Finished reading Moto Hagio's Heart of Thomas last night. It was such a beautiful, yet sad, title. The story centers around the students at an all male boarding school in the aftermath of the death of one of their classmates (Thomas) and the arrival of another student who looks just like him. Most of the students believe the death was an accident, but the main characters and the reader know it was suicide.
Overall it was an intriguing read. The artwork is obviously a tad dated, but no more so than any other series from that time period. And it is a shonen ai but the relationships between characters in general are more important than their sexuality and flow naturally and organically.
Also, the introduction/ end article gives information on the series creation and how it ended up becoming classic literature. And the history behind how creators like Hagio and the other members of the Year 24 group were credited for saving the shojo market and shaping shojo into what it is today.
Highly recommended for anyone who is into slice of life series or shojo series in general even if you're not generally a fan of BL/ shonen ai.
Wow, I forgot about Heart Of Thomas
. I was planning on buying it when it came out, but it somehow slipped off my radar. I didn't really like Hagio's other work available, A Drunken Dream And Other Stories
, but HOT seems like something I'd really like.
Lately I've been reading Immortal Rain
and Red River
. Both are really good. Immortal Rain
is technically shoujo, but the way I see it it's only because it stars a girl and the plot has romance intertwined. It feels very shonen-ish at times. Red River
is straight up 90's "girl gets transported to far away land" shoujo. It makes me laugh at all the various key plot points of shoujo manga it hits, but it's a lot of fun.