Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

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A shojo classic in english for the first time.

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

Thus begins the legendary and enigmatic Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio. Inspired by Jean Delannoy’s 1964 film, Les Amitiés Particulieres, The Heart of Thomas was nearly cancelled early in its serialization, in 1974, until Hagio’s first trade paperback, The Poe Clan, Volume 1, sold out in a single day, giving her new series a new lease on life. The result was a story more complex, less accessible, and yet so compelling it can be found near or at the top of any list of classic shojo manga. Translated by manga scholar Matt Thorn and packaged with the same loving attention to detail as Hagio’s Eisner Award nominated A Drunken Dream, The Heart of Thomas is already the most eagerly anticipated manga translation of the new decade. Black & white throughout

About Moto Hagio

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Moto Hagio was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shojo manga artist of all time. Her graphic novel A Drunken Dream was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.
Published January 18, 2013 by Fantagraphics. 568 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels.

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The impact of Hagio’s work on the shojo (Girls) and shonen-ai (boy love) genres of manga is clear from this classic, trailblazing story of boarding school love, appearing for the first time in English

Jan 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Heart of Thomas


“The Heart of Thomas” is the classic shoujo series by the world famous Moto Hagio.

May 09 2013 | Read Full Review of Heart of Thomas

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