Title: Junjo Romantica #1
Author: Shungiku Nakamura
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.
Recommended for Mature readers