Chuunibyou Demo Ga Shitai: A delusion brought to life

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Alternative Names Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, Chu-2 Byo demo Koi ga Shitai!, Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!, 中二病でも恋がしたい!

Written By Torako (light novel)

Directed By Tatsuya Ishihara

Producer Kyoto Animation

Original Run 

  • Chuunibyou Demo ga Shitai! (Season 1): October 4, 2012 – December 9, 2012 (12 episodes finished)
  • Chuunibyou Demo ga Shitai! Ren (Season 2): January 8, 2014 – March 26, 2014 (12 episodes finished)
  • Takanashi Rikka Kai: Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! (movie): September 14, 2013

Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Plot 

Yuuta, who, after suffering chuunibyou (eighth grade syndrome wherein an affected individual unusually thinks he or she is a superhero and attempts to live like one) in his middle school years as the Dark Flame master, moves to a new high school where none of his classmates would know him for his past. His world turns upside down as he encounters Rikka Takanashi, a chuunibyou victim who also happens to rent a room above his roof.

Main Review

“Reality be rent. Synapse break. Banishment this world.” 

Nothing is more delusional than watching a romantic comedy anime that brings eighth grade delusions into reality. Chuunibyou Demo ga Shitai! did an exceptional job in coming up with an outstanding and original plot that clearly identifies itself from other anime of the same genre, being based on a group of high school students who suffer a particular eighth grade syndrome that brings them to delusion that they are superheroes, as well as in extending to a deeper story line other than a simple typical school slice of life anime. The art and animation, wherein the delusion brought to life effect as the chuunibyou victims show their claimed superpowers (e.g. Rikka as the Wicked Eye), is worth appreciating for its attractiveness and illusion merged with reality effect.

It is the emotional impact that adds the most flavor in this anime. Its hilarity and wackiness paired with romance, teary-eyed, and dramatic moments is what touches the audience, and even makes it worth the nostalgia for the audience who has watched Chuunibyou beforehand. Also, the characters are so well-portrayed that the audience can easily identify to them. There is decent character development, and the anime is just at the right pace (neither too fast, nor too slow) with consistent scenes, two of which are additional add-ons to Chuunibyou’s positive side (despite the fact that its second season is a bit more monotonous, and solely focalizes on Satone’s infatuation and clingy moves towards Yuuta and Rikka getting jealous).

And last but not the least, the anime has catchy soundtracks that equally fit its overall theme. The soundtracks that is most appealing to me is the Season 1’s Ending Theme and I admit that it is so addictive that it constantly plays in my head from time to time and I would just keep listening to it. Main reflected themes in this anime are self-discovery, finding oneself, escaping reality (done through superhero transformation), knowing the bounds and differences between delusions and reality, relationships with family, friends, and romantic interests, and being an inner child for once. These are the themes that many teenagers can currently relate to, as well as adults who can reflect back on their childhood, teens and sometimes current adult life, enduring these experiences.

Definitely a recommendation to those who are yearning for a slice of life! It can also be recommended to any person yearning for an interesting anime as it can appeal to any even to those who are not big fans of light fluffy anime (myself included!)

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Overall Rating 4.95/5 stars (9.9/10)

Sources

Chuunibyou Demo ga Shitai!, MyAnimeList

Chuunibyou Demo ga Shitai!, Wikipedia

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