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.
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
are gay unless they had boinked them in the past or something?? Where are the women in this anime? Fine, I can chalk up with the no women thing since gay men can't see oestrogen anyway unless it's from themselves, but the one woman in the entire anime is a yaoi fangirl. I mean come on. Wtf.
Each story is basically a mirror of the other one. Check this out.
Teacher --> younger man --> butt secks.
That's all that freaking happens for the entirety of the anime. An older, teacher-like dude meets a muuuch younger dude and they hook up and have lots of unwilling sex with one another.
First couple: a tutor who tries to seduce his best friend's little brother. Second couple: a teacher who is seduced, is trying to seduce a younger man. Third couple: another teacher whose ex-brother-in-law is trying to seduce him. God, come on! What's with this? What are they trying to say--that gay men with any position of authority in a younger boy's life will try to lead the boy astray?? Nothing happens in the story other than a whole lot of angst, sappy romance, and sexing all over the place, with a lot of "Nooo! Don't touch--oh wait, go ahead, but nooo!" going on.
Art was trash, sound was worse trash. Those theme songs sucked balls, though if you're a yaoi fangirl, then you won't care too much.
Characters were dead awful. Most of the time they're whining or they're moping or taking advantage of someone. I mean, come on! The writer guy did nothing but go, "I love you. Let's do it." for the whole anime. The boy he liked kept going, "Oh, I don't want this...wait, I think I do." and that's pretty much how it went for the whole anime with EVERY couple.
Don't watch this is you are a normal person. For a yaoi fangirl, this anime is pure genius. For fabulous folks like myself, AVOID.
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 ;)
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
literal sexual assault by a man 10 years older than you leading into love is not only extremely disturbing, but also completely out there. There is no moral groundpoint for the character Misaki, who is constantly abused in many ways by his newfound partner, Usami. This romance is so pure, that Usami literally shoves Misaki into a car against his will because Misaki dared to have a conversation with another man. What a healthy relationship, such a charming guy. Not to mention he doesn't let Misaki speak on the phone with said guy, and makes sure to later sexually assault the poor guy.
Seriously, what in any way is romantic or logical about this? There isn't anything healthy or consensual about the actions that Usami places on Misaki. And not only that, but it's all played as a joke. As if this kind of stuff is a humorous, cute thing that Misaki secretly wants. The romance in here is a total joke, and if you expect me, or any person with a functioning brain to take a relationship completely built off of sexual harassment seriously, then there's a good chance your morals need reevaluating.
The reason this is such a issue is both because said relationship is the main focus of the show, and because this is apparently a romance. Having your romance start and develop with borderline rape is a terrible choice, because from there on out it's extremely hard to feel anything except disgust at the events occurring. It's an unnecessary element to the relationships. Age difference aside, I wouldn't have had nearly as much of an issue with this show had it not been for all the times that Misaki was screaming "No! Let go! Stop it!" when being advanced on. It makes for a very fucked up relationship.
The other two relationships, while they didn't revolve around borderline rape, still had their major problems in it. One relationship lasted for about 3 - 4 episodes and included a timeline of about 6 years. It also included the man getting up and leaving his partner without any explanation or contact because he thought it'd make him want to come back. Again, great romance there. The last romance only lasts for about 2 episodes, and therefore had less of a chance to be completely idiotic. Though it should be noted the two characters have about 17 year age difference, which is always a plus here. It still featured the token sexual harassment that this show is known for though.
Not only that, but the stories are really choppy and broken up. The first 2 episodes focus on Romantica, episode 3 on Egoist, back to Romantica for a bit, some more of Egoist, etc. Basically it's all very choppily split up, unnecessarily so. The rapey elements obviously ruin it too, and frankly the time it takes for the characters to "fall in love", their reasons for doing so, and how they act towards their loved ones (Preventing them from being with friends, going into their house after you've known them for less than 24 hours) is so incredibly far-fetched that the romance just feels terribly pushed.
In terms of characters, you can tell how they'll be from the designs. Triangle face guys are the seme, and baby-faced boys are the uke. The seme is almost always the one performing the near-rape actions while the uke is the one begging for no more and eventually falling for these creeps. There's not too much to say about them, except for the fact that Usami is an extremely creepy harasser and that the seme in the Terrorist arc actually has some interesting traits to him regarding his past. Other than that, these characters are just here to fill the traditional seme/uke roles and either begin or resist the sexual assault.
The art reeks of terrible same face syndrome, to the point where you can identify the seme and uke just by looking at their faces. The seme's are all drawn with these very awkward looking rectangle chins and huge broad shoulders, likely to insist their dominance on the usually much younger looking uke character. All the ukes are drawn with childlike features to insist their submissiveness. The animation is very cheap-looking too, often relying on chibi faces in order to save budget. It's honestly an unimpressive looking anime.
The sound isn't all that bad frankly, just not at all fitting for this type of anime. There's usually some acoustic piece playing in the background as one of the characters is being assaulted, which is very ill fitting and and makes it feel like the show is romanticizing borderline-rape even more. It's not necessarily a memorable soundtrack, but it's decent at best, just not fitting for the gross nature of this show.
Being asked if I enjoyed this anime is the equivalent to being asked if I enjoy bashing my head against a wall for about 4 hours and would likely have the same answer to them. If you're going to portray a romance, hell, especially a homosexual romance where there's already stereotypes that all homosexuals are pedophiles and stuff, then you don't do it this way. You don't have the starting point of the relationship for a major couple be near-rape. You don't give unequal focus to the relationships and have one take place over a course of 6 years in four episodes. Oh, and you especially don't include homophobic remarks from your own gay characters in an anime. Seriously, how idiotic do you have to get to even think of doing that?
Anime that focuses on something other than straight romance can be really refreshing, but when it's done this way? You'll be left wondering if half the show you just watched was a so-called "pure romance" or a stockholm-syndrome documentary.
In Junjou Romantica you get to follow 2 couples (and a potential third) with Usagi and Misaki being the one that gets the most exposure. Then there is Hiroki and Nowaki which is basically the same thing as the first couple, younger guy + older guy, but reversed positions between the sheets. If you ask me I think that just focusing on Usagi and Misaki would have been better cause the others just feelt tacked on for the sole purpose of having more bi-shounens ( or "pretty boys" if you like).
The music is nothing special, it doesn't help to add to the mood but it
don't do the opposite either. However, there is some nice pieces in there but I found them to seldom be played at the right time. The opening-theme is pretty nice but this isn't 1999 so it feels kind of out of place. The VAs generally does a good job but some of them don't match their character, not a huge problem since it is always with characters that have little screen-time but still annoying.
Have you ever felt that eveyone looks very similar to you? No? Well, I guess the characters in Junjou Romantica have since they all look very alike. Except from the hair and eye color they could all be brothers from the same mother. It is quite rare that you see this kind of bland and unimaginative character design. It tries to make all the characters bi-shounens but man sometimes they failed miserably, in some scenes it looks like they have some kind of facial distortion since it sometimes doesn't fit the body at all. Otherwise the animations and characters look ok and sometimes even (intentionally) funny when they go into chibi-mode and extreme facial expression-mode.
If it is so bad then why is it so highly placed on the top-list? There are perfectly bad reasons for that. The first being the amount of sex (non graphical) there is, it is almost ridiculous and you always get the tiresome ”No, I don't wanna do it with you”-reaction from the smaller of the two gets old quickly. Sometimes the reactions are so strong that they almost looks like an attempted rape... You don't get any mentionable depth to most the characters, with the exception of Usagis childhood, but that is good in a way that you don't have to care. The only ones I really came to care about was Misaki and Usagi but the rest I could have been without.
The highlights of the show is the humor which sometimes makes fun of the show itself.
To sum the series up it is an unimaginative piece of boredom that tries to excuse that unimaginativeness with some random sex. It has some qualities but they never truly shine through. If you are a fan of boy on boy-relationships then this might be for you. Otherwise I suggest that you don't even poke this with a stick cause there will be a lot of fooling-around going on. You might have read my Legend of Duo review and thinks ”Hey, this guy clearly dislikes shounen-ai so why should I listen to him?”, well... it's not that I dislike it (I try to keep an open mind about all themes) I just haven't found a series that is very enjoyable.
Please, Studio Deen, you know better than this. You gave us Maria-sama ga Miteru on the shoujo-ai side so please give us Joseph-sama ga Miteru (or something like it) on the shounen-ai side instead and lose the redundant sex scenes in favor for some real heartfelt and meaningful brotherly love. Please.
THIS IS THE ONLY PERFECT 10 I THINK I'LL EVER GIVE!
I really think that this is the best yaoi I have ever watched and will ever watch. There is pretty much no comparison to how amazing it is. I mean, sure, it only is really attractive to yaoi fans to watch it, but I think that other people could learn to love it… at least the story.
STORY – It’s totally amazing how they have two storied going at different points. There will be episodes about Usagi and Misaki, and then there will be an episode about Hiroki and Nowaki. The story line for Usagi and
Misaki is sooooo humorous and yet adorable and dramatic. And then on the complete opposite spectrum, Hiroki and Nowaki ‘s story is so heart-renching and romantic. Both of the stories are very interesting and I personally can say that I can relate to them VERY well. Especially the story of Hiroki and Nowaki... it is almost exactly like a situation I have been in before. And it’s great how the story of Hiroki and Nowaki is tied into the relationship of Usagi and Misaki.
ART – Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… the shading and colors are so amazing, and everything is so well drawn. This artist sure knows how to draw attractive men with great expressions and actions. Their faces and body language are always so perfect. Not only that, but there are also moments were the drawings are very cartoony and humorous and they make me laugh and go… “AWWW, that’s soooo cute!” I absolutely would date any of those guys. The drawings are to die for. EXCEPT, the characters all have the same hair cut! And it makes it sooo hard to tell people apart sometimes. It’s easy to get confused.
SOUND – Not all that much background music, but when there is, it is very well-placed. Also, there are moments where small things, like forks on plates, just set the mood for the sound excellently. The voices for all the characters fit them very well, except for maybe Hiroki. I don’t exactly like his voice being that deep. It does not match his character very well to me. The OP theme is to die for. But I did not so much enjoy the ED… but you can’t always have it your way, yeah?
CHARACTERS – 4 main characters instead of just the normal two or three. I must say I like that, mostly because it gives the watcher more of a view of different kinds of people and there is more to relate to that way. I’ll go through every character for you:
Usagi – very manly and blunt. He blatantly comes out and says what he is thinking, and that is what is so attractive about him. He doesn’t really care what everyone thinks and he is very understanding. He wants love and he finds that love in Misaki.
Misaki – just absolutely adorable! He is somewhat whiney at times, but he is young, and at times is very naïve. It’s strange that he is 10 years younger than Usagi, but they really have a love/hate relationship. He changes his mind so much. He will at one moment love Usagi and then act like he hates his guts… it’s kinda stupid if you ask me.
Hiroki – I don’t really like his character as much, but he is also mature. But, he changes his mind so much. He is very… what’s the word… harsh. And it seems like he doesn’t care about anyone but himself sometimes.
Nowaki – personally, he is my favorite character. He is so loving and because he is truly in love he knows that he never wants to give up on Hiroki. I look up to him because he reminds me a lot of myself.
ENJOYMENT – I’m laughing at every episode of Usagi and Misaki. I’m crying at every episode of Hiroki and Nowaki. I somewhat wish that they could have split this show into two separate shows so that I was not trying so hard to remember the love affairs of all 4 characters, but none-the-less I enjoyed every second I watched this. :)
Every Yaoi lover MUST watch this show. It was the most amazing anime…
Dear yaoi fandom,
there is such an impressive quantity of yaoi out there that are actually really good. Been there, seen it. So why in the world do you love Junjou Romantica so much?
Starting out as a hardcore fan of the series, I gave myself a few years of growing up before I realized this anime deserves to be proverbially spat on with passion. Shamed and enlightened, I saw the Truth and it set me Free. Dramatic as it sounds, fellow reader, the Truth IS: this anime (especially manga) is an utter fuckup.
Probably the biggest problem with today's yaoi that is present here; the 'uke'
side of the couple has little to no back spine and, despite the fact they dedicated an episode trying to convince us he WASN'T forced into the 'loving relationship' he is in right now by the 'seme', it is very painfully obvious he was. In other words, characterization is lacking, as it were.
Class writing with many "uwwa" moments. I know you love those.
Another fun thing about this thing is that there are three couples involved and none of them are done right and all of them are an insult to gay relationships, as well as relationships in general.
It only came to my attention recently that all three of storylines have "submission&domination" formula, which would be OK, I guess, considering how common that is; if all three of them weren't exactly the same. MentorxStudent kind of thing, as hot as it can be, had been done terribly wrong in all three instances.
Now I'd like to talk about characters - or should I say a character? Indeed, they are all relatively identical examples of one and the same fantasy the author apparently has about anime men. Not only their design, it is their "personalities" that are particularly painful to watch.
The characters are so shallow and badly developed, their love is completely unjustified by anything they do.
Annoying voice acting.
All in all, fangirls. Pay attention please, I have a few suggestions for you.
Here is a couple of manga you can read instead of watching/reading this dreadful thing, because apparently the best yaoi manga are never made into an anime:
Aitsu no Daihonmei, Yume Musubi Koi Musubi and it's slightly hotter spin-off Himegoto Asobi, Doushitemo Furetakunai and its spin off After 9 Hours.
Enjoy the reads, you don't need to thank me, spread the word, gimme some good ones in return and god bless our gay hearts.
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
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.
A bloody brillant show. It was incredibly cute, with so many adorable moments I could've choked on the fluff. It was also very humorous, with some really random, hilarious moments, leaving me laughing out loud. All the characters personalities were incredible, and I loved all of them. It's rare for me to find a show where there's maybe only one person hate, so this show was really good in that sense. Each character is so different and unique, so everytime a new character was introduced it was refreshing. The plot itself wasn't one of the best, although it always managed to make me either crack
a smile, or feel like crying. I recomend it any yaoi fans out there.
This is my first review, so don't expect it to be perfect... It'll be short.
I'm going to try to get through this review without fangirling, okay? Haha, kidding.
I found this show randomly on RightStuf. the plot sounded pretty good, but I was a little hesitant at first, since it was a yaoi. I honestly expected it to be awful at first. I'm glad it played out the way it did.
The plot of Junjou Romantica revolves around three gay couples going about their everyday lives. It's very simple, but can get confusing since it never focuses on just one couple. It's a character driven romance,
so it gets pretty darn dramatic at times. However, this drama is sometimes overplayed and just feels forced.
The art is average, typical of a yaoi. The animation is alright for a romance anime. However, what really turns me off is the character design. They all look the same. I don't necessarily mean the color of the eyes and hair, but they're the same height and the hair is drawn the same. It's confusing at times.
Sound is also average. The opening and ending themes were good enough to get stuck in my head, and the seiyuu fit well with their characters. The background music was also very nice, and always fit the situation.
This show is very character driven. The characters are well rounded and all enjoyable to watch. The minute you meet the couples, you know who's on the top and who's on the bottom. Maybe it's just me, but they seem more human than other characters in anime.
This show is a fangirl's dream. Being a fangirl and yaoi lover, this show has been like crack to me. It's just that entertaining.
This anime is a wonderful addition to any anime lovers collection, whether they be man, woman, bi, or straight. It's fun to watch and the characters are enjoyable. I suggest to anyone reading this review go check it out on any anime streaming site, and buy the DVD releases on RightStuf.
Sorry, this review was really, really short. I hope this was helpful to someone! :)
Since you already have the summary above I'll just jump into my review :)
While I was watching this, I began to wonder how long had it been since I'd gotten so enchanted by a particular story in an anime. So much that watching it put me on the edge of my seat and had me deeply concerned over the fate of the characters. Well Junjou Romantica did all that and more, it left me breathless, and my heart over flowing with joy. The story is absolutely class A work, it doesn't focus on just the sexual relationship the characters have, it actually gives us a
beautiful window of how love works in a gay relationship. The uncertainties, the worries, and shows us that their not so different from the relationships of heterosexuals. It goes day to day and gives us a brief yet powerful glimpse at what it means to love, not just because of gender or age, but because we are ultimately draw to that person and how we just cannot help ourselves. It's heartwarming and exciting, a breath of fresh air.
I have to admit, the only reason I noticed this (out of a literal sea of Yaoi animes) was the beautiful art. I admire how the artist keeps the obvious male qualities and doesn't over feminize the "uke" of the relationship but you're constantly aware that their both male, and it leaves little question about it. I must admit, the scenery was beautiful in this particular anime as well. I have to also so that their expression were so full of emotion that you nearly felt like you knew exactly what they were feeling even if they said nothing at all. You could feel the love and affection, and somehow words weren't needed to see it very clearly. Beautiful job on the art!
I didn't wanna look like too much of a fangirl so I decided to down grade the sound to a 9. I won't lie, the background music was gentle, not overpowering like in some animes, it was perfect for setting the mood. The opening and ending were rather fun too, and it seemed to fit the anime so well it was hard to argue they did a good job choosing the opening and ending for this anime. I think I gave it a nine soully based on the fact that I didn't wanna give it a perfect 10, i'm such a douch but it was still a beautiful soundtrack and I'm definitely considering purchasing the OST's!
I have to say first and foremost all of the characters were beautifully done, not just artistically but also personally. You see the personal growth in all the characters and how each hardship just brings them closer together, and even makes them more open and honest with the person that they truly love. You get a feeling for each character and somewhere along the line you start screaming "SAY IT!" like a fool. They draw you in, and before you know it you really start to feel like you know them in some strange way, like they were truly real. The characters really were amazing in this anime, I have to say I'd give them all a perfect 10.
I haven't enjoyed an anime this much since Ouran High School Host Club, and I haven't watched that anime in over 2 1/2 years. Sure I've watched some good anime but to truely enjoy an anime this much is rare for me. I'm glad I found it, the writer did an amazing job, though some things were lacking but they were scarcely noticeable. I just can't explain how much I enjoyed this anime without writing a novel about it. Lol!
10/10 what can I say? The only flaw I had through the anime was the fact that there wasn't alot of "lovey-dovey" stuff going on, but I suppose that's how it is in sometimes when both partners are working. It can be abit frustrating but if you like yaoi and a good love story, watch this. It definitely is a crowd pleaser, and even if you're not so keen on it, I doubt you'll end up hating it at the very least.
Let's start this off with overall Junjou Romantica was a very good anime. The story was intresting enough to keep you watching, with a few slower parts. Though it did leave me with a feeling of just watching a chick flick. It was diffinitaly full of drama.
Some of the characters were deep, others not so much. The animimation of them were done well, and the voices matched the characters. But there were times when the words didn't match the mouths moving. And the timing was off by a noticeable amount.
I'd suggest this anime if your in the mood for drama an romance. Junjou Romantica is
filled with that, but it also has some comedy and fluff. Even if some of the plot seems like it has been done in quite a lot of movies, this is still a good watch.
Well this is my first review and I hope someone finds it helpful.
Junjou Romantica was an incredible yaoi themed anime. It created a story of not just high school romance but adults after school. However the storyline from there is at the best basic. Out of the three storylines written into the overall story only the main story develops. The two basic characters Misaki and Akihiko are two lovers who conquer all expectations of both of them and continue to be together. The end of the plot. Yes there are hardships for the two but the ideas are unrealistic and could cause confusion
to people who are straight looking into a gay themed romance. Basically it does not show the hard ships that are often confronted in the everyday life. The other two stories are about the same way. Only with different aged people. I enjoyed the anime but I fel it was more because of funny plots intermingled and the stereotypical ideals.
In this catagory I have to say I thought the animation was great. The artwork was different and switched often throughout the anime from chibi mode to the real perspective. I however prefer artwork that is the typical big dramatic eyes than that of a more realistic piece.
The voice over actors did a wonderful job to me when portraying the characters. The only exception is the introduction of english into the japanese show. It pains me to hear the really bad english that the actors use. Other than that it was wonderful. The themesong "Himi Kana" by pigstar is great and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it.
The characters have unique attributes to each of their personalities. Though the idea of them knowing each other without really knowing each other was kind of odd. I think that they could have had a better way of combining the stories but that is my own opinion. I loved each of the characters strange personalities and could be why I enjoyed the anime as much as I did.
Even with the awkward storyline of the neverending parade of triumphs over expectations I have to say I really enjoyed it. The characters plus the audio and visual perspectives captivated me. I felt like I needed to see the next one just to see the characters interactions. The hilarious comments and expressions kept me coming back for more.
With that I have to say overall the experience was very good and I may even watch the anime again.
The only reason this even has a 2/10 rating is because I enjoyed Nowaki and Hiroki's narrative—1 point for each character.
Usami is a romanticized rapist and manipulator—there's no other way to spin his character. He was very manipulative and predatory and it was just really distasteful. There was nothing likable about him. I really did enjoy Nowaki's and Hiro's stories however. Had the story only been about the two of them, Junjou Romantica would have received a 8/10 rating from me. But it wasn't so I decided to drop it. I just can't support a series that tries to make rape and abuse a normal
thing. It happens in real life; I don't need to see it in fantasies too.
Junjou Romantica is one of my favourite BL stories of all times. It is not a "yaoi" story that is filled with pointless sex scenes. In fact, there is no explicit sex shown in the anime at all. Any sex is mostly short and glossed over, and used to add to the mood of the story.
The story deals with 3 couples that are semi- interconnected (while living their own lives). These 3 couples have very similar romances and faces similar problems, but each one deals with them differently. The focus of the story is mostly dealing with the character's personal feelings and thoughts,
and how they deal with the problems they face in their romance. It's filled with inner thoughts, so there's quite a lot of monologue.
I find that this story deals relatively well with the implications of what do you do when you just happened to fall in love with someone of the same gender. It's not about gay men per se, but about men who just happened to fall in love with another guy and then having to live with the consequences. Especially in the case of Misaki and Miyag-sensei, they had problems accepting the affections and romantic advances from another guy. Through the story, they had to think it out for themselves and eventually accept their own feelings for another guy. In this sense, it is quite a serious story. However, the day to day events of the story are quite comical.
Another issue the story dealt with is the age gap. In the 3 couples, the age gaps are 4 years, 10 years, and 17 years. Each one shares different problems, whether it is social pressure, or wanting to be worthy of the one you love, not wanting to lose them to the age difference etc. There's also other social problems involved such as teacher-student or in one case, the younger brother of his ex-wife. The point I wanted to make is that the story focuses on how the characters think about their situation, and how to deal with their feelings and the problems, instead of just about men having sex.
The art style is slightly different from the manga, but still quite similar. I think that there is a good balance between masculine and feminine features in the characters. Except in the case of Misaki and Shinobu, where they are somewhat feminine looking (because they are supposed to be younger), all the other men are very masculine without being too masculine. What this achieves is that it avoids the BL cliche that the uke basically looks like a pretty girl. While I don't mind art features metro pretty boys, it is refreshing to watch BL about men who look like men. Very clean and clear animation.
I personally fell that the background music tracts did a great job to fit the mood and events of the story. There was several times that I thought "hey, that music's really good".
As mentioned earlier regarding the story, Junjou romantica focuses on the character's inner turmoil and thoughts, which means we really get to see the inner workings of the character's minds. While the story is a bit cliche (their thoughts are mostly predictable), but that is the point of romances. Cliche romances are loved by many (including me ^^).
Enjoyment and Overall 10/10
What's best about the anime is the blend of everything together, the serious issues that the character deals with but with very good comedy moments. Together, it makes the show very enjoyable to watch.
Now to address the problems with the anime: it was too loud. There was just too much yelling. In each of the 3 relationships, there is one "quiet" one and one "loud" one. The loud one gets flustered easily and yells WAY too much, and sometimes it really gave me a headache. While reading the manga, you don't have this problem, but I really disliked parts of the anime because of that. The uke also cry a lot in addition to yelling, which can get annoying.
Also, while each story is different from the others, they all share some similarities in the character stereotyping - strong, quiet seme with loud flustered uke. Junjou Romantica does follow very cliche BL character types (though its not just BL, many romance genres all follow this kind of cliche with a strong and a weaker character in a relationship).
Another "failing" is that while it deals with some serious issues, it never really deals with the issue. Since it focuses on the characters themselves and their thoughts, it doesn't tell us anything about the external world that they live in. You're following the first person POV of the main character basically, which means there is very limited knowledge of the world outside his inner thoughts I put "failings" in quotes because this is not really a problem, because overall its a comedy, not some deep soul-searching social commentary. It may be interesting to know more about the rest of the world that the story is set in, but it doesn't make the story bad in any sense. In a way you can interpret it as that the characters live in their own little romance world without care for the rest of the world (which is somewhat true, they worry about it but it's a fleeting worry. One of those Love can conquer all type of story). However, I do feel that the romance may be doomed to fail in the future because of the social problems they face. As a romance comedy, it doesn't take serious problems as seriously as it should. For example, there is very little chance that people would accept a relationship between a professor and a high school student if they wanted to take the relationship public.
If you are a fan of cliche romances (whether gay or straight), then you will enjoy this. If you don't, then this may not be the best. Definitely, you will have to have an open mind towards BL to really watch the show. I don't think this is a story only for the fangirls (it's focused on romance between two guys, not just some gay porn without plot), I do believe someone who is neutral towards BL may also enjoy it purely for the entertainment value of the story. If you dislike male on male relationships, then you shouldn't be watching BL at all. If you're interested in finding a good romance story staring males, then this is for you.
So this is my fourth yaoi, but first one where it is an actual story with more than two episodes. I would have rated it a ten, but I did not care for the third couple in the terrorist arc. It, to me, was no different than a little girl having a crush on her teacher. This boy, I'm sure he had feelings for him for a long time, but to just up and chase him the way he did. Ugh! He just came off as confused and desperate to me. I didn't like that couple.
But the other two I love! I like that Misaki
and Usagi got as many episode as they did because that couple was my number one favorite. It had more elements and more of a plot than than Hiroki and Nowaki.
I do kind of wish Misaki's brother was used more in the story, but I'm pretty sure in one episode they said he was dense so I guess he was used as much as a dense person could be used, or maybe he just didn't want to force his brother to come with him back home.
This year for our Valentine's week romance review, we're looking at Junjou Romantica. This one is based off of the best known work of Nakamura Shungiku. The manga has been going since late 2003. The anime, at least the first series of it, aired in 2008. And that was brought to us by Studio Deen. Yes, the same studio that brought us Gravitation, Twilight Q, & Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. I have a feeling one of those is going to bear far more similarities to this than the others. But maybe I'm just making assumptions based on the genre overlap. Is this one
as good as Gravitation was? Let's take a look at the first series and see.
We start out with Misaki, our protagonist, trying to get into a good university. There's just one problem. His test scores are pretty bad. In order to better prepare for the entrance exams he enlists the aid of his older brother's friend who also happens to be a famous author. This is Usami, also called Usagi-san. But things quickly take a strange turn when Usami immediately molests Misaki. We then go through a harrowing narrative as Misaki struggles to cope with the violation and whether or not to involve law enforcement. Or, maybe that's just the start of a romance. It's one of those, and not the one that makes more sense.
Therein lies the fundamental flaw with Junjou Romantica. The main romance is completely fucked up. Usami straight up sexually assaults Misaki a lot. With dialogue from Misaki to the effect of “Stop. Let go. Get off of me.” and yet we're supposed to buy into the idea that this is a good romantic relationship and not a serial rapist who's chosen a younger victim who happens to be in his power. But it's actually totally the latter and they never acknowledge the severe problems with it. Give a series like Love Stage some credit, at least when it uncomfortably started with an attempted sexual assault they put some effort into showing redemption and repentance on the part of the guilty party. There's also a secondary romance between a university professor and a high school boy who wants to go to the university he teaches at. I foresee no ethical problems with that whatsoever. Frankly, both of these romances are super unhealthy & really uncomfortable to watch. Which also adversely affects the attempts at comedy. Because you aren't getting legitimately funny scenes in a series with an uncomfortable, rapey atmosphere.
The one area where I'll give the series some credit is that the relationship betwixt Hiroki & Nowaki generally does work. They demonstrate respect for one another's boundaries, which should go without saying but, in this series, is unique. They also have some compelling relationship issues that do speak to the kinds of real problems that healthy couples face. Like a lack of communication or jealousy.
The characters could almost be pretty typical. Usami is the talented rich boy who has a childish side into adulthood, with a side of being a rapist. Misaki is the youngster with a lot of potential who's uncertain about himself but will do anything for the one they love. Or, in this case, the one he's got Stockholm syndrome for. Ultimately, that makes them worse than generic. Because this series is grotty.
Like with the romance in general, the only characters who somewhat redeem the series are Hiroki & Nowaki. Since the problems they deal with are pretty legitimate and they handle their situations in a somewhat realistic fashion.
In terms of artwork, there are some nice backgrounds. The character designs look decent enough. The comedic art shift that you get when the series thinks it's pulled away from the uncomfortable romance aspects enough to go for a joke look pretty bad and they're kind of over done in terms of how frequently it happens.
They did get some very talented actors for this. Including our old friend, Sakurai Takahiro. There's also Itou Kentarou, Canna Nobutoshi & Kishio Daisuke to name a few. That being said, these aren't their best performances. A lot of it boils down to them having reactions that are really downplayed because “this is a romance. So, your “no, stop” needs to be a soft protest.” It's almost like that element singularly damages virtually every facet of the series. That's also why Itou & Canna give, by a good margin, the best performances in the series. Since their characters are allowed to react to their situation in a way that isn't totally stilted. The music is by MOKA, the same music unit that brought us Elfen Lied's average music. This is slightly better than that. It's okay.
Well, we have three main couples, all of which are gay. Our main couple is really rapey and repulsive. One of our secondary couples is exceedingly unethical excrement. That leaves the Hiroki/ Nowaki couple. Which, to be honest, isn't worth sitting through the rest of this for. They have some cute moments and if they were in a series by themselves I'd probably be pretty fond of it. Overall, though, this is not a series with a healthy concept of what a romantic relationship between men looks like. You'd be better off with Gravitation or Gakuen Heaven. Even something with a gay couple on the side like Gundam Wing or Voyages of the Cerberus (I know, shameless self plug) would be better if decently handled.
It's probably pretty plain to see that I did not care for this series. Part of the problem is that it paints sexual assault as an ordinary part of romance. Part of the problem is that it portrays itself as a “pure” romance series while having that kind of shite as a staple. Ultimately, it's pretty bad and I really don't recommend it unless you have a fetish for gay rape. Which I won't judge you for but I may slowly back away from you and only ever be around you in bright, crowded areas. The one redeeming factor is the Hiroki/ Nowaki romance, which is, unfortunately, not the focus. So, the final rating is going to stand at a 3/10. Next week I'll look at A-Ko the Versus.
Junjo Romantica is a great yaoi anime, I say yaoi anime on purpose. As an anime, it's so-so I guess, but I'm a huge yaoi-fan and I loves this anime. It's one of the cutest shows I've ever seen.
let's discuss it:
Well, the story isn't that great, I admit. It's pretty obvious what will happen and it's not really progressing. You're just following three couples and how they are changing in the relationship, overcoming obstacles and sometimes becoming the obstacles themselves.
The main couple is Misaki/Usami, "side couples" are Hiroki/Nowaki and Miyagi/Shinobu. I liked that they all sort of know each other (except Shinobu).
why I rated the story 7 is because it's slooooow, especially how Misaki is unable to say "I love you" which goes on like 5 episodes. But, if you're a yaoi-fan like me, you won't find it disturbing.
I liked the art, maybe it's a bit angular, but it fits the story. It's not amazing artwork, but it doesn't need amazing artwork. The soft pastel-colors fit the yaoi-genre and the cuteness.
Great voice actors! I think that's quite important. A voice actors can make or break the character. Takahiro Sakurai as Misaki is doing an amazing job, as always. The music didn't really caught my attention, although the opening and ending are nice.
I think this anime really depends on the characters and not on the story. The "ukes" are developing in the relationship, Misaki doesn't want to be a burden to anyone, Hiroki has had missed chances with Usami, Miyagi has a dead (female) lover. But they all bloom in their relationships and it's nice to see them trying to overcome their flaws for their lovers.
Because it's the best yaoi-anime I've seen and I cried every episode.
It's an awesome anime for yaoi-lovers!
This is one of the best anime I've ever seen in the BL/yaoicategory. It made me burst of with laughing from the hilarious moments, almost crying from the sad moments and smiling from the sweetness.
The story is not good, but that doesn't matter to me since I enjoyed this series so much anyway.
I think the voices could be better, some of the voices just don't fit the characters. I had to be used to the opening to like it but I don't really like the ending, so that could be better to me (although this part depends on ones taste).
Otherwise this is a masterpriece to
me, and the art is amazing! It's very well done like the manga it's based on.
The characters are great! Some of them are ordinary characters but developed in a way that makes them unique.
I really recommend this to BL/yaoifans! Have a good time watching!
I just finished watching this.. literally. I had to review it before I watch the second half (Season 2) so I can separate it at least for you guys.
This is my second BL anime - Sekaiichi Hatsukoi being the first. For a sense of similarity I wasn't bored or disappointed at all. There are a lot of people who compare this to SH and with good reason - it's practically the same. BUT what you are watching is not just the same story with different characters, they are separate in their own right and the back lay for settings and themes is totally different.
keep this short considering there isn't much to say. One focus story - two main stories (3 stories total) which all contain at least one acquaintance of another story. In other words - the whole anime flows and doesn't contain pointless side stories that have no relation whatsoever to the MS. Five points I need to make clear:
1. The men are men. They act like men. They talk like men. MEN.
2. It is not an anime purely for girls nor is it an uncomfortable anime, those thoughts need to be eradicated right now.
3. There is more romance in this than you will ever find in a mainstream/more popular anime.
4. The messages are a bit more deeper than "sex in the library will solve any relationship problems" and if you can't handle that then stay off the judgmental ship.
5. You WILL enjoy this if you give it a try! There is just the right amount of Drama, Comedy and Slice of Life for everyone to enjoy.
If you have seen Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and enjoyed it, then you will like this and if you haven't then there's the next anime for you to watch.