Synonyms: World's Greatest First Love: Ritsu Onodera's Affair, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Yukina Kou no Baai
Japanese: 世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合~
Published: 2008 to ?
Authors: Nakamura, Shungiku (Story & Art)
Serialization: Asuka Ciel
Score: 8.691 (scored by 4409 users)
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Apr 21, 2011
Story: This is often directly compared to Junjou Romantica, which is a normal thing to do considering its a spin off from junjou and it's drawn by the same mangaka. similarities are expected. There are many similarities I will admit but I still notice the differences. Even so this is common practice when a mangaka has multiple titles. Take Koi Suru boukun for example. the mangaka for that one also has other work, and they are all very similar from the story to the character design, let's face it guys...it happens. but if it's a good story who cares, lets just enjoy it for what it's worth and appreciate the work that the mangaka is putting out for us to enjoy. We are all creatures of repetition.
Art- The art is fantastic. All of the proportions are accurate. I like the art in this one better than that of junjou romantica to be honest. The only problem I have is I'm getting a couple of the characters confused for some reason. i'm getting chiaki and kisa confused but whatever its all good, I got miyagi and nowaki from junjou confused also. Other than that all the characters are hot, which is a plus when you are shallow like me :P
Character- eh like I said above there are very blatant similarities between junjou and hatsukoi but overall I think the characters are well developed and typical of yaoi, I've seen them all before but I've also read a lot of BL and there are cliches here but I still enjoy it.(how many BL mangas say "but we're both men")
Enjoyment- I think of this manga like it's food. Sometimes I find myself sitting on one page for an extended period of time, kinda goes along with saying savoring every bite.
Overall I think this is a very good manga and it's going to be worth purchasing for sure. If you can look past the fact that yes...it is like junjou then you will enjoy this manga. If you enjoyed junjou then you will enjoy this just as much it's still "different" and it's still a very good story. read more
Jul 8, 2011
And now that it's released up to volume 6 (right?), in my opinion, it is another amazing work of art. Honestly, I find Sekaiichi quite more favourable than Junjou Romantica! Why? Hehehee... I'll take my time and explain! But first thing's first; I want people to know that I've watched 12 out of 12 episodes of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi anime PLUS the first OVA before reading the manga... I've also watched Junjou Romantica BOTH seasons full thrice and is still catching up with the manga. Kay? Kay? OKAY! So let's begin!
I'm a sucker for out-of-this-world storylines which would either put my eyes glued on the screen/book reading or make me refuse to even know about what would happen next. The thing about Sekaiichi is that...it is NOT out-of-this-world... A typical first-love that ended up broken for a misunderstanding and these two fated ones are once again reunited via work. I was skeptical at first but once I started reading, the story went on very smoothly and it truly showed what would happen between two actual people in real life.
Oh, and a typical Nakamura Shungiku work: it has 3 stories, the main and two other. I'll be dealing with the main since it IS the principal setting.
In every chapter, there would be these scenes where they end up slowly falling in love. I love these scenes as they are SO CUTE and really moves me...i'm a girl so yeah... but then, as there is the 'stubborn one' in the pair, it will always end with a hilarious gag. Sometimes it might be a bit annoying as the lovey-dovey/smexy scene is like already a BLAST but was cut off with a new chapter... Nevertheless, it'll leave you aching for more. Depends on how persistent you are, that's for sure. ;)
Hmmm... Even from reading Junjou Romantica, I'm still not all-that with the art style since it gets pretty messed up at times. But then again, it has it's own originality and the potrayal of the characters and scenes are very well-made. To be honest, I find the art style of Sekaiichi much more clean and clear than Junjou so I enjoy reading it a lot more.
But I have to say, the coloured-prints and covers are beautiful... The colouring leaves me in awe as it leaves a girly love feel but the guys still have their manliness and all. I can't really judge base on their art but it is decent enough for me so yeah!
My favourite bit of the entire series. I. Love. THE CHARACTERS! The main pair; Takano Masamune & Onodera Ritsu is practically the most common type of pairing you can find out there! The tall perfect cool-type and the stubborn headstrong and persistent one. Cliche? Kind of... But the world is cliche enough for me to not even care. Even so, the characters have their own hint of originality. Takano displays the twisted leadership qualities making him quite the eccentric type. You can find these twisted possessive types but Takano is not one to cage his love interest. He can be carefree and very understanding...although his 'understanding' can be seen in a very out-of-the-ordinary way. And Onodera is your cute stubborn hardworker who is very confused and in denial with his feelings. But even with his predictable personality, his descisions (about Takano) can catch you off-guard. A total tsundere and yet, he is one of the most stubborn types I've ever read about which makes him my favourite out of all teh characters.
Originality differentiates with each and every human being. But I can't help feel that these characters have huge reasons of their own which brings the story alive by their presence in every page.
Although quite predictable at times, I can't help but enjoy every page and every panel of this manga. People sometimes say that it is very similar to Junjou Romantica and all but I can't seem to relate to them... I see Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. That's it. And all I know is that it is a great work of Nakamura Shungiku. I enjoyed reading and I'll wait like a fool for the next volume! Even when Onodera finally succumbs to his feelings, I'll keep on loving this series no matter what!
There are flaws, there are certain parts where I can't really come to like but nevertheless, Sekaiichi can bring me to tears and make me laugh my guts out on the floor. And they're only pictures with words! (That's what my mom says when she finds me reading manga) But that's how I react with Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. It is AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, HEART-WARMING, ADDCTIVE and tells the world's Best First Love story ever made.
Aug 30, 2010
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi is from the same author as Junjou Romanitca so the art style, the characters and the story line are sometimes the same.
Well it's my own opinion but I really like the artstyle of Junjou Romantica so, I like this art style too. If you're looking for a special new manga then this isn't really what you're looking for, it's nothing new but I don't think it's bad that they use a standard story line. Because of that they can concentrate on the art/characters/etc. The development of the story is nice and it has a good and calm feeling while you're reading the manga, it isn't rushed so they take their time to explain things and to show what the main character is thinking while things are happening. If you're a Junjou Romantica fan I would say it's a must read and if you're not sure I would say just give it a a chance.
(Btw, if you like to read manga's about mangaka's and publishers it's also a must read) read more
Jul 7, 2013
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi-- literally means World's Greatest First Love, is quite a cheesy title. But seriously, take a time to understand the meaning of this title while reading this manga and advancing to the next chapters. It seriously has a deeper meaning than how it might seem.
Story - I have no complaints for the story. The story might be going on circles, but at least to me, it's really beautiful. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is one of the few series I've ever read which can make me feel so depressed for the emotional scenes, and grinning like an idiot for the sweet scenes (or is it just me being over-sensitive). Nakamura Shungiku really likes playing with my heart. While the main plot doesn't seem too special, the execution is beautiful and--- man, emotional! There are so many sentimental scenes in this series. I can't help crying over it.
I also love how this manga occasionally switches its point-of-view. It helps us understand the story even more, as we get to see things from the others' perspective.
Art - The art looks kinda funny. But at least the author tries to differentiate people's roles by their chins (hint: square chin and pointy chin). The sex scenes are hot.
And yes, it's better than Junjou Romantica's art. Their faces here look more proportioned, and the Maiden Department dudes are all handsome!
Character - The characters might seem overused in the world of animanga, but once again, I somehow still enjoy this. We have Onodera Ritsu, the typical tsundere main character. Takano Masamune as Ritsu's love interest (or is it the other way round?), who is really persistent and aggressive. I don't really get people who bash characters just because they're too mainstream. If they fit the role, why bother getting pissed off? Enjoyment is the best part though.
Enjoyment - Man, how I love this series. I might be biased because this manga was the first yaoi manga I've ever read, but I think this manga deserves its popularity. I really enjoy reading. Some moments just hit me so much. I can laugh and cry and squeal while reading this manga.
Overall it's a freakin' awesome read. I recommend this to, ugh, EVERYONE! Enjoy your sentimental moments with this manga. read more
Jun 24, 2013
I started reading Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi after watching both seasons of the anime. The anime caught my attention because it dealt with publishing, and as I am an editor/publisher I found it interesting. After I finished watching the anime, I started reading the manga because I wanted to know how it continued.
The story -let's face it- isn't that original, but it is entertaining, funny and charming. SH is usually criticized on the ground that it lacks originality, the art isn´t that spectacular, it has lots of clichés, and the characters are stereotyped. Can´t argue against that. It is true that there are more original plots, and other mangas dig deeper into the character minds…but it is also true that people are not always in the mood to read such type of stories… the same happens with any other genre of manga, literature or movies. There is a time for everything. I think the strongest point of this manga is its comedic side… and that most of the characters -as stereotyped as they may be- are lovable and bring a smile to your face. I found myself laughing out loud more than once, both when I watched the anime and when I read the manga. That alone is a good reason for liking it… laughing is always good (speaking of clichés).
Story: The manga covers the relationship of three couples. I like some of the stories better than others. I am not particularly fond of the Yoshino-Hatori case, which is hardly covered by the manga. I like the other two cases, though: Takano-Onodera / Yukina-Kisa. Most of the chapters deal with the relationship between Takano and Onodera, who –after a brief love relationship during highschool which was traumatic for both– meet again, when Onodera joins a publishing house and starts working as an editor in the Shoujo Manga Division that Takano runs.
Starting with the weak points, you will find all the usual clichés: "But we are both guys", "It's the first time I've fallen in love with another guy", "I feel uneasy because he used to be hetero", "I like women, he is the ONLY exception". All the typical worries of most yaoi characters.
It is also really annoying when Onodera comes up with things such as: “I don´t want to see Takano. If I keep on like this I am going to end up realizing that I love him”. Sorry? What is there to be realized? Doesn’t that very statement imply that you have already realized it? But well… such lines of thought are also typical of shoujo manga. Apparently, such paradoxical thoughts are considered “touching”.
There is another thing that troubled me, as I found it difficult to believe: the overpopulation of gay employees in Marukawa Shoten (the publishing house). Four out of five people in the Emerald division are gay, and we must add Yakasawa in the sales department, Kirishima in the shounen division and Ryūichirō Isaka (director of Murakawa Shoten), plus his secretary. I understand this is yaoi, it goes about gay relationships, I also understand a gay person may have lots of gay acquaintances, since they may frequent the same circles and places, for example, but how is it that they all managed to gather in the same publishing house, and even in the same division?!
On the other hand, I must say SH avoided another frequent cliché in the yaoi/shounen-ai genre. Women in SH are not witches. An-Chan (Onodera's fiancé) -for example- is a good girl… at least so far.
As for the good points, the manga has a great pace. As the author doesn't need to rush things, she takes her time in developing the story and makes it run smoothly. And it is very fun to read. Some of the “work” related scenes (especially in the beginning of the manga) are hilarious. Although I haven't edited or published manga yet I can relate to many of the situations portrayed in SH, there are always time management issues and stress whatever it is you are editing, be it manga of other types of books. So I laughed a lot with those scenes. The Takano-Onodera couple also has really funny moments.
Characters: All three couples respond -in a way- to the typical basic structure "pushy seme vs. tsundere uke", with variations. The most typical couple is probably the main one: Takano – Onodera. Takano is the pushy, manipulative and arrogant stereotype. But, he isn´t really that perfect, nor all-mighty. He rather has a very needy, soft and weak side. Onodera is –without a doubt– the tsundere uke stereotype. But at least his reticence is somehow justified, and he is really funny, so you cannot help liking him... this couple, as stereotyped as it may be, is probably the most amusing one.
The Kisa-Yukina couple is refreshing, probably because their relationship isn’t as sick and twisted as the other two. They have their comes and goes, but they are more straightforward and solve their problems with less roundabouts. Kisa is probably the most down-to-earth character, and the one people can relate to the most.
Art: The art is very unique to the artist. Nakamura can’t be mistaken with another artist, and that –in itself- goes in her favor. But I have mixed feelings: at times I like her art, at times I don´t like it so much. It sometimes gets messy. I also don’t like some of the characters expressions, they sometimes look like little animals, little mice… especially Onodera, when he blushes, eyes wide open.
Enjoyment: I had a really nice time watching the anime, and –although I like the anime better- I also enjoyed the manga. SH is usually compared with JR, and many people prefer the latter. I personally prefer Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. I liked the art, the setting, the characters and the story better. As I said, I think comedy is one of the strong points in this manga.
Overall, it is really entertaining, if you are willing to read yaoi. If you are going to freak out on gay sex scenes, don’t read it… there is sex almost in every chapter, no hard-core sex though. If yaoi is not your thing, you better watch the anime, which is very true to the manga (up until the point it covers, since the manga is still being published) except for the fact (small detail) that all the explicit sex scenes were cut.