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Takano Masamune


Takano Masamune

Saga Masamune

Mr. Next-Door Neighbor

The Capable


Takano Masamune: タカノ マサムネ Saga Masamune: 嵯峨 政宗


17- High school

27- Present


December 24


Unnamed Father; Mother - Kotoko Saga

Non-Biological father

Cat: sorata




Editor-in-chief in Marukawa Emerald

Former Shounen editor


Ritsu Onodera (Current Lover)

Voiced by

Katsuyuki Konishi

Anime and Manga Debut

Episode 1
Chapter 1

Takano Masamune (高野政宗), formerly Saga Masamune (嵯峨 政宗), is one of the main characters in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi.  He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi.


Takano has short, slick black hair with a few spikes sticking out. He is tall, like most of the male characters in the series, approximately 186cm. He usually wears black rectangular glasses with rounded ends while working. He has brown eyes, and long eyelashes (according to Ritsu). As a high school student, he rarely showed any emotion. His surname was Saga in high-school, but after his parents' divorce, it was changed to Takano. Takano rarely smiles unless he is alone with friends or meeting with an author.


Takano comes from a wealthy family. His mother is a lawyer and his father is a surgeon. They left Takano to live alone because of work and give him expenses each month. During his days at high school Takano stayed in the school library where he read books until the library closed because he didn't want to be home, knowing that his parents were always fighting, and it was boring at home. His parents have high-paying jobs, and because of this they are able to give Takano as much money as he needs for financial stability. His mother asks where he found his cat and Takano explains that he found “Sorata”, and took him in because he was lonely, but his mother tells him that she hates animals. He later states to Ritsu that "it's better with the cat around".


Saga in high school

Saga first sees Ritsu Onodera trying to grab a book that is out of his reach. Saga helps him retrieve the book and Ritsu thanks him. This encounter causes Ritsu to develop feelings for him. Three years later, Saga and Ritsu meet again by both reaching for the same book. Ritsu confesses his love for Saga, to which Saga replies by saying he wouldn't mind going out with him, much to Ritsu's surprise. They would eat together, go to the book store, and talk about their favorite literature. Later Saga invites Ritsu to come to his house after school and Ritsu meets his cat.

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Saga teaching Ritsu how to kiss

Saga tells Ritsu to meet him at his room while he gets some tea. After Saga brings the tea, he asks Ritsu why he loves him, because of the fact Ritsu doesn't know a thing about him. Ritsu tells Saga that though he didn't know much about him he knew a couple things here and there, for instance the time Ritsu saw him rescuing an abandoned cat when no one else seemed to care about it. Saga ask Ritsu if he's a stalker out of embarrassment of being caught in a "scene straight out of a shojo manga," which causes Ritsu to become embarrassed and apologize. Saga leans toward Ritsu and almost kisses him but Ritsu, caught off-guard, pushes him away. Saga asks if that was what Ritsu wanted to do, and he kisses Ritsu on the lips. Late at night, Saga makes love to Ritsu and finally says Ritsu's name and confesses his love to him. The two begin to hang out more often, even staying at the school library until closing time and they realize that they must really be in love with each other. One day, Ritsu asks Saga if they are dating and Saga responds with nervous laughter. Ritsu misinterprets Saga's laughter and after apparently round-house kicking him, disappears without a word, which makes Saga believe that Ritsu doesn't want to be with him anymore. In addition to this, Saga learns that he and his father are not blood related, and that Ritsu had a fiancee. Feeling overwhelmed by all of this leads the start of his emotion breakdown.

Saga's parents officially divorce later and decides to go with his mother to her hometown where she remarries and he takes her new husband's name. Now known as Takano, he meets Takafumi Yokozawa in college, and they become close friends. The two later even enter into a relationship during college. However Takano, still affected by Ritsu's sudden disappearance, as well as many other factors, starts drinking. Takafumi vows that he will always be there for Takano.


Takano at college with Yokozawa

Before Takano worked at Marukawa he worked as a shounen editor at a publishing company known as Shuudansha, working in the Weekly Earth, but later quit because he didn't feel like it was the right place for him, and he wasn't allowed to do anything he felt was right. Ritsu later finds out from Takano that during his time at Shuudansha, Takano was caught by his co-worker Haitani Shin's affairs, where a man who was dating Haitani was in love with Takano. This caused Haitani to expose his personal problems to everyone in Shuudansha and caused an issue with the authors he was working with. Takano decides that it's time to quit Shuudansha as the company had some issues with their organization and with the problems of Haitani that made Takano not want to work with him again. He later came to work at Marukawa Shōten as a Shojo editor with the help of Yokozawa.

Marukawa PublishingEdit

Ten years have passed since Takano last saw Ritsu. Now working at Marukawa, he finds out that a new editor has been assigned to the team and upon learning the new editor is Ritsu Onodera, Takano becomes suspicious that he is the very same person he lost ten years ago.


Takano and Ritsu on their date

As the Editor-in-Chief of Marukawa, he is harsh on everyone, but all the editors are extremely loyal to him. After Ritsu's first full time job as an editor ends in success, Takano sits down with him, offering him a can of soda before simply stating that he hasn't changed at all in the last ten years. Ritsu doesn't remember Takano's face and tells him to stop joking around after Takano tries to kiss him. Takano realizes Ritsu doesn't remember and says that his name was once Saga Masamune but was changed to Takano Masamune after his parent's divorce, which startles Ritsu. Takano then tells Ritsu that he will make him love him again. After Takano finds out that Ritsu is his neighbor, Takano begins to invite himself into Ritsu's apartment with the excuse that he is his boss.


Ritsu OnoderaEdit

Ritsu is currently Takano's next door neighbor and assistant at Marukawa.  Ritsu was Takano's first love back in high school.  They broke up after due to a misunderstanding and Ritsu disappeared to study abroad.
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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi DVD cover - Takano and Ritsu

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After Takano lost all contact with Ritsu, he desperately searched for him until he had to move with his mother when his parents divorced. Ten years later, Takano finds out that someone named Ritsu will be working in Marukawa Publishing.  Takano and Ritsu confront each other, and the misunderstanding in their past becomes clear. Takano declares that he will make Ritsu fall in love with him again. Later after a talk while taking shelter from the rain, Takano tells Ritsu that it's not his fault that Takano became emotionally unstable during college. Takano also finds out that Ritsu's family never divorced as Takano knew Ritsu in high school as "Oda Ritsu" due to the fact that Ritsu thought borrowing all the books read by Saga would be creepy, and used a different surname to hide his identity.

Takano reacts after Ritsu's confession.

Though Takano and Ritsu get into many arguments about the past and work, Takano deeply cares for Ritsu.  Takano calls Ritsu by his first name only where they are alone together, and calls him by his last name or "Newbie" while they are working.


Takafumi YokozawaEdit

Takafumi and Takano are good friends and have been working together for a long time. They met each other in college.  They briefly dated; however, Takano stated he would rather stay as friends and nothing more.

Takafumi helped Takano cope with being dumped by Ritsu, and seeing Takano's pain caused Takafumi to resent Ritsu.  Takafumi Is the one who helped Takano get his current job at Marukawa.  He is also in charge of taking care of Takano's cat, Sorata, since Yokozawa claims that if Takano can't take care of himself, he can't take care of a pet.


Takano's family has never been loving, as his parents would often ignore him due to work, and he was forced to live alone with his cat Sorata.  His parents have high paying jobs, and because of this Takano was able to be financially stable. After his parents divorce, both his mother and father have remarried.




Sorata is Takano's adopted cat.  Takano rescued him ten years ago on a rainy day.  While everyone else was ignoring Sorata's cries, Saga noticed him and took him home, although his parents hated animals. Sorata is now a full-grown cat and is currently being cared for by Yokozawa Takafumi.


  • His favorite food is meat.
  • He loves kittens.
  • His foot size is 28cm.
  • Takano owns an iPhone 4.
  • Takano's appartment number is 1201
  • His pairing with Ritsu is referred to as Nostalgia, referring to the two remembering their past relationship and their feelings being rekindled.
  • Takano and Ritsu's relationship counterpart from Shungiku Nakamura's first BL manga, Junjou Romantica. They represent the Romantica Couple, Usami and Misaki; mainly due to them being the first pairing introduced in the series, and the pairing with the most overall screentime in both the anime and manga.

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