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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Moto Hagio is a genius and leader in the style of shojo manga (comics for women readers). [...] The stories aren’t about make-up and kitties, though. They’re actually deep, complicated, and often deal with family relationships.” (Giant Robot)

“Hagio Moto remains one of the most criminally undertranslated mangaka to have barely made an impression on the English-language manga market. It is criminal because of the profundity of her impact on the art form in Japan as it hit a crucial development phase in the 1970s. A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is... a down payment on the exploration of that legacy as it collects a number of short pieces that hint at the span and depth of her work...” (World Literature Today)

About the Author

Moto Hagio was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Her graphic novel A Drunken Dream was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2011.

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It's a beautiful story with beautiful art, & a great translation & forward by Matt Thorn.
HM
Not the best place for this, but.... I'm the translator of the book, and just received my copies an hour ago.
Matthew Thorn
I have read the Japanese version many times and still enjoy reading the story all over again in English.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Thorn on January 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not the best place for this, but.... I'm the translator of the book, and just received my copies an hour ago. I immediately noticed missing text on page 29, panels 4, 5 and 6. They should read as follows:

Panel 4, Oskar: ....

Panel 5, caption: It's as if his whole body was spitting out blue sparks.

Panel 6, caption: Find your answer, Juli. And then get it off your chest.

Please see my blog (do a search for "Matt Thorn blog" and you'll find it) for details and a corrected version of the panels.

My sincere apologies to everyone who purchased the book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ShinyNickel on January 2, 2013
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Finally! This classic manga is available in English AND in one volume!! Beautiful hardcover book that perfectly showcases Hagio's splendid artwork and touching story. "Heart of Thomas" is a story about the unique power of love that blooms without greed or selfishness, the kind of love that transcends the physical/romantic love that most people seek from cheap entertainment...the love that comes from acceptance-- acceptance from a friend, of oneself and God's love.

PROS:
The BIG and HEAVY hardcover ensures that the binding will remain nice and tight through many readings
No obvious or glaring errors in translation
Nice, large and clear text and pictures which I appreciate...bad eyesight =(
Beautiful artwork and story

CONS:
No jacket. I don't know why this bothers me but I guess I worry about it through the years...
Missing the little after story that I had read online
The ending still makes my heart lurch a little, not what I would have chosen but fitting nonetheless
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HM on January 4, 2013
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When I first heard The Heart of Thomas was being released in English, I was ecstatic! I had been putting off reading Moto Hagio's manga (and others by year 24 group mangaka) until I learn Japanese, since I don't want to spoil anymore stories for myself by reading fan summaries, & the likelihood of them ever seeing an official English release was slim anyway. Imagine how happy I was when I found out Fantagraphics would release Thomas! And also glad that I had put off reading it until now. I read my copy yesterday when it arrived, & I couldn't put it down for the rest of the day. This story is an emotional & physiological journey, & though I didn't know what to think by the ending, I still felt emotionally satisfied.
... I'm sorry if that sounds too vague, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone! It's a beautiful story with beautiful art, & a great translation & forward by Matt Thorn. Everyone involved with this release should be proud of themselves, I'd recommend it to anyone :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee on September 27, 2013
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This shipped VERY quickly, so I was glad about that, but when I cracked it open and started reading, I became even happier. As far as the art style goes, I'm not completely sold on it. The style has what we in the web-comics business call "Same Face Syndrome," which means that, were you to shave each character bald, you wouldn't really be able to tell them apart. It would be an easy fix to simply add a few different eye shapes and nose shapes to her repertoire, but I'm not about to fault her for something as small as that. It's obvious that the author put a lot of care into each page, as each is rendered with the same level of quality as the last.

Now onto the plot: Yes, this is about an all-boys school, and yes, it deals very heavily with same-sex crushes. Yes, it deals with the aftermath of suicide, and trying to carry on after (SPOILER ALERT!) pseudo-sexual assault (I add the prefix "pseudo" because it is implied that the assault was sexual, but it's never confirmed to any rational degree.) It is never explicit, as the most that occurs is a kiss between two boys. That's all, and if that's too much for you, then don't buy this book.

Normally I don't purchase or read what can be considered "shonen-ai," but I was asked to read this book for a college course and I honestly enjoyed reading it. I'm very glad I own it now, and I won't be selling this particular "textbook" after the course is over.

Note: This book is composed in the traditional Japanese format, so it will be read "backwards" from what you would expect. Thankfully, the book has a warning page in case you crack it open on the opposite side, so I was quite thankful for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teh_N_Mochi on February 18, 2013
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I originally purchased this book merely out of curiosity and without a lot of expectation. I didn't expect to like it as much as the newer boys' loves stories because of the old fashioned art and the plain, slow moving story line. Much to my surprise, I actually found myself delighting in this book.

First of all, there is the presentation. It is classily done with hardback cover & delicious, crisp, white smooth print papers on the inside. When I start to read it, I am immediately engrossed. The story line itself is pretty simple - it starts with the suicide of a boy named Thomas at a German boarding school. He left a suicide note for another boy, Juli, for whom he has an unrequited love. Juli had determined to be the perfect society member and would have continued to ignore this incident except for the sudden appearance of Erich, a boy whose look is a dead ringer for Thomas. So began the unfurling of this fascinating tale of how innocent loves and friendships among the boys in a German boarding school that save their souls as they grow into men.

What makes this book a keeper for me is definitely the translation and the editing. The prose and the language used in this manga fit the period and location so well. The conversations are fluid, easy to understand and impart the atmosphere of the late 20th century German boarding school. It is something that I rarely come across when reading translated mangas with historical settings.

In fact, I am so impressed with Fantagraphics' publication of "Heart of Thomas" that I would like to request Matt & Co to consider licensing "Sakura Gari" by Watase Yuu if it is still up for grabs. It is one of the best historical yaoi works by one of Japan's most prominent mangakas that is long overdue for English publication.
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