Hiroshi NakaYuri AmanoJunko IwaoChuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Heart Throb Lite
Also known as: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren Lite
Medium: webcast
Year: 2014
Director: Tatsuya Ishihara
Original creator: Torako
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Keywords: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Actor: Jun Fukuyama, Maaya Uchida, Azumi Asakura, Chinatsu Akasaki, Eri Sendai, Kaori Fukuhara, Kikuko Inoue, Mami Shitara, Souichiro Hoshi, Sumire Uesaka, Yuri Amano, Daisuke Matsuo, Hiroshi Karasuda, Hiroshi Naka, Junko Iwao, Juri Nagatsuma, Kanae Oki, Rieko Oda
Format: Six internet mini-episodes
Url: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=15391
Website category: Anime 2014
Review date: 9 June 2015
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai
It's another Chuunibyou internet series of Lite mini-episodes and a good deal more successful than the first one in 2012. They're all good. Six hits, no duds. I laughed.
1. (3:32 min) Shinka vs. Kumin's supernatural napping powers. Meet the amazing schoolgirl-dodging kotatsu.
2. (4:16 min) Rikka has to wear an eyepatch for medical reasons, but refuses to take off the one that's protecting the world from her Evil Eye. Result: a complete idiot. Also features the less-insane club members putting amusing misinterpretations on an overheard medical procedure.
3. (4:29 min) Tomo-chan's back! We've gone back in time to when Rikka was in junior high school, so once again her foil is the sarcastic schoolgirl from the second Lite mini-episode in 2012. Fortunately this episode's the funnier of the two. Rikka has decided to work on her psychic powers, which will look good on a job application form when she's older. What's more, she's doing this at school. In public. Not a good idea.
4. (4:10 min) Dekomori vs. Nibutani (i.e. Shinka) part 2. Always good for a laugh, this pair. Most of this episode's about the two of them getting ridiculously serious about a card game, but it ends with them sharing an umbrella on the way home. Still bickering, of course, but...
5. (4:39 min) Once again, we're going back in time. It's Chuunibyou Yuuta, still in junior high and of course a total twonk. He's an object of mockery, I think, in a way that's not true of the female lunatics. It's impossible to mistake Rikka for a conventionally functioning human being, for instance, but at least the narrative isn't bullying her. It likes her. In contrast, I almost get the impression that the universe was out to humiliate Yuuta in his delusional phase.
I approve, of course. It's funny, in large part because it's all self-inflicted.
Here, for instance, he's dressed in heavy black leather from head to toe... on a camping trip at the height of summer. In Japan. And that's rational compared with the other things he's saying and doing.
As is becoming conventional for Chuunibyou Yuuta flashbacks, the mini-episode ends with a small, gullible child thinking he looks cool and his sister Kuzuha briefly being suckered into wondering if he might be. Yuuta then immediately demonstrates that he isn't.
6. (4:49 min) A third flashback to junior high! This time it's Shinka, playing Mori Summer with Sofia and two normal girls. Incidentally the funniest part, as often, is the normal girls, playing straight man to the lunatics and in one case seeming to be persuaded that Sofia and Shinka really have summoned angels.
Shinka's chuunibyou style is less frantic and danger-oriented than everyone else's, by the way. She's more of a New Age hippy flower child.
There's also a bonus extra of a Magical Girl Transformation Sequence for Sofia, which has no dialogue or story but is still mildly amusing. Bonus points awarded for keeping it nudity-free and avoiding fanservice, despite the fact that Sofia's heart mark on her cheek looks like Cutey Honey's.
In short, these are good. Half of them are flashback episodes to our heroes' junior high school days, when two of them were amazing freaks (and admittedly the third was too, but she's still the same today). Also, interestingly, the most important character here is technically Shinka Nibutani. She's the protagonist or co-protagonist of half of these mini-episodes, which is more than either Yuuta (2), Rikka (2) or Dekomori (1). This is revealing, I think. Both in the drama and in the comedy, this show's ordinary people (ahem) are as important as its out-and-proud whack jobs, with Shinka being particularly funny for the violence of her reactions.
Delighted to have watched this. Always happy to get more Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.