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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 with the title Verliebter Tyrann, in Polish by Kotori with the title Zakochany tyran and in French by Taifu Comics with the title The Tyrant Who Fall in Love.[4][5][6]

The Tyrant Falls in Love
Tyrant Falls In Love V1 - Hinako Takanaga - June.jpg
Juné's cover for Vol 1 of the US license
(Koisuru Boukun)
GenreYaoi, Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Written byHinako Takanaga
Published byKaiōsha
English publisher
Original runFebruary 2004 – present
Original video animation
Directed byKeiji Kawakubo
Produced byYūki Morishita
Written byYukina Hiiro
Released June 25, 2010 November 26, 2010
Runtime30 minutes
Audio drama
StudioInter communications, Movic
Original runAugust 20, 2005September, 2012
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In 2010 the first volume was adapted into a two-part OVA by Primetime.[7]



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 actually cares for him and insists that they just forget about it and remain good 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. Meanwhile, Morinaga laments to a friend about his unrequited love for Souichi, who in turn gives Morinaga a special drink that will make Souichi more compliant. Morinaga tries to throw it in the trash on his way home, but is uncomfortable with the thought of someone else finding it and reluctantly takes it home and hides it in his cupboard. The next day, 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 the hidden drug filled wine bottle 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 and unable to move his body properly. He tries to sneak off to relieve himself, but due to the effects of the drug, his weakened body trips and wakes up Morinaga. Morinaga sees that Souichi is aroused and understands that the drug Souichi has taken actually works. Thinking that Souichi would never return his feelings, Morinaga decides to take advantage of the situation and despite Souichi's weak refusals, telling Morinaga to stop, he goes on to rape him.

The next morning, Morinaga is troubled by not having been able to control himself and what he did to Souichi. Souichi is furious with Morinaga for betraying his trust 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. Souichi then throws Morinaga out of his own apartment, who then goes to the university in shame. When he returns home, Morinaga calls Souichi to apologize 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, who has not 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 that Morinaga may have been hurt or tried to hurt himself, getting his family contact info and searching for him and going to his apartment every day and night to see if he has come home. During this time, he begins to realize that despite everything that happened, he was willing to forgive and forget the entire event between the two. He then realizes how desperately he just wants Morinaga to come back home, saying the loss he is feeling is one that he has never felt before.

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 have not changed and that he cannot control himself around him anymore. Souichi, not wanting Morinaga to leave, reluctantly succumbs to the sexual advances and allows Morinaga to have sex with him. The two commence a dysfunctional relationship: of Morinaga constantly taking Souichi's verbal and physical abuse and Souichi occasionally letting down his barriers in order to keep Morinaga in his life which develops over the series.


  • Souichi Tatsumi - A first year doctorate student in the agricultural science department at a university in Nagoya. Extremely hot-headed and violent, he has a reputation of being a tyrant to other students at the University and is not very social in result. After almost being raped by a gay professor and other bad experiences with homosexual men, he becomes extremely homophobic. Despite this, he unconsciously becomes deeply emotionally attached to his research assistant and friend, Morinaga, whom he is aware is homosexual but allows by his side on the agreement that his sexual orientation not be an issue. He tries to rationalize his dependency on Morinaga by convincing himself that having sex with him from time to time is essential to keep him in his life, although refusing to admit why he needs him in his life in the first place.
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
  • Tetsuhiro Morinaga - A first year masters student in the agricultural science department at a university in Nagoya. He has a rough past due to growing up in a conservative family who drove him out of his hometown after discovering his relationship with a boy named Masaki, disgracing him, and leading him to a life of partying and promiscuity before changing his ways. He has been in love with Souichi since he first set eyes on him in university. While appearing happy and cheerful, Morinaga manages to enter Souichi's heart, and enters into a sexual, although very complicated, relationship with him.
Voiced by: Kousuke Toriumi
  • Hiroto - Morinaga's friend who works in a gay bar called Adamsite as a bartender. He often appears at the beginning of each volume and 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 happy 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. He has a side story in the series, which focuses on him and Misaki re-connecting again before eventually becoming a couple themselves.
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. As seen in a side story, when he meets back up with Kunihiro, he initially takes it very badly due to still holding a grudge towards him. However, they eventually move past their emotional barriers and become a couple.
  • 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.


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]



No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 10, 2005 [15]ISBN 978-4877243982August 18, 2010[16]ISBN 978-1-56970-172-0
2 November 10, 2005 [17]ISBN 978-4877244309December 1, 2010[18]ISBN 978-1-56970-173-7
3 December 9, 2006 [19]ISBN 978-4877244835April 20, 2011[20]ISBN 978-1-56970-174-4
4 April 10, 2008 [21]ISBN 978-4877248444August 15, 2011[22]ISBN 978-1-56970-175-1
5 June 10, 2009 [23]ISBN 978-4877241292December 21, 2011[24]ISBN 978-1-56970-176-8
6 July 20, 2010 [25]ISBN 978-4877241971April 25, 2012[26]ISBN 978-1-56970-238-3
7 November 10, 2011 [27]ISBN 978-4796402453August 29, 2012 [28]ISBN 978-1-56970-265-9
8 February 10, 2012 [29]ISBN 978-4796402767July 31, 2013 [30]ISBN 978-1-56970-281-9
9 April 10, 2014 [31]ISBN 978-4796405539July 14, 2015 [32]ISBN 978-1-569703434
10 April 10, 2016 [33]ISBN 978-4796408523June 28, 2017 [34]ISBN 978-1569703694


In 2010 the first volume of the series was adapted into a two-part OVA by Primetime.[35]

1"Koisuru Boukun Volume 1"
"Koisuru Boukun 1" (恋する暴君 1)
June 25, 2010 (2010-06-25)ANDS-13005
2"Koisuru Boukun Volume 2"
"Koisuru Boukun 2" (恋する暴君 2)
November 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)ANDS-13006

Drama CDsEdit

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.[36]


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  5. ^ moshi_moshi (27 June 2013). "Zakochany tyran tom 1". (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.
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  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 2009-09-07. 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.
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