How to Kill a Heart Vol. 1 by Kashio

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When his father remarries in his fifties, Haruki suddenly becomes step-brothers with Hikaru, a boy ten years his junior. Hikaru usually is a shy boy, but he likes Haruki immediately. Like an ideal little brother, Hikaru asks Haruki to play with him and spend time with him. But, Hikaru might like Haruki more than as a brother…and he might not be so innocent about it.

CreatorKashio
Japanese Title心を殺す方法
Japanese Title (Romaji)Kokoro o Korosu Houhou
Japanese PublisherShodensha
English Publisherfutekiya

Where to Buy/Read

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1 review for How to Kill a Heart Vol. 1 by Kashio

  1. midgeyu

    Whew. First off, let me warn you that this is easily the darkest BL I’ve read in some time. Like, the age gap and the step-sibling relationship are mere drops in the bucket for eyebrow-raising content. This is the sort of story that really needs content warnings, so check out my final spoiler paragraph for those.

    Non-spoilerly review: If you can make it through a lot of dark, upsetting content, this series is a pretty good thriller/drama. The psychology of the characters is complex and you’re always wondering what’s going to happen next. While I think the art style may be a little polarizing, the artist does has a talent for exaggerating features to make characters appear extra unsettling. The story jumps across multiple POVs, which makes some portions a bit confusing, but I think this was intentional because most everything becomes clear by the end. Definitely a memorable, unique story, but definitely not a comfortable read.

    SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS Okay, so Hikaru (the younger) manipulates, black mails, and rapes Haruki (the older) repeatedly across a period of years. And this seriously traumatizes Haruki, to the extent that it disrupts his career, ruins his other relationships, and pushes him to seriously contemplate murder and suicide. If you’re upset by stories of rape victims not being believed, this will likely upset you. And usually I wouldn’t spoil an ending this much, but this really should be warned for: Haruka, Hikaru’s mother, dies while pregnant. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

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