So I recently rewatched Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, season one ( I still haven’t seen season two nor the movie). I watched it around 2013 originally. But I was super high when I binged it. So none of it really stuck with me. During the few weeks during the tragedy of the KyoAni fire, I changed my profile pic to Rikka. I had slight memory of relating to her but couldn’t quite place why. So last week during my dad’s birthday, I rewatched it. Watching it sober really stuck with me.
I didn’t really expect it to touch me as deeply as it did. I originally thought it was a moe comedy that lead to a cute romance. But no, it was an amazing story that led me through an emotional rollercoaster.
Definition of Chunibyo (cause i use this word a lot in this post):is a Japanese colloquial term that translates to “middle-school second-year syndrome” or “eighth-grader syndrome”, typically used to describe early teens who have delusions of grandeur, who so desperately want to stand out that they have convinced themselves they have hidden knowledge or secret.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions WILL BE PRESENT. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS ANIME AND WANT TO WATCH SPOILER FREE, STOP READING THIS BLOG IMMEDIATELY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
So up till episode seven, the series was a cutesy moe comedy that slowly showed all the characters and their fun quirks. Either Chunibyo, hiding the fact they were Chunibyo, liked napping, or wanted to get girls by playing guitar. Kumin my favorite cus nap club is best club. Episode seven was the summer vacation episode, the beach episode. Like most anime the beach episode is the fans most fav cus the fun hijinks and the bikinis. But this episode was the start of the drama.
You find out that Rikka’s grand parents don’t really bind with Rikka. Then later on you find out that her father is dead and she created her Chunibyo when she saw Yuta during his Chunibyo phase and did it to hide the grief of her father’s passing.
After this beach drama arc, Rikka grows feelings for Yuta and the romance arc happens. Of course it happens and they start dating. But of course we don’t get to enjoy it cus more drama happens. Rikka’s older sister Toka is moving to Italy for work and Rikka’s mother, who hasn’t really been in her daughter’s life that much, is going to move in. Toka asks Yuta to tell Rikka to stop her Chunibyo and to be normal. So during the school festival he tells her that. She stops and everyone around her is miserable. Dekomori is sad cus her master is no longer interacts with her. Things lose its happiness. Of course in the end goes for the good and she Yuta has her go back to her Chunibyo. And everything becomes good. Then season one ends.
Growing up is hell. Becoming an adult and accepting reality is hell. Rikka hiding her trauma behind her Chunibyo is realistic. We all want to hide from traumas we go through and pretend that it is not reality. As someone who has gone through a ton of trauma and is extremely depressed, I use to Chunibyo when I was in elementary. Made myself seem like a mysterious person. Oh the cringe of my youth.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is an amazing anime that I love deeply now. KyoAni is the best studio that can elicit strong emotions in people. Hell, I want to go full blown Chunibyo now, to freak people out XD.
Hope you all have a great day and that you enjoy this blog. Dark Flame Master signing off.
(For those wondering when the romance story will be uploaded, soon. I’m at the 3/4 mark on it)