Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: The World's Greatest First Love

The BEST episodes of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: The World's Greatest First Love

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 6/9/2022Network: TV Tokyo
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The Die Is Cast.
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9.20
15 votes

#1 - The Die Is Cast.

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/4/2011

Kisa freaks out and cannot concentrate on work because of his constant flashback to the scene with Yukina at the cafe. He soon receives an e-mail from Yukina inviting him to the bookstore to see the book promotion display stand that they planned earlier. This reminds Kisa of the kiss and he throws himself into a brief depression after convincing himself that Yukina cannot be serious about the kiss. He gets even more down after belittling himself career-wise by comparing his achievements to Takano's. After work, Kisa subconsciously arrives at the bookstore, where Yukina shows him the display stand and tells him that the reason he worked so hard on the display was because of Kisa. Noticing that Kisa has been trying to avoid him, Yukina invites him to talk after he finishes work. As Kisa waits for Yukina outside the store, he encounters the persistent ex-lover yet again...

Follow Love and It Will Flee Thee, Flee Love and It Will Follow Thee.
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9.20
10 votes

#2 - Follow Love and It Will Flee Thee, Flee Love and It Will Follow Thee.

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/5/2011

Love is Blind.
star
9.20
10 votes

#3 - Love is Blind.

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/3/2011

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One Cannot Love and Be Wise.
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9.08
12 votes

#4 - One Cannot Love and Be Wise.

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/15/2011

Onodera reflects upon how he imagined Christmas would be when he and Takano were together 10 years ago. Onodera runs a manuscript over to the printers and upon arriving back at the office, he receives an email from Takano telling him he can go home. As the elevator door opens, he sees Takano and Yokozawa talking and when the leave together, Yokozawa asks what Onodera’s plans are for the 24th, which happens to be Takano’s birthday. Yokozawa then implies to Onodera that he and Takano are still together, and he warns Onodera again to stay away from Takano. Onodera wishes Takano a happy birthday and as they part, Takano requests Onodera’s company on a drive for his birthday gift. On the drive, Onodera reflects on his feelings toward Takano, and Takano reveals the true nature of his relationship with Yokozawa and reminds Onodera that he has loved him for 10 years. They kiss, and Onodera admits to himself that he cannot resist Takano.

Adversity Makes a Man Wise.
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9.00
13 votes

#5 - Adversity Makes a Man Wise.

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/30/2011

The author that Onodera has been overseeing suddenly falls ill along with all of her helpers near the publication deadline. He rushes to the distant Hokkaido to assist her personally, despite protests from his superiors. As the entire editing staff stands on the end of their nerves, Onodera barely makes the deadline with the finished manuscript. He later falls asleep on the train with Takano, and finds himself sleeping in the same bed as Takano the following morning, flustering his emotions and pushing him further into refusal to open himself to Takano.

Lingering Love Breeds Mistake.
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9.00
12 votes

#6 - Lingering Love Breeds Mistake.

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/22/2011

The triangle between Yoshino, Tori, and Yuu is coming to the tipping point. Who will be the first to speak their heart?

Love is a Bitter-Sweet
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9.00
9 votes

#7 - Love is a Bitter-Sweet

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/24/2011

Takano remembers how he fell in love with Ritsu and his problems with his family. This is the season finale.

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.
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8.93
14 votes

#8 - Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/11/2011

After working through the night to finish work, Yoshino and Yuu stays behind together. Yuu saves Yoshino from falling over the trash can, and starts to tease him by tickling him. Hatori walks in on the scene and misunderstands. Later, Yoshino arrives at Hatori's house and attempts to apologize, but gets mad at Hatori when Hatori says he does not want Yoshino to have physical contact with Yuu. They make up temporarily in the morning after Yoshino sleeps over, but gets into a dispute again when Yoshino reveals that he is going to a hot spring with Yuu. On the night of the hot spring trip, Yoshino is surprised to find out that it is his own birthday on that day and realizes why Hatori is upset about his going away. Briefly after his realization, he receives an unexpected love confession from Yuu...

Love is Without Reason.
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8.90
10 votes

#9 - Love is Without Reason.

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/12/2011

Love and Envy Make a Man Pine.
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8.90
10 votes

#10 - Love and Envy Make a Man Pine.

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/26/2011

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
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8.89
9 votes

#11 - Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/19/2011

After a Storm Comes a Calm.
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8.86
14 votes

#12 - After a Storm Comes a Calm.

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/25/2011

Meeting Ryouichi Sumi and the advice from Hasegawa have put doubt into Ritsu Onodera's heart. He remembers the reason he transferred to Marukawa and wonders if he can continue to work as a manga editor. While he is struggling, Takano asks him if he wants transfer to the literature department. A call from an author interrupts Onodoera's thoughts, and the author expresses her gratitude for his work and gives him encouragement. Onodera relays her praise to Takano, who further shows his approval of Onodera's work. While at Onodera's place, Takano tells Onodera of the history between him and Yokozawa. As Onodera is immersed in his own thoughts about the two, Takano once again confesses his love for Onodera. This is the finale of season 1.

Looks Breed Love.
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8.83
12 votes

#13 - Looks Breed Love.

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/28/2011

Kisa sees Yukina, the Marimo Books employee he has been attracted to for a while, selling the latest book he has edited. Tall, handsome and charming; Yukina is extremely popular among girls, who are easily convinced to buy his books. Kisa does not believe they could ever be together. Checking his sales, Kisa notices they're very high at Marimo Books, as they have been for his previous books too. They are finally introduced to each other by Yokozawa in the bookstore. Just as Kisa is leaving the store, he runs into a persistent ex-lover. After being rejected again, the man is about to hit Kisa when he is stopped by Yukina...

Delay in Love is Dangerous.
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8.78
9 votes

#14 - Delay in Love is Dangerous.

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/29/2011

A Man Has Free Choice to Begin Love But Not to End It.
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8.60
15 votes

#15 - A Man Has Free Choice to Begin Love But Not to End It.

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/16/2011

As Onodera continues learning the ropes of manga editing and publishing, his interactions with Takano become more tense and uncomfortable. Takano eventually realizes who Onodera is, later revealing his identity to Onodera as his first love from high school, bringing back memories of being used and tossed aside, even though, as Takano explains, they were fuelled by a gross misunderstanding. He is left conflicted in regards to his true feelings toward Takano.

Love Goes Never Without Fear.
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8.57
7 votes

#16 - Love Goes Never Without Fear.

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/10/2011

Love Is Lawless.
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8.54
13 votes

#17 - Love Is Lawless.

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/7/2011

This episode introduces a new set of characters - Chiaki Yoshino, a male author who releases shōjo manga under the female pseudonym Chiharu Yoshikawa; Yoshiyuki Hatori, his manager and childhood friend; and Yuu Yanase, his chief assistant, who is on rough but unclear terms with his manager. Hatori's increasing coldness toward Chiaki begins to take its toll on their friendship, and when pressed on personal matters, Hatori becomes distant. Chiaki later sees Hatori and Yuu in an alley having what he interprets as an argument between lovers. Growing distraught with confusion that begins to affect his ability to write, Chiaki slowly realizes his feelings for Hatori. However, Hatori later confesses his love for Chiaki, much to his surprise, along with admitting that he had changed Chiaki's management behind Chiaki's back, fearing that his confession would put their relationship on bad terms. This forces Chiaki to admit his own budding feelings.

Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before Them.
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8.46
13 votes

#18 - Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before Them.

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/21/2011

The episode begins with Ritsu having another flashback dream, in which he sees Saga sleeping in the library and tries to find out what book he was reading, but runs away when he thinks Saga is about to wake up. Afterwards, Ritsu wakes up and goes to work. At Marukawa, Ritsu's assignment is to make his first proposal as a manga editor to publish the manga he's supervising as a book. It is initially rejected by Takano, so he stays late at night working on it. Later that night, Takano helps Ritsu with his proposal and Takano suddenly kisses him to break the tension, and consequently gets hit by Ritsu. When he's alone with Ritsu, Yokozawa proclaims Takano as his property... When he arrives home, Takano accuses him of not working hard enough. Takano makes another pass and admits to being in love with him, but Ritsu (who is still wary of admitting his love for Takano) runs away...

Love Makes The World Go Round
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8.43
7 votes

#19 - Love Makes The World Go Round

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/17/2011

Takano and Onodera share a moment in the rain and talk about their time in school. A few startling truths are revealed that may change their opinion about each other.

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Go to the Sea, If You Would Fish Well.
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8.36
14 votes

#20 - Go to the Sea, If You Would Fish Well.

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/14/2011

After an onsen trip, Chiaki is burned out and can hardly concentrate on work. The emerging love triangle between him, Hatori and Yuu compounds his inability to focus as well. Later on in Chiaki's apartment, Hatori informs him that he must attend an upcoming party because his manga will be made into an anime and he must meet the people in charge. During the party, after meeting the anime staff, Chiaki sees Hatori surrounded by many women, including Ichinose Erika; a top writer who is known to have taken a liking to Hatori. Chiaki, feeling that Hatori is comfortable with the writer, becomes jealous and promptly leaves the party with Yuu. The morning after, Yuu admits to Chiaki that he is in love with someone, but when Chiaki asks who the person is, he simply says that Hatori knows the person well, leaving Chiaki puzzled and confused.

It Never Rains But It Pours.
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8.00
13 votes

#21 - It Never Rains But It Pours.

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/18/2011

Onodera wakes up in the doorway, still holding on to a store-bought dinner, and suddenly remembers a meeting that he was to sit in during the morning. On the subway, he complains about his lifestyle after joining the shōjo manga department. Onodera is surprised by the hostility in the proposal meeting and dreads future meetings. Afterwards, Onodera meets Sumi Ryouichi (father of Sumi Keiichi from Junjo Romantica), whom he was in charge of before in the literature department at his father's company. Through Sumi, Onodera also meets Hasegawa of the literature department, who later dropped in during work and invited him out for a drink. Takano, hearing the invitation, rejected it for Onodera. After commenting on Takano's strictness, Hasegawa reminds Onodera that he can always transfer to the literature department. Later, Onodera encounters Takano at the library and tries to run away...

A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending.
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7.91
11 votes

#22 - A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending.

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/8/2011

Onodera leaves the office to visit the bookstore and thinks about how it has felt whenever Takano has touched him, but he dismisses these thoughts. At the bookstore, he runs into Yokozawa, and as they leave together, Yokozawa demands that Onodera move to a new home. Onodera argues that it his none of his business and teases Yokozawa that maybe he and Takano were dating. Yokozawa confirms this suspicion and Onodera realizes that Yokozawa doesn’t like him because he is protecting Takano. Back at the office, Onodera overhears a conversation between two women, one of whom saw Takano and Yokozawa together the night before. Takano invites Onodera to dinner, and though Onodera declines, Takano makes the plan anyway. Onodera tries to avoid having dinner with Takano, but Takano catches him and they go to dinner at Takano’s apartment. At dinner, Onodera becomes intoxicated and drunkenly confesses that Takano’s behavior has an emotional effect on him. The next morning, Onodera awakens to find himself naked in Takano’s bed, unable to remember the events of the previous night, but pain in his hips and back leads him to realize that he and Takano had had sex. Despite this obvious evidence, he openly denies this taking place.

First Impressions Are the Most Lasting.
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7.88
16 votes

#23 - First Impressions Are the Most Lasting.

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/9/2011

Onodera begins work at his new position at Emerald, and is harshly introduced to their production "cycle" by being thrown into the mess of their burned-out phase, in which everyone appears brutally overworked and exhausted. He is shocked to find them transformed the next day into composed and energetic people who spiritedly show him the basics of manga editing.

In Love There Is Both Dotage and Discretion.
star
7.49
41 votes

#24 - In Love There Is Both Dotage and Discretion.

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/23/2011

After Takano and another staff member have a heated argument in the Emerald office about an underprinted publication, Onodera sees the two of them later having a seemingly friendly conversation in the lobby, stirring a sense of jealousy within him. Perturbed by the fact that this bothered him, he begins avoiding Takano even more, prompting Takano to confront him about the situation before it begins affecting their capacity to work together.

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