While pointless when it comes to plot progression, these two eps were far more satisfying to watch than the past 3.
The first of these episodes involves one of the wildest situations to come in Chuunibyou: Dekomori finding out Nibutani is the real Mori summer. Let alone the segue being that Shichimiya and Nibutani being best buds, Dekomori’s attitude toward Nibutani suddenly changes from prank target to idol. This alone is a hilarious twist on the series main rivals, but it actually leads to a somewhat touching development between the two. Sure it ends up being part of a larger punchline, but Dekomori’s love for Mori Summer was genuine enough to convince Nibutani in temporarily returning to that identity just for her. Reminds me a lot of Yuuta’s return as the Dark Flame Master for Rikka in season 1.
The next ep was probably the one time Kumin could ever be considered awesome. After months of inactivity, the club must prove itself of being useful by at least winning a napping competition(which do indeed exist), and their opponents are a group of girls that are barely conscious through everyday life. But despite the desperate attempts for falling asleep, it’s impossible to make the hyper nature of a chuunibyou drop with a nap. Yet Kumin continues to have faith in their abilities and ultimately uses their weakness to sleep as their strength, waking up their opponents through a shared dream using all their delusional antics.
The reason why these two worked better than the past 3 is that none of it feels like it’s dragging out anything important. Sure the overall sidelining of Shichimiya and Rikka makes everything seem irrelevant, but that wasn’t really the point of these episodes. Rather, it was to return some much needed spotlight to the side characters we grew to love rather than meander around with barely new content. Goofing off in a sequel can still be fun if focusing on the strengths of its predecessor.
This still feels like over-funded filler, but it was great to see Kyoani stop dragging for once. I truly do want this to feel like a sequel, and really hope they stop goofing off. But if this is to be a re-tread, hopefully it’s more of episodes like these two.