Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi: Onodera Ritsu no Baai(世界一初恋 〜小野寺律の場合〜?, lit. "The World's Greatest First Love: Onodera Ritsu's Affair") is a Japanese boys-lovemanga series written and illustrated by Shungiku Nakamura. In 2011, the manga was adapted into an anime television series under the title Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. Produced by Studio DEEN under the direction of Chiaki Kon, the anime series began its broadcast run on April 9, 2011. An original animation DVD was bundled with the fifth and sixth volumes of the manga series, released in March and September 2011.
Ritsu Onodera, a literary editor, resigns from his father's publishing company, due to his coworkers' jealousy of his success, claiming that he is simply riding his father's coattails. He applies for a position at Marukawa Publishing in order to move away from his father's shadow, but instead of his preferred department of literature he is placed in the infamous shōjo manga department, Emerald. He initially considers resigning, especially because he finds his new boss, Masamune Takano, intolerable and unnerving from the very beginning; however, Takano inadvertently convinces Onodera to stick with the job by calling him "useless," his pride forcing him to stay in order to prove his worth. Later, Onodera learns that Takano's old family name was Saga, and that he was an older schoolmate from high school that Ritsu fell in love with and confessed to. It turns out Takano still has feelings for Onodera, and he tells him he will make him fall in love with him again. The series shows how Takano slowly achieves this goal, and the obstacles the two face.
There are also two other couples in this show; their stories are shown in later episodes. The characters follow Ritsu's fellow editors: Hatori and his longtime friend (and manga artist he's in charge of) Chiaki, as well as Kisa and the attractive bookstore employee he has his eye on, Yukina.
An extra novel follows salesman and longtime friend of Takano's, Yokozawa, as he’s swept off his feet following a harsh breakup by attractive widower and single father Kirishima.
Ritsu is a 25-year-old jaded literary editor. He is the only son of the head of Onodera Publication and previously worked at his father's company in the literature department. Hearing his fellow co-workers accusing him of only getting ahead because of his father's influence, he decides to show that he can be successful on his own by going to work at Marukawa Publishing. After being hurt by his first love in high school when he was 15, Ritsu vowed to never fall in love again. His resolve is tested, however, when he is reunited with the boy he once loved. Now very much a man and his new boss, things get very complicated for Ritsu. And now he must figure out his feelings while also juggling his career and seduction from his former first love and new boss. At his previous job, he was an editor in charge of Akihiko Usami as well as Ryouichi Sumi, father of Misaki's friend Keiichi Sumi (all from Junjou Romantica).
The 27-year-old, Formerly known as Masamune Saga, before his parents divorced in high school and his mother remarried. He is the editor-in-chief of the Emerald department at Marukawa, and is sometimes referred to as "the capable". He and Ritsu were once in a brief relationship in high school but split up over a misunderstanding, where they both thought each other was wrong. It is revealed that he later had a breakdown from the break-up, family problems, and other personal issues, which in turn left him with unresolved feelings for Ritsu. When both he and Ritsu realize who each other are, he promises Ritsu he will make him fall in love with him again, much to Ritsu's contempt. In Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi: Takano Masamune no Baai (lit. Masamune Takano's Case), the reader sees Takano's perspective on his and Ritsu's first meeting and romantic development.
Ritsu's childhood friend and his fiancée, due to an agreement their parents made when the two were kids. However, Ritsu does not view her as his fiancée. Sweet, polite and sensitive, An has deep feelings towards him, despite being rejected by Ritsu (whom she calls 'Ricchan') when she confessed her love.
Chiaki Yoshino is a 28-year-old shōjo manga artist known as Chiharu Yoshikawa (a female name). His editor in-charge is Yoshiyuki Hatori, who is also his childhood friend. His two best friends are Hatori and Yanase, but the lines between friendship and love begin to blur after a number of confusing incidents. Chiaki begins to question his feelings for Hatori after not only witnessing him and Yanase together in what he thinks is a kiss; then Hatori kisses him one night. Chiaki begins to realize he has to confront his true feelings or risk losing them both.
Hatori, also known as Tori, is 28 years old and an editor in the Emerald department. Although in the beginning he is serious and reserved, we later learn that he has harbored both deep and secret feelings for his childhood friend Chiaki. After raping him and confessing his love, Hatori pulls away fearing that Chiaki doesn't feel the same, but instead loves his rival, Yanase. Although Chiaki does somewhat have the same feelings, unbeknownst to Tori.
Chief assistant for manga artist Yoshino Chiaki. Hatori and Chiaki both came to know Yū when they were in junior high. An immediate tension is visible between Hatori and Yū. It isn't until later that it is discovered that both are vying for the love of Chiaki.
Kisa is a fellow editor in the Emerald department, and because of his looks he is mistaken for being much younger than his true age of 30. He considers himself gay and has never been in a serious relationship; he doesn't think himself capable of being in one because of his tendency to fall in love for only good looks without knowing a guy's personality. Because of this, he immediately questions his feelings for Kō and doesn't hold out much hope for a relationship with him. His mentality can be described by his line: "love at first sight works well enough in manga, but this is reality."
Yukina is a 21-year-old clerk in charge of the shōjo manga section at the bookstore Marimo Books. He's been aware of Kisa coming in to watch him, but when he finds out Kisa is the editor behind all of his favorite works he begins to develop feelings for him, though he considered himself straight prior to then. He's willing to fight to make Kisa understand that what they feel for each other is real and that Kisa is able to actually fall in love.
Yokozawa works in the sales department at Marukawa. He is friends with and had a physical relationship with Takano when they were both in college. It's also common knowledge in the publishing world that he helped Takano get into publishing and get his position at Marukawa. He is seriously jealous of and resents Ritsu, blaming him for "screwing up" Takano. He often warns Ritsu away from Takano, even going as far as proclaiming Takano is his. He has his own side story called Takafumi Yokozawa No Baii about his new love interest, Kirishima Zen, and him handling his rejection by Takano.
He was first introduced in Junjo Romantica as the editor in chief of Japun, the shōnen manga magazine, and is now Yokozawa's new love interest. He is raising his daughter, Hiyori, on his own due to his wife passing away a few years ago. After blackmailing Yokozawa, the two start dating once they realizing their feelings for each other. He has a habit of teasing Yokozawa, calling him the mother of his daughter Hiyori.
Hiyori is the only child of Zen; 10 years old and lost her mother some time ago. She bonds quickly with Yokozawa, to whom she refers as 'Onii-san' (big brother/older male figure). She's responsible for cooking her father's meals and is very fond of kittens and green tea sweets.
Mino is a fellow editor in the Emerald department, who is constantly smiling through all the stress and exhaustion. It has been hinted that he has a dark side, with Takano saying "Make sure you don't make Mino upset".
Isaka is the senior managing director of Marukawa Publishing, and is acquainted with Ritsu's parents. He is quite the mysterious man. He is also a character of Junjo Romantica. In "Junjo Mistake" the reader learns he has been in a relationship with his secretary/former childhood playmate/caretaker Asahina since 10 years ago when both realized their mutual feelings. He once aspired to be a novelist, but realized his real talents lay in finding future best-sellers. Like Ritsu, others once implied that Isaka's success only came from his family's influence (when in reality it was his talent in nurturing authors to greatness), so he feels a kinship with Ritsu, which annoys Ritsu who wants to get away from that image.
Asahina is Ryūichiro's assistant, and came to work for the Isaka family when they helped the Asahina family out of a bad situation. Originally intended to be Isaka's playmate, he ended up becoming something more of a caretaker and developed feelings for Isaka at a young age.
Written and illustrated by Shungiku Nakamura, Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi began serialization in 2007 in The Ruby magazine. From July 2009 to present, however, it is being published in Asuka Ciel magazine. The individual chapters have been released as six tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten's Asuka Comic CL-DX branch. The first volume was published on July 1, 2008, and the sixth on September 27, 2011. Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi has not yet been released in English. The series was originally licensed for English-language release in North America by Tokyopop's Blu Manga, with volume 1 due for release on 12 July 2011. However, since the 31 May 2011 closure of Tokyopop's publishing efforts, it is currently not licensed for English release.
As of April 2011, there have been four novels published telling the story of Hatori and Chiaki, titled Yoshino Chiaki no Baai (The Case of Chiaki Yoshino).
As of December 2012, three novels about Yokozawa and his new lover have been published, titled "Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai" (The Case of Takafumi Yokozawa). These novels also include mini-comics. In 2013's January issue of Asuka Ciel magazine, it was confirmed that an anime adaptation film of this story is currently in development. The series director, Chiaki Kon, will also be directing the film. In addition, a special Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi anime short called "Valentine-hen'" will screen alongside the film in 2014.
The first season opening for the anime is "Sekai de Ichiban Koishiteru" by Shuhei Kita and the ending is "Ashita Boku wa Kimi ni Ai ni Iku" by Wakaba. The second season opening is "Sekai no Hate ni Kimi ga Itemo" by Shuhei Kita and the ending is "Aikotoba" by Sakura Merry-Men. The second season featured Junjou Mistake in episode 6. An OVA, bundled with the limited edition manga Vol. 6, was released in September.
Ritsu Onodera meets and immediately falls for upperclassman Masamune Saga. Keeping his distance for the next three years, he unexpectedly runs into Saga at the school library and finds himself confessing, and is even more shocked when Saga says he has no problem hanging out with him. At Saga's house events take an unexpected turn, and Ritsu finds himself in a relationship with the boy of his dreams. In the end Ritsu wakes up at work, now 25 years old and dreaming about a flame from his past who jaded his view on love, and is antagonized by his boss Masamune Takano for falling asleep during a busy time of the publishing cycle.
Onodera begins work at his new position at Emerald, and is harshly introduced to their production "cycle" by being thrown into the mess of their burned-out phase, in which everyone appears brutally overworked and exhausted. He is shocked to find them transformed the next day into composed and energetic people who spiritedly show him the basics of manga editing.
"A man has free choice to begin love but not end it."
As Onodera continues learning the ropes of manga editing and publishing, his interactions with Takano become more tense and uncomfortable. Takano eventually realizes who Onodera is, later revealing his identity to Onodera as his first love from high school, bringing back memories of being used and tossed aside, even though, as Takano explains, they were fuelled by a gross misunderstanding. He is left conflicted in regards to his true feelings toward Takano.
After Takano and another staff member have a heated argument in the Emerald office about an underprinted publication, Onodera sees the two of them later having a seemingly friendly conversation in the lobby, stirring a sense of jealousy within him. Perturbed by the fact that this bothered him, he begins avoiding Takano even more, prompting Takano to confront him about the situation before it begins affecting their capacity to work together.
The author that Onodera has been overseeing suddenly falls ill along with all of her helpers near the publication deadline. He rushes to the distant Hokkaido to assist her personally, despite protests from his superiors. As the entire editing staff stands on the end of their nerves, Onodera barely makes the deadline with the finished manuscript. He later falls asleep on the train with Takano, and finds himself sleeping in the same bed as Takano the following morning, flustering his emotions and pushing him further into refusal to open himself to Takano.
This episode introduces a new set of characters - Chiaki Yoshino, a male author who releases shōjo manga under the female pseudonym Chiharu Yoshikawa; Yoshiyuki Hatori, his manager and childhood friend; and Yuu Yanase, his chief assistant, who is on rough but unclear terms with his manager. Hatori's increasing coldness toward Chiaki begins to take its toll on their friendship, and when pressed on personal matters, Hatori becomes distant. Chiaki later sees Hatori and Yuu in an alley having what he interprets as an argument between lovers. Growing distraught with confusion that begins to affect his ability to write, Chiaki slowly realizes his feelings for Hatori. However, Hatori later confesses his love for Chiaki, much to his surprise, along with admitting that he had changed Chiaki's management behind Chiaki's back, fearing that his confession would put their relationship on bad terms. This forces Chiaki to admit his own budding feelings.
After an onsen trip, Chiaki is burned out and can hardly concentrate on work. The emerging love triangle between him, Hatori and Yuu compounds his inability to focus as well. Later on in Chiaki's apartment, Hatori informs him that he must attend an upcoming party because his manga will be made into an anime and he must meet the people in charge. Hatori offers to pick a suit for Chiaki, but Chiaki prefers to go shopping with Yuu instead, sparking jealousy in Hatori. After Yuu leaves, Hatori makes tries to kiss Chiaki, upon which Chiaki pushes Hatori away because he feels that Hatori is moving too fast. This upsets Hatori and he leaves. During the party, after meeting the anime staff, Chiaki sees Hatori surrounded by many women, including Ichinose Erika; a top writer who is known to have taken a liking to Hatori. Chiaki, feeling that Hatori is comfortable with the writer, becomes jealous and promptly leaves the party with Yuu. Hatori eventually arrives at Chiaki's place because he still needs to discuss some corrections with Chiaki's manga. Chiaki smells perfume on Hatori; feeling that the writer at the party may have gotten too close him, he becomes angry. Hatori reassures Chiaki otherwise and also confesses his jealousy about Chiaki and Yuu, feeling that Chiaki favors Yuu over him. Chiaki also reassures him and Hatori tells him that he loves him, and will continue to tell him until he can never forget. The morning after, Yuu admits to Chiaki that he is in love with someone, but when Chiaki asks who the person is, he simply says that Hatori knows the person well, leaving Chiaki puzzled and confused.
The episode begins with Ritsu having another flashback dream, in which he sees Saga sleeping in the library and tries to find out what book he was reading, but runs away when he thinks Saga is about to wake up. Afterwards, Ritsu wakes up and goes to work. At Marukawa, Ritsu's assignment is to make his first proposal as a manga editor to publish the manga he's supervising as a book. It is initially rejected by Takano, so he stays late at night working on it. Later that night, Takano helps Ritsu with his proposal, even though Ritsu didn't want his help. After a while, Takano suddenly kisses him to break the tension, and consequently gets hit by Ritsu. Yokozawa then arrives and sends Takano to meet someone. When he's alone with Ritsu, Yokozawa proclaims Takano as his property, and doesn't believe Ritsu's words about not having any relation with Masamune other than that of boss-subordinate. At a bookstore the next day, Ritsu meets an old female friend from his previous job, and they go for drinks. She gets drunk, stumbles, and falls into Ritsu's arms. This is seen by Takano, who had just arrived with Ichinose Erika, a female writer, to discuss work (Ritsu misunderstands this and feels jealous). When he arrives home, Takano accuses him of not working hard enough. Takano makes another pass and admits to being in love with him, but Ritsu (who is still wary of admitting his love for Takano) runs away and leaves Takano alone in his apartment. The proposal meeting day arrives and Ritsu is quite nervous, but Takano tries to cheer him up on the way to the meeting. In this episode another Junjou Romantica character appears; Isaka Ryuichiro.
Kisa sees Yukina, the Marimo Books employee he has been attracted to for a long time, selling the latest book he has edited. Tall, handsome and charming; Yukina is extremely popular among girls, who are easily convinced to buy the books he is selling. Kisa does not believe they could ever be together. Checking the sales of his book, Kisa notices that the sales are very high at Marimo Books, as they have been for his previous books too. They are finally introduced to each other by Yokozawa in the bookstore. Just as Kisa is leaving the store, he runs into a persistent ex-lover. After being rejected yet again, the man is about to hit Kisa when he is stopped by Yukina, giving Kisa an opportunity to flee. Later on, Yukina happens to find Kisa in the little-known cafe he had run away to. They talk, and Yukina correctly guesses the authors Kisa has been in charge of, saying they had a similar atmosphere despite being very different books. He is also astounded by Kisa's youthful looks after learning he is actually 30 years old. Yukina reveals he himself is a 21-year-old art student. As he plans a fair to promote Kisa's latest book, it begins to rain. Kisa, however, is lost in thought and doesn't hear Yukina asking him if he has an umbrella. Noticing this, Yukina leans in and kisses Kisa.
Kisa freaks out and cannot concentrate on his work because of his constant flashback to the scene with Yukina at the cafe. He soon receives an e-mail from Yukina inviting him to the bookstore to see the book promotion display stand that they planned earlier. This reminds Kisa of the kiss and he throws himself into a brief depression after convincing himself that Yukina cannot be serious about the kiss. He gets even more down after belittling himself career-wise by comparing his achievements to Takano's. After work, Kisa subconsciously arrives at the bookstore, where Yukina shows him the display stand and tells him that the reason he worked so hard on the display was because of Kisa. Noticng that Kisa has been trying to avoid him, Yukina invites him to talk after he finishes work. As Kisa waits for Yukina outside the store, he encounters the persistent ex-lover yet again. The ex-lover finds out about Kisa's feelings for Yukina and threatens to expose him but was defeated by Yukina, who appeared suddenly and claimed himself to be Kisa's boyfriend. Kisa and Yukina end up in Yukina's house, where Yukina finds out that Kisa was in charge of editing all his favorite manga. He then surprises Kisa by telling him how he knows about Kisa's feelings for him from the start, but when he begins to talk about the kiss Kisa immediately interrupts him by saying that he does not care, which triggers an unexpected response from Yukina, who confessed his love for Kisa. Afterwards, Kisa receives notice that his book is getting a second printing, and when Yukina tells him that he loves him after Kisa notified Yukina of the news, Kisa decides that he has fallen in love despite the fact that he claims he can only like men's faces.
After working through the night to finish work, Yoshino and Yuu stays behind together. Yuu saves Yoshino from falling over the trash can, and starts to tease him by tickling him. Hatori walks in on the scene and misunderstands. Later, Yoshino arrives at Hatori's house and attempts to apologize, but gets mad at Hatori when Hatori says he does not want Yoshino to have physical contact with Yuu. They make up temporarily in the morning after Yoshino sleeps over, but gets into a dispute again when Yoshino reveals that he is going to a hot spring with Yuu. On the night of the hot spring trip, Yoshino is surprised to find out that it is his own birthday on that day and realizes why Hatori is upset about his going away. Briefly after his realization, he receives an unexpected love confession from Yuu, but is interrupted by a phone call from Hatori. After hearing a "Happy birthday" from Hatori through the phone, Yoshino suddenly decides to terminate the vacation and go back to Hatori's house, where Hatori gave himself to Yoshino as a birthday present.
Onodera wakes up in the doorway, still holding on to a convenience store-bought dinner, and suddenly remembers a meeting that he was to sit in in the morning. On the subway, he complains about his lifestyle after joining the shōjo manga department. Onodera is surprised by the hostility shown in the proposal meeting and dreads future meetings. After the conference, Onodera meets Sumi Ryouichi (father of Sumi Keiichi from Junjo Romantica), whom he was in charge of before in the literature department at his father's company. Through Sumi sensei, Onodera also meets Hasegawa of the literature department, who later dropped in on Onodera during work and invited him out for a drink. Takano, who happened to hear the invitation, rejected it for Onodera. After commenting on Takano's strictness, Hasegawa reminds Onodera that he can always transfer to the literature department if he no longer wants to work on manga. Later, Onodera encounters Takano at the library and tries to run away. Takano saves him from falling down the stairs as Onodera trips on fallen leaves; as they embrace on the stairs, Takano tries to evoke past memories from the time when they were dating in high school, but Onodera escapes again. At the apartment, Onodera encounters Yokozawa, who apparently was coming out from Takano's room with Takano's cat, Sorata. Yokozawa confronts Onodera and claims Takano as his, and further throws Onodera into confusion by recounting how Onodera had only hurt Takano since they have known each other.
Meeting Ryouichi Sumi and the advice from Hasegawa have put doubt into Ritsu Onodera's heart. He remembers the reason he transferred to Marukawa and wonders if he can continue to work as a manga editor. While he is struggling, Takano asks him if he wants transfer to the literature department. A call from an author interrupts Onodoera's thoughts, and the author expresses her gratitude for his work and gives him encouragement. Onodera relays her praise to Takano, who further shows his approval of Onodera's work. While at Onodera's place, Takano tells Onodera of the history between him and Yokozawa. As Onodera is immersed in his own thoughts about the two, Takano once again confesses his love for Onodera.
Hatori and Yoshino have been going out for a year now, and Hatori reflects over that. Yoshino gets a call from his mother who complains over how he never visits. As Hatori plans to go to his parents’ house, Yoshino decides to go along with him and visit his mother and sister. While there, Mrs Yoshino makes a remark how Hatori and Chinatsu (Yoshino's sister) would make a nice couple, which makes Yoshino jealous. Hatori is touched by how much Yoshino cares for him.
Onodera leaves the office to visit the bookstore and thinks about how it has felt whenever Takano has touched him, but he dismisses these thoughts. At the bookstore, he runs into Yokozawa, and as they leave together, Yokozawa demands that Onodera move to a new home. Onodera argues that it his none of his business and teases Yokozawa that maybe he and Takano were dating. Yokozawa confirms this suspicion and Onodera realizes that Yokozawa doesn’t like him because he is protecting Takano. Back at the office, Onodera overhears a conversation between two women, one of whom saw Takano and Yokozawa together the night before. Takano invites Onodera to dinner, and though Onodera declines, Takano makes the plan anyway. Onodera tries to avoid having dinner with Takano, but Takano catches him and they go to dinner at Takano’s apartment. At dinner, Onodera becomes intoxicated and drunkenly confesses that Takano’s behavior has an emotional effect on him. Takano denies the rumor about him and Yokozawa and tells Onodera that he is greatly affected by his presence as well, including at his job. The two have a heartfelt moment where Takano calls Onodera by his first name and Onodera calls him "sempai." The next morning, Onodera awakens to find himself naked in Takano’s bed, unable to remember the events of the previous night, but pain in his hips and back leads him to realize that he and Takano might have done it. Despite this obvious evidence, he openly denies this taking place.
Onodera reflects upon how he imagined Christmas would be when he and Takano were together 10 years ago. Onodera runs a manuscript over to the printers and upon arriving back at the office, he receives an email from Takano telling him he can go home. As the elevator door opens, he sees Takano and Yokozawa talking and when the leave together, Yokozawa asks what Onodera’s plans are for the 24th, which happens to be Takano’s birthday. Yokozawa then implies to Onodera that he and Takano are still together, and he warns Onodera again to stay away from Takano. Onodera wishes Takano a happy birthday and as they part, Takano requests Onodera’s company on a drive for his birthday gift. On the drive, Onodera reflects on his feelings toward Takano, and Takano reveals the true nature of his relationship with Yokozawa and reminds Onodera that he has loved him for 10 years. Takano admits that when they were still high school, he used to imagine how he was going to celebrate his birthday with Onodera, and Onodera tells him that he used to imagine it as well (though they were never able to do it since their relationship ended). They kiss, and Onodera admits to himself that he cannot resist Takano.
Hatori asks Yoshino to do front color pages at the last minute as the person originally in charge of it had to be hospitalized. After the work was completed, he is told that one of his assistants likes Yuu and blacks out due to overwork and exhaustion as he had not slept in days. Afterwards, Yuu comes to visit Yoshino, during which they talk about their plans to go to a spa. This time Yoshino asks Yuu to have Hatori accompany them as well, but Yuu objects. Chiaki encourages Yuu to go out with his assistant as she has a crush on him, prompting a frustrated Yuu for the first time to confess to Chiaki. Chiaki tells him that he likes him as well, but Hatori (who came to drop off a manuscript) hears it and leaves the apartment angrily. After Hatori leaves, Chiaki explains that he only meant that he liked Yuu as he was an important friend to him and not in a romantic way, but Yuu asks him to think about it. Chiaki calls Hatori to his house as he wanted to clear up the misunderstandings. When Hatori comes, he tells Chiaki that he knows Chiaki wants to end their relationship. Chiaki becomes mad that Hatori drew that conclusion and tells him off about it. Hatori feels better as that meant Chiaki was confessing his feelings to him.
"Delay in love is dangerous."
October 28, 2011
Yoshino and Tori make a date, but Tori cancels at the last minute. Later Yoshino sees Tori with his old high school girlfriend. An infuriated Yoshino turns to Yuu for comfort. While spending time at Yuu's place, Yoshino asks Yuu if he remembers Tori's ex-girlfriend back in high school. Yuu remembers her and her name, and tells Yoshino how they look amazing together. Yuu receives a call from Tori, but refuses to give the phone to Chiaki, and he tells him that he has decided to make him his. When Chiaki asks about what he said, Yuu tells him it's just a joke, but later admits that he really is in love with him. Yuu forces himself on Chiaki, but CHiaki hits him in the face, and quickly apologizes for it. This makes Yuu sob, asking Chiaki why he loves Tori instead of him. Tori arrives and tries to violently hit Yuu, but Chiaki intervenes. Back to Chiaki's place, Chiaki and Tori gets in an argument. Chiaki asks Tori about his ex-girlfriend, and Tori says that she is working at the printers and there is nothing between them. Tori reminds Chiaki how much he loves him.
"Follow love and it will flee thee, flee love and it follow thee."
November 4, 2011
While trying to deal with the stress at work, Onodera gets an unexpected phone call and visit from his "fiancée" that causes a riff between him and Takano. On their way back home, Takano kissed Onodera in the train. When he is walking back home with Takano, Onodera saw his "fiancée" in front of his apartment. When Takano saw Onodera fiancé, he gets jealous and decides to go see his cat, Sorata, which is currently living at Yokozawa's house. Onodera stops him from going to Yokozawa's and explained everything about his "fiancée" situation to Takano. Onodera told his fiancée (early in the relationship) that he was in love with someone else (that person is Takano). Although Onodera didn't declare his love towards Takano, they kissed in front the door and Takano stayed for the night with Onodera, not going to Yokozawa's house.
"Love is without reason."
November 11, 2011
This episode is an adaptation of the previously un-animated side story from Junjou Romantica, Junjou Mistake. Originally wanting to be a novelist, Editor Ryuichiro Isaka is torn between choosing editing, which he apparently excels at (he can determine which book will perform well in sales), and writing, which he admits (to himself) that he isn't that good at. He is also struggling with his feelings toward his assistant and longtime companion, Kaoru Asahina.
"Actions speak louder than words."
November 18, 2011
Tonight is the company's annual New Year’s Party and Onodera has to learn how to navigate the crowd of publishers, editors, and authors. Onodera and the rest of the editorial party go to work early to finish up before the party when Onodera gets an unexpected call from his mother about An-chan. Takano, to Onodera, calls An-chan his "girlfriend" until the end of the party where he thinks he might have learned the truth about Onodera's love.
"Love and envy make a man pine."
November 25, 2011
Shouta Kisa and his perfect boyfriend Yukina haven't been able to see much of each other because of Kisa's work. Yukina always complies with Kisa when he says he is busy at work, which causes Kisa to believe that Yukina's lack of anger means he doesn't love Kisa as much as Kisa thought he did. Kisa finally resolves to make time for Yukina no matter what after he hears about the marriage of a friend of his when a major project was given to him from Takano. Again, Yukina says it is fine when Kisa can't make it, but Kisa goes to his work and waits for him anyways after hurrying to finish his work. There, he unexpectedly finds Yukina meeting with a girl and watches them as the two walk towards the naughty part of town Kisa knows all too well.
"Love is blind."
December 2, 2011
Kisa just wants to end things with Yukina but doesn’t know how to do it. At a moment of weakness Kisa agreed to go on date with a guy he met a while ago. But when he arrives, Yukina appears demanding answers. Kisa angrily tells Yukina that he saw him and a girl go to the hotel district, but Yukina informs him that she is only a friend who agreed to teach him how to cook certain dishes (so that he could cook for Kisa) in exchange for watching a movie. Kisa then tells Yukina that their relationship will still not work out because he does not even know anything about him, and Yukina replies by telling him things about himself such as his height and educational background, and that the person he loves is Kisa. Yukina then moves to Kisa's place for a week to make sure that now they will see each other more often.
"Love goes never without fear."
December 9, 2011
Takano wants Onodera to admit his feelings, but before he can, Takano gets sick. When Onodera tries to visits, he is stopped by Yokozawa. A heated exchanged happens, leaving Onodera saying things he might regret…
"Love makes the world go round."
December 16, 2011
Takano and Onodera share a moment in the rain and talk about their time in school. A few startling truths are revealed that may change their opinion about each other.
"Love is a bitter-sweet."
December 23, 2011
Takano recalls memories of the past; his troubles with his family, and how he fell in love with Ritsu. This is the season finale.