English: Junjo Romantica
Synonyms: Junjyou Romantica, Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance
Apr 11, 2008 to Jun 27, 2008
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThree very different couples caught up in a storm of pure romance!
Romantica: Misaki is struggling to prepare for his college entrance exams, so his brother arranges for a private tutor. But Misaki's nightmare is just beginning when his tutor, Usami, comes on to him! How will Misaki ever manage to pass his exam? And why does he feel so mysteriously drawn to Usami?
Egoist: Just when Kamijou's life is at its lowest, he has a chance meeting with a man who never lets anything hold him back: Nowaki. His name means "typhoon," and he's about to take Kamijou on a whirlwind ride that will turn everything upside-down.
Terrorist: Miyagi always seems to shrug off the cares of the world with a joke and a smile, but even he has problems, although he doesn't let them show. Foremost is Shinobu, a relentless young man who's adamant that they're destined to be together.
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Opening Theme"Kimi = Hana (君＝花)" by pigstar
Ending Theme"Baby Romantica (ベイビーロマンチカ)" by SCRIPT
For anyone that is unsure about giving this series a chance, then you should read this to see if its right for you or not. (look for *)
IF! you switched half the guys for girls people would say this is one of the best romance anime's to date. That is how good this story, and anime are!
Okay here is a little background on me, I am a Straight male with no interest in men or for even watching a BL series, However there might be a few people out there who's Girlfriends really want to watch this so..... they FORCE you to watch this (which is what happened to me.) Before i watched this i knew what it was and i had a feeling i knew where it was going to go. well at first try i almost couldnt stand what was going on, i thought to myself OMG RAPE! and turned it off. then about two weeks later i then tried (got forced) to watch it again. To my surprise i enjoyed this, and very much so.
Its very simple but very powering with alot of colorful words. its about three homosexual couples how they live there daily lives, some knew they were gay and accept it, it also shows the people that dont really know if they are gay, or even what being gay really means. It shows there struggle through acceptance, denial, and their love for one another.
* If you dont mind yaoi then this is a most watch, this was my first one. IF you like great romance stories with fun characters and sexually funny moments this is for you. IF the thought of two guys disturbs you in any way then i would try the first episode and see what you think
The art, well its art. this has just the right amount for what its trying to accomplish. I cant give this a higher score because there is no need for the Art to be off the charts its a Rom/Com. they charcter designs were nice some of the guys looked the same so that didnt help any, i did however enjoy the silly faces misaki made when he freaked out, when the humor comes so does the silly drawings which were nice and a refreshing change from a typical romance style art.
* IF you must have Brotherhood type Art or a style classic like Mononoke or and art that has an old school vibe like bebop this isnt for you, this is a typical and averagely average Art style.
I cant say it was really typical but it wasnt overly aggressive. The OP and ED were decent nothing great, once again pretty average, the music throughout was the same, however when it needed music the most it got it. Every sappy love speech or new revelation they encountered the music fit wonderfully.
* Not a mozart score by any means, also not some Glee infested over hype. I dont really think theres much to say, but just to be safe if your looking for an awesome blow me over feel from the music and how it makes the whole mood better it does this decently. so if you a sound type of guy/girl not for you.
They were fantastic, i swear misaki is a tsundere... i dont know if thats how it works but whatever. you could clearly tell after a few episodes who wore the pants and who wore the mini skirt in the relationships. The characters were cute, funny, and dramatic what kept me from saying 10 was the over dramatic parts. most of the time the characters pulled of the role great and really shined but every half dozen episodes it was just to overplayed. The last couple to be declared really surprised me as well it also added in some nice background drama that i thought was pretty interesting and cant wait to see who they work out and how the other characters work out there relationships.
* Well this is a BL series so for obvious reasons if you cant get past that you wont like this, if you can do what i did and just treat the "weaker man" as the women you will be happy with this series. I think if you watch this it will be hard to say anything negative about these wonderful characteres.
at first i really did not like this, it started of awkwardly with a little mis communication along with other things. Then after that moment passed i really started to get into this and found myself really wanting the relationships to develop. just really great.
If this review helped and made you want to give this a shot then chances are you will love this it is a pleasant surprise and kind of a shocker for me that i actually enjoyed this as much as i did.
Thank you i hope this was helpful.
100% i'm gonna be the worst review person ever, though i can only go by art, sound, and animation. So the story part I can only do the plot. Along with that, deal with my worst spelling NA
I'll be scoring all three of the seasons. (And my friends comment too)
Story - 10
Giving enough details in advance on what will happen, even though the sexual starts. That leads us to every character too on their part. Know that each character haves their own Plot story.
Friend: WTF?! HE GOT RAPPED!
Me: But he moaned ;)
Art/animation - 10
At least give her credit for going a great job on the art/animation! ^^
Friend: BUT THE SOUND WAS MESSED UP!
Me: But it goes along with the anime :U
Sound - 8
Haha, just don't ask ask my friend!
Friend: Please, GOD NO!
Character - 10
I really enjoy that each character haves their own persinallity and really goes along with the character and whom they date.
Friend: DEAR LORD NAW!
Enjoyment - 10
HAHAHA I LOVE YAOI :D
Friend: I didn't :'(
Overall - 10
all of the three seasons combined really did a outstanding job! Though I don't recommend it for people who hate Boy's Love or Gay Rights!
Friend: no it wasen't ;A; read more
So bad it's good!
If you are looking for a terribly written shounen ai anime with the most cliché characters and a ridiculous story, Junjou Romantica is the anime you need to watch! (it has dub-con, be warned)
This is a must-see if you are a fan of the genre and want a good laugh. If you really want to watch something good (and I assure you, good yaoi does actually exists), I suggest you run far away from this.
The characters and situations are as stereotypical as they can get in a romance anime. So stereotypical and cliché in fact, that it actually becomes funny.
Extremely poor. It doesn't really have a plot and the setting is perfectly common (it is not set in a high school so it could have done worse, really). The side stories are the ones that should get your attention the most, since the main one doesn't have anything to tell. Don't worry, you probably won't be able to remember anything about it in a few month, except that the main relationship is based on non-consensual acts (it means rape).
With its dorito faced seme and soft cheeked uke, JR's character design is the most typical one you can find in the shounen ai/yaoi genre. You wouldn't differenciate the characters if it weren't for their hair color. It's also full of yaoi anatomy examples, as expected from the author.
Actually it's pretty average and the opening song is absolutely what you would expect from a shounen ai anime. Perfectly cheesy and cheerful.
The characters are flat and only consistent in their love interests. To be fair the side couples and characters aren't so bad, you could almost find an average romance story if you were to overlook the two (very annoying) main characters.
As I said, it is an absolute must-see for BL fans along with Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Something to enjoy with your BL fan friends.
Let's face it, this anime and its spin offs are terrible but can be very enjoyable. I am torn between wishing nothing like that will spawn from Yaoi Hell ever again, and waiting for another gem like this one to land in our lives and cheer us up.
So since no one has gotten a chance to review this anime I guess I will do the honors of being the first. I stumbled upon this anime while searching for random videos of youtube and I have to say I never expected it to be as good as it turned out to be. I just cannot stop watching this anime its completely and utterly addictive. Sorry this isnt going to be very dramatic and new york times like.
Definitely a yaoi girls(or guys) dream. The story is filled of 3 main plots all involving 3 different couples. There is the teddy bear obsessed writer dating the younger brother of his best friend. The loner intelligent associate professor dating the student, and the divorced husband dating the brother in law. All stories giving something that puts this anime together. This anime shows how pure love is and how it is unexpected. Not to mention yaoi galore. Be prepared to watch tons of sex scenes.
I think the art is pretty good. A little different from what I'm use to seeing and definitely different in a good way. I've seen better but it passes the test. It seems to capture the love scenes without making it too *cough* explicit.
The opening is alright I suppose. And the music during the show isnt that memorable.
Character development in this anime is extremely face paced. But there is never a moment in which you dont know how a certain character is feeling, but it also leaves openings for surprises and turns.
As I said at the beginning this anime is absolutely addiciting. I can sit and watch it all day. The stories that are told are touching and show how love can exist in the most unexpected and different ways. It also has its comedic moments which dont fail to make me laugh, and it is extremely hard to make me laugh.
This anime no matter how much it reminds me of gravitation is definitely worth the watch. Just make sure there arent any children in the room ;) read more
Same author, same producer, extremely similar stories and characters. I do prefer Seikaiichi Hatsukoi over Junjou Romantica, because the characters of JR are slightly more annoying. Also, more importantly, the relationships in JR feel forced and unnatural. Here is a description of them---
1. I actually love your bro, but now I suddenly love you, a highschooler, because you showed pity on me;
2. We grow apart because of our inattentiveness towards each other (read: we grow bored of each other) and so we don't speak for years when you go abroad, thus we have sex in library to solve all our problems;
3. I love you, but I am cursed because you married my sister, yet now you suddenly become gay and a cradle robber and want me, a highschooler.
That sums up the relationships of JR. Compare with SH 's relationships, which suffers much less from this---
1. highschool love, break up through misunderstanding, renewal of feelings when meeting after many years, but denial of feelings on one side, plus on the other side a jealous overprotective friend who once might have been something more than a friend;
2. three long time friends, but there are more-than-friends feelings running around, which causes jealousy and confusion;
3. love at first sight for a pretty face, and a jealous ex-one night stand.
SH's relationships have a better basis, which is why the story is more believable and therefore better IMO.
Though nowhere near as good, Sekaiichi follows Junjou's style of storytelling by showing three couples all somewhat related to each other. It's more of the same, but the relationships are far less varied which is disappointing in my opinion. However, if you like one you may like the other just as much.
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is basically Junjou Romantica again, but this time everyone is in the manga business.
Same author, same environment, same types of characters and relationships. If you've liked one , you'd enjoy the other as well.
Both animes are about boy love. They both show 3 couples. In both animes, in all the couples, one of them works in the literature business. Sometimes it's an author, others are editors and others are literature professors.
Both by the same author, boy love, focused in three different couples
They're both by the same people, so they have similar artstyles and story lines. They're also both yaoi, and all yaoi-fangirls will love both these animes. Trust me on this :3
If you like one, there's no way you can't like the other. Seriously. They feel like the exact same show. Check out the other one now if you haven't already seen it.
Both look at three different couples, and their relationships as they progress. They are both Yaoi, if you didn't know already, and are really cute! They are by the same author (Shungiku Nakamaru), so the art is basically the same. I suppose Skaiichi Hatsukoi can be considered as a bit of a spin off of Junjou Romantics, because the storylines are similar, again, with them following three different couples. Both are really good, and if you liked one, you will definitely like the other!
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and other anime can be seen here: http://www.myanimelinks.com/full-anime-list/
Junjou Romantica is similar to Sekaiichi Hatsukoi because both animes deal with same sex couples whom often misunderstand each other that lead to funny situations, both these animes deal with younger men with older more experienced men i.e. college students with teachers/authors so the characters have the same reactions in both of them, similar situations in the same environments that makes you think you have already seen a scene like this when watching one anime and then the other but no matter what anime you watch, the differences make one as enjoyable to watch as the other without it being too repetitive. Also, the comedy cuteness of each relationship in Junjou Romantica gives the viewer the exact same feelings when watching Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, it makes you either lol or go "awww" ^^. JR made me want all the couples to get together, to get over their misunderstandings and whilst SH has a bit more drama to it (the main couple has a shared past they need to get over whilst JR main couple have just met) it made me feel the same way. JR isnt creepy at all to watch, with only hints of love/lust between couples and the art of the men are has handsome and appealing to the eye in JR as they are in SH, so I strongly recommend that if you have watched one of these series and enjoyed it, you will definitely enjoy watching the other.
They both have similar plots but Junjou Romantica is about 2 peope living together, and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is about 2 people who live next to each other and work together, but in Junjou Romantica, Usagi works as a Writer and Misaki has no job. But they are both filled with the "What going to happen next" feeling as you watch
Cause they both have mutiple couples and not just focusing on 1 couple.
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is a spin-off of Junjou Romantica. Same mangaka; Same setting; Same art style; Both take place in the same universe, so crossovers are often.
Both are yaoi anime. Both anime focus on three different "love stories" I guess you could call it. Both give off the same kind of feeling.
They are both yaoi aniem form the sam eauthor, the art is similar, but personally i think Sekaiichi hatsukoi is much better. Both of them are the best yaoi I've ever seen.
- Same author
- Both have 2 seasons (12 ep. per season)
- 3 pairs
- Really cute and funny main (uke) characters
Art is basically the same, however characters are more developed in SH than in JR. Both were created by the same person.
Both have lots of yaoi scenes, although there's a bit more in JR.
•both are of the yaoi genre, and are both done by the same producer/company/author/art style.. etc
•both animes focus on 1 pairing, and then broadens the area and focuses on the couples around them in either the workplace, old friends, acquaintances, family members etc
•animes have the sex knowingly shown or just hints that it will lead to it, but in JR its pretty more graphic imo SH has toned the sex to a minimum and not shown as much leading up to it.
•both animes have different feels about them, one may seem more realistic/legit than the other, and the other a whole fantasy like it will never happen.
•both contain the malexmale romantic vibe and its very sweet, between the 3 couples shown in each anime, showing different love problems and history's
•they are both very much enjoyable to watch if you are a yaoifangirl :P, but for person who just likes romances and has an open mind about yaoi/yuri in general, you might find both of these anime enjoyable aswell.
Anime yaoi, same author, good story, greats openings and endings.
they are both yaois written by the same person, even within the same 'world'. there is a slight over lap of characters too, but nothing that would confuse you if you didnt watch junjo.
Both series tell a story of young men's love struggles as working at a shoujo manga publishing company.
They are both yaoi. The story of both anime is related to books. The author is the same of both. The both have intense love scenes, and they have commons characters.
Both animes are shounen-ai and from the same creators with the same art. The series follows multiple couples like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and the characters are very similar. Also characters from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi make cameo appearances in Junjou Romantica. ;) If you enjoyed this series then Junjou Romantica should also be good for you.
They are written by the same person. They are both are BL anime, so if you're not into that, don't watch them. JR and SH both involve writers/editors. I enjoyed watching both of them, and would recommend them.
Both were written by the same author and have three BL romance going on.
same author, similar drawing and story style, similar atmosphere/feeling
like MayilaWong I like SH better - because of the more natural seeming relationships (also more originality), the environment is mostly a manga publishing house and you can see the connections between the characters/couples
•Similar (almost exactly the same) art
•Cute couples and cute moments
•The 2 make you all fuzzy and happy inside
•Both are amazing
These two anime shows have similar art work. The coloring, the morale/plot/story is kinda similar but it has its differences. And if you look carefully, you may even find like a connection through the names and posters and stuff like that. And they both have like three different couples' stories about how they met and fell in love and how they overcome hardships that go their way, if they overcome them.
Both involve multiple stories where all the characters know each other
Both involve the yaoi genre
Both involve characters refusing to admit that their in love
Both involve characters living together/next to each other
Both series are adaptations from Shungiku Nakamura, they are both yaoi, and the art is similar as well. There are also 3 story lines, and there is a connection to books in both series. if you liked Junjou then you're going to love this one just as much, because you'll be laughing and crying with this too.
Love! Love! Love everywhere! It's not easily found though. The protagonists always try their best in order to gain the partner's affection but are easily turned down. Though, it changes a bit throughout but is still present in a way. Moving on, both the lead protagonists are associated with manga-making or in other words manga industry. Good laughs ,good drama ,good ost ...a good watch!
Both show love boys ;)
1 boy has similar character as Shindou (Gravitation) and 2 boy is a writer, he writes romance book as Yuki Eiri (Gravitation).
If you pleased from observing Gravitation, I'm sure that you will be charmed "Junjo Romantica".
Both feature smoking writers who are distant from their families, characters who are afraid to love again, and assertive ukes. After seeing Gravitation, all other BL falls short, but Junjo Romantica is so cute, I think any Gravi fan would enjoy it.
Yuki and Usagi-san are very similar characters (writers, distant, painful pasts). The stories themselves work out differently, but both have elements of serious relationship development and comedy.
These are similiar in many ways. If you like 'Gravitation', you're going to love 'Junjo Romantica'! Both have assertive ukes and hansome, cool, semes.
Both are shounen-ai and extremly amazing<3 Both have romance novelists(Usagi and Yuki) not to mention that the voice of Yuki is the same voice as Miyagi from Junjou Terrorist. Although Junjou is a bit more explicit than Gravitation but if you love Gravitation, you'll definitely love Junjou Romantica!
How to deal with falling in love with a cold hearted novelist? Both main characters in these anime struggle with that very question. I think there are a lot of similarities between these shows when it comes to the plot, the characters and maybe even the kind of humor they use.
These two comical, romantic, shounen-ai series are definitely worth watching if you're looking for a lighthearted, romantic story with a nice balance between the dramatic and comical moments.
Both are yaoi about a musician unexpectedly falling in love with a writer. The characters in Gravitation share similar qualities with the characters in Junjou Romantica.
These are similar in a way that they show BL (boys love) and also portray the uke with the "cute" type of personality. In both animes there is a specific scene that happens, which the ukes are both shocked by due to the semes' action (it will make your BL fangirl heart go wild~!). Anyways, Junjou Romantica is highly recommended to watch (if not already seen) if you are currently enjoying Love Stage!! because they both possess elements of romance and comedy that relate.
Both involve yaoi genre
Both involve characters not admitting their love until the end
Both involve celebrities
Both involve love triangles
Both are shounen ai, neither shows too much of the sex parts, both have a confused college boy, both have an older brother, both have funny moments.
Both are very good Shonen Ai series that focus more on plot than sexualization of characters. People who don't like Yaoi or Shounen Ai may enjoy both Animes as they aren't too explicit, and just as enjoyable as any good romance series. Honestly, if this was not Shounen Ai, and the couples in each series where a girl and a boy. I would enjoy each series just the same! :3
Main characters are both naive college students, and can become very likeable as you watch each series. Both series also have supporting characters with their own relationships. This makes the series pacing more enjoyable as the focus isn't constantly on the main character and love interest.
Animation quality is also very good for both, and opening and ending songs are very catchy. Cute animal mascots are also used in both.
Both also involve the characters working in a specific industry (Literature for Junjou Romantica, and Enterainment for Love Stage!!) and that industry being a substantial part of each plot.
Both Animes are pretty short, but those who enjoyed the Anime can follow the stories further in the mangas, as they are both quite long and still ongoing (as of January, 2015)
Well, they're both BL, but Loveless has less than Junjou. Anyway, I enjoyed them both, so other people might do too ^^
If you're a shounen-ai fan, these are both a must to watch.
Usami's and Misaki's relationship reminds me very much about Soubi's and Ritsuka's: The loving, protecting seme who's unconditionally in love with the uke and have no problem with telling him so, and the denying uke who'd rather throw himself in front of a bus than admitting that he actually loves the seme. They also have the same age gap of about 10 years between them. (Though it doesn't seem as much in Junjo Romantica as in Loveless, where Soubi almost seems to be a pedophile.)
Both animes are really sweet and contain boy love. Loveless has a more detailed plot with issues going on but is just as good as Junjou Romantica with its deep characters.
I loved them both and if your a fan of Yaoi/ Shonen ai, I reccomend them.
They are both very similar when it comes in terms of the yaoi aspects. Only thing is Junjou Romantica has more graphical stuff in comparison with Loveless which is more to the plot, dark teams(Parent abuse, depression, etc.) and maintains it's cuteness. Either way if you liked loveless or junjou romantica you will like the other!
Shounen-ai. BoyxBoy. The stuff, you know.
But that's not the only way the two anime are similiar.
They're handling a pairing (well, Junjo Romantica handles 3 pairings, but I'm talking baout the MAIN pairing) with a huge age different.
Also, they have a lot of comedy elements and contain a lot of chibis/SDs.
Both series are to do with boyxboy relationships. In both series there is a big age difference between the couples. Also if one guy loves the other, the other guy falls back in love with him.
Both have nice art with great use of color. Both also have very attractive guys and light but enjoyable humor.
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