「黄昏の・・・ 上級契約 (ハイヤーエンゲージ)」 (Koukun no… Joukyuu Keiyaku (Haiyaa Engeeji))
“Twilight of … Advanced Contract (Higher Engage)”
After another season of one of the cutest love stories I’ve ever seen, it comes to a rather predictable end. But who says that predictable can’t also mean awesome?
Because not much happened in the episode, it’ll just be a huge final impression post! More after the break!
If there was a show this season that kept me on my toes and captured my interest without ever letting it go, Chu2Koi Ren is up there with the likes of Kill la Kill and the good parts of Golden Time. But even with it’s near perfect balance of lighthearted humor and heart wrenching moments that just kept you coming back for more, this sequel did something that I really appreciated. As an added bonus, instead of rehashing all the things we went over during the first season like character introductions or chuunibyou as a whole, Kyoani did a fantastic job of bringing us back up to speed without sacrificing the pacing of the story. Basically, I don’t think there was an unneeded episode throughout the whole season. And unlike the first season, I loved how things felt a bit separated this second time around. We had the overarching story of Yuuta and Rikka’s relationship but in-between there was room for every other character to get a chance to shine.
Takanashi Rikka x Togashi Yuuta
The couple whose bonds have transcended time-space itself, these two are probably one of my favorite pairings ever. They’ve put in their fair share of sacrifices while trying to discover just what it takes to build a stable relationship while under the scrutiny of the omniscient Nibutani. They’ve come to a mutual understanding about just how chuunibyou affects things in their relationship and accepted it whole heartily. They’ve even overcome the boundaries of shyness and grown from pinkies, to holding hands, all the way to openly embracing each other without caring who’s around. But out of all things I could talk about, my favorite would still be how the two handled the Sophia situation.
Unlike a lot of other anime couples that tend to epically fail whenever an “X” factor is thrown into the mix (Kimi ni Todoke for some reason popped up in my head), I was extremely pleased with how Yuuta and Rikka handled the whole thing. While it may have taken an episode or two for the actual problems to surface, I just can’t get over how smoothly things went. From Rikka only showing just enough jealously for Yuuta to get the picture in the beginning to Yuuta actually figuring out what was going on and coming up with a creative response, the outcome of what should have been a horrible disaster was pretty pleasing. (Disclaimer: I don’t necessarily like how we got to that outcome though. As you pointed out in the comments in that episode, it kind of felt like Sopha got shafted. Something that I’m sure a lot of us agree was a little unfair!)
Nibutani Shinka and Tsuyuri Kumin — Best Side Characters of the Season
Nibutani and Kumin-senpai both hold a special place in my heart. They’ve both provided such a huge amount of support to everyone in the show that it feels wrong to call them side characters. I guess maybe I can call them the Main Side Characters? Haha.
Seriously though, they both have been so important to the story and development of Yuuta and Rikka’s relationship that it would be a sin not to give them the props for all of their hard work. Starting with Nibutani, I can’t help but just call her simply amazing. As much as she wants to deny it, she cares so much about all of her friends that she’ll go to crazy lengths to help them when they’re suffering. And if that wasn’t enough, her go-getter personality has her trying to help everyone before their problems even start — which sometimes gets her in trouble with Yuuta but nonetheless gets the job done. In the past few episodes alone she’s played a major role in just about everyone’s life. You rock Nibutani.
Then you have Kumin-senpai, someone who I personally thought was a lazy sack of potatoes until I discovered just how brilliant and insightful she is. Besides her amazing performance during the Siesta episode, she’s the senpai who knows just when a few simple words can make change happen. Be it when there’s an argument going on or someone’s completely lost, she always has just the right words to make things better. Now, if only she would completely stop using those awful one-liners!
Shichimiya “Sophia” Satone
The girl who stole my heart even when I thought it was already gone, Sophia is the best girl. While it’s set in stone she’ll never get to rekindle the fire she once had with Yuuta, I enjoyed watching every second she was on screen. Maybe it’s because she’s like the animeification of some of my own real life events but watching her struggle with her emotions to the point where she almost broke down just felt so real that at times I swore I could feel the pain swelling in her chest.
I’ve talked on and on about Sophia throughout the past like five posts but if I had to pick just one single reason to watch this second season, it would definitely be to see Sophia and all her antics. (I need to go watch Chu2Koi Ren Lite episodes later. Fuuuuuuuu)
Dekomori Sanae and Isshiki
Out of the entire cast minus Yuuta’s family, Dekomori and Isshiki probably got the least amount of screen time this season. Well, I suppose Isshiki got the least but that’s beside the point. In Dekomori’s case, I loved the little sister role she managed to play. Be it to Rikka as her “servant” or to Nibutani as the girl she has a love/hate relationship with, her influence on these two brought some really great episodes. My personal favorite would probably be the Fake Mori Summer episode where Nibutani and Dekomori really got the chance to show their true feelings for each other.
Isshiki, I wish you and Chihiro the best.
Final, Final Impressions
From start to finish, the second season of Chu2Koi was great. With high production values all around and a great love story that almost gave me almost everything I wanted, there was never a dull moment to be found. If there was a fault to be found with the series, my only gripe would be how Sophia’s feelings for Yuuta were handled. But like I said earlier, the outcome of it was satisfying and in all honesty sometimes life is like that — sometimes you just lose because the cards just aren’t in your favor.
So to everyone who’s made it this far, thank you for reading my posts and riding the Chu2Koi Ren train with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and maybe in the future we’ll get a third season where Rikka and Yuuta actually lock lips together? 😀
TL;dr: Great sequel to an already great show. With all the characters playing an important role, the main couple gets a chance to really discover what it means to have a “relationship”. Also, sharing mana is my new pastime.