Synonyms: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, Sekai'ichi Hatsukoi, World's Greatest First Love
Japanese: 世界一初恋 TV
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2011 to Jun 25, 2011
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.311 (scored by 20403 users)
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SynopsisOnodera Ritsu has just transferred from his father's publishing company to Marukawa Shoten. Assigned to the shoujo manga division, he crosses path with the person he'd least expected to meet. Takano Masamune is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu's been assigned to, and the two seem get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to than what meets the eye: Takano is actually Saga, Ritsu's senpai and high school love, whom Ritsu had thought to have played him for a fool by taking his affections for granted when he confessed and summarily dumped him.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
Spin-off: Junjou Romantica
Side story: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi OVA
Sequel: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2
Characters & Voice Actors
I decided to give everything this season a shot, and as far as breaking out of my comfortable genres I thought that even BL wouldn't stop me. As a straight man I found it slightly hard to enjoy the romantic moments this is true. However, as I knew beforehand you can find some good stuff in the most deceiving places.
Like the start. I found the setting introduction was pretty funny, and the initial backstory was pretty interesting between Takano and Onodera. A long lost boyfriend from 10 years ago ends up as your boss in the hectic manga section of the company, the section you didn't apply for. The attitude between the two is pretty funny with their constant bickering. This does make it slightly difficult for the relationship to develop however, as there is even more issues than just Onodera's attitude. Unfortunately, the story is left unresolved and leaves you with a horrible sense of un-fulfillment by opening up more plot.
The cause for the lack of resolution is the introduction of the two other side couples. The first is between Yuu a popular oblivious mangaka and his childhood friends who became an assistant and an editor. The second between a editor whom has given up on successful relationships with good looking men, and a good looking manga salesmen. They aren't bad stories either, but eventually after episodes 5 through 10 you wonder what happened to the main story. Of course, neither is two or three episodes enough to deal with these new sub-plots either.
I found Hatsukoi to have a surprisingly good sense of humor, and for me that is what I enjoyed the most. However, this pretty much disappeared as things got more serious farther into the stories which is a shame. With the waning of the humor the show turned, metaphorically, into the Uke crying rape and leaving the Seme to scratch their heads at the situation. Seriously, I thought that the female tsunderes were bad, but the male ones can be just as annoying.
For me Hatsukoi started out as an enjoyable show and then turned into somewhat the dreaded show. Of course, if you enjoy BL which would be a logical assumption, then it is a good watch. The issues about the story are somewhat resolved as there will be a sequel leading the once crappy ending into something more acceptable.
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Some may argue that this anime is just another BL anime focused on fanservice for the girls. While I'm not totally denying this, I do have to say that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Unlike Junjou Romantica where it's just SEXSEXILOVEYOUSEXSEX every episode, this actually has a pretty good story.
It's simple, sweet, and straight to the point. Some may view that as a good thing while others may disagree and claim that's a bad thing. Personally, I thought the story was fairly well done considering this is a BL anime. One of the biggest flaws, however, is that the drama is kind of forced upon the viewer...but since this is a Shungiku Nakamura series, we all know the drama isn't going to end in heartbreak or tragedy; you know all of these guys are going to eventually end up in a relationship and live happily ever after because, well, that's just what happens in her works. The drama is there to interest the viewer, but it doesn't necessarily serve a big purpose within the story. Do I think that's a bad thing? I believe if it's a device to interest the viewers, then go for it.
Deen did much better this time than in Junjou Romantica, that's for sure. The backgrounds have a more soft feeling about them, and it reminded me of Hourou Musuko's background art (if you have no clue what I'm talking about, the gist of what I'm getting at is that the background art is done extremely well). So the backgrounds are beautiful, that's fine and dandy. But the characters? I don't mind that they're all bishounen/"bishies" because that fits in with the theme, but...the faces. And the hair. They're all identical. I'm not talking about the color of the eyes and hair, but the shapes and styles are basically all the same. It's just a little thing but it bugs me when I get the characters confused since they all look too similar.
It's really nothing very special. The opening is upbeat which fits Sekaiichi Hatsukoi considering this anime is a lighthearted romance/comedy, and the ending is more calm/serene. As for voice acting, it was simply alright. The ukes sounded girly and whiny and the semes sounded manly and rough. Too bad that, like the art, everyone sounded the same. It was a mediocre performance on the seiyuu's parts.
Character is where the series starts slacking, because they're all so stereotypical and it can get REALLY annoying after a couple episodes. All of the ukes (Ritsu Onodera, Chiaki Yoshino, and Shouta Kisa) have the typical I-don't-want-you-to-kiss-you-even-though-I'm-obviously-in-love-with-you-so-I'm-just-gonna-keep-pushing-you-away-because-I'm-stupid attitude...whereas all the semes (Masamune Takano, Yoshiyuki Hatori, and Kou Yukina) won't give up because they know the ukes are undoubtedly in love with them. There's slight character development, but not enough to drastically change their attitudes or anything. It's the average stuff you see in BL which is why I rated it as such.
Honestly speaking, I've just recently started getting into BL. I like this series, don't get me wrong, but some major flaws and the ending prevented me from giving this a 9/10 like I would have originally put as my enjoyment score. I enjoyed watching this every weekly, but it didn't astound me like some other anime has done. I'd still consider it a favorite.
Overall: 6.4/10, rounded to 6/10
Sekaiichi Hatsuko isn't atrocious, nor is it a masterpiece. It's slightly above average. The story and art are nice, but that's really all this anime has going for it. Feel free to kill me, fangirls, I've said what I felt needed to be said in this review. read more
Same author, same producer, extremely similar stories and characters. I do prefer Seikaiichi Hatsukoi over Junjou Romantica, because the characters of JR are slightly more annoying. Also, more importantly, the relationships in JR feel forced and unnatural. Here is a description of them---
1. I actually love your bro, but now I suddenly love you, a highschooler, because you showed pity on me;
2. We grow apart because of our inattentiveness towards each other (read: we grow bored of each other) and so we don't speak for years when you go abroad, thus we have sex in library to solve all our problems;
3. I love you, but I am cursed because you married my sister, yet now you suddenly become gay and a cradle robber and want me, a highschooler.
That sums up the relationships of JR. Compare with SH 's relationships, which suffers much less from this---
1. highschool love, break up through misunderstanding, renewal of feelings when meeting after many years, but denial of feelings on one side, plus on the other side a jealous overprotective friend who once might have been something more than a friend;
2. three long time friends, but there are more-than-friends feelings running around, which causes jealousy and confusion;
3. love at first sight for a pretty face, and a jealous ex-one night stand.
SH's relationships have a better basis, which is why the story is more believable and therefore better IMO.
The story was created by the same author. And they both take place in the same story world. If you like one, you'll like the other.
Though nowhere near as good, Sekaiichi follows Junjou's style of storytelling by showing three couples all somewhat related to each other. It's more of the same, but the relationships are far less varied which is disappointing in my opinion. However, if you like one you may like the other just as much.
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is basically Junjou Romantica again, but this time everyone is in the manga business.
Same author, same environment, same types of characters and relationships. If you've liked one , you'd enjoy the other as well.
Both animes are about boy love. They both show 3 couples. In both animes, in all the couples, one of them works in the literature business. Sometimes it's an author, others are editors and others are literature professors.
Both by the same author, boy love, focused in three different couples
The same mangaka, very similar style, if you like one you sure liked the other.
They're both by the same people, so they have similar artstyles and story lines. They're also both yaoi, and all yaoi-fangirls will love both these animes. Trust me on this :3
If you like one, there's no way you can't like the other. Seriously. They feel like the exact same show. Check out the other one now if you haven't already seen it.
Both look at three different couples, and their relationships as they progress. They are both Yaoi, if you didn't know already, and are really cute! They are by the same author (Shungiku Nakamaru), so the art is basically the same. I suppose Skaiichi Hatsukoi can be considered as a bit of a spin off of Junjou Romantics, because the storylines are similar, again, with them following three different couples. Both are really good, and if you liked one, you will definitely like the other!
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They both have similar plots but Junjou Romantica is about 2 peope living together, and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is about 2 people who live next to each other and work together, but in Junjou Romantica, Usagi works as a Writer and Misaki has no job. But they are both filled with the "What going to happen next" feeling as you watch
Cause they both have mutiple couples and not just focusing on 1 couple.
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is a spin-off of Junjou Romantica. Same mangaka; Same setting; Same art style; Both take place in the same universe, so crossovers are often.
Both are yaoi anime. Both anime focus on three different "love stories" I guess you could call it. Both give off the same kind of feeling.
They are both yaoi aniem form the sam eauthor, the art is similar, but personally i think Sekaiichi hatsukoi is much better. Both of them are the best yaoi I've ever seen.
Same producer, same author, same genres, similar characters.
They are yaoi, sexy and romantic
Art is basically the same, however characters are more developed in SH than in JR. Both were created by the same person.
Both have lots of yaoi scenes, although there's a bit more in JR.
both are of the yaoi genre, and are both done by the same producer/company/author/art style.. etc
both animes focus on 1 pairing, and then broadens the area and focuses on the couples around them in either the workplace, old friends, acquaintances, family members etc
both animes have the sex knowingly shown or just hints that it will lead to it, but in JR its pretty more graphic imo SH has toned the sex to a minimum and not shown as much leading up to it.
both animes have different feels about them, one may seem more realistic/legit than the other, and the other a whole fantasy like it will never happen.
both contain the malexmale romantic vibe and its very sweet, between the 3 couples shown in each anime, showing different love problems and history's
they are both very much enjoyable to watch if you are a yaoifangirl :P, but for person who just likes romances and has an open mind about yaoi/yuri in general, you might find both of these anime enjoyable aswell.
Anime yaoi, same author, good story, greats openings and endings.
they are both yaois written by the same person, even within the same 'world'. there is a slight over lap of characters too, but nothing that would confuse you if you didnt watch junjo.
Both series tell a story of young men's love struggles as working at a shoujo manga publishing company.
If you like yaoi, you must wath these two.
Both are shounen-ai from the same source and same art.
Similar character development and similar plot. If you enjoyed Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, you will definitely enjoy Junjou Romantica 2
Both are yaoi and both have kinda similar plot.
They have a similar feel to them, partly because of the animation, partly because the characters in one sometimes have brief encounters with characters in the other. Watching one after having watched the other is like a 3rd and 4th season bringing you other couples' love stories to fall in love with.
Opening Theme"Sekai de Ichiban Koishiteru (世界で一番恋してる)" by Shuuhei Kita
Ending Theme"Ashita, Boku wa Kimi ni Ai ni Iku. (明日、僕は君に会いに行く。)" by Wakaba (ワカバ)
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