Beware of the spider-loli, she will steal all your candy!
|Coming fresh off of Hyouka, Kyoto animation brings out their next big series. For starters you can expect the artwork and character designs to be so freaking CUUUTEEOOO! However, just based on that alone can Chuunibyou keep us all interested with a story? I certainly hope so but anyway time to see what Miyu and Sushi have to say about this series… Also I should say WELCOME BACK Miyu you were certainly missed.|
|I am so overwhelmed with moe that I’m unable to word my enthusiasm for this show here. I swear, I’ll do better below.|
|I’ve been looking forward to KyoAni’s new series this season because of their spectacularly done Hyouka earlier in Summer, so I’m glad it’s finally here! This anime seems like an interesting mix of magic and romance – exactly my cup of tea.|
Ultra cute characters~
Poor Yuuta! Maybe he can use his Hnnggg powers to escape?!
Don’t you just want to hug Rikka to death?
Random guy-“Hey new kid! Wanna get high?” Yuuta-“Uh I don’t think I should bro.”
Yuuta-“Oh…my…god…I can taste the air..dude…so…good.”
Fosh // With every series Kyoto animation pumps out, I always end up falling in love with their unique character designs and sure that studio is probably forever known for having adorable looking anime characters! So what Kyoko animation series do you think has the best character designs? Personally I always hit up K-On for having the best; however from series to series I think they just end up getting carried over unless you count something like Nichijou which took a drastic change for designs? As for Chuunibyou’s main cast, there are plenty of great looking girls and yes even the guys got a bit of a special makeover in terms of “epic-cuteness”. I just love the look the design team gave Rikka! She looks like a combination of Azusa from K-On and maybe Mei form Clannad? Either way you decide to go, you can’t go wrong. For Yuuta, I would say he could easily qualify as moe, but I wonder if the girls out there want a cute main guy or do they prefer more of a badass looking character aka a bishie type? That and he is voiced by Jun Fukuyama? I swear that dude seriously voices some of the best crazy guys. Yuuta acts like a combination of Tori from Horizon and has the look of Oreki from Hyouka, but maybe Yuuta will surprise us all and become something new?! So which main character wins for best design?!
Magic…in real life?!
Rikka-“Behold my awesome power!” Yuuta-“I knew you were a Naruto fan! WHY!!!!”
These two are quickly becoming best buddies or are they?
Miyu // I’m sure the Chuunibyou syndrome is something all of us can identify with. (I mean, it’s not just me, right? D:) We’ve all had the fantasy of becoming a magical character with extra special powers of sorts, you know, like signing some dubious-looking contract with an adorable bunny-creature-thing and becoming a mahou shoujo. Most anime either blatantly shoot down the possibility of having magic in our world today, or actively incorporate it into the content of the series. Chuunibyou, however, is set in real life and introduces the concept of magic in dreams and fantasies of the main characters. This probably means that we’ll be watching these characters live two lives at the same time – we’re in for both slice of life and supernatural elements, combined with totally cheesy nicknames and killer moves. Rather disturbing is how Rikka actually takes this fantasy thing so seriously. Whereas Yuuta is all pshhh I’m too old for that now, Rikka actually seems completely immersed in her little bubble of Wicked Eye-ity. This actually kind of reminds me of Black Rock Shooter’s alternate dimension, which exists in the mind of a person (although unfortunately, very real), but I believe Chuunibyou’s stance on this a much lighter-hearted one, and we’ll probably be treated to some comedic, over-dramatized other dimension. Best thing is, we’re not even done with the characters yet – there are more friends that will be joining in own their imaginary world and exciting adventures, and with that, I’m sure, will come much more drama and tears… or laughter.
With all the craziness going on in her mind, Yuuta serves more as a balance to anchor Rikka to the real world and remind her that she is, actually, a normal middle-school girl. That has a high probability of backfiring on him though, seeing as to how he looks like he’s going to be stuck with her for awhile. Once the other characters are introduced, I’m afraid it’s bye-bye to all maturity and sanity for poor Yuuta here – Dark Flame Master is totally going to resurface. I’m sorry dude, better luck trying to be normal next time.
Fosh // Ahhh magic and anime they seem to go hand and hand don’t they? Sadly this is not a supernatural themed anime like Index or something else. Rikka believes that magic while Yuuta on the other hand chooses to believe that this girl is completely out of her mind and I suppose in the end we are going to bet hit with a special hidden message about believing in something even if that thing is fake like magic? That said I am sure everyone will take something different from this first episode, but I can’t really go into deep detail because this is the first impression after all! I just hope KyoAni can deliver us an interesting story about Rikka and why she chooses to believe in magic. So far I think Chuunibyou will end up going the Denpa Onna route which pushes Yuuta to help Rikka wake up and face the real world; however this series appears to be more of a comedy anime to me and I don’t really think Rikka’s background story will be anything shocking or mind blowing, but who knows maybe the tone will shift into WHAT-OMG-SERIOUS-MODE!
The Heroic Journey
Badass artwork for you to enjoy~
Sushi // Chuunibyou seems like its telling a coming of age story in reverse. After Yuuta’s revelation that he isn’t a wizard, he is pushed back into the memories before his catharsis. As an audience, we know that magic isn’t real and that Rikka just comes off as a delusional person. But there is something innocent about feeling there is magic imbued in the world. It’s rare to see a main character beginning a journey to regain that innocence, when all the adventures he should have had until this point was to shed his naivety.
More fun with Rikka and friends
Beware of her l33t door opening skills.
Yuuta-“I think you can get high off eye drops.” Rikka-“What magic are these eye drops?”
Rikka-“I think you have a drug problem.” Yuuta-“No I don’t! Well maybe a little…”
She specializes in kicking monster ass and eating candy
Adorable, crazy and addictive…damn…I am already in love with this oddball series from the very first episode thanks to the introduction to Yuuta and Rikka together. But I don’t really know much about them aside from Yuuta having a past life he was embarrassed about…and what about Rikka? Why does she believe in magic and what is with that eye-patch? I swear she must have been in the same class as Kobato from Haganai because if you paired those two up it would be completely insane and wonderful at the same time. I will bet money that Rikka wins the next Sai-Moe in 2013! Mostly because she has a lot of cute things going for her, but the closing of the first episode made me think the overall message might be something about hanging onto your childhood? Even though you find it embarrassing it does ultimately mold you into the person you are today! Then again I am terrible at finding those random hidden messages in anime. So what did you like or possibly hate about Chuunibyou? Honestly I can’t really find anything negative to say other maybe a lack of plot, but we have eleven episodes to find out!
That was cute for a first episode, and although previously I was wondering how seriously they would actually be taking this magic thing, but after this first episode I doubt it’ll escalate into anything mind-blowing or even realistic. Somehow I get the feeling that this anime will have a sort of moral of the story thing at the end about growing up from a teenager into a proper adult. Then again this is KyoAni, the studio that blew my mind apart from the inside out in Hyouka. Hey I’m always ready, please surprise me again 8)
The thing that makes this show stand out so far are its characters I suppose? Rikka is delightfully adorable with some hints of a deranged teenage mind, but that’s okay, all teenage girls tend to go through that phase. (Been there, still kind of in it, so trust me, I know 8D) I also like Yuuta because he’s that teenager who’s trying to get rid of his wild fantasies (that are thankfully still clean and pure yay!) that threaten to ruin his school life forever. It’s that awkward time of their life which tends to lead them to compromising situations where they freak out and just—TRUCKLOADS OF CUTENESS ENSUES!! Ahem. So yes, I like our main characters a lot. And it goes without say that I’m definitely looking forward to these two hitting it off as a couple because a romanticist has to have her fuwa fuwa, yes? 😀
Next, music-wise, I think that the OP and the ED are nothing fantastic, but at least they seem to fit in with the entire atmosphere of the series. One thing I couldn’t stand though, was how the OP was animated. ALL THE FLASHING IMAGES made me want to tear my eyes out and/or have seizures. Flashing images could work if handled properly, but I think this was just poorly done so… I am sorely disappointed and just no, I’ll be skipping the OP from now onwards.
Rikka-“Tell me your secrets, tiny object.”
More cute adventures with Rikka and Yuuta next time!