Thomas no Shinzou
The Heart of Thomas
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Thomas no Shinzou

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Tooma no Shinzou, Thomas' Heart
Japanese: トーマの心臓
English: The Heart of Thomas
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: May 1974 to Nov 1974
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Sho-Comi
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)


Score: 7.861 (scored by 17771,777 users)
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Ranked: #11032
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Popularity: #3675
Members: 5,490
Favorites: 204


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As winter draws to a close, German boarding school student Thomas Werner dies one morning. He leaves behind a single letter addressed to his fellow student Juli that reads "Here is my love. Here is the sound of my heart."

With his faith shaken to the core by the words, the scholarly Juli sinks to the depths of despair. His cynical roommate Oscar finds himself watching over Juli's fragile mental state while keeping his own feelings for Juli under wraps. Then new student Eric enters the school - and he has an uncanny resemblance to the deceased Thomas...


Thomas no Shinzou was published as The Heart of Thomas by Fantagraphics Books in one hardcover omnibus on January 18, 2013. The series was adapted into a 1988 live-action film and a 1995 stage production.

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Love so strong that it drives someone to death. Guilt that tears the wings of innocence away. Forgiveness that redeems a life. The Heart of Thomas is based on such emotions all mixed up into a beautiful, intense whirlwind of feelings that are more tragic than any of ours, yet resonate with each of us.

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The standout feature of this manga is how beautiful and doll-like the art is. The characters look so fragile as though the world itself could crush them in an instant, which is fitting for the tragedies they have to endure. The story is like a slice of school life, but the bandaids are being ripped off to expose everyone's traumas. As the characters battle with Thomas' death, a shadow that hangs over the school long after his body is put to rest, the Catholic guilt that their school instills in them takes hold and the readers are subjected to much religious discussion as a result. ...

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