Catch up! Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai DES

Enitre budget spent on making the perfect waifu
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The col­lege quar­ter kept me away from this place so long that it almost became “Wah­fuu! The Visu­al Nov­el Blog.” Yet, I’ve tried to keep up with ani­me somewhat.

I failed.

How­ev­er, I have been keep­ing up with Chuu2Koi, at the very least (plan­ning on hav­ing a marathon of Psy­cho-Pass and Lit­tle Busters! after­words, though I’m afraid the lat­ter might ruin the visu­al nov­el some­what for me since I’ve been read­ing that instead). Fun­ni­ly enough, the series is going the com­plete oppo­site direc­tion of what was sug­gest­ed by a cou­ple of peo­ple (that it had the pos­si­bil­i­ty of “dete­ri­o­rat­ing into love-tri­an­gle BULLSHIT”) and I’m LOVING it.

Her thighs are still delicious

She seemed too nor­mal to be true.

It’s clear from the get-go that the token cou­ple would be Yuu­ta and Rik­ka. Pos­si­ble third wheel? Nibu­tani Shinka.

Which is thrown out the win­dow the moment it’s revealed that she’s a clos­et­ed Chu­u­niby­ou her­self not unlike Yuu­ta, and her ojou-san demeanor was all an act. Still a pos­si­ble third wheel? Nope, she actu­al­ly jumps onto the whole Yuuta/Rikka ship straight away the moment it’s made clear that the two should be an item.

HNNNNNNNNNG OMEGA DELTA SUPREME

HEART ATTACK STROKES BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS RISING

WHO ORDERED THE EYEPATCH PARFAIT

Right after, in episode five, is when we dive straight into the begin­ning of a per­pet­u­al bout of HNNNNNNG.

Not just deep­en­ing the char­ac­ter rela­tion­ship through the study ses­sion (and Yuu­ta get­ting to know Rik­ka and her home envi­ron­ment a bit bet­ter) — but her facial reac­tion to the “pro­to­col exchange” at the end of the episode clear­ly indi­cates that some­thing has blos­somed here.

Burst reality into shreds!
Blast real­i­ty! Burst it into shreds!

One of the last things I expect­ed when start­ing up this ani­me was to expe­ri­ence a mas­sive amount of feels. I mean, c’mon, you can’t blame me for not think­ing KyoAni is above pro­duc­ing an ani­me pure­ly to show­case a bunch of cute girls doing crazy antics? Eye­patch, zettai ryoui­ki, and ahoge in all.

It’s been hint­ed that Rikka’s fam­i­ly life has­n’t been a hap­py one. Then episodes sev­en and eight real­ly threw me for a loop with the full reveal of Rikka’s back sto­ry. The whole issue with her dead father and her not want­i­ng to face real­i­ty was pret­ty sad, and I give the ani­me a pat on the back for how well-exe­cut­ed these episodes were. When it was a sim­ple and light­heart­ed show, I thought it was enjoy­able and the char­ac­ters grew on me, espe­cial­ly Rik­ka. And when it decid­ed to get a tad seri­ous, the pre­vi­ous attach­ment to Rik­ka and being able to feel for her prob­lems man­aged to grab my inter­est and super­glue it onto the screen.

Kind of a dirty move, KyoAni, but I admit that it’s effec­tive. Curse you!

INNOCENT AND TENDER AND CRAP :3

WHY CAN'T MY LIFE BE LIKE THIS?!

Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggh­h­h­h­h­h­hh

At the same time, the seeds of attrac­tion latch onto Rik­ka and Yuu­ta as they bond even more.

YOU SEE THIS SHIRT? YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. SMELLS LIKE YUUTA.

SMELLS LIKE YUUTA. ABSKSBJAVSAVHSCV

HETEROCHROMIA HNNNNNNNNG

Rik­ka moe — eye­patch moe = het­e­rochro­mia moe

After a whole episode of Nibu­tani try­ing to push Rik­ka into con­fess­ing to Yuu­ta, help­ing her real­ize that the but­te­flies in her stom­ache isn’t some dark essence try­ing to cor­rupt her (it’s pret­ty damn cute)… we actu­al­ly don’t get a con­fes­sion just yet, but rather a pas­sion­ate embrace after Yuu­ta saves Rik­ka from a near-death experience.

DAAAAAW

Romance? With­out bull­shit harem squab­bles? IN MY MODERN ANIME?

HAAAAAAAAAAAH, yeah right.

I WILL HAVE A HEART ATTACK AND I WILL SURE KYOANI

I love you, Yuu­ta”? I WAS GONNA SAY IT FIRST!

Oh.

The insert song played dur­ing this EXTREMELY adorable con­fes­sion scene was real­ly good and com­ple­ment­ed it per­fect­ly. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I have no idea what the title of the song is. It’s clear­ly sung by Zaq, but it’s prob­a­bly made spe­cial­ly for the ani­me and has­n’t even been released yet. If any­body knows what the title of the song is, kind­ly inform me. Many cook­ies will be giv­en to you!

ARRGHHH WHY CAN'T MY LIFE BE LIKE THISSSSS

Cou­ples tak­ing cos­play shots. Always awe­some, I tell you.

Things get serious...

Nat­u­ral­ly, things don’t stay sug­ary and sweet when Yuu­ta is forced to pull Rik­ka back into real­i­ty, after being con­front­ed by Tou­ka and final­ly meet­ing Rikka’s moth­er. Prob­a­bly for her own good, as she has to stay with her moth­er for quite a while due to Touka’s job. But still, it must have been a pret­ty huge emo­tion­al blow for her. Espe­cial­ly since I fig­ure that Rik­ka was look­ing for­ward to the ADHD per­for­mance with her boyfriend and the whole “take off your eye­patch’ thing being so sud­den. Dis­ap­point­ment everywhere…

I feel as if dia­logue between our two leads is gonna become a lit­tle awk­ward here… espe­cial­ly after that.

TO BE CONTINUED, DAMMIT

GOD DAMMIT, CLIFFHANGERS! Rik­ka sings her dad’s favorite song… and the gold­en con­tact len- er, Jaou Shin­gan is gone! Is she final­ly fac­ing real­i­ty?! I want Chu­u­ni 11, now, you stu­pid cliffhanger!

I must admit. I’ve been fol­low­ing this show pret­ty active­ly and have been lov­ing the eccen­tric char­ac­ters, Deko­mori, Kumin, Isshi­ki, etc. But who am I kid­ding? Two episodes left now, and I will say this — Rik­ka made the show for me. While it’s great when­ev­er the lead female of an ani­me turns out to be that like­able, I feel like the oth­er char­ac­ters did­n’t get their time to shine. I’m not going to blame KyoAni on this because it’s obvi­ous­ly import from the source mate­r­i­al, but RIKKA IS BASICALLY THE SHOW nonethe­less, and if some evil soul mag­i­cal­ly does not like her (or Yuu­ta), then the whole thing falls apart. Despite that, to me, it’s been a pret­ty sol­id series so far, and if they end it on a fan­tas­tic note — I’ll be satisfied.

This is asking for a Junji Itou illustration

Deko­mori… I would­n’t be sur­prised if one day, that pret­ty head of hair is ripped straight off your head. LOL

2 thoughts on “Catch up! Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai DES

  1. For the record, the song is called Kimi no Tonari wa by ZAQ. It’s not released though.

    But yeah, the show is basi­cal­ly the Rik­ka show. I did think the whole eye­patch-armor was a bit pre­dictable, but it helps make Rik­ka the thou­sand-dol­lar wai­fu she is. 

    Seri­ous­ly. I immag­ine this series being pret­ty hit or miss but I haven’t moe’d out this hard in awhile.

    1. Thanks for that. Guess I was right that it was sung by Zaq after all.
      As far as taste goes, it’s not some­thing for every­one, but I’d say that this has been a sol­id series nonethe­less. It isn’t so ter­ri­bly bad that it deserves to be trashed but not jaw-drop­ping­ly amaz­ing at the same time. For what it is, it def­i­nite­ly has an attrac­tive pro­duc­tion val­ue being pro­duced by KyoAni show, the ridicu­lous and del­lu­sion­al char­ac­ters are like­able if you aren’t eas­i­ly annoyed, and the com­e­dy bits are able to stand on their own. Helps that the series suc­ceed­ed in not being any­thing I hoped it wouldn’t.

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