Junjo Romantica #1 by Shungiku Nakamura Manga Review

Title: Junjo Romantica #1

Author: Shungiku Nakamura

Publisher: Blu

ISBN:  1598167197

May contain spoilers

Misaki needs help – he’s getting terrible scores on his college practice tests, and he needs a tutor.  His brother’s friend, Akihiko Usami, agrees to take the job.  The youngest winner of the Naomori Literary Award, he also graduated Magna Cum Laude from T University’s law school.  To his utter horror, Misaki stumbles across one of Usami’s other manuscripts, one that stars his brother as Usami’s lover.  It seems that Usami is also a famous boys’ love novelist, and he’s harbored a 10 year secret love for his brother, Takahiro.  Despite his revulsion for the older man, Misaki soon finds himself helplessly drawn to Usami.  Now Misaki has another worry; is he just a substitute for his brother?

Despite the ugly, ugly art, this was a rather fun story.  Usami, drawn totally out of proportion, was a unique character, rude and jealous and tough to get along with.  Misaki just gets caught up in a wave of passion and is powerless to fight against it.  The two of them made an entertaining couple, and I’m interested enough to pick up the next volume when it comes out to see where story goes.  In spite of the ugly, ugly art.

There were two chapters about Kamijo Hiroki, who is secretly in love with Usami. Crying in the park one day, miserable because of his unrequited feeling, he’s swept up by Kusawa Nowaki and dragged along to meet his friends.  So begins their romance, which had a few too many similarities to the Misaki/Usami story, right down to Nowaki asking that Kamijo tutor him and accusing Kamijo of using him for a substitute for Usami.  The humor made these chapters worth reading, and allowed me to overlook the not so original story backdrop.

Grade: B-

Recommended for Mature readers

10 thoughts on “Junjo Romantica #1 by Shungiku Nakamura Manga Review

  • August 29, 2007 at 10:42 am

    i love junjo romantica its an amazing book i love yaoi its great
    very romantic

  • October 16, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Haha i saw this book at the book store and thought it looked absolutly cute, could you possibly scan it for me? Or do you know a website that contains the scanlations? Please, Thnx alot for your opinion on the book, it makes me want to read it more hehehe

  • February 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I’m hooked on this manga! It’s driving me nuts that only four (soon to be five) of the volumes is published so far in the US, but I can find raw scans on-line in Japanese. Trying to figure out the story just by looking at the pictures is interesting.

    This is a really funny read, interspersed with very racy scenes of intimacy. I love how Misaki over-reacts in public but melts in private. Usagi is such a sweetie, too. I hope the translation hurries so I can finally find out what’s happening!

  • April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    sooooooooooooooo want to read this

  • June 27, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Junjou Romantica?First I red it from my friend, She is a sadist-masochist blood thirst yaoi maniac rr…  i mean, she is a yaoi freak just like me!! I luv nakamura-sensei! both Hybrid Child and Junjou Romantica..I cant prefer which is the ukest of all the uke, is it Misaki, Hiroki or Shinobu, each uke has his cute personality 

  • July 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

    i love junjo romantica but i am not sur wheathre there are more manga boks then volume 7 and it is in english???
    pooor  mmeeeee

  • July 28, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I just bought volume one of this manga today, and I absolutely LOVE it so far. It’s also my first yaoi (and I think I’m about to become one of those yaoi fangirls… lol.)

    I didn’t think the art was ugly though… I’ve seen far worse. It’s a very cute manga so far, too, I think.

    I definitely will be picking up more volumes of this.

  • August 6, 2008 at 10:28 am

    i love junjo is very good and passion i love the story line. i want to see soma more

  • August 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I wouldn’t call the art ugly.  Especially as far as yaoi manga titles go.  This is one of the best yaoi mangas as far as art from what I can tell and I read a lot of yaoi. I definitely enjoyed this storyline.  I think the Nowaki/Hiro story is really cute.  I just love it when it’s the older ones who are the ukes and Hiro’s unstable emotions make me think he’s more suited to the name "typhoon" than his lover.  I just think it’s cool that there’s a story in the past that sometimes crosses over in the future.

  • June 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Yes, it is indeed ugly and un-proportional at first. Hahah. But it gets a lot better in a few volumes. The stories are cute nd entertaining though. I love Junjou. <3

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