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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 due to the extended amount of reading involved. He has brown eyes and, according to Ritsu, long eyelashes. 

As a high school student, he rarely showed any emotion, but was popular among girls nonetheless. His surname was Saga in high school, but after his parents' divorce, it was changed to Takano. Takano is said to rarely smile 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 working hours and gave 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 considered it boring. 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 him 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 as mockery and, after apparently round-house kicking him, disappears without a word. Due to not knowing what Ritsu falsely believed about him, these actions make 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 emotional breakdown.

Saga's parents officially divorce later and he 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 where they become close friends. The two later even enter into a brief relationship during college, although Takano says they simply slept together a few times. However Takano, still deeply affected by personal troubles as well as still not over Ritsu, starts drinking and becomes very promiscuous. Takafumi vows that he will always be there for Takano, helping him back on his feet again.


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. However, he later quit because he didn't feel like it was the right place for him and wasn't allowed to make any changes to their projects that he felt were needed. Ritsu later finds out from Takano that during his time at Shuudansha, a co-worker named Haitani Shin was dating a man that fell in love with Takano and broke up with Haitani in result. Despite Takano turning the man down, Haitani still held Takano solely responsible and wanted revenge by taking away the things he held dearly in life. 

This caused Haitani to expose his personal problems to everyone in Shuudansha and caused an issue with the authors he was working with. Also, Haitani seduces a woman that Takano had been dating at the time and caused the two to break up. (Although Takano says he wasn't truly angry about it since he had only been dating her for three days and agreed to because she publically asked and pressured him to accept.) Takano then made the decision to leave the company when refusing to deal with such issues any longer. 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. He initially fails to realize it is Ritsu Onodera, due to having known him by a different name and how appearances have changed due to time. However, he becomes suspicious that he is the very same person he lost ten years ago in high school when being unable to shake the growing feeling that he already knows him. After a few hints and clues, he soon realizes that he is right and that Ritsu is his lost love from 10 years prior.


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 due to how he always proves to have the most success with his publications. 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 is confused at what he is saying. Takano is surprised that he really doesn't remember him and kisses him to jog his memory, shocking Ritsu. Despite this, Ritsu still fails to recognize who he is. Somewhat hurt, Takano says that his name was once Saga Masamune, but was changed to Takano Masamune after his parent's divorce, which startles Ritsu into realizing the truth. 

After the two confront each other over the past and how they believe that one another broke the other's heart, their misunderstanding is cleared up. Takano then tells Ritsu how despite the years and whomever he was with, he could never forget about him. He says how now that everything has finally been understood, he vows that he will make Ritsu love him again. After Takano finds out that Ritsu is his neighbor, Takano begins to invite himself into Ritsu's apartment or the other way around with the excuse that he is his boss and needs to discuss work with him.


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 due to a misunderstanding and Ritsu disappeared to study abroad in England. Ritsu, to Takano, is more or less "the one that got away". 
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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi DVD cover - Takano and Ritsu

After Takano lost all contact with Ritsu, he desperately searched for him for a brief period (but failed due to knowing him under a false name) until he had to move with his mother when his parents divorced. Sometime in his college years, a friend of his recalled knowing Ritsu and revealed how Ritsu has had a "fiancee" for quite some time, further breaking Takano's heart that Ritsu was seemingly two timing him during their relationship. 

Ten years later, Takano finds out that someone new will be working in Marukawa Publishing. The two don't initially recognize each other, due to the time and changed appearances, but Takano soon comes to realize Ritsu is his lost love from high school. Once they confront each other, Takano and Ritsu's high school misunderstanding from their past becomes clear. After this, Takano declares that he will make Ritsu fall in love with him again, revealing that despite the time that passed and whoever he was with, he could never forget about him. Despite Ritsu swearing up and down that he will never come to love Takano again, as time passes, it becomes apparent that he still deeply loves him and also admits he couldn't forget about him in the past ten years either. 

Later, after a talk, while taking shelter from the rain, Takano tells Ritsu that it's not his fault that he became emotionally unstable during college and it was a variety of problems that lead to his breakdown (although admitting Ritsu breaking up and abruptly leaving him was a contributing factor). Takano also finds out that Ritsu's family never divorced as Takano knew Ritsu in high school as "Oda Ritsu" due Ritsu believing that borrowing all the books read by Saga would be creepy and used a different surname to hide his identity. This makes Takano mad that, for 10 years, he didn't even know Ritsu's real name.


Takano feeling he missed Ritsu say something important - his confession.

Though Takano and Ritsu get into many arguments about the past and work situations, usually because Ritsu won't hesitate to talk back to him, Takano deeply cares for Ritsu and is desperate not to lose him again. In one manga chapter, Takano asks if Ritsu is to take over his family company then if that means he will move away. When Ritsu gives a vague answer, Takano declares that if he is to move again, he will not let him go and follow him. He goes on saying that he will not be able to handle losing Ritsu a second time as the first time was painful enough. 

He also often implies that Ritsu is his one true love, often telling Ritsu that "it has to be him" in terms of his love life. 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. However, whenever the two share a private moment, Takano often becomes flirtatious and romantic with Ritsu, even kissing him, much to his embarrasment due to the working environment.

Takafumi YokozawaEdit

Takafumi and Takano are good friends and have been working together for a long time. They met each other in college where they briefly dated, which Takano describes as sleeping together a few times. Despite this, Takano stated he would rather stay as friends and nothing more.

Takafumi helped Takano cope with his various personal troubles, including his heartbreak from Ritsu suddenly breaking up with him. Takano's pain caused Takafumi to resent Ritsu, and to also have him cast total blame onto him for why Takano broke down. Takafumi Is the one who helped Takano get his current job at Marukawa when he faced several problems at his previous company. 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 is incapable of caring for a pet. 

However, their friendship faced a severe obstacle when Takafumi became very possessive over Takano when Ritsu came to work at Marukawa. When it became clear that Takano was pursuing Ritsu romantically again, Takafumi went up and out of his way to ensure the two do not become involved. He often threatened Ritsu into staying away from Takano; claiming he and Takano were dating and, when finding out Takano and Ritsu were apartment neighbors, demanding he move to another location. He even began dismissing and overlooking Ritsu's various work assignments and business proposals, deliberately sabotaging Ritsu's working career. When Takano came to this realization, he scolded Takafumi for his actions. 

When Takano came to see that Takafumi was intimdating Ritsu into staying away from him, he confronted Takafumi about it. He brought up how they had an agreement that, following them sleeping together, that nothing more than a friendship was to be between them. However, it has become obvious to him that he is still in love with him and forcing Ritsu away from him. After Takano demands that he stay out of his love life and let him make his own choices, Takafumi emotionally outbursts by yelling how he had hope that they could become lovers due to their closeness and why he would choose Ritsu over him despite how badly he had hurt him in the past. 

Stunned by this confession, Takano explains how he is very much aware of the past pain between him and Ritsu. However, despite the passed time and previous pain, Takano has realized that he is still in love with Ritsu and he will always be the one he loves. Takafumi, heartbroken, finally comes to accept that a love between him and Takano can never happen. He accepts this and tells Takano that while he wishes to be friends, he needs time to emotionally heal. Takano apologizes for hurting him. Despite this rought patch, Takafumi is able to heal from this wound (with the help from a new beloved lover) and he and Takano are able to successfully become platonic friends again. 


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 apartment number is 1201.
  • His pairing with Ritsu is referred to as Nostalgia, referring to the two remembering their past together and their feelings and relationship 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.
  • He is short sighted. It is speculated that reading often shortens a person's eye view, leading Takano to theorize that because he frequently read books as a teenager, this may have shortened his sight in his adult years.
  • Takano hates taking pills whenever he is sick, only taking powdered drugs instead.
  • He is shown to regularly smoke, but (as revealed by fans) has appeared to stop or at least reduce his amount due to a comment from Ritsu about disliking smoking. 

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