There's some exciting news for yaoi lovers! The anime adaptation of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (The Best First Love in the World) manga has finally started airing in Japan!!!! I have been waiting for this to start since it was first announced that the anime was going to be made back in January of last year, and was starting to lose hope. :( After hearing about AIC having to drop the remake of Ai no Kusabi and the developers of Sex Pistols postponing to release date of the second OVA for nearly a year, things were looking bleak in the yaoi anime community. Thankfully it made a comeback with the quick release of both Koisuru Bouken OVAs (which are delicious), but I was still desperately checking Aarinfantasy several times a week to see if any news had been released about Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi.
Why have I been so excited about this anime? Well...the creator is Shungiku Nakamura, the amazingly talented woman behind Junjou Romantica. Junjou was a breakout and break-through anime for the yaoi genre, opening doors that had only been knocked upon by the genre in the past. With two seasons and twenty-four episodes, Junjou Romantica is the longest yaoi anime (yaoi, not slash or shounen-ai) that has ever been released. Add the fact that the show was done beautifully to that mix and it's heaven! Sure, there are shows like Gravitation, Sukisho, and Loveless that are all at thirteen episodes a piece, but...yeah... The Gravitation adaptation is just horrible, Sukisho is more silly than anything else, and Loveless, while good, is really a shouta anime. Junjou Romantica went into uncharted territories, kicking ass and taking names all the while.