The one anime that I am ashamed of enjoying the most is The World’s Greatest First Love. I really liked all the characters and the creator did a great job on the romantic comedy. I don’t have anything against yuri or yaoi, but I usually go more for yuri. Although I choose this show because it is a yaoi, I am more ashamed that I enjoyed this show so much. I could hardly wait to watch the new episode as it came out each week. This would be a yaoi that I would suggest for anyone who enjoys this genre or to someone who hasn’t seen a yaoi before.
Anime: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (The World’s Greatest First Love)
Episode Count: 12
Year: April – June 2011
Genre: Yaoi, Romance, Comedy, Shounen-ai
You can watch it at: Crunchyroll
The anime follows many different couples as they fall in love with each other over time. Ritsu Onodere and Masamune Takano are the main two character, and couple, that the anime follows. Ritsu is the son of a rich publisher, so to avoid riding on his father’s tail-feathers, he decides to go into publishing in another company besides his fathers. He ends up editing manga, but he would rather edit literature. He soon realizes that his high school boyfriend, whom he didn’t have a clean break from, is now his boss at his new job. Ritsu, who has abandoned love, must make his way toward the top of the industry while trying to figure out his lingering feelings for Masamune.
I would defiantly recommend this anime to any yaoi or shounen-ai fan. I would also suggest this anime to anyone who is willing to try yaoi or shounen-ai for the first time. This anime is made by the same creator as Junjo Romantica, which is a well known yaoi anime. I like this one more because there is more emotional drama than physical drama. Most of the problems between the characters are ‘who said what’ and ‘they did what’ instead of physical dominance shown between two males. I will admit there is still some of that in this anime, but it didn’t feel as prominent or memorable compared to Junjo Romantica.
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The animation though out the series is very clean and beautifully presented. There are many scenes where the characters switch between being in normal form and chibi form, but both have great care in how they are presented.
All the characters in the show had fun personalities, and it was fun to watch characters in one love story work their way into other love stories in the series.
Ritsu Onodere is the son and heir of a large publishing company. To prove himself as a publisher, he wanted to start as a publisher in other businesses than his father’s. During high school, he fell in love with his sempai, Masamune Takano, and the two had a short relationship, until a misunderstanding happened. After being heartbroken, he swore off falling in love again. Ritsu is a tsundere character. He doesn’t easily admit what he is truly feeling and attempts to reject or hide these feelings.
Masamune Takano is the new head of the manga editorial department. He is known for being capable because he has made the department successful since he became the head. He is a cool and collected person most of the time, but when he enjoys teasing Ritsu when he gets the chance, making him the seme in the relationship. He is pretty open about his feelings, but the high school romance he had still affects him currently.
The romantic plots between each couple were magnificently played out throughout the series. All the emotional tension between each couple kept the viewer on their toes. The reason why I docked a few points in this section is due to the difficulty of keeping each story straight. It isn’t easy to understand what is happening in each relationship or to understand which couple you are following. There are only three different couples in the anime, but it feels a bit jumbled sometimes if you’re not paying attention.
The opening and ending of the anime are not songs that I usually listen to. When I re-listened to the songs, I enjoyed the songs, but they are not songs I would go out of my way to find. I am also a bit biased on the music I listen to. I tend to lean towards female singers than males. This didn’t affect the grade I gave this section, but you might enjoy the opening and ending more if you prefer male Japanese singers.
How well the anime fits the main genre(s) (Yaoi/Romcom): 10/10
I thought this anime was a great mix of yaoi, romance, and comedy. Each couple had its own quirks. The relationships had many comedic moments, but it was clear that each couple was totally devoted and in love with their partner.
Overall Opinion: 47/50
I am a sucker for sloppy romantic drama, so I really liked watching all the couples struggle to get together. There were not dull moments that I can remember, and every episode seem to end just when it was getting somewhere. I really enjoyed this anime, and I would definitely re-watch it if I had time.