Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai 12 — Final Impressions!

We'll be delusional together!

Sev­er­al hours ago marked the end of one of my favorite ani­me this sea­son, Chu­u­niby­ou demo Koi Shi­tai!, and damn was it an emo­tion­al ride.

As I hoped, Yuu­ta man­ages to pull through and not dis­ap­point me. Go get that Rik­ka!

Her hair manages to stay straight and silky even after all that tomfoolery

Death­ly adorable

If you can’t beat them, join them. Deko­mori’s attempt at act­ing “nor­mal” was, of course, a fail­ure, but it was nice see­ing her hair undone. Twin­tail Deko­mori is def­i­nite­ly cuter, but her hair let loose looks pret­ty stun­ning.

Gah, chu­u­gaku­sei demo koi ga shi­tai! Removed for DANGEROUS TERRITORY. 😛

The successor, Kumin!

Jao Shin­gan #2

Well, now we get the gist of Rik­ka and Kumin’s unseen con­ver­sa­tion that went on dur­ing the last episode.

Clear­ly this was all part of Rikka’s grand mas­ter plan, as explained lat­er. Did­n’t expect less from the Jao Shin­gan. 😀

You know you want to be Mori-sama again

You know, Shinka’s image changed for me as the series pro­gressed. At first she seemed pret­ty mean-spir­it­ed, espe­cial­ly towards the whole chu­u­niby­ou thing, but by this episode she acknowl­edges pos­i­tive aspects to hav­ing this “syn­drome” and, of course, takes on a big sis­ter role for this club full of strange girls and one ex-Dark Flame Mas­ter.

If this is any dif­fer­ent from how she was in the nov­el, it’ll be nice if some­one told me. I heard she was a total prick in the nov­el. Does she go through this same “devel­op­ment?”

Flom Dark Flame Master

Flom Dark Flame Mas­ter

Yuu­ta sure has some glo­ri­ous Eng­lish there. Or maybe that’s due to 8th grade Eng­lish class­es in Japan­ese… hm.

Any­ways, yeah. Real­ize you messed up, Yuu­ta. Go get that girl back.

Let the Jao Shingan inspire you with backstory!

…well, I guess he needs a lit­tle more inspi­ra­tion to get him pumped up. Give us that back sto­ry, Jao Shin­gan #2!

She was engulfed in the flames of darkness at first sight

Engulfed by the flames of dark­ness at first sight

I kind of saw this com­ing, with with Rik­ka being fas­ci­nat­ed by Yuu­ta in his chu­u­niby­ou state long before they offi­cial­ly met. There were so many hints sprin­kled around the series as well. I think the most obvi­ous was back in a pre­vi­ous episode, where it showed Rik­ka (with­out her eye­patch) in a mid­dle school uni­form watch­ing Yuu­ta per­form his Dark Flame Mas­ter stique on a bal­cony.

Pre­dictable as it is, and prob­a­bly cliché as it is, it’s pret­ty cute regard­less and the reveal was exe­cut­ed pret­ty well. Way to go, Kumin! Of course, this means that Rik­ka planned this all along, giv­ing her Jao Shin­gan to Kumin and telling Kumin about her “past with Yuu­ta.” She had to have saw this com­ing. At the very least, Kumin is a very good friend that’s will­ing to go to chu­u­niby­ou lengths to amend her pals’ rela­tion­ship, whether Rik­ka was behind this or not.

Your dark flame master has arrived

Rikka’s smile returns!

DON'T LET HER GO, YUUTA

DON'T LET HER GO OR I'LL PUNCH YOU

Yes. This is what I was wait­ing for!

Now, um, excuse us, gramps. We’re steal­ing your grand­daugh­ter. Kaythanks­bye.

We're here too DEATH

We’re here too DEATH

One of the high­lights in this episode was the fact that the sup­port­ing char­ac­ters had time to con­tribute and shine as well. My pre­vi­ous gripe about the series was that, despite being fun and enter­tain­ing, the sup­port­ing char­ac­ters weren’t real­ly involved in Yuu­ta and Rikka’s sto­ry. This episode man­aged to turn that around and destroy that com­plaint right away.

Rapeman, is that you?

Even this poor suck­er gets in on the screen-time.

One more thing!

Oh yeah, I guess they can’t con­clude this show prop­er­ly until they find the Ethe­re­al Hori­zon…

Blast reality...

Blast real­i­ty…

Burst it to shreds...

Burst it to shreds…

BANISHMENT THIS WORLD!

BANISHMENT THIS WORLD!

The Ethereal Horizon

The Ethe­re­al Hori­zon…

Goodbye Papa...!

Good­bye Papa…!”

CAN'T HOLD IN

CAN’T HOLD IN

MY TEARS

MY TEARS…!

Peo­ple come to terms with the real­i­ty of their loved one’s death in their own indi­vid­ual ways, and I think that fact hits home dur­ing this scene. Rik­ka did­n’t need to get rid of her chu­u­niby­ou to move on from her father’s death, nor did she need to force her­self to be ground­ed in the realm of 100% real­ism in order to be hap­py. She was hap­py the way she was and try­ing to become some­thing she was­n’t was nev­er a solu­tion to the prob­lem at hand. I’m glad that the final man­aged to pull the aesop in that direc­tion, instead of going for some­thing trag­ic or half-assed.

Peo­ple often become absorbed in self-con­scious­ness­es in fear of not being liked by oth­ers or being unable to make new friends. Real­ly, just be your­selves and you’ll receive real appre­ci­a­tion… some­day.

Blast authority, burst it into shreds...

BANISHMENT THIS WORLD...!

Oh yeah… for­got this was tech­ni­cal­ly a kid­nap­ping

Chu­u­niby­ou demo Koi ga Shi­tai! cer­tain­ly turned out to be an awe­some and enter­tain­ing show the whole way through. Would I call it one of the best ani­me series ever? No. Would I say it has become one of my favorites? Absolute­ly! With at least a vol­ume worth of mate­r­i­al left unadapt­ed, I tru­ly hope that Chu­u­niby­ou demo Koi ga Shi­tai! receives a sec­ond sea­son.

But instead, we’re get­ting Tamako Mar­ket first and fore­most… oh well.

What is my identity

BANISHMENT THIS WORLD!

4 thoughts on “Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai 12 — Final Impressions!

  1. Well, the end­cap pic­ture said some­thing like “see you again”.…. I guess we’ll see. Yes, a very enjoy­able wrapup, glad I stayed with it.

    1. @SmithCB: Yeah, the end card said mata aou (また会おう), see you again. Hope­ful­ly that means KyoAni will pick this up again some time in the future…hope­ful­ly, heh.

      I’m glad I stuck with this too. Turned out to be an extreme­ly sat­is­fy­ing show.

  2. I’ll just say:

    I DONT KNOW WHY, BUT I LOVED THIS ANIME.

    You could prob­a­bly rant and rave about prob­lems the ani­me had and what­not, but real­ly, some­thing about it was awe­some. The incred­i­bly high-bud­get wai­fuism asside, episodes 10–12 real­ly left me want­i­ng more. I hope to god it sells enough to war­rant a sec­ond sea­son.

    Will prob­a­bly be get­ting the sound­track and I’ll be wait­ing till June for the OVA. Good stuff.

  3. @Wahfuu: The wait for the OVA will cer­tain­ly kill me. KyoAni bet­ter give us a sec­ond sea­son of this thing along with con­tin­u­a­tions of the rest of their prop­er­ties before I go chu­u­niby­ou on them.

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