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!
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.
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.
Spoiler alert- DON'T READ THIS until you finished all 3 seasons of junjou romantica.
Thought I tried, it has been impossible to me to avoid spoilers. To rightfully express what I had in mind I had to refeer myself to the series. Hope it is not a problem, I'm pretty new to this and apologize in advance if that is so.
I’ve been so frustrated watching this 3rd season that it’s nearly impossible to me to explain in a plain way the disappointment I got watching it, though I would give it a try.
The main problem I have with this 3rd season has one name:
From the very beginning –the opening video- we see how Misaki first reject Usami to later jump on him. I was relieved: that’s it, we will now see how Misaki will finally change and take the guts to fully live his love with Usami. The 2nd season closed with Usami asking him to love him 10, 20 times the way he did and 3 WHOLE YEARS OF relationship HAVE PASSED in the mean time. A turnover is just the natural development of the season, I thought. Always at the beginning, in the 1 ep Misaki get jelous on Usami. Well, I cant’t be wrong!
The season develops. The stakes grow higher. The last year of Misaki approach, Takahiro urges Misaki to move out with the last year’s end, Usami’s father can’t stand the unmature feelings of Misaki and looks like that a impostor -Mizuki- is sent from America to tear Misaki and Usami apart. Ijuuin declares himself, puts Misaki under pressure and Usami gets more and more depress and doubtful and Misaki, Misaki… well DOES NOT DO ANYTHING!
Not talking about his job. Fine, Misaki got one. But that’s not the point! The more the end of the season approached, the more astonished I was. How could it ever be possible that he doesn’t grow? That after 3 years he still have that shy reactions even when he is BARE ALONE with Usami. It is just not belivable. There must be a development in the end! As a crazy fan of JE as I am, I barely accepted they gave no more than 1 ep for JE and JT. Well there must be a reason, that’s what I thought. Well… NO! The last episode arrive: Takahiro caught them together and Misaki doesn’t get the chance to speak to him, Ijuuin confronts him and Misaki doesn’t slam in his face that he can’t love him as far as he is damnly in loved with Usami, and at the very end Usami thoroughly expose himself sharing his last desire and Misaki doesn’t get the chance to share his own too. What’s the fucking problem with your sticky tounge, jerk?!
Now I see that the only target to the author here looks like ‘how do we manage to get the series longer? How more commercial –not a single hint of sex here, bros –
Even more: this story just doesn’t work! Dear authors, you pushed it too far: aiming at a longer story, you tore it off. And forget my disappointment – at the end, an author still has the holy freedom to develop the story the way he wants, wether it matches fans expectations or not. Here I’m strictly talking of logic.
Do you want an example? There are tons! Though, as the review is already becoming an everlasting writing, I will report here just one. The most important example. Of the most important word: I-love-you.
In 2nd season an enchanting power has been endowed to this magic 3 words, I-love-you. Misaki hurdles, strives with his own feeling but at the end of their first true date he eventually says it: Usami, I deeply love you. Straightforward. And a bless: Usami’s light-up-the-world smile appears and they keep the moment, just holding their hands…
And then you come to the3rd ep of season 3 and get Misaki declare his love to Iijuuin.
No, seriously: WTF!!!???!!
And even more: ep 11, same situation, same tensions: a doubtful depressed Usami. And what has Misaki achieved after 3 years of relationship? He turns his head, looks away, and barely whisper what he once said straightforward to his lover.
……. I here leave the word, as well as this series
*spoiler free* Honestly, this show is so problematic, but yet I'm here, enjoying it and reviewing it.
I know, I know, I'm contradicting myself. But how can I help it? I'm going to review this objectively for people who have seen the first two seasons before I go into my feelings in more depth.
To begin with, there's actual small bits of kinda storyline at points throughout this season. While they still rely heavily on tropes, there is enough plot mixed in that it isn't the same drab formula over and over again. However, I will warn you that it does cut down on the
~smexy~ scenes quite a bit compared to the two preceding seasons.
As for the art, it's an amazing improvement. I hated the art of the first two seasons, but this is so much cleaner and so much prettier that I can actually see how some characters might resemble proportional and possibly attractive human beings.
The OP and closing are always upbeat as always, but I also appreciated the soft romantic background music that they began to use this season. It was a nice touch compared to before.
However, again, the characters are my main problem with this show, like usual. They are honestly just fetishizing gay men and sexuality in general is kinda warped. Also, the men don't act like men? I doubt any actual gay man was involved in this project. It's very 'young woman writer writes about smexy alpha males who are paired with a variety of ukes who are very feminine and therefore expose the young female audience's dark fantasies without them having to face the fact that they like the idea of a dominating male' kinda thing. And in all honesty, the trap the show throws is exactly aimed at me-- I'm the audience they're looking for. So despite the lack of any real characterization, I still enjoy this show to bits.
All in all, I really have to say that I hate myself for liking this, haha.
I would recommend this if you: like classic yaoi, liked the first two seasons, like love triangles and jealousy plots, like seme/uke stuff
I would NOT recommend this if you: hated the first two seasons, hate fetishization of sexuality, don't like the seme/uke dynamic, don't like heteronormative gay relationships
P.S. I have to add that the 'rapey' scenarios are pretty toned down from seasons before as well.
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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!