Hm, it kept me watching for the BL but that's really it. Actually watching it sort of ticks me off because there are tones of better yaoi out there that get one or two half a$$ed OVAs, desexualized series, post poned, given a low budget manga voice acting job, or just plain ignored. While cookie cutter BL like this gets 12 full animated episodes and two seasons. I don't get it. I just don't get it. Maybe stuff like this is considered "safe" in their world of nothing happening storylines. Where the uke must constantly deny his attraction while the Seme becomes a sappy idiot
who will wait on the uke forever and turn down any man who comes his way. Safe are the stories that are nothing more than the "problem of the week" for the characters. "I saw my boyfriend talking to a woman...I guess that's much better than him being with a man, he MUST like HER because she's a woman" or the stereotypical best friend who is perfect for a guy in every way BUT will never get the guy he wants.
Seriously, been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt! How many of these SAME BL stories are going to get recycled and turned into craptastic unfinished shows while beautiful yaois like Ai no Kusabi gets pushed to the back burner?? Geez!
Can we please get some of Miyamoto Kano or Mizukami Shin stuff made? What about Complex, Sakura Gari or the beautiful Zankoku na Kama ga Shihaisuru. But nope, I guess I have to wait for anything this mangaka farts out just to get animated BL. *eye roll*
How should I put this? It's my first time to write a review so this MAY contain spoilers if I get carried away.
The second season is better and has more plot than the first in my opinion. What excited me about the second season is that it has plenty twists in every couples' story. I personally enjoyed Kisa and the book keeper's story. It has a strong impact and heavy drama which will probably lead fujoshis in tears. Although there also cliffhangers which will inevitably make you hate the anime but all in all the story is what delighted me the most about
Sorry I had to give this a tad lower score than the others but hear me out first. My reason kinda sucks actually, it's because sometimes I get confused with the characters and I can't tell which is which! It's because some characters look almost the same. Same hair, same eyes, but, maybe it's just me. I don't know! I get confused a lot! Sorry but the art is just okay for me.
The soundtracks were cute although I didn't take a liking to them at first.
I gave this a perfect score simply because they were all perfect. Everyone of them, although I have my personal favorites, the other characters aren't to be overlooked. All of the pairings had this unbreakable and promising auras which will keep you wanting more of them. The antagonists were also good.
This anime is very interesting and commendable. Since this is the first yaoi I've watched, I don't have much to compare it with, but it will leave you both laughing and in tears... and peeved.
I'm really binge watching BL right now, which might not have a good effect on my reviews, but is bound to make them more honest. Not that I don't always try to write honest reviews, but when one can directly compare one anime within a genre to another, one is bound to notice smaller differences in quality.
I gotta say, I am a little disappointed that something as solidly mediocre as Sekaiichi Hatsukoi gets not one but two cours plus an OVA plus a movie, when almost none of the excellent BL I've read gets as much as a pitiful OVA. Yeah, yeah, it's
more popular, I know. Still, it rankles.
So here we continue straight from the first season, with the same couples, Takano x Onodera, our main pairing, Hatari x Yoshino as couple B, and Yukina x Kisa as couple C. Also added is an episode for Asahina x Isaka (the latter being Marukawa Shoten's Director, the former his childhood playmate and current executive assistant). And the "spoilers" are back as well, Yokozawa, Yanase, plus a standard slot "girl who walks with my beloved which is proof he is not true to me".
Story (5): More of the manga publishing business, more of our seme trying to get closer to their uke, more of the uke resisting. If it weren't for the workplace information and interaction, I would rate this a lot lower because at this point I am pretty much dead tired of the tsundere uke resistance, and the lack of good communication between the couples. But for those less demanding, there is actual story here, this isn't about the sex.
Art (4): Still not liking Nakamura's art, sorry. Good backgrounds again, typical BL animation.
Sound (6): I didn't like the BGM as much, nor the OP. Voice acting is as good as ever.
Character (5): Win some, lose some. At first I started to dislike Onodera because there is only so much hemming and hawing and avoidance and denial and vacillating I can take before I want to slap somebody with a large, wet fish. His saving grace remained that he is a hard worker and really tries to become a good editor. And then we get to see more of his high school self with Saga/Takano, and he was just a great kid -- he has some of the uke mannerisms, the blushing, the stammering, but it's not so bad, and he is so enthusiastic and caring, and actually pretty straightforward in what he wants -- it becomes immediately clear just how much the disaster with Takano has damaged his self-confidence, and how high the walls have become which he built for protecting himself from this ever happening again. I really felt for him. I think if the flashbacks had come much earlier, I would have never even started to dislike him, because I would have understood. I like Takano even better here than before because he's becoming quite good at trying to communicate, both with Onodera about work and their private business, as well as with Yokozawa, who needed some truth telling.
With the other couples it's mostly "lose some". Hatori remains mostly stoic until provoked severely, and Yoshino remains an oblivious idiot who IMO doesn't care enough about anyone, and in consequence I don't care about their pairing. Kisa, of whom I wasn't particularly fond already, slid into the "hate you now" column for being a total ass to Yukina, who was an even greater guy than last season. I get insecurity, I do, and I am forgiving of it, but not when it results in lashing out at somebody who has only ever been decent. FU, Kisa, Yukina deserves better. There is one totally fantastic scene where Yukina just blew me away; you'll know it when you see it.
Yokozawa I feel for; he's such a good friend, if a bit pushy, and he has the same strict but fair behaviour at work as Takano. I'd like him to find somebody. Yanase I feel for as well, but we never saw much of him; I hope he develops better taste in lovers. Isaka and Asahina didn't affect me; they felt like filler.
Enjoyment (7): The workplace interactions continued to please me, and there is a lot of interesting stuff between Takano, Onodera, and Yokozawa, and there is a reasonably satisfying conclusion (though not really as good as I would have wanted). Do I care enough to read the rest of the manga? Urm. I honestly don't know.
This season is a marked improvement over the first, I actually enjoyed watching the characters develop and their interactions are a tad more believable. My main gripe carries over from last season and that is that this show is still very rapey at times which spoils the enjoyment of an otherwise funny love story.