*Taken from my AniList Review, I am using the 0/100 scoring, instead of 0/10.
Story (70/100) The Case of Yokozawa Takafumi is by all means no masterpiece. In reality, it is far from it. It is filled with cliché moments found scattered all about in the Boys' Love genre, and Nakamura is no stranger when it comes to said cliché. (-10 points). When you look at it as a whole, if this was any regular story, it would be rated extremely low. But since this is the ever-so popular BL genre, it is safe. You start out with Yokozawa awaking in a stranger's house. Seems...okay, right?
Well, YtnB stays like that throughout the whole movie.
'Okay'. Nothing too exciting happens. Man meets another by accident (in this case, they sort of knew each other), they hang out for awhile (in actuality, Yokozawa was blackmailed), and love sprouts off-screen, instead of showing them actually falling in love. (-5 points). This is where I thought it might have been better as a 4 episode OVA. I dislike how Yokozawa gained affection for Kirishima off-screen. Over the course of what seemed a few days, or maybe even weeks by the minute. (-5 points).
After falling in love, of course there is a huge conflict that keeps them from confessing. It always happens. Whether it be a past lover/break-up, misinterpreted cheating or anything else in the bag of cliché. (-5 points). In the end, they live happily ever after. (-5 points).
Character (85/100) Despite all its' cliché story ideas, Yokozawa is by far one of Nakamura's best characters. He acts like a true person when it comes to breakups and love. No one is able to get over your first love so quickly like most BL show. You can see Yokozawa's inner dialogue throughout the story, and you understand why he is the way he is. Why he is so rude. Why he is unapproachable. His gentle side, too. Although I dislike how Yokozawa is tsundere, and even Kirishima points that out.(-5 points).
Kirishima is your typical seme (-5 points). but with a twist;He has a daughter. And he loves his daughter. He wants the best for her, like any caring dad. His constant antics toward Yokozawa are quite amusing, as well. But he does them for a reason. That doesn't take away that he's a typical topper, though.
You have your other known characters as well, such as Takano and Ritsu. It sort of goes into their relationship as well, but what Ritsu tells Yokozawa is unlike him. (-5 points). I can't just see Ritsu up and telling Yokozawa what he did.
Visuals (80/100) I'm not really a fan of Nakamura, so for me, that retracts 5 points. (-5 points). But the visuals were done very nicely.
Now the bad things. Typical. BL. Bodies. HUGE hands, tiny heads, and odd proportional bodies. (-10 points). . Some of the movements looked weird because of their distorted bodies. They weren't fluid because of it. (-5 points).
Audio (95/100) Audio was done very well. I don't really complain when it comes to audio, though. Everyone's voices fit perfectly fine. I don't remember any of the OST's, if there were any. (-5 points).
Enjoyment and Final Scoring (82/100) 70+85+80+95+80=410/5=82
Overall, it was a nice movie to pass the time, and since I'm a sucker for BL, I had to watch it, seeing as how there are barely any adaptations of BL manga. If you love Nakamura and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, I recommend this. If not, and you are just a BL fan, then dive right in.
That was surprisingly much better than I expected. In fact I dare say it is -- by far -- the best of the entire Sekaiichi Hatsukoi oeuvre.
It still has typical BL problems, such as feeling incredibly rushed -- or maybe that was a feature of it being a 50 min movie instead of a, say 4-6 episode OVA; I haven't read the source manga -- I didn't keep exact track of how much time passed between Takano breaking it to Yokozawa that there was no chance at them ever getting together, but it felt like at most 2 weeks. Hm. I should
rewatch to check out the weather, because at the end the cherries bloom; maybe more time passed than I realized. Anyway, it felt much too fast, because it takes time to let go of the old feelings, even though Yokozawa sort of always knew that there was no real hope with Takano, he had just settled into that role. And I don't believe anyone would introduce their new flame to their kid this fast, and leave them alone together.
I also didn't like that Yokozawa got ukefied, and into a tsundere to boot; ugh. Why can't more mangaka let go of the idiotic stereotypes? I am pretty sure at this point Japanese women can handle the occasional BL couple who both act like men, and who switch. But at least they didn't have him undergo a complete character change, which means he has now replaced Yukina as the most transgressive Nakamura character -- an uke who doesn't at all look like an uke and doesn't behave like one in public either. Nicely done, Nakamura-sensei. Go on, be more daring!
Since Yokozawa got mildly ukefied, of course we needed an über-seme, henceforth the very forceful Kirishima, who didn't shy away from a little friendly blackmail because right after my rapist, my blackmailer is who I'm gonna fall in love with; so much for realism. Well, we can't have it all. At least we were spared a naked apron scene.
But it was still better than any of the silly seme-uke pairings of the main anime with their never-ending push-pull antics. Not a lot of time was wasted on superfluous drama and artificially thrown up barriers like random women standing between the men, or their own weaknesses preventing them from actually grabbing what agency they could get, unlike the other pairings. Kirishima was very straightforward, to the point of hurting Yokosawa's pride at one point, which was a realistic problem -- some things, however true, are very hard to hear from somebody else, especially somebody by whom you want to be respected, but Yokozawa pulled himself together without weeks of moping.
This is now my favourite pairing because they acted the most like adult men, and actually gave the impression that they could have a healthy relationship, not something I feel is a given for any of the other couples. Yokozawa was a bit of a prick to Onodera in the previous installments, but I never saw him as a true villain, and here he completely redeems himself, in more than one circumstance.
Being a huge Sekai ichi Hatsukoi fan (it's kind of my guilty pleasure), I was very excited when a movie was announced. I remember visiting online anime websites every week just to see if the movie had came out. I finally watched the feature film in December and, well, it wasn't disapointing, but I expected much more.
The story itself is VERY previsible. You don't even have to watch the trailer of the anime to know the ending. Also, I felt the plot lacked enough conflict to actually be called a movie. It was like watching a longer episode of a slice of life
anime at times because of that.
So, does that mean that "Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai" is bad? The answer is no, because despite of it's flaws there's a lot to love in this movie: first, despite my initial fear of making a villain-like character the MC of a romcom, Yokozawa suceeds on having a story centered around him, showing a sweeter side without having his personality changed. Second, I think that even people who hate yaoi will be able to watch this movie, because it doesn't have many "innapropriated" scenes and shows a healthy homoparental household with the main couple adorably taking care of Zen's daughter, Hiyroi. This is important considering how many people still oppose the idea of same-sex couples raising children. And don't forget that Yokozawa, despite officially being an uke, doesn't look like one, which is refreshing to see.
I recommend it for everyone who wants a light and cute movie to spend a Sunday evening. "Sekai ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai" might be a pretty forgettable romance, but is above average to the regular yaoi genre.
Let me just say that this is my favorite couple out of both Junjou Romantica and Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. This review will likely be biased by the fact that I’ve read all of the novels. It’s likely not as interesting as a stand alone movie or even paired with the anime series compared to when it’s elaborated on in text.
The story of this movie is mediocre to decent. It’s cliche, although it’s better than you could expect, or at least I had when I first experienced it. It isn’t high stakes or with any meaningful conflict, but it is satisfying and sweet. The pacing wasn’t very
well executed, but I do have to say that it isn’t hard to watch or unbearable. It gets points for not being creepy or unnerving, which is sadly almost a norm when I find myself sitting down to watch shows of this genre. However, I found that the story wasn’t really the reason I was watching it, after all. More so just enjoying the ride and the characters.
(Also the blackmailing thing isn’t that bad, there isn’t anything untoward about the story.)
I’ve never been a fan of this mangaka’s style, a part of the reason that I found the novels easier to experience. The anatomy has always been a bit off. This is not to say that this movie is ugly. It’s comparable to the anime, and hey, if you’re into this genre, this movie is the least of your problems when it comes to ugliness in the genre.
The sound wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t very impressive. The voice acting was quite nice, which to be fair, I find almost every anime is like. The ost served it’s purpose, and the ending song was quite nice. It’s a bit forgettable, but it wasn’t a big detractor against it.
As for the characters, I really did find myself fond of them. However I’m clouded in judgement by the fact I’ve seen much more of the pairing than just this movie. Nevertheless it’s impressive that the main character grew on me so quickly after not being very likable before the events of Yokozawa Takafumi No Baai. It’s not very original in dynamic, just a tsundere uke and the flirty, teasing seme. However I find aspects of it very interesting, such as Kirishima’s daughter, Hiyori, and the impact she has on the characters and their relationship. I might begin to veer off onto novel territory from here on, so if you’re not here for that or want to read the novels without even a word about it, scroll away, haha.
I like Yokozawa. He’s stubborn, petty, can be a bit of a jerk, but is also caring and good with animals and kids. He’s a workaholic at times, and really just wants to be loved. He’s trying to get over unrequited love, and is generally likable once you understand him. He’s also of course a tsundere. But he isn’t the worst type of tsundere. Even as a tsundere, he can get over it, such as in the moments where he and Kirishima have intimate conversations. By one of the later novels he says “I love you” to tease Kirishima. He changes.
Kirishima is also a nice love interest. First being a single parent, which is unlikely in most shows of this genre. He likes teasing Yokozawa and doting on Hiyori, his daughter. His wife died shortly after Hiyori was born, and Kirishima does everything he can to take care of his daughter as well as he can. He’s not infallible. He’s childish and easily jealous and he drives Yokozawa crazy (but not too crazy) and their relationship feels real. Even with the recycled plots of the novels, the two have a relationship that feels incredibly real.
Basically: watch this movie if you’re interested in the genre. I give this a solid 7 of 10. It’s a good movie, especially with supplementary material. Although it might feel a bit rushed, it’s still fun, especially after watching Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Even if you’re one of the people who hate Yokozawa. Give it a chance.