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12/29/2013

Junjou Romantica (Both anime and manga)

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Junjou RomanticaSummary: Three very different couples caught up in a storm of pure romance!

Romantica: Misaki is struggling to prepare for his college entrance exams, so his brother arranges for a private tutor. But Misaki’s nightmare is just beginning when his tutor, Usami, comes on to him! How will Misaki ever manage to pass his exam? And why does he feel so mysteriously drawn to Usami?

Egoist: Just when Kamijou’s life is at its lowest, he has a chance meeting with a man who never lets anything hold him back: Nowaki. His name means “typhoon,” and he’s about to take Kamijou on a whirlwind ride that will turn everything upside-down.

Terrorist: Miyagi always seems to shrug off the cares of the world with a joke and a smile, but even he has problems, although he doesn’t let them show. Foremost is Shinobu, a relentless young man who’s adamant that they’re destined to be together.

Summary from http://myanimelist.net

Reviews

Junjou Romantica was my first Yaoi. It was what got me in to Yaoi. Though I have moved on to Yaoi I like more, this series will always be dear to me. The art is not the best, the proportions are many times not right. But even with its flaws, it is still a great series. My ratings for this series are: Art= 6, Story= 8. 
Darklordrabey

This is my favorite yaoi anime/manga, and one of my top animes just in general. The characters are unique, and each couple has a different situation and quirks, so things stay interesting. I love that it can balance humor and drama, and not get overwhelmed by either one.

The progression of the three relationships and the character development is gradual, but still obviously there and noticeable. 
The sex scenes in the anime are done tastefully with proper censorship, and in such a way that’s both sweet and, well… hot. The manga goes farther, making the scenes quite a bit more graphic. In both they’re also well placed and a good length, so as not to interfere with the plot.
The manga sticks pretty closely to the anime for the first few books, but does eventually branch off on a very different path. This is a method used by other animes as well (such as Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji) so the books are not overshadowed by the show and vice versa. Through this we are also able to learn more about the characters and their pasts without it being repetitive.
Something I’d like to see improved, however, is the art. Don’t get me wrong, I love the anime’s art to death. But (and this is more of a problem in the manga), characters are often… disproportionate. Mainly with hands/feet/etc being too big and sometimes just odd looking. This does seem to be improving little by little, but in some cases still has a ways to go.
All in all, I strongly recommend it.

wishIwereanime

I just started to read it and I love it so far. The stories switch every chapter between two couples but they tie into each other in small ways. Good series so far. I definitely recommend it.

Sydney

Junjou Romantica was my first yaoi. I’ve been keeping up with it, and still eagerly wait for the next chapter to be updated. It’s very sweet, and the anime itself, (though not really the manga,) is perfect for those new to yaoi, because it’s sweet, funny, but at the same time serious, and not too graphic.

Leah

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