Version 01: Blooming Spring~
Theme: What do you do when you fall in love for the first time?
Featuring: Sagara Sousuke & Chidori Kaname (Full Metal Panic!)
Launched: July 25, 2006
When I think of first loves, I think of soft pastels and new beginnings, so I wanted to create something fluffy and sweet for the first design. I angsted over choosing which pairing would grace Hatsukoi's first layout, and inspiration suddenly hit me while I was drooling over this yummy scan of Sousuke & Kaname. The scene is adorable~ Sousuke, like a little boy in love, cutely thrusts a rose right in Kaname's face, who blushes while taking a step back in surprise~ X3 Although their relationship can be angsty at times, it is also full of sweet and hilarious moments that make me go dokidoki~ ♪
Spring represents life and youthfulness, so I used soft colors like blue, lavender, and white, and included lots of flowers and little butterflies. I chose the title Blooming, which was inspired from the rose that Sousuke is holding out for Kaname~ it not only symbolizes love, but I thought it was a nice metaphor that just like the rose, their relationship is blooming as well ♥
The theme is inspired from the song Ai Araba ~It's All Right~, by J-pop group Morning Musume (which was the inspiration behind the domain name ★). It is a super cute song about falling in love for the first time, and I thought it fit Sousuke and Kaname's situation here perfectly X3
Japanese: 初恋をした時、どうしたらいいのかわからずに(Hatsukoi wo shita toki, doushitara ii no ka wakarazu ni)Translation: What are you supposed to do when you fall in love for the first time?