Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi 世界一初恋 by Junjou Romantica 純情ロマンチカ mangaka Nakamura Shungiku 中村春菊 was aired in Japan on 8 April 2011.
Update: Well generally speaking, Sekai Ichi anime didn’t disappoint. I’ve watched the OVA and like to say that it reminded me of everything I loved about Junjou Romantica <3
From the looks of it, the art style of the manga/anime definitely looks very Junjou-ish. The main characters Onodera Ritsu and Takano Masamune also look like a younger Miyagi x older Shinobu from Junjou Terrorist.
By the way, the story is set at the same publishing company in Junjou Romantica, so we’ll get to see a familiar face or two from the manga, such as Isaka Ryuuichiro.
They’re also keeping the original cast from the drama CDs which is great. Generally, I find that in terms of the entertaining and comedic factor, Junjou Romantica is a lot funnier. I’ve read comments however that this series is a lot more believable and down-to-earth. What do you think?
As a sneak peak and commemorative gesture for the upcoming anime, a 20-minute anime DVD will be bundled with the manga that will be released in March 2011. I hope it has different content from the actual TV broadcast :)
Title: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Vol. 5 Ritsu Onodera no Baai
Release date: 23 March 2011/ Season 2 October 2011 / Movie: 2014
Limited edition includes a bonus DVD (20 minutes) and a special box.
Summary (adapted and edited from animenewsnetwork)
The story follows the tension between a newly recruited manga editor and his tyrannical editor-in-chief – who happen to share a common past. Onodera Ritsu (Kondo Takashi) has just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten. Assigned to the shoujo manga division, he crosses path with the person he’d least expected to meet. Takano Masamune (Konishi Katsuyuki) is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu is assigned to, and the two seem to get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye… Takano is actually Saga, Ritsu’s senpai and high school love whom Ritsu had thought to have played him for a fool by taking his affections for granted and dumping him after he confessed.
Kondo Takashi 近藤隆 as Onodera Ritsu 小野寺律
Konishi Katsuyuki 小西克幸 as Takano Masamune 高野正宗
Tachibana Shinnosuke 立花慎之介 as 吉野千秋
Nakamura Yuichi 中村悠一 as 羽鳥芳雪
Kamiya Hiroshi 神谷浩史 as 柳瀬 優
Horiuchi Kenyuu 堀内賢雄 as 横澤隆史
Morikawa Toshiyuki 森川智之 as Isaka Ryuuichiro 井坂龍一郎
Okiayu Ryoutarou 置鮎龍太郎 as Asahina Kaoru 朝比奈薫
Sekai Ichi vol. 1 DVD! XD Ordered!!!