Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi

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.

At the moment, only the first episode of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi has been released (it aired yesterday in Japan), but a total of at least thirteen episodes has been confirmed. Many of us fangirls are crossing our fingers and hoping that this follows in the footsteps of Junjou, with its popularity granting it a second season.

I have to say that I was a bit worried about the anime when I watched the OVA, which was released about a week before the first episode of the series was. After seeing how closely Junjou mirrored its manga counterpart, I was surprised to see that the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi OVA began with Ritsu's memory of how he first met and fell in love with Takano, as well as the "consummation" of their relationship...which doesn't happen until chapter two of the manga.

All my worries were eased, however, the moment I started up the first episode. It starts at the beginning of the manga, on Ritsu's first day at his new job, which happens to be as an editor of shoujo manga. Desiring to work in literature instead, Ritsu decides to show up to his first day and then come up with a plan to quit within two weeks... I'm not going to keep going in lieu of spoilers, but needless to say, Ritsu ends up deciding to stay where he is for a while, possibly because of the strange sort of deja vu he gets when around his editor-in-chief, which isn't helped much when the man asks Ritsu if they'd met before (duh duh duhn, lol).

Below I've uploaded the trailer for the anime series, which was subbed by Aarinfantasy

Here's to waiting as patiently as possible until next Friday. And then the Friday after that. And the Friday after that..........*sobs*..............

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