Anime: Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai – Episode 1 Summary + Review

“I summon my magical powers!”

(“Evil demons shall be vanquished, as long as I have my blade in my grasp…” )

Studio: Kyoto Animation

Genre: Romance, Comedy, High School,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

Yuuta is a young boy who previously suffered from the Middle-grade-syndrome, where children believe they have magical powers and secret pasts.  Having gotten over this phase, he think back in horror to what he  pretended to be.

Now grown up and entering High School, surely he can meet some normal people, and lead a normal life? Well, maybe…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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On the way to his new school he spots a stunningly beautiful girl. He has a chance to make conversation, now that his mind is fully grounded.

(First day of a new school, so it’s legal to talk to everyone)

Just then, he spots a girl that was walking around his apartment building in the middle of the night. She clearly suffers from Middle-grade-syndrome, and pretends to stop a train with her “powers”.

(Sashaying onto a train is the best way to travel)

At school, he lets out his frustration at his past self, and gets out the rest of the ‘magical alter ego’. Unfortunately, the girl from before, Rikka, spots him and is convinced that he is linked to her.

(“I have been searching alternate universes for you, O Powerful one…”)

All hope of having a quiet school life is dashed, when a confrontation between him and Rikka involves her shrieking about her eye’s power.

(“It’s a magical eye, I promise. Really…”)

There’s nothing wrong with the girl except an overactive imagination, so Yuuta isn’t pleased when he has to walk her home, because she’s new to the area. He rues missing out time with his potential friends.

(On weekends, Rikka confesses to wearing the full mech suit)

It turns out that Rikka lives in the apartment building above his own, with her sister. Yuuta helps out by moving her delivered stuff into the correct apartment.

(“There are part decorations and part food”)

She seems to be alone, and Yuuta reluctantly invites her to eat dinner with his family.

His sisters give plenty of gossip about the way Yuuta pretended to be, and he’s embarrassed, but Rikka finds it endearing. It’s the start of a weird and quirky relationship.

(It’s all fun and games, until your sister pokes you with a giant sword)

Overall, I laughed at some parts, and cringed at some others. There’s nothing wrong with role-playing when you’re younger, and Yuuta has clearly outgrown that. Making fun of a girl by repeatedly hitting her over the head, is just bad taste. There’s a way to bring someone back to earth, and that’s not it.

As teasing and supportive his sisters are, Yuuta doesn’t appreciate their comments. He seems like a likable lead, albeit with a girl-hitting disorder. It’s not particularly ground-breaking stuff, but this is a nice first episode.

Rated – 3/5 Simperingly sweet and wacky.

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