And he wonders why people always give him weird stares during mail exchanges.
|Hey guys! Sorry for not posting last week again, I just had my GCSE Chinese exam on Wednesday so I was off drowning in a sea of inspirational Chinese idioms. Actually I lie. I barely did any of the studying I had planned to do. On the good side, fun things ahead and AFA12’s coming on the weekend! But first things first, onto this week’s chu2koi!|
We learn a little about their families in episode 5, and I should say that the situation at home does much to shape the person one would turn out to be. Yuuta’s family seems pretty open and fun! I love how his mother is the ehehe I want to peek on my son doing weird things type, whereas his little sister is the trusty Responsible One. Unexpected family dynamics are always the funniest to watch. Yuuta seems pretty unaffected that his dad happens to travel a lot and mostly isn’t there for things, although his nonchalance may just be something that eventually built up over time.
In Rikka’s case, I guess it’s kind of obvious that she has suffered from a whole ton of loneliness, and that is really a huge contributing factor to why she is so obsessed with magic now – after all, with that much alone time without any human interaction, you would get a lot of opportunities to think about things. It’s just that in Rikka’s case, she started thinking about magic, and she used all that alone time to create a magical world on her own to entertain herself – that was her way of combating the loneliness. This scene also brings up an important question though – where are Rikka’s parents? I’d like to know more about them since they’ve been missing in action since the series started, but a good guess would be that they had some family issues and divorced, linking back to that Inappropriate “House” Scene with Yuuta’s imouto. These issues would may also made Touka feel unqualified to console/help Rikka now because she might not have been there for her when there were arguments going on at home, which would explain her rather sad tone when she said “I envy you.” Rikka’s broken family would allow us to better understand her overblown case of chu2koi.
Also, even though chu2koi isn’t really one of those tear-wrecking, emotional rollercoaster (ANOHANA *SOBS), I really felt sympathetic for Rikka when she mentioned that other than Yuuta, the only two people who really acknowledge her existence and accept her even regardless of how weird she was were Dekomori and Touka. Although she kept up a good front, I’m sure she was pretty upset, and Yuuta caught onto that and felt for her. He understands because he was weird like that too, and that probably softened his heart towards her. This also brings me to my next point, which is dun dun! the “Koi ga Shitai!” part of the title.
Finally, the rabu rabu vibes are slowly easing their way in the midst of all the chuunibyou-ness. I get the feeling that Rikka is simply using her obsession with magic as a façade. That deep *cough* railway scene had to have some special meaning, and I’d like to think that Rikka’s actually fallen in love with Yuuta already. She probably doesn’t know about these rabu rabu feelings as she’s had no experience before, and perhaps that’s why she’s doing weird things like holding his hand for no apparent reason whatsoever – she’s subconsciously trying to get closer to him in any way she can. I don’t actually think that chu2koi is going to spend a lot of time on the shoujo/romancey side talking about how Rikka gets to know about love and relationships and whatever, but I expect it to be one of those unexplained, sudden things that happen near the end of the series where they realize they’re in love and go all tsun! Honestly that seems more appropriate than an actual serious confession, considering the more comedic premise of this show. xD
On Yuuta’s side, I find it really adorable that he has a soft spot for Rikka! Although he’ll probably never admit it, he’s been giving into her rather ridiculous requests quite easily, even helping her to study Math (and we all know how boring that can be) at unearthly hours. It probably started off with an obligation to since sensei had dumped the responsibility of guiding her onto him when school just started, but I think he’s since forgotten about that and subconsciously begun to really take care of her. Maybe it’s just because he can connect with her in a way due to his previous case of Chuunibyou that he feels a sense of duty to help her get over this period, but at this rate I’m pretty sure he’ll start to feel something for Rikka too. Who knows, she might do some more extreme stuff out of the blue that’ll get his heart racing.
With regards to Shinka, if she really does have another layer to her under that obnoxious façade under that friendly approachable façade of hers (that was confusing), it’s still not making its debut. I should think that KyoAni’s planning on keeping her that way, as more of a comedic relief (whatnot with those hilarious personality changes). Her cover will be blown someday though, seeing as to how the number of people who’ve seen her true self are steadily increasing. It’ll be fun to watch when everyone finds out, but I’m sure that the members of the Far Eastern Magic Nap Society will be her source of strength and acceptance then – it’ll probably be a moving scene to watch.
Chu2koi has been really fun to watch as usual and it even managed to tug on a few of my heartstrings, so well done on that, KyoAni! They’ve done a good job with incorporating more serious topics like family relationships as well as romance while keeping things interesting and funny. I really loved the railway scene – KyoAni worked their magic with different perspectives and even though it only lasted a few seconds, it was beautifully done. I’m interested to see how the next episode (which appears to be the DUN DUN! yes, highly-anticipated beach episode) will go. One speculation going around is that Yuuta will be accompanying Rikka and her onee-san to meet with their parents! Although I’m not sure where the bikinis and watermelons (I mean the fruit, excuse you!) will come in, that’s an interesting idea. Let’s wait and see!