After a year of experimenting(mochi, naked boys, alternate universe), kyoani finally returns to familiar territory with Chuunibyou. And for now, familiar is all it is.
Considering it’s been a year since the first series came out, most of the changes are rather small. Aside from some new hair styles and a change of grades, nothing has really changed since the christmas ova. This wouldn’t really be an issue if something else(gag, plotline, etc) was happening like in the christmas ova. But this is just a re-introduction to the characters rather than a continuation, so anything that’s happening has a been-there-done-that feel to it.
Meanwhile, the larger changes are treated so casually that they come off as underwhelming. Having Rikka living with Yuuta is a big deal, but how it happened is crammed in the first 3 minutes. Keeping it hidden is treated like one big gag, and all concerns are washed away thanks to Yuuta’s little sister(most tolerant imouto ever). And as for the new character? NOT HERE! Instead what we’ve got is an unrevealed photo Rikka found that hints at her. Talk about a cheap tease.
Having said that, familiarity with this series is far from bad. The quirkiness that made Chuunibyou so lovable is still here, and the lack of change makes it feel like the show never ended. And as much as Rikka’s homestay is made into a big joke, it does bring up a good point about Yuuta and Rikka’s relationship. Despite living together, both of them realize that their relationship feels less like a romance and more like siblings. Either way, seeing these two together never fails at making me feel fluffy inside. And hey, i’m not complaining if it all leads to another delusional fight between Tooka and the other chuunibyous.
Really, there isn’t much to talk about for this that’s anything new. But then again, this is only the first episode to a sequel that’s been in wait for over a year. If the opening is any indication, change is definitely coming. Until then, let’s just imagine the possible scenarios Rikka’s homestays can trigger. 🙂