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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: A Boys Love Story, Volume 1 (Sekaiichi Hatsukoi / 世界一初恋 #1)

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Onodera Ritsu quits his job and transfers to the publishing company Marukawa Shoten. Sadly, he gets assigned to the editing department that handles shoujo manga; and Ritsu, who vowed to never fall in love again, working on love stories is impossible. Panic ensues when he realises that the arrogant and tyrannical head editor turns out to be his former first love!
ebook, 194 pages
Published November 26th 2010 by Kadokawa Shoten (first published July 1st 2008)
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Jun 22, 2013 Mizuki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, yaoi
Note: It's a review for vol. 1 to vol.4 of the manga.

Sekai ichi Hatsukoi, means 'Number One First Love in the World' in English, is a yaoi manga (boy's love comic) series by Japanese manga-ka (comic's author) Shungiku Nakamura (also author of Junjo Romantica). The manga series was adapted into an anime series in 2011.

The story focuses on Onodera Ritsu, a 25 years old former literary editor who suddenly finds himself having to struggle for survival in the shojo manga (girl's manga) industry. At f
Jan 31, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it
I liked this! This was cute and really funny. I'm still amused that there seems to be a manga for every kind of scenario you can think of (but really, it does seem like a dream come true for the part of me that's still a teenage girl ridiculously fond of silly m/m romances). This one is set in a manga editorial department.

I will say that there are still some things I find a bit weird, but what's really interesting for me is to see how I'm learning to read and appreciate this medium. I can think
Camila Soto
Feb 07, 2016 Camila Soto rated it it was amazing
Volume 1 to volume 9
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

This review contemplates this series until volume 9!

The Story

Ritsu Onodera is the heir to one of the biggest publishing companies in Japan. He loves his job as a book editor more than anything in the world and has been living the dream since he left college and started working.

Perfect? Perfect.

But there is one thing that really bothers Ritsu: everybody assumes he’s got his job and is good at it because he is taking advantage
Jul 13, 2011 Florentine rated it really liked it
main actor nya sih ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano (sebelume tu Masamune Saga).. cowok guy, yang dulunya (semasa SMA) saling jatuh cinta.. kawaiiiiiii!!! setelah 10 tahun ga ketemu gara2 Ritsu yang salah paham ma Takano (dia kira Takano cuma main2 ma dia.. padahal juga dah melakukan xxx)akhirnya mereka kembali bertemu di perusahaan penerbitan Marukawa. si takano nie Editor shoujo manga yang terkenal banget coz manga2 yang diterbitkan selalu jadi best seller... Ritsu yang sebelume jadi editor ...more
Anastasia Antonova
Jan 14, 2016 Anastasia Antonova rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Посвятила день перечитке "Лучшей в мире первой любви". Все-таки люблю я яой, он не перестает удивлять и заставлять капать слюнками. В 95% случаев мангаки хорошо раскрывают персонажей, не жалеют юмора и придумывают замечательные истории. Про рисовку вообще молчу.
Эту мангу я перечитываю довольно-таки регулярно - несколько раз в год. Замечательная вещь, с какой стороны не посмотри. Персонажи стали как родные, тем более их здесь просто прорва. Все-таки работающие в отделе сёдзе манги редакторы, меч
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
Just finish this Volume.

I'm a sucker for Yaoi *wipes drools*

This one is no exception.

Can't wait to dive into volume 2...however - I've got neglected work to get to haha <_<
Moriah Venable
Originally read online from November 30-December 4, 2014.

I eventually received the SuBLime translation after it was released in the U.S. for my birthday and read it again. Here's that review:

Because I started to watch the anime again, which I can never get tired of, I decided to check out the manga.

When Onodera Ritsu get assigned to the manga department of Marukawa Publishing, he never expected his boss to be his first love and former lover from high school, Takano Masamune. While at first nei
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The World's Greatest First Love Volume 1 bucks a lot of trends in this subgenre. For one, it doesn't have a weak or effeminate lead character. For another, most of it isn't about the relationship at all, it's about how manga are published. The art is solid (as expected from the author of Junjou Romantica). But at its heart is a battle of wills over a misunderstanding between teens many years previous.

Story: Ritsu, the ad
Sandra Loopmoon
Nov 10, 2015 Sandra Loopmoon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡The best BL manga EVER!
Decir que ADORO esta historia es quedarme corta. Incluso podría decir que estoy obsesionada con ella pero, ¿cómo no iba a hacerlo?
Existen diferentes personajes/parejas dentro del manga, pero este primer tomo se centra únicamente en la de Onodera y Takano.
No son más adorables porque no se entrenan.
El principio de la historia comienza jugoso y fuerte, pero sobre todo con risas a mansalva. Y cuando ya se va metiendo en desarrollo... buuufff. ¡Esto va a dar mucho de sí y nos
Nakamura Shungiku Has a special place in my heart. I love this romance even more then I did the original series. I'm not sure why. Maybe because they were childhood loves that found each other. Or maybe because how much they truly care about each other. Idk but this Sekaiichi Hatsukoi means the world to me! It's so much more then a boys love story.

My favorite couple is Onodera x Takano they are just so prefect together. I also like the role reversal Onodera chased after Takano when they were you
Jul 19, 2016 Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi was my very first yaoi anime. My very own first love. Takaritsu still makes my heart skip a beat, Torichia is still the 'oh wait there is more yaoi in this than I originally thought' couple, and Yukisa is still my otp. I love it, I love it, I love it. And I love it even more now that I've finally started reading the mangas-- and that they're selling real, tangible copies for me to own and love all for myself. Thank you, Jesus.
ɪᴛ·s ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴄᴀɴ ᴏʀ ᴄᴀɴ·ᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʏᴏᴜ. ᴏɴᴄᴇ
Jul 08, 2016 Luzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the manga just as much as the anime, which i've seen before. Since i've seen the anime i gave this manga 3,5 stars and not more. The basic story was adorable and well thought through. I liked the concept in which the main character already knew the love interest but wasn't as naive and childish as when they were younger. Also we got to see their backstory which was kind of important and relevant. The characters in general were easy to get into and mostly passive aggressive ... on ...more
I don't think I can find the right words to say how much I
FREAKIN' LOVE this series! No doubt Shungiku Nakamura sensei is excellent storyteller. The story, character, plot
and everything about this manga is awesome. The romance between the main characters is really sweet and hilarious. Also, I've recently started watching anime and OVA version of this manga. from the 1 to the 12 chapters (season 1) is full on excitement. It's a charming and intense, humorous and snappy, drama-filled love. The voi
Feb 11, 2013 Fanelli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Despite having found Junjou Romantica first, I have grown to love this series more. I love Takano and Ritsu and their insane and frustrating but cute and fluffy love story. I find myself rooting for Takano all the time, and getting frustrated with Ritsu to just give in! Its an addiction. But I love every second of it!
Anna Kļaviņa
I enjoyed this manga. Especially I liked flashbacks. I have read many yaoi mangas but a lot of them are rubbish. This is not one of them. I most likely will read second volume too.
There is also anime made of these series.
Aug 04, 2016 Lexie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gns-owned-read
Yaoi...aka that genre that introduced me to dubcon and now I can't enjoy anything fluffy half as much.

And this has everything I love. Give me more.
Jan 24, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH I CAN'T EVEN. REEEAAADDD IIIIITTTTT.(unless you're a male or possibly a lesbian.. who knows? maybe they'd enjoy it. hahahaha.)
Jul 21, 2016 Asagi rated it did not like it
I'm still wondering how come this manga is popular or this mangaka... or this quantity of clichés is actually legal...
Jan 20, 2013 Hiba rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2013-reads
I think this series is going to be one of my favourites :p
Elizabeth S.E
Jul 31, 2015 Elizabeth S.E rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas
Estado leyendo la totalidad del manga conforme avanza la traducción.
Seva Bivins
Sep 13, 2015 Seva Bivins rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! Some of the graphics were confusing at times.
Jessie H.
I feel another manga binge coming. I just finished what was available for this anime and it's not complete. I want to know what happens next. I'm intrigued with the story.
Nov 08, 2016 Jesseca rated it it was amazing
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Το vol. 1 είναι χωρισμένο σε 7 κεφάλαια, με το 1ο να είναι με τη σειρά του χωρισμένο σε 2 ενότητες και το 2ο σε 3, τα οποία και μας συστήνουν τους Onodera και Takano, και μας παρουσιάζουν την αρχή της ιστορίας τους. Ο Onodera, λοιπόν, γιος μεγαλοεκδότη, αποφασίζει να κυνηγήσει την τύχη του μόνος του, για να αποδείξει την αξία του και πως δεν στηρίζεται στο όνομα της οικογένειάς του. Κάπως έτσι καταλήγει στον εκδοτικό οίκο Marukawa, στον οποίο και προσλαμβάνεται ως επιμελητής manga. Το γεγονός ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Jade-elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-books
This series is most likely my favourite manga/anime of all time. I'm up to date with all the English releases, so this is a review for the whole series in general. There have been countless times when this series has made me laugh, smile, sad and angry. It a feels trip.. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (I've always called it by the Japanese name) is a series that I can't get enough of. I've re-read several chapters at least 15 times and am yet to get tired of it. I've also re-watched the anime too many times ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who Like Yaoi Manga
1) I wish I could say I actually READ this in Japanese but I"m not there yet. I own a copy in Japanese but am reading the English translations online for now.

2) No judging- I am for whatever reason madly in love with this story, despite it being yaoi and following a few less than desirable tropes.

This is an ongoing manga series. The primary couple is the focus of this volume.

Onodera Ritsu is 25 and has just left his father's publishing company to work at Marukawa Publishing. His hope is that by
Not for the Faint of Heart - The World's Greatest First Love Vol. 1 Review

And I'm back after a bit of a break to review more smut! Woo! Today brought to you by this vanilla porter that I'm drinking, because booze and boys love goes together guys and other even hotter guys? We'll just go with that. Moving on. Anyway, I'm back to yaoi and wow is this one cute. It focuses on two men who were each other's first loves before a misunderstanding that meant they broke up and remained bit
Bueno. Aquí vamos con Sekaiichi.
Me gustó bastante este manga (y parece que la autora ya aprendió a dibujar mejor :p) Sobretodo la ironía de los comentarios de los personajes como "Esto no es un manga!! ES LA VIDA REAL".
Le tengo un cariño especial a Sekaiichi ya que fue con el que empezó mi amor por este tipo de animes y mangas, y creo que fue un gran inicio.
La historia va de un chico llamado Onodera Ritsu que se vuelve a encontrar con su amor de la secundaria (que por cierto le "rompió" el coraz
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Shungiku Nakamura (中村 春菊 Nakamura Shungiku?, born December 13,1980) is a Japanese yaoi manga artist. She is most famous for creating Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance. Shungiku Nakamura's distinct style of manga has been identified largely throughout Japanese and English yaoi fanbases. Her works usually include large age gaps between the seme and uke and characters with careers in the publishing ...more
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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi / 世界一初恋 (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • 世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合7~ [Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - Onodera Ritsu no Baai 7]
  • 世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合8~ [Sekaiichi Hatsukoi - Onodera Ritsu no Baai 8]
  • 世界一初恋 ~小野寺律の場合9~ [Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: Onodera Ritsu no Baai 9]
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“For you it's not a matter of can or can't do. Once you say you're going to do something, you do everything to make it happen. That's why I wasn't worried. I've always liked that about you.

- Takano to Onodera”
“If I give up now, nothing will have changed. -Onodera Ritsu” 11 likes
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