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Junjo Romantica: Pure Hearted Romance
Junjoromantica.jpg
cover of the first junjo romantica tankōbon volume, released in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, on May 29, 2003
純情ロマンチカ
(Junjō Romanchika)
Genre Yaoi, Comedy
Manga
Author Shungiku Nakamura
Publisher Japan Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher United States Blu Manga
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Asuka Ciel
Original run 2002 – ongoing
Volumes 12 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Junjō Romantica
Director Chiaki Kon
Studio Studio Deen
Licensor United States Kadokawa Pictures USA Right stuff International
Network Japan TV Hokkaido
Original run April 10, 2008December 27, 2008
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance (純情ロマンチカ Junjō Romanchika ?, lit. "Pure-Hearted Romantica"), stylized as Junjo Romantica ~Pure Romance~, is a yaoi series by Shungiku Nakamura. It focuses on three story lines; the main couple, which comprises the bulk of the books, and two other male couples which provide ongoing side stories (Junjo Egoist and Junjo Terrorist). It has expanded into several cd-dramas, a manga series with a spin-off running in Asuka Ciel, a light novel series running in The Ruby with a spin-off and a 24-episode anime series. Nakamura-sensei states "Junjo Romantica" is her most prized series, and the one that made her famous around a considerably large amount of BL fans.

Contents

Characters

  • Misaki Takahashi (高橋 美咲 Takahashi Misaki ?) is the 18 (19 in episode 8 of Junjo Romantica) year old younger brother of Takahiro. At the start of the series, Misaki is about to sit for his college entrance examinations. His dream is to go to Mitsuhashi University since that was the college his brother dropped out of so that he could begin taking care of Misaki after their parents died. Although seemingly childish and brash, Misaki is later revealed to be a person who is simply adamant on insisting against doing anything that might be troublesome for anyone else. This is due to the fact that he still blames himself for his parent's death (believing that if he had not asked them to hurry home, they would not have sped in the rain and crashed). Misaki and Usami eventually begin a relationship together which puzzles Misaki, who is unconfident about his feelings towards the older man. In the anime adaption, he is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai.
  • Akihiko Usami (宇佐見 秋彦 Usami Akihiko ?) is a twenty-eight year old popular author of fiction and erotic BL novels, and the youngest recipient of the distinguished Naomori Award. His nickname is "Usagi", which means "rabbit" in Japanese. Usagi is Misaki's tutor for the upcoming entrance exams, and a very close friend of Takahiro (he, in fact, harbored an unrequited love for Takahiro for a long time). He and Hiroki were childhood friends. Shortly after meeting Misaki, he finds that Takahiro has gotten engaged. Seeing how upset this makes Misaki on Usagi's behalf, Usagi realizes that he loves the younger boy and the two become lovers. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Hikaru Hanada.
  • Haruhiko Usami (宇佐見 春彦 Usami Haruhiko ?) is Akihiko's older half brother (they have different mothers). He is generally cold and disapproving towards his brother, though no one really knows why. After a brief appearance by him in the middle of the series he begins proclaiming that he 'loves' Misaki, but that was only after he found out how close he and Usagi were. When he begins sending Misaki flowers and saying he would take Misaki as his own, Usagi claims that Haruhiko was, 'always trying to take [his] things.' In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Kōsuke Toriumi.
  • Takahiro Takahashi (高橋 孝浩 Takahashi Takahiro ?) is Misaki's older brother, and Akihiko's long-time buddy-buddy. He was the subject of Akihiko's sex fantasies for a long time, but never noticed Akihiko's feelings due to him being naive. He is extremely caring towards his brother, even dropping out of school to support Misaki's studies after their parents died. Early in the series, he engages and marries Kajiwara Manami. They soon move to Osaka due to his job. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Kishō Taniyama.
  • Hiroki Kamijō (上條 弘樹 Kamijō Hiroki ?) in the anime, he is a long-time friend of Akihiko's, who is an associate professor at the college Misaki studies at. He is a bit of a loner and is extremely passionate about classical Japanese literature, apparently having graduated at the top of his class. Hiroki was initially in love with Akihiko, his childhood friend. He is an example of the tsundere character archetype: he has a bad temper and is feared among his students, though he is actually shy and gets flustered easily. He is often called "Demon Kamijo" by the students. Hiroki is now in a relationship with Nowaki and Nowaki calls him Hiro-san. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Kentarō Itō.
  • Nowaki Kusama (草間 野分 Kusama Nowaki ?) was orphaned without a name as an infant, he was named "Nowaki" ("typhoon" in Japanese) by the head of the orphanage because he was found in a heavy rain storm. Elders call him "Wacchan". Nowaki first meets Hiroki 6 years ago, when he is crying about his fruitless relationship with Akihiko, and goes on to insist that Hiroki become his tutor. Originally studying to become a social worker, he changes his mind and is currently studying to become a pediatrician. Nowaki is very kind and understanding, particularly towards Hiroki. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Nobutoshi Canna.
  • Yō Miyagi (宮城 庸 Miyagi Yō ?) in the anime, he is a literature professor at Mitsuhashi University and a co-worker of Kamijo Hiroki. He was once married, but is now divorced most likely due to his indifference to feelings and emotions. He was also in love with his homeroom teacher, causing conflicting towards Shinobu due to the resemblance to his former self. His love interest is Takatsuki Shinobu, his young brother-in-law. Miyagi is often playful when it comes to teasing Hiroki, often sexually assaulting, though his true character is far more serious due to an event from his past. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue.
  • Shinobu Takatsuki (高槻 忍 Takatsuki Shinobu ?) is an 18-year old high school student (and the son of Mitsuhashi University's dean of literature and of Miyagi's boss) who believes it to be fate that he is in love with his ex-brother-in-law, Miyagi Yo. He would very much like Miyagi to take responsibility for Shinobu falling in love with him. He is often blunt and unreasonable, though he is shown to have a softer side. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Daisuke Kishio.
  • Ryūichirō Isaka (井坂 龍一郎 Isaka Ryūichirō ?) is Akihiko's editor and Haruhiko's childhood friend, he is 32 years old in the main time line. He and his assistant Asahina are the main characters of the short comics released with the DVDs, Junjou Mistake. Junjou Mistake takes place ten years before the main Romantica storyline. Isaka aspired to be a novelist, but his real talents lay in finding future best-sellers. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa.
  • Kaoru Asahina (朝比奈 薫 Asahina Kaoru ?) is Ryūichiro's assistant, and came to work for the Isaka family when they helped the Asahina's out of a bad situation. Originally intended to be Isaka's playmate, he ended up becoming something more of a caretaker. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu.
  • Kaoruko Usami (宇佐見薫子 Usami Kaoruko ?) is Akihiko's cousin on his mother's side. She is 20 years old and came to Japan because she heard that her parents had fallen ill, but really it was a trick by her uncle Fuyuhiko (usagi's father) to get her to come back and marry Haruhiko in order to separate him from Misaki. As time progress's in the story Kaoruko claims to love Misaki as she has the "Same taste" as Usagi. She wants to be a patisier. In the anime adaptation she is voiced by Mizuki Nana.
  • Eri Aikawa (相川絵理 Aikawa Eri ?) is Usagi's editor, as well as friend to both him and Misaki. She is roughly the same age as Usagi and is constantly pushing him to finish his work on time. On the outside she seems like a very nice mannered person, but when Usagi does not hand in his manuscripts on time she is famous for freaking out and even, on one occasion, attacking him. In the anime adaptation, she is voiced by Noriko Namiki.
  • Mizuki Shiiba (椎葉水樹 Shiiba Mizuki ?) is Akihiko's twenty-five year old cousin from his father's side of the family. He has returned from America to visit Akihiko, freeloading in his apartment. While he is very attached to Akihiko, he comes off as quite cold to Misaki. It turns out that the reason he's so cold to Misaki is that he has feelings for Kaoruko.
  • Shinnosuke Tōdō (藤堂進之介 Tōdō Shinnosuke ?) is Misaki's friend and classmate. He is attending Mitsuhashi University as a law student with aspirations of becoming a police officer in the future. He is also a member of the Kendo club. He met Misaki when he picked up The☆Kan phone strap that Misaki dropped. The two easily bonded over their shared love of The☆Kan manga.
  • Kyō Ijuuin (伊集院響 Ijuuin Kyō ?) is the mangaka of Misaki's favorite manga, The☆Kan. Whenever the deadline for his next manga installment is near, he becomes incredibly pessimistic. According to Isaka, it is disputed whether The☆Kan is in 1st or 2nd place in sales for the Marukawa Publishing Company. Misaki first met him at the Marukawa Publishing Company when Kyō is in one of his pre-deadline funks. Misaki gives him the motivation to continue by telling him how much his work means to his fans. Later on, Misaki is selected in a lottery to meet him once again for an autograph signing. Kyō's a bachelor, and when he's cleaned up he's a considerably attractive man. The majority of his fans are women. In the anime adaptation, he is voiced by Hozumi Gōda.

Media

Manga

Written by Shungiku Nakamura, Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance began serialization in Asuka Ciel in 2002. The individual chapters were compiled into nine tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten. The first volume was released on May 29, 2003; as of December 1, 2008, 11 volumes have been released.[1]

The series is licensed for an English-language release in North America by Blu Manga. As of July 2009, 10 volumes have been released.[2] An attempt to gauge relative sales of manga titles by online vendors (based on publicly available "bestseller" listings) suggests that Junjo Romantica was the best-selling yaoi manga series of 2008 among online vendors.[3] Volume 10 was #6 in the manga category of the New York Times "Graphic Books" weekly bestseller list for July 11, 2009.[4]

Volume listing

No. Original English
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 November 1, 2003[1] ISBN 4-04-853606-0 October 2006[2] ISBN 1-59816-719-7
  • Junjou Romantica act 1
  • Junjou Romantica act 2
  • Junjou Egoist act 1
  • Junjou Egoist act 2
  • Junjou Romantica act 2.5
2 November 27, 2003[5] ISBN 4-04-853702-4 February 2007[2] ISBN 978-1-59816-720-7
  • Junjou Romantica act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 4
  • Junjou Egoist act 5
  • Junjou Romantica act 3.5
3 May 28, 2004[6] ISBN 4-04-853748-2 June 2007[2] ISBN 978-1-59816-721-4
  • Junjou Romantica act 4
  • Junjou Romantica act 5
  • Junjou Romantica act 5.5
  • Junjou Egoist act 6
  • Junjou Egoist act 7
4 October 28, 2004[7] ISBN 4-04-853778-4 October 2007[2] ISBN 978-1-59816-722-1
  • Junjou Egoist act 8
  • Junjou Egoist act 9
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-1
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-2
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-3
  • Junjou Minimum act 1
5 April 27, 2005[8] ISBN 4-04-853848-9 February 2008[2] ISBN 978-1-59816-723-8
  • Junjou Romantica act 7
  • Junjou Romantica act 7.5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 1
  • Junjou Terrorist act 2
  • Junjou Terrorist act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 9.5
  • Usami Akihiko and Takahashi Misaki
6 October 28, 2005[9] ISBN 4-04-853907-8 June 2008[2] ISBN 978-1-59816-724-5
  • Junjou Romantica act 8
  • Junjou Romantica act 9
  • Junjou Egoist act 10
  • Junjou Terrorist act 4
7 May 1, 2006[10] ISBN 4-04-853953-1 September 2008[2] ISBN 978-1-4278-0218-7
  • Junjou Terrorist act 5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 6
  • Junjou Terrorist act 7
  • Junjou Romantica act 10
  • Junjou Egoist act 11
8 February 1, 2007[11] ISBN 978-4-04-854072-8 January 2009[2] ISBN 978-1-4278-0707-6
  • Junjou Romantica act 11
  • Junjou Romantica act 12
  • Junjou Egoist act 12
9 November 1, 2007[12] ISBN 978-4-04-854137-4 April 2009
  • Junjou Romantica act 13
  • Junjou Romantica act 14
  • Junjou Minimum act 5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 8
10 April 1, 2008[13] ISBN 978-4-04-854162-6 July 2009
  • Junjou Romantica act 15
  • Junjou Romantica act 16
  • Junjou Egoist act 13
11 December 1, 2008[14] ISBN 978-4-04-854270-8 December 2009
  • Junjou Romantica act 17
  • Junjou Romantica act 18
  • Junjou Minimum act 6
  • Junjou Terrorist act 9
12 September 1, 2009[15] ISBN 978-4-04-854362-0
  • Junjou Romantica act 19
  • Junjou Romantica act 20
  • Junjou Minimum act 7
  • Junjou Egoist act 14

Anime

Studio Deen produced an anime adaptation based around the manga series. Premiering in Japan on TV Hokkaido on April 10, 2008, the series' first season ran for twelve episodes until its conclusion on June 26, 2008. A second season premiered on the same channel on October 12, 2008, it also ended after twelve episodes.

The anime series is licensed for release in North America by Kadokawa Pictures USA; Seasons 1 and 2 are supposed to come out sometime in 2010.[16] Per their website, they may be releasing the series under the name "Romantica: Pure Love".[17]

Reception

According to Oricon and DVD sales data from Animesuki, the first DVD for the Junjō Romantica anime adaptation was released on July 25, 2008 and it became a hit, selling 8,406 copies in its first week. It is currently the fourth best selling debut DVD for an anime series of 2008, just after Gundam 00, Macross Frontier and Aria the Origination. It continued to dwell on the Oricon anime DVD charts for the second week charting on the top 5 with total sales for the first DVD at 10,986 copies. With those sales, it is currently ranked at number 1 for the shōjo category on DVD sales for the year 2008. According to Oricon sales for the past 5 years, it is the best selling BL (Boys Love) anime so far and has performed the best on the charts.[18]

According to this website Animesuki (http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?s=d7c8479ae1a36aa2f939368671768c8e&p=1744400#post1744400), The second season's DVD sales have performed extremely well as well, selling an average of 7,000 to 8,000 copies which makes it one of the most profitable anime series of the year. It is constantly ranked very high on Amazon Japan for the DVD category as well. Fan reviews and the responses were decent.

References

  1. ^ a b "純情ロマンチカ" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200301000037. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Junjo Romantica". Blu Manga. http://www.blumanga.com/series_detail.php?page=3&series=junjoromantica. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  3. ^ "2008: Top 300 Series of 2008". http://comipress.com/special/manga-ranking/2008-top-300-series-of-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-27.  
  4. ^ Gustines, George Gene (July 17, 2009). "Graphic Books Best Seller List: July 11". New York Times ArtsBeat Blog. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/graphic-books-best-seller-list-july-11/. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  5. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第2巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200307000272. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  6. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第3巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200307000273. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  7. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第4巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200406000003. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  8. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第5巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200412000014. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  9. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第6巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200506000286. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  10. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第7巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200509000304. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  11. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第8巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200611000114. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  12. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第9巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200707000477. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  13. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第10巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200707000478. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  14. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第11巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200808000454. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  15. ^ "純情ロマンチカ 第12巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=200904000038. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  
  16. ^ "Kadokawa USA Announces Six New Licenses (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2008-07-05. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-07-05/kadokawa-usa-announces-six-new-anime. Retrieved 2008-11-24.  
  17. ^ "Romantica ~Pure Love~". Kadokawa Pictures USA. http://www.kadokawapicturesusa.com/2008/06/romantica_pure_love.php. Retrieved 2008-11-24.  
  18. ^ http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?s=d7c8479ae1a36aa2f939368671768c8e&p=1744400#post1744400

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