Manga Review: The World’s Greatest First Love: The Cases of Ritus Onodera.

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Artwork and Story by Shungiku Nakamura.

English published: Sublime manga. 

Genre: A slice of life/ romance/ Comedy 

The Junjo Romantic saga continues with a new romantic stories and hot couples. 

Ritus Onodera is a rookie at the shoujo manga editing department. The work is very tight with deadlines. Ritus is inexperience editing shoujo mangas. His boss, Masamue Takano is strict, cold and take no-nonsense.

However Takano was Ritus first love. When Takano recognised him, he forces himself to make Ritus fall in love with him again.

Takano is very persistent on making love to Ritus and doesn’t want to lose Ritus again. Ritus denies that he loves Takano but his internal feeling saying otherwise. The sexual chemistry between Ritus and Takano is and unusual but intriguing.

The sexual tensions is on point in every volume, very hot, saucy bedroom action! Just as you expect of Shungiku Nakamura’s manga’s. Most Bl manga are is too fast with the bedroom action. In Junjo Romantic and World’s greatest first love there alot of building up with he romance interest and plot development 

The manga starts get interesting in Volume 3 when the relationship between Ritus and Takano get steamy and intense. Also Volume 3 there is a sub story of Shota Kisa and Kou Yukina. 

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Anime: World Greatest First Love on Crunchyoll

The World Greatest first Love manga series is fantastic. I keep reading the manga over and over again. Shungiku Nakamura creates very creates great heart throbbing  romantic combined with good drawings. The drawings improved a lot since Junjo Romantica. 

I own all the volumes of this manga and watched the anime series on CrunchyRoll.

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There is a separate manga World Greatest first Love, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori. Which is not available in english publication to buy. Only Japanese publication.

I was disappointed that Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori was not included in the sereis as in the anime.

Personally, Shungiku Nakamura is one of the best classic Yaoi/BL manga artist.

I really wished Junjo Romantica was re published in english publish again by Sublime Manga.

The anime is available to watch in crunchyroll.

I rate the manga series 6 out of 6 stars, highly recommended manga to read.

Sublime manga website: https://www.sublimemanga.com/

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The Way of Manga like A Pro through World Greatest First Love and Nichijou.

Episode 20, Nichijou

I always watching world Greatest first love anime on CrunchyRoll. The anime is an insight on how manga publishers work. Ritsu and Tanako are both manga Shojou editors. Thier jobs is to work closely with the manga artist.

There is a sub story on world Greatest first love, manga Shojou Artist Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori the manga editor.

Chiaki and his team work in a studio. They working endlessly to meet the deadline.

It seem that working on a manga series is a lot of work and stressful! Luckily for me I am a one man band and don’t have to meet deadline.

I see the story board or rough draft in the anime where the character discus the rough draft. The drawings are drawn very simple, thumbnail rough, include the dialogue. The manga artist makes many pages of rough drafts drawings then show them to thier editor.

I noticed watching World Greatest first love, the manga artist divide the paper and draw two pages roughs in one page. This give them an idea how the manga read into the next page.

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This gave me an idea to do the same with my drafts. I am using a layout paper to do my manga rough.

My manga will read from left to right western style.

I write my story first. Adding details to the scene and the character dialogue. I write my stories like a fiction because I want to get the essence of the characters. It is a good way to develop your characters. I aim to write between 500 – 1,500 words.

Draft drawings

After I am happy with the roughs, I will start working the real manga on my computer on Clip Studio EX. I have a Wacom Display Tablet so it more easily draw with ease.

I am still working on my manga and uploading them on my Deviantart page. I am trying to find a good method in creating my manga. So far it coming much more nicely together.

‘Chained to you’ manga comic drawn on Clip Studio

Tip: Stick to manga that you like or inspired by. Take note on how the manga is directed, how the tone convey the mood and the panels works on the page.

Nichijou gave me encouragement when I feeling like my manga is not good enough. I just remember how Mio chan felt with her manga. She inspires me to follow your dreams in becoming a manga artist.

Episode 20, Nichijou

Episode 20 on Nichijou is when Mio’s friend help her complete her manga, but did not go well. It is a good episode to watching because you will see that every artist has those days when nothing is coming out right.

Chained to You: Fornt Cover Design

I being practicing creating my own manga drawings on Clip Studio EX. For the Comic I created a book cover design using Canva.com I wanted it to reflect the story. in the future these manga might be publish but i need to be confident in creating my manga into professional works.

This comic is an erotic genre, so it not appropriate to share some of the drawings but I had a lot of fun. It was inspired by both ‘Dears’ and ‘Loveless’ combined which I love to read.

Book comic cover artwork
Book comic cover artwork by Reebek J

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