Ranked #357

Junjou Romantica

Alternative Titles

English: Junjo Romantica
Synonyms: Junjyou Romantica, Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance
Japanese: 純情ロマンチカ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jun 27, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Right Stuf
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.151 (scored by 61,189 users)
Ranked: #3572
Popularity: #413
Members: 98,367
Favorites: 3,935
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Synopsis

Three 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.

(Source: RightStuf)

Background

Junjo Romantica became the first yaoi (boys' love) title to enter the New York Times Manga Best Seller list when it debuted in week 28. According to Oricon and DVD sales data from Animesuki, the first DVD for the Junjou Romantica anime adaptation was released on July 25, 2008 and it became a hit, selling 8,406 copies in its first week. It is currently the fourth best selling debut DVD for an anime series of 2008, just after Gundam 00, Macross Frontier and Aria the Origination. It continued to dwell on the Oricon anime DVD charts for the second week charting on the top 5 with total sales for the first DVD at 10,986 copies. With those sales, it is currently ranked at number 1 for the shoujo category on DVD sales for the year 2008. According to Oricon sales for the past 5 years, it is the best selling BL (Boys Love) anime so far and has performed the best on the charts.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Usami, Akihiko
Usami, Akihiko
Main
Hanada, Hikaru
Japanese
Hanada, Hikaru
Satou, Rina
Japanese
Satou, Rina
Takahashi, Misaki
Takahashi, Misaki
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Kamijou, Hiroki
Kamijou, Hiroki
Main
Itou, Kentarou
Japanese
Itou, Kentarou
Kitamura, Eri
Japanese
Kitamura, Eri
Kusama, Nowaki
Kusama, Nowaki
Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese
Canna, Nobutoshi

Staff

Kon, Chiaki
Kon, Chiaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi
Sound Director
Yokote, Michiko
Yokote, Michiko
Script
Nakamura, Yoshiko
Nakamura, Yoshiko
Script

More episodes Episodes(12/12)

Episode Title Aired
1 Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Jijitsu wa Shousetsu Yori mo Ki Nari (事実は小説よりも奇なり)
Apr 11, 2008
2 There's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk
Koukai "Saki" ni Tatazu (後悔先に立たず)
Apr 17, 2008
3 Knock, and It Shall Be Opened to You
Tatake yo Saraba "Hirakaren" (叩けよさらば開かれん)
Apr 24, 2008
4 The Fear Is Often Greater Than the Danger Itself
Anzuru Yori "Umu" ga Yasushi (案ずるより生むが易し)
May 2, 2008
5 Meeting in the beginning of parting
Au wa Wakare no Hajime (会うは別れの始め)
May 9, 2008

Opening Theme

"Kimi = Hana (君=花)" by pigstar

Ending Theme

"Baby Romantica (ベイビーロマンチカ)" by SCRIPT



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meowmeow21
May 25, 2008
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.

Story:
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 read more
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OtakuTrey
Dec 10, 2011
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 read more
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iamjoe
Jan 29, 2009
Oh, an anime that certainly puts the fab back in fabulous and the gay back in yaoi.

Junjou Romantica is a yaoi anime, as anyone with eyes would know. What it is, is a well loved yaoi anime and a pretty crappy normal anime. Yes fangirls, feel free to hate on me now, it's okay. Just one word of warning: you will never get any of these men. They're gay and fictional. Now go cry about it.

The storyline is plain old unbelievable. You expect me to believe that there are so many gay guys who are all inter-related, yet most don't know the rest read more
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ihateeveryone
Jul 31, 2014
You want to know what really helps shape a relationship for me? An abundance of rape, sexual assault, and non-consensual acts being performed to your partner. God, what a literal pure romance that is. Thankfully, Junjou Romantica was sure to base one of its relationship entirely off of non-con and definitely wasn't afraid to add in some of that to the other relationships as well! Definitely the type of romance any gay man would dream of.

There are three different "love" stories in this anime, and all three manage to be equally as terrible as the other. For one thing, let's talk about the fact that read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
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  read more 
reportRecommended by MaliyaWong
Anime: Gravitation
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". 
reportRecommended by Ora_no_shippo
Anime: Love Stage!!
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. 
reportRecommended by newperson
Anime: Loveless
Well, they're both BL, but Loveless has less than Junjou. Anyway, I enjoyed them both, so other people might do too ^^ 
reportRecommended by Kuromii
Anime: Kirepapa
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.

 
reportRecommended by Gewaltgoere
Anime: Sex Pistols
Both yaoi with brilliant animation. Focuses on two sets of lovers, similar to Junjou's three. Similar soundtrack and sense of comedy (intimate moment right before adorable awkwardness or something/someone interrupts).  
reportRecommended by Shounenai4life

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