The story picks up after Zetsuai 1989, Koji and Izumi as a couple. Izumi decides to leave for Italy for soccer, Koji races to meet him at the airport getting into an accident. Now, Koji, a famous rock star, cannot sing after his accident. Will Koji and Izumi ever come to terms?
Even though I've tried, I haven't been able to find a story as tragic as Bronze. Bronze is all about desperate love. I love it. Sometimes it really feels like the characters are crazy. I've read many manga with better stories, art and characters but Bronze beats them all. Bronze is just so full of feeling it can't be called anything else but a masterpiece. Bronze is better than its prequel Zetsuai but I still recommend you read Zetsuai first. Some things are pretty hard to understand if you haven't read Zetsuai. Believe me, I know, since I read Bronze first and after that found out about Zetsuai.read more
So far this is great. It is moving a little faster than "Zetsuai" did at the first part of the series, but I am only up to Volume 3 so we will have to wait and see what happens next. People have said that "Bronze" is better than "Zetsuai", but I don't agree with that assessment. "Zetsuai" was a slow agonizing pain, whereas, "Bronze" as the feel of a continuous stabing pain that is unending, faster and unyielding. They both have their merits and are both masterpieces in their own way. I do not know if this was the author's intent, but I can see the logic in the pace of the two stories. (Next Part very minor spoiler so don't read if you don't want to)
In "Zetsuai", Izumi soccer career and emotions are somewhat at a standstill because of his past. Therefore, the story moves at a slower pace. In "Bronze", Izumi's soccer career is speeding ahead so maybe there was the need for the story to follow in his footsteps, figuratively and literally.read more
This manga took my breath away. There are only a handful of manga out there, that could really touch me, and even fewer shounen-ai/yaoi.
Why is this manga so special? Why is it worth your time? The answer is: the characters. The two main characters are so human, it's touching. Both fluttering on the border between sanity and insanity, their emotions throwing them off every time.
You won't find your stereotypes here. You won't always know what's going to happen, or how far each character will go. But it will draw you in, and grip tightly, that you will be forces to feel their anger, their madness, their desperation, and you will appreciate the love all the more because of that.
Bronze is not a happy story, but it is an enchanting one. The tragedy will stay with you, even after you finished reading.