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Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi 05: Too Much Information. And not in a -squee- way.

Stories that begin in diners are always interesting.

Like Pulp Fiction. That was interesting. Not that Pulp Fiction had any homosexuality in it, mind.

(Of course, that depends on your personal interpretation of events.)

This is Yoshino Chiaki.

An established and popular Yaoi Mangaka, he never agrees to public signings so as not to let down his fans who all think he’s female.

Naive, easily provoked, prone to angst, but willing to go all out for the things he loves.

This is Hatori Yoshiyuki.

Like Masamune, he’s an employee of Marukawa Publishing, and appears to be both Chiaki’s editor and manager. Which is easier than expected, because they’re osananajimi and Yoshiyuki knows his friend’s moodswings and personality inside and out.

Yoshiyuki cooks, washes the dishes, and does the laundry. This is actually partly because of a promise he made in college to take care of Chiaki, even though Chiaki’s manga earnings could probably afford a butler harem.

And this is Yanase Yuu.

Yuu looks set to be the third party, what with his attention to Chiaki and cold shoulder to Yoshiyuki. Obviously, since he wasn’t shown in the OP (as far as I remember), he’s not going to win.

We need more OPs that grossly misrepresent the plot. OPs on the level of Elfenlied. I mean, wouldn’t it have been awesome if people tuned in to Cardcaptor Sakura expecting action, death and gore but got loli magical girl instead?

And a completely random cameo by Masamune! Although he doesn't seem himself. He's not wearing his glasses, and he's way too nice.

This episode really has only two objectives:

1) To establish the relationship triangle that results over Chiaki.

2) To zoom in on Chiaki’s face whenever he’s angsty or misinterprets something.

Right after witnessing this…

…Chiaki spends much of the next day angsting. His internal monologue is almost 5 minutes long, and it wasn’t as entertaining as I’d expected it to be.

He eventually gives up on working his storyboards and falls asleep.

Only to be woken up by surprise sex.

Seriously Japan, you’re not changing any stereotypes here. Unless Rape really is saying hello over there and they’re deliberately playing it up so as to avoid the rest of the world investigating an undoubtedly much cherished and beloved cultural tradition.

Censorship blurs? Really, Studio DEEN? The rest of the anime industry allows glistening butt cheeks and uncensored nipple action, but you have to censor a guy’s clothed ass?

Not that I actually want to see Yoshiyuki’s ass, that. It’s a matter of principle. Really.

I haven’t actually been paying attention to the episode breaks. That rabbit mascot could have been changing outfits all this while but I just never noticed.

You know, I’m surprised Studio DEEN didn’t get the idea to make chibi!Masamune the mascot and make him cross-dress as he performs the twirling wand waving.

Now, this scene was supposed to emphasize Chiaki’s insecurities – even though he’d just had awesome surprise sex with Yoshiyuki, he remains convinced that Yoshiyuki really loves Yuu and is merely using him to get his rocks off.

But holy crap the only thing I could focus on is that giant bed. That’s five pillows in a row. I’ve seen swimming pools take up less space. I’m still undecided on whether this is simply to show off Chiaki’s wealth, or is an establishing moment for throbbing homosexual group sex later on in the series.

But yes, we are indeed treated to another close-up of Chiaki’s face as he continues to angst.

Screw Peulla Magi (I meant metaphorically – wait, that sounds wrong either way), Kyubey should be running his energy enterprise off Yaoi protagonist Ukes.

Yoshiyuki and Chiaki view fireworks together, and finally manage to confess their love for each other.

Well, sort of. Yoshiyuki was originally convinced that Chiaki could never see him as anything more than a friend, so Chiaki utters the immortal words:

“Why don’t you try kissing me again? Then we’ll see if it works or not.”

Woah. If only girls were this naive understanding. Way to be establishing Japanese stereotypes, Nakamura-sensei.

Well it’s not like we were expecting something else.

Although I must protest at this display of affection. As erotic as clothed sex may be, keeping soaked fabric on your skin for more than an hour practically guarantees heat rash.

Let’s see you try having sex with your skin all bright red with a severe rash.

Back in the diner for another storyboard consultation, Yoshiyuki now has a new method of dealing with Chiaki’s outbursts.

It's not exactly original though. But then again no one could beat Masamune in kissing audacity.

Right. I didn’t actually enjoy this episode of Sekai-Ichi as much as the previous four.

I’m definitely missing Masamune and Ritsu, but it doesn’t help that so far, Yoshiyuki and Chiaki seem to be low quality copies of the main couple.

Yoshiyuki isn’t as assertive or prone to trolling, and his original decision to leave Chiaki irked me (although honestly that’s what I would have done in his place).

While Chiaki is more naive, more angsty, and more unnecessarily overwrought:

Great Scott, you've had wild sex twice and you still blush furiously at a kiss?

The editor-mangaka relationship is a great storytelling device, but ultimately what I was looking for was new personalities. Yoshiyuki and Chiaki don’t bring anything new to the cast.

Perhaps this is merely the result of trying to introduce characters, motivations and relationships all in one episode. Information dumps aren’t exactly great reading material, after all.

Next Episode:

I’m looking forward to the next episode because of the love triangle. We missed a potentially awesome three-way already with Yokozawa, but there may be hope for some interesting developments in this storyline yet.

...it's the "many fish in the sea" analogy... right?

  1. enixfire
    May 8, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Frankly this episode threw me a curve ball. This episode not only not as original as the real pairing is also “FILLER” and completely anime only (this a ploy to win over the manga reader? If it is you failed studio DEEN…). Ah~ I was sooo looking forward to what I thought would be the true second pairing TTwTT . I can only hope that this Yoshino Chiaki gets both guys otherwise it will be the standard childhood friends pairing that I’m sick to my stomach of.

    Oh, and not only that they actually did something as unoriginal as the café scheme that I wanna say was pulled directing from the second true pairing….Studio DEEN the only people you’ll reel in are distasteful yaoi fangirls. I’ve actually noticed that they’ve been concerning a lot with this series, but really this kinda thing with this black fade sorta thing has been showing up lately (I can only think of deadman’s wonderland right now). I hope it just stays confined and doesn’t spread to other series.

    I think the whole blush furiously at a kiss is really dependent of the person. Me for example can’t even handle hugging with anybody, let alone holding hands, or kissing (god, I’ve got the worse case of virgin imaginable).

    • JohnnyYandere
      May 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

      Oh dear. It’s a threesome? I have got to see how they’re going to pull this off. As it is, Hatori and Yuu seem to really hate each other. Or is this just a case of Chiaki getting the best of both worlds?

      I might actually have to read the manga for this one.

      The black thing’s actually in more anime than you’d think, it’s just that it appears in other forms: white blurring, impossibly bright lens glare, animal cut-outs, unapologetic censor strips. It’s a marketing ploy for the Blu-Ray releases, ugh.

      I know I know! But they’ve been kissing and fondling and having sex! Chiaki shouldn’t have been so flustered at a mere kiss. But then again it was in public, so maybe that was it. Btw, I find the thought of you going all red by simply holding hands severely amusing. And cute :3

      • musicalcroc
        May 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

        I ship Chiaki with his assistant Yuu, finding the scene where they squeed over the new release of the manga very cute. And it’s cool that those mangaka are manga fans (someone has said that when an author stops being a fan of what s/he produces then that author will lose the magic of winning other people).

        Threesome doesn’t seem to be plausible considering Hatori and Yuu hate each other’s guts (though some may find hatesex OK too).

      • JohnnyYandere
        May 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        It’s probably an anime thing, but I don’t think Chiaki and Yuu compatible at all. Yuu reminds me very much of Mello (from Death Note), and I didn’t like him either, heh.

    • musicalcroc
      May 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Well, blame where blame is due, this episode is not an anime-only story. It’s the novel part of Sekaiichi (written by another author though still illustrated by Nakamura Shungiku), which is not well known to the English-speaking but non-Japanese speaking people since no one has bothered to translate that much text. So you may want to complain why the studio chose to animate this part instead.

      • JohnnyYandere
        May 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        -facepalm- …I always thought that light novels in general had superior writing as compared to the manga adaptations.

  2. musicalcroc
    May 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Only six faces. Anime and manga severe flaw. To me, Yuu’s hair and eye are kind of weird, but I like him. I always have soft spot for the third wheel of a love triangle, especially when that person is designated for losing from the start. I kind of ship Yokozawa-Masamune too, but then Masamune’s trolling of Ritsu is too fun to miss.

    (I’m open for threesome as a resolution as long as they do not try to kill each other. Was a supporter of Sugata/Takuto/Wako in Star Driver, their “trio” chemistry was cute)

    Masamune treats Chiaki so nice in this episode. Guess he can be charming when he wants to.

    • JohnnyYandere
      May 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      So far, Sekai-Ichi’s only showing 3 faces – Seme, Uke, and Girl. Hahaha. But yes, while I also tend to sympathize with the third wheel, I simply displike Yuu too much. Maybe he’ll redeem himself next episode. I severely doubt it’ll be a Star Driver end though. Or at least, only Star Driver could pull off a threesome like that.

      And I must protest Masamune’s behaviour. I’m not convinced it’s him :\

      • musicalcroc
        May 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

        Apparently there is some messing around with the original story (so the studio is to blame) http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=3602921#post3602921. But I’m not convinced that the original is really better. More consistent, maybe. Oh well.

        I think Masamune does have professional, neutral face which can be construed as nice. He does not troll when working, even to Ritsu (except for that kiss in the first episode), though he is more of a strict mentor/senior then. But yeah, an overly nice Masamune is strange.

      • JohnnyYandere
        May 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        Actually, it’s only because Masamune is just -nice- that it feels strange. Because he’s usually swinging from one extreme to the other. I’m so used to a rapeface Masamune and a so-sweet-its-diabetic Masamune that when he’s just being normal, it weirds me out.

  3. Maggie
    July 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

    If a person really loves/likes someone else I think they would go to the extent of surprise sex…although only stalkers do that. They wait for the right moment then strike and rape their target. Happens all the time to young people, especially in Japan with their “sensitive” pornograph and colorful condom ballons.

    • JohnnyYandere
      July 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Wait, condom balloons?

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