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Manga volume 11 (English) will go on sale January 8th.


Manga volume 13 (Japanese) went on sale May 1st.


  • April 9, 2019 - The twelfth manga volume will go on sale in North America.
  • April 2019 - Emerald's spring issue will go on sale in Japan.
  • October 8, 2019 - The thirteenth manga volume will go on sale in North America.
  • August 2019 - Emerald's summer issue will go on sale in Japan.


  • January 8, 2019 - The eleventh manga volume went on sale in North America.
  • December 28, 2018 - Emerald's winter issue went on sale in Japan. It includes a chapter of The Case of Ritsu Onodera.
  • August 28, 2018 - The Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi mobile game was released.
  • August 30, 2018 - Emerald's summer issue went on sale. It includes a chapter of The Case of Ritsu Onodera.
  • July 10th, 2018 - The tenth manga volume went on sale in North America.
  • April 28, 2018 - Emerald's spring issue went on sale. It includes a chapter of The Case of Kou Yukina.
  • May 1st, 2018 - The thirteenth manga volume went on sale in Japan.

Emerald magazine 2017 Summer

Emerald's summer issue from August 30th, 2018.

Funimation DVD set

Anime series DVD set released by Funimation


  • The manga is ongoing and a new chapter is published about three times a year in Emerald magazine. A new volume is released once a year in Japan.
  • The manga is licensed for English release in North America by SuBLime and they release a new volume about three times a year.
  • The first two seasons of the anime with English subtitles are officially available streaming on Crunchyroll and were released on DVD by Funimation.
  • The anime has ended and there is no word on a new season or installment.
About Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi

First manga volume

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (世界一初恋), or The World's Greatest First Love, is a Japanese BL series created by Shungiku Nakamura. It began as a manga and light novel series in 2006. In 2011, it was adapted into an anime television series, focusing mainly on the manga. It has additionally been adapted into a drama CD series, and has additional content such as radio CDs and character songs performed by the anime voice actors.

The Case of Ritsu Onodera (小野寺律の場合, Onodera Ritsu no Baai) is the main story told in the manga series and the anime adaptation. It follows Ritsu Onodera, a literature editor, as he begins a new job in shoujo manga at Marukawa Publishing. His new boss, Masamune Takano, turns out to be Ritsu's first love from high school.


First light novel volume

The Case of Chiaki Yoshino (吉野千秋の場合, Yoshino Chiaki no Baai) is the first light novel series. It follows mangaka Chiaki Yoshino and his developing relationship with lifelong friend and current editor Yoshiyuki Hatori, and the love triangle formed with Yuu Yanase, Chiaki's friend who also vies for Chiaki's affections.

The Case of Shouta Kisa (木佐 翔太の場合, Kisa Shouta no Baai) is a story told in the manga series beginning in 2009. It follows the relationship between Shouta Kisa, a shoujo manga editor, and Kou Yukina, a bookstore employee and fan of Kisa's work.

The Case of Takafumi Yokozawa (横澤隆史の場合, Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai) is the second light novel series which began publication in 2011. It follows the relationship between Takafumi Yokozawa and Zen Kirishima.

The Case of Animate (アニメイトの場合, Animeito no Baai) is a new light novel series about the relationship between the characters Keiki Tezuka and Kensuke Saigusa.

Featured Character
Sorata is a cat in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series. It was rescued by Masamune Takano (then Saga) when Takano was in high school.

Takano found Sorata abandoned in an cardboard box in the rain, and he took Sorata home. Takafumi Yokozawa later took care of Sorata while Takano was having troubles. Sorata later went to Kiyori Kirishima. Read more!

Featured Episode
Ritsu runs into Sumi ep11

"It never rains but it pours" is the eleventh episode of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi anime series. The episode focuses on the relationship between Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano.

When Ritsu runs into an author whose work he used to edit, he's reminded of his love for editing literature and learns that he could transfer to Marukawa's literature department, leaving him with a decision to make. Read more!

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Main Relationships
Current Poll
Favorite place for Takano to make a move on Ritsu?

The poll was created at 02:54 on October 14, 2017, and so far 305 people voted.
Poll Results

Who is your favorite female character?

  • Hiyori Kirishima (49, 55.68%)
  • Saeki (15, 17.05%)
  • An Kohinata (14, 15.91%)
  • Yukina Mutou (6, 6.82%)
  • Erika Ichinose (1, 1.14%)
  • Ritsu's mother (1, 1.14%)
  • Yoriko Yoshino (1, 1.14%)
  • Chinatsu Yoshino (0, 0%)
  • Someone else! (1, 1.14%)

Which is better?

  • All of them! (27, 75%)
  • I've only seen the anime... (6, 16.67%)
  • The manga (2, 5.56%)
  • The anime (1, 2.78%)
  • The novels (0, 0%)

Would you watch season 3 if there was one?

  • Yes (58, 98.31%)
  • I'm not sure, it's been awhile... (1, 1.69%)
  • No (0, 0%)

Who is your favorite male character?

  • Ritsu Onodera (57, 30.48%)
  • Masamune Takano (57, 30.48%)
  • Shouta Kisa (23, 12.3%)
  • Kou Yukina (18, 9.63%)
  • Yoshiyuki Hatori (8, 4.28%)
  • Chiaki Yoshino (7, 3.74%)
  • Takafumi Yokozawa (7, 3.74%)
  • Zen Kirishima (5, 2.67%)
  • Yuu Yanase (4, 2.14%)
  • Someone else! (1, .53%)

Love rival you wouldn't mind seeing succeed?

  • Yuu Yanase (34, 89.47%)
  • An Kohinata (2, 5.26%)
  • Arata Haitani (1, 2.63%)
  • Takafumi Yokozawa (1, 2.63%)

Which Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi couple is your favorite?

  • Ritsu and Takano! (62, 46.62%)
  • All of them! I can't decide! (28, 21.05%)
  • Kisa and Yukina! (23, 17.29%)
  • Yokozawa and Kirishima! (15, 11.28%)
  • Chiaki and Hatori! (5, 3.76%)

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