Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai Ren – 08

Chuu2koi Ren-Deko and Mori

Is this the real Mori Summer?

spring13-highwAre we back in the realm of side stories? Maybe a little.

The Real Fake Mori Summer?

Chuu2koi Ren-Shinka restores lost glory

Shinka tries to find some proof

This was another episode about Shinka and Sanae, although this one took their relationship a LOT farther than the previous one did. No, I don’t mean that they got inspired by Sakura Trick, but that they’re acknowledging that the other means something special to them. I’m guessing from the website that had been put up, Sanae meets a girl who claims to be Mori Summer, and since obviously Shinka’s the Fake Mori Summer, this girl is the real one. But although this girl (I think her name is Raika Tokugawa) is adamant that she is real, she seems to have an ulterior motive: Sanae.

Chuu2koi Ren-Unable to convert

Rikka fails

From the start, this is an exercise in double tsun attitudes. Of course Shinka wants Sanae to go away because she’s such a pain, so having someone else take her attention is good, right? And of course, Sanae wants Shinka to stop being a fake Mori Summer, so making her give up is good, right? But they eventually realize that what they really want is the attention of the other one, and friendship in their own somewhat twisted way.

A Battle of Love

Chuu2koi Ren-attack

Putting the moves on Sanae

So to get the new fake Mori Summer to get away from Sanae, Shinka is going to try fighting her, but it’s tough without having true belief in the words of the Mabinogion. And the other fake has the power of obsession behind her. So of course, to whip Shinka into shape, they need to get someone to train her in fighting. Cue Satone’s 15 seconds of screen time this episode. And the fight begins when Mori Summer tries to take advantage of Sanae, putting some pretty forward moves on her.

Chuu2koi Ren-Deko saves Shinka

In the end it’s not about who’s Mori Summer

But when push comes to shove, Shinka comes out on the losing end, only to be backed up by Sanae, who realizes that Mori Summer is only after her body (for whatever reason). I also thought it was an interesting choice to have the new Mori Summer fight the way she did, using shadowy graphics and binding Shinka with tentacles (of course). Seemed very dark and not in keeping with being a mage who preaches the power of love and fairies.

Bonus Shinka Cosplay

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Back to not much happening with Rikka and Yuuta, although there was a little bit, as Rikka reflects on what Satone asked about whether she would change. I think that was the purpose of the ‘failure’ at the shrine to be able to switch into her alternate universe: Rikka is already changing, maybe for good. She blames it on the shrine, but I think it’s more than that. I think it’s possible that Rikka’s inability to ‘perceive the other world’ will become a plot point, to be resolved at the end of the show as she and Yuuta find her equilibrium between the chuunibyou that makes her what she is and the feelings she has for Yuuta.


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7 Responses to “Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai Ren – 08”

  1. MR.KLAC says:

    so whole stalker person is after dekomori for reasons give to pretend be mori summer?

    yea will the real mori summer please stand up yet she did to stop in the end dekomori still side with nibutani for it all.

    • Highway says:

      When I think about it, that seems like a huge length to go to to just try to ensnare Sanae, but who knows.

  2. skylion says:

    That eye patch keeps coming off…

  3. BlackBriar says:

    This was another episode about Shinka and Sanae, although this one took their relationship a LOT farther than the previous one did. No, I don’t mean that they got inspired by Sakura Trick

    Are you sure? I felt so much unusual yuri vibes that for a moment I wondered if this wasn’t in some way influenced by Sakura Trick.

    “I am more like Mori Summer than the true Mori Summer!”. Is that girl trying to imply the Nisemonogatari ideology that a fake can be more real than the real thing?

    It crossed my mind. While Shinka was unwillingly trying to prove she’s the real Mori Summer, she could’ve had Yuuta and Satone come along and prove it, especially when Yuuta was threatened to keep it secret last season and as it was shown in the forest, Satone knows a lot of Shinka’s embarrassing side.

    • Highway says:

      Raika went for the Sakura Trick attack (remember that in Sakura Trick it’s completely both-sided, tho), but that’s not what Shinka and Sanae are doing now. They’re more like a couple in a usual shoujo story, where they don’t really understand their feelings for each other, but don’t want anyone to get between them.

      If the ‘real thing’ is a fake in the first place, then of course something else can be more real than the original fake.

      Why would Raika believe Yuuta and Satone vouching for Shinka? “Big whoop, your friends agree with you.”

  4. Yuhsaku says:

    I think Shinka’s cosplay is part of the activities in the Drama Club. Earlier episodes have her in a sort of stewardess and shrine maiden attire.

    • Highway says:

      Thanks for commenting!

      I guess it is because she’s in the Drama Club, but it is amusing to me that she’s in a different outfit every time, and they’re all ‘uniform’ style things, and keep changing. It’s gotta be an odd piece they’re doing that she’s switching from Miko to Stewardess to Waitress. And that she then comes to hang out with the Magick Club and Napping Society in the same outfit is just outright weird.

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