「二人の…逃避行(エグザイル)」 (Futari no… Eguzairu)
“The Couple’s…Exile”

First of all, let me apologize – this post is going to be shorter than usual (for me), since I’m out of town visiting family for Thanksgiving at the moment. Though wait…maybe shorter posts are better? Either way, special thanks goes to Zanibas for taking care of the screen caps for me. He’s the reason you all get to read this post right now. Zanibas saikou! \o/

First item: drama. For the reigning kings of heartstrings and the tugging thereof (Clannad ~After Story~ made me experience human emotions again), this show isn’t bringing on the feels. Last week I mentioned that, while good, the dramatic scenes lacked an emotional punch, and this week followed suit. Part of this has to do with the whole chunibyou thing, which is rather silly and makes it hard for the characters to delve into serious matters, but the rest of it is…uhm. I don’t know! This is some pretty subjective criticism – this episode may have struck you emotionally, and that would be totally valid – but it’s not doing it for me. I can only hope that this is all buildup for a massive emotional payoff later on. If so, it may be that this was done very well (in retrospect). As it is though, any episode that uses a mournful insert song and doesn’t stir up any feelings belongs to a series that might want to focus on other things.

Speaking of: comedy, flirting, and megaton-level cuteness. Those are the things that KyoAni is doing, and doing well. The comedy should speak for itself, but really so does the flirting. I’m going to talk about it anyway, though. Good was the natural airhead Kumin-sempai and her accidental flirting with Isshiki-kun (why must you get my hopes up? Guuuuuh!). Second best was dinner in the park, with all the indirect kisses and playful teasing it involved (HNNNNNNNNG!!). Best of all though, was Rikka smelling Yuuta’s scent. I. just. dontevenknowwhattodowithmyselfanymoreee!!! *falls over from a massive nosebleed* Add in how cute Rikka was at the end there, and that’s really where KyoAni is making this show sparkle. More of that please!

As for that, the major event from this episode was the awakening of Yuuta and Rikka’s feelings. Yuuta, who is post-chuunibyou (and kind enough to narrate his thoughts), was clearly more aware from the get-go, but dismissed the possibility of romance because of Rikka’s childishness. Props go to Isshiki for helping to push Yuuta towards the truth, even at the (accidental) expense of his time with Kumin-sempai. Forever alone!!

Rikka, though, was blindingly obvious about her burgeoning feelings. The only problem was that she didn’t realize what she was feeling herself! The smelling, the romantic movie, telling Yuuta to close his eyes as she got closer…she may be so far down the chuunibyou rabbit hole as to not recognize love, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want it. Two moments struck me. One was when she put the mark on Yuuta’s hand. That moment was totally chu2, and not what I was looking for…but it was sweet nonetheless. The other was far more devastating, though. When Rikka walked into Yuuta’s room and brushed his hair aside as he was sleeping…

Oh. my. gods. She knows! She finally, truly, absolutely, unequivocally, really knows! Rikka has awoken to her feelings for Yuuta! Ohhhh man…it can only get better from here!

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The drama fizzles, but the cute flirting picks it up and runs like crazy. Feelings are awakening in chu2ville… #chu2koi

Random thoughts:

  • Anime girls with super long hair never trip on it, you know? Such a thought would be sill–wait, what was that there!? XD
  • Cerberus has fantastic taste in women. As does Isshiki-kun, I might add!
  • Isn’t Zanibas good at picking out Stilts-caliber screen caps? :3
  • Hah, Shinka finally noticed the “mark” Dekomori left on her. Poor, poor Deko-chan. Payback is a bitch!
  • I almost forgot one thing – we finally learned the origin of Rikka’s chuunibyou. Her father’s death might be the reason, but middle school Yuuta was the inspiration. No wonder she knew where to find him back in Episode 1! But you want to know the best part (for me)? Because she was just coming to visit Touka, this is all totally justified! Good storytelling, wooo!

Full-length images: 19, 21, 27, 34, 36.

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    1. I just realised on the first episode, rikka mentions that their paths have crossed measureless eons before this age,and that her wicked eye revealed their destiny to her the moment she saw him.
      So she really wasn’t just talking gibberish, their paths actually have crossed before!

  1. So… Dekomori wasn’t particularly doing some nonsense babble after all. Aside from it being convenient this does really connect everything.

    Anyway… First part was weak. It had a good idea but somehow the animators didn’t quite connect. Looks like Chise Kamoi didn’t have that much resource. Luckily the episode director(Rika Oota) knows how to handle good interaction with only two people in the majority of the episode. As expected from someone who handled Hyouka ep 20 Show Spoiler ▼

    Well in anycase this doesn’t seem to be given so much priority nevertheless it was handled pretty well. Also that insert song is so good. The bad news is it’s not included in the release of the Lite OP/ED songs.

    Anyway judging by the synopsis for the next episode, things are gonna be glorious. Only 2 more episodes till Takemoto’s episode lands. I’m very eager to see it.

    1. Btw I’m talking about Dekomori’s nonsense in ep 3 when she reads Mori Summer’s Mabinogion.
      Which makes me think that
      Show Spoiler ▼

      Well that’s three casts… Only thing left with any correlation to the circle of friends is Ishiki and Kumin.

  2. To be honest I was also a bit let down at first during the “drama scenee” part of that is because we haven’t been able to take this show seriously yet. Clannad slowly brought us into those more dramatic and traumatic moments. While what happended in that scene might have been a bit of an emotional let down it was very much in character and we still have only speculation as to the exact reason Rikka went Chunnibyou. The fact that Yuuta was her inspiration wasn’t a big surprise to me as I had suspected it since episode 2.

    Also, was that 2 years ago where Rikka first saw Yuuta? If so doesn’t that coincide with Touka’s recording? Coincidence?

    Loved Rika’s childish innocence regarding love, I find her honesty endearing. This past two episodes and this one in particular showed Rikka drawn with a more adult body, at least that’s how I percieved it, combined with the dress she was wearing makes me feel like her Chuunibyou is slowly but surely being replaced by some maturity as “Daddy’s little girl” fals madly in love and starts to grow up.

    The scene with Rikka wearing Yuuta’s clothes and smelling them was quite something. Even the more obvious romcoms rarely do that. Also props to Yuuta for not having a skull of lead and at least entertaining the idea that Rikka might like him. I think the only thing that will prove it though will be Rikka growing up.

    I was hoping Rikka would take out her contact at least once but that was too much too hope for since it would be OOC. Meh, still several episodes left.

    1. This past two episodes and this one in particular showed Rikka drawn with a more adult body

      I commented on that in the last episode. It was very striking as she was standing in the field in profile. Her posture is different as is her face. The battle with Tooka really brings it out by juxtaposing it with her earlier self. Continuing that look when she’s not in Chubii mode is a subtle but effective way of showing her slowly changing.

      The more I see that dress, the more I like it on her.

    2. I do enjoy the changed art style. It’s subtle, so much so that I didn’t even notice into one of you kind sirs and/or madams pointed it out last week (I’m too lazy to go find the specific comment, but I’m sure I replied to it…probably), but it’s a nice touch. One of those great things about working in a visual medium.

  3. This definitely felt like it was only meant to be just a taste of drama, but it put a lot of things in motion. Tooka is just as stubborn as Rikka, just in a different way. It feels like she trying to be too “adult”, and doesn’t realize forcing feelings on others doesn’t actually do anything good for either person. Like Yuuta said, Rikka gets it, she gets everything, especially after seeing the house gone, but they way it all happened initially has left its mark. She wants to see her dad one last time; can’t really say that’s unusual for someone who lost a family member without warning, unable to say goodbye.

    Also agree that the second half was fantastic, though. These crazy kids are so cute it’s criminal! The train-ride was “Dawww” by itself, then everything just got better, and better, and Rikka marking Yuuta, yelling that she doesn’t get her feelings, and squirming in bed all happy/confused were just explosion-worthy! XD

    1. i dunno

      absolutely nothing about Rikka’s behavior smells of “she really does get it! she really is trying to face it!”
      i don’t know how you can interpret anything she’s doing as anything but running away. hell, at the end of the day, that is in fact all she did.
      run away.

      is her behavior an understandable… result? maybe. sure, people react to tragedy in different ways. some simply don’t handle it well.

      but to suggest that she “gets it” and what she’s doing is all just a way her way to confront the issue?
      that’s a hard sell.

      even after claiming that, Yuuta’s own description of his experiences doesn’t paint anything other than a kid with social issues (not strange) running away.
      coping mechanism, yes.
      confronting the problem, no.

      Touka may seem overly harsh, but she’s right.
      Yuuta knows she’s right.
      and his counterpoint is fairly weak in comparison.
      if nothing else you may argue Touka could be more gentle with her sister. Touka could have tried harder to ease her sister’s pain instead of saying “suck it up”.

      but at the end of the day, it’s pretty difficult to see how pandering to Rikka’s delusions helps any more than what Touka was doing. how does allowing her to continue this fantasy world she’d living in help her move on? is it helping her family relationships? is it helping her social relationships? is running away from her family and only associating with people who suffered similar childhood delusions come off as a better way to handle the situation than being frank with her?

      but i’ll confess, this is coming from a position of some personal projection.
      without getting into details, i know where Rikka and Touka are coming from. i’ve been there, and i was there at a younger age than Rikka was (not much younger, but younger)
      i got it. and from personal experience, getting it doesn’t equal what Rikka is doing.

      1. I think Touka understands well enough how Rikka feels. But then again I guess her patience is wavered from time to time. Only know it just got escalated.

        She knows well enough that Rikka only considers a few people as her ally or someone whom she(Rikka) can trust. She cares about her and I guess she’s afraid of forcing down the situation on her which may hurt their relationship. To me it seems that Touka is a very kind person in contradiction to her very cold or stoic personality just like how it was kinda depicted in ep 2.

        I think she’s just finding other ways to get Rikka to break her habit. Though in this scenario she was agitated when Yuuta got involved and did something out of her plans.

        I guess we can say that she’s playing along but not exactly spoiling Rikka too much. She still has a lot of control over Rikka it’s just that this matter was too delicate.

      2. Then there’s the idea that all of her magic and everything is to look for her father, to see him one last time, to face his death. She saw him and the Ethereal Horizon once, so now she’s looking for him and it again. This could be taken literally as a “childish” game, or it could be taken that she’s looking for a revelation. Something to tell her why her father died, why she didn’t get to say goodbye. When everyone else is being an “adult” and telling her to suck it up and deal, turning to the world of magic for an answer isn’t that big of a thing. Her family wants her to shut up and get over it so she won’t bother them anymore, and she just wants the closure she was denied. They’re both justified in their own ways, but I have an easier time identifying with Rikka. She’s trying to grow up, just in her own way that’s odd, and she’s been doing it while being lonely as hell with most of her family angry at her. It’s easy to see why she got attached to Yuuta so fast, hoping he was someone else to understand her. He didn’t hound her about everything when she ran, he put himself in striking distance and let her come to him, even if they didn’t actually talk about her father, since there really wasn’t anything else to say between them. It’s a small step, but it’s there, and he can actually interpret her metaphors and associations. Admitting to herself that she likes Yuuta will be a huge step as well.

    2. At least they aren’t waiting until the end of the series run to add drama. I hate when comedies are funny and the chracters goofy every episode until about episode 11, then they add a drama plotline (WTF?) for the finale and derail the whole series.

    3. @ Karmafan

      Truth. Very true. I probably should have mentioned that…but commented upon so everyone knows you’re the smart one!

      @ others

      Both Touka and Rikka seem like they’re talking past each other somehow. They’re both speaking, but neither of them is really hearing what the other is saying. They really just need to sit down and talk to each other without the ladles / umbrellas / silly personalities…

  4. I know most of the attention/sympathy goes to the two protagonists but Toka is my hero so far. I guess I’ve always liked characters who tell the hard truths or make the unpopular decisions (Rosshiu of TTGL was another who comes to mind).

  5. Once again, mixed feelings for this episode. I’m glad that there was no overwrought drama. But at the same time the entire dead dad subplot fell flat because nothing came out of it. Yuuta just defends Rikka and then Rikka’s grief is NEVER ADDRESSED AGAIN. What’s the point of injecting drama if it isn’t used? All of this just leads to is to have Rikka become even closer with Yuuta …but that was already happening. Even Touka looks upset at the pointlessness.

    Fortunately the second half was much better, since it has all the sweet, diabetic moments. If one things that’s done right here, is that the relationship with Yuuta and Rikka feels natural.

  6. Rikka is just too adorable. Yuuta should just be honest with himself since he knows has a thing for Rikka, but I think he is just worried about how others would view him. I totally called the tease during the almost kiss scene, but I was hoping AT THAT MOMENT it wouldn’t be a tease.

    When Rikka told Yuuta, “Don’t go” with that look on her face = melted

    So uh would Touka approve of Yuuta x Rikka?

    1. Well Yuuta believes she’s incapable of understanding what that kind of love is. It seems like the thought of them together crossed his mind but every time he sees her so involved in her own world, he can’t help but think she’s still a child who he has to look after so entering into a relationship with her would probably make him feel awkward.

      If he reverts back to his Dark Flame Master persona though, they’d look good together. It’d be hilarious if at the same time he reverted back, Rikka broke free from her delusions. :3

  7. On the contrary Stilts, your post are the best because you write them long but very enterteining to read. As I sai before, my best time of the week is when reading one of your posts. Happy Thaksgiving! enjoy the time with your family.

  8. What’s interesting to me is that the fight between Touka & Rikka in the first half doesn’t resolve anything. There’s no catharsis or reconciliation. Rikka just runs away as she has been doing for some time. Still, we’re a just a bit more than halfway through the series, so there doesn’t need to be a resolution now; it could come later. I do agree that interspersing the fantasy cuts with reality lessens the impact of the fight; just showing reality would have been more powerful. (After all Rikka isn’t really delusional, she’s just miserably rejecting the people around her.)

    What does happen in the fight is that we learn that Touka is just as torn up as Rikka over what happened to their family. First Touka lost her father, then she lost her mother — and then she lost her little sister, who suddenly started to hate her and push her away. I reckon Touka is crying partly with frustration because she wants her little sister back, and can’t figure out how to make that happen.

    1. Yeah. The most emotional part of this episode to me was when the usually calm and stoic Touka actually started to tear up. Seeing Rikka still running away from reality despite seeing the house gone (which I think Touka actually tried to prevent from happening in the first place since she probably knew it’d devastate Rikka more while she’s still delusional) made all of Touka’s frustrations and own feelings just come out. After all, Rikka isn’t the only one who lost her parents, and seeing Rikka not at least accepting their father’s death probably hurts Touka in some way too. And I know the loss came suddenly for Rikka but I’m sure it wasn’t any easier for Touka who knew(?) that her dad was going to die. No matter how much preparation someone has, a loved one’s death is devastating all around – as to which is worse (knowing or not), it always depends on the person really. Well the two would gain a lot if they were able to talk normally, outside of Rikka’s delusions.

      1. The sisters are just too awkward around each other, and I’m hoping we’ll see how the family reacted to Rikka seeing her father beyond the Ethereal Horizon later. My guess is that she mentioned it to her family, a few people(maybe Tooka) got mad at her, and Rikka started looking elsewhere for answers. Now Rikka speaks in associations that Tooka can’t understand, so Tooka won’t start the conversation because she’ll just get frustrated again. I could easily see this ending with Yuuta sitting the sisters down and being Rikka’s interpreter again, but Tooka in particular is too sure that she’s the only one that’s right right now for that.

  9. i, for one, enjoyed the drama. showed the roots of why rikka is rikka. i understood her more.

    btw, i wonder if drawing that in his hand was her first thought really. i mean, why would she even ask him to close his eyes? im betting that we’ll see a flashback in the future where we’ll see rikka’s pov at that moment. and im also guessing that she’s just wants to wake the dark flame master to ask him to make breakfast. or tell him that the ladies of the house have arrived.

  10. man..they sure love to tease us with bits of the main story…at least some development with rikka and yuuta. But man, Shinka getting shafted, why not bring her in as the third to make a love triangle? That would make the show that much more awesome!

    1. It might be the usual harem trope, but yes, I admit being disappointed by Shinka’s zero interest in Yuuta, since she’s my favorite girl. Yuuta starting to develop romantic feelings for Rikka? Nope, can’t take it seriusly.

    2. Gunna have to disagree. While I’m a big fan of everyone having their OTP (I am the guy who blogged Kyoukaisen, after all), a harem doesn’t fit into every show. Sure, sometimes two girls like one guy (or two guys like one girl, or two girls and a guy like one guy, whatever), but more often most of those around a person have no interest in them romantically. Despite the delusion segments and whatnot, this is actually more realistic.

      Besides, what Shinka needs now isn’t a love interest, she just needs true friends, and to come to terms with her chuunibyou past. She’s getting that here, slowly but surely.

  11. oh mai I was expecting a much more depressing and emotional episode this week with minimal comedy but I guess Rikka is just not yet ready to snap out of her chunibyou syndrome. I feel ya man I was waiting for a kiss to happen at ANY moment, and I sure hope they don’t leave us hanging by the end of the series cause that would really suck…

  12. Shinka had the nerve to try to downplay Kumin’s cuteness.She just jelly, don’t worry Shinka Cerberus still loves you lol.

    I’m still rooting for you Ishiki.

    Rikka is too cute, it should be against the law, every episode her cuteness just grows.

    1. Also was anyone expecting (or at least wanting to lol) Rikka to kiss Yuuta at the end? (at least in the forehead) That would have been a more epic closure of the episode. Oh well it’s still awesome as is.

  13. i’m guessing that near the end you have both yuuta & rikka holding hands looking out to sea and then spotting the sparkling lights.

    After that Rikka will shed away her chunnibyou after acknowledging the fact that her papa & mama are gone, but she still has Touka, dekomori, shinka, kumin, ishikki and most importantly Yuuta. They are the Ethereal Horizon she is looking for.

  14. Shinka…he liiiikes you! 😀

    Shinka, Touka, and Ishikki (Probably Kumin and Dekomori too is they weren’t a little dense or chuunibyou’d) approves of Yuuta X Rikka 😀

    Shinka X Dekomori, Shinka X Cerberus, Ishikki X Kumin, Yuuta X Rikka in one episode….my body and mind wasn’t ready….

    “I got butterflies in my stomach”

    “My heart’s racing!”

    “I’m excited!”

    “I’m explosive!!”

    “I don’t know!”

    That whole scene had me cracking up and going D’AWWWWW at the same time… and that train scene was so amazing. But the drama could use a little more effort. I have a feeling we’ll be getting more in the future anyway

  15. I thought it was a pretty good episode and while it might not have done as well drama-wise as other shows I think it did rather well.

    If what I think was said was said, did Kumin-sempai admit to being close to Yuuta or Rikka in the past when she was a kid?

  16. so rikka went emotional delusion attack on her sister give her sister just knock slap sense that can’t change past & try to accept reality cue yuuta stop the battle cue rikka running away.

    yuuta follow rikka to train back home while rest doing fireworks, back rub, & oh tomoki jr failed try alone time with kumin.

    so yuuta & rikka back home but rikka can’t enter her home so spend the night at yuuta with looking his weapons, have food, hand sign draw, & look like rikka is slowing fallen for yuuta?

  17. The main issue of the series is that there’s no room for drama. Rikka’s chuu2 is a byproduct of seeeing Yuuta? Too much of a coincidence. While her father’s death (and lack of explanation about the issue to her) could be a trigger, I have the feeling that she was already a lost cause before that. No wonder Touka delivered an UFC clobbering to her: she’s tired of waiting for her to grown up already. Worst, Rikka don’t want to grow up, and that way is way impossible to like her. By the way, abandoning their “friends” isn’t what a friend does. Rikka is entering in the ranks of Haganai’s Yozora: a character with no redeeming traits.
    Yuuta is another issue. He wants to forget his chuu2 past, but returns to it for helping Rikka. Talking about inconsistence. And playing the devil’s advocate didn’t work either, because he only remarked that Rikka is running away from reality just because.
    So is up to the secundary cast to keep the series, but the Mori-Death combo is reaching the limit way too fast and Kumin isn’t evil at all to help. Isshiki is already out of the question as the bullseye.

  18. In a nutshell, Rikka’s Chuunibyou is actually all Yuuta, AKA Dark Flame Master’s fault.

    LOL at Isshiki’s phone-a-friend-for-dating-advice-in-real-time fail. Still, it’s not all over for Isshiki.

    Poor Nibutani, she got NTR’d by Deko’s dog. (No, sir! I certainly do not swing that way in terms of fetishes. I think I’ll try and stay away from any doujinshi that actually gets inspiration from such a weird idea…… lol )

    Kinny Riddle
  19. The problem, I find, with the drama in Chuunibyou, especially this episode, is that the eight-grader syndrome kills drama. Chuunibyou satirises the Serious Business with the delusional grandiosity and the over-the-top fights, but at the same time takes its conflict seriously. This seems like a very difficult juggling act. The pathology of eighth-grader syndome is in fact the deflation of real conflict via hyperbole, misdirection and absurdity–that’s how this form of escapism has been working.

    As for the conflict itself, it’s not something simple like Yuuta’s right and Tooka’s wrong or vice versa, which really leaves things hanging as Rikka flees. Sure, Yuuta is right in that reality bites and but Tooka also has a point saying that reality just -is-. If I had a penny every time I got frustrated at the world–well, I’d be able to buy a straw and suck it up. Still, as an audience we expect something to come out of this meeting of ideologies but eighth-grader syndrome does not allow that. Again, the chuunibyou does not solve problems so much as deflect them so once more it flees into make-believe as reality chases after it with a ladle.

    This all quite troublesome for the viewer, who presumably wants to see stuff like resolution and catharsis. At some point we may start to think that Rikka’s antics really have to go–which will be a shame, because that was also her charm. Sure, Yuuta has tried to utilise Rikka’s chuunibyou as a positive force, bribing her into confronting mathematics in Ep5, but it feels like a temporary solution at best that created brief periods of lucidity before she fell off the wagon again. I think the most optimistic thing that can happen is that Yuuta continues to humour Rikka and eventually she’ll have had enough time to sort out her feelings and she’ll find some greater truth within her imaginings. Or something.

  20. I get the feeling there’s more to Kumin-sempai than being a nap-loving carefree cutie. For one thing since her debut up to now, we don’t see any signs of her interacting with anybody in her grade level and that she often hangs out with Yuuta and company. In this episode, that scene where she was preparing to go out in the middle of the night got me thinking about it further. Even with just half her face shown I thought I saw a tiny bit of sadness. I guess it’s because I’m used to seeing Kumin-sempai always smiling. Long story short she might be hiding something too. This is all speculation though since there’s been no focus on her yet.

    Oh and Stilts. On Rikka realizing she likes Yuuta, just wondering if you arrived at that conclusion for the same things I observed from the hair brushing scene. For one thing a girl wouldn’t brush their friend’s hair that way maybe unless they felt something more and to top it off is the way she looked at Yuuta. Call it obvious but I just wanted to confirm your thoughts on it.

  21. I want to see an episode where Dekomori dances so cute like in the OP (with the little hat on her head) and Rikka also dances while snapping her fingers (also in the OP). Notice in the OP each girl gets 4-5 mini scenes of their character and Yuuta gets none?

    1. haha, i was totally x-men inspired when i saw that
      is it just me, but i was really impressed when the gun slid out?
      OHNO is this a sign of chuunibyou, that i actually find all these stuff really really cool—

  22. aww, rikka, just let the sacred Tyrant’s Eye show you the truth, your chosen one is yuuta!! andeveryoneknowitthere’snodenying!
    i do agree this episode doesn’t strike me as much, maybe cos too much moe is injected which made the emotional parts a bit bumpy? well, i was expecting more closure than romance i admit, instead of rikka falling into escapist mode again. but then, there wouldn’t be a story already so i guess we can’t rush that =)

  23. A lot of misses for drama department, but the second half blows the episode through the roof.

    Aside from shoujo series, it’s been a while after we (or it’s only me?) served with a good, diabetes-inducing cuteness of one-on-one romance. Thank you very much, KyoAni >___<

  24. All hail Lelouch! I mean Yuuta…: https://randomc.net/image/Chuunibyou%20Demo%20Koi%20ga%20Shitai/Chuunibyou%20Demo%20Koi%20ga%20Shitai%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

    Loving this show so far. This and LB have been my must watch shows every week.

    And this is just pure icing on the cake that makes the show awesome:


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