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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (Japanese: 中二病でも恋がしたい!, Hepburn: Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!, "Even with Eighth Grader Syndrome, I Want to Be in Love"), also known as Chū-2 for short, is a Japanese light novel series written by Torako, with illustrations provided by Nozomi Ōsaka. The work won an honorable mention in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2010, leading the company to assume its publication starting in June 2011. The series follows a high school boy named Yūta Togashi, who tries to discard his embarrassing past grandiose delusions, until he meets a girl named Rikka Takanashi, who exhibits her own signs of chūnibyō syndrome. As their relationship progresses, Yūta and Rikka form a club called the Far East Magical Napping Society Summer Thereof with classmates Shinka Nibutani, Kumin Tsuyuri, and Sanae Dekomori, who each have their own unique delusional behaviors.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
A second anime film, titled Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (映画 中二病でも恋がしたい! -Take on Me-, Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take on Me), continuing from the second season of the anime, premiered on January 6, 2018, as the finale of the series. The staff and cast from the original anime series returned to reprise their respective roles in the second film.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (中二病でも恋がしたい!), also known as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! is an anime series based on the light novel of the same name written by Torako and illustrated by Nozomi Osaka.
A second season was released in January 2014 under the subtitle - Heart Throb - (English) and Ren (Japanese), which is again accompanied by Lighter and Softer shorts called Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren - Lite. There's also a movie called Takanashi Rikka Kai: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie that premiered on September 2013: the movie retells the events of the first season but from Rikka's perspective, and adds new scenes. A second movie, Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Take on Me, was released in 2018 and concludes the storyline.
Tropes Shared by the Anime and Light Novel 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The super soak... uh, nameless plastic water cannon in the second episode. Kind of a weird case, because the gun barely moves, so it would have been easy to animate without CG; on top of that, an image from a magazine article appears to show a hand-drawn version.
Ambiguous Syntax: The Japanese title translates as something like "Want to Love Despite Chuunibyou!", with it being ambiguous who wants love and whether it's their own Chuunibyou that's the issue or someone else's. Another possible interpretation is that the speaker sees their love itself as a kind of Chuunibyou, but wants it anyway.
Bland-Name Product: Yuuta and Rikka's e-mail addressnote Since Japan has commercialized mobile Internet in early 2000s, Japanese have not been using SMS ("texting") to communicate between cell phones but use email instead. domain is "siftbank.ne.jp".
Break the Cutie: The second part of Episode 10 seems to be this for Rikka. Everything is going right for her, she's confessed to Yuuta and had her feelings returned, she's going to perform as the Tyrant's Eye against Yuuta as the Dark Flame Master, and she has a few good friends supporting her. Then her one pillar of support crumbles right before the big show when Yuuta snaps...
Rikka's family in general seem to invoke this on her a lot. Although they mean well, in nearly every appearance they've had, they've emotionally hurt her.
Episode 11 brings a striking example of this trope with Yuuta's tirade towards Dekomori, which forces her to admit that none of her fantasies are real and breaks her spirit for the first and only time in the series.
Central Theme: Running away from and facing our problems.
Also, the challenges of having to grow up.
Cerebus Syndrome: Happens in different ways. The anime gradually becomes more serious as Rikka's past comes into play and her family begins pressing her into accepting the reality of her father's death and putting a load of the responsibility of that on Yuuta.
The first volume of the light novel is pretty lighthearted, but the second starts becoming more serious when Rikka accuses Yuuta of being unfaithful and forgetting their contract, before running off. Then she gets kidnapped, and the kidnapper makes Yuuta play a game with Rikka at stake.
Chuunibyou: Even when the term was first mentioned in 1999 in a radio program and later in the Turn of the Millennium, is with this series (mostly the anime adaptation) this Japanese-only term became worldwide, even mistakenly known by many as the Trope Namer.
Class Representative: Shinka Nibutani.
Cringe Comedy: At least half of this is due to it hitting too close to home.
Death by Origin Story: Rikka's father in both the anime and light novels died years before the story takes place, and is a motivating factor for Rikka to take up the Wicked Eye and search for the Unseen Horizon.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Yuuta, when he realizes that Rikka wasn't coming back to the apartments, decides to go to her grandparent's house to help her resolve her issues and bring her back into his life.
Excited Show Title!
Foreshadowing: Done in different ways in both Light Novel and the Anime: Anime: The night after hot girl Shinka said she wants to visit him, Yuuta plays a Dating Sim suspiciously like Love Plus. In the game, his Relationship Values with the girl suddenly rose to a But Thou Must! "Let's go home together!" stage with no action on his own. Yuuta suspected that implies he'd be "in for a Bad End"... It turns out Shinka is coming to his home to destroy the Mabinogion. Also, one of the first conversations that Yuuta has with Ishiki is about Ishiki's desire to establish a ranking of the girls in class by their appearance. Yuuta warns him that the girls will hate it if they find out about it. It turns out this isn't just idle chatter.
Light Novel: The same girl that Nibutani brags about knowing Yuuta's past from was actually the cause of Nibutani becoming chuuni.
Gut Punch: The revelation of why Rikka is a chuuni delivers one that would make Dio himself jealous, and from that point on the series becomes considerably less lighthearted in tone.
Hot Teacher: Another element influenced by Key/Visual Arts; Yuuta's young and gorgeous homeroom teacher Nanase Tsukumo, appropriately played by Kikuko Inoue.
Hypocritical Humor: The light novel and the anime have different examples of this trope. Light Novel: Ishiki. As a member of the Disciplinary Committee, it's his responsibility to make sure his schoolmates practice proper decorum... But Ishiki himself is an unrepentant pervert, whose favorite topic of conversation is anything and everything about their cute female peers. Yuuta even comments on how strange and disturbing this is.
Anime: Shinka. In the light novels she's a completely recovered chuunibyou, so her dislike to chuunibyou can be justified. Yet, in the anime, a glimpse into her room in Episode 9, complete with a Suspiciously Specific Denial, would show she's still a chuunibyou. Furthermore, her extreme attempts to reinvent herself for popularity's sake comes off as just a different kind of chuunibyou in of itself.
Jade-Colored Glasses: Most cured chuunis wear some type of these, though they can differ. Some grow out of it on their own, while others have a pair beaten onto them by their family and friends.
Large Ham: Comes with Chuunibyou.
Light Is Not Good: A main motif surrounding the Chuunibyou world. Darkness is good, lightness is bad. Especially true in the later contrast between "dark" Rikka and "light" Satone.
Longing for Fictionland: Pretty much the definition of chuunibyou given to the audience, with the infected person being unsatisfied with reality and immersing themself within a world of fantasy. In both the anime and the light novels, Rikka plays this the straightest out of the cast.
Love Epiphany: Happens at different times by different characters depending on whether you're watching the anime or reading the light novel. In the light novel, Togashi gets one and talks to Isshiki about it, who helps him understand his feelings with a bit of invoked Green-Eyed Epiphany.
In the anime, Rikka gets hers after episode 8 and is helped along by Nibutani to really understand what she's feeling.
Love Triangle: Subverted. In episode 6 of Ren, some of Shinka's classmates told Shinka they thought there was one between Shinka, Yuuta and Rikka "last year" (Season 1). However, even Yuuta did have a bit of crush on Shinka in the beginning of the first season, nothing gone further than that especially after episode 4, with the two being just close friends and Shinka being the biggest Shipper on Deck for Yuuta and Rikka.
Sensei-chan: Nanase "Nana-chan" Tsukumo. Exemplified best in the novel where, when the class goes on a field trip, it was easy to mistake her for being yet another student.
Stalker Without a Crush: Used the same way in both, with only a few differences. Light novel: Rikka follows Yuuta around for a bit where she overhears him letting out his inner chuuni after he lends her his umbrella. This ends up putting them down the path to hitching up when she decides to make a contract with him.
Anime: Rikka follows Yuuta around during the time that she's living with Touka right after her father dies but before they move into their grandparent's house, admiring him while he screws around in his Dark Flame Master persona. It's more ambiguous whether she had a crush on him or not.
Unbuilt Trope: While the term Chuunibyou and its examples have existed long before this work, few people have heard about the term before the work debuted, to the point that it's frequently mistaken as being the Trope Namer as it popularized the trope. The series also deconstructed the archetype. Rikka Takanashi became a chuunibyou as a coping mechanism for her father's death, and her chuunibyou behavior became problematic for her and her family. When Rikka renounces her chuunibyou self due to pressure from Yuuta, she is left unable to deal with all the changes happening around her, such as her mother returning to her life and her sister moving to Italy.