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Junjou Romantica (純情ロマンチカ, lit. Pure-Hearted Romantica) is an anime series produced by Studio Deen. It is based on the manga series of the same name created by Shungiku Nakamura.

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.

Overviews

Season 1

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Junjou Couple

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.[1]
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season 2 promo poster

Season 2

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.[2]

Season 3

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season 3 promo poster

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

Season 1

EpisodeOverallTitleCoupleFirst Aired
0101Truth is stranger than fictionJunjou RomanticaApril 10, 2008
0202No use crying over spilt milkJunjou RomanticaApril 17, 2008
0303Knock and it shall be opened unto youJunjou EgoistApril 24, 2008
0404Fear is often greater than the danger itselfJunjou RomanticaMay 1, 2008
0505Meeting in the beginning of partingJunjou EgoistMay 8, 2008
0606Good can come out of misfortuneJunjou EgoistMay 15, 2008
0707Spare the rod and spoil the childJunjou RomanticaMay 22, 2008
0808Away from home, one needs feel no shameJunjou RomanticaMay 29, 2008
0909One good turn deserves anotherJunjou MinimumJune 5, 2008
1010Boys, be ambitiousJunjou TerroristJune 12, 2008
1111All things are easy that are done willinglyJunjou TerroristJune 19, 2008
1212Even a chance acquaintance is preordainedJunjou RomanticaJune 26, 2008

Season 2

EpisodeOverallTitleCoupleFirst Aired
0113What happens once can happen twiceJunjou RomanticaOct 12, 2008
0214What happens twice can happen thriceJunjou RomanticaOct 19, 2008
0315Third time's a charmJunjou RomanticaOct 26, 2008
0416The mouth is the gate of misfortuneJunjou EgoistNov 2, 2008
0517Many a true word is spoken in jestJunjou RomanticaNov 9, 2008
0618A picture is worth a thousand wordsJunjou EgoistNov 16, 2008
0719Life often brings misfortune in times of great happinessJunjou RomanticaNov 23, 2008
0820Love does not follow logicJunjou TerroristNov 30, 2008
0921Out of the frying pan, into the fireJunjou RomanticaDec 7, 2008
1022Marriage is made in heavenJunjou RomanticaDec 14, 2008
1123Hate the sin but love the sinnerJunjou RomanticaDec 21, 2008
1224All's well that ends wellJunjou RomanticaDec 27, 2008
Specials - All three couples2008

Season 3

EpisodeOverallTitleCoupleFirst Aired
0125All good things must come to an endJunjou RomanticaJuly 9, 2015
0226Failing to plan is planning to failJunjou RomanticaJuly 16, 2015
0327Finding Hen's TeethJunjou RomanticaJuly 23, 2015
0428Where there's a will, there's a wayJunjou TerroristJuly 30, 2015
0529Even the longest journey begins with a single stepJunjou RomanticaAug 6, 2015
0630A bolt from the blueJunjou RomanticaAug 13, 2015
0731The darkest place is under the candlestickJunjou MistakeAug 20, 2015
0832A Jealousy too hot may burn a manJunjou RomanticaAug 28, 2015
0933A battle of Irreconcilable EnemiesJunjou RomanticaSep 3, 2015
1034Hours are like days to lovers partedJunjou EgoistSep 10, 2015
1135Labor for loveJunjou RomanticaSep 17, 2015
1236True Love is FateJunjou RomanticaSep 24, 2015
OVA (2 Episodes) All four couples2012-2015

Music

Each season has a unique opening and ending theme song.

SeasonOpeningEnding
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.

References

  1. (Source: MyAnimeList)
  2. (Taken then Edited from: Anime News Network:SEA)

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