I am a Super Saiyan!
Everybody has had that stage in their life where they have thought themselves to be special, different from the masses of ordinary humans. They might go as far as seeing themselves capable of wielding mystical powers or maybe even believe themselves to have descended from a fantasy realm. This “disease” is known as “chuunibyou” and is often the source of some of the most embarrassing moments of a person’s life.
For Yuuta Togashi, the scars that his chuunibyou has left behind are still fresh. Having posed as the “Dark Flame Master” during his middle school years, he looks back at those times with extreme embarrassment, so much so that he decides to attend a high school far away from where nobody will recognize him. Putting his dark history behind him, he longs to live a normal high school life.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t escaped his past yet: enter Rikka Takanashi, Yuuta’s new classmate and self-declared vessel of the “Wicked Eye.” As this eccentric young girl crashes into Yuuta’s life, his dream of an ordinary, chuunibyou-free life quickly crumbles away. In this hilarious and heart-warming story of a boy who just wants to leave his embarrassing memories behind, the delusions of old are far from a thing of the past.
Native and/or alternative titles: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, 中二病でも恋がしたい!, Chu-2 Byo demo Koi ga Shitai!, Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
I am not a big anime fan but I do watch them occasionally. Usually when someone recommends me something. ‘Chunnibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!’ (CKS) was recommended to me by a good friend. Although I (and probably many of us) could relate to the story, I did not like the synopsis at first.
First of all, let us define ‘Chuunibyou’…
Chuunibyou (中二病) is a derogative colloquial term in the Japanese language used to describe a person which manifests delusional behaviour, particularly thinking that one has special powers that no other person has. Originally a term used to pertain to children in the second year of middle school who act like adults, the term eventually evolved into a term generally used to describe delusional behaviour in general.
Although I did not have ‘Chuunibyou’ symptoms I had my own fantasy world in which I had some powers. At one point in life, each of us has probably imagined having some powers. Problem with a Chuunibyou is that s/he has delusional behaviour. Daydreaming about having superpowers (people who grew up with Dragon Ball and/or Naruto…do not tell me that you have never imagined yourself having Super Saiyan or Ninja powers!) and exhibiting behaviour that you have actual superpowers are totally different things. It is cute up to a point but once you are in high school and you do not snap out of it, it is an issue. Yuuta has left all of his fantasy behind and is extremely embarrassed about it. Whereas his classmate and neighbour Rikka is still living in her fantasy. Blending her fantasies in day-to-day life.
The beginning of the anime is typical. Overly cute and sloppy comedy. To be honest, it was testing my patience but as it progresses the story becomes much more involving. Episode 3-4 onwards, it becomes better. There is nothing to complain about the main characters. Yuuta is a very likeable kid whereas Rikka is cute in her own way (…should I say that she is ‘properly cute’ for a high school girl?! Regular viewers of animes will probably get what I am trying to say~) One of the main reasons I am not a big fan of anime is squeaky girl voices and, overdose of cuteness. However, after a couple of initial episodes, CKS is well balanced in terms of showing ‘cuteness’…well, for the most parts as I absolutely hated Rikka’s sidekick.
As the story progresses we get to know why Rikka does not let go of her delusions. We get to empathise with her. Real life is harder and more dramatic than fantasies. It is easier to cope with the pains of the real life by immersing yourself in the fantasy life. It forces people to live in their fantasy bubbles. It protects their feelings. It helps you to…survive! However silly it may seem, it helps to cope with the real life.
Now it is alright up to a point…but people need to face real life someday. You cannot keep running away from it. After all, we all are living in the real world. Yuuta forces Rikka to change her ways to tackle everything. Rikka comes out of her bubble and starts living a ‘normal’ life. But she is failing to get anything meaningful out of living normally. This is where I expected the anime to be reflective and eloquent, to give a realistic perspective on life and reality. However, it miserably fails in doing so. At the near-end parts, I was very much invested in this anime but the ending was totally unsatisfying. Instead of giving a realistic perspective it gives an even more unrealistic perception of life. This anime tried so hard to be a ‘slice-of-life’ but failed miserably in doing so. Being true to yourself and not caring about what others think is all good…but is it good when you are blatantly ignoring the life and its reality itself?
There are few other minor snags such as characters and some parts of the story but the main snag is the conclusion of the story. Everything is minor compared to that.
The animation is good. Music is nothing special.
CKS is not a bad anime by any means. It is quite enjoyable. Has a good amount of humour and cuteness and also emotional moments but it the conclusion of this anime is extremely disappointing. I do not have a dislike for the ending because of lack of realism. It is an animation show with high/middle schoolers in it. My dislike comes from the fact that they wanted to send a message, they showed the problem and then tried to fix it and then showed that it is perfectly okay not to fix it. If you preach something…do it properly or do not do it at all! It could have become one of the best of its kind if the conclusion was different. Maybe a little bit bittersweet but much more pragmatic.
If you are in the mood for a light and cute anime, surely go for it! But if you are expecting something profound…you will be disappointed for sure!