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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions[1] is a series that I respect for what it was trying to do, but which ultimately did not work for me.

i.e. Your mileage may vary. Significantly.

The Set Up

Yuta Togashi used to be a chunibyo, calling himself the Dark Flame Master, before realising it more or less wrecked his time in junior high school. He’s now starting at a new high school with none of his former classmates in the hope of pursuing that mythical happy high school life.

Then Rikka Takanashi, who is still a full blown chunibyo, happens to him and his life gets progressively more… interesting as the show goes on.

The Themes

Chunibyo, in Chu2Koi[2] at least, is very much a metaphor for facing (or not) reality, and dealing (or not) with issues that a character may not be emotionally prepared for right now.

It’s not explicitly made clear why Yuta went chunibyo, but there’s implications that his father being absent and working in Jakarta may have been a factor.

For Rikka there’s a lot of spoilers there that I don’t want to go into, but that are well foreshadowed throughout the first season[3].

The Anime

Overall I found Chu2Koi to be a strongly written series, one that was well animated for the time by Kyoto Animation[4], and one that the voice cast did a solid job of.

There is a genuine sense of humour running through this show, and a sense that the audience is expected to laugh with, not at, the antics of the characters. The humour isn’t mean or nasty, and that can mean a lot to me[5].

The inevitable beach episode is thankfully light on fanservice, and surprisingly heavy on the serious plot elements. The latter are generally handled quite sensitively throughout the series.

I quite liked both the OP and ED, and here’s the OP:

The Verdict

Despite all the good points that Chu2Koi has… I just wasn’t feeling it. Pretty much all the way through my viewing of the show on the weekend I could see what the show was trying to do, and respect the quality of the effort, but it just didn’t work for me in the end.

Sometimes for me there is a difference between “This is good” and “I like this”. Chu2Koi is one of those shows where that difference was very noticeable.

If what I’ve described above is in any way of interest to you, then by all means give Chu2Koi a solid shot. I hope you enjoy it, and appreciate the messages within the show.

Question of the Post: Are there any anime you’ve seen where you’ve said “this is good but I don’t like it”? Or the reverse of “This is trash and I like it anyway”?[6]

[1] Literally Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! or Even with Eighth Grader Syndrome, I Want to Be in Love according to Wikipedia

[2] What, did you think I was typing that name out in full more than once? The commonly accepted hashtag will do fine, thanks.

[3] I’ve only watched the first season, I’m probably not going back for more at this point.

[4] Partly why I watched it in the first place.

[5] I’ve dropped shows for that. See Locodol and Tonari no Seki-kun

[6] OK, that’s two questions. Deal with it.