Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! ~ Review
“Get ready for a melding mash-up of cute, fantasy and imagination!”
What do you get when you cross a cute schoolgirl with a wild imagination? You get awesomeness, that’s what! And that’s the only way that I can ever hope to describe this series in a nutshell. But you might think what could be so entertaining from watching a cute anime character with ‘a wild imagination’? Well, this is no ordinary wild imagination that we’re talking about here.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! revolves around Togashi Yuuta, a high school student with an embarrassing past. He has experienced what the Japanese call “Chuunibyou” (lit. 8th-Grader Syndrome), where from the 8th grade, students start to experiment with new hobbies and get influenced in fantastical things. Yuuta is a typical case, where he pretended he was a mystical warrior called Dark Flame Master. But once Yuuta entered senior high, he graduated the chuunibyou world. Then one day, he meets a girl with an eyepatch and a dark black dress called Rikka, who is still under the 8th-Grader Syndrome. As the two become closer, Yuuta discovers the pros and cons to chuunibyou and what it means to grow up.
The series is well known for its use of moe elements, as well as clever mix of comedy and romantic drama.
The series consisted of 12 episodes, with a single OVA and 6 ONA’s titled Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Lite. The series ended two days ago (from the time of this writing), airing during the later half of 2012 (Fall 2012). The series is based on light novel series written by Torako. The anime series is animated by Kyoto Animation, well-known for animating such iconic series as The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Clannad and K-ON! (many fans have cited that the art styles of K-ON and Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! are similar; it is because they are both done by KyoAni).
The series features many well-known voice actors such as Jun Fukuyama who does the voice of Yuuta (as well as the voices of Lelouch Lamperogue from Code Geass and Yukio Okumura from Ao no Exorcist), Maaya Uchida who voices Rikka (and also voices Rea from Sankarea) and Azumi Asakura who voices Dekomori (and also voices Kagiwara Yukihiro from The IDOLM@STER and Asia from High School DxD
The series is a very cute, very funny romantic comedy that will leave you with a tear in your eyes, whether it may be from laughter or sadness. The main heroine, Rikka, is also included in my Top 10 Cutest Anime Heroines Ever post so go and check it out if you have time. And if you haven’t yet watched this series, and you are fan of moe, fantasy and/or romantic comedy, then I highly recommend this series to you. Because trust me, it might leave you feeling a bit chuunibyou yourself.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 4.5/5 – Strongly Recommended
Final Score: 8.5/10