Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi 04: Masamune’s Marshmallowy Interior
I didn’t think Masamune would have been so emotionally affected by Ritsu ignoring his calls.
But that just makes me love him all the more.
This scene led me to a realization on where Masamune’s characterization is heading towards. More on this later.
But Masamune, really. If rape was the way to a girl’s/guy’s heart… I don’t want to finish that thought.
Not because it’s morally reprehensible (it is, really, honest) but because I’m already getting a headache at the idea of contemplating how different human society would have turned out today.
Except that I’m obviously not as hot or manly with/without enormous bags under my eyes. I really should have thought twice about deciding to write a Moshidora post every day. (I’m procrastinating terribly as it is.)
I’m starting to enjoy these scenes of overwork and pain, in a really twisted fashion. It’s like losing ten bucks and then feeling better once you hear about someone who lost their whole wallet. Don’t lie to yourself, everyone’s done this at some point of their lives.
The good thing about Sekai-Ichi, or any trainwreck anime in general, is that no real people were hurt in the process of me getting my Schadenfreude fix. I’m thoughtful and considerate that way.
General incompetence in the English language notwithstanding, I’d have thought that the Japanese would have at least learned to run all their text through a spellchecker by now.
Publishing crisis of the week: some mangaka in Hokkaido had her whole team come down with the influenza, and will probably miss the deadline. Ritsu cheerfully tells the mangaka to fly in and he’ll meet her at the airport, edit it on the spot, and bring it in for printing. Hence the 3 second clip of a plane taking off.
Masamune actually decided to drop the story at first. And was going to stop Ritsu from rushing off to meet the mangaka.
Just a little note: Ritsu took a cab to the airport. Now I’m not too sure how far the airports are from the cities (or at least the urbanized areas where Marukawa is likely to be based), but I’ve heard that it can cost up to US$250 for a one-way trip. Ritsu probably took a second cab back to meet the deadline.
I’m hoping Masamune refuses to let Ritsu expense his transportation fees. That’ll teach him.
After delivering the manuscript, Yokozawa confronts Ritsu in the restroom. He offers up a very interesting statement.
“Did you know it’s your fault Masamune’s all screwed up now?”
The more I think about it, the more sense it makes. Masamune is rather screwed up now. He’s no longer as domineering or trollish as he was in the previous episodes. We actually see him exhibit signs of being hurt in this episode. He even goes against his usual rational side and trusts in Ritsu to pull off the impossible with the manuscript deadline.
Which, of course, makes Masamune heaps lot more squeeworthy. He’s progressed/regressed from troll to kuudere.
On the other hand, Yokozawa is starting to display some yandere tendencies. I could compare Sekai-Ichi and OreImo and the parallels would be quite shocking. Maybe it’s time I replaced my Ayase-tan gravatar with Yokozawa?
He’s not putting an arm around Ritsu, he’s not waking him up with a kiss. He’s simply letting Ritsu sleep on his shoulder and carrying on with his proofreading.
Sure, Ritsu was asleep, so Masamune had to carry him home. And yes, they probably had to share the bed because Masamune isn’t going to drop Ritsu on the floor, and he’s not so restrained to resist the opportunity to sleep with him.
But there was no logical reason to strip off his clothes, much less remove Ritsu’s as well. So why’d he do it?
Because he’s the Masamune we all know and love.
Oh God Masamune is unreasonably cute when he’s asleep. And unreasonably sexy sitting up shirtless.
I am so happy that we’re delving into Masamune’s character. Much as I would have enjoyed watching him kick ass at work, save a few kittens from a burning orphanage and then retire to his apartment where he has steamy not-quite-consensual sex with Ritsu every episode, I’d enjoy unraveling Masamune’s complex character more.
Maybe Masamune turns Uke by season’s end?
That wouldn’t work, would it Masamune – badass by day; Ritsu’s broken sex slave by night? OH HELLS YES.
So as it turns out there’s actually another couple in Sekai-Ichi – Hatori Yoshiyuki and Chiaki Yoshino, an editor-mangaka pairing. I originally mistook the Raito/L scene in the OP to be that of Masamune/Ritsu cosplaying. Whoops.
I’m looking forward to it, not because I don’t like Masamune/Ritsu anymore, but because the editor-mangaka roles allow for otherwise overly-improbable situations. And besides, more Yaoi scenes is always a plus.