Oh goodness, the eyepatch. It makes me think that I’m here to watch ef or something. Thankfully, it’s a lot more endearing and funnier.
Hey, what else is new? I signed on for another season with something Kyoto Animation produced and I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed. Don’t even ask why because a lot of KyoAni’s works are similar in that one degree of excellence: moe.
I curse myself for taking a quick liking to this anime. (Does it have a shortened name yet? Would “Chu-2” work?) It’s worse than having to think of my own grandeur past and act like I could be some superhero or the like. Gosh, those were embarrassingly awesome days… I still launch, and eventually break, my umbrellas like they are canons, so when Takanashi Rikka (Uchida Maaya) did just that multiple times, I put my hands up in the air like I’ve won the championship of complete lameness. But alas, still awesome.
So yes, Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! is proving to me that my childhood was pretty normal under these conditions. Now that I think about it, I think I’m still affected by much of the supernatural, occult-like endeavors that I would like to see happen — because powers like those exist, right? Normalcy is completely overrated and no matter how normal the lead guy tries to be, in this case, Togashi Yuuta (Fukuyama Jun), there will always be that one exception to get him out of his desired shell. Just ask his predecessors and they can tell you the same exact thing. And eventually, they like the new direction they’re forced to take. Expect much of the same from the Dark Flame Master. Please, do unretire and snap out of this fitting in with normal people business!
The first episode speaks for itself, and it does everything to sell all of its charms and dangers directly to your anime-loving core. Not every member of the cast has been introduced yet but you get the feeling that KyoAni is willing to try something close to a cheesy harem with the large number of female roles that will come into play. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing because I would like to see this one go in that direction while keeping the prototypical moe that continues to entertain. I don’t expect a lot of heavy stuff to be put into effect but romance is supposed to be in the mix in this otherwise comedic one-cour series.
So far, it’s light-hearted and enjoyable in every way. It does more than merely introduce the premise but sets the tone by reviving the Dark Flame Master from his slumber. Unlike some of the other female characters I’ve seen wearing eyepatches, I feel like Rikka will be too adorable to hate, especially after factoring in just how much of a dorky geek she is. I don’t know, it’s too early to say that I’m going to love this series but I’ll give it the nod right away that I’m following through to the very end.
Just don’t disappoint me or else I’m gonna have to prepare a backup insignia to turn back time before this project was green-lit. I do have the power to undo things, you see…
GO Rating: 4/5
Continue to Watch? - Yes.
Continue to Review? - Yes.
I’ll do a proper intro of Shinka next time if she gets a feature.
In the meantime, Fukuyama Jun’s character is about to get Geass’ed by the Wicked Eye.