Sunday, March 10, 2013

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Short Review

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions or Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! is a 12 episode anime that I watched over the weekend which certainly made me laugh and pulled at my heart strings at the same time.  The story revolves around a few teenagers who have experienced or are experiencing "8th grade syndrome" or Chunibyo, which is basically another way of saying that they escaped reality by imagining they had powers that they do not really have and hide themselves behind that persona.

Yuta smacking Rikka
While the entire cast of characters were all fairly interesting you couldn't help be drawn to the main characters of the story which revolves around Yuta Togashi a guy who is recovering from his delusional past and trying to live a normal life in his new high school who ends up meeting a girl named Rikka Tanashi who lives above his apartment and is currently in her own delusional world while always wearing an eye patch to cover her "wicked eye".   Their awkward relationship evolving from annoyance to mutual love for each other was something very interesting to watch as the tone and pacing of the story is very comedic at first but eventually becomes very serious in the last few episodes as you find out about the true issues behind why Rikka hides herself behind her delusions.

Rikka showing her "Wicked Eye"
I enjoyed this anime a lot as it has a good mix of humor, action, and serious moments that don't get overly complicated.   The production values are excellent as are most anime's done by Kyoto Animation and visuals for the action scenes are very nice contrast to the every day high school scenarios throughout the series.  Without getting too philosophical the message this anime tries to portray is fairly simple.  We all have embarrassing quirks about our personalities and we shouldn't force ourselves to hide it as those qualities are a part of us and who we are.  At least that's what I got out of it.

You can currently watch this anime on the Animenetwork.

Rating: 5/5

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