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Sekai Ichi Hatusko Episode #1 Anime Review

Onodera and Takano travel to an artist's house to prod her for not meeting a publishing deadline. Takano takes a hard line with her, but Onodera is more encouraging, and her confidence returns in time for her to finish the chapter. Later, Onodera discovers just why he's had peculiar feelings towards Takano - Takano was the upperclassman who Onodera had a crush on so long ago, and their break up was nothing but a misunderstanding. Onodera pledges not to fall back in love, out of stubbornness, but things become more complicated again when he realizes his new apartment is next door to Takano's. Read More... //s1e1.com/2011/04/spring-2011-follow-up-part-1.html  

Sekai Ichi Hatuskoi Episode #12 Review

Chance encounters can change the way our lives go on and we saw that with the previous episode when Ritsu ended up meeting a writer that he knew from his previous job who is shocked that he’s working in such a place, or rather, with such a job as shoujo manga editing. It doesn’t take long for the doubts to really creep into his mind and with the way Takano is acting, he’s questioning everything about what he’s been doing since he transferred out of his last place. With the added complications of how Takano is treating him, or showing interest in him, it’s very easy to see how he’s looking at his life and trying to figure out what it is he really wants. And with the nudge made before about how easy it is to transfer out to something else in the literary world, he’s becoming more tempted by the idea. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/06/24/sekai-ichi-hatuskoi-episode-12-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #11 Review

As the series gets closer to the end, the focus shifts back to what’s largely considered the primary characters of the show with Ritsu taking the lead. His time at the manga publisher’s editorial side has been instructive to say the least and he’s thrown himself into things heavily, learning a lot along the way and gaining a solid, diverse education on the editorial world that can only help to serve him well in the future with his experience. Of course, spending that time with Takano and his brusque ways is definitely not what he expected. The opening meeting he participates in here over what size print run for a new serialized series from a well known author has Takano making it clear that they’re all lacking vision and guts in order to capitalize on it. It’s amusing to watch, especially when Ritsu gets drawn into it by being asked his opinions. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/06/17/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-11-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #10 Review

The return to the less than interesting couple isn’t a surprise as the series gets closer to the end. Chiaki has been recovering well for the most part from recent incidents and he finds himself spending a bit of time with Yuu over the course of it. Yuu is a big of a schemer in a way as he spends his time with him drawing sketches of Chiaki that are quite good, but it’s when Chiaki nearly falls over that we see a more explicit move on Yuu’s part as he holds him tight and pats him down slightly. The look in both their eyes is amusing, but the look in Yuu’s eyes moments later when Hattori walks in and sees this is priceless. It’s the look of someone who has sunk his teeth into his prey and is making it clear that he’s marking his territory. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/06/10/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-10-review/  

Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #09 Review

The shift in story to Kisa as the lead character for a bit wasn’t a surprise after we saw how the structure of the series was going to be like, but whereas the middle couple that we were introduced to frustrated the hell out of me, Kisa’s story with Yukina is a lot more interesting and fun to watch. A lot of this is due to the fact that Kisa doesn’t exactly come across as a far too young, whiny and self involved type. He’s got shades of this, but they’re small aspects of it rather than the dominating factor that makes you want to strangle him since he’s not really questioning his interest in Yukina. He’s questioning whether there could be anything there. There’s more fun to a show when dealing with this side of it rather than the whole "I’m not sure I really swing that way" mentality. Straightforward, honest relationships and romances between guys is more interesting when it’s done that way. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/06/03/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-09-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #08 Review

If there’s a positive to have in a book store in Japan, it’s a very handsome prince-like guy working the sales floor where he can make recommendations to impressionable young women and girls looking for things to read to build up that air of fairytale romance that they’re looking for. Yukina is exactly that type of guy, one where Kisa looks on and watches him thinking that he’s the real world representation of the beautiful man that sparkles in the eyes of those who watch him. Kisa’s found himself watching him from afar in the store, feeling a bit conflicted about it as he dislikes men like that but has also found himself in love with him on a very superficial level since he doesn’t really know anything about him beyond the fact that he sells a lot of the books that Kisa edits. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/05/27/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-08-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #07 Review

After a couple of episodes where the show focused on less than interesting characters, taking its attention off of Takano and Ritsu, it’s now returned back to proper form and to the couple that’s actually interesting and fun to watch. Part of it is the setting itself as the manga publishing side has its appeal to be sure, but a lot of it comes down to the fact that these two are definitely more enjoyable to watch as they deal with each other and their work situation. Particularly with Ritsu as he’s not a high school boy or a very, very young man who isn’t sure of himself and what he wants out of life. He knew what he wanted awhile back and pushed it deep down inside him, instead focusing on work and trying to get ahead in life in general. His return to the presence of Takano, and having the two of them now fully aware of who the other is, has started to unleash these feelings again but with some internal conflict. Especially since he isn’t sure he wants to go down that path again and definitely not while at work. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/05/20/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-07-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #06 Review

One of the things that seems to be fairly common with series of this nature is that they won’t focus exclusively on one particular set of characters for the whole run. With the first four episodes, we got a fun, engaging and interesting storyline between Ritsu and Takano as everything was revealed and Ritsu found himself in an awkward and difficult place that he had to work through. When it suddenly shifted gears to this storyline involving the shoujo manga Yoshino and the editor that has fallen in love with him named Hatori, it brought in a pairing that I just can’t get behind. While Hatori has similar traits to Takano, there’s a lack of good chemistry between him and Yoshino and that draws out much of the energy in the show. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/05/13/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-06-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #05 Review

With the first four episodes out of the way, the series decides to take a bit of a different track for a bit here as it introduces us to the popular author of girls manga, Chiharu Yoshikawa. Unlike what you’d expect, said author isn’t a young woman but rather a young man named Chiaki who is a rather outgoing and fun guy but definitely not what you’d call manly or independent. He’s pretty much tied to the apron strings of his editor, Hatori, who is also his childhood friend that he knows very well. Shifting the focus to Chiaki isn’t too much of a surprise as it seems to be a rather tried and true piece of the puzzle for properties of this nature, but it is frustrating in a way as I really liked what I got out of the first four episodes and want to see more of that. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/05/06/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-05-review/  

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Episode #04 Review

After the way Takano pushed through in getting together with Ritsu after a very long day, forcing a deep and hungry kiss on Ritsu ended up going the wrong way. While Takano had hoped that it would cause Ritsu to really come around with him, to realize that he does have feelings for him after his weak protestations about having a girlfriend, it instead pushed him further away, for the moment at least, as Ritsu does everything he can to get out from under his grasp. It’s a rough moment to watch because Takano’s forcefulness isn’t exactly a surprise after all that has gone on, and he hopes that by doing this he’ll get Ritsu to admit what his real feelings are, but it ends up backfiring on him for the short term at least. Having Yokozawa show up in the middle of all this just makes it all the more embarrassing on a few levels, though at least it makes his escape more manageable. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2011/05/01/sekai-ichi-hatsukoi-episode-04-review/