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?
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.
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:
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.
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.