My God, as if they couldn't do worse than the first season of this tripe.
I can't see how anyone in their right mind would think that this is a good anime. Firstly, the story is so ridiculously melodramatic, convenient and just plain old unbelievable.
In fact, so much of it is redundant. Ooh, to spice things up a bit, rather than just having all the passive gay guys get victimised, let them get victimised by relatives of and friends of and co-workers of their lovers! Everyone loves infidelity!
Just it makes no sense, since we all know they won't cheat since they're SUCH GOOD GUYS.
So then, what was the point of even including that in the plot?!
The art is still dirt poor as always. Ugliest gay guys I ever saw, I thought gay dudes were supposed to be fabulous? These weren't. And the sound is still lame. The theme songs are awful.
Characters, ha! Only a bunch of immature, horny bastards who cannot understand the concept of love but understand the concept of butt secks very well. They don't grow, change, develop. In fact, they spend so much time wallowing in angst and self-pity and jealously that it's a wonder that they're not all thirteen years old.
Then again, only thirteen year olds would watch this.
For a person not used to the yaoi genre, this anime has been quite a challenge for me to watch, but after accepting the fact that there are people with penises who prefer sharing their bed with other people with penises, it went down smoothly.
Junjou Romantica is like a chocolate cake whose frosting melted and is dripping sugar so badly that you can't take anymore of the sweetness. But in this case, you're also a diabetic.
The story starts off with introducing various characters who are all in their own way downright generic, but still manages to keep our focus due to all the random sex/kissing
scenes in the very beginning.
For those of us used to the usual romance anime, a kiss means affection and sex means a relationship. Stop right here if you're expecting anything of that sort from Romantica. In this wacky world, a kiss is an attempt of rape while sex is just emptying the content of your balls into the youngest male child you happen across that day.
The setting of this anime is typical for the Shounen/Shoujo Ai genre: everyone is gay, and those who think they aren't, don't seem to have any objections to elderly men taking away their virginity from behind.
The greatest problem of this anime becomes obvious as we come to the center of the cake: the pairings.
So, let's take a short view into the minds of our protagonists, shall we?
1.)Nowaki - A college freshman, who randomly decides Hiro is his soulmate and thus makes it his life's mission to force himself onto him. He is also fond of overusing the sentence ''I love you'' and is in complete control of the relationship.
Hiro - A professor of literature at a local college with denial problems, who doesn't seem to mind being raped by a boy who is 4 years younger than he is.
They live together.
2.)Usagi - A well known writer, who randomly decides Misaki is his soulmate and thus makes it his life's mission to force himself onto him. He is also fond of overusing the sentence ''I love you'' and is in complete control of the relationship.
Misaki - A college freshman with denial problems, who doesn't seem to mind being raped by an elderly gentleman who is 10 years older than he is.
They live together.
3.)Shinobu - A 3rd year ''kokose'' who randomly decides Miyagi is his soulmate and thus makes it his life's mission to force himself onto him.
Miyagi - A professor of literature at a local college with denial problems, who doesn't seem to mind being raped by a boy who is 14 years younger than he is.
They live together.
The couples are more than obviously all made by the same recipe. And unfortunately this time it's ''Sugar, no spice and everything nice.'' This anime is so sweet and innocent that, at times, makes the contents of your stomach do the macarena.
By this time you must be wondering ''Why did this crazy woman give this anime a 7 if she just spent half an hour writing about it's downsides?''. Well, now, I'll have to bite my tongue.
Although the idea in itself is a major disaster, the redeeming factor of this anime are actually - the characters.
As I stated before, the premise of the main plot for every couple is absolutely identical. What I failed to mention is that every character has his own story, his own heavy load he has to bear while trying to convince himself that gay isn't OK. And that's what makes this anime worth the watch.
All in all, this anime was made for the Yaoi/Shounen Ai fandome, and even if you don't count yourself in as being one of them, the light tone of the story, the beautiful artwork and the comedical sequences (which aren't that rare and are hilarious) should be reason enough to make you sit through this gay madness.
The second season or half as some may put it, was outstanding. This portion of Junjou Romantica entailed more drama, more harsh realities and sense of compassion and love within each of the stories. The main focus set eyes on Usagi and Misaki which, let's be real, is the best OTP going. Their growing relationship became more obvious and open with each other. We finally get to see a less embarrassed side to Misaki (Manly?) which lifted a worry off my shoulders, as I thought this season would end the same as it began - shy, awkward Misaki. His development was quite impressive, like
watching your own child grow up and fly out of the nest. I noticed placement of the other characters in different scenes which sort of made me go "Ohh look there's the other guy! Cool!".
The sub stories were touched lightly - more so for Myagi and Shinobu (2 episodes I think?). Hiroki and Nowaki had some serious issues, but their stories were the ones I found myself nearly in tears for, it really warms the heart. I am surprised how much climax and resolve they managed to squeeze in without over crowding the episodes and straying too much from the Main MC's story.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot more drama involved in this section than there was in the first. We jumped from rom-com to rom-rama which was what I never knew I wanted and I was surprised and satisfied all the same. The romance never dies, which I was even more happy for and they played a little on family, giving a realistic feel towards the harsh judgement of BL.
Some of the ecchi scenes looked a little forced but when conflict was always resolved there was a line i think Misaki said (?) that went something like "If I didn't want it, I could have just left and never came back" which solved every issue I had right there. Heres hoping for Season 3 this Spring!!!
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IS THIS EVEN PG 13 =_=
3S and 3M
Too many Usagi X Misaki :(
This is my 1st time rewatching this series
Its split into 3 different couples . But they are somehow being linked to each other (relationship) . Well in season 1 they juz started like : " Hey! There's NO WAY im gonna love a guy" but in season 2 they eventually accept each other . In season 2 the plot is being carried on . Like the couples having arguments then get back again . Well this is normal is "romance" anime duh XD .
There's nothing much for me say as i might spoil the anime .
V SHAPED FACE . Did they all went for plastic surgery? LOL . The legs are way TOO slim even for a guy haha then the body is big . And the hairstyle are kind of weird . The eyes are too big for guys in Misaki's case . They are kinda funny if you think properly hahaha
The opening song is not bad it is not really like the rock type but rather calming it fits this anime.I REALLY wondered WHY 90% of the shounen ai or yaoi anime have very good songs? Seriously like WHY? And they are sung by guys as well haha
Each couple there's like a S and M . What pisses me off is that Misaki always says that he "don't love" Usagi but then he always give in . Just like when Misaki is angry then Usagi kissed him then he accepted it instead of rejecting it. Duh same goes for other couples . I like terrorist the most as its just cute and sweet.
This anime have WAY TOO MANY awkward moments . I am really hiding my face or turning down the volume XD . But i do enjoy it (some) . 1 thing i really like in this anime is that there's many LOVE TRIANGLE and i really love it ^^
In fact in most shounen ai and yaoi anime or manga there's love triangle . It is special as its NOT harem i simply enjoy them :)
Overall its a sweet "shounen ai" anime though there's no such coincidence in this world . Watch this if ur like me who like to watch couples arguing (i sound like a S =_=)
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!