OP: 「厨病激発ボーイ」 (Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy) by Enoki Junya, Kabumoto Hideaki, Nakamura Shuugo, Yamashita Daiki, Yasuda Rikuya
「そうさ 俺は目覚めてしまった」 (Sou sa Ore wa Mezameteshimatta)
“That`s Right, I Have Awakened”
Following hot on the heels of other Vocaloid-related anime adaptations, Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy aims to make a standalone story out of a song about boys afflicted by their own particular delusions of grandeur. Although it’d never be accused of being high art, it is amusing to see how each of the guys represents the more embarrassing heroic tropes from the past few decades and Mizuki helps carry the show as the unfortunate straight-man to the chaos they cause.
What makes the leading men of Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy fun to follow is how much they lift from their respective obsessions and how their existence pokes fun at the conventions that each of them embraces. Noda Yamato (Yamashita Daiki) is a forever young teenager whose love for sentai shows grants him an Izuku Midoriya-level obsession with being a hero and allows us to remember the cast easier by designating each character with their respective color. While he’s Red, he gives the title of Yellow to Tomoki Takashima (Nakamura Shugo), an attractive student whose appearance is deceiving when his obsession with an OS game called “I Love!” has him fixated on dedicating every fiber of his being to his 2D wife Sora-chan. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Kabumoto Hideaki), aka Black, has a personality that is the most engrained in contemporary chuuni anime as he has a penchant for adding dramatic flair to his conversations and takes time to writhe in pain as he imagines his right arm being possessed by the forbidden power of a demon lord. This episode’s last boy, Rei Tsukumo (Enoki Junya) isn’t given as much to work with other than being the rude character known as Purple, but his story will likely be elaborated on within the next episode as will a certain green-haired character we haven’t been introduced to.
These guys are already amusing to see wreak havoc, but our main protagonist Mizuki Hijiri (Akasaki Chinatsu) helps sell many of their interactions. As she tries to enjoy her first days of school and attempts to have ordinary friends, she is constantly thwarted by the Hero Club’s members’ efforts to integrate her into her new school. The animation does its best work with Mizuki’s expressions as you can see her spirit slowly dying with each moment she has to spend with the boys. With every new quirk that she learns about them, she has a new expression on her face that emphasizes just how mind-numbing and head-scratching it is for her to be inadvertently locked into a new life where the students who give her the most attention are these guys. I can see the show indulging in the cliche’d parts of each of the boy’s quirks, especially since Mizuki herself is starting to experience out-of-this-world abilities that further excite the Hero Club. But from the initial set-up of the plot in this episode, Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy should be a funny time-waster to watch just before the weekend begins and we get into the meatier shows this season.
ED: 「Here comes The SUN」 by Nakamura Shuugo