Sekai-Ichi 12: Masamune, Master of the Mixed Message
Is he smug? Or is he upset?
Does he know that Sekai-Ichi has finally ended, or is his stoicism proof that a second season/OVAs is in the works?
No one can read Masamune’s poker face.
This is what moe is supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be the measure of cuteness, not hotness. I’m not saying that a girl can’t be both cute and hot, but I’m saying that a hot girl doesn’t necessarily have to be cute.
I.e. when you look at Sorata (I don’t know what’s the honorific for animals) you should be feeling the burning, stabbing sensation in your chest, not in your groin.
… unless you’re into some real kinky stuff. I ain’t judging.
My room’s neater than that of an anime character? Implausible!
I don’t even know how his clothes can end up where they are, unless Ritsu changes in the living room. A living room with wall-to-wall-to-ceiling windows and no curtains.
-cough- exhibitionist -cough-
Back to Masamune.
When he turned up with Ritsu’s dropped papers I was so sure that he would tackle him once the door was open- a swift forced entry and takedown. Or vice versa, if you know what I mean.
Awkward restrained Masamune is awkward.
This is more like it. Let the sex ensue!
You’ve only got 15 minutes and 28 seconds left in the episode after all. Oughta make the most of it.
Wait what. Come back!
Darn you Masamune! This is the absolute wrong time to start developing a sense of propriety!
Studio DEEN just had to make Masamune play hard-to-get in the last episode.
And suddenly Masamune’s dragging Ritsu off to his apartment.
By the way I do apologize for captioning my screencaps with the lyrics to Pokerface. It just seemed so appropriate. Until this one, I know I’m forcing it. No more Pokerface lyrics. Promise.
This is possibly the first time in the history of anime that locking a door warranted its own rousing background music and conflicted, emotional internal monologue. With no hint of self-deprecation or irony.
Yes, it’s mostly to emphasize Ritsu’s turmoil. But it would be a dark day for anime when we progress(regress?) to watching grass grow or paint dry.
Then again I would totally watch Kirino/Azusa stare at fields/blank walls for 24 minutes (the other 6 minutes would be Morning Rescue adverts).
He’s going to do it. Masamune’s so totally going to jump Ritsu’s bones. (Weird expression, that.)
Even though Ritsu is bleeding and in pain, it’s completely unsanitary, and the smell of antiseptic alone should kill any arousal, Masamune’s going to pull something anyway.
Go for it Masamune! Go for Olympic Gold!
But that is an exceedingly anguished expression on Ritsu’s face. It’s obviously the knee. Injuries and acts of passion don’t mix.
Although if Kanda Midori appeared in front of me saying she’d like the pleasure of my company and I was in the middle of recovering from multiple stab and bullet wounds, I might have to reconsider my position.
It’s always Masamune’s butt. I don’t remember Studio DEEN ever showing off anyone else’s butt.
Either I’ve forgotten, or I have a selective memory. I’m pretty sure I just forgot.
So I was thinking since this is the last episode and I’m probably not going to be covering another Yaoi anime in a while, I should just go for broke and post as many guy-on-guy kissing screencaps as possible.
A brilliant idea, yes?
This is why phones must be turned off on airplanes.
So that couples getting naughty in the cubicles won’t have their private time interrupted.
What a troll. And on the meta level too.
Masamune being cockblocked is supremely amusing. Almost makes up for the satisfaction I’d have gotten from flooding this post with hot guy-on-guy action.
And yet Masamune’s taking it very well. I’d have disassembled the offending cellphone if I were in his position. Or maybe just block the caller for life.
So I lied.
I think SHAFT should helm a romance anime and deconstruct the heck out of the classic romance directorial cliches. Starting with the cherry blossom petals.
Fish scales flying from a fishmonger’s chopping block? I’m down for that.
You would have thought that he finally consented to a relationship with Masamune.
Don’t kid yourself. That’s for the OVAs.
I shall miss you all – Masamune, Shouta, unnamed guy, Yoshiyuki, in that order.
Seriously though I want to know who the unnamed guy is.
No, I don’t really dislike Yoshiyuki that much. I have faith that he will continue to torment Chiaki for generations to come.
Isaka needs more screentime.
And it’s kinda sad that Yokozawa vanished early in the episode and is banished via business trip. Oh well.
Right! Sekai-Ichi was my first attempt at covering a full anime series, and I’m pretty happy that I managed to stick with it until the end. Although my blogging regularity (and possibly quality as well) suffered greatly near the end. I do apologize.
All in all though, Sekai-Ichi’s had its highs and lows. And fortunately there were more highs than lows, but not by much.
The highs: whenever someone is being trolled. The characters and situations lend themselves very well to humour. The lows: almost every scene that involved Chiaki. Ritsu got on my nerves many times too due to his sheer stubbornness.
I can’t help but think that Sekai-Ichi would have fared better as a set of OVAs. I watched Koi suru Bo-kun (and I might get around to reviewing that at some point) and I think that Sekai-Ichi’s pacing would have been better if wasn’t forced to compress/drag out the material into 12 episodes.
Still, this was enjoyable for me. And I’d like to think I’m still straight after the course of it. Apparently guys who enjoy Yaoi are either straight or bisexual – actual gays prefer Bara.
But who knows! Sekai-Ichi was just the beginning. If a Bara anime ever comes out, there’s a pretty good chance I’d review it. And if there’s already Bara around, I might accept requests.