(Not Really) Weird Or What? - Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi - Episode 1

Topic started by Superevil225 on Nov. 5, 2011. Last post by KuroNekoXIII 2 years, 10 months ago.
Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
ARE YOU READY VICERS!? I certainly am! Keep the brain bleach close by boys, and fujoshi are going to get a kick outta this. This Weird or What is as suggested by Takashichea. Today we're going to cover Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi. You're going to need a bit of background information for this one, so lets get to it. SiH is set in the same 'universe' as another yaoi and anime called Junjou Romantica. That'll explain why there might be some JR references. Junjou is about a writer ( Usami) and a student ( Misaki) who fall in love, and the writer secretly start writing smut about their own sexual relationship. Their relationship start off with... sexual harassment. So does Ritsu and Takano's. 
 Yes. This is as cute as it looks.
 Yes. This is as cute as it looks.
Anyways, now that you know a little back story here, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in this yaoi review! Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi starts off with the back story of our hommie Ritsu Onodera. He's our resident uke. Basically once upon a time he goes to school, and falls in love with his sempai. He confesses to his sempai, then there's some implied sex. Sorry, you don't really get to see anything. Then, a few years later, Ritsu is hired as... get ready... a shojo manga editor. Of course there's a little wtf moment, and he meets the rest of the editing team, which happens to be entirely male. There he meets Masamune Takano, his high school (or university.. it's not clear) sweetheart.
 
 NOT UNLESS YOUR GAY.... Too soon...?
 NOT UNLESS YOUR GAY.... Too soon...?

 Obviously you haven't read your yaoi, have you?
 Obviously you haven't read your yaoi, have you?
 
 Well, I must say that the plot is pretty similar to Junjou Romantica, but I have a confession to make. I hate JR. Mainly because Usami and the other couples pissed me off. Even though SiH has a fairly similar set up with the obvious uke/seme (bottom/top) thing going on, I like the idea that we're avoiding rape. It's nice to have a yaoi where the spark that lights the fire isn't rape. You'd be surprised how common a theme that is. I thought it was quite funny how Ritsu's previous job was working with Usami from Junjou. I laughed a little too loud during his flashback. But it's nice to see that the creators have a sense of humour.
  
 Overall this is just adorable
 Overall this is just adorable

SiH was actually pretty tame, yaoi wise. The only thing you really get yaoi wise is some flashback kissing, and a rather hilarious sexual harassment kiss. Yes. Sexual harassment. It's work... right? I mean, what ever pays the bills, and makes that shojo manga epicly romantic. Basically, for the first episode, I'm going to call it shounen-ai, not really yaoi because yaoi=sex. I loved the way that the creators played off of the yaoi and shojo stereotypes. It's quite ironic when Ritsu's commenting on why "everything is all sparkly" during a kiss scene in the shojo manga. The creators seemed to have a lot of fun. What was also pretty funny was the whole 'cycle' with the editors. It's like their own little menstrual cycle... except with shojo manga and less blood. Overall the humour was quite clever and despite Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi's primary demographic, I think everyone will have at least something to enjoy. I just really appreciated the fun tone of this anime, and the little quips, references, and forth-wall poking.
 
The animation was good. Usually yaoi and shounen-ai anime have awful animation budgets and everything is just... uck... *cough*TogainuNoChi*cough* but the animation was pretty smooth. I still have a bone to pick (heh) with the art style in SiH. It's the same as Junjou Romantica, and I really wasn't a fan of it. THE PROPORTIONS. But at least the humour and the story makes up for the disproportionate lips.  
 
Oh... and on an unrelated note: Katsuyuki Konishi voices Takano. If that name means nothing to you, he's the same guy that voices Kamina in Gurren Lagann, Laxus Dreyar in Fairy Tail, Demon Eyes Kyo, and Ash's Snorlax in Pokemon. Never gunna look at them the same way... are you? I was also really happy to know he was Kiriwar in Togainu No Chi. <3

I actually recommend everyone to give the first episode a try. It's quite cute, and quite funny. No sex, and overall tame for a yaoi. I can't vouch for later episodes, though. Anyways, give it a watch, and let me know what you think below. :D
 
EDIT:
Takashichea did a summary here. Read it if you're a bit scared to watch the anime. :P
 
Post by takashichea (12,457 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Yeah, as an anime, it's pretty innocent... Manga, not so much... I just kept making fun of the characters because I thought Ritsu was a teenager, but he turned out to be 25. Then again, the disparity between his age and appearance is not as bad as another character that shows up later on...

Did you link your blog to the first episode summary? Because I did do the summary of it, although with all the other wiki projects, I don't think I'll be able to keep doing episode summaries. Here's the link if you need it. I tried to get all the "psychological" aspects of it into the summary, so it ended up being really long...

Also, did you think there was a lot of pink in this anime? I was caught off guard with so much exposure of that color.

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@takashichea:  But the manga's good~ XD Manga are more yaoi-tasitcal than the anime, because anime needs to work around animation costs, and BL anime have really low budgets. XD
 It's a common theme with yaoi. Everyone looks younger than they are. :P
 
Oh! I didn't! I'll add that right away. :)

Same with Junjou. Pink.... everywhere. The author loves the pastel pinks and stuff. ^.^
Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Nice report Superevil! I finally got around to watch the first episode. Although I'm not a big fan of yaoi, I think the humor made up for it. My two favourite parts were during his flashbacks. The first was when Ritsu confesses and the sempai was like "Why do you know my name?" I guess I should've felt bad for Ritsu, but I couldn't help but laugh XD

The second part was when he was sulking in the bathroom after overhearing his colleagues. I like how the music was all sad and stuff then it cuts off and you see his chibi angry face.

All in all it was good, and it makes you realize the amount of detail mangakas and editors go through to panel and organize their work.

Great job and keep up the good work!

Post by Superevil225 (6,742 posts) See mini bio Level 17

@KuroNekoXIII: See? See? Yaoi isn't so bad!! XD

I laugh at the WORST parts to laugh at. But I can't help it! The humour in SiH is amazing. XD I'm glad you decided to check it our and enjoyed the review. <3

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@Superevil225:

Lol! Yea it was funny. No prob! and I'm looking forward to your next reviews :)

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