It is all about acceptance
The fated rematch between Rikka and Tooka occurred and as expected, one does not simply beat their elder. Either that, or the ladle is mightier than the umbrella. The drama that I had predicted previously was kind of present, but it was mostly downplayed by the delusional battle. Meaning to say, while the drama wasn’t anything close to being tear-inducing, drama is still drama nonetheless.
I’m not sure if introducing drama to a lighthearted series like Chuunibyou should be considered a good move or not, since it does feel a little out-of-place for me. On the contrary, it also allows for the story and series to be taken slightly more seriously – in that it isn’t purely a fluff show and that there is an underlying “moral of the story” theme whenever drama happens.
Unlike Dekomori, it really isn’t surprising that Rikka isn’t a genuine chuunibyou. She knew that she was putting an act in order to escape from the cold cruel place known as reality, and who can really blame her for doing so? Everyone knows escapism is never the right way to deal with a problem, but at the end of the day, it is easier said than done for some people – especially kids/teenagers who might not have the maturity and the courage to face their adversities head on.
Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!
The highlights of the episode were mostly focused on the interactions between Rikka and Yuuta, all the way from the battle, to the train ride (even throwing in an insert song), to the moments where they spent the night alone at Yuuta’s home. Essentially this is pretty much
character romance development between the both of them, even though Yuuta has only started to realize what he has gotten himself into. Rikka on the other hand is obviously smitten at this point, she probably knows it too.
Ironically, it was Yuuta himself who introduced Rikka to the alternate world of the Unseen Horizon, since a flashback from Rikka indicated that the boy who taught her the ways of a chuunibyou was none other than Yuuta. Irony or not, she ended up falling in love with the boy whom she caught “red-handed”. Oh the irony in another irony..
I want my moe!
Screw drama they said, it’s all about the moe they said. Even though Rikka is starting to officially turn to the
dark light side, comrades Dekomori, Nibutani and Kumin are still going strong. I don’t know what to make out of Ishiki’s one-sided crush on Kumin, nothing is really going to come out of that, apart from amusing the viewers I guess? As always, my favourite “pair” in Chuunibyou is watching Stupid Mori and Fake Summer duke it out, that never gets old.
To wrap things up, I was inclined to say that not a whole lot went on, as it should rightfully be, but then again nearly half of the episode was dedicated to the moments between Yuuta and Rikka. So..half and half? Now that the summer vacation arc (complete with a bathroom scene) has come to an end,I wonder how the story will advance from here, now that Rikka is infatuated with Yuuta. More on romance and less on comedy? Not sure if want.
- Tooka’s pretty rough with Rikka eh?
- Dogs love Nibutani too!
- This is gonna hurt!
- Translated as: owned.
- Reminiscent of Chitanda from Hyouka.