YMMV: The Heart of Thomas
- Moment of Awesome: Admit it, you cheered when Erich ripped Juli's grandmother a new one when she talked crap about Juli to his mother.
- Periphery Demographic: When the manga first came out, it was supposed to be aimed at elementary school girls, but the strong themes and religious symbolism was lost on them. According to the introduction on Fantagraphics' release, it was more appealing to older audiences, like young college aged men (sound familiar, bronies?), which saved the manga from drowning in the tsunamis of obscurity.
- Purity Sue: Thomas. Everybody worships the kid (even people who hated him at first), he's beautiful, smart, quiet, friendly, is in love with the most unapproachable guy in school, and even after death, nobody stops talking about him.
- Values Dissonance: Juli's view of his abuse at Siegfried's hands as a "sin" for which he must atone can be jarring to modern readers. Possibly counts as Deliberate Values Dissonance, since this attitude isn't unrealistic for a student at a conservative, 1970's-era boarding school.