no Shinzō
Thomas' Heart
Touma no Shinzou

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.By the Lake by ? (1885d ago)
v.3 c.Part 7 (end) by ? (1885d ago)
v.3 c.Part 6 by ? (1926d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
2 Volumes (Moto Hagio Perfect Selection - Complete)
1 Volume (Hardcover edition - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (119 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.11 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 22nd 2015, 8:47am PST

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Year
1974

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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-Comi (Shougakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Fantagraphics (1 Omnibus - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #1166 increased(+3)
Monthly Pos #2040 increased(+299)
3 Month Pos #3093 increased(+142)
6 Month Pos #3309 increased(+375)

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On 108 reading lists
On 259 wish lists
On 266 completed lists
On 14 unfinished lists
On 175 custom lists

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Lovely Meshing of Art and Story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mikako17
March 13th, 2015, 12:54pm
I was deeply moved by this manga. The depth of its characters, especially the care and love they have for each other, is beyond lovely.

I agree with lilliful below that this manga is oddly religious especially near the end. It is why this manga by the end, to me , isn't really about romantic love (especially in the sense of modern yaoi and shounen ai), but about growing up. It's why chapter 7 is slightly disappointing to me and chapter 8 is my favorite. Also by the end I actually couldn't help but enjoy the religious imagery a bit because it is so reminiscent of imagery in western literary works. (There can be so much literary analysis done on this work! That kinda makes me happy.)

The art for this work is really well suited to the story. The softer lines provide the manga with this ethereal quality that portray not just the time (youth), but the feelings of the characters quite well. It also went well with all the imagery, not just religious ones, but also the fantastical ones (there was a unicorn there somewhere).

TL;DR This was a lovely mesh of art and story. If you're looking for romance like in modern yaoi and shounen ai, don't look here.

... Last updated on March 13th, 2015, 12:55pm
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Love it   
Rating: N/A
by Tenko72
October 30th, 2013, 9:08pm
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. I actually liked all the biblical and literary references it made. I also liked how it wasn't "naughty" like pretty much all the recent manga I can find with gay characters are.

What I disliked was how the boys behaved. I've never met any boys -- heck, any human beings, actually -- that act quite like the people in this manga do. It made them incredibly hard to relate to. Also, the setting is really unusual. It's set in a Catholic school, so I'd expect someone to care that boys were acting "gay", but no one does. That's not realistic at all. I'm not sure how to feel about it, though. On the one hand, yes, it does make it seem less lifelike and if the manga's goal was to show how life can be, it failed. On the other, it's actually nice to read about a world where people can love eachother and not be judged for it.

Also, this is just a pet peeve, but the protagonist has an unusual name and we never get to learn how it's pronounced. In desperation, I looked his name up on Google... But all I got were people with the same question I did! How do I pronounce Juli's full name? Apparently, I'll never know.
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Truly beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
February 12th, 2011, 10:23pm
Thomas no Shinzou was, by any record anyone can find, the first shounen-ai serial manga. Every BL ever published grew out of its legacy. But what a world of difference there is between this fiercely emotional work and the yaoi readers know today.

What really strikes me about Thomas no Shinzou is how literary it is, in a very European sense of the word. There are allusions to Goethe and Hesse and Rilke and the Bible. It's hard to imagine that Hagio's audience of Japanese teenage girls understood most of the references, but they really elevate the piece. Not that the piece needs the allusions to be literary - not at all. It's its elegance and psychological depth and, ultimately, Hagio's talent that raises this series to a level most novelists can only wish for.
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maybe I'm the odd one out, but...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by lilliful
February 10th, 2011, 12:15pm
I didn't appreciate this manga at all. I'm an avid reader of both shounen-ai and yaoi, but to me, this manga was unusually religious. The story really isn't about love so much as about the agony of perceived damnation and possible salvation. The main character Juli has a traumatic event in his past that he can't get over which we know was related to physical abuse from early on in the manga, but apparently that wasn't the issue at all -- the issue is that he feels he is damned and can't believe in god anymore. So, this manga is really about how love (I'm not sure if anything in this manga was romantic love rather than platonic love) can restore faith in god. Personally, I just felt like the ending was a let-down, and preachy. If you're into a seriously religious work (as opposed to something like Vassalord, which is standard religious crack) then I think you'll like this. If you find religion lulzy, you probably won't be able to take this manga seriously.
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Shounen-ai at its very finest   
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by beloved828
December 19th, 2009, 6:34pm
"Heart of Thomas" is believed by many to be the first shounen-ai manga, and while that may or may not be true, it certainly is the finest example of shounen-ai that I've ever found. The art may be stylized and some may say dated, but it's lovely and it fits with the ethereal and timeless nature of the story. The story embodies the idea of a love strong enough to cause pain, a love that's common to those on the verge of adulthood. It also deals with the sense of self, and how painful it can be to come to terms with who we are. I absolutely love this manga, and I'm extremely grateful to the anonymous scanlation team responsible for bringing it to the English-reading community. It would be incredible to see this story licensed so that I could own it in my own language.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2009, 6:35pm
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