First Love (2022) – A Netflix Series

First Love Hatsukoi is a Netflix romantic drama series written and directed by Yuri Kanchiku and starring Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satō.

In nine episodes you can follow the stories of Yae and Hurimichi as they reminisce about the time they fell in love.


Their lives did not turn out to be as wondrous as they had expected when they were young, free and madly in love. Everything was so much easier as teenagers, they had everything they could dream of, especially, love. Now, grown and disenchanted with life they will lean on their memories to make it through the day, one dull day at a time. No amount of lackluster, no harsh reality, will take that away from them, they will always have those beautiful memories.

Episode List

When the Lilacs Bloom

Yae drives through the streets of Sapporo as a taxi driver. Back in her rural hometown, her younger self dreams of becoming a flight attendant.

Your Voice

A teenage Yae shyly plans a date with Harumichi. In the present, she receives a sweet gift from a special someone.


Back in 2001, Yae moves to a tiny apartment in Tokyo, while Harumichi trains with the Air Defense Force. Tsuzuru can’t seem to take his mind off Uta.

Space Oddity

Back in her snowy hometown as a young girl, Yae excitedly opens a package from overseas. In the present, she texts Harumichi during her lunch break.

Talk in Sign Language

A teenage Harumichi invites Yae over to his house, where she meets his bubbly family. In the present, Harumichi attempts to explain himself to Tsunemi.

The Sixth Sense

A young mom in her lavish home, Yae seems to be living the ideal life. At Northern Lights Building, a barely recovered Harumichi shows up for work.

The Order of Dreams

Distracted, Yae misses an exit on the highway and her drunk passenger gets upset. A few years back, Harumichi prepares for his mission to Iraq.

The Proust Effect on a Certain Afternoon

Back in rural Hokkaido, the two young lovebirds make a promise to each other on a snowy hilltop. In the present, Tsunemi tries on a wedding dress.


Early in the morning, a teenage Yae heads to Kitami in order to take a mock exam. In the present, she fondly looks back at old memories.

Release Date

November 24, 2022

Where to Watch First Love



First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Hikari Mitsushima / Yae Noguchi
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Takeru Satoh / Harumichi Namiki
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Osamu Mukai
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Gaku Hamada
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Akiyoshi Nakao
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
Towa Araki
First Love (2022) - A Netflix Series
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Aoi Yamada

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Veronica Loop
Veronica Loop
Veronica Loop is the managing director of MCM. She is passionate about art, culture and entertainment.
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