So I don’t usually write anime reviews here, but, after watching season 1 of Junjou Romantica I have some strong feelings about the series as a whole, none of them good. I should clarify that I rather enjoy problematic BL/yaoi, hell, I absolutely adore Yamane Ayano’s Finder Series, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. But, the infinitely lighter BL classic Junjou Romantica just rubs me the wrong way. So why am I “okay” with Finder, but not okay with Junjou? Well, part of it has to do with when I started both series.
I started Finder rather early on in my BL/yaoi journey, at a time when I was still figuring what I liked and didn’t like from the genre. The steamy smut, was definitely appealing, but upon subsequent readings (especially those first few volumes) I find myself actively cringing at how… problematic the whole thing is.
On the other hand, I started Junjou long after I’d been in the BL fandom, so I just don’t have any nostalgia for the series the same way I do with Finder. To make matters worse, I have read and watched some truly amazing BL/yaoi over the years, and it has spoiled me a bit for some of the older much more flawed “classics” the genre has to offer. So, when I finally sat down to watch Junjou Romantica, a series people have been recommending to me for years, lets just say I had high hopes.
Spoiler Alert: I was not amused, in fact I was horrified to discover that this was the series that sparked many a BL journey! This is the BL anime that people fondly celebrate and praise… Junjou Romantica is problematic as hell! But, does that really make it a bad anime? Or is it a seriously flawed, but ultimately salvageable anime?
Eh, that’s still up for debate. So, in a rather unprecedented turn of events I’m actually going to attempt to write a proper anime review here on Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (I already write reviews over at MANGA.TOKYO, so don’t get used to it)… Also, y’all can thank Kat over at GrimmGirl.com for this, this is purely for her… Let’s get this review on the road, shall we?
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Here we are with my second attempt at an epilogue review to hold you guys over while I work on some main reviews. This story takes place immediately after the events of the Main Story and it focuses on the MC and Ichiya’s transition from “enemies” to lovers. The story serves as the epilogue to the Main Story and consists of three chapters. It also comes with it’s own special image.
**Disclaimer: I DO NOT own any of the images used in this review, ALL images, screenshots, and characters belong to Voltage Inc. Please if you are interested in the game, download the game for free in the App Store or from Google Play and purchase the stories when they are available in your area.**
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Hello wonderful people of Pokeninja90’s blog!
I’m Kat from GrimmGirl and I’m really excited that I get to work with Pokeninja90 for this Haikyu collaboration series. I’m a huge Haikyu fan and it didn’t take me long to convince Pokeninja90 to start watching the series as well. I’m happy to say she loved it as well and thus our collaboration idea came about!
We decide to really challenge ourselves by coming up with our top three favorite moments during Haikyu. To make this task a little easier we broke it up into two posts. Top three moments for season one and top three moments for season two. Make sure to keep an eye out for our season two post coming soon!
I also would like to warn anyone who has yet to see the show that all of these moments will contain spoilers. If you are interested in reading a spoiler free post in order to see if this is a show you would like to try watching then please check out Pokeninja90’s reaction post Fangirl Moment: Haikyu!! or my season one review Haikyu!! You Are My New Obsession…
Everyone else please sit back and enjoy reading my Top Three Hiakyu Moments of Season One!
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What can I say, I have a type…
So first off, is it me or does Ichiya remind anyone of Ryoki from the manga Hot Gimmick?
- They both lived in the same apartment complex as their love interest.
- They both terrorized their love interests as children (and to some extent when they grew up).
-Ryoki pushed his down a flight of stairs, while Ichiya stole the MC’s stuffed bunny and locked her on the roof for hours in the rain.
- They both want the MC to be their girlfriend to dissuade an an unwanted suitor
- Both guys had messed up home lives
-Ichiya’s parents divorced when he was in junior high, while Ryoki’s parents divorced later in the manga, but they were distant for a long time prior to the split. His dad even had an affair…
Continue reading “The Guy I Kinda Like is Unfriendly: My Last First Kiss- Ichiya Misono Season 1 Main Story”