Studio: Kyoto Animation
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Have you heard of LARPing? In case you haven’t, it stands for Live-Action Role Playing. Urban Dictionary defines it as “a type of game where a group of people wear costumes representing a character they create to participate in an agreed fantasy world.” If you’ve seen LARPing from an outside perspective and you don’t know what they’re doing, it can look pretty damn weird. People yelling out “Action Protocol Number 17! Activate!” at seemingly random times or other strange callings can creep you out. (Not to mention the random acts of posing.) However, have you ever wondered about the mysteries they see in their head as they LARP?
How about an anime that does that for you? Want to go to the edge of magic and beyond? How about epic battles of magic versus might? Oh, also, have a really good dub so you can share it with friends who won’t watch sub-only shows! Sentai Filmworks has you covered with this slice-of-life/school life show about people who LARP in high school… all the time. Banish this world by stepping into Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions! Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit!
Yuuta Togashi is a freshman in high school, now. Back in middle school, he had a ‘dark history’ of chuunibyou, a ‘disorder’ where you start to think you have special powers, also known as Eighth-Grade Syndrome. Now that he’s over that, he’s chosen to go to a new school district where no one knows him. However, in his class, Rikka Takanashi still has her own Eighth-Grade Syndrome… and sticks to Yuuta’s side like she’s glued to him. Can Yuuta withstand Rikka’s delusions and fall in love? Can he have a normal high school life? Find out by watching. I’m not spoiling the show for you.
Personally, this show was a blast. I saw the first season of Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions when it first came out weekly on Crunchyroll years ago. It was so good because it made me laugh, cry, and feel anger. It had action, slice-of-life, and plenty of battle animations. Years later, this blu-ray comes out and I get a chance to not only finish the series with Season 2, but I get to hear it in English and I love the series even more with the dub. It reminds me of me and my ragtag group of friends in high school, LARPing without calling it that every chance we got. In fact, when we were all watching Naruto weekly on television, I was the group’s Neji Hyuuga. It’s where I got the Hyuuga part in my gamer tag: TaisiHyuuga.
With that part of my life semi-behind me now, I relived it through Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions. It’s got action, magic, and lore, even though it’s all in the minds of high schoolers in a normal world setting. The music is easy-going and light on the ears. The animation is solid and the story is silly, but relatable. For the price of $99.98 on the Sentai Filmworks store (heavily discounted to $46.99 at the time of this writing), it’s a pricey buy, but worth the fun to be had in watching. Two seasons, three OVAs, and two sets of audio (Japanese and English) make Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions a great stocking stuffer for the anime nerd near you. (Or for yourself.)
Lolinia gives Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions a Drastik Moé Measure of 8.1 out of 10.0 (81).
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