Bishounen lovers, ladies, yaoi fans, today we’re looking at the first season of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi or The World’s Greatest First Love. I don’t usually follow yaoi anime series even though I enjoy series with Boys Love elements however, I found the anime for Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi rather tame so I thought I would share it with you girls. Of course, guys can feel free to check out the story as well but let me warn you right now that everything from film angles to art style and animation is as sparkly and fluffy and as sweet as sweet can get.
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is probably one of the most popular yaoi series out there. If you’re looking for something to ease you into the genre, this is the one to go to. I absolutely love the art styles and I think if you usually fangirl for bishounen boys, you will LOVE the characters in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi.
There is really one main couple – Masamune Takano and Ritsu Onodera. Ritsu is our clumsy protagonist from which the story is told. He’s the heir apparent to Onodera Publishing, a book publishing company that his family manages. As a result, he like many other heirs who are determined to “make it” with their own skills and gumption has applied to the literature department of Marukawa Publishing… Unfortunately for him, he’s relocated to the shoujo manga department, Emerald, otherwise known as the Maiden department. It goes from worse to total hell when he realizes that his Editor in Chief, Masamune, was his first love, his high school crush that just didn’t work out. Of course, there are lingering feelings there and Masamune seems determined to win back Ritsu. Romance ensues, sparks, sparkles, cherry blossom petals everywhere and nowhere near open windows. There’s really nothing graphically portrayed beyond passionate kisses, everything’s left for you to really imagine so I’d label this more as a heavy boys love series rather than a yaoi anime without prior knowledge of the manga.
One of my favourite aspects of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series is that the mangeka not only focuses on the development of the main couple but throws in other short stories regarding Ritsu and Takano’s co-workers in the department or in other branches of the company. It’s an interesting way of tying the world together more comprehensively and you can’t help but squeal at the cameo appearances when your favourite side characters appear here and there.
I have read the manga and I have to say that although the animation is a bit old, having been produced in 2011, the original art style is captured fairly accurately as are the comedic gag expressions in the dialogue. I found it actually easier to recognize one character from the next in the anime because of colouring. The anime is really great for screaming fangirls cause let’s face it, no matter how good it sounds reading it in your head at lightning speed while you flip from page to page, there’s nothing better than having Japanese voice actors bring the character to life. The cast is just so well cast.
Since there aren’t any big plot twists or investigative elements, the plot in the anime follows the manga almost on part with the pacing and events. Of course they re-organized some of the romance moments at the end of the twelve episode for the sake of wrapping up the anime series for its season but the OVA was a real treat for those of you interested in Masamune and Ritsu’s back story way back in high school. I have to say that present day Masamune’s character in the series is a hell of a lot stronger than the mysterious quiet stoic high schooler but the same can be said for Ritsu who’s totally squirrelly in high school versus his persistent and determined present self. Still, how many of us can really say that we were comfortable with ourselves in high school? The OVA does a great job of bringing out the insecure emotions and ambiguous relationship between Masamune and Ritsu.
I’ve pinned this anime as one of my favourites on my personal shojo demographics list and I would definitely recommend this to any romance lovers really. Naturally if you’re not into boys love or boy x boy shipping, you won’t find the relationships that appealing however the romance is still super sweet and the comedy is really hilarious. My inner fangirl went into overload and I can’t wait to get to Season 2.
What are you pondering today?