The Tyrant Falls in Love

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The Tyrant Falls in Love
Tyrant Falls In Love V1 - Hinako Takanaga - June.jpg
Juné's cover for Vol 1 of the US license
恋する暴君
(Koisuru Boukun)
Genre Yaoi, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Manga
Written by Hinako Takanaga
Published by Kaiōsha
English publisher United States Juné
Demographic Josei
Magazine Gush
Original run February 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 9
Original video animation
Studio primetime
Released June 25, 2010November 26, 2010
Runtime 30 minutes
Episodes 2
Audio drama
Studio Inter communications, Movic
Original run August 20, 2005September, 2012
Episodes 6
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The Tyrant Falls in Love (恋する暴君 Koisuru Boukun?) is a Japanese yaoi manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Takanaga. The Tyrant Falls in Love is a sequel to Takanaga's series Challengers.[1] The series has appeared on manga best-seller lists both in Japan and in Germany,[2] and the long-delayed US release has been labeled "one of the most highly-anticipated yaoi releases ever".[3] The series is currently licensed in English by Juné. It is also licensed in German by Tokyopop Germany under the title Verliebter Tyrann, in Polish by Kotori under the title Zakochany tyran and in French by Taifu Comics under the title The Tyrant Who Fall in Love.[4][5][6]

In 2010 the first volume was adapted into a two-part OVA by Primetime.[7]

Plot[edit]

The story picks up on Morinaga and Souichi's story where Challengers left off. Tetsuhiro Morinaga is a university student with a four year old crush on his senpai, Souichi Tatsumi, whom he assists with his research projects. In Challengers, while sick with a cold, Morinaga inadvertently confessed that he is gay and in love with Souichi. Following this, he believes that Souichi now hates him since he is homophobic and says he will leave school, but Souichi insists that they just forget about it and remain friends. Their story ends with Morinaga convinced that his feelings will never be reciprocated.

At the start of The Tyrant Falls in Love, in 2004, a year following the events of Challengers, Tomoe and Kurokawa have recently moved to California for Tomoe's new job when Souichi hears that California has just legalized gay marriage. Souichi furiously calls Tomoe to tell him that he should not get any ideas about getting married, but Tomoe had not actually heard about the news since he had been busy working. In effect, Souichi's call does the exact opposite of what he wanted and Kurokawa and Tomoe run off to get married. Souichi runs around yelling that he's going to go to America and kill Kurokawa and get a green card so he can become the Governor of California to re-ban gay marriage. Morinaga convinces him to calm down and drink with him instead and so he goes to Morinaga's apartment to drown his sorrows.

After Souichi drinks all of the alcohol they had bought, he demands that Morinaga go out to buy more. While Morinaga is out, Souichi searches his apartment for any alcohol he may have and finds a hidden aphrodisiac filled wine bottle that Morinaga was given by a friend and drinks it, not knowing it is drugged. At first it appears that it has no effect and Morinaga believes that he was tricked by his friend. They go to sleep, but Souichi wakes up during the night to find himself aroused. He tries to sneak off to relieve himself, but trips and wakes up Morinaga due to be weakened by the drug. Morinaga offers to help him relieve himself and even though Souichi refuses, he still goes through with it. After he has released, Souichi is still aroused and Morinaga, unable to restrain himself any longer, has sex with Souichi even though he tells him to stop.

The next morning, Morinaga is troubled by not having been able to control himself and what he did just as Souichi wakes up. Souichi is furious with Morinaga and threatens to kill him, but Morinaga tells him that he has been insensitive as well. He reminds Souichi that he was aware of his long termed feelings for him, but became careless around him like he had last night and he finally just lost control after several years. Souichi then throws Morinaga out of his own apartment, who then goes to the university in shame. When he returns home, Morinaga calls Souichi and apologizes for what he did and swears to never appear before him again. At first, Souichi thinks nothing of it due to being furious with him. However, Morinaga soon completely vanishes and his classmates and friends begin to ask Souichi if he knows where Morinaga has gone, not having contacted anyone. Souichi is shocked, having thought that Morinaga had simply been avoiding him. After not being able to contact Morinaga himself, Souichi begins to grow extremely worried and anxious, searching for him and going to his apartment every day and night to see if he has come home for two weeks. During this time, he begins to realize that despite what Morinaga did, he did not plan on cutting ties with him, admitting he himself was partially to blame, and was willing to forgive and forget the entire event. He then realizes how desperately he just wants him to come back home.

Morinaga eventually returns to his apartment to pack up his belongings so he can move away when Souichi finally finds him when doing his nightly check. Souichi lets it slip how frantically worried he was when he vanished and Morinaga is deeply touched. Souichi tells him to never go away again and Morinaga tells him that if he is to stay, they will have to have sex since his feelings for him have not changed and that he cannot control himself around him anymore. Souichi, not wanting him to leave, reluctantly agrees. The two commence a dysfunctional relationship which develops slowly into a romance over the course of the series.

Characters[edit]

  • Souichi Tatsumi - A first year doctorate student in the agricultural science department at a university in Nagoya. After almost being raped by a gay professor, he becomes extremely homophobic. Despite this, he unconsciously develops strong feelings for his research assistant Morinaga, although his homophobia keeps him from accepting them and to remain in denial. As time passes, however, he gradually becomes accepting of his feelings although unwilling to openly admit it under fear of being labelled as a homosexual.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
  • Tetsuhiro Morinaga - A first year masters student in the agricultural science department at a university in Nagoya. He has been in love with Souichi since he first set eyes on him. He has a rough past due to growing up in a conservative family who drove him out of his hometown after discovering his sexuality and relationship with another boy named Masaki, disgracing him. Despite this, he remains happy and cheerful.
Voiced by: Kousuke Toriumi
  • Hiroto - Morinaga's friend who works in a gay bar called Adamsite as a bartender. He often gives Morinaga advice on his romance problems, although occasionally growing tired of hearing about his love drama.
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa
  • Kanako Tatsumi - Souichi's 14 year old sister. She mistakenly believes that Souichi and Morinaga are a couple, a belief that becomes less mistaken over time. She is shown to be a typical teenage girl and is supportive of her brother having a relationship with Morinaga, often teasing him about it and discussing their latest drama with Isoagi.
Voiced by: Ayaka Kyo
  • Taichirou Isogai - Mitsugu's friend and ex-coworker. He accidentally finds out about Souichi and Tetsuhiro's relationship when walking in on the two sharing a moment. He uses this knowledge as leverage to keep Souichi from threatening to kill Mitsugu and to treat him better.
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
  • Tomoe Tatsumi - Souichi's younger brother and the main character of the manga Challengers. He is very smart, but ditzy and absent-minded.
Voiced by: Kouki Miyata
  • Mitsugu Kurokawa - Tomoe's husband. He was one of the main characters in the manga series Challengers. He lives in constant fear of Souichi and is deathly afraid of him.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Kunihiro Morinaga - Tetsuhiro's older brother. He is partially the reason Tetsuhiro had left their hometown, being the one to discover his relationship with Masaki, who was also his best friend, and to reveal it their family and town. He hopes to make amends with Masaki and his brother, only to discover the amount of pain he unintentionally caused. Following this, he hopes to change his ways.
Voiced by: Ken Narita
  • Junya Masaki - Tetsuhiro's first love and Kunihiro's best friend. He secretly started a relationship with Tetsuhiro in their teen years, but was actually in love with Kunihiro. Following Kunihiro finding out and harshly reprimanding them for their lifestyle, he tried to commit suicide, but the attempt failed and he soon moved away to start fresh.
  • Soujin Tatsumi - Souichi, Tomoe, and Kanako's father who often travels and has a love for bugs and nature. He is shown to be lively and loves his children dearly. When Tomoe and Mitsugu come out about their marriage to him when he comes to visit, despite being shocked, he is accepting and says all that matters is that he's truly happy.
  • Yamaguchi - A friend of Morinaga who is in the same year and major as Morinaga.

Production[edit]

The Tyrant Falls in Love was initially licensed in the US by DramaQueen, but had an extremely rocky road to English-language distribution. DramaQueen initially announced at Otakon 2006 but due to financial difficulties, the book was never released.[8][9] In early 2008, DramaQueen announced that it was reorganizing and would bring The Tyrant Falls in Love into print imminently.[10] However, after repeated delays and at least two official publication dates, the series remained unpublished. The series was available in scanlation, but DramaQueen issued cease and desist orders.[11]

At the 2009 Yaoi-Con, Juné announced they had acquired the license and would be releasing volume 1 in Summer of 2010.[12]

In May 2011, Takanaga announced that she was ending the series, but would draw at least one more volume of extra stories based on the manga and a sequel series featuring Morinaga's brother Kunihiro.[13] But in November 2012 Takanaga announced she had decided to continue the series from where it left off. Although it would be at a slower pace.[14]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 10, 2005 [15] ISBN 978-4877243982 August 18, 2010[16] ISBN 978-1-56970-172-0
2 November 10, 2005 [17] ISBN 978-4877244309 December 1, 2010[18] ISBN 978-1-56970-173-7
3 December 9, 2006 [19] ISBN 978-4877244835 April 20, 2011[20] ISBN 978-1-56970-174-4
4 April 10, 2008 [21] ISBN 978-4877248444 August 15, 2011[22] ISBN 978-1-56970-175-1
5 June 10, 2009 [23] ISBN 978-4877241292 December 21, 2011[24] ISBN 978-1-56970-176-8
6 July 20, 2010 [25] ISBN 978-4877241971 April 25, 2012[26] ISBN 978-1-56970-238-3
7 November 10, 2011 [27] ISBN 978-4796402453 Aug 29, 2012 [28] ISBN 978-1-56970-265-9
8 February 10, 2012 [29] ISBN 978-4796402767 Jul 31, 2013 [30] ISBN 978-1-56970-281-9
9 April 10, 2014 [31] ISBN 978-4796405539

OVA[edit]

In 2010 the first volume of the series was adapted into a two-part OVA by Primetime.[32]

1 "Koisuru Boukun Volume 1"
"Koisuru Boukun 1" (恋する暴君 1) 
June 25, 2010 ANDS-13005
2 "Koisuru Boukun Volume 2"
"Koisuru Boukun 2" (恋する暴君 2) 
November 26, 2010 ANDS-13006

Drama CDs[edit]

The BL Drama CD branch of Movic shut down in September 2012 and there are currently no plans to make more drama cds for the series.[33]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DQ BL Portal - The Tyrant Falls in Love". DramaQueen. 2006-05-15. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Manga Fight - Charts Time". TZG2.0. July 13, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Manry, Gia (December 19, 2008). "The Daily Shin Buun 12/19/08". AnimeVice News. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Verliebter Tyrann". Tokyopop.de. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  5. ^ moshi_moshi (27 June 2013). "Zakochany tyran tom 1". Tanuki.pl (in Polish) (Warsaw: Małgorzata Kaczarowska). 156 (2821). ISSN 1898-8296. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Taifu Comics - Serie - The Tyrant Who Fall in Love". Taifu Comics. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Tyrant Falls In Love/Koi suru Bo-kun OVA Listed". Anime News Network. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "New DramaQueen Licenses". Comi Press. August 7, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  9. ^ Gia Manry (June 2, 2008). "Drama Queen’s Latest Drama". a geek by any other name. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  10. ^ Alverson, Brigid (March 31, 2008). "DramaQueen Relaunches". Publishers' Weekly. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  11. ^ Gia Manry (May 25, 2008). "Quickie: More Trials and Tribulations of Drama Queen". a geek by any other name. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  12. ^ DMP (Oct 31, 2009). "Our big license: Tyrant Falls In Love by Hinako Takanaga-mid 2010". DMP (via Twitter). Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  13. ^ Hinako Takanaga to End The Tyrant Falls in Love Manga - News - Anime News Network
  14. ^ Takanaga hinako (November 7, 2012). "KSB continuing". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  15. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877243984
  16. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/670/
  17. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877244301
  18. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/675/
  19. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877244832
  20. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/676/
  21. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877248447
  22. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/677/
  23. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877241299
  24. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/678/
  25. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4877241973
  26. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/762/
  27. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4796402454
  28. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/907/
  29. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4796402764
  30. ^ http://www.junemanga.com/books/1013/
  31. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4796405534
  32. ^ "The Tyrant Falls In Love/Koi suru Bo-kun OVA Listed". Anime News Network. 11 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  33. ^ Takanaga hinako (September 24, 2012). "Movic shut down". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  34. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000AU1PEK
  35. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000M342F4
  36. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B004V5G4QO
  37. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B005EO8B58
  38. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B006U74Y68
  39. ^ http://www.movic.co.jp/book/cgi-bin/search/listgen_c.cgi?MODE=0&DEF=cdsearch-normal&FILE=momoya&CLASS=blcd&SEARCH=%97%F6%82%B7%82%E9%96%5C%8CN

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