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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 over 2 years ago
v.12 c.47 by Game Over or Continue over 4 years ago
v.11 c.41-46 by Game Over or Continue over 5 years 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 (161 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 22nd 2018, 8:06am 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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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #598 increased(+106)
Monthly Pos #1070 increased(+277)
3 Month Pos #1767 increased(+267)
6 Month Pos #2229 increased(+129)
Year Pos #2275 increased(+551)

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On 279 wish lists
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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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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by IHemmy
April 30th, 2009, 12:22am
This manga is seriously SOOOO DEPRESSING!!!! Not only is there social obstacles, but Izumi is so damn cruel. How many "I LOVE YOU" do you need till you are satisfied huhconfused If you have seen death so much and hate it, then why do you ask Koji to demonstrate his love by killing you and by that even making a promise to kill him. SHEESH their relationship is just so twisted and took so long for it to plateau to a somewhat decent couple!!! But overall the dynamics are good and considering the art was placed in 1989 it was pretty well done.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
November 21st, 2008, 7:06pm
I TRIED to stick with this, and I forced my self to stick with zetsui but i HAD to give up, it is so morbidly depressing and I gave up with Koji in a coma, kudos to you guys who stick with it and hope you get some satisfaction outta this but in my opinion there is no happy end for those 2. but thats just me and I am not gonna waste my tme with this series anymore. and dont slate me for my opinion cause it is what I feel and think so read if you want, But I am not a fan of tragedy themes.
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Captivating Sequal to the Dramatic Tragedy...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by frozen_night
May 31st, 2008, 7:33am
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
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very sad...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by meleesuper12
August 20th, 2007, 3:41am
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
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tuhuyen264
July 21st, 2007, 10:21am
Bronze is sooo cool! >< I love it! In this series,Izumi finally accepted Kouji's love.
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