And after all this time, they’ve found what they’ve always been looking for – the Ethereal Horizon
|Hello guys. So chu2koi ended. What am I going to do with my life now? Also, I found out from Danny Choo’s site that the official English title is “Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!” …what even.|
So, the episode started off pretty scarily. Although I can’t deny that riajuu Dekomori was absolutely lovely to look at, the thing that’s made her stand out as a character all this while was her crazy cuteness and pigtails! Chuuni Kumin on the other hand was really surprising, and funnily, her chuunibyou was so well-executed I think she could compete with chuuni Rikka xD I’d like to think that she only “caught” chuunibyou and the Wicked Eye because she wanted to push Yuuta to do something to help Rikka though. The juxtaposition of riajuu Dekomori and chuuni Kumin was horrifying and although it was funny, it was also horribly wrong at the same time. I like how even though the first few scenes had a more light-hearted, comedic premise, it was also ominous, seemingly hinting to us that something really depressing is about to come up. …And it did.
…wait who again?!
I can only try to imagine what Yuuta must’ve felt when he found out that Rikka’s already moved away. Even though he’s tried to be the responsible one and help Rikka move on, ultimately he’s realized that it’s inherently his fault that she’s moved away and lost that little light in her eyes, and it’s hard to admit that he’s made all the wrong decisions. Luckily for him, he’s the glorious main character and we all know that main characters always have Lady Luck shining on them. It just so happened that the letter he sent to himself years ago was conveniently delivered on the day itself, and you thought it couldn’t get any cheesier than this. Some people thought that this was cleverly done, but in my opinion it was too contrived and unbelievable. Too many coincidences can ruin an episode’s build-up, and I thought that they could’ve done without this scene. Nevertheless, that gave him the motivation to chase after Rikka… and then Kumin dealt another blow to his heart: Rikka’s chuunibyou actually stemmed from his own chuunibyou itself. Yuuta was the one who saved Rikka with his chuunibyou, but he was also the one who shot it down.
I still don’t know how she thought this guy was cool
Now, onto how KyoAni wrapped up the entire series, let’s start with what I liked. I loved how all the other supporting characters came to help out – Shinka, Dekomori, Kumin and Isshiki all gave Yuuta and Rikka the little pushes that they had needed, and it was nice seeing the whole crew gathered up again after the club was disbanded and they went their separate ways for awhile. Also, the scene at the Ethereal Horizon, where Rikka said goodbye to her father really worked for me. By “worked for me” I mean I was sobbing along with Rikka and making my family members stare at me. I thought that it was a simple and moving roundup to Rikka’s feelings, and when the build-up of emotions really reached its peak when she cried that last sayounara, I thought that was a really nice wrap-up to the entire issue with the acceptance of her father’s death. She’s said what she didn’t get to say, and now it’s finally time to move on.
And ever since that day she was swallowed by sparkles, Rikka was never seen again…
Strangely, if you asked me what I loved the most about this episode, I’d probably say the last scene. It gave me a wave of déjà vu – the setting was exactly the same as that of when they first officially talked on Yuuta’s balcony, and even though Rikka’s actions and words remained the same, there was really something different between them after all that they’ve been through. Such a simple act it was, really, but to them, it probably meant more than we would ever know. No bewilderedness, no anonymity – just pure understanding, and a newfound affection for one another. Although I suppose now Yuuta would want to see more than her eye.
The only complaint I have, perhaps, is that with regards to the matter of striking a balance between growing up and having fun, they gave us a conclusion in words, but not in actions. While the narrator’s monologue tackled the words part, the scene with them riding into the sunrise together was confusing. What did Rikka putting her eyepatch back on mean? That she’s back into her chuunibyou, or that she’s accepted it as a part of herself that’s there because it’s fun and it’s what she loves doing? Perhaps what KyoAni had intended for was for us to find our own balance and make our own decision in a way. Anyway, I don’t think that this episode disappointed me at all. I wouldn’t call it the best ending that chu2koi could’ve gotten, but it was a good one nonetheless.
I actually enjoyed that little speech the boomy-voiced narrator made, because although it’s cheesy, it is sincere and it really hits home. Ultimately, there will always be a part of us that will want to find a refuge from daily life that can sometimes be mundane or cruel – that part is silly and downright embarrassing, but it is still there, and it makes us who we are. What does it mean to “grow up”, in the end? Is it to really face reality head-on and accept things the way they are, and to give up on the things we love just because they’re not practical? Perhaps reality and imagination aren’t mutually exclusive. Imagination can brighten up reality instead of change it or mask it, and you don’t have to lose that imagination even when you’re an adult. That’s why no one ever really grows out of a chuunibyou – it just changes and shifts as the years go by, some may choose to hide it while others will flaunt it openly, but it is always there.
This anime juggled between a few genres – slice-of-life at its core, and then comedy, family, drama and romance. Perhaps the drama fell flat at times and didn’t deliver the mighty punch that it was supposed to, or perhaps the back story wasn’t that well thought-out, and even less thoughtfully executed. But there is something for everybody, and I can say that I enjoyed every single episode of it. Maybe it’s because I really don’t have my critical goggles on when I watch anime, but there was not one episode that didn’t make me smile. I’m not particularly a fan of slice-of-life (I can’t really handle an entire series of cute girls/boys doing cute things and nothing else), but chu2koi kept me engaged every single episode, and I have to say that the romance, although not very well-developed at all, was sweet and enjoyable. Chu2koi’s a simple anime – should I say that it’s a jack of all trades, but a master of none? But simply because it’s touched on so many different genres, it’s proved to be different from your normal slice-of-life and it stands out that way.
I’ve had a lot of fun watching and blogging (albeit not very well) chu2koi this season, and I’m always thankful for the opportunity to write and share my thoughts and feelings with you guys on Metanorn. So thank you for sticking around with me even though I might be really long-winded and nonsensical at times! I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. Miyu signing off with the last chu2koi post ever (gah I’ll miss this), see you again soon >D