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Discussion: Why do People Ship Sangwoo x Yoonbum/Is it Love?

I know Killing Stalking is more of a yaoi manWHA not a manga so I shouldn’t really talk about it but because it became so big with the Yuri!!! on Ice fandom more specifically the fujoshi community, I had to talk about it.

Disclaimer: HEAVY SPOILERS (From chapters 1-20)

1So if you don’t know the story of Killing Stalking, it’s a psychological horror story with some yaoi content, it follows a boy named Yoonbum who is obsessed with a boy named Oh Sangwoo, to the extent of stalking him. Yoonbum’s obsession with Sangwoo escalates when Yoonbum breaks into Sangwoo’s house only discover that the charming and friendly man he’s infatuated with is a murderer, in result Yoonbum is held captive in Sangwoo’s home.

Now obviously one of the genres Killing Stalking falls under is yaoi, attracting a lot of fujoshis but what separates Killing Stalking from any typical yaoi is that the relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum is beyond abusive and unhealthy. But the thing is there are three types of fans of Killing Stalking;
1. The ones who don’t ship Sangwoo and Yoonbum and ship Sangwoo x Prison and Yoonbum x Happiness (or any ship like that)
2. The fans who fully support the relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum some to the extent of calling them “relationship goals”
3. The ones that don’t know if they do or don’t ship Sangwoo and Yoonbum

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If you didn’t know, I am apart of the third group; I don’t know if I do or don’t shipIMG_8084 Sangwoo x Yoonbum, however for me I am leaning towards the second group. Someone has already explained that Killing Stalking’s intention is to only scare yet entertain it’s readers and that it never romanticized the dysfunctional relationship between Sangwoo and Yoonbum, the problem lies with the fujoshi’s who are willing to fetishize any gay relationship. Although this is true for many fujoshis, I don’t think this is the case for fans like myself, as I didn’t feel comfortable with many bad relationships in yaoi, like in the first episode of Maiden Rose, I didn’t like the romance in it. Also in a one shot manga I read, Glamorous Lip, I don’t like the relationship between Kira and Letty because it took a dark and more violent turn when it started off quite adorable. So I don’t think all fujoshis who support Sangwoo x Yoonbum fall into this statement.

I looked into Killing Stalking a lot and I don’t think it’s right to say Sangwoo DEFINITELY does love Yoonbum, at least for now. Because what makes there relationship so fascinating is both them are incredibly unstable. Sangwoo, not only being a murderer, but also clearly having a split personality and Yoonbum in general is emotionally unstable and can barely even think straight; in other words, they’re both very unpredictable, especially Sangwoo. Sangwoo’s intentions don’t seem clear, at least as of Chapter 22. Because there is a possibility he is using Bum for an end goal, but honestly I have doubts this is the case.

My doubts on Sangwoo using Bum actually leads me and many other fans to believe that what Sangwoo feels for Bum is actually more than lust, rather it may be love but a rather disturbing and creepy type of love instead of the kind of love we’re used to hearing about. Though most fans justify Sangwoo’s love for Bum based on the fact he hasn’t killed Bum yet, I believe what truly shows this is the scene where Sangwoo can’t find Yoonbum

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In this scene Sangwoo is shocked and quite angry but when he finds Yoonbum at his house he is completely relieved and embraces him tightly, in a way that says, “don’t ever leave” “stay with me”. I think what made Sangwoo feel this way about Yoonbum is that Sangwoo hasn’t felt loved since the death of his mother, think about it, every time Sangwoo lures in and murders a woman, she is screaming at him (which is obviously a natural thing to do), this is a pure example when Jieun, who had romantic feelings for the Sangwoo that she thought she knew, came to Sangwoo’s house, they have sex and then Sangwoo exposes his true self to her and she displays pure anger, fear and disgust towards him (which again is completely natural). Compare this to when Yoonbum broke in. Despite Sangwoo breaking Yoonbum’s image of a gentle Sangwoo, Yoonbum still confesses his love to Sangwoo and shows obedience even in the chapter where Sangwoo was talking about his mother and said out loud “I love you” and Yoonbum responded by saying “I love you too” and  this happens after like a week of being with Sangwoo. This obviously must’ve made Sangwoo grow to like Yoonbum and the idea of being loved unconditionally.

As for Yoonbum, his obviously afraid for his life. I mean everyday he is scared that Sangwoo will snap and kill him which to him seems inevitable. However throughout the manwha, Yoonbum still shows that he has feelings for Sangwoo despite his image of him being destroyed. One scene that proves that Yoonbum loves Sangwoo is when in Chapter 19 when Sangwoo tells Yoonbum to leave if he no longer needs Sangwoo… HE HAD A CHANCE TO ESCAPE! But Yoonbum chose to stay. Furthermore adding to my point about Sangwoo, Sangwoo could’ve easily killed Yoonbum rather then just kicking him out.

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So in conclusion, I do think the two love each other, but in a more unmutual way and in a more creepy way that we are not generally use to even from yaoi. I see Killing Stalking as a psychological horror, it is a romance but a very unsettling type of romance, which is exactly what makes the horror in the manwha stand out more. The love shared between Sangwoo and Yoonbum is more disturbing and creepy rather than cute and “lovey-dovey”. But to answer the question, the reason why other fans support this relationship is not because we fetishize all types of yaoi relationships, even abusive ones, rather all we want is for something more to come of this relationship. Sangwoo seems to displays feelings for Yoonbum and although it’s slightly diffferent, Yoonbum does display feelings to Sangwoo. The two are just as bad with each other as they are without each other. Yoonbum obviously is the only one making Sangwoo feel loved and Sangwoo does do something for Yoonbum which I can’t exactly point my finger at. For me personally, that is the reason why I’m in the middle and maybe why other fans ship these two. But again it’s too soon to properly clarify everything, so eventually when more chapter are out, I can make a better analysis.

Thank you for reading this detailed discussion. I tried making it as brief as possible but that didn’t go so well but hopefully you can understand what I’m trying to say. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Let me know what you think about the whole topic. Till next time 🙂

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Yuri!!! On Ice Anime Review

Synopsis: Yuri on Ice is a sports anime based on figure skating. The story follows Yuri Katsuki who is constantly losing in competitions. Yuri is unsure whether to continue ice skating but once a video goes viral of him perfectly mimicking a complex routine by his role model, Victor Nikiforov, Victor flies down to Japan and decides to be Yuri’s coach and help him build his figure skating career.

My Thoughts

Everybody and their mothers have heard about Yuri!!! on Ice. The anime was very hyped3 up and I was the one who hadn’t watched it yet. I watched this anime just recently, especially now that the hype died a bit. But I was always worried the hype would ruin it but it didn’t thankfully. Each episode was very exciting to watch, in fact I don’t dislike any of these episodes at all, I especially love the end of Episode 7. I’ll get this out of the way, I definitely ship Victuri, I am one of those fangirls that got too excited over their relationship and I can’t remember the last time an anime couple made me fangirl that much. Watching Yuri grow more confident and become a better ice skater was such a delight, the anime took so much time to develop him.

1I absolutely adore the individual characters of Yuri and Victor who are both so adorable, Victor especially! My problem though is they have too many characters to the point I couldn’t keep up and the thing is a lot of these characters were interesting and likable but a lot of them also were easily pushed to the sidelines. The characters I got annoyed at though were the triplets, I don’t know they just really annoyed me. Can I also appreciate how the anime doesn’t have a crappy ending, it just ends on a satisfactory level but still leaves you wanting more.

I’ll get this out of the way, I do really love the opening, I don’t need to go on about it4 because everyone else has. The ending sequence is pretty good and so is the OST. The animations although very good and the ice skating sequence as mesmerizing and beautiful as they were, the anime definitely recycles their animations and I’m not usually one to notice it but this anime made it obvious and that just seems cheap. Also I love the character designs for all the characters particularly Yurio who had such a graceful appearance despite the asshole character I love.

 Do I like it?: Yes, yes, yes!! Yuri!!! On Ice is the best anime I’ve seen this year… so far. I loved every episode and I am weak for yaoi ships so that just added a lot. Though I do think the anime would’ve been a million times better if they had a whole Dirty Dancing “Time of my Life” little dance sequence between Yuri and Victor in the last episode…

Recommended: As much as I love Yuri!!! On Ice, it’s easy to pick out who wouldn’t. Though Yuri!!! On Ice has a lot going for it, it’s definitely an anime for the yaoi lovers or in general for anybody who enjoys sports animes like Free!

What do you think of Yuri!!! On Ice. I am prepared for any fangirling or rants, so let me know. Till next time 🙂

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Kono Danshi Sekika ni Nayandemasu Anime Review

Introduction

So lately I have been reviewing more yaoi anime, this is because of my interest in the genre and I want to see more of it. I found this anime and it has a very odd but interesting story line which is enough to have my attention. So here it is, another anime review, telling you my opinion on the 2014 OVA, Kono Danshi Sekika ni Nayandemasu or in English, The Boy Suffers From Crystallization.

Story & Characters

The series follows a boy named Ayumu Tamari, who has an illness where he turns intokono-danshi-sekika-ni-nayandemasu-story crystal when he’s stressed. Tamari has to repeat a year and tries to make friends with his classmates by dressing fashionably, dying his hair and researching on popular topics but none of this really works due to Tamari’s shyness. Tamari’s teacher, Kouya Onihara who loves crystals, calls Tamari’s crystallization beautiful and after this Tamari becomes attracted and seeks to Onihara for advice.

kono-danshi-sekika-ni-nayandemasu-charactersOut of all the yaoi anime I’ve seen in 2016, this anime is the least sexual, in fact it’s definitely more of a shonen-ai than a yaoi. The story is very interesting but also at some points very melodramatic which can be a bit of a turn-off. I do like the attention they give to Tamari and him dealing with his shyness but they also focus on the relationship between him and his teacher. His teacher, Onihara is an interesting character as well but they never really went deep into his backstory and only showed a few glimpses, we know what his backstory is but the anime fails to actually explain it. The relationship between Tamari and Onihara is beautiful and you definitely cheer it on but they lack the chemistry you’d hope for but to be fair, this anime is very short. But for a one episode OVA series, the ending is perfect, I mean it actually ends on a satisfying note.

Grade (Story): B-
Grade (Characters): B-

Animations & Sound

Now for the animations, some people may dislike it but I personally think it’s very uniquekono-danshi-sekika-ni-nayandemasu-animations and it’s stunning. The anime makes the characters walk like stick puppets and I absolutely love it. The anime is incredibly vivid and colorful though it may be a bit too bright. The character designs were all fine except for Onihara who’s character design always made me feel uncomfortable.

kono-danshi-sekika-ni-nayandemasu-soundGlitter Wish by Shouta Aoi is definitely one the best ending themes to any anime, it’s incredibly powerful. The OST to the anime is quite beautiful too and stood out when it had to. The anime is only in Japanese but the voice acting is great, Daisuke Hirakawa did an amazing performance as Onihara-sensei and Shouta Aoi though a little whiny, overall did an excellent performance as Tamari.

Grade (Animations): B
Grade (Music): B
Grade (Voice Acting): B+

Conclusion

Another anime I regret not adding on my previous top 10 list. Well anyway, I highly kono-danshi-sekika-ni-nayandemasu-conclusionrecommend this series to any yaoi fan, sure it’s not hardcore as most yaoi animes, but it has a good plot, a well developed lead, a good relationship and the anime ends properly which seems to be too much to ask for from any anime, especially OVAs. I really did enjoy this series and I grade it with a B. I recommend Kono Danshi Sekika ni Nayademasu to any yaoi fan and to anyone who is interested in a simple romance anime, the anime only takes up at most 30 minutes of your time and trust me it’s worth.

Thank you for reading my review. I would love to hear your opinion on this anime. Till next time 🙂

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Maiden Rose Anime Review

Introduction

Yaoi is seriously becoming a trend on this blog, isn’t it? You’ve probably noticed the yaoi animes I’ve been reviewing were created by Shungiku Nakamura with the exception of Super Lovers. This anime is different and its the first time I’m reviewing a yaoi anime that isn’t by Studio Deen. However after searching for some yaoi anime, Maiden Rose caught my  attention with a different setting to really most animes. So here it is, Maiden Rose the review.

Story & Characters

“Two soldiers from warring countries are bound by a pledge as master and servant. Takimaiden-rose-story Reizen is a Commander of sublime beauty, shouldering the fate of his nation. Called “Mad Dog” because of his rough temperament, Klaus has sworn his loyalty to him as a knight. Despite this, those around them are cold and disapproving, full of various misgivings. For all their genuine feelings, what will come of love made cruel by the violence of war?” – From it’s myanimelist page (https://myanimelist.net/anime/5902/Hyakujitsu_no_Bara) cause I couldn’t really figure out its storyline.

maiden-rose-charactersTo be completely honest I am not a fan of this anime’s first episode. The relationship between our two leads seemed lackluster and merely based on sex and look don’t get me wrong I love a good yaoi sex scene as much as any other perverted fujoshi but when that’s all an anime has to offer then it’s meaningless. However the second episode is so much better! The story just seemed more interesting and best part is I started to give a shit about the love story between Klaus and Taki. How about the characters? Well, only three characters were really memorable which were Taki, Klaus and the little boy. The only way you can give a shit about Klaus and Taki is if you care about their relationship which I did whilst watching episode 2, but other than that their personalities are quite paper thin when you get down to it. The little boy who’s name I don’t remember (or the anime probably didn’t mention it) he did have some personality being someone who really admired Klaus and stood by his opinion on him even though everyone else disagreed with him.

Grade (Story): C+
Grade (Characters): C-

Animations and Sound

The animations is pretty colorful especially for a war based anime. It’s very vivid andmaiden-rose-animations mostly clear. The character designs for most characters were good especially Taki, I loved everything about his character design, he’s appearance is stunning. However there’s one character I have to complain about which is Klaus, what is up with his chin?! I’ve complained about the character designs in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Junjou Romantica and Hybrid Child with their chins but oh my goodness this is just terrible and it’s too distracting, I understand if this is just the original mangakas way of designing the character but still I couldn’t help but stare at it every time we had a front view of Klaus.

maiden-rose-soundThe music doesn’t stand out… at all… I don’t even know if the anime has music. So now I’m confused about what I’m grading this anime’s music so I looked it up and I listened to it and it’s actually very beautiful too bad I never noticed it. The voice acting is incredibly solid, every characters voice worked perfectly for them. Susumu Chiba did the best job as Taki, he’s voiced matched Taki’s dominant side but also matched his more… y’know… uke side.

Grade (Animations): B-
Grade (Music): C-
Grade (Voice Acting): B

Conclusion

Maiden Rose is definitely worth a bit of your time if you like yaoi anime. Outside of it’s yaoimaiden-rose-conclusion genre, the series doesn’t have much else to offer. It’s story gets good in episode 2 but definitely check out episode 1 beforehand. The relationship between our leads is mostly sweet and interesting. So I grade Maiden Rose with a C+.

Thank you for reading my review. Let me know if you like Maiden Rose or not. If you want me to review any anime series, I will gladly do so. Till next time 🙂

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Discussion: Onodera and Takano’s Reincarnations

DISCLAIMER: Huge spoilers to Hybrid Child!!! Maybe even some to Sekaiichi Hatsukoi!! Also lots of crying pics to describe my emotions towards this.

Yay, it’s my first discussion post!! I’ve always wanted to make a discussion post but never knew where to start. So if you didn’t know, I said I hated Hybrid Child because it made me cry, though I gave it a B+ grading so calm down I don’t seriously hate the anime. But to make matters worse I came across a certain theory.

Hybrid Child was made by Shungiku Nakamura, same creator of Junjou Romantica andpara-1 Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. So obviously the moment I saw it I noticed Izumi and Hazuki look a lot like Junjou Romantica’s leads, Misaki and Usagi but that’s not the point of this discussion. Hybrid Child is an incredibly emotional anime, its first two couples sure have an emotional story but it pales in comparison to Kuroda and Tsukishima.

para-2So Kuroda and Tsukishima are childhood friends who bicker a lot and it seems they don’t get along but deep down they obviously love each other romantically. After a battle with another clan, Tsukishima’s clan loses and he decides to commit seppuku. Kuroda goes to Tsukishima and they argue only to have a night of passion. Now at this point I thought, “There’s noway Shungiku Nakamura would kill of Tsukishima, right? This is a yaoi anime full of love and passion, right? The couple have to have a happy ending, right? Right?” I was dead wrong. Tsukishima ended up killing himself in honor, leaving Kuroda in a depressing state. Kuroda ends up completing his creation of Hybrid Child, his one looking like a child version of Tsukishima. Then his Hybrid Child talks for the first time quoting and doing something very similar to what Tsukishima did for Kuroda in the previous episode which was basically giving Kuroda a broken branch from a Sakura Tree knowing that he likes flowers, after this Kuroda breaks down into tears admitting he loves Tsukishima, nothing more, nothing less. And after that Kuroda lives his life alone.

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Great we got the synopsis of Hybrid Child’s most emotional episode. Now after that episode I was in tears, I don’t remember the last time I’ve cried as much as I did when watching Hybrid Child. Then I ran into a certain theory. This theory was based on how Sekaiichi Hatsukoi’s main couple, Onodera and Takano are the reincarnation of Kuroda and Tsukishima. How did someone come up with that, first off with the obvious, they kind of look alike.

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To go into detail, they also related Onodera’s stomach pain to Tsukishima’s seppuku. Also not to mention the constant bickering between Kuroda and Tsukishima along with Kuroda teasing Tsukishima, even though the two are actually in love but never fully admit it to each other is quite similar to Takano and Onodera where they argue a lot, Takano constantly teases Onodera and Onodera’s denial of his feelings toward Takano.

So I thought of it like this, Kuroda and Tsukishima two childhood friends who are secretly in love, one day Tsukishima commits seppuku leaving Kuroda in a depressing state. Years have passed and the two live on as Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano (well in high school, Masamune Saga). The two fall in love all over again only to split up all over again leaving them both in a depressing state and after 10 years they find each other again, fall in love again, as if they were destined to be together no matter how many times they’ve been split up.

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After all that I was an emotional mess. This theory, I hope its true because it gives me resolve for what Kuroda and Tsukishima could’ve been if Tsukishima were still alive. The two finally have their happiness that they couldn’t have in their first life only to receive in their second life even though in their second life they lose it once. This theory is beautiful and incredibly interesting.

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So what were your thoughts on my very first discussion? Let me know what else to discuss, it could be anything. Thank you for reading. Till next time 🙂

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Hybrid Child Anime Review

Introduction

I hate this anime. Fans of this anime may be losing their shit but I don’t mean it seriously. I’ve seen Clannad. I’ve seen Angel Beats. I’ve seen Air. I’ve seen Kanon. I’ve seen Anohana. I have watched A LOT of sad anime and I was left in tears with most of them, making me hate them for that (not really!). So as you all should know, I’m a fan of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and Junjou Romantica, both created by Shungiku Nakamura, the same mangaka who wrote Hybrid Child. When I found out about Hybrid Child I decided to watch it and now as you can tell I’m reviewing it.

Story & Characters

Hybrid Child is neither fully  human or fully machine. It is kind of a doll that can growhybrid-child-story from the love of its owner. Much like Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Hybrid Child follows more than one couple, for this series it’s three couples.

Hybrid Child has dark themes. Each episode is incredibly hybrid-child-charactersemotional but their is this tone of happiness in them too (well kind of) making this anime quite bittersweet. The series is incredibly short considering the manga was only a one shot but each episode is beautiful and unique. Now with Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and Junjou Romantica, I had one couple to complain about but with Hybrid Child, all the couples though never have any resolution, are still all very likable and you can’t help but support each of them.

Grade (Story): B+

Grade (Characters): B

Animations & Sound

Like Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Hybrid Child was animated by Studio Deen hybrid-child-animationsand my God did they step up their game. Hybrid Child’s animations are incredibly stunning. The scenery is always beautiful and colorful and I just love it. My only few problems were design of the chins but at least it’s less distracting and why are the tears so huge?!

The music doesn’t usually stand out but when it does it hybrid-child-soundis beautiful, especially in the last episode. Also the opening gives you this creepy feeling and although it’s not the best opening, it is still good. Of course this anime is only in Japanese and the voice acting is all top-notch. I think all the voice actors did an excellent job at portraying their characters, but no real stand-outs.

Grade (Animations): B+

Grade (Music): B

Grade (Voice Acting): B-

Conclusion

While everyone is arguing that Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is better than Junjou Romantica or vicehybrid-child-conclusion versa, I’m just going to say hands down, Hybrid Child is the best. The couples are better (well better than most couples), the stories are interesting and everything else is just great. It had some flaws like a lack of resolution to each episode but each episode was beautiful and enjoyable. I grade this anime with a B+. I highly recommend this anime to any yaoi fan, it’s only 4 episodes so it’s very quick to get through. If you’re interested in an emotional roller coaster, then look no further than Hybrid Child. The only thing that should stop you from watching Hybrid Child is if you dislike yaoi. Other than that, I recommend it.

So what are your thoughts on Hybrid Child? Did you get emotional watching it? Let me know in the comments. Recommend me to an anime or manga to review. Really wanting to check out some more yaoi so please recommend me to some if you like. Also later I’ll be writing my first DISCUSSION post based on Hybrid Child and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Till next time 🙂

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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi + Junjou Romantica Anime Review

Introduction

Everybody knows I love Junjou Romantica. Well at least you should know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog since the beginning I mean I’ve made a few posts related to Junjou Romantica. So why am I putting it in the same review as Sekaiichi Hatsukoi? Well both series were created by Shungiku Nakamura and both series are constantly compared to each other. Fans of both series continue to debate which series is better and I’ve heard both sides. You’d think I’d be on Junjou Romantica’s side but my side of the argument is actually the reason for this review.

Story & Characters

Junjou Romantica follows the story of three couples (well actually four), but our main pairjunjou-romantica is Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko Usami. Misaki is an eighteen year old who makes it his ambition to enrol into M University but his grades are below average. His brother, Takahiro gets his best friend who is a rich and well-known novelist, Usagi (Akihiko Usami if you couldn’t tell) to tutor Misaki. Misaki walks in on Usagi clinging onto Takahiro. Misaki later discovers a BL novel written by Usagi which is actually based on his fantasies of him and Takahiro causing Misaki to flip, and afterwards discovers Usagi is in love with Takahiro. Misaki and Usagi don’t get along clearly but after Misaki gets his test results and visits Takahiro along with Usagi, Takahiro announces his engagement. Misaki gets angry at his brother and drags Usagi outside and cries for him. Usagi feels deeply touched and realizes his in love with Misaki and doesn’t want to lose him. After Takahiro gets married, Misaki has to live with Usagi and basically their relationship builds up from that point on with Misaki falling in love for the first time and Usagi trying to keep Misaki and avoid losing him.

sekaiichi-hatsukoiIn Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, the story also follows three couples (technically four), but our main pair is Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano. Onodera is an editor for literature but instead was put into editing shoujo manga department since it was the only available department. Onodera meets his boss Takano who works everybody to the ground but if it weren’t for him, the department wouldn’t be what it is. As Onodera is getting use to everything, Takano can’t help but feel as if his met Onodera before. Takano later realizes Onodera is the boy he dated in high school. After the two realize that their breakup was based on a misunderstanding, Takano vows to make Onodera admit that he loves him.

Both anime stories have pros and cons. With Junjou Romantica the pro is that it is quite bothrefreshing with it’s plot. The series always has something happening and it makes you root for the main couple because they have so much threatening their relationship but through it all they grow stronger. The problem is that Junjou Romantica has a lack of focus considering it has no real goal unlike Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi has a focus, you find yourself getting excited through each episode since the goal is for Onodera to say “I love you” to Takano. However the one thing Sekaiichi Hatsukoi lacks that Junjou Romantica has is that Sekaiichi Hatsukoi just eventually becomes repetitive. The series drags out a little bit that it feels a little bit tedious at some points. Both of the main couples are incredibly and equally wonderful. That’s saying a lot considering Misaki and Usagi are one of my favorite couples in anime, but Onodera and Takano managed to be on the same level. Both couples have this beautiful bond that you continue to cheer on. What about our other couples? Both animes had another couple I adored and another couple I don’t like as much. I love Hiroki and Nowaki and I also love Kisa and Yukina, both of these couples were interesting. However I’m not a huge fan of Miyagi and Shinobu and Chiaki and Hatori.

Junjou Romantica Grade (Story): B

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Grade (Story): B

Junjou Romantica Grade (Characters): B-

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Grade (Characters): B-

Animations & Sound

sekaiichi-hatsukoi-x-junjou-romantica-animationsI’m not going to go into detail about the animations. Both animes were made by the same Studio so it only makes sense they’re equal. However some will argue Sekaiichi Hatsukoi’s animations are better but lets not forget that season one and two was made in 2008 whereas Sekaiichi Hatsukoi was made in 2011, heck we see the animations improve for Junjou Romantica in season 3 so obviously it’s a matter of the time the series were made. I like the animations, they looked good. My only problem for both series is how they design the chins.

There is only one song in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi that I liked and stood out was its secondsekaiichi-hatsukoi-junjou-romantica-sound opening, I’ve grown fond of the opening to season 2 and I kind of regret not mentioning it when I didn’t watch the anime in my top 40 list to openings to animes I haven’t seen yet. However with Junjou Romantica, most of the music really stood out to me especially the first season’s opening, when I first heard it I immediately became addicted. I also want to give huge credit to season three’s ending, I adore it. With the voice acting… I liked all the voice actors to both animes. The only voice actor I had a tiny problem with was Shinnosuke Tachibana as Chiaki in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, his voice got a little bit annoying at some points. My favorite performances were by Takahiro Sakurai as Misaki from Junjou Romantica and Katsuyuki Konishi as Takano from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, both were very solid performances.

Grade (Animations): C+ (This is for both animes)

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Grade (Music): C

Junjou Romantica Grade (Music): B

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Grade (Voice Acting): B

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Grade (Voice Acting): B

Conclusion

sekaiichi-hatsukoi-junjou-romantica-conclusionSo which anime did I personally find better. To be completely honest, both were equally as good. Both had their flaws and some minor differences, but to me they felt like the same anime. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is more mature than Junjou Romantica but Junjou Romantica has more happening even when it’s taking a more slice-of-life turn, but even so they still felt like the same anime. If you like one, you’re most likely going to like the other so I highly recommend both animes. If you like yaoi and haven’t seen one or both of these animes then I definitely recommend them. If you want to check out a yaoi anime, both of these animes are a great place to start considering my first yaoi anime is Junjou Romantica. Both Sekaiichi Hatsukoi and Junjou Romantica get graded with a though through my personal enjoyment for both of these animes, it deserves a B+ but it’s getting a B through a more critical perspective.

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Thank you for reading my review. What do you think of both of these animes? Which is better Sekaiichi Hatsukoi or Junjou Romantica? Tell me in the comments. Also recommend me to any anime or manga to review. Finally be sure you recommend me a yaoi anime to watch or yaoi manga to read. Till next time 🙂

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