When we hear reincarnation, love and murder, we usually imagine a romantic story with dark elements. But Total Eclipse of the Eternal Heart is a manga that will confuse and trap you.
Who is the real villain of this story, especially once you’ve finished reading and looked at the cover again? And how do you define “eternal love”?
What is Total Eclipse of the Eternal Mind?
Before I get into the plot, this manga is classified as mature and will be released in stores bound in plastic. Do not read on if you are easily offended.
There are several scenes of murder and sexual acts, but most of it is heavily implied. As for the plot itself, Hoshino Terumichi suffers from a recurring nightmare.
He dreams he is a boy who lived a century ago and is killed by the man he loves. A man referred to as Sensei.
Who bears a strong resemblance to one of his classmates, Yamada Omihiko. But just as Hoshino reveals his feelings for Yamada, an unknown teenager kills Yamada in front of Hoshino!
At least, that’s what Hoshino thinks until he sees Yamada get up and walk away. Hoshino is confused, but when an opportunity arises to visit Yamada’s house, he goes with his classmate Tani to give Yamada his homework.
But Tani starts acting strange and it doesn’t take long before he kills Yamada. Hoshino is horrified by the change in his friend, but even more so by the change in himself.
With Yamada alive again, Hoshino realizes why he is having these dreams. But can he overcome it, and what about his love for Yamada?
You always hurt the ones you love
Although eternal love seems to be one of the themes, it takes on a jagged edge with Sensei. In life he was Onitaji Kuroiwa and he was an author.
He wrote many books about the boys he loved and killed when they said they loved him – the apology he gave for Hoshino’s previous life, Shou Tsukimura. That he could make her love for him eternal after her death.
And unfortunately, Yamada seems to have similar tendencies despite dying twice in the book. But Hoshino is the last reborn victim.
Does he have the power to end the cycle or will he be reincarnated with Yamada and the other boys? The pace feels rushed at times, and it would benefit from a sequel or spinoff.
But if you like your boy’s love a little darker without going into the explicit, Total Eclipse of the Eternal Heart won’t disappoint.