Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance

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Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance
Junjoromantica.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese tankōbon volume
純情ロマンチカ
(Junjō Romanchika)
GenreYaoi, Comedy, Romance
Manga
Written byShungiku Nakamura
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisherUnited States Blu Manga
DemographicShōjo
MagazineAsuka Ciel
Original run2002 – ongoing
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Junjou Romantica
Directed byChiaki Kon
StudioStudio Deen watch miku shes awesome
Licensed byUnited States Kadokawa Pictures USA
NetworkTV Hokkaido
Original runApril 10, 2008December 27, 2008
Episodes24 + 1 OVA (List of episodes)
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Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance
Junjoromantica.jpg
Cover of the first Japanese tankōbon volume
純情ロマンチカ
(Junjō Romanchika)
GenreYaoi, Comedy, Romance
Manga
Written byShungiku Nakamura
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisherUnited States Blu Manga
DemographicShōjo
MagazineAsuka Ciel
Original run2002 – ongoing
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Junjou Romantica
Directed byChiaki Kon
StudioStudio Deen watch miku shes awesome
Licensed byUnited States Kadokawa Pictures USA
NetworkTV Hokkaido
Original runApril 10, 2008December 27, 2008
Episodes24 + 1 OVA (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga Portal

Junjou Romantica: Pure Romance (純情ロマンチカ/ピュア ロマンス Junjō Romanchika?, lit. "Pure-Hearted Romantica"), stylized as Junjou Romantica ~Pure Romance~, is a yaoi series by Shungiku Nakamura. It focuses on three storylines; the main couple, which comprises the bulk of the books, and two other male couples that provide ongoing side stories (Junjo Egoist and Junjo Terrorist). It has expanded into several cd-dramas, a manga series running in Asuka Ciel, a light novel series titled "Junai Romantica" running in The Ruby magazine and a 24-episode anime series.

Shungiku Nakamura has written a spin-off to Junjou Romantica (mentioned above), titled Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (lit. The Best First Love in the World) focusing on a shōjo manga editor and his first love, which was also animated by Studio Deen in 2011.

Contents

Characters

Media

Manga

Written by Shungiku Nakamura, Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance began serialization in Asuka Ciel in 2002. The individual chapters have been compiled into fifteen tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten. The first volume was released on June 2, 2003;[1] as of May 1, 2012, 15 volumes have been released.[2]

The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Blu Manga, an imprint of Tokyopop, until Tokyopop's closure in May 2011.[3] As of April 2011, 12 English volumes have been released.[4] An attempt to gauge relative sales of manga titles by online vendors (based on publicly available "bestseller" listings) suggests that Junjo Romantica was the best-selling yaoi manga series of 2008 among online vendors.[5] Volume 10 was #6 in the manga category of the New York Times "Graphic Books" weekly bestseller list for July 11, 2009,[6] and volume 12 was #4 on the same list for September 10, 2010.[7]

Volume listing

No.Original release dateOriginal ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1June 2, 2003[1]ISBN 978-4-04-853606-0October, 2006[4]ISBN 978-1-5981-6719-7
  • Junjou Romantica act 1
  • Junjou Romantica act 2
  • Junjou Egoist act 1
  • Junjou Egoist act 2
  • Junjou Romantica act 2.5
2November 27, 2003[8]ISBN 978-4-04-853702-4February, 2007[4]ISBN 978-1-59816-720-7
  • Junjou Romantica act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 4
  • Junjou Egoist act 5
  • Junjou Romantica act 3.5
3May 28, 2004[9]ISBN 978-4-04-853748-2June, 2007[4]ISBN 978-1-59816-721-4
  • Junjou Romantica act 4
  • Junjou Romantica act 5
  • Junjou Romantica act 5.5
  • Junjou Egoist act 6
  • Junjou Egoist act 7
4October 28, 2004[10]ISBN 978-4-04-853778-4October, 2007[4]ISBN 978-1-59816-722-1
  • Junjou Egoist act 8
  • Junjou Egoist act 9
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-1
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-2
  • Junjou Romantica act 6-3
  • Junjou Minimum act 1
5April 27, 2005[11]ISBN 978-4-04-853848-9February, 2008[4]ISBN 978-1-59816-723-8
  • Junjou Romantica act 7
  • Junjou Romantica act 7.5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 1
  • Junjou Terrorist act 2
  • Junjou Terrorist act 3
  • Junjou Egoist act 9.5
  • Usami Akihiko and Takahashi Misaki
6October 28, 2005[12]ISBN 978-4-04-853907-8June, 2008[4]ISBN 978-1-59816-724-5
  • Junjou Romantica act 8
  • Junjou Romantica act 9
  • Junjou Egoist act 10
  • Junjou Terrorist act 4
7May 1, 2006[13]ISBN 978-4-04-853953-1September, 2008[4]ISBN 978-1-4278-0218-7
  • Junjou Terrorist act 5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 6
  • Junjou Terrorist act 7
  • Junjou Romantica act 10
  • Junjou Egoist act 11
8February 1, 2007[14]ISBN 978-4-04-854072-8January, 2009[4]ISBN 978-1-4278-0707-6
  • Junjou Romantica act 11
  • Junjou Romantica act 12
  • Junjou Egoist act 12
9November 1, 2007[15]ISBN 978-4-04-854137-4April, 2009ISBN 978-1-4278-1284-1
  • Junjou Romantica act 13
  • Junjou Romantica act 14
  • Junjou Minimum act 5
  • Junjou Terrorist act 8
10April 1, 2008[16]ISBN 978-4-04-854162-6July, 2009ISBN 978-1-4278-1521-7
  • Junjou Romantica act 15
  • Junjou Romantica act 16
  • Junjou Egoist act 13
11December 1, 2008[17]ISBN 978-4-04-854270-8December, 2009ISBN 978-1-4278-1704-4
  • Junjou Romantica act 17
  • Junjou Romantica act 18
  • Junjou Minimum act 6
  • Junjou Terrorist act 9
12September 1, 2009[18]ISBN 978-4-04-854362-0August, 2010ISBN 978-1-4278-1789-1
  • Junjou Romantica act 19
  • Junjou Romantica act 20
  • Junjou Minimum act 7
  • Junjou Egoist act 14
13July 1, 2010[19]ISBN 978-4-04-854489-4-ISBN -
  • Junjou Romantica act 21
  • Junjou Romantica act 22
  • Junjou Romantica act 23
  • Junjou Terrorist act 10
14May 1, 2011[20]ISBN 978-4-04-854628-7-ISBN -
  • Junjou Romantica act 24
  • Junjou Romantica act 25
  • Junjou Romantica act 26
  • Junjou Romantica act 26.5
  • Junjou Egoist act 15
15May 1, 2012[2]ISBN 978-4-04-120226-5-ISBN -
  • Junjou Romantica act 27
  • Junjou Romantica act 28
  • Junjou Romantica act 29
  • Junjou Romantica act 29.5
16December 19, 2012ISBN 978-4-04-120269-2-ISBN -

Anime

Studio Deen produced an anime adaptation based around the manga series. Premiering in Japan on TV Hokkaido on April 10, 2008, the series' first season ran for twelve episodes until its conclusion on June 26, 2008. A second season premiered on the same channel on October 12, 2008, it also ended after twelve episodes. On March 28, 2012, a new anime adaptation of Junjo Romantica was announced to be in the works, which has been revealed as an OVA to be released with the limited edition Volume 16 on December 20, 2012.[21]

The anime series is licensed for release in North America by Kadokawa Pictures USA; Season 1 was released on May 4, 2010.[22] The series has not been dubbed for English audiences, but released in Japanese with English subtitles. Per their website, they may be releasing the series under the name "Romantica: Pure Love". Anime OVA in bundled with volume 16 is released on December 20, 2012.

Reception

Junjo Romantica became the first yaoi (boys' love) title to enter the New York Times Manga Best Seller list when it debuted in week 28.[23] According to Oricon and DVD sales data from Animesuki, the first DVD for the Junjō Romantica anime adaptation was released on July 25, 2008 and it became a hit, selling 8,406 copies in its first week.[citation needed] It is currently the fourth best selling debut DVD for an anime series of 2008, just after Gundam 00, Macross Frontier and Aria the Origination.[citation needed] It continued to dwell on the Oricon anime DVD charts for the second week charting on the top 5 with total sales for the first DVD at 10,986 copies.[citation needed] With those sales, it is currently ranked at number 1 for the shōjo category on DVD sales for the year 2008. According to Oricon sales for the past 5 years, it is the best selling BL (Boys Love) anime so far and has performed the best on the charts.[citation needed]

The second season's DVD sales have performed extremely well as well, selling an average of 7,000 to 8,000 copies which makes it one of the most profitable anime series of the year. It is constantly ranked very high on Amazon Japan for the DVD category as well. Fan reviews and the responses were amazing.[citation needed]

References

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  2. ^ a b "純情ロマンチカ 第15巻" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/comic/bk_detail.php?pcd=201112000369. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
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  7. ^ "Graphic Books Best Seller List". New York Times. September 9, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/books/bestseller/bestgraphicbooks.html?_r=1. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
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