So maybe you have guessed it, but I’m a little bit late watching this anime. Well, if you are wondering why I drop this anime is that I’m not really fond of harem type anime. Well, at least that was what it’s being shown on the early episodes of the first season. I thought this anime is going to be Yuta Togashi (the main male character) surrounded by cute girls but I think I was dead wrong. Since the air of the second season, I’ve been on marathon watching this anime and regret that I didn’t pick this anime sooner. So on that note, here’s my review regarding the hilarious yet sometime tear-jerking Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai.
First of all, when you started to watch this anime, you might learn a new term called Chuunibyou. Apparently, this is a syndrome where a person is immersed with his imaginative role usually originated from a game or anime he watches or plays and apply it to the real world. Now, I can’t really relate this to me since I don’t go spelling an incantation to random people and visually enhance everyday boring activity into one huge epic fight scene so watching that for the first time really bothered me. I was thinking, “Geez, what is it with this freaks?”, I swear to you that’s what I thought at the beginning.
However, as the episode progresses, these characters definitely realizes that they know what they are doing is a mere imagination. Then, it started to hit me, “Didn’t I at one time do this kind of thing?”. Yeah, I was embracing the role of Barrett from Final Fantasy 7 and I used to re-enact the game scene with my friends when we hang out together. I think I begin to understand how embarrassing it must have been for Yuta since he wanted to hide his Chuunibyou past so badly. The anime did a very well job depicting the feeling of the characters’ trapped in a Chuunibyou. Some call it escapism, some call it weird, but I would call it “The will to be a better person”. I mean, isn’t that why we are role playing in the past? To be equal to the character you are personifying? I chose Barrett as my character because he’s an honest and straight up guy who just talk his heart out. It’s the kind of man I wanted to be since I used to hide my feelings very well (I was a very shy guy).
This leads me to another topic of interest, which is the relationship dynamic between Yuta Togashi and Rikka Takanashi. Yuta Togashi is a former Chuunibyou during his middle school and he wants to forget his past. Rikka Takanashi is an active Chuunibyou which reason you will find out eventually during the episodes. Rikka Takanashi, however, is fascinated with Yuta Togashi since she is a fan (or a follower?) of Dark Flame Master, Yuta’s Chuunibyou character in the past. And I guess it’s fun to see how Yuta is definitely determine to get rid of his Chuunibyou just to realize that it’s not about changing your personality, but finding friends who can accept you just the way you are.
Sorry guys, I can only give you some philosophical review on this anime since if I review it based on the comedy aspect, you probably have already guessed it already. I really want to also expose some of the tear-jerking moments but I’m too worried to spoil them for you. But, I’ll leave you with this bombshell, this anime give you the balance amount of laughter, sadness, and romanticism that you could appreciate.