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Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi 02: Discovering My Inner Uke

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TL Note: ‘Uke’ is the term used to refer to the submissive or less aggressive participant in Yaoi relationships.

It does NOT have any connection with the Ukelele.

And yes, I did a facepalm when I realized that watching Sekai-Ichi was awakening my latent homosexual tendencies.

Doyo~n.

Why, the air DOES smell like smoked cheese!

It’s Hell Week – the final week before the publishing deadline. Our brave editors struggle to meet the deadline as they work with what little storyboards have been completed even as they harass the mangaka to hurry the hell up.

Having recently started a job at a call centre, I can empathize all too well with these courageous souls. Except that their Hell Week is my Hell Hour – the last hour before the phonelines cut off. But you didn’t come here to read my job-related angst.

"What the shit? Do you know how much crap we went through to get an extension with the printer?"

I don’t know who Masamune’s seiyuu is, and I’m afraid of where it would lead if I try to find out, but damn if my knees go weak at his vocal tirade.

If I had a male teacher like that in middle school, my porn entertainment folders would be filled with very different material today.

"Come on Onodera, we're gonna pay this writer-clown a visit."

Even if my Japanese advances to the level where I can watch anime  unaided, I’ll still keep the subtitles, because some translator groups really write the darndest things.

Masamune is the kind of man every male wants to be. Assertive and on-the-go. It’s pretty obvious why girls (and some guys) love the dude.

"T-Takano..."

I hope she really wasn’t expecting any sympathy from him.

“If you feel guilty enough to cry, get it done on time!”
“I can’t do it and that’s that!”
“How dare you talk back to me?! I WILL STRIKE YOU WHERE YOU STAND.”

I really need to ask the other writers how they caption thumbnails.

That last line is really quite epic. I think only the most manly of men could say a thing like that in real life and not look like a complete douchebag.

"Why the hell are you drawing the Nikkou Toushou-guu on the first page when you're so far behind?"

Okay so this is first time in the anime where I felt some dislike for Masamune.

"It's better than the Sanjuusangen-dou!"

It’s not so much scolding Mangaka-sensei over her art decisions.

Although I have to agree with her that one large ornate shrine is more interesting to look at than a thousand identical life-size statues. Seen one, you’ve seen them all, right?

SHUT UP AND GET BACK TO WORK

Neither is it the ganging up by her staff on her that he sort of initiates.

I mean, she doesn’t need it right now, but she does need a reminder that she is the only one holding up the entire production process.

Oh God I'd give her a hug.

Rather, it’s when she voices doubt about her own work, about whether it’s actually crap and it’s too late to fix it, and Masamune bluntly says “Of course it’s too late, can it and get back to work.”

As someone who used to have artistic aspirations, I can say that when you’re in a funk over the quality of your work, the absolute worst thing someone can say to you is that it doesn’t matter, just rush something out.

So as you can imagine I didn’t exactly feel very charitable towards Masamune after that. Especially after he cuts her off twice.

Naive soul that he is, Ritsu sets himself up for yet another trolling.

Ritsu tells Mangaka-sensei that he liked her work and bought the latest volume to support her, which leads to Masamune responding with

“Because giving money back to Marukawa (their publishing company) after Marukawa paid you makes a lot of sense.”

"Just so you know, things like these lower your reputation."

As it turns out, Masamune had known that there was no way she could finish in time for the current deadline and had asked the printers for an extension.

Yeah so at this moment I was swooning too. There’s probably a more manly word for it, but my dislike was immediately replaced with admiration? Affection?

Like, he may be a hardass, but that’s only because he wants you to finish your work, and he knows your limits too and asked for more time for you. Holy shit right? He’s assertive yet compassionate.

I would insert a customary insult for Doodler here, but he's actively blogging at the moment, so I'll save it for next time.

So they pull an all-nighter and manage to finish it by morning.

Look at that smile. Is it any wonder why Mangaka-sensei’s looking at him with such adoration?

I’m not going to write down what I feel for Masamune (yet), but suffice to say I’m shocked that I haven’t been reduced to emoticons.

DAT FACE.

So back at the office, Ritsu and Masamune are chilling after submitting the last of the storyboards.

Ritsu thinks some really cute thoughts. “I guess even he smiles once in a while – well yeah of course he does.” I don’t think I could ever find a girl whom I could think that sentence about. Real girls, unlike their 2D counterparts, smile too easily.

Masamune once again asks Ritsu if he remembers him, which leads to…

"Maybe now you'll remember."

It’s confirmed – we’re definitely going to see one passionate kissing scene per episode.

Ritsu only remembers him when Masamune tells him his original surname. Seriously Ritsu. How dense can you get? But then again I suppose you never thought you’d see your high school lover again.

Aftersex baby.

This is pretty much the only thing that tells me that I’m not quite homosexual yet – I still can’t stand the sight of two guys together, their clothes in disarray, shyly looking away from each other. Was that too descriptive?

Anyhow, this is the best part – we finally get to find out why Ritsu and Masamune broke up in the first place.

Masamune snickered.

Okay, that’s too strong a word. But then again, all the synonyms – chuckled, chortled, giggled – don’t fit either. Damned English and its limited vocabulary.

So what happened was that at that moment, Ritsu confessed his love and Masamune made some noise of amusement.

And Ritsu interprets this to mean that Masamune only wanted him for his body.

Holy shit man, that’s an overreaction if I see one. I understand that you were wimpy and delicate-like once, but you could have just ASKED again. But hey this sets up the fun story, so I suppose I should be thankful for limited willpower.

"You're an idiot."

Masamune, on his part, was hurt because Ritsu just up and vanished shortly after that.

Can’t say I disagree with him though. After all, if it weren’t for overreaction, they could’ve been engaging in wild homosexual relations for the past 10 years. Not that I really want to think about that.

"You know, no matter who I was with, I could never forget you. I'm going to make you say 'I love you' again. Just you wait."

This is something that can only work in anime and perhaps under some very specific controlled conditions.

If I ever tried it on any girl who’d once rejected me, they’d probably never talk to me again. But not before outright laughing in my face.

That is one large apartment.

Ritsu obstinately decides to ignore Masamune’s affections and focuses on moving into his new place.

He’s done pretty well for himself considering he’s only 25 and being able to afford renting an apartment all to himself. I’m rather jealous.

As it turns out…

...Masamune just happens to live in the next apartment.

“Oh so you’re my new neighbour? I get it… you came to confess your love for me. You sure changed your mind quick.”

This is perhaps the second anime I’ve watched in which I’m happily letting so many probability-defying occurrences slide (the first being Saki) – because it really is darkly amusing to watch Masamune troll Ritsu at any possible moment. I’d accept Ritsu turning into a Mahou Shoujo just to hear Masamune troll him about the frilly dress.

"Why does he have to live next to me?!"

Because watching you squirm is so delightful, my dear Ritsu.

Next Episode:

The best part about this anime is that I have no desire to speculate about the next episode. I’m really quite content to sit back and be entertained by what Masamune’s going to do to troll Ritsu next.

Although being in the next apartment over allows for some very intriguing possibilities. Though I’m certainly not going to reveal the extent of my depravity by writing down my thoughts here.

Oh Sekai-Ichi, you're making a romantic out of me.

  1. Blackholeheart
    April 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    It is perfectly fine to be gay for Masamune, he is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi who portrayed Kamina in Gurren Lagann.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I’m afraid it goes beyond the voice – though it certainly is a factor – its his entire character.

      Although for now I shall delude myself and say that I love Masamune in the same way I love every character voiced by Wakamoto Norio.

  2. Musicalcroc
    April 17, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Totally agree with you that Masamune is awesome. I felt all fluffy inside when he revealed that he already negotiated a deadline extension for the mangaka. He is the type I find most difficult to deal with in real life, those who have know-it-all attitude and are almost always right (I like to be know-it-all but unfortunately I have been proved wrong so many times), but he is so fun to watch. So yeah.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

      I was going to say that it wouldn’t be difficult to deal with in real life if such a person was hellbent on making you his lover…

      Then I remembered being once pursued by a gay during high school :3

      • musicalcroc
        April 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

        It must have been awkward for you. Being pursued is awkward. Either for romantic reason or simply because the other wants something from you (but I am not that generous a person so I do not comply with others easily).

        I also laughed a bit at your comment about the brave editors in their Hell Week and your own experience. My own Hell Week always involves exam. When I was still a student, it’s the studying. Now I have moved up the food chain, it’s the grading. At least, I am luckier than Takano in that if those suckers do not hand in their assignments or go to exams, I don’t have to chase after them.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      It wasn’t awkward. At least, not before I realized he was gay and coming on to me. Then it was hell until he got transferred out.

      A teacher, huh. I was thinking of going there – but for two reasons: the pay isn’t exactly great; and the fact that I’m pretty sure I’d be ruining my students’ perception of the world.

      Kids really ought to get the chance to enjoy life before getting bitten by cynicism, I reckon.

      • musicalcroc
        April 18, 2011 at 1:58 am

        Oh, I do not work with kids but university students. I am doing my PhD. I’m not very sure about other countries but here in the Netherlands, a PhD position involves duties like teaching or working in labs in exchange for stipend.

        It seems that working as teacher does not pay well anywhere.

        I do think if I ever teach kids I will ruin their lives too. I lost my temper too easily. Another reason why I agree Takano is awesome is that he seems to know what he can accomplish with his trash-talking and he can control how harsh he is. I tend to run from one extreme to another. Either too soft or genuinely vicious and ruin my purpose of getting my students to do their work.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 18, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Oh dear oh dear, that’s right. Masamune is like the Great Teacher Onizuka of the publishing industry. Well, maybe it’s too early to draw comparisons, but he’s certainly as awesome to me.

      It’s a pity that you can only pull off such things in anime, yes? Life would be much more interesting with such characters around. And possibly more difficult too, as you pointed out. But still, more interesting.

  3. enixfire
    April 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Oh god finally I get to post a comment ( I’m grounded! Without internet to boot (snuck my phone outta the living room)), boy didn’t think that Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi had the power to make a person go off the straight and narrow. Then again Masamune is petty much what all of us want either as a partner or to be. Another awesome review, good job (≧∇≦)b .

    The more I hear about your experience with girls the more weird I believe I am ( o_o); . It’s not that I don’t smile it just many a time guys put me in a worse mood then before (is it normal for guys to spout really horrible pickup lines for fun?). Plus maybe it’s just me again, but guys seem to give up really easy nowadays or are more interested in fooling around then getting into a serious relationship. Maybe I too old fashioned, but ya don’t see chivalrous, hardworking, motivated, sarcastic or assertive people anymore. God, at the rate I’m going my high standards will leave be being a 30 year old single virgin and that’s just plain sad for me (I’m quite the looker:blonde, green-eyed, 4″11′, russian…. And yet no decent guy has even so much as actually attempted to have a respectable conversation with me) lllorz …. Reading back this post, I’m wondering what made me write my life story to you.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

      I’d be very sad if you got caught and had your grounding extended. Then you’d be commenting less often.

      But really, thanks for supporting my posts (:

      Well… I have to agree that you’re weird, but you’re not as weird as you think. Yes, guys like spouting weird pickup lines for fun. And yes, I would have to agree that alot of guys aren’t serious about relationships. I see plenty of hardworking and motivated guys around, actually. They’re just not me, heh. I know this is probably little comfort to you, but the girl I’m currently pursuing is weird too.

      I’ve resigned myself to being a single virgin for the rest of my life, actually. And yes, I understand your reservations – this IS a public site and I am technically still a stranger. However, selfish guy that I am, I wouldn’t advise you to keep your personal information to yourself… because then I’d have less to talk to you about.

  4. enixfire
    April 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Aww~ You just flushed your manly deposition down the toilet with that statement, that couldn’t get more heartwrenchingly sappy if you sugar-coated it (〃>ω<〃) (don't take this offensively, but that comment made roll around in bed repeating the words, "YOU'RE SO FREAKING ADORABLE!" For a good 10 minutes).

    I'm glad you don't see my long life posts as a bother. I live around some of the least motivated, and stereotypical people I've ever seen and I think it's depressing me (that or I'm working myself ragged thinking it's normal..yea that's probably more likely of the two).

    Also, you are a hardworker! These reviews take time and effort both of which I can tell you put into them! You actually have a good shot at doing this stuff as a career, like for magazines or something. Sure I don't know what else you do outside of these reviews, but from what I can see is that your vocabulary is rich, your descriptive, your funny and have a good sense of humor. Your the type of guy that once you have your mind set on something you'll not only get it done, you'll make it done well. I'm not exaggerating either, one of my biggest problems in life is that I don't give myself enough credit (actually to be more precise I think I'm a lazy piece of shit, but I don't that's too accurate in reality, curse my self-hatred). If you don't keep in mind of all the good you're able to do you'll be undermining yourself.

    Good luck with your girl too ( `∀´)b . Unless you're face or body are repulsive you've got an awesome chance! I'll give ya some advice if this is at all reserved (I'm making assumptions since ya said she was weird) don't be afraid of using masamune's "I'm going to make you say 'I love you' just you wait" Method. I dunno about how people socialize nowadays (although I should at my age) much, but it's best to be sincere and put yourself out there. If she's unsure about the whole thing let her get to know ya. If she thinks things are going to fast restrain yourself to her pace or tell her not to be nervous. Ya know all that romantic jazz, girls are super in tune with feelings and emotions and passion (least I am and I hope other girls still are in this day and age). If she starts freaking out she's probably infatuated in ya, she'll panic so be ready for anything. Also giving her your things could be nice. Out of the few friends I have that have boyfriends, they REALLY enjoy sniffing their boyfriend's coat. Also if this girl be shy, tough it out. One of my friends told me that as her boyfriend was trying to kiss her for the first time, she turned her face away and didn't talk to him the rest of the night (needless to say I teased her for being shy and then like hell as to avoid an ass-kicking by a blackbelt, I'M SMART!). Really good luck man! Dunno if any of this'll help (being most of the reactions stated were my own when put in those situations, by internet stalkers…once again I'M SMART!), but hopefully it does.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      I certainly wouldn’t be rolling in bed, but the thought of you doing that for a good 10 minutes is pretty freaking adorable too.

      I’m assuming you’re American? And are in high school? That would somewhat fit with my mental image of how most American students are in high school – unmotivated and irresponsible. Either way, the thought that a blonde, 4″11 russian girl with green eyes who draws yaoi actually exists fills my heart with a strange joy.

      Slight culture clash – pretty much everyone in Singapore is motivated and hardworking – with the exception of me, which is why I’m having such difficulty getting into a university. It’s nice that you think I’m hardworking and all, but I’m only hardworking when it comes to stuff like this – I wouldn’t be resignedly waiting for the university rejection letters otherwise. But hey, maybe I’ll a break someday, right?

      Actually, with regards to the girl, I’ve already told her I liked her once before. (That was 2 years ago) She rejected me then, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she rejected me now. We’re talking, and we’re friends, but I doubt I’d ever get from there to relationship. And much as I’d like to give her my stuff, she’d never accept them. The only thing she’d accept from me is a letter at most – which is why I wait for one day every year to send her a letter on her birthday. It’s quite pathetic, honestly \(‘~’)/

      Damn if you’re better than me at these emoticons. For all my loquacity, I can never get the hang of internet speak.

      • April 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        I approve of how what you guys are talking about has nothing to do with the contents of the post.

        (Y)

  5. enixfire
    April 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Hey nice job there Sherlock right on the money! I am a american highschool student (though people tell me I work as hard as a college student (aiming for medical school baby! (`ω´)9 )). The thing I can say the least is that things aren’t hopeless. My dad got a job when we first moved to america as a truck driver with no money or english (he actually said, “no money, no english, help me!” once to a gas station clerk when his truck broke down) and now he’s $60,000 each year from this job. You have better odds than that I’m sure you’ll get through it somehow.

    This girl you’re pursuing, no offence, seems conceited from what I got outta your comment. Really only excepting letters from you once a year, she’s not taking you seriously at all (I wouldn’t be surprised if she just threw those letters away as soon as or before reading them). Well sometimes it just happens that the person you like doesn’t like you back. Man, to be just friends to the person you like, that has to be tough (I wouldn’t be able to do that and my mom when she once got rejected in highschool wanted to commit suicide). I’d say either move on and look at the other girls around you or spill your heart and guts to her again and ask to at least give you a chance (I reject plenty of guys who ask me out just cause I don’t know them at all). The only one holding you back and hurting is yourself (I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true). Ya gotta step up your game! And if she still doesn’t like ya it’ll be her loss.

    You said your looking to get enrolled into a university? How do they decide these things over there? Is it like you have to take a test or is it that they just look at your credentials? Get active, search for what the colleges don’t like about your current application and fix it. And if that’s beyond possible just try and get a job that doesn’t require a university deploma. Plenty of people make it through life with out those. Self-teach yourself or get training. Get involved with things, get to know people, get those people to recommend ya. One of the best business tools to have is a pal you know that could tell their boss is looking for work and that your really worth hiring.

    Holy cow! I spent an hour writing this (o_o;) honestly don’t put yourself down. If you honestly want to get a better life you’ll need to put in the same amount of effort as quiting to smoke or becoming vegan(okay weird analogy, but still ya get what I mean, make some sacrifice to get a better life). It’s alway hard at first, but what separates kids from adults (which I think you are if you’re looking to get into a university) is they’re able to give up their time and get what needs to be done, done. I honestly think you can, so keep trying! … I sound like some god damn motivational speaker or something (-_-;).

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Oh? I actually think people with humbler backgrounds have better odds in a sense: because they’re more motivated to strive. That, and humble backgrounds generally produce humble people. And I really do like humble people.

      As for the girl, no offence taken. She does read my letters, terrible handwriting notwithstanding. She doesn’t accept anything from me because she knows she can’t love me the same way I love her, so she doesn’t want to encourage it – which makes me love her all the more. And yes, I know I really should move on – but ultimately she’s the loveliest, weirdest girl I know and I’m pretty much happy if she’s happy.

      Credentials are pretty much all that matters over here. To fix my terrible grades would probably take 2 years, and I really don’t want to go through those exams again anyway. Ultimately, I’d like to become a writer of some sort. Obviously, getting paid to review anime would be a pretty sweet deal too.

      You know, I find it rather touching that you’re spending so much time on me, but medical school first, ya? I wouldn’t want you to sacrifice studying time or risk more groundings just to comment on my ramblings (:

  6. Zoru
    April 20, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Who is the author of the manga of this anime? Because for some reason the characters and settings look really similar to Junjou Romantica’s author….I was just wondering if they were the same person?

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

      It’s Nakamura Shungiku, and yes, she writes and draws for both.

    • enixfire
      April 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Yup, same person also on an interesting note you can find Akihiko Usami hidden in the background in a few scenes.

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