Come, my friends, ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! was never an anime that I held to a very high standard. Sure, the animation is breathtaking, the characters are wacky and lovable, and I always found each episode to be an overall enjoyable experience, but I never found the capacity to take it all that seriously in a critical sense, because it’s not meant to be taken seriously. Mind you, this is a good thing. Heck, the first season became one of my favorites back in Winter 2012.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have the capacity to leave me a bit disappointed. It might be a moe-tastic show that may not amount to anything more than that in terms of appeal, but the characters did manage to grow on me during that time, and I found myself caring about their personal conflicts if such things were ever brought up.
You’d think seeing a Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!movie would be somewhat of a hyper experience. And yet there isn’t really anything much to say about this film. I mean, aside from the really amusing introduction scene with Rikka’s “dream wedding”, and of course, the last bits of the film, I found myself almost being put to sleep while watching… because it’s a recap of the first season. Like, it’s not even a retelling of the story, it’s really just Rikka recounting the events from the television series in her head. I really don’t understand how anyone could have thought a glorified recap episode would be fit to be shown on the big screen, but hey, I’m not KyoAni. They might be geniuses and I might just be a moron who has no taste in cinema.
Alright, a friend spoiled me that something “awesome and fantastic” would happened in this week’s episode, so I was already kind of expecting something along the lines of a kiss between Yuuta and Rikka just by taking a wild guess. Still, it was quite a pleasant surprise regardless because the large buildup and I wasn’t entirely sure that I was right.
It was nice to see that Rikka is finally opening up and breaking out of her “shy little kid in regards to love” barrier, allowing the relationship to have the first steps of healthy progression. I’ve heard people say “hurrrr Yuuta’s so beta, he hasn’t made a move on Rikka”, but really, I think the problem’s mostly all Rikka’s fault. Yuuta does want the relationship to progress, but he cared about Rikka enough to not force things on her. But now that they finally got past the hand-holding stage and into the more intimate “kiss on the cheek” stage, we may finally be able to see them be more open about being an actual couple, instead of two childish lovebirds that like to hide the fact that they’re a couple.
I gotta say, if there’s anything keeping me from going insane from my terrible, terrible Pre-Calculus class, it’s watching the continuation of our ADHD-filled adventures with the “The Summer of Far East Magic Nap Club” whenever I head home every week. Not only is it nice when you’re watching a bunch of heart-wrenching crap (doesn’t even need to be anime) and are in need of something extremely adorkable to soften the impact in-between, it’s also a good way to soften the impact of stress in real life.
I don’t know if I mentioned this during the first season’s run, but damn do the characters do a great job of carrying this anime. And this quality is something that’s played up a bit more this season, especially considering that characters other than Yuuta and Rikka aren’t getting shoved out of the spotlight, which in my opinion, was one of the biggest flaws during the first season.
Like its first season, I’m treating Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren as a nice break from the more serious stuff I’ll be watching/reading this season. That isn’t to say I wasn’t emotionally invested in the first season, but at its heart I think Chuu2 is generally supposed to be a fun little story full of diabetes-inducing goodness here and there, and obviously doesn’t aim to be an emotional roller coaster in the vein of AnoHana or something of that nature. Really, the only conflict I can see happening in Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren relates to this character, but even then I don’t expect it to be too bad for Rikka (because Yuuta loves Rikka to DEEEESU death).
The point of it is to make people feel happy. Think of it as a palette cleanser for every other show that opts to abuse its characters from start-to-finish. The first season was great at being what it was trying to be, and I have no doubt that the second season will do just as great, if not better, a job of doing the same. That is: being Hitting Your Waifu – The Anime.
One of the things I love about anime conventions (or any convention for that matter) are the invasion of cosplayers. It was awesome seeing Downtown San Jose being infested and taken over by cosplayers and my fellow geeks and weebs. People might have been pissed by the traffic we caused and the endless lines we induced at restaurants, but we felt dominant! Made the city as “nigiyaka” (so to say) as San Fransisco is every night. It just made those four days and three nights so fun, and now that everything’s quieted down and returned to normal, I’m having post-con depression. 😛 I want Downtown Weebland again, dammit!
That being said, there were many great cosplays this year. I stopped to take a picture of almost every one of my favorite characters and shows whenever I came across them, but this is basically a list of my very favorite ones during the weekend. To those who didn’t make it into this blog post, I’d like to say that you definitely all made it to my Facebook albums. Just very wonderful memories overall.
Today’s episode of Chuu2Koi was a really good one. On an emotional level, I thought they did a really good job on it.
I still find it highly amusing that I started watching this show because I figured it would give me a good chuckle, and now here I am, connecting to it on a deeper level. I’m not so sure I would give it an award if I were in a position to give one, but I will say that this show has proven to be very powerful in terms of characters. I find the characters extremely likable and memorable, and at the very least I’d give it an award in that regard.
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.
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.
I have an operation tomorrow morning, so this post won’t be as screenshot heavy or as long, even though this episode had lots of awesome and humorous moments!
So far, the characters of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! haven’t struck me as unlikable or anything of the sort. Along with the sweet animation sequences that this episode provided, I think Kyoto Animation has something promising here. Though it does make me ache for another Haruhi Suzumiya or Full Metal Panic! (anytime this century, please! :P).
Rikka: totally my favorite character this season – excluding a handful of the Little Busters! cast, of course.
Oh yes, and there probably won’t be any posts for a few days while I’m in bed recovering. By the time I do, my Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus would have come in and I will be fired up to continue my rewatch-blogging of remastered Cardcaptor Sakura (been focusing too much on new shows, I have literally finished rewatching the precious thing a couple of months ago, but haven’t finished blogging it yet D:).
I don’t know if it’s a side-effect of being an anime fan or playing too much Japanese video games, but if I were the MC of an anime and met an eccentric girl (in a cute way) that thought she was the envoy of the dark abyss and yelled out her “attacks”, I’d join in on her crazy antics despite everyone thinking I’m a lunatic.
Maybe in real life too, but then again I *am* insane. 😛 Haha, funny anime, Kyoto Animation.