Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren FNAR Review #84:
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren, also known as Love, Chuunibyou, & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- which I still think is a pretty bad title continues the story of the lives of our main characters, Yuta Togashi and Rikka Takanashi. This season starts as the beginning of their second year of high school does and after a number of circumstances Yuta and Rikka have ended up living together. Not only does this add to their relationship and provoke the suspicions of their peers but it also means that Rikka’s old apartment above Yuta’s is vacant. It is now free for Yuta’s childhood friend, the chuunibyou that made Yuta into the Dark Flame Master to move in. Her name is Satone Shichimiya and she becomes a major part of the plot in some expected and surprisingly unexpected ways.
Chuunibyou still stands as an incredibly charming series that is full of some truly wonderful moments and characters. I had a lot of fun with this season but there are a few hiccups. My main complaint is that it felt like not a whole lot was accomplished in terms of the advancement of Yuta and Rikka’s relationship over the course of one whole year. The ending was very disappointing, especially since the whole last episode (arguable the season) was leading up to that one moment and it sort of didn’t happen and I ended up feeling cheated and robbed. While I’ll admit that there was some progress made in their relationship, and while I do understand that Rikka’s chuunibyou is a huge hindrance, I still find it hard to believe that they’re at such a basic level of their relationship after this amount of time. This season was far less episodic that last season’s start and wasn’t quite as story driven as last season’s end. It was built up sort of slowly and didn’t have one definite purpose to the story and the events within other than to bring Yuta and Rikka closer together. One thing that I think this season did just right was in the character department. Not only did they grow and develop all of the existing loveable characters, but Shichimiya was constructed fantastically. She could have screwed the entire pooch and been annoying, pushy, and overall just a plot device to add terrible and cliché drama to the show. But, she broke the mold of other characters that have been in her place and ended up being one of the best and most loveable characters in the entire series. The viewer is able to get sympathetic with her and her feelings and at the end is able to respect her, her decisions, and her independence. She’s a great addition to the cast and was not only a relief, but a high point of the season. Not a whole lot is to be said in the departments of looks and sound because most of it was pretty much the same. The music felt slightly less captivating but was overall fairly good. The animation and overall visuals are virtually identical to the previous season, maybe even a little better, but certainly not worse. Also, I don’t know if I’ve failed to stress this, but I love the character designs of this show (as well as most KyoAni works). They are adorable and perfect for the content.
Chuunibyou Ren was a great time. It was less goofy than the previous season but the serious tones that are present are very very enjoyable and the only major let down was the overall lack of progress that is exemplified in the very last disappointing scene of the season. Other than that, everything else was solidly good and fun, although not perfect. I give Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren a 8.75/10. I don’t know if there will be a season 3, but there better be after that ending (which might just be the feeling they were trying to evoke). This season of Chuunibyou is licensed by Sentai Filmworks and is available on Crunchyroll in it’s entirety. So check out season 1 if you haven’t already as well as my review of it (harhar shameless self promotion) and if you have seen season 1, I’m pretty darn sure that Ren will not disappoint you.
Side Note: I apologise for the lateness of this review, last week I was in a car collision and it kind of set me back a bit.