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Junjo Romantica Season 2 UK Blu-ray Anime Review

Junjo Romantica Season 2 UK Blu-ray Anime Review

Posted by Chris Homer

January 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The couples go deeper with new characters and new triangles…

What They Say:
“Based mostly on Shungiku Nakamura’s bestselling yaoi manga! Three intertwining love tales threaten to unravel as every couple struggles to seek out its personal path.

Romantica: School scholar Misaki and his unlikely lover, the eccentric novelist Usami, are slowly rising nearer. However their relationship might be in hassle when Usami’s older brother seems and the 2 start to vie for Misaki’s consideration!
Egoist: Nowaki loves Hiroki with all his coronary heart, however typically, he’s afraid Hiroki doesn’t really feel the identical approach. When Nowaki asks Hiroki for permission to deal with him by his actual identify, as others do, Hiroki flatly refuses. To Nowaki, that is simply one other reminder of the invisible hole that separates them… a niche that he should shut, in the event that they’re ever going to really be a pair.
Terrorist: Miyagi is rising anxious. Shinobu was relentless in his devotion, however just lately, the connection has gone quiet. As a 35-year-old college professor, is Miyagi actually content material with dwelling on the mercy of a youthful man whose actions are nonetheless such a thriller.”

The Review:
The audio has launch in Japanese solely, and while the Japanese launch was top quality to the purpose there was no adjustment to the quantity, there have been a few minor points I observed with the lip flaps not syncing with the subtitles (English solely) – this was uncommon however did discover it in a few episodes, in any other case there have been no different points relating to sound high quality, echoing, synching with subtitles, and so forth – the standard is excessive general, only a disgrace no English dub (particularly as at the least one yuri collection that received a UK launch did get one).

The video is about in full display format by way of NTSC switch to PAL format with the present combining animation and color in a extra conventional sense, with no actual issues with the subtitles, and to my shock it’s an older collection (2008) – regardless of this, the animation is obvious, tight and flows properly on a Blu-Ray launch and the animation is rather more commonplace which is noticeable however refreshing at the present time, albeit does give it a bit extra of a dated really feel.

There was no packing for this check launch.

The menu could be very primary – we now have on the primary disc a picture of Misaki and Usami and on the 2nd disc we’ve got a picture of You and Shinobu on the white background with the menu under them as Play All, Episodes and on disc 2, credit and Extras (no choices for subtitles on and off as one monitor in Japanese) – it really works high quality, it’s fast with choice and you’ve got a pop-up menu within the present that may return you while the present continues to be enjoying – works however could be very primary and uninteresting (although the opening theme within the background is VERY catchy…)

The one extras are on the 2nd disc that are the present’s credit, the clear opening and ending, and some promo movies.

Content material: (please word that content material parts of a evaluate might include spoilers)
I reviewed the primary season not way back because it was distinctive as a result of so far as I do know, was the primary official yaoi anime that received launched that was outlined as one (in comparison with say Yuri On Ice) – being over 10 years previous as nicely was unusual that it took this lengthy to return out within the UK and on Blu-Ray as well, and reviewing it was fascinating as a result of it exhibits how the cultural differentiations between east and west can undoubtedly make you assume, as a result of while one of many couples truly labored for me, the opposite two with a mixture of age distinction and Christian Gray like mentalities made me really feel not so eager. The issue is a type of couples is the primary focus and this continues into the second arc, albeit with a number of new twists…

One factor I forgot to say within the earlier assessment is every of the couples is outlined by a specific identify – so the primary couple, Misaki and Usami, is the Romantica couple, therefore the primary one. We begin off with a bang as Misaki will get launched to Usami’s older brother Haruhiko however don’t realise the connection till Misaki and Usami are at a celebration for a prize for Usami. It appears the brothers don’t get alongside, even Misaki appears to defend Usami regardless of their relationship nonetheless seemingly very insecure(Usami even says to Misaki that he has by no means informed him he loves him and it appears greater ups don’t need their relationship to be uncovered…). So as to add to the issue, it appears Haruhiko now additionally has a assume for Misaki…although is it real or is it simply to steal one thing else from Usami because it feels that means contemplating the brother’s relationship…

So Haruhiko retains sending Misaki strawberries as a present and Usami tries to duplicate it, which results in Misaki visiting Haruhiko’s home. Right here, we study he and Usami are half brothers and the connection could be very strained, and to make issues extra worse, Haruhiko needs to say Misaki for his personal, even locking Misaki in a retailer room….yeah, it’s not likely getting any higher with the vibes. Thankfully Usami finds him and confronts Haruhiko with Misaki’s ideas simply of Usami…a minimum of the connection appears to be extra targeted on love now however once more, the vibes undoubtedly have an enormous creep issue to it that Misaki goes to be the overall ‘everyone falls for him’ sort of character, not fairly harem-esque however getting there…

The one pair I did take pleasure in was the one dubbed Junjo Egoist which is cut up between the Romantica couple episodes as there’s typically a hyperlink between the characters – on this one, it’s Nowaki wanting Hiroki to be the aggressor of their relationship, however thanks to some issues he feels insecure due to the profession hole between the 2 and eager to catch as much as him. It’s a wierd factor as the 2 even have a speak about their relationship and also you study Hiro and why he’s fairly withdrawn – which is sort of merely and but candy on the similar time. It’s undoubtedly probably the most ‘sane’ of the pairings and despite the fact that there’s some jealousy showcased, it doesn’t truly screw up the couple as it’s clear that Hiroki does love Nowaki (a scene when certainly one of his co-workers tries to make them jealous, Hiroki simply smashes him to the ground) and the twist when it seems like Nowaki was going to go away him was a shock, so yeah, undoubtedly the one pairing that makes probably the most sense and the one I nonetheless take pleasure in with out as a lot mental or emotional baggage.

With the Romantica couple, the jealousy however feels very controlling. Misaki making an attempt to assist a pal at a university pageant results in Usami forbidding it as he thinks the good friend is after him, which strains the connection. The unusual factor is that the pal Sumi was truly considering Usagi therefore why getting near Misaki, and the manipulation is on his aspect however to attempt to make it sound like Misaki doesn’t need him. Once more, resolved when Misaki overhears and the 2 get again collectively however feels a) controlling and b) pointless. Nevertheless, it does get a bit of extra fascinating once we get Usami’s father into the combination. Misaki encounters him however the two don’t realise how the opposite is, as the 2 meet when Misaki helps him out on a practice as he has by no means rid on one earlier than. They change presents however because of Usami’s brother he realises who he’s, inflicting internal turmoil whether or not to inform Usami that he met him. It additionally results in Misaki lastly saying he loves Usami, however the check comes when Usami’s father is making an attempt to drive Usami’s brother to marry his cousin Kaoruko. She visits Usami and needs out and as an alternative needs to marry him – which in fact he doesn’t however nonetheless Misaki needs to assist her out. Nevertheless, his father feels Misaki is an issue for each brothers however tries to carry his feelings in…which does result in the unusual realisation that Kaoruko additionally now likes Misaki, including yet one more to his harem and the primary woman to it…hmmm…

There’s a third couple as nicely which obtained little or no improvement final time which was the one I appreciated the least in Junjo Terrorist involving Miyagi and Shinobu, primarily because of the age distinction and the ‘it’s future’ plot. Miyagi feels he’s being chased however on the similar time feels lonely with out him. It appears that evidently Shinobu has discovered another person when Miyagi does confront him, and the battle between the 2 is just about over a photograph of Miyagi’s previous love which in fact results in him confessing to him and letting go of the previous. Yeah, identical to that…once more, the compatibility and chemistry for these two is the least existent, granted it does get rather a lot much less improvement than the first and even the 2nd however nonetheless…

The main target is totally on Misaki and Usami because it ends with Misaki being invited to numerous occasions from all of the Usami males within the household – he goes with Usami to a scorching spring but in addition uncover that Usami refused an enormous inheritance fund, which results in Misaki’s father discovering Misaki and questioning their relationship. Nevertheless, he does discover some questioning as he is aware of Usami is fragile and doesn’t need Misaki to go in half-hearted as a result of he might grow to be a burden, which Misaki says he gained’t be and he has helped Usami’s life for the higher. It even ends with a little bit of comedy as Usami hasn’t accomplished his manuscript, so Misaki has to ship it and meets considered one of his favorite manga artists, so cue the fanboyism. In fact, it results in jealousy and brings up Haruhito who tries to benefit from him – it’s seen as a ‘test’ to see if he can push him away while not having assist however once more, the creep vibes make it very uncomfortable. The 2 are again however once more, issues attempt to make him break up as Usami does stand as much as his father, resulting in Usami’s father realising Misaki can stand as much as Usagi, which ends the present with some respect to him.

The issue as you possibly can see is that with the concentrate on the titular Romantica couple, the elements of the present the place the actual generic points and issues I’ve come a lot clearer. While it isn’t as dangerous as the primary season relating to the issues are solved by intercourse and the connection is given extra time to develop, Misaki is turning into a generic Marty Stu like character with everybody just about falling for him, resulting in some very uncomfortable scenes which don’t assist whenever you marvel if Usami is on to one thing when he will get jealous each time Misaki is with one other man, which does really feel controlling…however then the present reveals that yep, he was proper on the cash, So it fails with Usami being possessive, but in addition with Misaki that everybody needs him.

Granted, the introduction of Usami’s father and brother do add extra problems with the connection and by the top of the collection, it looks like the 2 are barely extra secure understanding they are going to be for one another regardless of each of their issues, resulting in respect from Usami’s father, and figuring out there’s a third season (albeit accomplished in 2015) mixed with the continued manga, there’s extra to see the place this goes, and naturally, extra with the opposite two couples, which solely get 2 and 1 episodes every once more. Granted, Romantica is the core couple, however with Egoist being the one I once more loved probably the most as their issues are solved extra usually (properly, apart from the beating down of the jealous sempai) I did want extra was unfold out evenly. That stated, the Terrorist pair once more actually feels actually placed on, and contemplating it is just one episode (could be a blessing although) it is rather poorly developed, and once more looks like only a tacked on romance between the 2.

While the event of the primary pair appears higher, the second season fares slightly worse due to the characterisation so unsure if I appreciated it greater than the first. Perhaps if Misaki wasn’t the love martyr as he’s sort and good, however very generic this will work out a bit higher, however for the second, the primary pairing is best however nonetheless has the controlling vibes, however at the least there’s a probability for stability, which can hopefully make it go ahead in the long run. The unhappy factor is that the first season has the connections to characters with all three pairings and right here, it’s barely touched on so for that, it doesn’t synch up as properly which finally ends up just a little bit extra disappointing general.

In Abstract:

Just like the primary season, at occasions it feels good and candy how the relationships are developed and depicted, however with the give attention to the Romantica couple which means their flaws are rather more uncovered, it makes the collection appear a bit weaker as regardless of the respectable improvement that there’s within the relationship because of the introduction of Usami’s brother and father, the continued issues on account of jealousy and controlling could make it annoying and even snug at occasions. The Egoist pair once more is the one which works higher however with solely 2 episodes, the Terrorist pair continues to be very tacked on and too brief for any hope of improvement and Romantica flows forwards and backwards from respectable to annoying.

Clear Opening, Clear Ending, Japanese Promos

Content material Grade: C+
Audio Grade: B-
Video Grade: B
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B-
Extras Grade: C-

Launched By: Anime Restricted
Launch Date: November 19th, 2018
MSRP: £26.99
Operating Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Facet Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Gear:
Ps four, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Tv, Aiwa 2 Method Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.

Posted on January 11, 2019 by Chris Homer and saved beneath All Information, All Evaluations, Anime / Manga, Anime Blu-ray Critiques, Anime/Manga Evaluations and tagged with anime, anime restricted, junjo romantica