Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai – 02
「旋律の…聖調理人(プリーステス)」 (Senritsu no … Hijiri Chourinin (Puriisutesu))
“Priestess of…the Melody”
This week we were introduced to some more characters (and learned more about previous ones), and what a treat it was! That’s why, as my lazy framing device of the week, I’m going to go by character and talk about the new ones we met this time. Until I get bored about do something else. So let’s go!
First up is the beautiful and responsible iincho Nibutani Shinka (Akasaki Chinatsu). While not in truth a new character – we met her last week – this was her first time getting more than a few words in…but only a few more. Compared to others, she didn’t have much of an impact on the episode, but I’m looking forward to seeing more from her. She seemed like a very earnest and approachable girl – despite her looks, which are clearly intimidating to a young boy like Yuuta. I mean, maybe it’s not so uncommon that she would remember running into a boy only a week prior (and then seeing him in her class shortly thereafter), but in animu-land it seems like the guy should obsess over that while the girl completely forgets it happened. Pretty girls are supposed to forget that we silly guys exist, right? *past scars coming back* I mean, that’s what always happened. She never called me back I was nice, wasn’t I? I was polite, opened the door, dressed nice, tried to be funny. I was just so young back then, I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t know… WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL!! T_T
… Aaaanywho, next up is the easygoing senpai Tsuyuri Kumin (Asakura Azumi). Now she had a much larger effect on the episode. I must say that I’m impressed and pleased about how they worked her into the story. When I saw that she might be the owner of Chimera, my “this is too convenient” alarms started going off…but it wasn’t her cat. Of course, the situation is still sort of convenient, since if she hadn’t lost her (gray, large) cat at around the same time then she wouldn’t have met the others, but I think Chimera not being hers made it okay. I mean, things really do just happen sometimes, and it’s believable that a girl at school would lose her cat around the same time Rikka picked one up, especially is they’re different cats. After all, there are a lot of girls and a lot of cats in the world! (And thank the gods for that first one). I don’t know if that kind of thing bothers anyone else, but it’s a pet peeve of mine, which KyoAni dodged beautifully.
That aside, I’m an instant fan of Kumin-senpai. I was laughing about how she just decided to go along with everything for…well, just because she wanted to! I didn’t have any clue how she would be worked into the story, but I didn’t expect that. I can already tell why she’ll join their fledgling ground of friends – she’s already realized that they’re just too much fun to not befriend! Speaking of, that innocent exuberance she exuded as she came along for the ride was really endearing. More Kumin-senpai plz!
Third on the list was none other than Rikka’s older sister, Takanashi Touka (Sendai Eri). Once again, perhaps my trope senses are dulling, but I didn’t expect the seeming fellow chuunibyou sufferer at the beginning to turn out to be Rikka’s perfectly normal onee-chan! …well, normal only insomuch that she didn’t suffer from Rikka-caliber delusions. Her ladle action was silly but amusing (especially when she nailed Kumin-senpai, d’aaawww!), but best of all was the calm way she blackmailed Yuuto into taking Chimera. Cool beauty + acrobatics + a little threatening + still kind + that choker (the belt isn’t necessary, even a ribbon will do, I just like seeing a lady wearing one!) = GREAT SUCCESS!
One final thing. Those delusions? Yeah, I totally thought were were real for a second there. (Okay, not really, but they did make me doubt it for a moment, which is close enough). I’m glad they weren’t though. It was more fun seeing Yuuta cheer for Rikka even though he could see how silly the fight she was engaged in was, and also because I think the story works better this way. Leave the supernatural stuff to other shows – I prefer that chu2koi stay silly and innocent. After all, it’s working for it so far.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – An easygoing senpai & a cool beauty onee-san join the fun as Rikka engages in some ridiculous delusion-battle action. Kanntwinkle! #chu2koi
- WTB Terminator onee-san, PST with offers.
- I didn’t talk about Rikka much this post, but just to make sure it’s clear – yup, she’s still adorable.
- You’re totally revealing that you know her, Togashi-kun. Don’t you think that’s going to make it hard to trip those iincho flags?
- Wait, a calculator by the door? Tenshi?
- Even though she’s not judging, it was still enough to break Yuuta. The heart of a young boy is a fragile thing.
- That cat looks so unbelievably chill. I guess this is the season of plot-significant abandoned cats for Stilts. I’m okay with this.
- Interested senpai is kawaii. So Yuuta, Kumin-senpai is totally into this. I wonder what else you could get her interested in? ufufu~