Anime Lounge #17: Junjou Romantica 2

Series: Jun­jou Roman­tica 2

Episodes: 1 to 12

Premise: Jun­jou Roman­tica is bro­ken up into three sto­ry­lines: Roman­tica, Ego­ist and Ter­ror­ist. Roman­tica is the story of main cou­ple Mis­aki Taka­hashi and Aki­hiko Usami, who are brought together by Misaki’s older brother, Takahiro, so that Aki­hiko can tutor Mis­aki for col­lege entrance exams. It hap­pens that Takahiro announces at the meet­ing that he is get­ting mar­ried. Aki­hiko and Mis­aki are upset for dif­fer­ent rea­sons: Mis­aki, because it means he is los­ing his brother some­what after the death of his par­ents; Aki­hiko, because he is in love with Takahiro. Romance com­mences, with a reluc­tant Mis­aki along for the ride. Ego­ist focuses on Nowaki Kusama and Hiroki Kamijou’s devel­op­ing rela­tion­ship. Nowaki is con­sid­er­ably younger than Hiroki, who is a clas­sic Japan­ese lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor. Thus, their rela­tion­ship cen­ters on their every­day strug­gle to be a cou­ple on equal foot­ing. In Ter­ror­ist, Yo Miyagi and Shi­nobu Takat­suki become reac­quainted after the end of Yo’s mar­riage to Shinobu’s sis­ter. Shi­nobu is in love with Yo, but Yo doesn’t take him seri­ously. The result­ing rela­tion­ship between the two is inter­est­ing and deals with their pasts as brothers-in-law and their age dif­fer­ence. One pro­tag­o­nist in each cou­ple knows of another in another cou­ple. For exam­ple, Aki­hiko was in a rela­tion­ship with Hiroki and Hiroki works with Yo.

Is it worth watch­ing?: Yes. If you love roman­tic sto­ries, this is prob­a­bly for you. A word of cau­tion, though: If you do not like yaoi, do not watch because the series’ rela­tion­ships are all between men. If you are com­fort­able with it, you’ll come to love the char­ac­ters and their rela­tion­ship struggles.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Mis­aki Taka­hashi. He finally starts to come out of shell and become a lit­tle more open in his rela­tion­ship with Aki­hiko. Instead of super shy and awk­ward Mis­aki, he’s a lit­tle more com­fort­able with being in an openly acknowl­edged rela­tion­ship with Akihiko.

Best cou­ple: Mis­aki and Aki­hiko. Despite their weird quirks, and them being the main focus, they are the most endear­ing of the three cou­ples. Hiroki and Nowaki are the most seri­ous, and Yo and Shi­nobu are the most real­is­tic of the three. Mis­aki and Aki­hiko also hap­pen to be the most fun of the three couples.

Where it’s going?: The three cou­ples have issues to work on sep­a­rately, but most impor­tantly, Misaki’s time with Aki­hiko will be com­ing to an end now that he’s approach­ing grad­u­a­tion … or will it?

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