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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) will go on sale October 10th, 2017.


  • October 10th, 2017 - The eighth manga volume will go on sale in North America.
  • December 2017 - Emerald's winter issue will go on sale.
  • 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.


  • June 30th, 2017 - A new commercial was released for the upcoming twelfth manga volume.
  • May 1st, 2017 - The new light novel The Case of Animate was released in Japan.
  • April 27th, 2017 - Emerald's spring issue was released in Japan. It includes a manga chapter for The Case of Ritsu Onodera and a light novel chapter for The Case of Yoshiyuki Hatori.

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.
  • The first two seasons of the anime are officially available streaming on Crunchyroll.
  • The anime is finished 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 new characters Tezuka and Saigusa.

Featured Character
Kisa's ex-lover ep07

This unnamed man is a minor character in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series. Following a one night stand, he aggressively pursues a relationship with Shouta Kisa.

He happens to run into Kisa at Marimo Books, and when Kisa again expresses disinterest, he nearly strikes Kisa before Kou Yukina intervenes. Read more!

Featured Episode
Yukina and Kisa looking at Yukina's display ep09

"The Die Is Cast" is the ninth episode of the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi anime series. The episode focuses on the relationship between Shouta Kisa and Kou Yukina.

Kisa is conflicted following his kiss with Yukina, who goes ahead with the bookstore display for Kisa's manga. Another confrontation with Kisa's ex leads to Kisa going back to Yukina's place. Read more!

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Main Relationships
Current Poll
Who is your favorite female character?

The poll was created at 17:02 on May 18, 2017, and so far 81 people voted.
Poll Results

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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