"A lot of stories about first love are about to begin."
Also, a lot of love triangles are about unfold. Hatsukoi (First Love) Limited. is basically a group of short stories about middle- and high-schoolers dealing with their first love that are somehow connected. The problem is, any of those couples could have their own show, and one or two episodes about them are just not enough. Still, the anime does turn out all right, with humour, sexiness, and drama included; not to mention romance, of course. Like I said in the forum, episode 9 is far and away my favorite, as it is the most
innocent, mature, and tragic.
It is hard to tell the synopsis here because, as I just mentioned, there are a lot of tales, but let us pretend that the first one is the most important. Five middle-schoolers talk about love, and one in particular, Arihara Ayumi, dreams about being confessed to by a handsome prince. As they are leaving school, they are confronted by a scary, large man that looks like a beast and pulls something out of his pocket, making the terrified girls think he is taking out a knife. It turns out to be just a letter directed towards Arihara. He, Zaitsu Misao, leaves right after handing it to her. Actually, it is a love letter, which shatters Ayumi's romantic fantasies . . .
Describing the characters in Hatsukoi Limited. is similar to drawing a relationship chart (which has already been done) since there are so many of them, but I will go ahead anyway for the sake of making the review complete. First off, there is the heroine (apparently), Arihara Ayumi, who is a feisty, strong girl that beats up her brother whenever he acts inappropriately. Her brother, Arihara Yuuji, loves his little sister a lot, but she does not feel the same way about him. His classmate, Bessho Yoshihiko, is in love with a girl in the same class, Misaki. Ayumi's classmate, Zaitsu Mamoru, also has a secret crush on Misaki, who is his neighbor. Yamamoto Misaki is Misao's childhood friend and is good at martial arts. Zaitsu Misao is Mamoru's older brother in high school that has a bad reputation and a scary face, frightening most of those that look at him; when he saw Mamoru's class picture one day, he fell for Ayumi, and realized his feelings later, after almost dying in a fight and being taken to the hospital. Bessho's little sister, Bessho Koyoi, is infatuated with her older brother, but does not realize that he likes someone else. Her friend, Chikura Nao, is in the art club and admires Renjou, a senpai whom she has never met, but has been drawn by his paintings; she has an older brother that is described as "hot" by Kei. Another classmate of theirs is my least favorite character, Dobashi, an athletic, sometimes quiet, girl who is in the tennis club and is secretly dating a boy in the same school, named Terai. Weak at sports, the glasses-wearing Terai could not keep up when playing tennis, so after getting private training from Dobashi, they started going out together. In the same class as her is Kusuda, a middle-schooler that likes dirty books; he often bickers with a girl called Kei, who says he has a kappa-(mythical creature that has a plate-like object over its head; in Nagasarete Airantou (Casted Away: Airan Island), it appears, but the protagonist, who is science-oriented, believes it to be a turtle)face. She, Enomoto Kei, is a beautiful girl that looks more mature than she really is, and thus is called an old woman by Kusuda; the two of them are supposed to pair up together, but they just do not fit each other. Zaitsu and Kusuda's circle completes with Sogabe, a quiet guy who is not in a hurry to find love. Finally, Watase Meguru, Yamamoto and Enomoto's older sister's classmate, used to be an Olympic candidate as a swimmer in middle school, but has since given it up to hide her enormous breasts, which got her teased; she used to like Takei, a senpai passionate for swimming, too.
The seiyuu generally fit their respective characters. It is notable that Roronoa Zoro's voice actor from One Piece also plays Takei in First Love Limited. There is also a nice soundtrack. The opening sequence includes scenes of the middle school girls, whereas the ending sequence shows all the females in cosplay pictures.
The artwork is at a high level. I may not like some character designs, but you can tell they were meant to look the way they are. The animators (and seiyuu) certainly did a way better job than the ones who did the author's more famous work, Ichigo (Strawberry) 100%, whose heroine, Toujou Aya is like a shy, weaker version of Yamamoto Misaki.
This is another one of those anime that I do not regret watching, and, in fact, I would be willing to watch it again some day. The stories are mostly beautiful, lighthearted, romantic, naïve and hilarious (wait until you see episode 8, "The Melancholy of the Chocolate Bomber"). The series has my stamp of approval.
for some people like me whose so picky in watching anime... when i first watched the episode 1 i find the anime boring but as i watch the anime until episode 6 the story's getting more and more interesting because first i was really captivated by the idea of the creator of this manga... you'll really wonder who's love will survive and in every episode it revolves each and every characters of the anime... slowly every character show their personal and emotional qualities and therefore we tend to know them in just 1 episode... and also most of the story in this anime happen in
real life and to anyone i'll really recommend watching this anime though it's a bit ecchi and some fanservice, the story's nice
If you have even an ounce of romance in you, you'll like this.
The cast of characters here are unique in some ways and cliche in others. Regardless, you can't help but fall in love with all of them.
One outstanding element I noticed was that it is highly successful in giving us damn ugly young men and have their personalities shine through so wonderfully, we can't help
but fall for them. Or at the very least cheer them on in their romantic conquests.
If you like heart warming love stories without the gag-inducing sparkly pink floaty things, and occasionally laughing your ass off, then you'll love this too.
Oh, and there's plenty of fan-service for the boyos too. =P
Hatsukoi Limited is best described a collection of short stories revolving numerous characters each with their own unique story.
It's very hard to right a review with so many stories that are connected to only anime season, so i will break this down by character (Key).
Plot - Follows a group of 5 girls who seek a relationship or their first love, each episodes focuses on a different girl (First episode is Arihara Ayumi's)
Characters (Plus my opinion on them)
- A bubbly character who is asked out by Misao Zaitzu (Monster). Though she claimed she would accept any offer, she is consistently
unsettled by Zaizu's monstrous appearance. However, she shows she can be somewhat caring as well as crafty, you see her a little at the start where she is trying not to hurt Misao's feelings, when she then meets her "First Love At First Sight" who is Zaitzu's brother.
she has to ask herself does Zaitzu's brother really love her or does she have feelings for Misao if she can look beyond his looks.
- LOVE this storyline, Kei is apparently very popular with guys due to her "mature" face. However, she sees the attention she receives as a hassle, and believes confessions of love are just a chore if the feeling isn't mutual. She openly admits that looks are a major factor in choosing a relationship, but carries a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with Kusuda, Who she nicknames "Kappa Face" they have a relationship where they both are too immature to realize there feelings, this part becomes the main storyline, for some the other characters story's may just get in the way of this one but i think its done perfectly and even this story NEEDED the others.
- Sub character really who is shown a few times, she mainly has a brother complex.
- Another sub character (Kinda) a guy who is connected to the story loves her but does she really love him or does she love a senpai she's known for years.
- The most level headed out of the group, Rika seems to enjoy teasing others. She is in Ayumi's grade. A well known tom-boy, Doba excels in athletics and has been stated to be domineering.
Through athletics she finds a shy guy who loves her, they form a relationship straight away, she is featured a few times usually to balance out the group.
There is PLENTY more characters who are also featured, they seem to all revolve around the brothers or the group of girls, some have strong points some don't but overall even in the sub characters they are really good to watch and make the whole show, a rare occasion is i didn't dislike anyone (well maybe 1 kind of).
*A special menthion once again for the Enomoto/Kusuda storyline which was fantastic, the rest were really good and all different but compelling all the same, this is due to some AMAZING writing for this series.
*The artwork is stunning and in Blu-ray it looks mindblowing at some points.
*The sound is good nothing wrong with them, they suit the characters perfectly.
*Character development is great you see them ALL progress which is rare to see.
*I cannot get over how good the Enomoto/Kusuda storyline was its worth it just for that tbh, althought the ending is good but like many series in the Comedy/Romance section they end abruptly which is a bit dissapointing and lets it down (Slightly) for me, don't get me wrong this series is amazing but it just takes a edge of it which is why i give it an 9.
Well with this anime..it's more divisive than "in love" actually...
Hatsukoi Limited follows several unrequited relationships and each of the earlier episodes focuses on one set of relationships while developing the ones from the previous episode in tandem, which makes one elaborate love dodecahedron.
Well since this is a relationship-based romance naime, LA needs to start off with the characters themselves and their relationships. Let's start with Ayumi Arihara voiced by Mariya Ise, one of the genki ditz of her girl group who has a crush on Mamoru Zaitsu voiced by Miyu Irino but his older brother Misao voiced by Kenji Nomura
also has a thing for Ayumi, she was probably LA favourite character in the anime mainly due to personality. Next we have Rika Dobashi voiced by Minako Kotobuki a calm yet athletic member of the girl group who has a nice romance with Haruto Terai voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto in which they have this superiority inferiority complex towards each other. Next is Nao Chikura voiced by Ayumi Fujimura, one of the more shy member of the girl group and Hiroyuki Sogabe voiced by Takahiro Sakurai had a crush on her BUT she also has a fleeting romance with one of her former art club seniors by the form of Yukito Renjou voiced by Akira Ishida. Next (YES, there's still more!) is Misaki Yamamoto voiced by Rie Tanaka and Mamoru Zaitsu has a crush on her BUT Misaki likes Ayumi's older brother Yuuji voiced by Hiroyuki Yoshino (in which HE has a sister complex and doesn't really have feelings for Misaki), next is Meguru Watase voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi in which she and Gengorou Takei voiced by Kazuya Nakai DO have feelings for each other ALONG with their love of swimming but Meguru has other worries but that a bit later. Second to last is Koyoi Bessho voiced by Aki Toyosaki who has a brother complex to her older brother Yoshihiko Bessho voiced by Satoshi Hino in which he has feelings for Misaki and FINALLY we have Kei Enomoto voiced by Shizuka Ito, the alpha *ahem* bitch of the girl group in which she has a violent tsundere relationship with Etsu Kusuda voiced by Shintaro Asanuma the local pervert of the series and friends of Sogabe and Mamoru and later on Enomoto gets a rival in the form of Sumire Fudounomiya voiced by Ayako Kawasumi. Did you get all that???
Ok in all honesty, the relationships ranges across the board and even the "great relationships" has skewed priorities to the "horribly awful relationships" have a silver lining. In terms of favourites and worst romances in the anime itself, LA thought that Chikura's and Dobashi's were some of the best one-shot romances with hardly a gleam of skewed priorities to them. Misaki's, Meguru's and Ayumi's were ok relationships with a few problems to them (Misaki's due to the fallout results concerning Mamoru, Meguru's for skewed priorities such as -sigh- her big boobs and Ayumi's for not being developed enough not just to Mamoru but to Misao as well and it's NEVER resolved...completely). LA would place Koyoi's relationship to be of comedic relief in a ways and NOT meant to be taken seriously, even if it's incest and you know LA rule with incest in anime (as long as it's their completely serious about it's subject matter of incest or it plays it up for the sake of comedy with no seriousness and dignity towards it's characters and Koyoi's is essentially this) thus Koyoi's only focus episode is a bit grating but it's only for the sake of comedy. -sigh- here we go...LA REALLY didn't like Enomoto and Kusuda's relationship, Enomoto for always having her belief that they need to be handsome and rich in order to even START dating her (see what LA means by alpha bitch?) AS well as Enomoto's CONSTANT tsun and violent verbal and sometimes physical abuse to Kusuda just because he's being perverted and eyeing someone else, Kusuda is no better as he's one of the main source of pervertedness in the anime besides the stray panty shots. Relationship-wise it's one of the most destructive relationship in the anime and by the end of it even with Enomoto and Kusuda's realization LA still hated the both of them by the end of it.
Well here's also the thing, be it relationships that has no flaws and it's the perfect romance or one of the most destructive ones and LA didn't like them one bit, the perfect romance will have quips of completely idealistic to the destructive romances to be too harsh or unbelievably pessimistic and because of that LA chose Ayumi as LA's favourite she's in the middle of having flaws in her relationships but she's also idealistic in a ways.
In terms of animation by JC Staff, the character designs were pretty to typical designs for the vast amount of characters in this anime and sometimes LA mistook characters for other similar looking characters (see Yoshihiko and Mamoru...no seriously...one time LA ACTUALLY thought this at one point), the backgrounding is typical but nothing to gawk at either. Finally the comedic moments does use the chibi visuals (both facial expressions and their entire body at times...Koyoi and Ayumi being the main culprit what with both of them being the comedic reliefs). The animation overall is decent with some level to detail on it's character designs but not much beyond that.
In terms of voice acting, well this voice cast is JUST amazing, from Mariya Ise to Ayako Kawasumi and even Sayuri Yahagi!. Yes, LA did have a HUGE problem with Shizuka Ito's character but it is her CHARACTER LA didn't like, her vocals were still suited to Enomoto nonetheless. LA's favourite voice actor would go to Mariya Ise along with Ryoko Shiraishi. Nonetheless fantastic vocal line up!.
Hatsukoi Limited for LA's experience in watching this anime ultimately depends on how you view the characters and their relationships in which they entail, you might hate some of the characters or you might love them and their relationships for the one true pairing or you see both the good or the bad towards one of the relationship. LA overall felt VERY divisive about this anime due to this but ALSO thought it had shades of wasted potential towards some of the relationships it had going for it.
Hatsukoi Limited / J.C. Staff
Episodes 12 (6 extra - Limited Girl)
Aired: April 12, 2009 to June 28, 2009
Genre: Comedy, romance, School, Shounen
"Geez, women are so hard to understand”
Hello dear readers, this is my first review so I hope you enjoy.
I watched this anime a week or so ago, and it was more or less what I expected when I read the synopsis, it is an anime about a group of girls and there quests for love, and I have to say that this anime does push the question of Can guys ever understand girls? I think it is a brilliant take on love life, and
stereotypes of girls and boys.
Do you think that guys could ever understand girls?
The artwork in this anime is perfect in my opinion, it's not too flashy, it doesn't follow down the path of fan service per say, the artwork never distracts you away from dialogue or characters, it helps the story in so many ways, if this anime had artwork like say "High school of the dead", it wouldn't be able to be taken seriously, but if the artwork was too plain, then viewers may lose interest.
The effects of this artwork are to keep you interested and keep you focussed on the characters personalities and actions rather then their looks. I feel that the characters animation caught my eye the most, the background art always seemed to lack in detail but the characters would always make up for that loss. The artwork for the boys was a bit of a let down, but maybe the art was supposed to be this way, the art for the boys was small wimpy looking "Ugly" where as the girls were made to look glamourous, cute and good looking.
A series relating the intertwined stories about the "first loves" of several middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. Each episode tends to focus on a different character, however the developments established during previous episodes continue to play smaller roles in those following. As the series progresses, an array of unusual and unexpected love webs begin to blossom.
The story is fairly straight forward and each episode tends to focus on a different character, and as you progress through the anime I saw that each episodes has little effects on another, one action of a certain character can effect another.
The story isn't very unique or mind blowing, but it doesn't fail to pull viewers in, it is simply a take on normal lives, it's natural. The story is well structured and never strays of its path, besides the information and story being rushed and pushed at you in the early episodes, it is consistant and never fails. The characters and story are almost attached, with the story following character develpoment. You get to watch the characters grow and mature over the 12 episodes.
I personally thouroughly enjoyed the music throughout this anime, I feel that the music complimented the anime, when there was a funny scene, music that fitted that scene would be played, when there was a serious scene, music that fitted was played, I think the creators did a great job with the music.
The vocals were good throughout, I wouldn't say they were perfect but they weren't bad, the only bad thing is that typically the vocals were wimpy and stupid in certain parts, which lets the anime down in some ways, but also fits in with stereotypes.
The sound effects made me chuckle on the odd occasion, I feel that the sound effects give the anime that comedy feel, when something funny happens the sound effects are always there to add that extra humor, and in contrast, they were also there when serious dialogue or actions were taking place.
The opening theme was short and simple, and the music was calm and soothing, and the ending theme was fantastic.
The main protagonist is Ayumi Arihara the second year middle school student who is the cute good looking normal girl, who follows a normal teenage life.
Other main characters in this anime are the rest of the girls in the group, Koyoi Bessho, Nao Chikura, Rika Dobashi, Kei enomoto. These girls follow certain stereypes with in my opinion enomoto being the most stereotypical, at the start she talks about how looks are more important then anything else but her opinion begins to change as the anime progresses.
Koyoi is the brother loving happy go lucky character that never seems to be sad. She is a bit weird and will do anything to for her brother.
Nao is a jealous, art loving character who's story follows her love for art and how she grows close to a fellow artist.
Rika is the most level headed out of the girls, she enjoys mocking and teasing and is knows as a "tom-boy", due to her athletic ability.
Then you get the boys, who range from the shy and wimpy, to the perverted and ballsy.
Etsu Kusuda is the pervert who has a talent for putting girls to sleep.
Hiroyuki Sogabe is a friend of kusuda, he's insecure and a narcissistic.
Mamoru Zaitsu is the happy go lucky wannabe paramedic.
I feel like these characters are natural, it doesn't feel forced when these characters interact bar the odd occasion, it has the feel of a normal teenagers life. I feel the characters reactions to certain situations show that it is natural and this helps the story progress as it feels as if I was watching an animated version of someones life through the eyes of serveral characters.
This anime is good because of many reasons, it is a simple slice of life romantic comedy that takes the subject of love and teaches it so brilliantly, the characters compliment the anime and vice versa, the music and sound were fantastic and consistant, I loved the artwork in this anime, it is simple yet so very effective.
The bad points for this anime are that it doesn't appeal to the male audiences as much as female which is to be expected, the story is very generic and the anime isn't very unique. Although I feel that this anime is very well done and is brilliant, it never really appealed to me, I could only watch a few episodes a night, it strayed to much on the girly side of anime for me to ever enjoy it to the full extent.
Goal of the anime.
The goal of this anime was simply to show how understanding girls can be very difficult and near impossible, it is showing that love can happen between any two random people, no matter how much you know about one another.