In Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Onodera Ritsu is a renowned literary editor, and he's so passionate about his career that he doesn't have much time for anything else. Despite his earnestness, he has to deal with the jealousy of his less-successful colleagues on a daily basis. It all becomes too much for him, so he quits and transfers to Marukawa Shoten, where he hopes to continue his career in a friendlier environment. Unfortunately, instead of being placed in the literature department, he ends up in the shoujo manga division.
As if things couldn't get any more complicated in his life, his new boss and editor-in-chief, Takano Masamune, is annoying, bossy and works on incredibly tight deadlines. But that's not all: to Ritsu's surprise, he realizes that his new boss is actually his high school love! Ritsu's new workplace is a lot more complicated than he bargained for.
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
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.
Feedback and questions are welcome! Thank you for spending time to read my review!read more
-Again, not so good at writing reviews, but I'll try-
Nakamura Shungiku, author of Junjou Romantica, has made, yet, another great series known as Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. If you love Junjou Romantica, then you'll love this one! The romance in this series is twice as much as Junjou, that my inner fangirl just broke out. Trust me, it's so kawaii~! And Nakamura never fails to amaze me with the comedy in her work. Reading Junjou and Sekaiichi has always made me laugh and smile, no matter what kind of mood I'm in. I've watched the 2 episodes of it, and just watching the end of each episode gives me the feeling of wanting to watch more. But since it's still ongoing, you have to be patient when the next episode comes out T_T but it's worth it! Even watching it over and over again, I never get tired of it 'cause I really enjoy this series so much. Please watch it! You'll be glad you did :Dread more
Skip this paragraph, come back to it after you have read my review (below):
Okay okay, after seeing all these bad ratings I'm guessing people who've been reading this are misinterpreting the message I'm trying to send across to the readers. I'm going to write here what the jist of this review is stating since I'm guessing not everyone has read my entire review and has failed to see the main point. Essentially, the point I'm trying to get across to you is that this show is pure "fanservice", like "moe". The writers are specifically targeting women through this series and creating a piece adorned with hot "bishounens" to cater to this specific demographic of yaoi fans. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but that's it, that's all this series is and how the company reels in its viewers. The story is plain as well as the characters, and the company, like all other anime studios that distribute ecchi related series, are simply using this series to get yaoi fan viewers!! That's it!! this story has little substance and so does its characters!! so don't expect any wonderful plot or story from this series..
Start reading review here:
I am, for one, absolutely against reviews based on the first few episodes aired of a series, but this is serious, seriously agitating to the point that I am compelled to write this no matter what barrier lies before me. Why might you ask? why?? because, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - in simplified terms -is Shoujo or girl "ecchi". This anime series is completely mundane and banal in all media related aspects from story, to art, to character. Honestly, the only thing worthwhile in this series is the sound, and even that isn't of a grand level of degree. The series is a waste of a time, and It is so gay, and I can validate that as gay person!( Oh yes, the irony hahaha...)
I know I'm asking for an internet trashing (pulls up firewall) for bashing on this completely gay show, but I'm laying down the facts so I can hopefully convince you and everyone out there - whom posses the decency and optimal intelligence - to help you avoid wasting spare minutes of your life.
So, Why is this show gay?, apart from the obvious yaoi entitled genre and daunting advertised images of its homosexuality(towards those homophobes out there), that answer lies within an analysis of the story, characters, and art (which i will thoroughly soon cover).
The story is almost lackluster; filled with predictable characters associated with identifiable archetypes and an empty story acting as a vessel to hold these characters together. The story starts out with Ritsu Onodera, one who might be considered gifted, adorned with wealth and a good enough family to support him. Despite this, Onodera wishes to rebel against his content position in life and decides to step back a notch, entering the manga world while fleeting the prestigious world of literature and novels he had embarked upon in order to prove a somewhat childish notion of pride; proving that he can bolster himself in the adult world of corporations and succeed without help from his father. So far we can see that Onodera is the stuck up one, essentially he is the up-tight archetype impelled by pride; if he were a girl, he would be a tsundere. His fierce, defiant, and prideful attitude can be seen when he is infuriated by Masamao Takano, his editor in chief. Onodera also has a nice side to him - seen when he encourages the female staff members before their deadline - but all in all his character is completely mundane. All the mundane aspects of a yaoi series are evident within this story and especially within Onodera whom elicits them. Envy, greed, and pride a just a few that Onodera exudes when seen in conflict with counterpart, Masamao Takano. Masamao takano, on the other hand, is the calm and composed archetype - he is nonchalant, yet he can be easily incensed and infuriated
and throw a mad fit. He can be compared to any worker who gets all worked up after a stress-induced job (think, Gordon Ramsey). The writers present us with a wonderful plot twist as both Onodera and Takano have, in fact, met before and, of course, as all gay men, had an affair.
Although the plot twist is intruiging.. it is so horribly executed and a grave, grave stereotype (I mean, come on! we don't all have sex on the first day, we're not hormone raging idiots that everyone makes us out to be!). Onodera and Takano are repeatedly seen with each other in their memories of their young, teenaged love life up to their modern day work lives. The plot twist becomes so incredibly evident that it becomes lackluster.. I mean, what were the writers thinking? "Hmm.. we should come up with an interesting plot twist for this series, lets make them high school lovers! and when they grow up they'll coincidently find a job together and fall in love all over again, yay!!" You see what I mean? The plot is so predictable, I mean, It's so obvious that they'll end up together and what's worse, is that the viewer is forced to watch their endless meet-ups and run-ins in the workplace while the plot twist just drags on and on and on.. Sure the writers may have been planning to build the momentum of suspense, but it just dragged on for too long that the enthusiasm dies out.
Not only is the story ruined by such atrocious plot-planning by the writers, but everything including the characters, scene, setting that revolve around the story seems so FAKE. I mean, what is the coincidence that all the characters of the show will end up in a publishing company for shoujo manga, and furthermore, what is the coincidence that they are all men and that both the main characters will just mysteriously end up there by "fate". I mean, come on! the plot is so cheesy to be taken seriously, besides this, everything is clearly targeted to women. The company is filled with men, lots of men, and the art style of which they are drawn is horribly banal; with large shoulders, thin waistline and long faces. Like I said.. this is so obviously "girl ecchi", It can be compared to other shounen targeted works of ecchi such as love-to-ru and whatever harem possesing anime series are out there. All in all, what I'm trying to get at is that there is no sense of reality, normality, or any sense of naturalism. The writing feels so narrow-minded and there is no authentic feeling of true emotion of true human interaction. Heck, there couldn't possibly be in such a contorted setting that highly deviates from reality. It all comes down to the media and its corporations, strictly targeting to woman. I bet that if they planned a series with a normal setting, as in both men and woman, such as a high school, the show would reap a broad amount of viewers and could delve deeper in to realer sense of interaction between male characters, because, afterall, homosexuality isn't all about sex, there can be love too.
Wow, I really dragged on in this review.. and before, or if anyone flames me I just want to let you know that I'm being mostly satirical in this review, don't take it seriously when I hate on gays.. (I mean come on.. I am gay), but definitely heartfelt thoughts went into this review. And hey, if you are a hardcore yaoi fangirl, go ahead and watch this series and enjoy it, but whom I'm mostly addressing in this review are those who are looking for a series with a substantial plot and with substantial characters. A great example of a yaoi series that elicits this would be Hourou Musuko, that I would definitely recommend to anyone (especially the writers of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, haha, i kid i kid).read more
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