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Junjou Romantica (Manga)

Junjou Romantica

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 30, 2002 to ?
Authors: Nakamura, Shungiku (Story & Art)
Serialization: Emerald


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Ranked: N/A2
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The series Junjou Romantica series actually contain 3 main stories within them, which are loosely interconnected, with different couples as the main characters.

Junjou Romantica
Misaki, struggling to pass his college entrance exams, is in need of a tutor to help pump up his failing grades. Unfortunately, his only option is the cool and sexy Akihiko Usami. Usami happens to be a famous boys' love novelist, which doesn't exactly float Misaki's boat, especially since his main characters are "Akihiko" and "Takahiro," the name of Misaki's older brother and Usami's childhood friend. Understandably, Misaki is pretty disgusted by the thought of someone using his older brother as his personal fantasy-material, but then after some tender loving from Usami, Misaki is also pretty confused. He may even be developing feelings for the older man...And when Takahiro introduces them to his lovely (female) fiancée, so begins the bumpy relationship of this odd couple, filled with comedy and pure romance. (Source: BLU manga)

Junjou Egoist
Kamijou Hiroki is a broken man, consumed by unrequited love for his childhood friend, Usami Akihiko (the writer character in Junjou Romantica). Along comes Kusama Nowaki, whose name "Nowaki" means "typhoon", an orphan working his way through life since middle school. Like the typhoon he is named for, he whirls into Hiroki's life and heart, blowing all resistance away before him.

Junjou Terrorist
As fate would have it, Professor Miyagi Yoh (whom Hiroki is working with as assistant professor), and Takatsuki Shinobu, a high school student, cross paths. Miyagi, when in high school, loved (and still cannot forget) a female teacher who had a terminal illness, is now faced with Shinobu, who just says whatever is on his mind. The wheel of destiny is beginning to turn once again...

Has another short story called Junjou Minimum in vol. 4, which in turn has a separate volume of its own.

(Source: MU)


Junjou Romantica's English volumes 10 and 12 ranked on the New York Time's Best Seller for July 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010 respectively. The series has expanded into several drama CDs, a light novel adaptation, multiple spin-off series, and a three-season anime adaptation. On June 22, 2015, it was announced in Shungiku Nakamura's official twitter that the manga has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

The series was previously serialized in CIEL TrèsTrès, but moved to Emerald on August 30, 2014 when the magazine went defunct.

Junjou Romantica was published in English by Tokyopop under its Blu Manga imprint from October 10, 2006 to August 31, 2010. Because of Tokyopop's closure, only 12 volumes were released.

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Jan 17, 2014
Shungiku Nakamura is known for her most popular work, Junjou Romantica (Pure Romance). All three stories within the manga are interconnected and have some similarities. They present a noticeable age gap between each couple and cover the same themes (jealousy, love triangles, unrequited love, etc.). Although the manga follows the lives of three couples, the primary couple (Usagi and Misaki) receives the most recognition and has the least development. If it were not for the other two stories, Junjou Romantica would be even more unenjoyable.

The stories become clichéd at some point. Each story begin with one major problem that lasts a few chapters until it read more
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Nov 10, 2011
I'm going to rate each story starting with the my favorite to least favorite.

Junjou Terrorist- My favorite pairing and story. It's about a guy who falls for his sister's ex husband. There are so many elements to this storyline. Dealing with age differences, jealousy over past loves, dealing with the death of a past love, the newness of a relationship where you're never sure if you're even in one et al. I really like the Miyagi and Shinobu pairing. I like how Shinobu is honest with his feelings and forces Miyagi to confront his hang ups. Sadly we do not get enough of the terrorist read more
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Aug 18, 2008
At the time of reading I have read 3 volumes.

NB: Also contains Junjo Egoist

This manga is progressing well. We are starting to find out more about the characters and it's starting to move its focus back to Romantica rather than Egoist, making the manga truer to its name. From a yaoi point of view this manga has everything you need, the right amount of hardcore nekkid scenes with a bit of lovey dovey and coyness mixed in. A yaoi fangirls ideal.

Story/plot wise? Egoist is moving along much better than Romantica, but from the get go Egoist has had more mystery and thus more to read more
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Oct 12, 2008
A great plot, though at first I was confused about the story of random characters in every one volume, but to find somehow they are all related in one link it surprised me so and increased my interest to read more. The characters of seme & uke are all in the same style and taste (Older seme and younger brat), no reverse, but still enjoyable. The differences among characters are they began their lives in different paths which eventually guide them to know each other and set their destiny together.
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