Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren – 01
OP: 「VOICE」 by ZAQ
「復活の…邪王真眼」 (Fukkatsu no … Jyaoo Shingan)
“Revival of the… Wicked Eye”
Oh hey, isn’t Chu2Koi Ren another sequel this season? I must be the resident slice-of-life and sequel writer! Jokes aside, Chu2Koi Ren is a show that needs no introduction — unless you haven’t watched the first season. Which if you haven’t, go do it. Right now.
They’re officially a couple!
Unless I’m remembering the story incorrectly (which is totally possible), I could have sworn that the relationship between Yuuta and Rikka was still fuzzy at best — with the two stuck in the “I dunno exactly what we are, but I actually do” situation with everyone on the sidelines trying to help. That and I clearly remember the un-aired 13th episode or OVA left us in an awkward spot but that was probably because Chu2Koi Ren was already announced and on the way. But I guess that really doesn’t matter since the beginning of this episode put the two in the most “romantic” situation any high school kid could image — living together with no watching!
Anyways, I for one am glad that everyone seems to acknowledge and accept that the two are an official couple. Hopefully, gone are the days where extremely awkward situations arise between misunderstandings which lead to that crappy feeling of extreme depression when something between Rikka and Yuuta should be disgustingly romantic but ends up fizzing out or misinterpreted. At the same time, I’m super excited to see just how the two handle their new obligation to each other. Because after the first season went out of its way to show that “Chuunibyou” isn’t really a problem anymore, I’m hoping that we get some lovey-dovey and/or heartbreaking moments as the two try to discover what the word “romance” and possibly “love” really mean.
A cast of side characters that are good enough to be Main Characters.
You can’t forget about the amazing cast of side characters that help drive both the antics and romance of our aforementioned couple. While I don’t have much to say about Isshiki who seems to still be life’s punching bag, I do have a couple things to say about the other three.
Starting in order of appearance, you really have to wonder what’s going on in Nibutani’s head. While I can’t understand her choice in fashion with that hair color and skirt length, it seems like she’s taking “avoid the whole chuunibyou thing” to a whole new level. I suppose only time will tell how long it’ll last for! For Kumin-senpai, she seems to still be the complete air-head who we all know and love. Still taking her trademark naps whenever the opportunity shows itself, she seems to have found a new passion in using awfully punny jokes that only a foreigner like myself would appreciate.
Which leaves Dekomori, the side character I’ve been dying to see more of. Since after the OVA clearly explained just how rich and classy she could be, I was dying for more of the girl with the huge forehead. But what I really want to see, even more than her ability to change personas on a whim, is a Dekomori that’s in full blown chuunibyou mode. Because as much as I would love for romance to take the wheel, I can’t deny that I love it whenever Dekomori and Nibutani get into those fight of theirs. And with Dekomori finally graduating from middle school, there’s one less place for Nibutani to hide. Death!
Kyoto Animation, continue to amaze me. Please.
While I don’t consider myself an expert in anime studios, you can bet that I know a thing or two about one of the powerhouses in the field. With a track record of amazing adaptations ranging from the plot heavy Key visual novels to the amazing and at the time super trolly Haruhi anime and movie, you’d think that a studio like KyoAni could do no wrong. But within the past year and the release of let downs like Tamako Market and more recently Kyokai no Kanata, you’d question how such beautiful looking shows could have such glaring flaws!
So I don’t think you can blame me when I came into Chu2Koi Ren with some reservations — you can only get let down so many times before you give up! While it’s still a little too early to tell just how good this sequel will be, there are two big things going for it. The first is that KyoAni knows how to hit that nostalgia bone and used this re-introduction episode to really get you back into the pace of things (dat chuunibyou scene!). Second, everything looks absolutely stunning. From the character designs to the animation during the epic battle scene, should everything end up becoming complete crap (which probably won’t happen) I think I could continue watching just because of how nice everything looks.
VAN!SHMENT TH!S WORLD!!
From the way things are going, I have no problems in saying that Chu2Koi Ren looks like it’ll be spectacular. From its beautiful opening and ending sequences to the great story KyoAni has been weaving since the first season, there are so many good things going for this show that it’ll take a gigantic mistake to screw things up (something like Endless Eight comes to mind…).
- Rika seems three times as cute as she was back during the first season. Also, her ahoge must hurt, a lot.
- WHY IN THE WORLD WAS KUMIN THE ONE WHO GOT SMACKED WITH THE LADLE? SHE’S SUCH A NICE PERSON!
ED: 「Van!shment Th!s World」by Black Raison d’être