Should I just say that this series was made by Kyoto Animation and end the review here? I’ve mentioned this in earlier posts, but I’m a pretty big KyoAni fan. I won’t go into the details of why exactly, but basically I’ve enjoyed everything they’ve made. I love the feel they give their series, and they’re nearly always a ton of fun to watch. The amazingly high production values and impossibly cute girls certainly help things as well. But I think it’s safe to say that somewhere during the run for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! I stopped being a mere fan, and have become something of a fanboy. For better or for worse.
So what is Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!? Well, it starts with our protagonist, Yuuta, as he begins high school. He purposefully chose a relatively far-flung school to minimise the chances that anyone who knew him from middle school would be there. But why? Well, he was afflicted by the dreaded ‘chuunibyou’, which roughly translated is ‘eighth-grader syndrome’ – a condition where young adolescents have delusions of power and magic, believing themselves (or at least acting this way in a misguided attempt for attention) to be special and what have you. Basically, they think they’re the protagonist in some crappy shounen action anime. Well, Yuuta outgrew this towards the end of his middle school life, but the first impression he gave entrenched him as a weird loner. This way it’s a fresh start for him and, more importantly, there’s no-one there to remind him of his ungodly embarrassing past as the Dark Flame Master.
But he ends up meeting and being in the same class as Rikka, a girl still caught in the throes of self-unaware chuunibyou.
Cue cute girls, hilarity, romance and some unbelievably fun animation courtesy of KyoAni.