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Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi 03: There’s No Way The Third Party Can Be This Awesome

Cool guys don't look at stuffed bears.

A second foul-mouthed, hard-assed male character?

It’s as if AIC is forcing me to confront my desperately repressed homosexual inclinations.

He even art-shift-insults Ritsu the same way Masamune does.

His name is Yokozawa Takafumi, and he is to business-suited men what Masamune is to eccentric editors.

That is to say, he is just as arrogant and assertive and awesome as Masamune is. And apparently, just as much of a troll, too.

-insert humorous Japanese vulgarities here-

Oh God I was watching this with the dumbest grin on my face.

I may have been squeeing. I don’t know for sure.

Their choice of conversational topics was truly unexpected.

They were talking about kittens.

That’s right. Takafumi is just as manly yet just as emotionally-sensitive (in his own business-suited way) as Masamune.

Not that I’m saying anything, but if I was caught between those two and was propositioned for a homosexual threesome, I don’t think I’d be able to resist. Not for long, anyway.

But there is still one aspect of their characters in which Masamune is decidedly superior…

"Can't be assed to talk to him."

Art-shifted Masamune is stupidly cute.

He is the possibly the cutest foul-mouthed anime character I’ve ever encountered.

Well, until AIC decides to make Hoshikuzu Uicchi Meruru with omake behind-the-scenes footage of Kanako swearing at her handlers, that is.

Inappropriate elevator music would have totally made this scene.

Ritsu, on his part, is very much playing the jilted estranged spouse.

The irrational type who wouldn’t get into the same elevator as their ex-lover.

I didn't actually think they still made fax machines.

The overreacting type who insists on faxing documents to his ex-lover who lives next door.


The impractical type who would rather jam a massive stack of said documents through the puny mail slot than knock, wait for the door to open, then hurl the stack into his ex-lover’s face before comically running back into his apartment.

It's not long before Masamune decides to show us how it's done.

These episodic kissing scenes are going more and more overboard.


At the rate we’re going, I’m expecting a threesome mid-series and a full blown sex party involving ostriches, lace stockings and comically oversized candles by the final episode.

Takafumi has joined the party!

Looks like that threesome’s going to happen sooner than expected.

You're in for one rough night, my dear Ritsu.

It’s episode 3 and Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi is going strong. The introduction of Takafumi was a surprise, but a pleasant one.

It certainly brings up many intriguing questions, such as: “How will Masamune attempt to explain his prior relationship to Ritsu?” and “How will Masamune explain his prior relationship toTakafumi?”

Of course, the most important question, as the denizens of various anime forums agree, is:

“When Takafumi and Masamune have sex, who is the Seme?”

A most profound query, to be sure. The road to the answer will most likely be a twisted, disheartening one, and the journey’s end will no doubt be cause for some measure of weeping and gnashing of teeth…

Unless of course Masamune and Takafumi swap roles each time. -shudders with off-putting ill-constrained emotion-

Next Episode:

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that hints of sweaty three men action in the teasers.

Facemask-girl (who is probably a mangaka) doesn’t look promising, but Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi hasn’t let me down yet.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes~

Omake: (Since I took the screenshot and have no idea where to put it)


  1. enixfire
    April 24, 2011 at 6:41 am

    ( O-O;) Oh my, your fangirliness towards Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi is getting frightening. I’d think from your previous statements of “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” I’d think you’d have more of a heterosexual response to that scene, but apparently not. I’m beginning to worry as to whether you’ll be off the straight and narrow by the end of the series cause from this scene in this episode it’ll only get more and more homo lovin’. None the less I enjoy a good fangirling boy who’s not flamboyant ( ´〃∇〃 `). Good luck keeping up what’s left of your manly deposition which is now not but a broken, shivered, slowly dying manly.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Fangirling is… oddly therapeutic.

      It’s a form of emotional release, possibly – the more stressed I get with my job the more I fantasize of strong assertive characters who could take control of my life for me.

      I don’t think I’m homosexual (and won’t ever be, not unless some life-changing event occurs) – it’s just that I want such characters in my life, and Masamune and Takafumi happen to fit the niche, however superficially.

      As for the manly demeanor thing, I realize I shouldn’t actually have tried to adhere to it. Anime is a form of relaxation after all – I should just cut loose and enjoy it without constraining myself.

      …I need to find a guy friend whom I can discuss kittens with.

      • enixfire
        April 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

        I believe that the more you talk the more I become your fangirl ∠(〃´∇`〃;)(GOD DAMN YOU’RE ADORABLE!!!). Also fangirling, therapeutic? Huh, never thought of that, but now that I look back on it I’ve always had just the greatest feeling ever about the world when ever I finish a amazing story, manga, anime, etc. (why didn’t I notice it was therapeutic before (o_o; ) ).

        And you like assertive people? Oh Americans are some of the most assertive people I’ve seen (__ __|||) I have a few “friends” that are attempting to force they’re opinions on me. I guess it’s in a way my fault cause as I am I’m sort of ostracized, but they aimed at making me more popular through use of tighter fitting clothes and making me “flirt” with guys (good lord I cried just so I could get out of that situation). I don’t mind assertive people (I in fact like them too), but the only assertive people I’ve met are females. And for some odd reason unbeknownst to me it’s apparently the norm for girls to ask guys out (I’ve always had it in my mind it was the other way around). I think the world in general needs more people like Masamune and Takafumi.

      • JohnnyYandere
        April 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

        I especially hate that girls have to look good (i.e. like a slut in some cases) just to gain some measure of social acceptance. The worst part is that I’m aware of this, but occasionally when I’m interacting with a girl, I still find myself devoting more or less attention based on her looks.

        Your friends are less assertive than they are manipulative… Thank goodness you managed to get out of that one situation by crying, but now I’m genuinely worried that they’ll force you to a ‘party’ and do God knows what to you. Okay, so maybe all I know of America is based on the movies and select internet imageboards, but it seems like a disturbingly high number of girls end up getting dateraped or something.

        I suppose I haven’t actually met someone like Masamune in real life: someone who’s assertive but not arrogant, convincing but not pushy. Maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to him – he’s a fictional character and as such can be the idealization of such traits.

        It’s flattering, but I’m rather uncomfortable with the idea of you as my fangirl. I know we’d probably never meet in person, much less discuss anime over ice cream (not that I actually like ice cream, mind) – but how about being friends?

  2. musicalcroc
    April 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

    *cough* Guess we know what is your type then. Anyway, nice that you catch the conversation between Yokozawa and Takano. It’s… cute when they talk about kittens, I think.

    I think Marukawa employees have a penchant for trolling (sans our dear naive Ritsu of course). The part when the “Maiden department” cheer Ritsu up only to shoot him down tell me so.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      It’s possible the trolling came about from being in such close proximity to Masamune. He did start off by ordering the department to be clad in pink, fluff and sparkles, after all.

      But woah those two guys. I actually liked the last bit of their conversation most, when Masamune’s leaving and Takafumi keeps insisting on going over to his place.

      “I’m really going over!”
      “I said don’t!”

      Somehow, the effect of two Semes arguing is more enthralling than say, two Tsunderes.

      • musicalcroc
        April 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

        Ah, Masamune started off with the pink decor and his subordinates continued by creating some “legends”. So trolling is infectious or something learnable. It would actually be kind of fun to see how long it takes for naive Ritsu to be assimilated to that environment a.k.a. become a troll.

        To me, Masamune and Takamune are cool because they can insult each other like no tomorrow about a mistake in the morning and talk about kittens after work. It’s not easy to find such a friend.
        And yes, that last bit. I can see the attraction of assertive good-looking men arguing about what they want and actually do what they say. Takafumi did go to Masamune that day after all.

      • JohnnyYandere
        April 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

        Well, I wouldn’t say that trolling is infectious – but it would eventually cause the victim to troll back. Either that or cultivate the patience of a monk.

        I’m actually starting to think that Masamune and Takafumi argue in such an exaggerated fashion to troll their colleagues. They’re not just good friends – they’re co-conspirators o:

  3. enixfire
    April 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Okay, I concur, every word that comes out of your mouth comes with a generous coating of absolutly wonderful.

    Thanks for caring about my situation, you are correct about the date rape thing and manipulative statement (I believe we have at least 3 or 4 pregnant girls here, there were rapes stories before too, plus as of late we’ve got some unknown person spreading water bottles filled with I think drainage cleaner and some other chemical that when shaken explodes throughout the community). I also see the logic behind your thoughts about a girl not having to wear making in order to be pretty, in fact I rather think the same, but the truth stands that my presence in any location is equivalent to that of tapestry. Perhaps it’s my personality that gets ignored (lots of people here have the attention spans of goldfish and don’t even want to listen to someone speak if it’s too long), or it could be the fact that I’m more of a spaz irl who speaks before thinking and come off as rude or crude. Regardless being alone is absolutely horrid (and funfact was in some cases a long time ago used in prisons and drove the inmates mad) so I rather have some people at all to talk to than none at all.

    • JohnnyYandere
      April 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      … I’m not actually this eloquent in real life. More snarky and less coherent. Lay off the compliments girl! You make me blush every time I read your comments.

      But yes, being alone is horrid. Obviously, there will be times when you’d rather be left alone, but to go through life in isolation is a fast track to insanity. I hope you find some genuine friends soon. although I suppose you’ve already tried almost every avenue, huh :/

    • enixfire
      April 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      As if anyone is as eloquent as they are on the internet (with my experience with internet stalkers I know that relying purely on conversational skills will lead to finding some chubby fat guy with a foot fetish). Also as per the compliments, I’m only speaking the truth (that and everytime I read one of your comments I just have the biggest (´〃∇〃`) face ever, similar to the who wakes up in the opening, so you’re equally at fault at that) and thus, I will continue speaking the truth!

      Besides that I do have a few really good friends whom I’ve known for years on the internet (to my amazing Kit-sama I offered to roomate together with once we finish with school and as a bonus I’ve also decided on being her maid (she pretty much the reason I maintained my sanity while being ostracized in middle school so I own her that much)) so at the least I better off than a lot of people, I think.

      • JohnnyYandere
        April 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        Internet stalkers. I certainly hope you’ve managed to troll some in your time. The worst internet denizens I’ve encountered are limited to youtube comment threads, (un)fortunately. And well. I just hope I manage to live up to your compliments. But I suppose there are worse things than making a girl smile every time I write something.

        And omg, roommates? Wait. You’re blonde. And Russian. And you’re going to be a maid. In effect, you will be a blonde Russian meido O: It is impossible to express the awesomeness of such a concept with mere words!

      • May 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

        Hello there enix~ And hello everyone. I’m flattered that you would actually post about being my maid and all. And I’m glad I could help you out in middle school. And I’d just like to say that its this blog that got me into Sekai-Ichi. ❤

      • JohnnyYandere
        May 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        Kitsune-ojousama, enixfire does speak highly of you, and I do believe that you are indeed deserving of such flattery.

        Well. Praise might be a better word. Or perhaps devotion. But definitely friendship.

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