Genre: Yaoi drama with comedic elements
Language: Japanese (with English subtitles provided by AarinFantasy)
The second season of Junjou Romantica follows on from the first with relative ease, with the relationships of the three couples evolving dramatically.
- Romantica: Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko “Usagi” Usami
- Egotist: Nowaki Kusama and Hiroki Kamijou
- Terrorist: You Miyagi and Shinobu Takatsuki
As with the first season, it predominantly follows rather complicated lives of Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko “Usagi” Usami. This time around, Misaka has to contend with the affections of Usagi’s brother who tries to kidnap young Misaki at one stage. Though we had a glimpse of Usagi’s childhood and past relationships, we really begin to learn more about his upbringing. When his father enters the picture, things get even more complicated. We also see a bit of the odd effect that Misaki has on the people around him, but I don’t want to spoil it for you guys.
Not much is added to the relationship of Nowaki Kusama and Hiroki Kamijou. Kamijou has always been a bit of a drama queen, but the amount of misunderstandings (admittedly one is quite questionable) make for some amusing scenes. Nowaki is as cute and naive as ever, one of my favorite characters. Kamijou is funny, but a bit of a moron.
At the end of the previous season, Miyagi stops Takatsuki from leaving on a plane for overseas. Their relationship is somewhat unequal, the younger man constantly worried that he will upset his older lover over due to his own insecurities. This escalates when he finds a photo of Miyagi’s deceased former lover. He is a lot more serious in the second season than the first, and is actively pursuing Shinobu. I really like Miyagi, but Takatsuki strikes me as a high maintenance boyfriend. That could be me though.
The last scene wraps things up nicely, and also introduces us to the editorial room featured in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series. The characters from Junjou Romantica also make subtle cameos in the other series as well with an appearance of Usagi in about the fifth episode at a promotional event for what I believe to be the story optioned in the last episode of Junjou. Tangents aside, I found the plot progression of the three stories varied enough to make them worthy watching. The art wasn’t as different as the work featured in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, but the latter was released after Junjou Romantica. That being said, if you don’t like gushy (if amusing) dialogue and non-explicit M/M love scenes then you will likely find the show annoying.