''The Heart of Thomas'' is one of the earliest BoysLove manga (its creator, Creator/MotoHagio, is a contemporary and friend of Creator/KeikoTakemiya, together with whom she is known as a pioneer of the genre). The story starts with a letter from the eponymous Thomas to the young man he loves, confessing his feelings and the desire to have a place in his beloved's heart. Juli, to whom the letter was addressed, appears to be indifferent to it all. However, his world was shaken further by NewTransferStudent Eric, a boy with looks identical to Thomas. The two clash with each other almost immediately and [[DarkAndTroubledPast many hidden problems]] are revealed.
Originally a Japan-only manga, ''The Heart of Thomas'' has an English-language edition in the works scheduled for a [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-09-14/fantagraphics-adds-moto-hagio-heart-of-thomas-manga January 2013 release]]. The manga was translated by Matt Thorn, a veteran translator who has written several articles on boys-love manga.
!!''The Heart of Thomas'' presents examples of:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Juli does have feelings for Thomas but chooses to shun the boy. Oscar and Eric to Juli, who chooses to be [[CelibateHero a Catholic priest]].
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Juli faces a lot of discrimination due to his exotic dark looks inherited from his Greek father.
* BeneathTheMask: Juli appears to be a model student and son. However, he has problems connecting to other people.
* BittersweetEnding: Juli is able to [[spoiler: open his heart to others again]] and admits [[spoiler: he loved Thomas]], and [[spoiler: goes off to seminary, leaving Eric and Oscar behind]]. Eric realizes he loves [[spoiler: Juli]] but is forced to bid him farewell. [[CaptainObvious And Thomas is still dead]].
* BrilliantButLazy: Oscar.
* BrokenAce: Juli
* BuryYourGays: Played straight with Thomas, but averted with the other characters.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Juli. Oscar has his share of this too.
* DownerBeginning: The story opens with Thomas's suicide.
* FishOutOfWater: Eric at first since he has never been to a boarding school.
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler: Eric eventually comes to terms with his mother's death and reconciles with his step-father.]]
* IdenticalStranger: Eric to Thomas.
* NewTransferStudent: Eric. With the catch of having looks similar to Thomas, the newly dead boy.
* OedipusComplex: Eric has an unhealthy attachment to his mother. He's jealous of all of her lovers, to the point that he gets sent to boarding school to mitigate it.
* OneGenderSchool: with all its connotations
* ParentalAbandonment: Juli's and Oscar's fathers are dead (though in Oscar's case, [[spoiler: his biological father is the Headmaster, who had sex with his friend's wife at the woman's request because they could not conceive. Oscar knows the truth but never calls the Headmaster father]]). Eric's parents are divorced and his father is never seen, and later [[spoiler: his mother dies]].
* PosthumousCharacter: Thomas, who committed suicide at the beginning of the story.
* SpellMyNameWIthAnS: The Fantagraphics translation uses "Erich" and "Oskar."