Junjou Romantica – 01
Episode 1 – Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
Misaki is suddenly having some unexpected and odd problems. What started as a need for some college entrance exam tutoring has somehow led him to being romanced by a suave older man who also happens to be his big brother’s best friend. Confused by all of his brand new emotions, Misaki struggles to deal with his suddenly very odd life. And if that wasn’t enough, his suitor, Usami, has plenty of issues of his own. A man-child who decorates his room in giant teddy bears and toys, Usami is a famous novelist who also writes steamy boys’ love novels on the side. When Misaki cracks open one of these books and reads sentences like “Misaki licks every inch of Usami’s hot body”…well, let’s just say that all hell breaks loose.
Junjou Romantica is suppose to revolve around the love life of 3 couples (at least that is what happens in the manga). From the OP a huge portion of it is Misaki and Usami, I have no idea how they plan on continuing the series, but they did show the other couples in the OP. (refer to screen caps)
Those are the Screen Caps from the OP. Back to the episode itself.
Misaki returns home from school one day only to find his brother and Usami hugging together. =P
Usami is Misaki’s new tutor. Misaki had gone over to Usami’s house for a lesson and had let himself in (due to the lack of response when he rang the bell). There, he saw the Yaoi Novels.
Words – ‘Takahiro’ (big shock for Misaki!)
And so Misaki barges into the room of Usami!
And apparently someone hates being awoken from their beauty sleep.
Misaki in his pissed mood (over Usami using his brother in the Yaoi novels) shoots his mouth off and ended up insulting Usami.
Anyway, that is how the beginning starts off, the first ep kinda rushes through the whole intro of the show.
From being tutored to enter a University (apparently it is a hard uni to enter and Takahiro wants to do it for his brother. Usami does it so that Takahiro would be happy too)
To Usami’s heart being broken when Takahiro announced that he and his girlfriend wants to get married.
The beginnings of a new relationship.
And towards the end we see Misaki getting ready to go to school. ^_^
I felt that ep 1 moved pretty fast. (just like in the manga)
It felt like it was skimming through an introduction of a relationship.
We don’t really see much of how it finally progressed to them being together. (at least not in detail)
But I felt that it was fine that way.
The fun starts after they are together anyway. 😄
The animation quality is average and for some reason the sound kept irritating my ears. When they were shouting my speakers kept squeaking. I just hope it is because of the poor quality of the RAW and not the animation itself.
Anyway, it was not as funny as I thought it would have been but I loved it.
In relation to the manga, the first ep of the anime follows the manga pretty faithfully. Lets hope it stays that way. ^^
This is basically a cute, fun, romance anime. Though there seems to be room for a deeper plot like why Usami has such childish likings(teddy bears and all). I can’t wait for the next episode to come out!
I liked the OP and ED songs. A cute and fun upbeat song. It suits the anime
One last screen cap for this ep.
P.S. I think I over did it with the screen caps. But it was such a fun anime I could not help it. ^-^v
-ra out! (Going back to rewatching the first ep on Junjou Romantica!