Studio: Studio Deen
Publisher: Nozomi Entertainment
Release Dates: July 11th, 2017 (Season 1), August 1st, 2017 (Season 2)
Need a touch more romance in your life? Tired of all these anime with cute girls doing cute things? Are you in touch with your inner romantic who longs for cute boys doing cute things, instead? Well, Nozomi Entertainment has you covered with the Junjo Romantica series. For a lover of Boy’s Love stories, Junjo Romantica is a top pick. Many thanks to Nozomi Entertainment for the review copies.
Junjo Romantica is the story of three couples. The first is the Romantica couple of a bear-loving tutor and his slightly tsundere student: Usami (Or Usagi if you wanna call him that) and Misaki. The second is the Egoist couple of a man who has hit rock bottom and a man with a whirlwind of a personality: Kamijou and Nowaki. The third is the Terrorist couple of a jokester and a (self-proclaimed) destined soulmate: Miyagi and Shinobu. From issues of love, studies, and even destiny, Junjo Romantica takes a deep look into love between men.
Personally, I didn’t think I’d enjoy what I watched with this series. As a member of Rize Up Gaming, a company that stands against racism, sexism, hate speech, bigotry, and all forms of cyberbullying on the Internet, I can proudly state that I’m all for people falling in love with whom they want. However, I also know that Boy’s Love and yaoi aren’t to my tastes in anime. So, I honestly believed that I would not enjoy an anime in those genres. I was definitely wrong when it came to Junjo Romantica.
Junjo Romantica isn’t an (penises-)all-out fuckfest of guys having sex with guys. Even though there’s a masturbation scene cleverly hidden (or not) in the first episode, that’s not all the series is about. It takes a look at love from a different perspective without the fluff of most moe comedy series. You don’t need tons of ‘fan-service’ to make a good love story and Junjo Romantica proves that. While it may not be my cup of tea, it’s a good show and I’d watch it again with a friend if that friend was into BL and wanted a good show of it.
Overall, Junjo Romantica is worth a watch. With a SRP of $54.99 USD (per season) on the RightStuf storefront, I’d scoop the series up if I were you. Yeah, you. The one who likes Boy’s Love and incidentally watched Pico x Chico x CoCo because someone trolled you with it. Yeah, you won’t get trolled with Junjo Romantica like that. For now, though, I’m gonna get back to watching Sketchbook ~full colors~ again and enjoy some cute cats doing cute cat things. You go enjoy ordering some Junjo Romantica now. *sips tea*
Lolinia gives Junjo Romantica a Drastik Moé Measure of 6.8 out of 10.0 (68).
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