Junjo Romantica

 JUNZ   (Blumanga, 2007-Present)

™ and © Blumanga & Shungiku Nakamura

Blumanga is Tokyopop’s line of explicit male romance manga for adults. Misaki Takahashi has so much trouble passing college entrance exams that he needs a tutor. Misaki’s older brother Takahiro, whom he lives with, gets his best friend, famous award-winning author Akihiko Usami, to give him a four-month cram course.

Misaki is horrified to find that Usami (handsome, rich, 28 years old) is an extroverted homosexual, who also writes steamy gay porn under a penname. Misaki and Usami initially loathe each other but, for the sake of Takahiro, they agree to work together, and romantic feelings develop despite mutual reluctance. Then, Takahiro gets married, and his company transfers him to Osaka, leaving Misaki and Usami (“Call me Usagi [bunny]”) alone together.

That’s just the first chapter. In parallel stories, Misaki gets into a prestigious university where he meets handsome upperclassmen who make Usagi jealous; and Hiroki Kamijo, ex-lover of Usami, forms a stormy relationship with new romantic partner Nowaki [typhoon] Kusama. Well-written and drawn with characters that stand out, this is one of the better yaoi manga.

— Fred Patten

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