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Koji and Izumi are still playing one step forward, two steps back in their angst-ridden dance of love. The drama is taken to new heights in this series. How far will Koji go in his obsessive love for Izumi? Will these two ever be together and be happy at the same time? If you like drama (in other people's lives) and want to feel much, much better about your troublesome relationships, read on!


Related Series
Bad Blood (Prequel)
Zetsuai (Prequel)

Associated Names
Bronze - Saishuushou
Bronze -Zetsuai since 1989-
Bronze Saishuushou
BRONZE since 絶愛
Bronze since Zetsuai
BRONZE Zetsuai since 1989
Bronze: Saishuushou

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.47 by Game Over or Continue (255d ago)
v.11 c.41-46 by Game Over or Continue (710d ago)
v.10 c.Extra 4.2 by Game Over or Continue (849d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete) - Tankobon
1 Volume (Ongoing) - Aizoban

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 2
Ends at Vol 3, Chap 12

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (139 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.42 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 9th 2013, 1:17pm PST



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Original Publisher
Enterbrain (2012 - Reprint)
Shueisha (1992)

Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #888 increased(+129)
Monthly Pos #1581 increased(+6)
3 Month Pos #1846 increased(+106)
6 Month Pos #2019 increased(+36)

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On 417 reading lists
On 234 wish lists
On 85 completed lists
On 17 unfinished lists
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And the EPIC Sequel!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yo!!
July 23rd, 2012, 10:59am
I'v pretty much poured my heart out in the review I gave for Bronze's prequel, ZETSUAI. Bronze is more dramatic and engaging. The antagonist in this manga is love itself and the way the two leads see it. It's drama at it's best. The great thing about Bronze is that Izumi responds to Kouji's feelings!! The way things were going in Zetsuai, I thought their relationship was doomed. Kouji was forgiven by Izumi and yet the latter had nightmares of what Kouji did to him. Kouji is being killed by the guilt but is not ready to let go of Izumi. This causes even more turmoil in their relationship. At times you just feel like packing them off in a spaceship and sending them to a distant planet where they can live their life only for each other. For Kouji, Izumi is like oxygen,air...sort of like he imprinted on Izumi. The plot, intense characters and complex play of emotions are what makes this manga SUPER EPIC. RECOMMENDED.
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A yaoi masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yin13147
June 23rd, 2012, 4:45am
This wasn't the first yaoi I read, but it's one of the few yaoi works full of tragedy as most yaoi are lighthearted and fluffy (not that it's a bad thing). I see blood in almost every chapter but the love between the two main characters touch me to no end, and they have so many sweet, cute, sad, funny and steamy moments that this manga is in one of my top 10.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shouichi
March 9th, 2012, 4:50am
Well.. this is one of THE MOST DEPRESSING MANGA. everytime you find a happiness, be careful, because the angst moment will come to you, worst than before! Koji is veery very insane! he's too obsessive over Izumi. but that's the point that appeal to me. he could kill others, even his own brothers if they are hurt Izumi, or intended to take Izumi away from him. not only that, he could hurt himself if it could protect Izumi!!
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
and the craziest things that he did is, he CUT HIS OWN LEFT ARM with the Katana in order to protect Izumi!!!

It said it's tragedy. well.. yep for the angst, but not for the character death. they are both assumption I mean. I read the last volume, the one that released on 2011. I asked my friend to translate it to me. a lil bit confusing, yet twisting, yet...weird and makes me scream "what the hell!!!"

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
After the incident on volume 14, Izumi and Koji were hiding on some love hotel by the help of Shibuya. OF course they are always had a smex (yeaaa!!). Then Shibuya visited Hirose on Hospital. Then, they got a call. It's Hina, Izumi's doctor in America who we thought were died by Hirose's bodyguard. In the end of his speech, he said that In order to not worry anyone, in an unknown house/place, in a way that they [Izumi and Kouji] would be happy/at peace, Hina would kill them. With a shocked, Shibuya called the hotel they were in, but sadly.. they said that those two were already checked out. finish.

See?? Sensei lOVES TO TEASED US!! I believe they are safe.... because Izumi will not give up to soccer and Koji, and Koji will do anything to make it happen. then.. let it be a cliffhanger :/

but..since the story is AMAZING and there're no boring parts on each volume, I'll give 10. to anyone who bored with lovey dovey story and wanna read angst, I recommend you to read it. warning! angst in EVERY CHAPTER. but believe it or not, there're some humors too biggrin
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it was a little too long..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
March 8th, 2012, 5:59pm
The same as with Zetsuai, I give it 8 only because of stunning art and strange intense relationship between 2 main characters. Though I really do think... it would be better if it was shorter. I was truly hooked only by volumes 8 and 9.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xoxmwa
September 16th, 2011, 2:00pm
THIS SERIES IS SIMPLY CRAZY. I just couldn't stop reading it, and finished all 14 volumes in 2 days. from volume 11, I just couldn't sit straight with all the tension building up... and when I found out that Koji had run away from Izumi, I was practically going crazy and shouting insults every time Koji appeared -.-

this series is one of a kind... once you're hooked you won't let go... the tension builds on and makes you yearn for more and to read further until you go crazy xp

i totally recommend this series biggrin
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lyrabela
May 13th, 2011, 11:41am
I have to say that this one is much less chaotic paneling wise. It is easier to read and I think the art got better.
As for the story though I didn't see the situations that occurred as tragic (more like they were avoidable in the first place), I can't deny the raw emotion. The mangaka easily expresses emotions through the words, facial expressions, and it may just be me but the almost violent way something is drawn. I have to say both Kouji and Izumi scare the living shit out of me. I don't know if their love is "pure" or me it seems to be a destructive twisted love. It really fascinates me! Especially Kouji, his love and how he expresses it makes me believe they are insane. The only two who could top him are his brothers, whoa re equally or even more insane....Though I couldn't really stand those two....
Overall, I love the story. I usually hate tragedy stories, but the visible strong emotion just captures my attention
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Not so much of tragic as...   
Rating: N/A
by ChadaseXP
April 10th, 2011, 2:37pm
I really didnt find it too tragic, most of the tragic things in here you find in many manga, so it was kind of like "meh, I've seen that" (refusing, tragic past, obession) HOWEVER I really liked the way she delivered it. Though it didnt have me crying or anything, u can definately feel their emotions.

Which is why I'm led to believe the REAL tragic art hasn't come yet... And if it has.. then my rating will probably go down...

But is has good art(well, sometimes the bodies look out of proportion but), characters never get too annoying, and a well made plot. Its probably one of the best yaoi/shonen-ai manga I've read :3
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i want it end with happiness~   
Rating: N/A
by mairafansuri
March 31st, 2011, 3:07pm
the 1st yaoi series i found where it was not focusing on sex between two guys. it was well written. we can see the development of the story and the characters. sad and tragic that it will make you depressed every time i read it but somewhat it make me addicted to it. all of my friends including me of course predicted that it will end in a very tragic way but there is a little hope in my heart where i want it to end with the both of them(koji and izumi) find their happiness. somehow i can understand what izumi feels but at the same time i pity koji so much. and yeah, i did cried when i read this manga while eating my choc(just imagine how depressing this manga is)
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so damn tragic...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by OdangoAtama-san
May 28th, 2010, 5:00pm
i'm positive the mangaka is trying to kill me. to tell the truth, mission is almot accomplished!
it breaks my heart over and over again... to the point that i cant breath properly. it hurts, it really is painful to read this.
everything goes wrong in this manga. at the moment you think everything is fine and everyone is happy you should expect something horrible to happen, and its worse than what you could ever think of.
this mangaka is an evil genius, she does those things- one after another, but its still devastating every time, you cant get used to it, you cant expect it even when you are, it will shock you and hurt you every time. you'll think of a way everything can be better again to comfort yourself, but it wont happen. its bad, and it will be bad to the end.

i think those are the things so special about this manga. when a manga can take you to places where you hurt so badly and feel the pain the characters go through- thats a real masterpiece. this mangaka holds my heart in her palm and squeeze as she likes, she controls my feelings and mood completely. but maybe i let myself get into it too much... i like to get myself ingulfed like this.

you cant stay indifferent when reading this manga, i'm possitive its like that for everyone. sure, its depressing like hell, but there's this bitter-sweet feeling that sucks you in and never let go once it got a hold on you.

this story is about great love, and its been said several times that its not about gay love, but sheer love. its obsessive and possessive, brutal, miserable, painful.... its suicide love. i dont remember the last time i read a manga about love as big and absolute as this...

i read here and on other forums that people dont tend to like the artstyle. i beg the differ. the art is amazing, its unique. however you look at it- it is not plain, not normal. its one of the things that caught my eye, and i think its stunning and refreshing. for my oppinion the art is terrific.

this manga is depressing to the point of beauty. even though Koji keeps saying he's a dirty man, i think his love is as pure as Izumi's wings, there's a certain innocence to it...

if i had to pick a color for this manga it would be pink. white for pure love, red for blood
if i had to pick a number, it would be 10 ouf of 10.

totally worth it.

another thing... give the songs a try. the singer... his voice matches perfectly with Koji, the style of his singing is exactly the way they describe Koji's in the manga. cold and sad, almost desperate.
i recommed "Kizuna" especailly. you can feel the love in his voice, its amazing.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nai3334
July 12th, 2009, 7:00pm
It's has cute parts, painful parts and just beautiful parts! The artworks isn't that great but the story it great! It you just want a break from the typical yaoi with all the with "Oh just sex sex sex" and want something more real feeling i recommend this! But be prepared it will make you cry (especially if your sensitive)!
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