Yeah, I know what you´re thinking, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi? Elegant? What´s up with that? If I didn´t know any better, I´d agree with you, but I won´t, ´cause Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Yokozawa Takafumi No Baai might actually be my biggest surprise in the year 2014.
Y´see, I love Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, but I find Junjou Romantica more than just a little appalling, it was way too forceful,way too in your face, not romantic(a) enough. Meanwhile, Seikaiichi Hatsukoi is (slightly) better than the former in that respect but still had those painful yaoi clichés that just make you wonder, why? so, when a movie centered around my least favourite Sekaiichi character was announced, I wasn´t sure what to feel. Excited? Anticipating? Scandalized? Horrified?
But here I am, 2 months later, up and ready to praise Sekaiichi Hatsukou Yokozawa Takafumi No Baai as one of the better romances we´ve seen this year (and possibly in forever) when it comes to anime. Yokozawa Takafumi takes a much more mature route in comparison to the television series, here, we deal with family, loss, love and hope. The drama is subtle enough so it doesn´t become melodramatic, the romance is elegant enough so it doesn´t become offensive, the characters are troubled enough so they don´t become walking and talking stereotypes. And so, the majestically fabulous story of a bunch of gay men working for a shoujo manga magazine comes to an end, for now. It has been fun, Sekaiichi, it really has.