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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- Episode #05 Anime Review

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Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai! Ren 5
Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai! Ren 5
Napping is serious business.

What They Say:
I, Ex-Middle Two Syndrome sufferer (“Chuunibyou”) AKA Yota Togashi and current MTS sufferer Rikka Takanashi, have happily exchanged the vows of truth (we’re going out), and I am enjoying life IRL to the fullest… Or at least, I should be. Yes, I really should be. If it wasn’t for the game-changing appearance of my best friend from my previous middle school, super powerful MTS sufferer Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII AKA Satone Shichimiya! What in the world should I do now?! And thus, the battle of The Devil VS The Evil Eye begins!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This series has long dedicated a great deal of time to the sillier side of things, and with most of not only the introductions but also the pressing issues sorted out in the first season, there’s surely plenty of time for fluff before we get into whatever inevitable plot is waiting in Satone (and likely the relationship of the main pair that will be affected by it). This time we get fluffier than ever, as the focus is on Kumin and her napping habits actually coming to the forefront, and the rest of the cast has to try to emulate those habits. The fate of the club is on the line after all! Yes, it’s packed full of silly clichés with an obvious outcome that affirms that nothing of importance would be lost without this episode in the series (even compared to the previous episode). But the idea is clearly to give some focus to the other members of the main cast who haven’t gotten sufficient time in all the happenings of Yuta and Rikka, with Satone’s involvement this time seemingly shoehorned in for the sake of including her in everything that happens this season, and the episode is shaped into something that feels exactly like you’d expect some dream of Kumin’s to be like.

The series actually seems to have found a bit of a formula to employ for this kind of episode, however temporary they may be. Ultimately we get a fantasy world battle sequence, no matter how out of place that might sound (and there are few situations I would consider it more out of place in than a competition to see which team can nap the best). Saying the staff is just using every excuse to put in these kinds of scenes seems pretty accurate but it’s also akin to saying they’re finding every excuse to expend as much time, effort, and money as possible. KyoAni has a dedication to quality and that’s why we love them. Even if the episode might not be the most exciting, they’re sure to fit in something like that to keep us eating up every frame, and that’s something else that’s always been characteristic of this series, the more ill-fitting the better.

Obviously the appeal of an episode like this (beyond the eye candy we get every time) is the comedy, and while it may not hit as hard as some, it’s definitely got it down. Like many other aspects of the episode, it shows that each character brings something different to the show, as much of the comedy of the episode is again very fitting of Kumin, even when it doesn’t come directly from her. There’s plenty of speedy slapstick as well, something that I don’t think I could do without in a primarily comedic episode of this series, and those moments are still generally my favorites of the episode. The running gag of Isshiki trying to work himself into each episode and failing miserably strikes me as some of the staff’s sharpest comedic wit at work, and it gets me every time. It would be nice to get something more substantial, but there’s still plenty of time for it.

In Summary:
If the previous episode of this series (now officially licensed by Sentai to go with its predecessor and rechristened with a further localized title as a result) was negligible in the grand scheme, this one fluffier than a pillow. But is that really such a bad thing? As long as it doesn’t last too long, no.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Toshiba Satellite L655-S5191 PSK2CU-1C301U Notebook PC.

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