The BEST Episodes of Junjou Romantica
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2021
Network: Tokyo MX
Junjou Romantica is an anime that follows the lives and loves of three shonen-ai (boy-love) couples. The stories are divided into 3 groups: Junjou Romantica, Junjou Egoist, and Junjou Terrorist. The first couple is Misaki and Akihito. It is the story about Misaki having to live with his brother's childhood friend, Akihito. Akihito is completely in love with Misaki's older brother, so he would do anything he asks of him, even if it means putting up with his idiotic, little brother. But, after Misaki's older brother gets marries, how will Akihito deal with the heartbreak? The story continues will Misaki consoling Akihito, but sometimes consoling turns into romance. Also, there is Hiroki, another one of Akihito's childhood friends, who is very in love with Akihito. The problem is, Akihito doesn't think of Hiroki in any way other than friendship. Luckily for Hiroki, he meets Nowaki. Nowaki stumbles upon the heartbroken Hiroki and asks him to become his tutor. As time passes, their relationship grows, but can Hiroki ever truly get over Akihito? Then there is Miyagi and Shinobu. Miyagi is a coworker of Hiroki, and he never misses a chance to tease him. In turn, Hiroki messes with Miyagi about his divorce. Miyagi doesn't really take it to heart, though, since he wasn't really in love with his ex-wife. He was somewhat happy to have her out of his life…but her little brother, Shinobu, wasn't letting Miyagi escape him. Shinobu believes that Miyagi is his "destined partner", and he refuses to let Miyagi get away…
#1 - The Mouth is the Gate of Misfortune
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2008
Hiroki and Nowaki are stilling living together, but their relationship seems strained. Hiroki is always doing his academic studies while Nowaki is at the hospital. Well, Nowaki knows he loved Hiroki, but he wonders if the feeling is mutual?
#2 - Finding Hen's Teeth
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 23, 2015
Misaki and Todo get autographs from their idol. Kaoruko and Mizuki get their feelings out in the open. Usagi mainly just gets a foreboding of doom.
#3 - Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2008
Aikawa is having a fit because Usagi can't complete his latest manuscript since he has no idea what a "normal" date for a college student would be. She tells him that renting a room at a five-star hotel is not a normal date, then laments about finding a normal college student to teach him what a normal date is like. She asks Misaki to take Usagi on a date and show him what it is like. Misaki reluctantly agrees. A package from Usagi’s father arrives--a wooden carving of a bear with four salmon--and Misaki is forced to reveal that he had recently met with both Usagi’s father and Usagi’s brother. Usagi is deeply upset by this, but refuses to say why. The two go on their date, eating at a diner and heading to a newly renovated aquarium where Misaki again runs into Usagi’s brother when he goes to the bathroom. Misaki tells Usagi’s brother to try and mend his relationship with his well-meaning father, then is subjected to yet another love confession. He tries to get away, but is spotted by Usagi. The two end their date on a ferris wheel where Usagi reveals that he is afraid that if Misaki continues to run into his family, they will reveal things about Usagi that Misaki has never seen. He worries that finding out about these things will make Misaki hate him and leave him, and he would rather Misaki leave now than come to hate him later. Misaki tells Usagi that he would never do that because he loves him. The two reconcile, then head to a hotel and shower together. Later, Misaki expresses embarrassment over saying "I love you" so easily, but feels that it was worth it if it made Usagi feel better. Then he discovers that Usagi-san used it as material for yet another BL novel but still hasn't finished the novel he was supposed to be writing...
#4 - Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 30, 2015
When Shinobu realizes that he always cooks Miyagi the same thing and they've never been on a "real date," he starts feeling insecure.
#5 - Third Time's A Charm
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2008
Since Misaki happened to mention that he liked strawberries Akihito's brother, Kaoruko, keeps sending him strawberries. Meanwhile, Misaki is excited about finally being able to feel like a "real student" since Sumi is getting him to help volunteer at the cultural festival. However, his feeling of the norm soon fade out when Kaoruko shows up at his school and takes him back to his place.
#6 - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2008
As soon as Hiroki walks in the house, he sees Nowaki lying naked on the floor with another man. So, when the same man tells Hiroki that Nowaki is torn between becoming a pediatrician and staying in school, Hiroki is unhappy. They are living together, so why would Nowaki tell his coworker instead of his lover?
#7 - Hate the Sin But Love the Sinner
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 2008
Misaki starts the new year with a dilemma - he has received invitations to various events from all three Usagi men on the same day. He agrees to go with Usagi to a hot spring resort. Usagi is notified that a family meeting will be held to discuss dispersal of an inheritance. Usagi says he doesn't want any money but Misaki coaxes him to go to the meeting on the way to the hot spring. Usagi briefly attends the meeting, then runs out and tells Misaki that he forgot to finish the manuscript he was working on. At the hot spring Usagi tells Misaki that he refused the inheritance of 1.3 billion yen (~$14 million). While Usagi works on a manuscript Misaki soaks in the hot spring, and he runs into Usagi’s father. Usagi’s father asks Misaki some questions about his relationship with Usagi, expressing surprise that they get along. Usagi’s father describes Usagi as emotionally fragile. Because he wants his son to be happy, he doesn't want Misaki to stay with Usagi if his feelings are half-hearted. Misaki passes out in the tub, but when he awakens he tells Usagi what happened and Usagi says everything is fine. When Usagi disappears for a long time to buy cigarettes Misaki goes looking for him and finds him talking to his father. He eavesdrops and hears Usagi’s father say that Misaki will one day become a burden to him. Misaki confronts them and says there is nothing half-hearted about his feelings. Usagi tells his father that Misaki's influence in his life has made his writing more kind and gentle. Alone in a hot bath Usagi reassures Misaki that he loves him, that he will never let him go, and that no one else's opinions matter. The episode ends with Aikawa calling in a frenzy because Usagi has still not completed his manuscript.
#8 - Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 16, 2015
Misaki is having trouble deciding on a career, and Usagi is feeling maybe just a teeny-tiny bit insecure about the future.
#9 - Love Does Not Follow Logic
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2008
An anxious Miyagi lying on his sofa ponders the complete absence of Shinobu-chin. Miyagi then starts questioning Shinobu's sincerity about their relationship. Miyagi attempts to reassure himself with the fact that he is the one who is being chased, but fails with the realization that he is at the mercy of the teenage boy. Miyagi tries to call Shinobu, but Miyagi's ex-wife answers. After a short conversation, Miyagi finally realizes the issues troubling Shinobu. Miyagi searches through his calendar for an appropriate day to confront Shinobu, only to find a particular date circled. At first, Miyagi questions the significance of the date, then suddenly realizes that the date circled was one he would normally never forget: the date of death of the woman he loved years ago. Several days later, Miyagi drives to Shinobu's school only to find him with a foreigner. At the sight of Miyagi, Shinobu grabs the foreigner's hand and runs in the opposite direction. Miyagi chases Shinobu with his car and, at the peak of his anger, plays a scenario in his mind of what their supposed break up will be like. Wearing a disguise, Miyagi manages to confront Shinobu, and learns Shinobu's side of the story. Miyagi realizes how insecure Shinobu became upon discovering that the only object Miyagi truly cherishes is a photo of him and his past love. Miyagi throws Shinobu into his car, and after a long drive, they end up at the grave of Miyagi's former love. There, Miyagi confesses his love for Shinobu and requests forgiveness, as he will finally let go of his past love.
#10 - What Happens Once Can Happen Twice
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2008
Akihito has a huge book conference coming up, and he really doesn't want to go. However, when he thinks Misaki wants to go, he just can't reject the offer. Then, on Misaki's trip to the location of the party, he has a chance encounter with someone from Akihito's past.
#11 - Life Often Bring Misfortune in Times of Great Happiness
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 23, 2008
Misaki is making breakfast, and complaining about Usagi's toys spread out around the house. Usagi says to him that "maybe it's best for you to live on your own", confusing Misaki. At the train station, Misaki meets an old man that doesn't seem to have ridden a train before. Misaki offers to walk with him. When they are on the train, the old man notices that Misaki has a wooden carved bear with 3 salmon. Misaki says that he can have it because he has 2 more at home. The old man gives Misaki a ducky (for the bathtub), and said that he has plenty more ducks at home because he wants to build up his relationship with his son. When they have arrived, the old man gets a phone call from his company that a car is waiting for him. Then they meet Usagi’s brother and Misaki learns that the old man is Usagi's father. When Misaki comes home, Usagi hurts his finger by pouring coffee into a mug that is not heat resistant, shattering it. Usagi heads back to his work room and Misaki debates telling him that he met his father, but can't do it. Making an excuse to stay in Usagi's room, Misaki tells Usagi that he has been acting weird lately and asks if he has something to say. Both of them stay quiet and Misaki thinks about what Usagi’s father said and that he hasn't actually said, even once, that he loves Usagi. Usagi leaves, but Misaki stops him and tried to say "I love you" but fails as tears pour down his face. Usagi tells him that his attempt really makes him happy and suddenly carries him to their bedroom, because he "understood his true feelings". He tosses him next to the room and tells Misaki to lick his finger to smoothen the scar. They kiss and Usagi says in a whisper again and again that he loves him.
#12 - All Good Things Must Come to an End
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 9, 2015
Misaki Takahashi has been living with his secret boyfriend, the rich and famous boys-love author Akihiko Usami, for three years now. He thinks nothing's changed between them or inside his own heart in that time, but is his just fooling himself?
#13 - Marriage is Made in Heaven
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2008
Misaki sees on television that Usagi’s brother is getting married. A girl knocks at the door and asks Usagi to marry her. The girl is Kaoruko, Usagi's cousin, and Usagi’s father is trying to force her to marry Usagi’s brother. Usagi refuses to marry her but Misaki coaxes him to allow her to stay until she can figure out what to do. While Usagi is out buying cigarettes Usagi’s brother rings the doorbell looking for Kaoruko. To distract him, Misaki agrees to go for a drive with him to protect Kaoruko, and asks Kaoruko to tell Usagi that he will be back in 3 hours. In the car Usagi’s brother tells Misaki that he will not marry Kaoruko. He also talks about his difficult childhood and how it has always made him seek the approval of others, and how his real dream is to be an architect. Misaki realises that Usagi’s brother isn't such a bad guy. Misaki gets out of the car and runs straight into Usagi’s father, who tells him that his existence is a problem and a threat to the stability of his family. Misaki is shocked and hurt, and rushes home to Usagi because he promised he'd be back in 3 hours. Usagi can see that Misaki is upset, but Misaki pretends he's fine and won't reveal what Usagi’s father said because he doesn't want to cause trouble. That night in bed Usagi begs Misaki to talk to him, to tell him what's bothering him, because he's worried. Misaki won't talk about it and promises himself that he will disguise his feelings better in the future. The next day, Kaoruko admits that she likes Misaki, which makes him proud that finally a girl likes him.
#14 - All's Well That Ends Well
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 27, 2008
Misaki delivers a manuscript to Usagi at his publisher's office. Isaka introduces Misaki to one of his favourite manga artists. Misaki's outpouring of adoration helps the author overcome his writer's block. Usagi overhears Misaki and gets jealous. He tells Misaki that he shouldn't confess love for other men. Usagi is pulled away to a meeting, but directs Misaki to go straight home. Before Misaki has a chance to get away, Isaka throws him in a room alone with Usagi’s brother. Usagi’s brother tells Misaki that he is taking over the architectural businesses of the Usami group, because of their conversation in episode 10 (season 2). He expresses his need and love for Misaki, then pins Misaki to the tabletop and tries to kiss him. Isaka, outside guarding the door, stops Usagi from entering the room. He says this should be a test for Misaki, to see if he will reject Usagi’s brother without being rescued. Inside, Misaki pushes Usagi’s brother away and admits that he loves Usagi. Back at home Usagi tries to get Misaki to promise never to leave him, but Misaki is evasive. Misaki runs into Usagi’s father outside Usagi's house and invites him in. Usagi’s father presents Usagi with photos of potential brides and asks Misaki to reject Usagi. Usagi tells his father he can't live without Misaki. Usagi and Misaki leave, and Usagi’s father pursues them. Misaki saves Usagi from getting hit by a bus then yells at him for doing something so stupid. He yells at Usagi’s father as well. Usagi’s father realizes that Misaki can stand up to Usagi, and that earns him respect and acceptance.
#15 - True Love Is Fate
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 24, 2015
Convincing Usagi to attend his own awards ceremony is an uphill battle, since he's far more interested in celebrating Misaki's birthday. Unfortunately, so is Kyo Ijuin...
#16 - The Darkest Place Is Under the Candlestick
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 20, 2015
Ryuichiro Isaka, president of Marukawa Books, has been together with Kaoru Asahina forever. But that doesn't make him a mind-reader and Asahina's unique communication style or lack thereof tends to have him fearing the worst.
#17 - Many a True Word is Spoken in Jest
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2008
Since Misaki broke his ankle in his attempt to escape Akihito's childhood home, Akihito has been super over-protective. Oh, he still makes Misaki cook, but he holds him up as he does it. However, when the love gets a little too overbearing, it causes big friction in the household.
#18 - Good Can Come Out of Misfortune
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2008
Nowaki knows that he loves Hiroki, and Hiroki know the feelings are mutual. Even though they had some problems they agree to meet up and talk things out…But what is Hiroki supposed to do when Nowaki stands him up? How could Nowaki agree to a business meeting that interferes with his love-life? Can their love go on?
#19 - Fear is Often Greater Than the Danger Itself
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 1, 2008
Misaki meets Akihito's editor, Eri Aikawa, and gets extremely jealous over how well she knows Akihito. Misaki's classmate really doesn't help matters when he points out that an editor shouldn't be close to Akihito like that. So, how will Misaki get over his complex?
#20 - What Happens Twice Can Happen Thrice
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2008
Misaki and Akihito's relationship is getting questioned. Between Akihito confronting Misaki about never saying 'I love you' and Isaka telling Misaki that he is involving Akihito in a scandalous relationship, the boy's unsaid status just won't do. So, with all these inquiries in the air how will Misaki ever make it through the party? Oh, and the fact that Akihito's brother is being a little too interested in Misaki doesn't help matters either.
#21 - Even a Chance Acquaintance is Decreed by Destiny
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 26, 2008
Akihito just won an award for his latest BL book. And Misaki is unhappy that he learned this bit of information from his classmate instead of Akihito. That leads to Misaki blowing up on Akihito about how he deserves to know more about him since they are lovers.
#22 - Labor for Love
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 17, 2015
Usagi has been acting strangely ever since the interview with Mr. Ijuin, but Misaki can't get him to say what's really on his mind.
#23 - Even the Longest Journey Begins with a Single Step
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 6, 2015
With his applications taken care of, Misaki now has to face the dreaded interview process.
#24 - Away From Home, One Needs to Feel No Shame
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2008
Takahiro calls and tells Akihito that it's time Misaki comes to live with his new wife and him. Akihito really doesn't want to let Misaki leave, but Misaki never has experienced a family life, so there is no way he would refuse. So, can Akihito and Misaki go back to not living with each other?