Just when things seem hopeless, Yuuta finds strength from his “embarrassing” chuunibyou self. After biking through hundreds of kilometers to patch things up with Rikka, both of them finally reach the promised Ethereal Horizon. There, Rikka says her final goodbyes to her dear father and looks forward to the future. Cue sappy final montage and an unconventional “I love you”. THE END.
As this is a show talking about “childish” behavior in teens, I expected something like “everybody has chuunibyou” as a conclusion.
And I was right, though I wasn’t impressed with how fast it all wrapped up, especially with the last narration by “Super Dramatic Dude”; I would love to hear more dialogue from him. Bah, maybe it’s the “Last Episode Syndrome” kicking in again; I always have a nagging thirst for thick and clear-cut dialogue in endings. The Rikka flashbacks were too drawn out imo, cutting into some really limited time.
Other than that, the message of the finale was very poignant yet subtle. For me, it went like this: we all have fantasies, whether they are obvious or not so obvious. They can give us the strength to act like with Yuuta or they can block us from growing up and maturing as with Rikka. What message did you get from this finale?
Besides that, there was also a sub-theme in the clubroom scene with Yuuta and Shinka-the similarity between chuunibyou delusions and dreams/ambitions. While Rikka and Yuuta’s delusions may seem trivial, they still a larger purpose, don’t they? Yuuta’s Dark Flame Master persona was meant to help him make friends and become popular; Rikka’s never-ending wish to say a proper goodbye to her father lies at the “Ethereal Horizon”. Quite an elegant way of settling the chuunibyou “childish” or “not childish” debate, I think.
For me, Shinka’s remarks on the Drama Club also brought up the looming presence of conformity in Japanese society and it ties quite neatly with Yuuta’s “you are unique” letter. But I digress. That’s a topic for an editorial. =)
In the final Ethereal Horizon scene, it wasn’t a flashy (sorry for the pun) spectacle as previous “World Banishments”, but it was definitely poignant. The quick flashbacks (thankfully) and evocative soundtrack helped create a fitting end to an entertaining series such as Chuunibyou.
Dekomori, where art thy godly bangs? XD Really, she looks and acts like a totally different person without them! Still, I wonder if it was permanent since we see her back in twintail form in the final scenes. That brings up the question too: why is/was she a chuunibyou in the first place? I think being friends with Rikka had something to do with it because once Yuuta decides to get Rikka back to using chuunibyou, she reverts to twintails again. It just shows how close both of them are.
Although I feel Kumin becoming the Wicked Eye heir was a last-ditch effort to bump up her important-scene quota, it was entertaining nonetheless. Her pitch-perfect voice was so eerily accurate I wondered if they shared the same seiyuu…
Well, it has been a fun roller-coaster ride with Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai. From its first bawdy intros , we slowly segued into romance and finally settled on the chuunibyou dilemma. Throughout those scenes, happiness and sorrow were our constant partners. Although Chuunibyou wasn’t the most original or ground-breaking series this Fall, it’s sad to see such a stellar series which excelled at its premise end. No dice for a second season though-the original light novel source has already ended its run. Or maybe…
*strikes battle pose*
Burst it into shreds…
BANISHMENT THIS WORLD!!!
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