Although I love reviewing the current anime and following my weekly scheduled reviews to the tee, sometimes I just want to review something lighter and fluffier rather than the action intensive stories that keep me in suspense week after week, episode after episode… which brings us to today’s review of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi’s Season 2.
My rating of the Sekai-ichi series might be somewhat biased by my own personal fangirl enjoyment, however I really think that when it comes to reviewing Yaoi series or boys love stories, that enjoyment is a really significant aspect of the critique. I’ve read and watched Shungiku Nakamura’s other popular series, Junjou Romantica, of which I will make a post of later on. Personally of the two, I enjoyed Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi a tad more.
Season 2 of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi continues immediately after Season 1 so if you’re watching both after they’ve both completed, it’s great for fans who want to binge watch the entire series all at once without being left hanging after a suspenseful misunderstanding between two characters. I will never get tired of Takano’s sarcastic humour nor Onodera’s adorable personality. In Season 2, Onodera is still trying to get use to Takano’s reappearance in his life, or rather, Onodera hasn’t been able to fit Takano into the stable rhythm of his life yet because he’s in complete denial. As well, the Yokozawa X Takano X Onodera love triangle gets teased out and resolved in season 2. A large chunk in season 2 is devoted to Onodera’s engagement with An, a childhood friend that his family picked to be Onodera’s fiancé. This naturally drives a wedge between Takano and Ritsu and serves as a big part of their latter relationship development.
ALSO, if you’re a fan of both Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, you will be DELIGHTED to see Ryuichiro Isaka get riled up a bit in his own little love story with his personal assistant, Kaoru Asahina. Isaka and Asahina’s first love takes place quite a few years before the bulk of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi with Takano and Onodera as well as the bulk of the Usami X Misaki in Junjou Romantica. While Isaka is the instigator of misunderstanding and passive aggressive tension between the main characters in Junjou Romantica, he’s more or less a stubborn, (just a little) spoiled, heir in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. AND HE TURNS INTO AN UKE. On the flip side, I find Asahina so friggin smexy and yet so incredibly sweet at the same time. I absolutely fell in love with Asahina and Isaka’s childhood back story as well as their confession scene. I really hope they get more chapters in the manga. After all, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi means “World’s Greatest First Love,” I really think Asahina and Isaka’s little love story really brought out the series’ theme.
I really enjoyed seeing Kisa, Yukina, Hatori and Yoshino return to the screen. We see a bit less of Hatori and Yoshino since their story is mainly relegated to the first third of the series. I was initially annoyed with Yoshino’s absolute ignorance in absolutely everything. He’s so unperceptive of Hatori’s actions… and perhaps Hatori is too perceptive and overthinks a bit too much on his part. Hatori is the most caring character I’ve ever seen in any shojo or shounen-ai or yaoi series. Hatori takes care of Yoshino so much, I doubt Yoshino could ever survive without Hatori being there and it’s no surprise that our mangeka is not very good with words or people. Luckily, with the right pushing, Yoshino gets exactly where he needs to be, on the same page with Hatori and their story ends on a really sweet note. Now, onto our third couple…
GOSH I agree with Kisa when he says that it is so wrong for a man to be that sparkly and gorgeous. YUKINA, YOUR GORGEOUSSNESS IS TOO MUCH FOR KISA AT THE END OF THE CYCLE!!! Yukina is probably the type of person I’d pin as the perfect boyfriend. He is just so wonderful. Things heat up QUITE A BIT for them as they’re stumbling into their new relationship but the make-up scenes are so much more endearing when they happen. Both of them are trying so hard to grasp at each other’s positions in life despite being quite a few years apart. When Kisa laments at not knowing anything about Yukina, that they’ll probably break up soon because Yukina is so attractive. Yukina’s response to that. Made. Me. Cry. It was so sweet and touching and beautful that I could not stop those tears.
The ending of Season 2 wasn’t really what I expected but it gave us a wonderful perspective on Takano’s view of his relationship with Onodera. Oh if only Onodera was always as sweet and upfront as he was in high school. Takano goes so far as to trick Onodera into demonstrating his care for Takano when he fakes nausea. Naturally the series would end with both Onodera and Takano together but I didn’t expect it to end on such a comforting and sweet note.
“I didn’t think I’d ever love you this much when I first met you. You’re not the first person I ever went out with, but you are my first love…Not that you’ll ever know…”
In a world where the shojo demographic and their fairy-tale endings get bashed for no plot and excessive sparkles and where too many young women have their hearts broken or jaded, I feel that Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi will really grab the attention of that fairytale happy-ending loving little girl who lives for these kinds of stories… and turn her into a fujoshi screaming fangirls over these wonderful bishounen boys.
Well. It’s seems like a fair compromise.
I hope you girls had a lot of fun reading my review because I really had so much fun writing it and I really live for these little love stories. Oh and if you want MORE of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, the NEW MOVIE for Yokozawa and Zen Kirishima airs MARCH 15 which is NEXT WEEK as of this review! Here is the official link http://sekai-ichi-movie.jp/ and don’t forget to click on that trailer clip. I CANNOT WAIT to see how Takafumi Yokozawa no Baii will unfold 😉
What are you pondering today?