During the fall of 2012, Kyoto Animation started to shift their focus to in-house intellectual properties rather than adapting source material. The first show in this new effort was Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai, which focused on delusions and hints of love. While the first season had a lot of enjoyable and adorable moments, the drama towards the end felt a bit out-of-place. They notice this and decide to make the sequel have a more lighthearted feeling. (Image Source)
The sequel follows the events after the movie and the first season as the new school year begins. As expected, Shinka is not satisfied on how Yuuta is progressing his relationship with Rikka. At the same time, Rikka is forced to move into his apartment after being evicted. Shortly after, a mysterious girl who has Chuunibyou moves into that apartment and a few days later, challenges Rikka to a battle. Who is this girl and will she shake up the their relationship to the right direction?
Compared to the last season, the sequel is a lot more comedic and light-hearted rather than dramatic. This is noticeable with the episodes that spotlight the side characters such as Shinka, whom attempts to run for student council president and receives help from rival, Sanae. While I enjoyed watching these episodes, these filler episodes gives me an impression that Yuuta’s relationship with Rikka is barely making progress. This is kind of sad since Shinka received a lot of character development compared to the two as she begins to accept her alter ego rather than banishing it.
On the other hand, I understand that Rikka might not be fully ready for love since she is more focused on her Chuunibyou. I was hoping that Satone would be the catalyst to change that because she is Yuuta’s childhood friend, but nope. I felt that the directors made her give up on him before she even tried. This is very upsetting to me since I wanted her to become a true rival so that Rikka would have to experience the feeling of true love. By having Satone give up so easily, not only it maintains the status quo, it also makes the whole sequel feel pointless because their relationship hardly budged from the first episode. Not only that, it also defeats the point of introducing Satone.
As a whole, I enjoyed Chuunibyou Ren mostly because of the comedy thanks to the other characters (Satone, Kumin, Shinka and Sanae). However, I felt that the romantic development between Yuuta and Rikka was very disappointing considering how much they got in the first season. Despite this flaw, Chuunibyou Ren is still a very entertaining show, but just not as good compared to the first season.
Overall Rating: 8.3/10, B-, Good ¶