Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Episode 7 + 8 Review

Reminiscences… of Paradise Lost (Episode 7):

12312.jpgIts summer vacation time and Yuuta and the rest have agreed to join Rikka on her trip to visit her grandparents. During the course of the trip, Yuuta notices that Rikka has been acting quite out of the ordinary, being far quieter than usual. It is not long until Yuuta learns of Rikka’s life in her past home, including her grandfather disapproval of her Chynebu tendencies and of how her father succumb to illness three years prior.

The episode very briefly dips into a typical beach episode but thankfully regains its focus relatively quickly. We learn that Rikka has denied the fact of her fathers passing and refuses to go to his gravesite. In an attempt to help her, Yuuta assists Rikka in escaping from her grandparent’s house and fleeing to her old house where she lived with her parents.

12312.jpgIt takes some time but the pair eventually reaches Rikka’s old house, only to discover that the house was demolished and the lot now stands empty. It is not long, however, until Toka catches up to the pair determined to get Rikka to realise the reality of their situation.

This is the episode where this show gets serious, really delving into the trauma that leads to Rikka developing her chunibyo personality. This adds a great deal to Rikkas character and allows us the viewer to have a much deeper understanding of her personality, especially the nature of her home life and how her family views her.


Exiled… Just the Two of Them (Episode 8):

12312Continuing right after the events of the previous episode Toka is trying her best to force Rikka to come to terms with the fact that their old house is gone and their father is dead. At this point Rikka runs away again, meaning that Yuuta must chase her down. He runs all over the area searching both the grandparent’s house and the beach (where he finds his friends lighting of sprinklers).

In a last-ditch effort, Yuuta runs to the trains satiation where he finds Rikka on the train headed home, Just making it aboard in time to get to RIkka. The two decide to stay on the homeward bound train, along the way Yuuta describes what resulted in him developing his chunibyo personality.

12312.jpgAfter arriving home Rikka discovers that she has forgotten the key to her apartment, so Yuuta offers her to stay at his for the night. He soon discovers that his own family is away for the night, so we all know what that means. The two decide to go to the convenience store to buy some food, as the night passes Yuuta feels himself falling for Rikka, but while he tries to ignore those feelings, it seems Rikka may be feeling the same way about him. 

Much like the last episode, there is a great deal of character development but this time there is much more of a focus on the growing bonds between Yuuta and Rikka. I thought that the time spent eating food was a particularly endearing scene, Not to mention the connection established during their train ride back to the city. Knowing whats soon to happen, It’s easy to say that this is clearly the calm before the storm.

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Episode 5 + 6 Review

A Binding… Cross (Hard Study) (Episode 5):

Rikka has failed yet another math test and her teacher is growing concerned fearing that in her obligation to the FEMS club she is neglecting to study, it is suggested that if Rikka cannot improve then the club should be disbanded.

12312.jpgRikka suggests that if the club were to clean the school’s pool perhaps there would be reason enough to not disband the group, however, in typical fashion the club members spend the whole time playing around rather than cleaning. For some reason, I just can’t shake the feeling that this scene may have been for the purposes of fan service rather than plot, but hey who am I to say.

Left with nowhere to run, Rikka is forced to study if she ever wishes to reach the mandated class average score. Yutta decides that he will help Rikka study, but as you might expect this just leads to the two getting distracted, leading to Yuuta discovering how Rikka has been feeling lonely since moving to her new home. As motivation for the test Yuuta says that he will create a cool email handle for her if she can pass the math test.

12312.jpgAfter the test, Rikka ends up scoring quite poorly, fortunately for her, however, so does the entire class, lowering the needed average and therefore allowing the FEMS club to stay together.

Rather than existing only to pander to the fans, this episode does – to some degree- highlight the growing closeness of Rikka and Yuuta, especially showcased through the Rikka getting her new email handle in a very touching scene.

The Atoned… Messiah (Innocent) (Episode 6):

12312.jpgThis episode takes time away from Rikka and her shenanigans to focus more on Yutta and his other friend, Makoto Isshiki, the wannabe lady killer. Makoto receives what he assumes is a love note and thinking that is might be from Shinka, decides that it would be best if he talked to Yuuta.

However, while searching for Yuuta in the FEMS clubroom Makoto pay witness to Shinka’s true nature as a grade A jerk. Shinka then begins to threaten Makoto into forgetting what he saw and in the process causing him to lose his notebook containing the secret ranking of the girls in the class.

12312.jpgIt is not long before the notebook is discovered and the entire class goes into interrogation mode, grilling all the boys in an attempt to find the culprit. In an effort to save the other boys from punishment Makoto claims ownership of the notebook, naming himself as the sole culprit. Mistakenly offering to shave his head as penance for his crime, but it’s too little too late as Makoto is reluctantly forced to shave all his hair off.

With begrudging misery and his new hairstyle, Makoto makes his way to the meeting spot designated in the love note, but to no avail as the mysterious author makes no appearance. Later that night Yuuta is approached by Rikka’s older sister, Tooka, who asks him to join her and Rikka over summer vacation.

This episode is a nice break from the usual business, fleshing out some of the minor characters and setting up the situation for the upcoming summer vacation “arc”. I found the humour in this episode to be charming and lighthearted, Although I have to say that with only 12 episodes, it’s a bit of a shame to lose one of those episodes to something that doesn’t add a great deal to the plot.

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Episode 3 + 4 Review

The Heretical… Twintail (Episode 3):

12312.jpgTime is passing and Yuuta and Rikka continue to grow as friends. But now the time has come to chose a club for school activities, because what sort of anime high school would this be without a club.

The gang then set about surveying all the different club opportunities, ranging from cheerleading to drama. However, Rikka decides that instead of joining a club she will create her own club while at the same time, assimilating the failing “Nap Club”.

And so the new “Far Eastern Magic Society” club is born, with the sole purpose being to study the almost certainly fictional invisible boundary lines. As I just mentioned the “Nap club” is drawn into the FEMS and I think this is where we see the just how two dimensional some of these characters are. Kumin, in particular, becomes a one trick pony whos only real characteristic is that she sleeps a lot.

12312.jpgThis episode is also when we are introduced to Sanae Dekomori, Rikka’s underling and fellow delusional. She doesn’t play much of a role in the events, merely serving a supporter for Rikka, although she has more character than Kumin and does add to the humour of the show so I’m not too miffed.

Regret of… the Scriptures of Darkness (Mabinogion) (Episode 4):

12312.jpgYuuta finds himself pondering why Shinka, one of the most popular girls in the school would want to join the “Far Eastern Magic Society”, especially when she is already part of the cheerleading club. She asks Yuuta if she can visit his house for some unexplained reason, so naturally, Yuuta agrees and comes up with a plan to keep  Rikka and Sanae off his back for some time.

As it turns out, however, Shinka has only one thing in mind retrieving a journal that had ended up in Yuuta’s position. It is revealed that this journal (The Mabinogion) was written by Shinka during her very own Chunibyo phase, and she wishes to destroy it burying her past embarrassments. As the book burns, Shinka reveals that her only reason for joining the FEMS was to retrieve and destroy the book, but is surprised and outraged to learn that Sanae has multiple copies, meaning that her work is far from done.

12312.jpgThis is a turning point for this character, much like Kumin, Shinka goes from being a nice, friendly person to an outright jerk. Thus cementing her personality for the rest of the series and quickly becoming a very unlikeable character. However, I do have to admit that I like the dynamic of her being an Ex-Chunibyo like Yuuta, adding just that bit more diversity to the cast.

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Episode 1 + 2 Review

Episode 1:

12312.jpgEpisode one opens with a brief introduction of Chunibyo, describing it as a state of mind in which an individual believes themselves beholden to magical powers as a result of a distortion of their sense of reality. This is when we are introduced to our first main character Yuuta Togashi, who was, up till recently, one such individual afflicted by Chunibyo, Dubbing himself “Dark Flame Master”.

However, with the approach of high-school life, Yuuta finds himself severely regretting his previous affiliations with the title. It is during this lamentation that Rikka Takanashi makes her first appearance, in the form of a pair of legs hanging over the edge of a balcony (this becomes a rather common theme). She then swiftly disappears off the edge again. And thus the two main character have become acquainted.

Rikka has fully immersed herself into the world of the Chunibyo going by “Wielder of the Wicked Eye” and d12312ue to one poorly timed exclamation she learns of Yuuta’s affiliations with his old name and swiftly proceeds to attempt to rope him into “joining forces with her”, he then swiftly declines her offer, overcome by the embarrassment. However, it is not long until Yuuta is forced to forgo his plans of making new friends in exchange for taking Rikka home as a result of her losing her wallet.

Episode 2:

Episode two begins with Rikka fleeing from a mysterious silhouette while hiding from the figure she discovers a cat. So Rikka does the only obvious thing and brings it over to Yuuta’s house. Waking him up with a barrage of water sprays.

12312.jpgLater on that day Yuuta finds himself counting equipment with Shinka Nibutani a girl whos had Yuuta’s eye since the day they started school. At which point the pair is interrupted by Rikka, maker her miraculous appearance from behind a plastic model. Rikka and Yuuta then set about trying to find the owner of the cat from the night before. This is when Kumin Tsuyuri is introduced, she claims that the cat’s description matches up with the likeness of her own presently missing cat.

12312.jpgKumin then travels back to Rikka’s house to meet the cat and see if it is hers. As luck would have it however, the cat is not so its back to square one. At that moment, Rikka’s older sister Tooka Takanashi makes an appearance (she also just so happens to be allergic to cats). And so a battle ensues between the two sisters. Tooka then asks Yuuta to take the cat, threatening that if he does not she will publish a recording of him in the middle of his act as the “Dark Flame Master”. After this a fight ensues once again between the sisters, resulting in Rikka’s loss.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!My Review: With a title such as is has I can’t rightly say what I was expecting from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! I was hoping for something great, but my recent slump into rather mediocre animes I was tentative, to say the least. Well, I am pleased to say that this show had me within minutes. The intriguing concept of a Chunibyo is ripe with ideas and the opening narration does an excellent job of establishing what Chunibyo is. One way I found this was used effectively in the show to use was during the fights scene at the end of episode 2, in where the fight is displayed from both the perspective of the individual as an over the top fight with lots of big explosions and from the perspective of the onlookers as a girls waving her umbrella around. Both of the main characters are very endearing and both have an excellent chemistry, in the way of Yuuta seeing himself in Rikkas eccentricity. I’m loving this series so far and looking forward to episode three and four.

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