Man, I was supposed to have this posted yesterday, but I’ve been fangirling with members over at sekai_hatsukoi until now that I didn’t have the time to do so.
All right, if you’re a follower of my blog, you know that I’m a crazy avid fan of Nakamura Shungiku’s Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi. And as a fan, it seems like a criteria for me to write my own review of episode one and heck, I should just do it since this deserves the attention.
And you know that I’m so picky with the anime I watch that I’m freaking anal about animation quality and what not. I can’t stand watching badly done anime, like most BL anime are. Yes, I’m staring at you Koisuru Boukun.
This is just my personal opinion of this anime as someone who has read the manga from cover to cover. I’m pretty biased since I’m a big fan of this anime, so please take this into consideration and don’t bash the anime or characters in the comment section if you find it not up to your expectation for I’ll bite you and curse you to hell. Constructive, well thought out and intelligent comments are highly welcomed though.
Opening and Ending
What can I say, I love Kita Shuuhei’s voice . It’s awesome that they made the opening all happy and hyper but for the ending song, which is by THE music unit – WAKABA, it’s a little sad and melancholic.
And these pretty much summarise the feeling you’re going to get when you read the manga or watch the anime. There are times where it’s so hilarious that you’d be falling off your chair, but there will always be bittersweet moments. Or even times you feel like bashing a character…
You know what, I prefer the voice over for this anime way more than Junjou Romantica. Konishi Katsuyuki makes an ideal Takano-san for me. Doesn’t his “Che” even in zombie mode sound sexy? Ritsu’s pretty much in character as well.
The seiyuu I’m most impressed with is Kisa’s seiyuu, Okamoto Nobuhiko. He just made me fall for Kisa’s character even though I didn’t really like him at first. His Kisa’s just so freaking cute! No wonder all those horny old men believe him when he lied about being 18. Yukina, you better watch out!
The awesome thing about this episode is that even the side characters which only appeared once are voiced over so nicely. I love listening to their reactions to the main characters or when they have to explain certain things to Ritsu.
Animation and Production Quality
Hey, animation and quality of animation is what I’m usually so fucking anal about that I drop the series or OVA after episode 1. So you can pretty much guess that I’m pretty anal when it comes to this part of the review, ne?
What can I say? Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi’s animation quality surely beats all other BL anime, even Junjou Romantica, that’s out there right now. Well, except for AIC’s Ai no Kusabi remake, now that’s one hell of a sexy anime that needs more financial backing so they’ll continue producing it again.
Sadly, there are some parts of the animation that looked kinda awkward or they’re just still images that the animator just translated to the left, right, up or down.
The finishing for episode one’s pretty good as well. I hope they keep up this quality of work for the next 11 episodes. Background painting wise, obviously you can’t compare this to the likes of Makoto Shinkai (the man behind Byousoku 5cm, Hoshi no Koe, Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho and etc) or Ghost in the Shell, they actually put some effort to draw the background decently. At least we’re not getting more than 50% of one-colour fill at the back, right?
The art style for the anime is a little too soft for me though, there are so many unnecessary glows or light pools throughout the anime and I wasn’t really expecting to see the anime being so soft looking like that. That’s one of the qualms I have with the anime.
Since this is just first episode, I won’t talk about character development ‘cause seriously, I’d be shoving what I know from the manga. Thus, judging from this episode alone, we can conclude that Takano-san’s too sexy for his own good. One problem I have with Takano-san though, is his eye colour. Why is it gold? Is this a tribute to his cat Sorata?
Character design pretty much follows Nakamura Shungiku’s drawing style, even their chibi forms. So it’s such a treat to see sensei’s works being animated like that. In full colour too!
Kisa left me with the deepest impression in this episode though. Although it’s funny to see Ritsu’s reaction towards being in a shoujo editorial department or meeting his ass of a boss *cough Takano-san*, nothing beats Kisa-san’s dramatic drop to the floor as if his soul has left his body.
Furthermore, his voice actor’s doing such a fine job with Kisa’s voice, there are a wide range of emotions in there. One word to describe Kisa? CUTE! ARGH!!! *squeezes that old man*
I am so glad they’ve decided to turn this awesome manga into an anime. I usually avoid manganime ‘cause seriously, they sucked ass most of the time. But it seems like Studio DEEN pulled everything out of their sleeves and went the extra mile to produce a BL anime that’s reasonably decent.
Pacing wise, I thought it’s just right, not too slow or fast. I heard some fans complaining it’s too slow, but man, you want the seiyuus to speed their talking up just to push the story faster? And it’s given that you have to end a running series with a cliffhanger, no matter how much we hate that word. It’s not like everybody who watches this anime read the manga, right?
Personally, to be able to watch one of my favourite series come to life and enjoying every moment of it is pretty rare itself. Kudos to all the people who are involved in this anime production for a job well done! And all the peeps who was suffering through mindless-zombie-fangirl syndrome, don’t worry, you’re not alone!
First GYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH moment, and this is just the opening of the damn series. Ritsu, you’re so bloody cute 10 years ago.
This scene doesn’t look as impressive as the manga though, there’s not enough gloom and the colour’s a little too saturated… and happy.
And the moment everybody’s been waiting for, the most lasting and sudden scene so far in the manga, the kiss right in front of the mangaka. :D!
And yes, the answer to the pic on the left is Usami-san! JR character cameo to rake in JR fans I bet. :D
And lastly, since I got too lazy posting image one by one, montage of a very cute scene. Highlight’s supposed to be on the shot where Takano-san finally realises who Ritsu is but I guess the ruler throwing shot’s just too hilarious! I tried really hard to get the expression of Ritsu’s face when it got it, but man, so hard to do a simple screenshot in VLC ’cause I can’t set shortcuts!!
All right. This is the last review you’d see me spamming so much screenshots with. If I were to write one next week for episode two, it’ll be shorter and filled with more “GYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”! Look forward to that mindless rant!