capture-20121218-233437 Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship ebbs into an uncomfortable low and hits rock bottom dramatically at a familiar train station. Finally, the former leaves for her father’s grave. Will love triumph? Sorry for being late! My PC time was severely restricted for the past week, but I’ll catch up on the other shows by tomorrow. Hope you enjoy this post! Wow, just…wow.

Topping even the “dark history” reveal, this episode was just packed with emotions. Apathy, sadness, regret, anger-it’s a tragedy fest! Let’s start with Rikka. Ever since ripping out her beloved eyepatch, she’s lost her zest and happiness. Moping about timidly, fighting her chuunibyou urges and generally being depressed-how far will she drop? Really far apparently, as long as it’s for her family and Yuuta.

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I think this scene perfectly illustrates a core theme in the series. What must we give up as we grow into adulthood?

Now, will it be worth it? Is Rikka’s happiness worth less than that of the people calling her to change? For me, it’s a definite no for both. No longer the bright, energetic and imaginative teen, she’s totally different without her chuunibyou. This isn’t what it means to “become an adult”! Leaving behind your  dreams (and fantasies) to become a pale shadow of your former self may please others but not your own conscience. And that brings up another question too: is the chuunibyou Rikka the “true” Rikka? Or is she the timid girl we see in this episode? Could it be that she’s actually a mix of both? And why should the “adult” way be the only way to deal with loss, grief and loneliness? A variety of cultures have their own unique ways of dealing with death, so why not people? I think that however noble the Takanashi family’s intentions might be, their method is quite narrow-minded. Not only does it remove Rikka’s only source of comfort, it doesn’t even take her wishes into consideration! capture-20121219-000334 Besides that, Yuuta was also lying to himself and Rikka. He certainly didn’t seem comfortable with the plan, following through with forced smiles. Even though he did “what’s best” for Rikka, he’s found out just how much damage he did to their relationship from Dekomori (whose seiyuu gave a splendid performance). Rikka needs unconditional love and a person who will stick by her side in the worst of times. Sadly, not only does Yuuta set “conditions”, he leaves her to face the final nail in her chuunibyou coffin-her father’s grave-alone. capture-20121218-235908 Dekomori and Shinka really shone in this episode as key supporting characters. Perhaps to compensate for Rikka’s dullness, Dekomori unleashed a whole range of emotions from surprise, desperation and finally heart-breaking despair. I almost couldn’t take it when Dekomori let loose the floodgates. Behind all the drama though, you can tell that Dekomori values her chuunibyou ways and understands what Rikka is going through. She may not have a broken family like Rikka, but Yuuta’s harsh counter exposed just how important these delusions are to her. capture-20121218-233903 Shinka’s also proved herself as the big sister of the group by defusing tensions while keeping a respectful distance. Helping Rikka cope with life without chuunibyou, questioning Yuuta in the library and finally comforting an inconsolable Dekomori; she’s really grown attached to her fellow misfits. And I guess she learned something from the near-miss two episodes ago-she advises Yuuta, but leaves them to solve things on their own. Apologies Ms. Shinka, I guess you’re a good-hearted person beneath that schizo act after all. In fact, she nearly stole the episode by bringing her friendship with Dekomori full circle. You know that scene where she drags Deko out and finally hugs her? It looks like all the animosity that marked their first and subsequent meetings has slowly blossomed into friendship. I think anyone with a human heart will find that heart-warming and memorable in this episode of gloom. (T_T) capture-20121218-234947 Curse you for your lack of previews, KyoAni! I’m so excited for the finale to this season’s premier rom-com and they won’t even tease it… Ah well, it’s been an amazing ride so far and I’m pretty sure that KyoAni will deliver a happy finish to Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Short remarks, counter-arguments and alternative viewpoints-I’d love to hear what you think of this post, no matter how brief. And don’t worry, I’ll work hard to answer within 24 hours. =) Apologies in advance if I don’t. XD