ADVOCATE FINAL REVIEW FOR SEKAI ICHI HATSUKOI S2
By Raiji Magiwind
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi 2
Original Story/Plot- Fujisaki Miyako | Art- Nakamura Shungiku | Originally Serialized in CIEL | Anime Adaptation by Studio Deen
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Shounen Ai (or as I call it Yaoi Light...all fluff no sex, though hints to it)
Overall Synopsis of Series
Quoted from MyAnimeList
Onodera Ritsu 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 is the editor-in-chief of the division Ritsu's been assigned to, and the two seem get off on the wrong foot right from the very start when Takano unexpectedly kisses him. However, there is more to 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 when he confessed and summarily dumped him.
Pretty much Sekai Ichi 2 continues off from where season one left us as the three main duos continue to expand and develop there relationships further...
Total Stars: 4.75 of 5
This season was a bit better then season one though it still felt too short. At least in this season we got a bit more story and good bit of development of the characters, including some possible major advancement of the main duo, Ritsu and Takano.
Hatori, also known as Tori, is 28 years old and an editor in the Emerald department. Although in the beginning he is serious and reserved, we later learn that he has harbored both deep and secret feelings for his childhood friend Chiaki. After kissing him and confessing his love, Hatori pulls away fearing that Chiaki doesn't feel the same, but instead loves his rival, Yanase. Although Chiaki does somewhat have the same feelings, unbeknownst to Tori.
Kisa is a fellow editor in the Emerald department, and because of his "baby face" he is mistaken for being much younger than his true age of 30. He's never been in a serious relationship and doesn't think himself capable of being in one because of his tendency to fall in love for only good looks without knowing a guy's personality. Because of this, he immediately questions his feelings for Kou and doesn't hold out much hope for a relationship with him. His mentality can be described by his line: "love at first sight works well enough in a manga, but this is reality."
Ritsu is a 25-year-old jaded literary editor. He is the only son of the head of Onodera Publication and previously worked at his father's company in the literature department. Hearing his fellow co-workers accusing him of taking hand-outs from his father, he decides to show that he can be successful on his own by going to work at Marukawa Publishing. After being hurt by his first love in high school when he was 15, Ritsu vowed to never fall in love again. His resolve is tested, however; when he is reunited with the boy he once loved: now very much a man and his new boss! It was also mentioned that he was one of Usami Akihiko's (from Junjo Romantica) editors at his previous job.
Formerly known as Saga Masamune, before his parents divorced in high school. He is the editor-in-chief of the Emerald department at Marukawa, and is sometimes referred to as "the Capable". He and Ritsu were once in a brief relationship in high school but split up over a misunderstanding, where they both thought each other was wrong. It is revealed that he later had a break down from the break up, family problems, and other personal issues, which in turn left him with an unrequited love for Ritsu. When both he and Ritsu realize who each other are, he promises Ritsu he will make him fall in love with him again much to Ritsu's contempt.
Yoshino Chiaki, is a 28 year old shōjo manga artist known as Yoshikawa Chiharu. His editor in-charge is Yoshiyuki Hatori, who is also his childhood friend. His two best friends are Hatori and Yanase, but the lines between friendship and love begin to blur after a number of confusing incidents. Chiaki begins to question his feelings for Hatori after not only witnessing him and Yanase together in what he thinks is a kiss but Hatori kisses him one night. Chiaki begins to realize he has to confront his true feelings or risk losing them both.
Yukina is a 21-year-old clerk in charge of the shōjo manga section at the bookstore, Marimo books. He's been aware of Kisa coming in to watch him, but when he finds out Kisa is the editor behind all of his favorite works he begins to develop feelings for him. He's willing to fight to make Kisa understand that what they feel for each other is real. And that Kisa is able to actually fall in love.
Total Stars: 4.5 of 5
Many of the characters from the first season return pretty much. A bit of new data here and there, but most of the cast stays the same...
Total Stars: 5 of 5
The art for the series itself was actually not to bad overall, still pretty sharp and clear, yet still soft and a little girly though not to the point it screamed 'Shonen-ai/Yaoi'. The art still had a little hardness to it to at least still lend some sense of seriousness to the story and plot, while still keeping some of the softness and tone that is usually common for the Shonen-ai/Yaoi genre.
This season I think helped redeem a bit of the rushed feeling of the first season, as we learned more of the characters and watched there relationships develop and move forward. Still though, it felt like it was too short, but I guess its because they tried to cram a lot in in a limited number of episodes. Yet the pace seemed to be just right, even though you still kinda wonder where things will now go in the future, since there are still a few questions...
Total Stars for Series Overall: 4.5 of 5
Likelyhood to Recommend: YES