Sekai-Ichi 08: I am so sorry Masamune, I truly am.
I think I’ve fallen for someone else. I know it’s kinda rushed, since I’ve only seen him in one episode while I’d adored you for at least five. Please don’t misunderstand, I do still think that you’re wonderful. It’s just that with you, it was always more of admiration and adoration; but with this new guy, my heart flutters and goes all warm and fuzzy and gosh I don’t know.
I hope we can still be friends – I’m still going to be rooting for you in your story arc. I’m really sorry that it didn’t work out between us, but I’m confident that you being the awesome person that you are, you’ll find someone else soon.
Lots of love,
Okay so that was perhaps a little melodramatic. But this new couple – I didn’t think there would ever be a pairing which I’d love more than Ritsu/Masamune, yet there it is.
This is Kisa Shouta. He works as one of the sub-editors at Marukawa Publishing under Masamune, just like Ritsu. He is confident and snarky, yet easily flustered when it comes to romance.
Shouta has this one peculiarity – due to a lack of romance in his life or simply an overactive imagination, he often fantasizes about being in a relationship with people just going by their looks. Rather superficial, I know. More on this later.
And this is Yukina Kou. He is an employee of Books Marimo and is one of the smoothest and most shameless salespeople I have ever seen. I mean that in the best possible way.
When the girls say that they ought to watch their expenses and have second thoughts about buying a new release, Kou ripostes with “That’s too bad. I was hoping you could read it quickly so we can get together and talk about it.”
And when they ask him why he works in the Shoujo Manga section, Kou charmingly croons “Working here means I get to see you girls.”
Kou could obviously be making a lot more money working a chatline for lonely girls. Or as the anime noted, as a host.
Back to Shouta. He’s no pushover. He’s angsty and extremely passive when it comes to relationships, but he isn’t going to be bossed around.
Especially not by the guy whom he went out for a drink with that one time and is deluding himself into thinking that a relationship exists.
Kou is no pushover either. He may be charming and sweet with the girls, but he isn’t afraid to get physical with the odd violent customer.
Nor with a stalker who went out for a drink with Shouta that one time and is deluding himself into thinking that a relationship exists.
Back to Shouta again. Did I mention that he’s easily flustered when it comes to romance?
Shouta should quit being a sub-editor and start working as a model, or at least moonlight as one. Or maybe not, since he’s already 30 and he isn’t going to be looking like he’s 18 for much longer.
Still. Handsome, cute dude. I’d hate him if I didn’t love him so much.
I love both of them to death. I want to glomp them as much as I want to glomp highschool!Masamune, perhaps even more.
Kou is the guy I wish I could be. Not so much his looks (although that would be nice), but his personality.
I have no problems about saying the lines he says to my friends with a straight face (you should see how I mindscrew my fellow writers through Yaoi) but I don’t have the guts to say them to random strangers.
While Shouta is kind of the guy I am now. Snarky and easily flustered when it comes to romance, yes, but it’s his tendency to daydream/delude himself is what I can really identify with.
I can’t imagine the number of times I’d see some random girl on the bus/train/street and I’d imagine myself bumping into her and hitting it off and whatnot.
Which is why when Shouta was crushed when he realized Kou didn’t notice him as much as he noticed Kou, I felt a little tingle of pain and a massive wellspring of sympathy.
Which brings us to why I love Shouta/Kou more than Ritsu/Masamune.
Sure, Ritsu and Masamune are cute and funny together, but I couldn’t really understand Ritsu and his constant denial for his feelings for Masamune, and as stated earlier, I never did understand Masamune so much as I simply admired him.
However, not only are Shouta and Kou adorable together (there is that scene in the OP where Kou hugs Shouta to his chest, and I die every time I watch it), I can also fully empathize with them. What Shouta does in his situations is exactly what I would do if I were him; from the lingering at a counter for the cute cashier, to the drinking alone at a cafe (if I could find one as nice as that, that is). And if I were Kou, I’d do the exact same things he does too.
The things I’d do if I were as gutsy and good looking as Kou is. (The good looking part isn’t so important – but I do have a frail ego.)
Yes, as you can well infer by now, I wholly approve of this new pairing. I must admit that I’m feeling emotional at the moment (due to a lack of sleep and some senseless reminiscing) which is why I’m probably more enthusiastic than I would be if I were sober.
I’d expect that once I get some sleep and return to my usual grouchy self I’d be longing for more Masamune belligerence. But there’s no denying the stirrings in my heart at watching Shouta and Kou. I haven’t felt this way since Cardcaptor Sakura. Next week can’t come soon enough.
Glossary: The Rabbit Mascot’s name is Tinkle.
Again, next week’s episode can’t come soon enough.