The truth becomes clear for Ritsu, though not without his emotional baggage being laid clear.
What They Say:
The Emerald Editing team has started the task of releasing a magazine. Ritsu Onodera, a rookie shojo manga editor, is forced to go to the office of an author with the editor in chief, Masamune Takano. However, when Ritsu sees the author panic because of the looming deadline, he accidentally...?!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi proved to be quite the fun little show with its first episode, though it played coy with aspects of it with the characters that were painfully obvious. With Ritsu now taking on the job of a shoujo manga editor instead of working on great literature like he wants, he's throwing himself into the task of understanding the library of works his new company has. Where his problems come is that his editor in chief, Takano, was someone that knows Ritsu from quite a few years ago and there's some sexual tension from then that's still very much in play, though Ritsu is seemingly unaware of it.
Ritsu's taking some getting used to this new environment, in office and out, and there's a fun sequence at the beginning when Takano drags him along to one of the mangaka's residences where the team is working on a book that's behind schedule. Takano lays into the lead pretty easily to try and motivate her, a far cry from what you usually see with editors being all nice and cordial in trying to encourage them, but that kind of sequence comes into play as well when Takano and Ritsu sit down to help with the pages. What becomes their real focus though is trying to help the mangaka remember why she's in this job in the first place, dealing with her self doubts about her work and the quality of it overall. And if there are even any fans. It's good to see Ritsu being the earnest young editor that he is, especially in comparison to Takano's style, but the two basically work well in doing the good cop/bad cop gig.
When the show shifts gears and focuses on just the two men in a quiet moment, Ritsu gets a bit emotional and talks about how he went through an experience that caused him to not want to fall in love ever again. It's a very well done emotional moment, even if it feels too revealing considering how little they know each other at the moment in a sense, especially on Ritsu's part, but it allows Takano to make it clearer that the two knew each other from before but that Ritsu has managed to not connect him with the person from the past. The realizations that Ritsu has to go through as he puts the two people together in his mind is a lot of fun, but he's got so many emotions over it considering how he felt about him in the past and the way he felt he ruined his life that he can't help but to express it. But there's layers to it as Takano makes his own revelations which add to the fun of it all.
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi has been a fun show to watch in its first two episodes and has really made an impression. While it's a boys-love story, it's one that doesn't play it as rough as some others, though it has those edges to it with how Takano interacts with Ritsu. But there's more to it than just that as it's a great looking show with an interesting environment. While I suspect some of the challenges that may be faced will be familiar down the line, watching what Rtisu and Takano are going through in the now as Ritsu realizes who Takano really is is definitely a whole lot of fun. Ritsu's a bit emotional, being that it's a part of his half of the potential relationship, and that can be off-putting at times, but I like his frustration with everything. I'm not a huge fan of such shows, but I like romances that involve adults that can explore non-traditional roles and avenues for getting there and Sekai Ichi Hatusko is definitely doing a very good job so far.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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