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Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Episode 5.. Envy and misunderstandings makes this a slightly gripping episode.

All right.. I got my wish for a supporting couple to be shown, but guess what I don’t believe I like this pairing as much either. >_< The new couple is on Yoshino (mangaka) and Hatori (editor) with Yuu (assistant) linked somewhere. They are all friends from childhood. Though the back story is that Yoshino and Hatori have been friends since childhood, and they meet Yuu later.

Now I know the opening shows who’s going to be the coupling in this one, but one slightly oblivious uke stuck in a love triangle coming up! I don’t believe that I am a hard fujoshi to please, but really tone down on unnecessary angst, and give me OTP! I choose not to watch much shoujo, but please don’t stick it in bl titles as well. >_<

So it got to the middle of the episode, and then with misunderstandings and kissing, the episode somehow clears up to definitely continue this pairing into the next episode.

On the manga creation aspect, I definitely like how the usage of a mangaka’s interaction with a team of assistance is more fleshed out in this story. In the past I have seen one drama Himitsu no Hanazono, mention somewhat of this type of partnership level. Though it has been a while since I have seen that drama, so none of the other anime/manga such as Mainichi Kaasan or Bakuman have this detail of assistance. In the anime, it most certainly seems to be a one-two team person. Although if I count the clips of Behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, I may have seen a glimpse of this partnership. I am definitely never going deny how much work goes into creating any work, and I am recalling how large the display case was for all of Ponyo‘s storyboards drafts. Definitely something that is quite different as compared to a realistic approach. In Bakuman they do mention with how important a mangaka is, how much assistance are led to help out. So, counting Yuu that is four people I see. Seem important all right.

Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi…Moving along with Episodes 3-4

So with Anime Boston occuring, I ended up catching up with two episodes and recapping them here… Sekai has actually reached a point where I want to see more couples. Clearly any one else watching this series can call me impatient. But past history tells me that if the main couple is a given… then I reeeeally want to see the other couples, since I probably end up liking the others more than the main couple. (In Junjou Romantica, you can see me squeeeee for Terrorist, and Egoist, way more than for Romantica.)

I am also not a fan for ukes that won’t just take the cue from the seme and give up already. I commented about this fact to my friends, and a friend commented, that it is the uke’s ass on the line. Technically this doesn’t compute well with this fangirl. I am pretty direct on how I expect relationships. It does not necessarily involve sex. So is this an American aspect then? I also mentioned in the past review for a third person to be introduced, well here is Mr. Third person, depicted above and it is not the seme that gets jealous but the uke that gets the green monster.

Episode 3-4 moves on a slow pace, with Ritsu still not giving into Takano. (sighs) Wondering if I should just wait until this show ends to just see what happens? But other than my frustrations for the romance, there is more interesting behind the scene look at how a publishing model usually works. What I forgot to mention, is that with every episode conclusion, there is a recap for what publishing concept was introduced int he episode.