Honestly, I barely remember why I liked Chuunibyou so much. I was hesitant to watch it at first, because it sounded like I'd often be embarrassed on behalf of the characters. I mean, it's about a high school boy, Yuuta, who's trying to put his old delusions of grandeur behind him. He meets Rikka, a girl his age who is still a "chuunibyou"—she still fancies herself to be a heroine in possession of the "Tyrant's Eye." So, she's a teenager who still acts like a child who can't tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Recipe for embarrassment, right?
Actually, the embarrassment was minimal. Mostly, this show was just fun... and sweet. Yuuta wanted Rikka to break out of her delusions. Still, he put his old persona "Dark Flame Master" back on a few times to relate to her on her level. This contributed to some light romance between the two as the show went on.
|From episode 12. Aren't they sweet? The eyepatch is part of Rikka's|
delusion—a side effect of having the Tyrant's Eye. Her vision is fine.
While the plot of Chuunibyou didn't stick in my mind over the past year, the whole "chuunibyou" idea has endured, and it comes to mind every now and then. Back in January, I wrote my post "Don Quixote was a Chuunibyou," since the classic character reminded me so much of Rikka and Yuuta. Maybe it's a stretch to call a middle-aged man a chuunibyou, but when I set the age part aside, Quixote seems to fit the profile. Thanks to that, I remember both Don Quixote and Chuunibyou better than I would otherwise.
That's all for now. I hope ya'll had a great Thanksgiving! I did. I've spent a lot of time holding my baby nephew, talking with family... and trying to chip away at the mountain of homework I need to finish before Monday. I'm going to be exhausted, and then there will be the rest of the final papers and exams to prepare for... I strongly suspect next weekend's post will be a simple "Swamped" post, but we'll see.