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You have heard from Briar and her entry on Junjoun Romantica.. Now it is my turn, the guys’ perspective of BL (yes, surprise!). As a promise to my girlfriend (the other promise being blogging Angelique which I decided not to since I gave her a live line by line personal fandub translation), I will be blogging the first episode of this series. In addition, I did comment in Hinano’s blog about blogging this episode, so it will be quite fun to write something, at the very least.
Instead of doing a straight review of the first episode, I decided that my brain cannot take the amount of pressure to write it. Junjou Romantica is one of the few boy-love series that is given a whole season’s treatment. This review will be a chronological order of my reaction on my viewing of this episode. For some background information, I tend to scream, laugh and talk a lot when I am watching anime by myself. That is why whatever goes after the cut is 100% true. Have fun listening to my
pain joy at watching this show. Everything in quotes is what I said while watching. Anything else are my thoughts.
Start – Going into the show, I have no clue what I should expect. Well, I know from the blog of Hinano and the suggestive review by Shin that “Balls are touching” clearly does not mean that they are playing some domino ball bearing knocks. Needless to say, I am bracing myself for the worst. Like downright scarring of my mind forever.
0:13 – The first BL alert as we see Takahiro having a hugging fit with Usami. I am still able to tolerate this level of yaoi, due to the various BL yaoi shows that has desensitized my fear of anything that is BL. More disturbingly, I did not find it disgusting at all.
1:15 – “Wow, the OP is really good,” I thought in my mind as I just finished my breakfast. I took my Lipton tea as my daily routine. I didn’t know how much of a ride I am going to get with this. I personally think that the OP is one of the best OPs for this season and fits a romantic mood.
2:30 – Misaki is actually a rather clueless but nice male lead for a BL show. I got a bit sick of those stupid shows where the submissive character looks more like a girl than a guy. I mean, what the hell is wrong with people who like BL? You want BL, yet you want it to appear straight? Duh, whatever that means.
4:02 – BL tendencies in manga drawings. That is so expected, but it’s amusing to see how the novels is clearly Usami’s fantasies. Sure, I am just telling the whole world how I want to have hot steamy sex with my buddy.
6:25 – Just find any random male!TIME FOR HARD STEAMY SEX! I have run off from my computer, muted the scene and completely refuse to go close. Yes, you can tell that my resistance toward any overt sexual action between the two. In fact, it is a good thing that I am not gouging and scratching my eyes out from the sight, and the fact that I already predicted such a scene. Good time to run away for sure.
8:40 – I laughed so darn hard. The scenarios for the reason for Usami’s sexual tendencies is so stereotypical that it seems like a parody of all BL love shows. That is something I feel that is quite different in which Junjou Romantica is ready to bend over and laugh at itself.
9:16 – So funny how the two think that they will not fit each other when they already have some foreplay already for their truly first meeting. That’s pretty funny for me.
11:15 – “Aww, that is cute.” Most of the BL “bang bang bang” action has totally disappeared from my mind (Well, most of it). I actually like how Usami and Misaki are going to work together for Misaki to get to Mizumachi. I personally like the humor.
13:00 – If you really love him, you should get rid of his female partner. BL alert, BL alert! I cannot resist screaming and scratching my hair in agony. Just when I am getting into the comedy of the show, the BL part had to come. I am in despair!
15:17 – Why is my heart fluttering? Ya, you have been signed on to the Pink Ribbon project. “It’s a bird. No, It’s a plane. No, it’s BL TIME!” (If you are wondering, I really said that while watching this, but I am very quiet when I watch anime with others).
15:44 – Wow, and I thought that the box is holding a ring. It’s time for love-love proposal for Usami.
16:12 – OH OH, marriage! Duh duh duh~ Just that it’s not you. Owned.
16.55 – This reminds me of Azure Flame. Misaki hates you for going STRAIGHT. Misaki believes that you will go HARD GAY with Usami, but you have betrayed him. Of course, Misaki will also be happy with HARD YURI viewing, but the Liang might prevail more for him. I blame you, Karura.
17:20 – A sob scene? Misaki has clearly gone past the line of being normal to a gayish BL loving teenager. “Am I supposed to feel sad”
18:00 – “Kissu! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!” This is such a surprise attack that I did not have time to even cover my eyes. or my ears. or my MPC player to fast forward the scene.
19:23 – While hugging him, I have strong feelings that cannot be confirmed. Can I be the special someone for him? I think the plot requires you to be special for him.
20:42 – I know I have been brainwashed by the powers of BL, when I immediately thought that this will be yet another BL sex scene. I cannot think of anyone else to blame but Thirteensugars for her various attempts to force me in watching yaoi. Damn you, I knew I made a mistake by getting her as my girlfriend. For all who have not gone down that slippery slope, find a non-yaoi loving fangirl for a girlfriend.
20:51 – “Resistance is futile!” That is when Usami happily takes off Misaki’s buttons after he buttons them wrongly. It’s almost too coincidental.
21:20 – “IT’S RAPING TIME”. Is it just me but I thought that the name Usami is so appropriate? I mean, bunnies are just about the most active animals when it comes to sex.
End of viewing – Despite all the bad timings of the BL scenes (which disgust me in general), Junjou Romantica turns out to be quite a decent watch for me. Perhaps it is the resistance built up from viewing, but I am generally able to prepare myself by running away from the computer with the predictable BL scenes. When they end, I can come back to view the comedy scenes. I must say that I laughed during quite a few scenes, and it is not that bad actually. Will I watch a second episode of this?
I don’t know. I might. I might not. Let’s see what you guys want.