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Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi Film Slated for Spring With Comic, Text Story

posted on by Egan Loo

Kadokawa began streaming a short video that confirms that the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai anime film will open in Japan next spring. A pair of advance tickets will come with an exclusive "Valentine-Hen ~Prologue~" comic by Shungiku Nakamura and an exclusive "Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai ~Halloween-Hen~" text story by Miyako Fujisaki, while a single advance ticket will come with clear file.

Chiaki Kon (Junjō Romantica, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi television anime) is directing the film at Studio DEEN. Tohru Furuya (under the alias Noboru Sōgetsu) will play Zen Kirishima, and Kenyuu Horiuchi will reprise his role as Takafumi Yokozawa.

The film will play with a new "Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi ~Valentine-hen~" anime short. The short will tell a brand-new story about how four couples (including Masamune Takano/Ritsu Onodera and Zen Kirishima/Takafumi Yokozawa) spent Valentine's Day.

Nakamura's original Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi ~Onodera Ritsu no Baai~ manga follows the tension between a newly recruited manga editor named by Ritsu Onodera (voiced by Takashi Kondō on television) and his tyrannical editor-in-chief Masamune Takano (Katsuyuki Konishi) — who happen to share a common past. The manga has over 9 million copies in circulation. Fujisaki and Nakamura's Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai light novel series centers around Takafumi, a worker at the Marukawa publishing company with his own shared college past with Takano. He had helped bring Takano into Marukawa.

Kadokawa also began streaming a video for the Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi Blu-ray Box that will ship on January 31, 2014. It will have the first Blu-ray release of all 24 episodes from the previous television series and two manga-bundled episodes. It will also have a special booklet of Nakamura's illustrations, a newly-recorded radio CD, and a box illustrated by anime character designer Yoko Kikuchi.

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