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Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #24 Anime Review

With the end of the season, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi does something that’s definitely a good thing by going and looking back at the leads younger days. And specifically that of Takano and Onodera. As we’ve seen that the two have had a relationship of sorts in high school and the confusion that came about when the series started due to Onodera’s name change, spending some time going back to that period of their lives and looking at it fresh is useful. We’ve had the smattering of impressions here and there over the course of it, done in a somewhat hazy and cute sort of way, but here we get to have things done in a bit clearer and more straightforward fashion as they go about their lives as young men trying to figure out what it is they want and who they are. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/12/23/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-24-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #23 Anime Review

With Yokozawa having said a few key things to Onodera about his quasi-relationship with Takano, it left things in a bad state when Takano actually arrived on the scene and Onodera kind of went off on it. It’s a natural thing since Onodera doesn’t want to hurt him to be sure, but he’s also feeling very confused, conflicted and hurt himself by the way things have gone. So lashing out like he did and stating that all he wants to do is to just focus on his job is a pretty natural reaction, one that cuts a bit hard for Takano though. But he’s not an oblivious guy and he knows that it has to have come from somewhere, and that somewhere must be Yokozawa himself. With the kind of relationship the two have had over the years, there’s issues to be had there and Yokozawa’s position is understandable, but it’s one that’s causing a lot of the grief that’s hitting at the moment. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/12/16/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-23-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #22 Anime Review

With the focus turned back on Onodera and Takano, it has a good bit of fun to it after th eups and downs that have happened. For Onodera, he’s still kind of all over the map with his feelings about things and uncertain of where it is that he wants to go with them. Takano is doing his best to push him in the direction he wants and is fairly forceful in his presence in doing so, which is amusing to watch since he knows exactly what he wants. But Onodera continues to waffle in the wind over it, especially when he’s pushed about it while at work. That’s the last place that Onodera wants to even think about it, especially as the pressure is ramping up with some projects there and the way he’s going to have to spend more time working with Yokozawa over it. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/12/09/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-22-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatuskoi Episode #21 Anime Review

While Kisa isn’t a huge favorite of mine, I do enjoy his story a fair bit since it often does involve the actual work atmosphere. This episode has a good bit of work flavor to it as he’s chewed out for being distracted, but then learns later that there are other things just below the surface as well that are bubbling about. When a coworker who said she was going to be married to the job reveals that she’s getting married for real, it starts a conversation about expectations out of life and what has real meaning to it, as well as how far this particular job and skills can go. He knows some of what he wants out of life, but he also knows what he doesn’t want, and that’s Yukina. As much as he’s tried to push him away, it just doesn’t seem to work. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/12/02/sekai-ichi-hatuskoi-episode-21-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #20 Anime Review

After a few good episodes involving Onodera and Takano, the show shifts gears to focus on the relationship between Kisa and Yukina. The two are definitely of the fun variety since they have made progress in their relationship and aren’t in the whole will they or won’t they stage, particularly with the overplayed bit about being unsure that one of them isn’t even sure they want to be involved in a male/male relationship. Just the fact that the two of them are actively going out and are up front about it with each other is a huge plus. But there are still uncertainties to be had as there are in any relationship, especially one where you have someone like Kisa who is very nervous in general. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/11/25/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-20-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #19 Anime Review

With the focus again on Takano and Onodera, the series moves to its next fun function that works their job aspect a bit more which is a welcome change of pace. While I get into the character relationship side, I like seeing more of it exposed through their actual work environment. And this episode does that in spades as it moves to the New Years Eve holiday which is critical for many businesses in how they deal with their clientele and others. For Onodera though, it gets off to a rocky start because of continued issues with his family and their interest in seeing him married off to An, who they still can’t believe he just sent him after their recent meeting. He’s still struggling with the idea that arranged marriages still exist in this day and age. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/11/18/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-19-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatuskoi Episode #18 Anime Review

After some good material involving my favorite pairing, the series goes to one of my other characters that I like as it deals with Kaoru, the other editor along the same age as Onodera that’s doing a difficult job. Unlike Onodera though, Kaoru doesn’t want to be an editor but took the job in order to have something on his resume rather than nothing when he goes to his full career plan. That of a leisurely living writer who easily churns out great high profile books, makes lots of money and coasts along. But until he can do that, he has to do the thankless job of editing everybody else’s books. Even worse is that he does it in a job as the bosses son and a lot of animosity from others who thinks he has it easy. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/11/11/sekai-ichi-hatuskoi-episode-18-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #17 Anime Review

Magazine editors do have it rough in trying to come up with things related to holidays and each magazines has its own particular area of focus that stands out. Within the shojo manga world, th big one for them is the Valentine’s Day "holiday" since their books are all about love and romance and you have to go big to try and gain new readers. It’s like the Christmas issue for them in a way. Because of that, the pressure is definitely on even as the New Years holiday has arrived and we see Takano is running a tight ship at the office to make sure everyone puts in all the needed hours in order to put out the best issue that they can. It’s hard to see his passion in his intensity though, but that’s long been one of Takano’s problems. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/11/04/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-17-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #16 Anime Review

With the show focusing again on the least interesting of the relationships that it has with Yoshino and Tori, this one at least does start off with some progress as it’s a "morning after" moment. Having Tori suggest that Yoshino take a bath and that it’s ready, noting that he is rather… sweaty, just makes the kid blush more and it’s rather adorable. The two do work well together, even if I don’t care for Yoshino, so it’s welcome to see them actively moving forward in some way. And to cement things even more, Tori plainly asks him out on a date to go see a movie he wants to see, though he does sneak a little bit of work into things as well by telling Yoshino to get things done. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/10/28/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-16-anime-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatuskoi Episode #15 Anime Review

After a couple of good episodes involving Takano and Onodera, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi shifts its focus elsewhere and it’s not exactly the storyline I wanted to see. While the original work and other works by this author favors this kind of shift in narrative, it’s not one I care for all that much since it can make for a few annoying episodes if you don’t care for the characters involved. Whereas other series mix things up episode to episode, letting the storylines blend across each other, this series prefers to make its connections and then focus on those characters exclusively. And the character of Yoshin is just one that doesn’t do much for me since he comes across in a fairly whiny way. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/10/21/sekai-ichi-hatuskoi-episode-15-anime-review/