The latest, most deadly nuclear weapon – Rikka: paralyzingly adorable, but very, very explosive
|Hello everyone! I’m currently enjoying my holidays (all the way till next Jan) to the fullest that I can, so I’ve been busy… with going out and having fun… *bricked* On a side note, I just caught Rurouni Kenshin’s live-action movie on screen today! It super awesome, so you should definitely check it out if it shows in your region. Anyway, I have some unfortunate (or fortunate, depends on how you look at it) news for everyone: I’m now diabetic… FROM ALL THE KAWAII ACTION IN THESE 2 EPISODES *bricked x2*|
In episode 8 we witnessed the manifestation of Rikka’s rabu rabu feels towards Yuuta, whatnot with the adorable shirt-sniffing, hair-touching and teasing going on. And frankly, I’m sold – KyoAni knows how to get their audience squealing and totally shipping the main couple. Although some may argue that the lack of a third wheel/big fights like in standard romance-centric anime has resulted in a one-dimensional relationship between the two, I would think that in this case, little things like the heartfelt talk they shared during the beach trip are enough to add depth and drive their relationship forward. That’s what makes chu2koi special, because even without all the drama mama of a “normal” BGR, the lovable main characters get us coming back again and again.
It’s interesting though, that when Shinka drops the “YOU ACTUALLY LOVE HIM” bomb onto Rikka, that realization actually overpowers her Chuunibyou. Even the powers of her powers couldn’t save her from Shinka pretending to be a Sexy Yuuta xD This is also evident in the scene where Rikka and Dekomori confront Yuuta at the temple, where she’s so overwhelmed by her feelings for Yuuta that she couldn’t even bring herself to get into the releasing of her almighty Wicked Eye.
In a way, Chuunibyou has two sides to it – on one hand, it is the start of everything. If it Rikka and Yuuta hadn’t had the common history of having Chuunibyou, they probably would never have became anything more than just regular schoolmates or neighbours. On the other, it is the biggest obstacle that stands in the way of Rikka and Yuuta taking their relationship to the next level. Yuuta doesn’t see Rikka as a possible girlfriend probably because of Rikka’s childishness as a result of her Chuunibyou. But now we see that there is an exception, there is something that overrides Rikka’s Chuunibyou delusions and actions – perhaps her realization of her love for Yuuta will allow her to lower and guard and let Yuuta see her truly, as a teenage girl (also with raging hormones).
On Yuuta’s side, it’s really nice to see how his former tolerance for Rikka has developed into kind understanding. He knows what’s behind her overblown case of Chuunibyou now, and is willing to stay by her side as a friend and an ally. I’m still not so sure as to whether Yuuta likes Rikka in that way though. All the blushing in episode 8 could be largely attributed to the raging hormones of a teenage boy, and even when he hugged her after he saved her from falling off the roof, it didn’t appear to affect in him a dokidoki kind of way. Regardless, it’s sweet that he now sees her as an important friend that he wouldn’t hesitate to help. The last scene where he rushed down to save her from falling, as well as the hug the two shared was really beautifully done! If KyoAni were going for the déjà vu feels, they did a wonderful job linking this back to how they first met at Yuuta’s porch where he helped her down from the floor above. That embrace is hands-down one of the most DAWWW scenes of the series, and it also highlights how far they’ve come from then. From strangers to friends who understand and value each other – but what comes next, how their relationship progresses from here, is what’s going to be exciting (and probably also very squeal-inducing) to see.
We’ve moved on from the heart-wrenching episodes of Rikka’s past and gone full on onto some rabu rabu action these two weeks, and the DAWWWW levels have definitely shot up exponentially. Who would’ve known that Rikka could’ve gotten cuter than she already was? xD Keeping in mind that we only have 3 episodes to go though, I wonder if KyoAni would be able to show the progression of their relationship between the two nicely and naturally. While Rikka and Yuuta have really grown on me, I don’t actually know enough about the other side characters to feel any sense of attachment to them. I actually think that this is one of those anime that deserve to be two-cour to have the characters developed more fully, but it being one-cour, I suppose we’ll just have to deal with it.