Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2
Konishi Katsuyuki x Kondou Takashi, Nakamura Yuuichi x Tachibana Shinnosuke
Kondou Takashi as Onodera Ritsu
Konishi Katsuyuki as Takano Masamune
Tachibana Shinnosuke as Yoshino Chiaki
Nakamura Yuuichi as Hattori (a.k.a Tori)
Kamiya Hiroshi as Yanase Yuu
And Sekaiichi Hatsukoi is back! I think I’m really starting to love this series. It’s so light-hearted and cute that I really can’t help it. Of course, it’s a little heavy because it’s two CDs long but since it’s not a difficult listen it’d be easy to listen to it in bus or train. Well, if you do that, please work on your poker face! The karami scenes are hot and the jokes hilarious.
So, unlike in the first Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, the drama starts with Chiaki’s story instead of Ritsu’s. Personally, I like Chiaki’s story more since he’s adorable and naive. The way he misunderstands things is hillarious.
It’s been a while since Tori’s confession to Chiaki. The arc doesn’t have a solid story and is basically going with the flow. The main focus is the whole mysterious triangle between Yuu, Chiaki and Tori. Chiaki has the misconception that Yuu likes Tori. Tori loves Chiaki. Chiaki is “going out” with Tori. By a string of events, the real triangle is revealed at the end. The relevation being that Yuu does, in fact, like Chiaki and not Tori.
The most enjoyable part about this story is there is not real solid flow to it. It’s just going wherever really. Closing holes in some parts, leaving some open and creating some new ones. In fact, it sort of reminds me the flow of the story in Shinshi Doumei Cross. It makes the whole thing easier to follow because it focuses on the moment a lot.
Yuu got a lot of lines this time since he was basically the cause of all of Chiaki’s active imagination. It wasn’t really clear in the first drama but it’s obvious from the get-go in this drama that Yuu has feelings for Chiaki. And when I say get-go, I mean from track one. Then it gets really obvious when Yuu starts sketching Chiaki and Chiaki says in a monologue how Yuu’s always been doing that.
Anyways, the big question here is what’ll come out of this love triangle. To be honest, I have not read or listened to many dramas with a love triangle like this one. Only a few one-shots and not-so-serious love triangles. I’d like to believe that the real pairing will always be Tori and Chiaki. But Yuu’s feelings don’t seem half-assed either. I hope they leave him in the hanging because Yuu doesn’t deserve that.
Once again, we continue where he left off. Ritsu’s still in die-hard denial about once again falling for “Saga-senpai” aka Takano, his boss. Like Chiaki’s story, there’s no solid flow but the main focus is Ritsu needing to realize he does, in fact, like Takano. Ritsu half-admits to himself his feelings but he refuses to accept it completely because he believes that Takano is just playing around with him. His proof being that Yokozawa told Ritsu to lay off Takano because he’s his. And yes, this is a big big misunderstanding.
Opposite of the last drama, Ritsu’s arc’s got the angst this time around. The reason Ritsu refuses to admit he may like Takano is because he’s scared he’s being toyed with again. The entire arc, Ritsu dislikes being around Takano because he doesn’t want to ‘accept and realize’ … his feelings, that is. So he stays in denial all arc like last time, but I can’t say there was no progress considering now it’s a fact that Ritsu like Takano.
I can honestly relate to his situation since it’s similiar to mines … with some of the elements reversed and changed of course. Being in a denial is a difficult thing and it always causes your own self-destruction, eventually. I was hoping we’d reach a conclusion this time around but in the end, Ritsu ends up back in square one at the end of the drama. He’s worst than Misaki!
Can you guess the ending?
KOI JANAI! KOI JANAI! KOI JANAI!!
There’s 302 days before falling in love left.
So, when is Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 3 going to be announced?
(I’d talk about the freetalk but I fell asleep during and I don’t remember a thing. Sorries.)
Anyways, as I said, I’m loving this series. The light-hearted mood is like Junjo Romantica. Hell, the story’s created by Nakamura Shungiku (Junjo Romantica mangaka herself) and Fujisaki-something. As things would have it, Isaka from Romantica actually makes a cameo in this drama. HE HAS LINES EVEN. More than a few. Hur.
You’ve gotta listen to the first drama before listening to this. There’s no way around that.