Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren – 08
「偽りの…精霊聖母(モリサマー)」 (Itsuwari no… Seirei Seibo (Mori Samaa))
“The False… Spiritual Virgin (Mori Summer)”
After two whole episodes of constant relationship development on the Yuuta and Rikka front, this week took a slight break to focus on our other favorite duo.
While I’m not 100% sure if this girl is the mystical Stalker-san everyone’s been talking about in the comments, I have to say that she gave off a pretty bitchy attitude. Not only did she completely lie about being the real Mori Summer but to go and tell off Nibutani in front of all of her friends had me nearly frothing in anger. I clearly remember hoping that Nibutani would have slapped her across the face for spouting such nonsense. It’s a shame it never happened!
Nibutani and Dekomori
If there’s one thing this second season of Chu2Koi has been doing right, it’s definitely how they’ve been throwing the harshness of realty at us. We all know that deep down inside, Nibutani and Dekomori cherish each other. While they may share an awkward Senpai-Kouhai relationship where social norms and respect have been thrown out the window, it’s clear that through the strong bonds they’ve developed with each other fosters a certain amount of mutual respect. A mutual respect that pushes them to go out of the way for each other when the time calls. Which is why I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Nibutani as her beloved kouhai just tossed her aside for a fake. Slowly sinking in a sea of depression, a majority of the episode felt pretty hopeless.
But with enough prodding from everyone else, Nibutani was able to get back up and once again became Mori Summer to help Dekomori get through some tough times. In typical Chu2Koi style, we were given one of the flashiest chuunibyou battles to date and got an awfully heartwarming speech from Nibutani to wrap things up. All in all not too shabby for two people who say they “hate” each, right?
That said, I still wish Nibutani just smacked the crap out of the fake Mori Summer to prove her point. Alas, even though it didn’t happen I suppose I shouldn’t be too bummed out about what actually did go down.
Rikka and Yuuta
Even in an episode where the focus was on everyone but them, Kyoani did a great job at reinforcing some of the things they painstakingly taught us last week. First and foremost I am so happy that there wasn’t some random “reset” on Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship. With Rikka actively thinking about how to act more like a girlfriend and doing things like initiating the sacred act of hand holding, it feels like things are going smoother than ever.
Second but just as important was how she handled her feelings of jealously. While it seems like she’s still trying to figure out how to deal with Sophia, there’s no denying that she put that aside and asked for her help because she was the best one for the job. Basically showing us that even when Rikka’s stuck with making a hard decision, she’s matured a bit where she can actually make objective decisions even with her feelings on the line.
Kumin-senpai and Isshiki
Not wanting to be left out, Kumin-senpai was back in full force this week. Even though she may be one of the more “sidey” side characters, you have to hand it to her for seeing straight through Nibutani’s facade and noticing just how much the fake Mori Summer wanted to touch Dekomori in all the wrong places. As I’ve said time and time again, you have to wonder just what Kumin-senpai could be capable of if she stayed in serious mode all the time!
Who’s Isshiki again?
With everything in a rather stable position, I haven’t the slightest clue what could be in store for us. The only thing that seems to make sense is that maybe we’ll get hit with some new girl who tries to throw a wrench into one of our two duo’s relationships. That or maybe, just maybe Isshiki might get a surprise episode that finally liberates him from the dog house (yeah right).
No matter what happens though, it looks like everything is in place for a grand finale. And with Kyoani doing a great job behind the wheel, I’m confident we won’t be disappointed when the time comes!
- [13:59] jagster: takaii
- [13:59] @takaii: takaii is kind of here — hi
- [14:00] jagster: cant believe you didn’t catch the hint that Rikka might be losing her powers
- [14:00] jagster: I think thats where the next few episodes might head
- [14:00] jagster: or maybe just next episode at least
- [14:01] @takaii: i thought about it a bit but I just chalked it up to giving us a good reason to bring sophia in :|