The first episode premiered in Japan on TV Hokkaido on April 10, 2008. The 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, where it also ran for twelve episodes. A third season premiered seven years later on July 9, 2015, and also ran for twelve episodes.
Studio Deen produced the anime adaptation based around the manga series. The anime series is licensed for released by Kadokawa Pictures USA for season 1 to 2, and Season 3 is licensed by Madman Entertainment and Funimation.
Misaki Takahashi is a regular high school student who is preparing for his university entrance exams. In order to reduce the stress of studying, or so he hopes, he accepts the help of his older brother's best friend, and famous author, Akihiko Usami. However, Masaki is about to find out that Usami's books are of a very naughty genre, and that there may be something naughty waking up inside Masaki as well.
Junjou Romantica also follows the story of two other couples loosely connected to Masaki and Usami's "Romantica."
Egoist shows the very passionate, but often complicated, relationship between university professor Hiroki Kamijou (whose life has reached an all-time low) and paediatrician Nowaki Kusama, who falls for Hiroki at first sight and would do anything to make him happy.
The third story, "Terrorist," shows just how obsessive love can become when rich eighteen-year-old Shinobu Takatsuki finally discovers something that he cannot have so easily—the literature professor Yoh Miyagi.There is passion abound as these three couples try to achieve their goals in life while also falling into temptation and anguish with their partners.
With the return of love, drama, and pure-hearted romance, we return to the troubled couples, focusing on the parallels between each of their relationships. Misaki Takahashi thought that Haruhiko Usami was a handful, until a new love interest appears. This causes their relationship to once again head downhill, each hoping to find a way to reconcile in the end. In the other couples, episodes focus Hiroki's problems with his pride, Shinobu's age difference from his lover, Nowaki's patience and love, Miyagi's past and present love, plus Usagi-san and his family issues.
Season 3 adaption was confirmed on July 30, 2014 and it was first aired on mid 2015. It also features an episode on Junjou Mistake which holds a volume in the manga outside of Junjou Romantica.
List of episodes
|01||01||Truth is stranger than fiction||Junjou Romantica||April 10, 2008|
|02||02||No use crying over spilt milk||Junjou Romantica||April 17, 2008|
|03||03||Knock and it shall be opened unto you||Junjou Egoist||April 24, 2008|
|04||04||Fear is often greater than the danger itself||Junjou Romantica||May 1, 2008|
|05||05||Meeting in the beginning of parting||Junjou Egoist||May 8, 2008|
|06||06||Good can come out of misfortune||Junjou Egoist||May 15, 2008|
|07||07||Spare the rod and spoil the child||Junjou Romantica||May 22, 2008|
|08||08||Away from home, one needs feel no shame||Junjou Romantica||May 29, 2008|
|09||09||One good turn deserves another||Junjou Minimum||June 5, 2008|
|10||10||Boys, be ambitious||Junjou Terrorist||June 12, 2008|
|11||11||All things are easy that are done willingly||Junjou Terrorist||June 19, 2008|
|12||12||Even a chance acquaintance is preordained||Junjou Romantica||June 26, 2008|
|01||13||What happens once can happen twice||Junjou Romantica||Oct 12, 2008|
|02||14||What happens twice can happen thrice||Junjou Romantica||Oct 19, 2008|
|03||15||Third time's a charm||Junjou Romantica||Oct 26, 2008|
|04||16||The mouth is the gate of misfortune||Junjou Egoist||Nov 2, 2008|
|05||17||Many a true word is spoken in jest||Junjou Romantica||Nov 9, 2008|
|06||18||A picture is worth a thousand words||Junjou Egoist||Nov 16, 2008|
|07||19||Life often brings misfortune in times of great happiness||Junjou Romantica||Nov 23, 2008|
|08||20||Love does not follow logic||Junjou Terrorist||Nov 30, 2008|
|09||21||Out of the frying pan, into the fire||Junjou Romantica||Dec 7, 2008|
|10||22||Marriage is made in heaven||Junjou Romantica||Dec 14, 2008|
|11||23||Hate the sin but love the sinner||Junjou Romantica||Dec 21, 2008|
|12||24||All's well that ends well||Junjou Romantica||Dec 27, 2008|
|Specials||-||All three couples||2008|
|01||25||All good things must come to an end||Junjou Romantica||July 9, 2015|
|02||26||Failing to plan is planning to fail||Junjou Romantica||July 16, 2015|
|03||27||Finding Hen's Teeth||Junjou Romantica||July 23, 2015|
|04||28||Where there's a will, there's a way||Junjou Terrorist||July 30, 2015|
|05||29||Even the longest journey begins with a single step||Junjou Romantica||Aug 6, 2015|
|06||30||A bolt from the blue||Junjou Romantica||Aug 13, 2015|
|07||31||The darkest place is under the candlestick||Junjou Mistake||Aug 20, 2015|
|08||32||A Jealousy too hot may burn a man||Junjou Romantica||Aug 28, 2015|
|09||33||A battle of Irreconcilable Enemies||Junjou Romantica||Sep 3, 2015|
|10||34||Hours are like days to lovers parted||Junjou Egoist||Sep 10, 2015|
|11||35||Labor for love||Junjou Romantica||Sep 17, 2015|
|12||36||True Love is Fate||Junjou Romantica||Sep 24, 2015|
|OVA||(2 Episodes)||All four couples||2012-2015|
Each season has a unique opening and ending theme song.
|Season 1||Kimi=Hana by Pigstar||Baby Romantica by Script|
|Season 2||Shōdō by Pigstar||Aioi -Aioi by Juned|
|Season 3||Innocent Graffiti by Fo'xTails||Kawaranai Sora by Luck Life|
The series also has two original soundtracks.
See List of Junjou Romantica Songs for more information.