After living together for three years, Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko "Usagi" Usami's relationship has been progressing smoothly. However, all great relationships have problems, and theirs is just beginning. With a new rival on the horizon, Usagi worries about Misaki's feelings towards him.
Meanwhile, Ryuuichirou Isaka has always loved to intrude on Misaki and Usagi's love life, but his own love life hasn't been all smooth sailing—Isaka and his secretary Kaoru Asahina have been dating for a few years; however, Asahina prefers to keep their professional and private lives separate, often leading to troubled waters between them.
As for Nowaki Kusama and Hiroki Kamijou, now that their careers are finally taking off, they hardly see each other anymore. With the time they spend together lessening, doubts and insecurities threaten to creep in between them. On the other hand, the 17-year age gap between Shinobu Takatsuki and You Miyagi has been a constant barrier in their relationship, but as they learn more about each other, their self-consciousness continues to fade.
The beloved couples of Junjou Romantica, Junjou Egoist, and Junjou Terrorist are back again, this time with a new addition: Junjou Mistake!
Back when I watched the first two seasons of Junjou Romantica, I was an inexperienced gay teenager who had no idea how relationships worked, so this series seemed like the epitome of drama and romance to me.
I was very excited when I found out about the third season, and I binge-watched the first 9 episodes. While I still believe that it's a decent and enjoyable series, I think I might've outgrown it.
Ironically enough, in an anime focused on romance, the most interesting and entertaining interactions for me revolve around friendships and day-to-day life. Unfortunately, they feel much more natural than what the couples bring to the table.
All of the relationship drama seems extremely contrived and none of the characters simply TALK to their lovers. Instead, they all jump into downright stupid conclusions, never voice what worries them directly until they overthink the situation to the point that they snap and make a scene out of it. I know we're on a time limit here, but it would be nice to see these characters interact like normal people once in a while, because generally it feels like when they're not fighting or having sex, they are merely acquaintances who for some odd reason "love" each other. That would be sort of okay for a new couple, but for someone who's been in a relationship for several years, it's just frustratingly underdeveloped and melodramatic. Speaking of which, their displays of affection also look silly in that context. It always has to come down to lots of grabbing, and pulling, and blushing, prefaced by monologuing for ten minutes. You'd think after four years with Usami, Misaki would be less awkward when it came to intercourse, but nah... he still acts like it's their first time and he doesn't want to do it. I guess some people might find it cute, I did for the first two seasons, but at this point, it feels unimaginative, repetitive, and tiresome.read more
I'm reading this manga since 2012 and let me tell you that at first I was totally obsessed with it (re-read 3~4 times). I'll asume that you're familiar with the general plot line so I won't give a detailed sumary. So lets go to the review:
Story - 7
I think that Junjou is one of the most original stories in the yaoi world, I love so much that the stories doesn't have to have sense all the time (I think that Junjou's random humor is actually funny) BUT the autor trying to make the plot longer isn't always the best. Junjou Romantica plot line started to become more repetitive since the appearence of Ijuuin Kyo (I hate him so much), actually, it isn't that interesting anymore (since we're specting for something important to happen). Terrorist is always cute, I love them.
Art - 10
The art has improved so much... As well as the manga's.
Sound - 9
I still don't know if I like the OP... But background music is good, as well as the ED.
I find Ijuuin and Mitsuki kind of annoying. For the others, maybe Usagi-san and Misaki have kind of disappointed me ('cause their relationship doesn't go further). In general, I like character's desingn and personalities
Enjoyment - 8
Overall - 8
Junjou is a good series, I hope it to become better in the future (please Nakamura Shungiku-sensei!)read more
First of all, in this Junjou Romantica Season 3 is still continuously relationship of 2 men and new improvements such as grown ups, meeting new people and new expressing way of true love of both 2 men, it's quite fast pacing. However majorly focused on couple of Junjou Romantica, but from couples of Junjou Egoist and Junjou Terrorist are only appeared in 1 episode as minor focus, it's so disappointing, it's really pending to me the couple of Junjou Egoist and Junjou Terrorist, which is Junjou egoist is one of my favorite couple.
I am very impressed and happy of the animation which is very highly improved as high quality of animation, unlike from season 1 and 2 it's looks like old, of course they keep on keep improving the animation in these generations. Also I'm so flattered the art of the characters, to be honest it's really hot men I've ever seen!
The background music is finely new and I love the 3rd season of opening song!
All of the characters are quite improving new, some a bit of personality development I've seen, also not quite over dramatic characters like from season 1 and 2 they are over dramatic, and now from season 3 expressing so comedic faces! Then, very unexpected one character appeared from anime of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and wow really crossover!
From my enjoyment, commonly I enjoyed where the romantic scenes of both men and more lovely kisses, I really melt myself seriously! But I'm so disappointed again from couples of Junjou Egoist and Junjou Terrorist only 1 episode appeared.
Lastly in my overall of this season 3, it's quite good improvement and finely showing the story, hopefully I wish there could be a season 4, next time from couples of Junjou Egoist and Terrorist should be appear at least 2 episodes. After this Junjou Romantica Season 3, and now I'm waiting for the next crossover anime of Junjou Romantica which is the 3rd season of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi.read more
Okay, so... I just saw the first two seasons recently but, since this is the latest I thought I'd review this one.
I would be lying if I said I don't enjoy watching Junjou Romantica... in fact, it's almost painfully entertaining, and I'm not sure why that is. First of all, I'm going to tell you why I think I like it as much as I do. In truth, it's cute. There's plenty of fun humor to make me grin and laugh on a regular basis. It has a lot of dramatic moments, but none that are so deeply profound that they make me start crying. Its light-hearted nature overall makes it just something to watch when I want to relax. It has a lot of romantic moments, and even some pretty steamy ones; however, none of them are overly explicit, which I appreciate. Despite the fact that the "character types" are pretty typical and cliche, they all have some semblance of development and most of them are likeable to an extent.
I mean, they have to be. If I hated the characters, I don't think I'd be able to watch the show.
But anyway... despite the fact that it has it's high points, I am honestly a little bit loathe to say I like it. The romance is really sweet and fluffy, which I like and gladly admit, until I have to get past the fact that the poor uke in the relationship is getting sexually assaulted almost every episode. Yes, it's just a show... but even so, it's a little much in my opinion and shows a completely twisted representation of romantic relationships.
Misaki and Usagi: This is probably the most obvious example of what I'm talking about. Usagi is forcing himself on Misaki in almost every episode... and sure, we all know that Misaki is only being shy and that in the end, he's okay with it. And again, I remind myself it's just a show and not supposed to be realistic. BUT... the fact that Misaki rarely actually gives consent irks me. (Just so you know, in real life this sort of thing is NOT okay and I hope no one thinks so.) Plus, Usagi's extremely possessive attitude toward Misaki can't really be considered healthy either. In truth, as endearing as Usagi can be when he's all lovey dovey, I'm surprised that Misaki managed to put up with being smothered like that for three years.
Shinobu and Miyagi: Okay, I didn't really have all that much of a problem with them in the third season. In the first season, yes, I did... but, I think they got like one episode in this one and it was actually really cute. Once I get past the fact that Shinobu is like half Miyagi's age, I don't have a problem, really. I also find Miyagi to be one of the most compelling characters in the show, just because of his sense of humor.
Hiroki and Nowaki: They were okay, too, for the most part. I actually never had a huge problem with them, mostly because I always got the feeling that they had more of an equal partnership than the other characters, I guess. I always found Hiroki really endearing, as well.
Eh... I don't know. I'm not hating on the series or anything, believe me... but some of the relationship representations, Misaki and Usagi's especially, made me rather annoyed at times and it was difficult to get past. Otherwise, one my of problems was that, during the three year time skip it seemed like there was hardly any relationship development. For any of the characters. Although the dramatic scenes were half the fun, it seemed like a lot of it stemmed from bad communication between the characters over and over and over again. Seriously, you'd think they would learn. The only thing I can think of that I really liked as far as character development was concerned was Misaki's determination to "molest" Usagi because Usagi was the one who always did all the work. He didn't do a great job at it, but it was something at least.
So, despite it's many issues, I like Junjou Romantica. If they decided to make more, I would watch it. I don't think I would be able to stop myself. It's extremely addictive.read more
This year saw plenty of adaptations of old manga as well as sequels to series which we've been crying out for. Let's review which anime climbed their way out of the ranks to become the twenty highest-rated shows of 2015!
Ready for some MORE romance? The Junjou Romantica series that took the world by storm oh so many years ago is BACK for its 3rd season! Join us in our interview with the voice actor for the bashful cutie, Misaki -- Takahiro Sakurai!