The movie will feature a new story where Yuuta and Rikka are on their third year of high school. One day in Spring, Touka declares that she will take Rikka to Italy with her, as her job has stabilized there and thinks they should migrate together as a family. Touka is also worried about Rikka not being competent enough to advance to universities in Japan. The gangs from the club suggested Yuuta, who doesn't want to be separated, to elope with Rikka!! A runaway drama throughout Japan begins.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take On Me is what the TV anime's second season should have been. The film finally brings closure to Yuta and Rikka's stagnant relationship while reinforcing the core themes of the series. Unfortunately, this also means that, despite having an all-new story, this film essentially rehashes the same conflict from the second season, only with better writing. The fact that we've seen these story beats before diminishes their impact, no matter how well they stand alone.
Take On Me begins with Rikka up to her usual antics. She's in her third year of high school now, but not only does she
still have chunibyo, she and Yuta still haven't even kissed. This alone strains credibility, but fortunately the film immediately identifies this as a problem to be fixed. Rikka and Yuta go on a journey around Japan together, knowing that they're escaping from impending reality, but wanting to maintain their current relationship until the end. Fans who have been waiting to see progress between these two will probably come out of the film feeling satisfied.
It is starting to get tiresome, however, to see this series revolve around the same “will they or won't they?” romance in its third instalment. Rikka and Yuta may be an official couple, but if anything, they've gone backwards since the first season. By this stage, Rikka has some prosaic issues that she ought to be worrying about—like whether she can pass her entrance exams—but her only moments of introspection show her worrying about whether falling more in love with Yuta will make her “lose” her powers. This is the exact same conflict that was central to the second season. This time, at least, Take On Me allows Rikka and Yuta to progress their romance, but the issues of Rikka's grades and future are never brought up past the beginning of the film. It's a sweet resolution, yes, but it's frustrating to watch these kids work through the same basic issues every time.
On the other hand, it's not the destination that matters so much as the journey. As a road trip story, Take On Me encapsulates that idea perfectly. Fans of Kyoto Animation shows will get an extra kick out this film, as the characters visit the locations shown in Tamako Market, Sound! Euphonium, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, and other familiar series. Not only do these various locations provide fodder for some amusing sight gags and referential humor, it also gives the characters a chance to breathe outside the school setting. The gags feel fresh here; it's especially funny to see Nibutani and Dekomori take on the role of the ineffectual pursuers. Their hilarious frenemy dynamic definitely steals the show more than once.
I should note that not every character gets a chance to shine in this film. Kumin-senpai has apparently graduated but still hangs around the school anyway, but this setup is a bit of a waste since she barely contributes to the plot in any meaningful way. Shichimiya, meanwhile, is stuck playing the same role she had in the second season—the friendly antagonist who pushes Rikka to make an important choice. To be fair, the series has always had a problem with utilizing all of its characters effectively, but I do wish Kumin and Shichimiya could have more chances to show off their quirks in this film.
It's also a bit disappointing that the production values aren't quite as polished as they could be. The film by no means looks bad—this is a Kyoto Animation production we're talking about—but there were some noticeable imperfections with the compositing in particular. 3D objects like vehicles stood out against the 2D backgrounds more than they usually do for a Kyoto Animation production. I also couldn't help but notice that the crowd scenes didn't have as many background characters drawn in them as usual. The animation itself was on par with the TV anime series, which is to say it was full of energy and stylistic flourishes, but for a cinematic feature, Take On Me was a bit of a letdown.
In short, Take On Me is the quintessential Chunibyo experience: it captures the charms of the TV series but also the flaws. On a thematic level, the series has already said everything it needed to say in the first season; everything since has been an extended encore. The film functions best as fanservice, not just for Chunibyo fans, but for anyone who has ever loved a Kyoto Animation production. Take On Me is at its most fun when its jokes veer off the plot's beaten track to revel in the countless Easter eggs aimed at KyoAni fans. I won't spoil these, as spotting them for yourself is half the fun, but after watching the film I've started to think that maybe the world is ready for a Kyoto Animation extended universe saga.
Overall, I recommend Take On Me only for Kyoto Animation fans who weren't too jaded by the second season of the Chunibyo TV series. Actually, you can probably understand the film without watching the second season. Only Shichimiya was a new development in that season, and her role is pretty much the same in the film anyway. Also, do watch this film if you're a fan of the shipping, as it absolutely does deliver by the end. Otherwise, my general recommendation for Chunibyo is to stick to the first season of the TV series—it's the best telling of the same story.
I have to admit that I first started watching Chunibyo because of two main reasons: the pretty visuals, and the presence of eyepatch (girl) . But once I began watching the show in earnest, I found a lot more here than I expected. Chunibyo is a show that keeps me guessing, and consistently tugs at strings I didn't know existed until they were pulled.
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!!
We all want to be accepted, we really do. Be it through a need to keep up with the latest trends, solacing in niche hobby communities or incessantly tuning into the various social media updates, we all find a need to connect with other people. Some more strongly than others some more clingy than others, but at the end of the day, we all want to be understood and possibly to understand. That might be perhaps the best way of summarizing the central theme of the grand finale to the anime adaptation of the Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! series, which is perhaps fitting considering
that the series revolves around the shenanigans of a group of delusional teenagers and in particular the romantic developments between two of them: Togashi Yuuta and Rikka Takanashi, with the former a former Chuunibyou sufferer and the latter an active Chuunibyou. So does the movie finally tie up the loose ends of previous seasons or does it stumble and fall flat on it's face? Allow me to share with you my retake on the Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me movie......
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me takes off 6 months from where it's prequel (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren) ends. Rikka and Yuuta are about to embark on their their third and final year of high school and are faced with pressures from both their associates and the situation at hand to come to a decision on the direction of their relationship. Rikka in particular is worryingly unconcerned with her future, seemingly content with the status quo and having the aim of "entering the same university of as Yuuta", a feat that seemingly insurmountable considering the state of her current grades (having been promoted to third year by the skin of her teeth on the basis on makeup credit) which is particularly concerning to her elder sister Tooka, who also worries about the state of Rikka's Chuunibyou. Yuuta on the other hand is content with waiting out Rikka's chuunibyou, having personally come to terms with her chuunibyou. Though he has plans for their future, he lacks the conviction or assurance to carry it out and is also waiting for Rikka to accept his advances, worried that forced intervention might disrupt Rikka's emotional development. Frustrated at the apparent lack of progress, Tooka decides that rather than simply visit Rikka should instead immigrate along with her to Italy. This triggers Yuuta and Rikka to "elope" under the suggestion and initial support of their friends Shichimiya, Nibutani, Kumin and Dekomori, which while temporary, buys them enough time to finally decide upon their future together. This takes the cast as well as a viewers on a journey across Japan as we witness our protagonists discover what it means to love each other as well as finally decide upon the direction of their relationship.
On second viewing, the movie is a mixed bag in the presentation department. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me clings onto the KyoAni's original post K-on! Moe centric art style, which in recent years is being steadily phased out in favor of more faithfully adapting the original source material art styles (see Violet Evergarden, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon & Hibike! Euphonium). Being a huge KyoAni fan and by extension a fan of this art style, I appreciate how clean and expressive this art style allows characters to appear and is testament to how well it holds up even against more modern contemporaries. The animation is suitably fluid but is occasionally out of sync with character dialogue or overly rigid, while this is perfectly acceptable for multi episode TV adaptations it really should've been well ironed out of a 93 minute movie. Though few and far between, theses minor annoyances cumulatively tarnish an otherwise pleasing experience for the attentive eye. It is by no means bad, far from it actually; but this is Kyoto Animation and I personally hold them up to higher standards especially in the animation department. Much plaudits must be given to the remarkably detailed backgrounds, which is something I can personally attest to having recently been to some of the places featured myself. It's a clear love letter to the fans that they chose to hark back to the various local featured in previously adapted series' such as The Melancholy of Haruhi and Tamako market. It's also apparent that they have based the backgrounds on the previous designs of pasts, most notably Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station (having previously been there for a Haruhi pilgrimage) which along with the plethora of other backdrops are littered with incredible detail. The Opening & Ending themes "Journey" & "Kokoro no Namae (こころのなまえ)" as well as the insert "Take on me" by ZAQ suit the movies central themes perfectly and are wonderful to listen to outside the confines of the movie, as a mater of fact, I already have "journey" downloaded on my phone as of the writing of this phone. The music while pleasantly entertaining, is only functionally effective in enhancing the pivotal scenes they are included in, actually reminding me quite abit of parts of the Hibike Euhponium and Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou Osts (which were actually also done by Matsuda Akito).
The show also acts a love letter to fans of KyoAni's mulitverse and besides reusing previous designs of the various real life locales, also cares to sprinkle hints and little camoes from characters featured in their previous works. Though these inclusions are mainly used as fan service to spice up the more relaxed moments of the show, I enjoyed them immensely as a huge fan of both KyoAni and their works. Perhaps what makes Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie: Take On Me the seemingly perfect conclusion is it's elegant balancing between serious character driven moments and more fun fan service oriented segments to deliver a decisive and emotional end to the unique Rom-com that is the Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Series. While the light novels are on going, I highly doubt that the anime will receive further adaptation judging by how it ended; though I will take much delight in being proven wrong. As such, I highly recommend this movie to both fans of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! and KyoAni in general as a quintessential part of KyoAni's already impressive catalogue of works, though the same cannot be said for viewers with no prior knowledge of the Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! anime series as such is critical to following the plot of the movie.
There's nothing really great about the word "Familiarity". Same, boring, insignificant, words that will be used to critique the anime. However to me, it's more of a compliment to what I think may have just made me love this series just a bit more. Let's check it out shall we?
If you have seen the first two season, you'll know what I meant when I say: it's familiar. The focus of the couple's unique "contract", the shenanigans their friends stir up, and the opposition they face are all too familiar. It's not bad by any means, just somewhat, predictable.
While it may be similar on plot, it's definitely has more PLOT. Be it rikka in a nurse uniform, bikini or a maid costume, you'll definitely be entertained and possibly nosebleeding. If that's not your cup of tea, we have Yuuta's failed desperate attempts to kiss rikka in public, or Rikka acting as an imouto. If that's still not your thing, no worries, the sheer crudeness, idiocy and rivalry from Deko and Mori will suffice your humor.
Take on me delivers another level of dynamics in the character department. Mori summer and Dekomori as the "villians" really stole the show with their humor and compatibility, while the couple are as usual fantastic at delivering frustratingly cute scenes, like a dedicated scene to just the two of them kissing, alone, at night, on a cruise ship. If there was a flaw, I would point to the lack of screen time for Kumin.
Visuals are clean, crisp and detailed but inconsistent. Upclose, characters looks fantastic, but zoom out just a bit and they look like a cartoonish mess. Background design has a marker effect but just a touch bit too fake. Cinematography is dynamic, with lots of spins, wide shots and dramatic angles. I also like to comment on their efforts to showcase the icons of Japan like Tokyo tower. Audio wise, using the theme song to end the movie is wonderful. BG music are appropriately timed and suitable while BG sounds are present and spacious. Vocals are mildly sharp but you'll be fine if you crank the volume up.
So now for the big question. Is it better than season 2. No. Season 2 had better character presence, more time to develop and a slightly better overall art. However, if you are like me and have already invested in the anime, the amount of dynamics this movie brings (plus fanservice) is well worth watching. The embrace of familiarity really let it just focus more on making me love more of what I already love.
As for our new viewers, this serves as a showcase of what to expect for both seasons in a palatable package.
And now a minute on the minutia.
- Rikka is a hardcore trashtalker
- Rikka, Yuuta, God: Best characters in that order
- Yuuta has a little sister fetish
- Imouto Rikka > Rikka
- How much money did they actually bring?!
- Tamako market, Haruhi, and clannad references
- Never been to japan? This is a great sightseeing hour
- Yuuta made the right move not to buy a sword
- Quite a lot of distortion for dramatic effect
- The constant focus hunting when rikka is struggling to think shows kyoani's distinct attention to detail
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