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Kouji 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: just how far will Kouji go in his desperate love for Izumi? Will these two ever be together and be happy at the same time?

Note - Volumes 1-14 have been completely translated into English. However, several years after the supposed finale, the mangaka published 3 more chapters (recently compiled into a 15th volume) which act as an epilogue for the series, though the 14th volume had a conclusion of sorts in itself. Of these, chapter 1: Ai ni Obore, Ai ni Shisu has been scanlated, but chapters 2 and 3, titled Rakuen 1 and 2, have not.


Related Series
Zetsuai (Prequel)
Zetsuai - Bad Blood (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.48 by Game Over or Continue (801d ago)
v.12 c.47 by Game Over or Continue (1414d ago)
v.11 c.41-46 by Game Over or Continue (1869d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (157 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 14th 2016, 9:51am PST



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Original Publisher
Enterbrain (2012 - Reprint)
Manga Freak (2016 - Digital)
Shueisha (1992)

Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

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English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #827 increased(+199)
Monthly Pos #1770 increased(+224)
3 Month Pos #2635 decreased(-15)
6 Month Pos #2740 increased(+281)

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On 268 wish lists
On 121 completed lists
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Over-dramatic but strangely gripping   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
April 30th, 2015, 4:14pm
This has got to be one of the most psychological works particularly about love and life philosophies I've read so far. Due to the prequel's very low quality scanlations, I decided to jump right into this sequel instead, and luckily didn't have too much trouble understanding the story. I'm really pumped with the mangaka's ideas regarding the darker aspects of love, which I haven't seen a lot before, and how she could present them in several ways through different human relationships and their natures. Although the story's execution is a bit 'over-the-top' and sometimes too extreme for my taste, I get that this trope was rather common for mangas at the time, and for some reasons maybe it's actually because of this overdramatic aspect that managed to pull readers in including me. Now the artwork, on the other hand, is really dated, not much redemption here unfortunately. That's the most major turn-off for me from the series; other than that I'd say this is quite an original read. I've stopped reading at the middle of volume 10 to wait until the scanlation is complete to finish the manga, and so eagerly waiting/praying for that day to come.
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Holy S***   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by T-H
July 13th, 2014, 1:05pm
This has got to be one of the best manga I have ever read. I swear without exaggeration I was crying buckets. The whole story was absolutely amazing. The bitter-sweet feeling while reading, and the hatred felt towards the antagonist is quite remarkable. I must say this is the best example of Heart-Throbbing Love, which I love.
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An End...   
Rating: N/A
by JapanRocks
May 10th, 2014, 1:36am
I want one!! I saw the raws and I know that we don't see dead bodies so the end is ambiguous and I'm ok with that. I don't like reading tragedies but I made an exception for this because I really believe that it amazingly illustrates one of the many forms that love can take. The type of self-destructive love where you need each other as air, where you regret not being born as the same person. The type of love where "What do you love more X or me?" is not a melodramatic expression but a true heartfelt question born from desperation.

This is a well known masterpiece so it doesn't need more praise. If you can't decide whether or not to read this just decide if you want to read a story to make you ask "Why can't they--society, antagonists, life, etc.-- just leave them ALONE?!!" at the moment. Gauge your mood with that thought and feel free to jump in (although the last few volumes are untranslated at present)

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2016, 9:33am
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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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