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Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi News
Emerald magazine 2017 Summer

Emerald's summer issue went on sale August 30th, 2017.

Volume08cover eng

Manga volume 8 (English) went on sale October 10th, 2017.


  • December 29, 2017 - Emerald's winter issue will go on sale. It will include a chapter for The Case of Ritsu Onodera.
  • January 9th, 2018 - The ninth manga volume will go on sale in North America.
  • April 10th, 2018 - The tenth manga volume will go on sale in North America.



Manga volume 12 (Japanese) was released on July 1st.

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
Saeki smile 2 ep07
Saeki is a supporting character in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series. She used to work with Ritsu Onodera at Onodera Publishing.

When she runs into Ritsu at the bookstore, they go out for drinks and catch up. She tells him about Takano's reputation in the industry, and she later becomes distressed when she misses the opportunity to give Takano her business card. Read more!

Featured Episode
Yuu and Chiaki dinner at the hot springs ep10

"Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder" is the tenth episode of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi anime series. The episode focuses on the relationship between Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshiyuki Hatori, and the love triangle with Yuu Yanase.

Chiaki agrees to a hot springs trip with Yuu, which strains his relationship with Hatori. 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 47 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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