In the floating continent of Neo Verona, the Montague family seized control and murdered every member of the Capulet family with the exception of Capulet’s daughter, Juliet Fiammata Asto Capulet. 14 years later, Juliet and the remnants of Capulet’s retainers live hidden from the iron fist of the Montague family. Juliet has long forgotten the murder of her family or her identity, and cross dresses as Odin and the town’s hero of justice, “Red Whirlwind.” A sudden escape in her daily escapades leads her to meet Romeo Candorebanto Montague, the kind son of the tyrannical Montague. Destiny has been set as these two individuals soon to be “star-crossed lovers” are cruelly toyed with by fate in the midst of war. Loosely based on the play by William Shakespeare. – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
I really enjoyed it and I wish more people would watch it, because if you haven’t you’re missing out on a fantastic romance anime, and it’s one I can recommend if you’re looking for a romance anime to watch, especially if you’re tired of moe.
Drifting Cloud Reviews
Romeo X Juliet is animation at it’s best. It’s perfect whether you love Shakespeare, fantasy, romance or just great storytelling. I think it more than earns the name of the world’s greatest writer.
It should be clear from the name alone that our protagonists face doom, but their romance is beautiful and well-developed throughout the story. With a great cast of supporting characters inspired by many of Shakespeare’s works, a lovely soundtrack, and a fantastical setting….this is one epic love-story that is worth watching.
Anime News Network
If you hate Romeo and Juliet because of lingering memories of having to slog through all that poetic dialogue in high school English classes, do not let that dissuade you from checking out this version. It is an entirely different animal, and a remarkably well-raised one.
I got so addicted to this series that I saw all twenty four episodes in the span of a few days. It is an example of a classic that is changed and made perfect.
Although the fantasy elements of the plot might turn some heads, Romeo X Juliet is a great show for anyone looking for a romance that is decidedly different from the comedies that have all but taken over the genre.
Romeo x Juliet is an impressive production all around. The characters, animation, and story all come together for one heck of an experience. This is an interesting take on Shakespeare’s original work though with that in mind it’s somewhat predictable. There are some surprises here, but most of them come from the liberties taken to produce an original work. Despite that, this is an awesome show that should be on everyone’s watch list. To put it another way, here’s a simple math demonstration: Romeo x Juliet = highly recommended.
Craft And Arty
My Anime List
Despite it being a great anime, I’ve gotta admit the presence of my fan-girling moments during the exceptionally sweet and touching moments which were strewed here and there. So fellow babes, watch this to ignite the shoujo heart in you!
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The whole thing is very nicely presented, with beautiful background designs drawing on Italian renaissance styles for the lavish palace interiors and more standard functional styles for the poorer, working class districts of the city. It’s all done digitally, though, and I miss the bright colors and bold graphics we used to get from real colored ink and cell animation. Think “Rose of Versailles” (1979). This is an adequate substitute, I guess, but the clean consistency of the designs and backgrounds and the reliance on muted, often nearly washed-out digital coloring eliminates the splashes of breathtaking beauty and unpredictability we used to get in classic anime.
The Nihon Review
Gonzo dared to make an adaptation of a literary work that many others have fallen into obscurity. While it did put up a brave fight, the weak plot and angst-driving characters dragged the series into mediocrity. True, there were shining factors about the series such as animation and music, but they are just secondary to what make or break a series – the plot, story and cast. Most significantly, Romeo × Juliet retells its ending from tragedy to fairy tale, which was what defines the original Romeo and Juliet. In the end, Romeo × Juliet is just an anime suited more for the orthodox viewers rather than the contemporary. “For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo” is how the original play ended. It’s too sad it didn’t end like this in the series.
I’ve said this before; the best people from Gonzo were definitely working on Bokura no during the spring-season. The writers failed completely to make me care about the characters and setting, due to poor writing. These guys need to learn that lots of angst and drama don’t necessarily make a great anime; well fleshed-out characters are much more important.