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The Way to Your Heart is a ongoing Webcomic created by Emily Muto (née Wilcken) in 2003. Taking place in Japan, the story follows Naïve Everygirl Yumi Takahashi, a transfer student to the prestigious St. Othello Academy, a private school heralded for both its academics and elite music program. St. Othello is also home to Orochi, an up-and-coming indie visual-kei band consisting of School IdolsMiyabi Otosuki (vocals), Akito Yamashita (guitar), Shuya Katsumura (bass), and Toshio Matsumoto (drums).Upon Yumi's first day of school, she accidentally incurs the wrath of Miyabi. Both quickly dislike the other, and every day, Yumi suffers constant abuse from him, causing her to gain sympathy from Toshio. As the two bond, Yumi decides to attend one of Orochi's lives on her accord, her rock-gal guise attracts Miyabi's attention and causes him to fall in love with her without knowing who she truly is!Hosted on Muto's own website, the comic is now complete.
This series contains examples of:
Abusive Parents: Toshio's father was a gambling addict and an alcoholic, which is the main cause of why Toshio's family is separated.
Character Development: Following Shuya and Musashi's wedding, Miyabi has become a lot less temperamental and when he's given custody of his son with Yayoi (who died giving birth to him), he expresses genuine regret for his actions, vowing to step up to the plate and be a good dad.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Yayoi is a borderline Clingy Jealous Girl and is protective of Miyabi, though it's unclear as to whether she really is jealous of Yumi or if she is upset that Miyabi is letting her get away with "messing Orochi up."
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Eizo gets out of touch with reality when he's daydreaming about Orochi... and he's always daydreaming about them.
Covert Pervert: Miyabi mentions that Toshio looks at porno magazines as a substitute for not being able to get it on with Yumi.
Driven to Suicide: After Mitsuzuka drops Haruki off to live with Miyabi, he goes to a train station, most certainly looking like he's about to jump in front of an oncoming train. It's averted thankfully when a phone call from Akito thanking him and Miyabi promising to raise Haruki right and that he'll never hurt anyone else again convinces Mistuzuka not to go through with it.
Hopeless Suitor: Miyabi is one for Yumi, while Yayoi hopelessly pursues Miyabi, and Akito pursues her.
Hypocrite: When Miyabi found about Toshio and Yumi's enagement, he called out Toshio on this as just being an excuse to have sex with her and saying Yumi is a fool for only falling in love with the first guy she met. Never mind earlier with his relationship with Yayoi where Miyabi had sex with her almost right after they began going out and never loved her back and then tried to fall in love with her in order to forget about his feelings for Yumi.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sayaka encourages Toshio and Yumi to get along despite that she has feelings for Toshio herself. This also happens with Fumiko, Toshio's girlfriend from junior high, after seeing how Yumi has changed Toshio for the better.
Ill Girl: Yayoi is prone to epileptic seizures and later develops mental issues.
Long-Lost Relative: Toshio reunites with his sister and his mother, who he has not heard from in five years, in chapter 15.
Love Dodecahedron: Yumi and Toshio fall in love with each other, but Miyabi develops a crush on Yumi's rocker persona and falls deeper in love when he finds out her true identity. Yayoi is in love with Miyabi and will do anything to please him, while Akito takes a liking to Yayoi as well though he falls out of love with her when she goes Ax-Crazy. Off to the side, Sayaka secretly pines for Toshio, while Kazuki has liked her for as long as he remembers.
Love Makes You Crazy: Eizo is a borderline Cloud Cuckoo Lander when it comes to anything Orochi. A more serious example would be Yayoi, who literally changes herself to become the ideal girl for Miyabi. There's also Toshio, who gradually becomes more possessive of Yumi.
Love Makes You Evil: Yayoi, Yayoi, Yayoi. To be fair, it was also made clear that Miyabi was using her to get over Yumi.
Love Triangle: Toshio/Yumi/Miyabi is the main focus, of course, but there's also Yumi/Miyabi/Yayoi, Miyabi/Yayoi/Akito, and Toshio/Sayaka/Kazuki.
Loves My Alter Ego: Miyabi falls in love with "Little Mouse", a nickname he uses to refer to Yumi in her rocker outfit.
Missing Mom: Miyabi's mother, whom he had been close to, died when he was in junior high. For Toshio, he has been unable to see her since his abusive father threatened to attack her if she returned. Yayoi's mother is stated to have died when she was younger due to health problems.
My God, What Have I Done?: Miyabi finds out about his son with Yayoi and how she died giving birth to the boy (Haruki) and the pain it caused her father, Miyabi is utterly horrified with himself for having treated his manager/mentor's daughter like a sex object and vows to make things right by raising Haruki to be a good person.
Older Than They Look: At first glance, you wouldn't know that Toshio is 20 and Shuya is 22 unless you read their character profiles. This counts as Fridge Brilliance regarding to why they are attending class with Yumi, as Shuya and (probably) Toshio quit school early on in their lives.
Papa Wolf: Screwing with Yayoi in any way (even physically!) will lead you with dealing with her daddy, Mitsuzuka.
Parental Abandonment: Miyabi's mother is dead while he suffers a lot of Parental Neglect from his dad. Toshio was separated from his mother and sister when his parents divorced and has been unable to see them due to his violent, abusive father. He eventually moves away from him to Mitsuzuka's house when he joins Orochi. Similarly, Shuya cuts himself off from his parents, though the decision was mutual in the least. Akito meanwhile was raised by his grandfather because his mother was a prostitute and his father was one of her clients.
Production Throwback: Two members of ~PHANTASM~ and their girlfriends came from one of Muto's earlier works.
Power Trio: Yumi (ego), Miyoko (superego), and Eizo (id).
Slap-Slap-Kiss: This essentially describes Miyoko and Eizo's relationship... if they were still dating.
Smoking Is Cool: Shuya and Musashi smoke, which completes their image of being rebellious and unconventional, though Musashi later quits when she gets pregnant. Toshio picks up smoking from Shuya over stress.
Title Drop: Track 13 was titled "Always On My Mind", the song Kazuki wrote for Sayaka. Track 15 was titled "Out of Chaos", a song Orochi performed in the chapter. Yayoi drops the title of track 16, "Somewhere From Above", during a phone call with Akito.