Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is now airing in Japan and Crunchyroll has started its simulcast today for premium members. Those without a Crunchyroll membership can see it air on April 15th. I just finished watching episode one and I'm already hooked. Started a little slow and then bam!.. laughing out loud. It definitely looks just like Junjo including the characters and there's even a 'guest' appearance by a Junjo character but only in the background. People have said Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is a little more realistic in comparison and although it's only episode one, I can already see some of that shining through. I still love Junjo so it's going to take a lot to win me over but this episode was a good start.
Awesome news for yaoi fans! Crunchyroll has announced that they will be simulcasting Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi after it starts to air in Japan, which is April 8th. They have not released any details regarding how soon after but I would imagine about a week. What do you think? Anyway, the simulcast will be available for the following countries/regions: North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Here's the official Sekai-ichi Facebook page, which is mostly in English.
Sex Pistols OVA 2 has already been delayed twice and is now set for an April 27th, 2011 release date per the site but how accurate is that? I've been monitoring the site and have not seen any updates since the last delay. However, I did find it listed on Japan's Amazon.com for the April 27th release date so I'm hoping that's a good sign. I'll continue monitoring the site and if I see any changes, I'll let you know.
For those that didn't catch my post about this on Twitter, just wanted to remind everyone that this exclusive wallpaper for volume 6 of Viewfinder is only available on Ayano Yamane's English site until 3/31/11! There are many sizes so get over there today and download yours! It's gorgeous!
EDIT 3/31/11: The expiration date has been extended to 4/30/11! Thanks, Sensei!
I promised once I saw this up for preorder I would let you know. I've been waiting on posting to confirm the date and some other details with Media Blasters in case online retailers are incorrect, but they have not confirmed at this time. Amazon and Rightstuf both have this listed for a 3/29/11 release date so at this point that's the best date we can go by. Prices between the two retailers are similar with shipping. If you have a bigger order with either retailer you can get free shipping on the DVD. I have mine preordered so once I see it ship, I'll let you know and also post the details.
Shungiku Nakamura of Junjo Romantica fame has another manga titled Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, which has recently been adapted into an anime. The first episode is set to premier April 8th in Japan. Here's the publisher's description of the series: Continue reading »
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