English: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Synonyms: Chu-2 Byo demo Koi ga Shitai!, Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2012 to Dec 20, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.171 (scored by 68416 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 28, 2012
There's a strange term used in Japanese internet culture. "Chuunibyou", or more literally "Eighth-Grade Syndrome", refers to matured individuals with an absurd self-created persona. Remember the times as a child when there was a TV character you found appealing and you pretended to possess their superhuman abilities in real-life? A chuunibyou is a teenage or adult form of that, but to such an extent that the fictional persona defines their entire lifestyle. Certainly, behaving this way in public would make for some embarrassment, and recovering from such a past even more so.
It's an experience that he knows all too well. After suffering from chuunibyou throughout middle school as the "Dark Flame Master", he makes the decision to move on from the past and attempt to live his highschool years as a normal student. To ensure victory and start anew, Yuuta applies to a high school where none of his middle school classmates are attending. It may have been a successful plan, too, if not for the unusual appearance of a beautiful girl on his balcony.
Her name is Takanashi Rikka, a current chuunibyou, representing everything that Yuuta used to be and desired to forget. Worse, she recently moved into the same apartment complex and overheard Yuuta's last days as the Dark Flame Master, ensuring that it is not a past he will escape so easily. He unwillingly gained Rikka's interest in him as a result, and his attempts to make a pleasant first impression at his new high school are interrupted by Rikka's chuunibyou provocations. The fact that Yuuta wants to forget and start anew is irrelevant, because for her their relationship is a destiny revealed through her "Wicked Eye". Perhaps she wasn't entirely false, either, occult terminology aside.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, shortened to Chuu2-Byo, is a title that stands out for the interaction between these two characters. It's nostalgic (and often times embarrassing!) to see the characters act in silly ways reminiscent of childhood, though without the endearing cast of characters this would probably seem like little more than a neat gimmick. Yuuta and Rikka are what make the anime, and their interaction is nothing short of adorable and hilarious. Both of them have substance and play off of each other in creative ways, such as Yuuta using his abandoned Dark Flame Master persona in order to cheer Rikka up when she's feeling depressed, or her playing around in awe with his old gear. It's definitely cute, and cuteness is something that Chuu2-Byo has no shortage of.
An important addition to the character dynamic are the side characters who each fulfill their own role in the series. Sanae Dekomori, ace middle school student and proud chuunibyou, behaves as servant to Rikka and her Wicked Eye, possessing a weapon of considerable danger in the real world: her excessively long pigtails. Kumin, a senior with a fondness for napping, and Isshiki, Yuuta's jealous male friend and classmate, also highlight the cast. The most important of these characters, however, is Nibutani Shinka. Despite initially being the only character in the anime truly definable as 'normal', she is actually an ex-Chuunibyou herself, much like Yuuta. When her dreaded past is discovered by Yuuta, she throws away any notion of kindness in order to keep him from spilling the truth. As Rikka develops her own feelings for Yuuta, though, Nibutani begins to display a much more compassionate and benevolent side to her personality, even going as far as to use her old persona to help them progress.
Appearances often mislead, and Chuu2-Byo is exemplary of this. What seems to be a cute slice of life revolving around the chuunibyou lifestyle is actually structured as a love story. Comedy is predominate during the first six episodes, but hints of Rikka's feelings for Yuuta are consistently displayed as the series progresses. Love is an emotion that she is not familiar with, and amidst the confusion there is often an overlap between her sensitive side and her chuunibyou side, often using this persona to hide her embarrassment. It's very endearing to watch her feelings develop as she realizes that these are emotions not of respect, but genuine love. The romance is exceptionally subtle, while consequently there is no overbearing drama used to advance their relationship.
At least for the first half.
There's often a problem with drama in anime, especially since it tends to hit the viewer with all the subtlety of a speeding subway. Titles like Toradora and AnoHana are a couple examples of drama on overdrive, and occasionally Chuu2-Byo can feel a bit like those titles in the last six episodes. Is there anything inherently wrong with excessive drama in an anime? Certainly not. After all, it depends on the execution itself and other aspects such as the characterization and dialogue. But what when the drama comes from nowhere, undermining the appeal of the series and turning it into something else entirely? This is where problems occur in Chuu2-Byo. What starts out as a lighthearted comedy with subtle romance becomes an exhaustive high school drama in the second half, and it really hurts the series as a result.
Why change it, then? It's a question that I might never find the answer to. It's not as though the anime was lacking in substance before that point, or that it needed to make a sudden switch to develop the characters and their relationship. Yuuta and Rikka were steadily progressing, and there were still the occasional dramatic moments that felt natural to the show. While there isn't so much an issue with the execution of the second half (exaggerated crying and yelling aside), it is a problem when the anime feels like two entirely different shows in one. It might have been less of an issue if aspects of the first half still subsisted, but the comedy is unfortunately tossed aside in favor of drama. Which is disappointing, as the lighthearted character interaction is what made the first half of the anime so special.
There are also some other minor complaints if one were to nitpick, such as Kumin being a pointless character and adding nothing besides a few cute scenes of her sleeping, or the contrivances of some of the dramatic situations (receiving a letter written years ago at the most convenient time — really?), but on the whole it doesn't do much to detract from what is an otherwise well-written and heartwarming experience.
On a more positive note, the lavish production values customary of KyoAni do a solid job of enhancing the emotional value of each scene. Character designs are appropriately cute while the animation has an extraordinary level of polish and finesse, particularly during the faux action sequences often illustrated whenever Rikka has a confrontation with another character. More commendable, though, is the storyboarding of some scenes. There are a few moments in the anime that are truly breathtaking, such as Yuuta and Rikka quietly sitting together under a bridge and watching the lights of society shine and flicker along the river.
A fundamental piece to any good love story is the presence of an emotional soundtrack, and Chuu2-Byo does not disappoint with its music. Fitting tracks are used for both the lighthearted and dramatic moments, and there is a particular piano piece that will manage to pull your heartstrings a bit whenever it is used. The opening and ending sequences are also quirky and memorable, and these songs will most likely be glued to your head for quite a while afterwards. With that said, it's always a little amusing during the second half of the series when the upbeat ending song plays immediately after a dramatic scene. It really represents the disparity of the two halves.
Chuu2-Byo is certainly not a miraculous or flawless anime by any means, but it is easily above the vast majority of anime out there (the romance genre especially). Perhaps the drama won't upset you nearly as much as it did with me, or it could possibly enhance the experience for you, even if changing the entire tone of an anime midway through will no doubt cause some concern.
But if I'm to be rewarded with a genuinely heartwarming story, six episodes of unadulterated fun, and one of the best romantic pairings in the past few years— is it worth a little bit of frustration? Probably. read more
Nov 8, 2012
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!) is an anime series based on the novel of the same name that is produced by Kyoto Animation. Some fans of Kyoto Ani (Clannad, Hyouka, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) will definitely rejoice because the Japanese studio is already well known for its rich visuals and aesthetics. They have been involved with many series with the typical high school life being turned from normal to abnormal and they did it once again!
The series takes place at a typical high school setting. It involves a young boy named Yuuta Togashi who is suffering a case of...chuunibyou, or “Middle School 2nd Year Syndrome". In technical terms, it is a condition in which an individual deludes themselves as being a smartass and looks down on others. They also believe they have some sort of “special power” that excludes themselves from the normal society. It's actually quite common though. I don't know if you ever felt this way but a lot of people do weird things in high school. I mean, it's like how you used to believe yourself as a superhero like Batman or Superman when you were younger. Good days, good days.
And of course, high school has it all: drama, comedy, romance, delusions, cosplaying, and all that other good stuff. So without further ado, let's introduce the two main characters:
Rikka Takanashi – forget that eyepatch. This girl has that syndrome I'm talking about. She visions herself with the “wicked eye”. (which sadly is just some colored contacts) Unlike Yuuta however, she still has the chuunibyou. She is the girl who gets the most abuse but also the one that brings out the most laughter with her absurd yet comedic stances throughout the series. Take for example..that random scene when she bounces around like crazy during the pilot episode or those Lelouch-like poses.
Yuuta "Dark Flame Master" Togashi – he USED to have the chuunibyou syndrome. But now, it seems that his past is haunting him once again when he meets Rikka. He used to believe himself to be..the Dark Flame Master. I'm trying to envision myself exactly what is the Dark Flame Master. Does it have flames? Is it a master of the underworld? Or is just some villian who can emit cool flames. At any rate, his high school years becomes abnormal after meeting Rikka.
There's not too much of a story to be honest yet. The series is more about comedy and the events that surrounds the main characters. They live their high school days like normal teens although the majority are anything but normal. For example, Sanae and Rinka has this Tiger and Dragon rivalry. They fight in absurd ways that is beyond normal by the way they delude themselves. Yes you got it, they also have the chuunibyou as well, or at least used to. Later on though, the series takes some more emotional turns with a few insights into the past, especially those into our main female protagonist, Rikka-chan.
The artwork of the series is glorious like most of Kyoto Animation's other works. Its background settings of rich visuals are there and reflected upon every delusion, every action, every laughter, every chuunibyou-like behavior. Kazumi Ikeda who is involved with the character designs of the series brings out the M in moe from the characters like Rikka, Yumeha Togashi (Yuuta's cute little sister), and Kumin Tsuyuri.
The soundtrack is also quite lighthearted that reflects upon the comedic mood of settings and characters. When there are battle scenes though, it swiftly changes to a more fast paced rythym to make it looks like it's real despite the fact that it's just a delusion. Now as for the OP song..wow, just wow. "Sparkling Daydream" by ZAQ sure got their point through. The opening song of the series induces eye seizures. Every time I watch it (even upon now occasionally), the scenes flashes back into your head and makes your eyeballs follow them endlessly. Of which, the OP song is also catchy with the silly pose of Rikka-chan. The stance of “(σ O ω・)σ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗→↘↓↙←↖↑↗→↘↓↙← “ is ridiculously catchy and there have been many parodies on the net to mimic it. On the other hand, the ED song "INSIDE IDENTITY" by Black Raison d'être seems ordinary with a nice melody.
Ultimately, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! is a very entertaining series to watch. It's not like the usual harem with a pathetic protagonist who can't make up his damn mind. But rather, it involves a kid who tried to escape from his past but ends up living it now with his new friends at high school. Entertainment is not so easy to bring these days especially with a lot of already used ideas but this one here is executed pretty well in my opinion. So, give it a shot.
Aug 31, 2013
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, at first glance, I thought this would be just some regular high school comedy with the addition of extreme moe added to the art-style, but this is far different from the average high school comedy coming out nowadays. It's unique flavour to the story and amazing art/animation proves to be one of the most enjoyable anime series that I've ever watched.
The story is about a boy named Yuuta, who just started high school and is trying to start a new normal school life unlike in his last school where he had middle school-syndrome, translation: he talks to himself and has imaginary friends, AKA, he's a weirdo. And along the way, he meets Rikka, who also appears to have middle school-syndrome. The story is great and it is quite unique too, the only down-side is that it should have more episodes (12 episodes isn't that much for such a good anime).
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai's art style is one of the of the most eye-catching anime I've ever seen. It's moe level is over 9000!!! It's animation is also a fantastic work of it's own, from it's ridiculously hilarious comedy, to it's crazy action scenes, the animation was put together so well, it was almost perfection, I could even compare it's animation to Fate/Zero.
It's sound is very good, it sets the mood for almost any situation. It will calm you down at the romantic scenes, make you laugh at the funny scenes, and get your heart pumping in it's amazing fights. The opening theme song was also something that I really liked, it was perfect for the show, while the ending theme was fine.
The character's were definitely the weakest parts to Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai. Aside from Yuuta, and Rikka who are the two stars of the show, there weren't many other character that were good or serve a purpose. Such as Shinka, she didn't serve much a purpose to the story, she was just an interesting character, or Kumin, where all she did most of the time was sleep throughout the entire anime, she had no purpose at all.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is without a question, one of the most enjoying anime for me to watch. It is ridiculously funny, it's jaw-dropping action scenes should not be missed, and it's romance is pretty good as well.
I would recommend this to anyone because it is great to watch for everyone.
Also you got to love the moe :)
Overall, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is a great anime to watch, especially for those who are looking for a more different and unique school-life, romance anime to watch. I'm ohhenry2, and I give Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai a great 8/10 read more
Apr 27, 2013
What we have here is a typical story executed in a wonderfully original way. KyoAni blends the comedic and dramatic into a nostalgic exploration of adolescence topped with their particular charm. I found myself laughing, cringing, and tearing up multiple times throughout. It's an emotional roller-coaster, yet I feel it manages to avoid the realm of melodrama by contrasting drama with gags. It does what Toradora failed to do for me. That said, I feel the show could have used one or two more episodes to ease into the drama. The shift comes fairly quick, but really, it wasn't much issue.
Overall, it's a nice balance. Juxtaposing comedy and drama--blending reality and fantasy--serves as an astute parallel to the theme of escapism and develops a touching story about growing up and the ambivalence toward leaving our younger selves behind.
Beautiful. The animation is absolutely fantastic. Action scenes are dynamic and larger-than-life. More relaxed scenes are nuanced and fluid. Character designs are seriously cute (even the guys). Atmosphere is used very well to complement scenes, whether it be a tender moment under a bridge or a restless heart trying to fall asleep. The only thing that knocks off a point is the occasional usage of fairly awkward-looking 3DCG. On top of a detailed background, it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Overall, it's stunning.
This is really just a matter of taste. I liked the opening much more than the ending. BGM was sweet and melancholic and complements scenes well. During romantic scenes, there are insert-songs which I thought were a little unnecessary.
KyoAni has turned up the moe to 11 with Chuunibyou, and even the "anti-moe" Nibutani has her own appeal. That aside, every character's motivations are believable. Their interactions are dynamic and the source of both silly comedy and powerful drama. It's also nice to see an MC who isn't completely clueless when it comes to romance. That said, he still isn't an expert.
Overall, there's a fair amount of depth to these characters, and for the ones without it they're nice to look at. I found myself getting sucked into these character's lives and relationships. Despite how exaggerated some of these characters actually are, they feel very real.
This is an amazing piece of work. It looks phenomenal. It reminds me of Haruhi (primarily Disappearance), FLCL, Kare Kano, and maybe a bit of Haibane Renmei (atmosphere, pacing, climax). It hits like Makoto Shinkai.
There's something sweet and familiar, but gripping, touching, and anxious at the same time. Watching this series is like a trip into the past--one that's exciting and glorified and fantastic, distorted by time, but one that feels real nonetheless. It's nostalgia.
More like a strong 9, but I'm going to round up. It's been quite a while since I've seen a series capture so many emotions so vivaciously and with such force. It builds from a very relatable theme and fully fledges into a compelling and imaginative comedy/drama about growing up. Coming-of-age stories are incredibly common, but Chuunibyou manages to establish a difficult balance between the tongue-in-cheek and the deeply sincere. The result is a piece that is as honest, real, and moving as it is funny. This is without a doubt one of the best things KyoAni has put out. read more
Nov 25, 2013
The ultimate review by Dark Flame Reviewer Master.
What? You don't know who I am? How pitiful. Well... as expected from a human commoner. It is no surprise you haven't watched this epic series yet... What!? Did you say you don't acknowledge the meaning of the word Chuunibyou? Holy Chimera, do I need to explain everything?
Chuunibyou, aka 8th grade Syndrome, Pubescent Crisis, Fourteen sick, Hebephrenic schizophrenia, by the commoners, is actually the gateway to the Unseen Horizon. Only those who feel it can see the true reality. This tale presented before your eyes summons the adventures of Dark Flame Master (Yuuta) and Tyrant's Eye of Truth (Rikka). However, Yuuka felt to the darkness of a common life as high school year begins. He now says that such things like magic doesn't exists and swear to never address himself by his honorable title as Dark Flame Master again.
He will try to convince Rikka to believe in his new ideals, his new way of seen the world. A world were magicians and powers are just part of an illusion, part of the 8th grade syndrome. Rikka on the other hand will attempt to save this warrior's soul, and bring him back to his good old days.
Along the series, a lot of character development is put in action. As our protagonists struggles with their everyday school life they will change their impressions and way of seeing things. One may notice this is one of the strongest points of this anime. The dept characters have and sometimes the dialogues full of subtext carrying the message this story wants to transmit: The meaning of growing up.
-Specially in this period of great changes that high school is-
The beginning of a new season, new friends, subjects and challenges. At the same time, it's the end of the childhood and some things can't possibly stay the same as they were when you were in primary school. Along with all these changes, comes together a feeling of everlasting hesitation, self doubt and you start to question how you really are. It's unquestionably an important and difficult step into the life of most of us, and it's impressive how just a few anime series that have as their focus high school touches this psychological side of it.
Then, you might thing: If it's so complicated and dramatic how can this be a comedy?
Well, there is always a good side of everything, and Chuunibyou mixes both perfectly. Once again returns to the essence of slice-of-life humor, places it in an adorable environment, and proves to the world that the classical "Cute" is not dead. In the era of "moe" it's refreshing to see a slice-of-life with school girls that isn't filled with fanservice. At the surface and on the first episodes, Chuunibyou looks pretty average, besides from the great animation on the action scenes, there is nothing special to it. However, as the story progresses it starts to become clear the objective of the anime and midway through it reaches its edge.
However, don't expect too much romance. unlike the title which says "Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!" this aspect was neglected for the production during almost the entire show. But you will find out why.
Something interesting in Chuunibyou is that supportive characters plays important roles building the background story, as their personal memories, wishes and worries are also shared with the viewer along the story. This, although appearing to be a minor difference, helps to break with the patterned school slice-of-life with stereotyped characters so common these days.
Nevertheless, originality is something difficult to discuss.
I wish not enter in this merit nor question where some of the ideas for this series came from, however, some situations were difficult to fully enjoy because they were way too similar to series that came prior it. While watching, some may do the same association I did, and recall of a certain high-school girl with similar "delusions" and a desire to create a similar club with the objective of researching these mysterious beings and things. An air-headed teacher would allow them to do it, and they would spend most of the time goofing around. It won't be a surprise if in the next season of Chuunibyou their club decides to do a movie project.
Even though, accusing something of not being original when anime is widespread over the most different genres with the most different studios is certainly a miscall. Just like this, in the matter of characters, although KyoAni uses some characteristics Slice-Of-Life fans are accustomed to, they bring together in this show lots of elements well known from their projects. A compelling storyline, great OST, voice actors and, of course, wonderful artwork and character design.
This last one, plus the develop of the story and characters themselves saves the plot from being repetitive and boring just like supportive characters from being flat and just puppets of the main storyline.
Chuunibyou would be perfect if it wasn't for a single planing mistake: It tries to be serious in the background but appear funny and easygoing on the outside. From the beginning producers probably knew it would be a challenging thing to do, we've seen things like this go wrong before, and as expected this "careless" look takes control of the show. Basically the outside setting wouldn't allow the story to develop any further nor deeper because any change in the mood of the show would get in contrast with the atmosphere they built. This becomes explicit towards the ending when the anime had to give closure to a bunch of unsolved aspects and had to rush it in a couple of episodes. It didn't worked pretty well, as so we got a second season.
Consequently, this 2nd season is only possible because of that. If the story progressed the way it was heading to, there wouldn't be material for a second season, it would end here and now. Whenever this was intentional or not, this just dropped the 'story' and 'enjoyment' scores of the show. After all, it still needs closure.
On the other hand, worth mention, artwork and sound maintained its high quality during the entire series. Therefore, no complains with them. If KyoAni have some strong points, those are definitely part of them.
Someone once said that Chuunibyou is a love letter to all anime fans. We all have our "chuunibyou side" and many of us went through similar situations presented on the series, so it's easy to relate to. That is one of the reasons why the series received a good approval at its premier, and is still cherished by many people.
Characters as well, are affectionate and easy to attach to them (besides from being astonishing cute).
For me, Chuunibyou was satisfying and enjoyable. Something that was worth watching, but after the praise-carried recommendations I've received, I was expecting more of it. So, my piece of advice is: Watch it without any prior knowledge about it, besides from reviews of course (but be careful with spoilers). This way you will probably enjoy it much more since everything will be new for you. And if there is a highlight in this anime, it's probably its ability to surprise you, in many different and adorable ways.
Numeric score: Story- 7/ Characters- 8/ Artwork- 9/ Sound- 9/ Enjoyment- 7/ Overall- 8
(You do know you can check them by clicking the "Overall" hyperlink, right?)
"Be engulfed by the flames of darkness and begone!" read more
Dec 19, 2012
Yet, prettiness is not always watchable. When the plot dives, frustration skyrockets. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai suffers from its poor writing. There are clichés on every step.
Take the premise of chuunibyous, which roughly translates into ‘eighth grade syndrome.’ This social phenomena is worth exploring despite the lack of attention to it. I’m glad the writers are giving this attention. Some may call this Kyoto Animation’s answer to “Welcome to the NHK”, a critique of hikikomori and depressive disorders. It can be good, albeit bitter, medicine for people still suffering from the syndrome.
However, Chu2koi finds delight in such escapism. Not that it’s a bad thing -- it saves this work from the need of being ultra-preachy. You can’t really create such a provocative work in just 12 episodes. KyoAni is a master of slice-of-life humor, as seen in the K-On! franchise. In the genre where girls drink tea and eat cake, add in crazy animations of teens pretending they’re superheroes and we get a comedic masterpiece. If this work stays that way, I wouldn’t feel the need to write this review.
Instead, KyoAni apparently wanted to preach... something.
This is where it gets messy. I have no idea who to blame, but the writing suddenly took a dramatic turn. KyoAni is trying desperately hard to combine Chu2koi’s unique humor and dramatic preaching. In the first half of the series, it’s humorous. The latter half shows grim, dark melodrama. Its main characters, Rikka and Yuuta, are introduced as a dynamic comedic pair; in the end, they whine at every moment possible. Melodramatic events surround the protagonists while the supporting characters goof around.
Chu2koi is, in a word, bipolar.
Because of these senseless, abrupt changes in tone and mood, you don’t really understand where the work is going, let alone what it is about. When the work finally gives some closure, there is much to be questioned. It feels rushed; there are contradictions and glaring plot-holes in the final episodes. Bandaging those plot-holes with clichés just makes it worse. They’re an eyesore. You can separate the final episode into sections -- and in these sections pinpoint which scene of Chu2koi ripped off from which anime. Supporting characters, who did nothing in this work, suddenly become important. One character who did nothing for the first twelve episodes except being cute became an important character in the finale. Anime-original character Dekomori fares better because she is relevant to the plot. But because she is a comedic character, she unintentionally destroys atmospheres in dramatic episodes. The script is just plain chaotic.
And so the confusing million-dollar question: Does this work actually have something to say? It does end with a message, but it’s not convincing with all these mood whiplashes. I hear its sermon, but it’s gibberish. It seems to accept the chuunibyou culture as a facet of individualism; yet, once you take Rikka’s reason for the desperate escapism, it becomes nonsense. It’s hard to explain what this work is saying.
But it’s undeniable Chu2koi is a good work if we look at other technicalities. Animation and music are superb as always. Ignoring the plot, the characters are fun to watch. Their interactions make anyone envious of their lives. It’s a good slice-of-life comedy.
Which begs the question: why did this work not stay that way? The first half is strong; the second half is just unwatchable melodrama. It is despairing that Chu2koi has so much potential. Instead, it wanted to be something like Welcome to the NHK.
In a one-cour show, the themes have to be focused. To diverge off and be something else is absurd. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai tries too much to be something special, but falls off from the ladder; it’s just too emotionally unstable like an angsty teenager. read more
Oct 3, 2013
Why i liked this anime so much? Everything was very well done. Though i suppose it did have it's flaws, but even then it was still enjoyable!
I have a bad memory, so i only remember bits and pieces from most things i watch and i enjoy what i'm watching at the moment, and unless i'm reminded of it i don't usually thing about it. This on the other hand, is an exception! I can't forget the memorable characters and scenes that brought this to life. If i was to use just one word to describe this anime, i would use the word epic. Not in the sense of "lol epic shirt man." but a real, honest to god epic. It is above and beyond what i expected when i first found it.
The story is driven by character development, and it's own brand of comedy. Though some tropes and character types are used it works perfectly. Well, i suppose i am not very good at explaining why this is an honest to god epic am i? my only question to you, someone who might not have watched it yet is:
what does it mean to grow up?
Sep 6, 2013
Story: The story of Chunnibyou has an interesting plot. The first half doesn't really go too much into either aspect of what this anime is known for. Mostly, it's just character introductions and character relations that give the story's premise. Though that sounds really boring, the first half isn't all that bad. In fact, it's quite good in showing the baseline for the show. However, it's the second half that really gets people. The second half revolves around the 2 main protagonists and explains why the main female, Rikka, talks about magic and looks like Misaki Mei from Another. The story gets to the point where it grips you into it and never lets you go, sending the viewer into a turmoil of emotions, and wanting to know what happens in the next episode. That being said, the story's "magic" element falls into the category of OP'ness, where the fighting scenes, (yes, there are fighting scenes), are so unneeded and insane, that it's hilarious. For a moment, it's easy to forget that you're watching a romantic comedy when watching that stuff in the anime.
Characters: Other then the 2 main protagonists, the rest of the "main" cast have nothing. When I mean by that, I mean that the character development and idea go way beyond. The story revolves around Rikka and Yuuta, the 2 main characters. Because of that, the rest of the main cast sort of, help out and push the story along. That's not to say they're some background character. While for the most part, they only play a specific role, the rest of the main cast actually does have a proper backstory, and reasoning for actually being here. They are well rounded and well done as other characters. Particularly because they are also affected by Chuunibyou. Yuuta, being the main male, has a history as Dark Flame Master, or DFM. Wanting to forget his past, he does everything he can to go and forget it, until he meets Rikka, and his plan falls apart... Rikka, Mei's little sister/twin moe whatever. Main female! As the center of this show, she doesn't appear to be as important as she really is. As the Wicked Eye, she searches for the Etheral Horizon for a specific thing that she must do.
Art and sound: The art in this anime, could arguably be a cross between K-on, Another, and Angel Beats, as this is another one of Kyoto ani's works. That being said, the anime does have a moe feel to it, prominent whenever one of the girls gets slightly abused. Another thing to note is that the "weapons" that are in this anime, are extremely detailed and look awesome! (just putting that in there). The music in this anime feel...very blah. It's not the most best thing to listen feel due to its generic feel.
Personal enjoyment: Ok pyra, why do you like this anime so much? It's because, moe! Kidding. What I love about this, is the deep meaning in this anime. While it's cutesy and fun with all the magic and make-believe, the story itself, especially in the latter half, become more intense. As a result, the story becomes more gripping, telling me that I want to know what happens next. The comedy itself is pretty good to. However, if there was anything that would make me not like this, it would be the romantic aspect and ending. The romantic aspect was prominent, but it wasn't as intense as I would've liked in a romantic comedy. To me, the romantic aspect seemed as a side plot and only was used to bolster the relationship the 2 had, but it was still there, so I'm happy. (personal complaint) For the ending, it sort of ended as a bit of a disappointment with how there was no collective end to it. That being said, it leaves open for a sequel, which...I think is coming. Anyway, Chuunibyou is a fun and cute anime with a real meaning to it. I enjoyed it well, and Kyoto ani should be proud with itself for what its done. read more
Feb 24, 2013
Everyone had their fair share of moments as a kid where roleplaying was just the cool thing to do. Now looking back upon it, most of us are humiliated by the fact that we did such a thing. Ignorance is bliss, because the best time of your life was also the time when you didn’t care about being judged. The romanticized version of this concept is what this anime is all about. Sprinkle that with a little KyoAni moe touch, and…inevitable success!
The story features two very similar main characters that took alternate paths to cope with their problems. The male protagonist Yuuta, an ex-chuunibyou, is a high school teenager that dreads the fact that he created an alter-ego known as the “Dark Flame Master” in middle school. Rikka, the female protagonist, embraced her chuunibyou powers and continues to live a life filled with delusion. Two characters of many similarities, but took different approaches.
How great was the story exactly? The execution was decent at best, because each half of the story felt like two separate stories. On one side, the mood was set to be cheery and funny. And all of the sudden, everything turned gloomy and tragic. On top of everything, romance is squeezed in between the rift. The pacing of the story gives off a corny imprint with the all the overblown drama, which did not sit well with me.
With all that being said, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! was still incredible with the flamboyant personalities of the characters. The dialogue was very engaging, with sporadic characters like Dekomori and Nibutani. Not to mention, Rikka is quite the character, and it’s impossible for this series to be boring with an eye-patch girl that fights with an umbrella. The romantic affairs between Yuuta and Rikka was not half bad, since they are a perfect fit for each other. It is always a pleasure for me to watch a relationship where both parties are influential to each other.
Production: Kyoto Animation consistently does an excellent job with the animations. I am impartial to moe, but it seems to be the mainstream style nowadays. I am upset however, by the constant teasing with the fighting scenes. Just adapt an action anime please.
Impact: Whenever I finish a show, I rate its impact on me. It’s an intangible measure; the magnitude of the feeling upon finishing a show. I must say, I will miss watching Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! read more
Jan 14, 2013
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! was an pretty enjoyable anime. It made you laugh when you were suppose to laugh, cry when you were suppose to cry as well as melt into the cuteness in an instant. "Chuunibyou" otherwise known as "Eighth Grade Syndrome" plays a huge role in this delightful tale of a group of schoolmates learning to accept themselves as well as the past that they've tried desperately to leave behind.
The concept behind the story was very well planned, Rikka is a current high school student who is now suffering from Eighth Grade Syndrome, she approaches Yuuta, a boy who has deliberately tried to erase his past when he also had the syndrome. At first Yuuta expresses immediate reluctance towards Rikka because he is constantly reminded of his past self and he assumes Rikka is being childish and silly, but as the anime progresses, he begins to warm up to her and her antics, and slowly begins to realize that there may be something beyond the adventure that has Rikka hiding behind her eye-patch.
The art, as expected from Kyoto Animations was gorgeous but the cuteness might not be everyone's cup of tea. The graphics and animation is very fluid and a pleasure to watch.
I have no complaints about the sound at all, the voices were clear and not annoying, BGM wasn't overly distracting and went nicely with the events that occurred.
The characters were very believable and while the stunts they carried out were a bit outrages at some points, the reasoning behind them were understandable.
As a slice-of-life, I think this anime did a brilliant job keeping you interested, with a heartwarming story paired with comedy bound to make you dissolve into giggles.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! is a story that will break your heart but fill it with absolute adoration for the characters at the same time.
I greatly enjoyed this anime and while I wish they characters and relationships were elaborated a bit more, it didn't hurt the anime's presentation or content much.
Dec 23, 2012
Life can be boring, lonely and even painful at times. We humans naturally tend to avoid these feelings because of the discomfort they give us. We try to run away from them, but it is no use. Reality is all around as, and there is no place for us to hide. Our only option is to blast reality..and burst it into shreds!
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai focuses on a girl who does just that. She cannot accept reality, so she denies the fact that it's there. This girl opposes reality by being a Chuunibyou. But you might be wondering...what is a Chuunibyou? By definition, a Chuunibyou is someone who pretends like they are in junior high/8th grade. 8th graders are believed to discover new self-awareness at this time in their life. They often pretend to be something they are not. For example, a super hero or an evil villain. By being a Chuunibyou, these people can successfully escape from reality by being the someone or something that they want to be.
Our story starts with a boy by the name of Togashi, Yuuta. Yuuta has spent his 8th grade year pretending to be the Dark Flame Master. In other words, he was a Chuunibyou. Now that he is a high-school student, he looks back at that time in his life shamefully. He is extremely embarrassed about being a Chuunibyou and even moves to a faraway high-school to avoid his classmates in middle school. Yuuta just wants to be a normal student now, and make new friends.
Then we have Takanashi, Rikka. She is a girl who has just become a Chuunibyou. Rikka is in the same class as Yuuta and takes an interest in him. Of course, Yuuta wants nothing to do with her. He wants to seem as normal as possible to his new classmates in high-school.
And so the two's hilarious little adventure ensues.
Chuunibyou goes through two major shifts in its story. The first half of it is a happy going tale about Yuuta and Rikka's interaction with each other. This slowly builds up an understanding between the two, and that understanding eventually builds up in to love. The second half is a more dramatic and meaningful story. The theme is clearly visible in the second half as Rika comes to terms with growing up and accepting reality. That is to say the first half was more happy and silly, while the second half was more depressing. All in all, the story can be summed up as short, sweet, simple, and silly. It is told near flawlessly with many laughs along the way. The relationships were not rushed, and everything progresses smoothly.
Moving on to the characters... this is what i loved most about Chuunibyou. They have fun personalities and very entertaining dialog. They are all a lovable bunch who develop naturally in their own ways. My favorite of the bunch would definitely have to be the heroine, Rikka.
Rikka has become one my favorite anime characters this year. She can be defined just like the story. Short, sweet, simple, and silly...well not really simple. She is very complex in the way she acts. It sometimes becomes difficult to understand her speech without Yuuta there to translate it, but that is just how she is. Rikka pretends that she wields a power called "The Wicked Eye", and she uses it to search for a place called the "Ethereal Horizon". That is her Chuunibyou. She diligently follows this idea throughout the story until we reach the shift as i like to call it. We discover why she acts the way she does as the plot moves in to its more dramatic side. Rikka shows much character development here as she learns what it means to love and fit into society. This is all done at a reasonable pace that the viewers can enjoy. It becomes very entertaining to watch her fall in love and learn what love is; however, it was very sad seeing Rikka force herself to stop being a Chuunibyou. She becomes a relatable character because everyone has problems that they want to escape from. Most of us tend to want to escape to a different reality as well. Isn't that more or less why we watch anime?
The most lovable part of Rikka's character was probably her Chuunibyou acts and her interactions with Yuuta. Rika would go around the streets swinging an umbrella around and yell weird phrases. She would do the goofiest things while looking extremely cute. Rikka did not care what others thought of her actions. Because of this, Rikka goes on to do weird and comical things that may seem stupid to some. For example, she would yell out "BANISHMENT... THIS WORLD!" and get into a imaginary battles with people. I like to say that " it's so stupid, it's funny". Her interactions with Yuuta are also very amusing to watch. Yuuta would hit her on the head whenever Rikka did something wrong or weird. This causes Rikka to make the cutest little moaning sound. When Rikka starts to fall in love with Yuuta, she begins to blush a lot and act more "girly". If i had to sum up Rika in one word, it would have to be ADORABLE.
Yuuta, the other main character, has a little less going for him. He is far from boring, but Rikka's dynamic character simply seems to overshadow his. Yuuta goes crazy whenever someone mentions his pass "Dark Flame Master" identity.This is what makes him realistic because people are naturally embarrassed about doing things that society deems unnatural.He wants nothing to do with Chuunibyous, but Rikka slowly begins to change him. He starts to become more understanding and ends up being a very good match for Rikka.
Character designs further increases the characters likability, especially Rikka's cuteness. They are simple and plain, yet very appealing. As expected from Kyoto animations. A wonderful job was done with the scenery and the animations. Lights in the horizon and the imaginary Chuunibyou fights looked spectacular. Everything was wonderful to the point of breathtaking. The only problem i had was the repeated flashing and dancing in the opening that was quite seizure inducing.
There is not much to say for the sound quality. I enjoyed the catchy opening song, and the ending song had a nice beat to it, but i did not feel like the ending song fit the mood very well for the last few episodes . The episode would end on a sad note and then this somewhat goofy song would start playing, and that kinda killed the mood for me.The opening song went well with the whole twelve episode though. The BGMs were all plain and nice. They fit the simple high-school days mood very well. Voice acting was also spot on. Uchidia, Maaya brought out Rikka's adorableness even further with her delighful voice.
To sum it all up, Chuunibyou is simply an amazing anime. The concept is so simple yet so unique.It is a love story with themes about growing up and being yourself, but they tell it in the most amusing of ways. A fine example for all romantic comedies out there. Definitely check it out, and i'll see you in the Ethereal Horizon. read more
Dec 19, 2012
A sense of nostalgia was the first reaction I had, and what most people would. A past of imagination and fun. We laughed, cried, even danced for things that bring us joy. Being a high school student, we move on, banishing our past. Some say that our past allows us to move on and run away from it. Perhaps from fear? Embarrassment? Concern? Maybe Maturity. But, we can never run away as it is always a part of us, it makes us a special, unique individual.
That is how Chuunibyou in my opinion is portrayed. As a reflection on our past and how it shaped our future.
Chuunibyou is translated as “Eighth-Grade Syndrome.” An epidemic for people in the eight grade. A certain website states that it is a slang term depicting three different cases: The antisocial types, ones with the 'cool' factor, and ones who admire mystical powers and recreates them in reality through their imagination.
Story and Characters: (9)
Chuunibyou's main characters include: Togashi Yuuta, Takanashi Rikka, Nibutani Shinka, Dekomori Sanae, Tsuyuri Kumin and Isshiki Makoto (Uhh... Is he a main?)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! depicts a newly enrolled high school student, Togashi Yuuta. A teenager whose past is what he thinks as banished from his mind, a few head bangs on his wall is an example. He enters high school with a clean slate, so he says. "Dark Flame Master" his faked ulterior personality due to having a different mindset of his friends.
Takanashi Rikka. A person with a rather serious case of Chuunibyou. And is expressed by rather peculiar movements and stances that the responders cannot help but laugh. But in future episodes she experiences development of mind, heart and soul.
Nibutani Shinka, the classmate of the two above and Isshiki, relates to Yuuta in the way of wanting to forget about her chuunibyou past. She is also the motherly type I suppose and expresses this love towards other characters giving her a rather lovable personality and character.
Dekomori... Smart... but just weird. Not saying she's a bad character but was one of the most strongest, bringing powerful scenes towards the end. But either way, she too has Chuunibyou, with twin tails which are... heavy. Yeah that would hurt, right Nibutani?
Isshiki, doesn't play much of a role but plays a good comedic role like a side character (referring to Clannad and Little Busters if you know what I'm talking about)
Kumin-senpai is an admirer of people with Chuunibyou. A rather peculiar, sleepy case who in turn plays a huge role towards the end.
Kyoto Animation presents stunning quality in their animation. Well I'm no expert but it was truly outstanding as always.
Atmospheric background music is best for bringing out character development and emotions towards the viewers. Kyoani successfully manipulated music to their advantage and used that initiative to have an awesome soundtrack.The timing of the music is what I'm speaking of. The dramatic music played at the right times, the foreshadowing, comedic etc. allows people to be drawn into the same environment of chuu2.
Everything from Chuunibyou was enjoyable. The comedy and romance both created and anime for everyone joy, happiness and some sad scenes had drawn my attention from the beginning. Chuu2 has this element that would make the haters of moe, romantic-comedic genres become entranced into this show. That element is for you, the viewers to find out.
And of course Overall (10). As MAL states it was just Outstanding. Everything about it is lovable. I'm out of words at the moment so I cannot explain how great this anime is. Viewers looking for a balanced romantic comedy with some drama, this is for you.
This is my first review. I had fun typing up this and being the first for this anime brings me great pleasure to do so. Please if it doesn't trouble you say if this was helpful or not, I'd like to continue reviewing if people like reading it. And please mind my English, never was good at it hehe. Thanks for reading and hope I didn't waste your time XD
EDIT: I appreciate the criticism people expressed to me. Granted some (one) of them were not constructive but I really do appreciate what people said to me. Thanks for the comments :)
And finally: Reality be rent. Synapse break. Banishment, this WORLD!! read more
Jun 9, 2013
Kyoto animations does a great job with Chuunibyo. Characters move fluidly and seamlessly. Character designs are great; Seifuku is the most important clothing in an anime but KyoAni did not forget about daily clothing either. Nearly half of the anime was taken outside of school hours so I applaud them for designing normal wear. Scenery was a big thing for me in this anime. The scenery was always appropriate with the atmosphere. And lighting was perfect, it was weaker at times and when things got more intense Darker Light and Highlights were enhanced to strengthen the mood. The animation was not over ambitious when it did not need to be and was astounding when it was.
I would have to say the Opener and the Closer are the weakest point for sound in this anime. While they are nice sounding the vocals are a bit squeaky. The music accompanies the atmosphere very well in all scenarios of the anime. But outside of the anime there are only a few good listens. I found the voice acting to be superb in this anime. It has been a while since I've heard Jun Fukuyama play a proper role. And Maaya Uchida scores gold on my list thanks to her perfect portrayal of Rikka.
The main characters Yuuta and Rikka both get plenty of character development and are always involved with the story. The two characters as a whole have one of the best relationships I've seen in anime history. The supporting characters play their roles nicely and appear in the story at the perfect times.
I gave it a 10.
I love their Romance. I like Kyoto Animations. I love Yuugure To Yorisou Kanjou. I like Nibutani. I loved this Anime. I like it at 9. read more
Jun 2, 2013
Plus, I'm not really a RomCom kind of person, but I always like a nice comedy.
Story - 8
Chu2koi's plot is apparently like most Slice of Life anime: high school drama, club activities, random situations. But all of this is caught under a different light - for example the club is basically a "secret base" (called "Eastern Magic Society of Summer Naps" or something like that), with a fluorescent magic circle on the floor and where "fights" against the evil happen, all in the main characters' own imagination. It's all original and that's what makes it so much fun.
Art - 8
KyoAni is famous for his moe characters that would basically look cute in every situation, but this time the art was a bit different. Simpler but still stunning: I liked this much more than the usual moeness overload. Not to speak about the extraordinary visuals of the parallel world seen in Deko-chan and Rikka's imagination.
Sound - 7
I didn't like the opening as much as other people did - it was okay, but nothing more.
On the other hand, I loved the ending theme, Inside Identity. So I thought I'd give it an average score.
Character - 10
This show's forte. It's all based on the characters - they all have some unique features, that make Chu2koi enjoyable.
Starting with its main character, Togashi Yuuta, that I found totally adorable! Especially when he tells himself not to think about his middle school year and starts going crazy. He made me laugh so much.
Calm and a little clueless too, after his chuu2byo experience, he wants to be an average high school student, and to leave his past behind. But as soon as he enters his classroom he meets classmate and "fellow" chu2byo named Takanashi Rikka, who instantly recognises as Dark Flame Master. Rikka is cute, funny and sometimes weird - but beneath her bizarre appearance and ethics, a tragedy is buried. And this tragedy is the reason why she feels so close to Yuuta and to his Dark Flame Master alter-ego.
Then we have the other characters;
the Chu2byo and middle school genius Dekomori Sanae, who refers to herself as "Rikka's servant" and is constantly arguing with popular, class rep and former Chu2Byo, Nibutani Shinka or, as Dekomori calls her, "Nise Mori";
and last, the only two "normal" characters out there : Tsuyuri Kumin, the calm, nap-loving senpai and Isshiki Makoto, Yuuta's first friend, who's in love with Kumin.
Overall, I enjoyed this show a lot - not only because it reminded me of my Chu2byo time, but also because it was a really nice comedy, with original plot twist and very good characterisation.
If you're looking for some light-hearted romance, and anything but ordinary characters, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! is certainly the right anime for you (and it will probably keep you hooked to your computer until you finish it).
This was my first review - sorry if it isn't that good, but this anime had a particular feeling to it that made me want to write one to tell everybody how good is it.
Hope it was useful to someone that wasn't sure whether to watch this or not - you won't be disappointed! read more
Jan 6, 2013
As you now know, this anime is one of the most funny I've seen. But he got another goal sentimental: it reminds you of your school years, during which time we laugh, we take the shame, we have fun, we cry, we love ... That's the strongest point of this anime, that's why some people can have a crush on it. Let's begin :
Story : 8.
One word : Original, as we can expect now from Japanese scenarists. The idea of mixing reality and fiction into a disease is just extraordinary. The setting of school is in favor of that. So now the Comedy is in place, i would say strongly in place. Then begin the Romance, and despite what I thought at first, it was not bad at all. Anyway, I think this would have been better to continue into a pure Comedy.
Art : 8.
What can i say? Proper. This is not my favourite art but it was ok.
Sound : 9.
Oh god, the best ending ever ! I hear it all day long. Opening is great too.The juggling between the normal sound, and the sound when we enter a 'fight' is quite interessting.
Character : 10.
To make characters like the Dark Flame Master, Jao Shingan etc... you should have a nice imagination ! They are very endearing. When we see how having chuunibyou is a trouble, we necessarily understand the shame Yuuta feel. Rikka is nice too, she has nothing to do with what others think, she is natural at all. My favourite is Nibutani : how can we guess that the most beautiful girl in the class had written that she was a witch than 400 years on the internet? She's really funny.
Enjoyment : 10.
It's so funny to watch the embarassing situations that cause Rikka to Yuuta. As i said, this anime is one of the funniest com-rom i ever saw.
Overall : 9.
Chuunibyou is intended for people nostalgic for their school years, to those who are still there, and even those who will enter it. This is its strength. A lot of people will identify themself to the characters. To me, it's a must-to-watch. To dislike it, you should hate KyoAni, or your school days... read more
Dec 20, 2012
I’m pretty sure that no matter who you are, where you live, and what you’re stature in life is, you’ve once dreamt of the supernatural. You know, like having special powers that set you apart from others, or living in a floating castle in the sky. But of course, regardless of that, there came a time when we all decided to forget such delusions and become a proper part of the society. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, otherwise known as Chuu-2, is an anime that focuses on such delusions.
Chuu-2 shows us the story of Yuuta, your everyday, run-of-the-mill, high school teenage boy. Or so he seems. In the past he seems to have been infected with one of the most widespread, embarrassing, and even humiliating disease of all time, and that is Chuunibyou. Chuunibyou is something that every normal person has gone through in his life, and that the delusions that come with the developing of one’s mind during the second year of middle school, and thus the name Chuunibyou. Now, the thing is, each case of Chuunibyou is different from one person to another, and Yuuta happened to have a really bad case of it, making him act out his delusions to the point of going to school in costume fighting enemies that don’t exist. But as with every person, he soon realized what he was doing, and became slightly traumatized with embarrassment. So, after graduating middle school, he decided to put everything behind him, and start fresh in a school where nobody knows of his dark past. Now, here comes Rikka, a person who, even until high school, still has her Chuunibyou. With her discovering Yuuta’s hidden secret, she drags him into all sorts of situations, and so the story begins.
With that short summary of the story, you might be asking “what is so great about this anime?” First off, it is literally one of the funniest anime I’ve ever watched. Everything, from the epic fight scenes that Rikka imagines down to her reactions when Yuuto hits her in the head is just priceless. What’s more is that the jokes they tell not only makes you laugh, but actually hits you right in the face. Chuu-2 shows us what we were when we were young and still unembarrassed with our delusional dreams for the future. It gives you a feeling of nostalgia, like you can almost be certain that back then, you also thought of being a hero of justice or something like that. So to make a long statement short, not only is it funny, you can actually relate to the things that they are doing, or even the way they think.
Another thing is that the plot itself was straightforward. It doesn’t wander around from this to that but just focuses on both Yuuta and Rikka, the two main protagonist of the story. It shows their lives just like any self-respecting slice of life anime does, with a little twist in the middle when the anime starts to pick up speed and transform from a comedy slice of life to a somewhat romantic drama. What is really amazing about it though is that even with that transition, it still managed to stay true to its concept. At the start it was about some high school students with Chuunibyou and in the end, it still was. Even if the transition made it more serious and dramatic, the core concept was still there, and that is about these students trying to let go of their delusions. Lastly, the thing I liked the most about this anime is its conclusive ending. Although this might not be really good because it lowers the chance of Chuu-2 having a second season, it’s still better than leaving us hanging. The ending left no plotholes, and is overall solid, leaving a warm and fluffy feeling after watching the entire series.
Aside from the plot itself, one of the things that make Chuu-2 so great is its characters. Each one of them is them is unique in their own way and is refreshing to watch. Rikka for example, is the main source of the gags in the anime due to her extremely unpredictable nature. She is the kind of character who is usually creates the complications and problems in the plot and is also the love interest of Yuuta. Yuuta on the other hand is more of the straight man who usually solves and stops Rikka from doing embarrassing things. Aside from that he also once had Chuunibyou and called himself “Dark Flame Master”, which caused him to be the center of some gags throughout the anime. Aside from them, there are also a few supporting characters, namely: Dekomori, Rikka’s best friend and apparent servant, Isshiki, Yuuta’s best friend and a source of comic relief in the story, Nibutani, the beautiful class rep. and a school idol who used to have Chuunibyou and called herself Forest Summer, and the last one, Kumin, their sempai who just likes to nap. Now, this is where Chuu-2 really shines. The characters are just perfect for the premise of the story. They’re funny, cute and most of all, relatable. Along with, the character development is also pretty smooth. It can be quite sudden, but it’s not without proper cause and is justifiable.
And of course, there’s always the animation and music. Although having beautiful graphics isn’t really crucial to making a good anime, but damn this anime is really animated really well. Everything was smooth, no inconsistencies as far as I can tell, and is pretty much just eye candy. And those fight scenes. Having been spawned from a Chuunibyou’s imagination, it can be really over the top sometimes, but it’s really good enough to rival those of some shounen anime. But of course, since it was done by KyoAni, which is known for its high quality animations, this is pretty much a given. The music is also just as good. Heck, you can even watch the anime just for the music itself, although I really wouldn’t recommend it. The opening, Sparkling Daydream, is an lively and upbeat song which can pretty much give you a general idea of the comedy and chaos that’s about to ensue later into the episode. The ending, Inside Identity, is more of a j-rock song which is also pretty catchy as well.
So overall, I found Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai as the best comedy/romance anime of 2012 and one of the best of all time. I highly recommend it to everyone, especially to those who have a soft spot for romcoms. But still, regardless of your taste in anime, it’s only 12 episodes long, so it won’t really take much time, so why not give it a try? After all you might come to like it.
So to provide a quick summary for those lazy people who have another serious disease which they commonly abbreviate as TL;DR syndrome, I’ll just list the pros and cons of the anime.
+Fairly straightforward but highly entertaining plot
+Stays true to its concept/doesn’t try to be what it isn’t
-Due to the story being straightforward, the plot can be somehow predictable
-If you hate moe, you might not like this
-Can cause hysterical laughter which leads to lightheadedness and stomachaches
~First and foremost, thanks for reading my review. If you have any comments regarding my review or just want to have a discussion, then leave a comment at my page. I will greatly appreciate it. =)~
Dec 15, 2012
Incorporating elements of drama, moe and SoL, Chuunibyou is a superb show, displaying a remarkable level of literary and technical depth, and appealing to many different viewers as well.
Drama, characterization and plot are well executed, making this show one of the most enjoyable this season. It is only around the later episodes that one truly comes to appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and sophistication that went into the creation of this show. Whilst the first 1-8 episodes seem like pointless interactions, it is later revealed to be metaphorical to the inner struggles of Rikka, the female lead. In this respect, it is even better than Clannad which, for the first half IS just messing around.
Story and character is superb. Rikka steals the main focus of the show in the latter half of the show, reveling an interesting, well fleshed out character. Yuuta, as the level headed male lead, provides the driving push behind the plot. On the other hand, Nibutani and Dekkomori act as supporting characters, at times providing support for Rikka and at the same time assisting in her character development. Nibutani is an interesting character in that she hides part of her character. Her personality is caustic, and yet she acts as the motherly figure for many of the characters. To top it off, she, like Yuuta, is a past [spoiler], which adds to the comedy. Whilst it is true that each character falls under a specific archetype, they are all masterfully expressed and their personalities certainly do not feel overused.
Humor is well executed, drawing on the various quirks of all the characters to provide an enjoyable watch regardless of the story. One criticisms I have is that both Isshiki and Kumin could both be removed without impacting on the overall show, although both are integrated in a way that is hardly obtrusive to the developments of the main characters.
As expected from KyoAni, art and sound is equally as impressive. Character design is original, with the short quick "Chuunibyou" scenes allowing KyoAni to show off their animation skills. Another criticism that could be added is that the art is rather typical, and there is certainly a high level of similarity in the way the eyes have been drawn. Despite this, the art is certainly superb. Shading, detail and lighting has been well done, contributing greatly to the general feel and atmosphere. Music is fitting, and the OP sets a lighter tone for the darker themes in the latter episodes. Elements of moe has been undoubtedly incorporated, and expressed mainly in Rikka(heck since when has KyoAni made anything that doesn't have moe). Although some may object, the moe certainly adds to Rikka's character, reminding us at times that she is still a (human) girl. And to be honest, I like some moe fanservice.
Overall, Chuuinbyou has been an excellent show that has stood out in this slightly lackluster season. Highly, highly recommended.
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Nov 24, 2013
and such is shown in this anime called chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai! produced by kyoto animation (known for producing or helping with series such as clannad, k-on, air, kannon and so on) has produced a anime based of the light novel by Torako
The Story took me for a big surprise while i was expect a normal comedy i got a story full of romance and regret as well as saddness and comedy not to be forgotten easy in my top 5 comedys of all time with some great lines and scenes that had me laughing out loud for mins on end (the super smash bros scene) but a story tells of a person stuggles with his past and his "8th grade Syndrome" and how that grows to build relationships around him and as well push him to grow up and mature (or digress back to his old self when needed) and really a feeling anyone can relate to the feeling of when we want to move past our adolescent years into adulthood and the realizations we have and the habbits we leave behind (or try to) making this a great series due to being able to reach such a large crowd
With a great op and end both capturing the emotions of the episodes and giving a on sight vibe of what is to come i enjoyed it as well as having great epic battle music and funny childish music really adds and set up the great funny scenes that flood this anime series
ART AND ANIMATION-9
the series shows a very good and soild animations nothing that is bar setting or crazy good but i did notice a few scenes where i was happliy influenced by the artwork
While i do not like going to much into characters due to me liking people getting there own feel and opions as an overview i am impressed with this set with a few memorable characters but i cannot help myself but say that this is a great voice acting crew leaving me nothing negative at all to say about the voice acting it was one of the best ive ever heard making the characters all the more colorfull
This anime was so close to making my top 5 but it is a great comedy for those of you who like that genre and it has pushed me to read the light novel with so much more bringing to the table then just a light hearted laugh but tears and bags full of emotions
Sep 6, 2013
When I first started Chuunibyou, I was a bit wary because I feared that it would just be a harem or a slow paced anime. However, I shouldn't have doubted the works of Kyoto Animation because I got quite the treat. The anime is hilarious, bringing me to actual stomach-hurting laughter more than one time. Yet, as you progress on further, you find out that there is hidden meaning and back stories that create dramatic tension all throughout. Additionally, the romance within it was absolutely adorable and showed the loving innocence between two die hard nerds. The animation flows terrfically and the few fight scenes are so entertaining to watch and easy to follow, as expected of KyoAni.
However, what made me happiest of all about this anime was the overall moral that it sends you; always stay true to yourself. It really is okay to express yourself no matter who you are, even if society doesn't accept you that way. If that's what makes you happy, then pursue it. Surely you'll find your own Yuuta and Dekomori and find happiness.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai was definitely a success for me, despite a somewhat slow start. I fully enjoyed the story, comedy, and romance with the stunning high quality animation. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys anyone of the genres that I mentioned above. I rate the anime a 9.2/10. read more
Dec 24, 2012
I beg to differ.
Hello fellow anime fans, my name is Gillis. This is my very first anime review and I mainly decided to write it as this anime seems to have been overlooked by many, and I at least want it to catch your attention. Heck, another eyepatch girl, some may think when they see the picture of the anime. I am like that too, but if you miss this series I won't forgive you.
I have been watching anime for a long time, all the way back in grade school. When I started there was already a lot of great classics to watch, and I was the self-proclaimed local Anime-guru back in the days. In the recent past two years though I've watched many new and old series, never finding anything I have liked (there are some rare, few exceptions). Usually I just pick up a new anime when I am about to eat and then I drop it after maybe 2 episodes. In fact, I have actually dropped over 100 series (yes more than my list) and the biggest reason is that: Either it does not hook me from the start, or it just got no story. My taste is all-round, it can be anything... as long as the plot is good, not necessarily unique. The art does not have to be excellent either. For me, as said, it's all about the quality of the story.
With that in mind, enough of my background. About 1 week ago, as I was about to sit down and eat I was lurking around on a anime stream website and picked up a random anime I had not seen. "Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!". As usual I did not expect much. I just wanted to watch something random while eating my food. Heck, the only recent masterpiece I had seen most recently was Steins; Gate... and that was quite some time ago. However, as I started watching Chuunibyou I was in for a surprise. The introduction of the anime presents the interesting disease called "8th-grader symptom" or in japanese "Chuunibyou". To summarize, it is the difficult age we've been going through as teenagers where we do some really silly things that we all want to forget. As the explanation of this disease continues we are introduced to one of the main characters of the story, Togashi Yuuta, which was practically a textbook example of the Chuunibyou disease when he was younger, calling himself "Dark Flame Master" or in japanese "Darku Flameu Masta". Jokes aside, the start really piqued my interest in an instant. I want you to notice that I am very skeptical as I watch new animes. That is, until I am completely seduced by it.
The First Episode - *WARNING - SPOILERS* (Skip this section if you want)
Now, the episode continues with Yuuta, having a flashback of his embarrassing past and we come to realize that his Chuunibyou state is over in the present. As he goes to dispose of his past at the balcony a rope is suddenly thrown down from the floor above and down climbs an eyepatch girl named Takanashi Rikka, the other main character of the story. Immediately, as skeptical as I am, I facepalmed right away as the scene was shown to me. "By default" I muttered dissatisfied, recalling about 10 other animes that had started in a similar way. Anyhow, my interest and attention had already been caught by the presentation, so I continued to watch.
Rikka appeared as a really weird girl, wearing an eyepatch and some gothic clothes. Of course, weird and strange overall by climbing down from the third floor on a rope. Certainly not very original though. After this short event the opening starts and afterwards we appear on the next day as Yuuta is about to make his debut into high school and on his way, at the train station, stumble into one of the other main characters. A cute girl named Nibutani Shinka but most importantly into Rikka as well. Yuuta recalls the event that occurred the day before and realizes that she goes to the same school as he does. Of course at that moment, my skeptical sensors turns alert mode: "Oh no, another harem romance show". However, my negative impression was short-lived as in that moment the train arrives and Rikka opens the automatic doors with a large swing by her arm, displaying her mental powers. With a complacent grin on her face she walks into the the train in a really cute and childish manner. Yuuta, being shocked by the moment, manages to miss his train. By this little event I was already starting to be charmed by the series.
Moving on, Yuuta barely arrives in time after having missed his train. As he take a peek into his class he sees that he knows no one in there. Perfect, just as planned! Apparently Yuuta had chosen a different high school that his middle school classmates would not choose. Obviously so that he can get rid of his past filled by his miserable time as a hopeless Chuunibyo case and start a new, normal high school life. But before he enters the class he first walks to a remote area, where he speaks his catchphrase back when he was the Dark Flame Master and "seals" it. Though he thought he was alone, a girl could hear him. Which is with no doubt Rikka.
Back in class he sits down and almost immediately gets on good terms with guy named Isshiki Makoto and soon realizes that the beauty from the train station, Nibutani, also is in the same class as him. What a blessing for his new high school life... only to shortly after find out that Rikka is in the same class as well. As if that was not enough, she suddenly creates a dramatic and embarrassing scene as she stands in front of Yuuta, grasping her eye under the eyepatch as she screams out in pain, saying something about her eye resonating. Under this sudden scene Yuuta realizes all too well what is wrong with her. It can only be a grave and serious case of Chuunibyo. On top of it, he is practically forced to take her to the infirmary where he once again confirms that she really is a dangerous case of Chuunibyo. Whats more, Rikka tells Yuuta that she had found out about his identity, namely "Dark Flame Master". Now Rikka was a presence which could threaten his new dear high school life. Correctly so, later at the day he is invited by Makoto to hang out and eat lunch with some classmates. Oh the joy! What a great start to his new high school life... but the opportunity quickly vanishes as the teacher calls Yuuta in, asking him to help Rikka home as she has lost her train card. If you recall, she lives at the same building as Yuuta. Depressed, Yuuta does as told and declines the lunch invitation. And from this moment on the episode is more or less Yuuta and Rikka interacting and getting to know each other. And I must say it is more interesting, cute and funny than you would imagine.
*END OF SPOILERS*
Quality, Plot & Characters
That pretty much sets the comical and romantic aspect for the series. Being Yuuta having to take care of this impossible case of Chuunibyo, namely Rikka. And shortly after 2-3 episodes I was already in love with the series. As far as the first episodes progress we mainly get to know the main characters better, and it is actually more comedy than there is romance. There is not too much to the story neither at first, as we mostly get to know more background of the main characters. Though if that is something which would keep you bored, fear not. The comedy is really decent and as you probably have discovered, the Chuunibyo disease (8th grader symptom) is already an original part in this anime which separates it from the mass. It is an ingenious idea and the author exploits it really well to create some great comedy which made me laugh out loud a lot. It is an idea that would not run out of quality even if this anime had been made into 24 episodes or more... which in fact, makes me very angry that it isn't. Also, if it is your preference, I can tell you that the animation is really great too. And the soundtrack makes up a lot of the series. But of course, this is not all there is to Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!. Remember, I am all about the plot.
After a few episodes of getting used to the main characters, the anime switch much more focus unto Yuuta and especially Rikka. I must really say I love these two characters. Yuuta is the kind of person trying to fit in with the rest, trying to be normal and fit with the group. Though, he just cannot abandon Rikka even though she is embarrassing and acts wrong, which is the biggest reason I like Yuuta as a character. Of course, he plays a huge role in the comedy factor as he is the only reasonable person among Rikka and her Chuunibyo followers. Rikka too is the comical aspect of the series, trying to draw Yuuta in with her wild fantasies. At the same time she is also very cute, kind and a bit mystic. Though there is more reason to her Chuunibyo state than just age...
As said, shortly after some episodes of getting to know the characters we get to the main story line which contains a lot of romance, but also a lot of drama. Yes, drama. How I love drama. Of course it is necessary to like the characters to create good drama. You could say the first episodes are preparation for it. We get to know Rikka's background a lot better as Yuuta finds out more about her. Her background contains a lot of drama and Yuuta tries his best to understand Rikka and help her in any way he can. Although he does a lot of mistakes and it is truly touching seeing how both the main characters grow together, understanding their faults, understanding what they feel and what the other feels. Too much of this would be spoilers, but it takes a truly dramatic turn and at the end of the anime I was deeply touched. What a great show! I had never expected it when I started watching the anime two days ago. Actually I was so caught up into it that I watched it all in one night, having to face the consequences on the next day. But it was just that good. I am considering if it was worth it though, since afterwards I have been feeling really depressed. Perhaps because I watched such great series all in one night and now there is no more episodes for me to see. Or maybe I am just saddened by my miserable life compared to how they live in the series. Why can't I have such a wonderful occurrence? Or maybe I fell in love with Rikka. Which of these it is, I do not know. But what I do know is that this anime became one of my top favorites and has refreshed my mind. It is truly a masterpiece for its genre, and I highly, dearly... more than recommend it.
I do not know who the fansubers for the series are. Still trying to find out who my favorite fansubers for this anime is. I do know though that Unlimited Translation Works (UTW or URW for short) subtitles are okay but I do not recommend them.
Plot - 9/10
Comedy - 9/10
Romance - 6/10
Drama - 7/10
Story - 9/10
Art - 8/10
Sound, Music & Voice - 7/10
Pace - 8/10
Overall - 9/10 read more