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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!
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so damn tragic...
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.
Captivating Sequal to the Dramatic Tragedy...
If Zetsuai was tragic, Bronze is just plain depressing. Depressing times ten I would say. It's a story about love and obsession, and jealousy, and death. Bronze is considerably more developed (it's 14 volumes while Zetsuai stopped at 5), and continues right off the end from Zetsuai. Koji and Izumi are struggling through various tragic difficulties of their relationship...
This series scares me. It scares me a LOT. Because everytime we see some peace and happiness between the couple, we just KNOW that a new tragic event will come and hit back at them tenfold. It makes you nervous, anxious to see what will happen next.
I really hope that GooC won't disband, and if they really do, someone will pick up this excellent project. For chapter 40 leaves you at the height of a hanging end; a time of peace is over, and more tragedy is to come...
Despite all these depressing events, I really really hope with all my heart that this story might, just might, come to a peaceful, happy end...
... Last updated on June 2nd, 2009, 12:46pm
one of the more tragic shounen- ai's. Bronze is about love, madness and obssession. whats not to love about it?
I thought Zetsuai was sad, but Bronze seems to be ten times more tragic. It makes you wonder about the fine line between obsession and love. The two main characters Koji and Izumi, are extremely twisted in their own way. Koji's obssession and love for Izumi is borderline on madness, and as the story goes on you can see it deepen, to the point where he does extremely twisted things. Izumi, on the other hand, is reluctant to accept such a love because of his tragic past, but sometimes even uses Koji's obssession with him to his advantage. Still, I can't help but love them both! It's rare to find characters in manga this deep and complex, and while the art is very old, the story does more than enough to make up for it. I REALLY wan't to see the ending.
So, all in all, read it! it's well worth the time...
... Last updated on January 27th, 2008, 12:54am
Bronze is sooo cool! >< I love it! In this series,Izumi finally accepted Kouji's love.
it was a little too long..
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.
i want it end with happiness~
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)
And the EPIC Sequel!
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.
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!!
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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 alive..my 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!!!"
WARNING!! THIS IS A LIL BIT OF THE SUMMARY FOR THE LAST VOLUME THAT RELEASED ON 2011
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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
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
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)!