March 27th, 2014.
The Only Thing Worse than Being Treated Differently Is Not Being Treated Differently.
Oh, this is the final episode. Last episode ended with Shichimiya saying “Goodbye”. Will we truly say goodbye to her, or will Yuuta run after her? What does the future hold for Rikka and Yuuta? To keep up hope for another season, the future probably looks remarkably like today. Maybe they’ll even hug!
Thoughts and Notes:
- Hm, the final episode begins at the first day of the second semester? A good way to mark a spot for a new start, but also gives them a full half-year for another season before Kumin graduates.
- “A higher contract”, meaning a closer relationship. No, screw you, KyoAni! Yes, in RomComs we usually have everything happen in the final episode, but this is the second season, and gradually growing to hold hands in the year after you’ve become a couple isn’t enough. If you truly wanted their relationship to advance, you’d do it as late as the middle of the episode, or even three quarters in, so we’d get to see some of the results, rather than make us hopeful for another season, where everything will stand in place once more ಠ_ಠ
- Yes, of course, kissing on the lips, after almost a year of being a couple. Silly girls, thinking KyoAni will let this romance head anywhere at a reasonable pace. Yes, season 1 reward – “Couples!”, season 2 reward – “Kiss on the lips!” – Season 3 reward, will they embrace? >.> Yeah, it shows the ridiculousness of breaking down relationships and making any small aspect a ritual. It’s more ridiculous when you make each such aspect a dramatic goal of a whole season.
So much for “Contract of Lovers” when lip-kissing is beyond it ;_;
Also, so much for Shichimiya’s “Goodbye” :P
- “I have revived the dark dragon, but nothing had changed.” Silly Rikka, you need to work to make change happen, and that means in the real world.
Rikka wants change? Oh yes! As I’ve spoken of before, that was the big theme of this season. Whereas before chuunibyou had been a way to keep change away, in this season the goal is to facilitate change while maintaining chuunibyou. You know what Rikka is trying to change? Yuuta treating her like a child, not as someone to be intimate with. Well, time to change things, Rikka (and how I wish this happened in the 6th or 7th episode, not the 12th and final one).
- They live together. The theatrics of having Nibutani pass the note and meeting under the bridge, I guess they’re needed to stop Rikka from running away, but it’s exactly this sort of thing that is keeping things from moving. Just say what you wish to say, Rikka.
- Shichimiya is exploring the progress Rikka and Yuuta have made thus far, which is only possible when Rikka acts on her desires and admits them. So telling that all of it had been in the first and last episodes of the first season ;-)
- Crying when someone’s about to kiss you, after breaking off the contact a couple of times. Man, this is so awkward. Poor Yuuta.
- Well, if you’re eternal contractors, then no need to rush, Rikka.
- Well, Yuuta, you’re such a romantic. “It’s not kisses or hugs or any single act that marks our love and relationship, but being with you every single day and sharing all the small moments.” Yuuta is saying they got to the situation beyond that of gestures, of being comfortable around one another even when “nothing is happening”. I get you dude, but the dramatic sense is somewhat lacking, you must admit :P
- Yes, even with all my complaints, that Disney music as they kissed one another’s cheeks was super adorable.
- (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Really? Really?! You’re going to give me the phone-call interruption just as they were about to kiss? >.< Unacceptable!
- The girls are our stand-in, “You better not end it here!” – Eh, even if they kiss now, the moment’s been lost :P
Shorter Notes / Asides:
- Ah yes, another semester and another attempt by Nibutani to reinvent herself. Heh, and her classmates comment on it as well.
- Children, yes, and for those who didn’t get it, Chimera is probably pregnant as well. Everything here is giving the notion of procreation.
- The music playing when Chihiro appeared is the same music that played when the Fake Mori Summer was all over Dekomori. That’s the “Same-sex-love” music? That’s an interesting track to have. Well, I wonder how many people noticed it’s the same tune. “Forbidden love” perhaps? The tune itself speaks to me of decadence and lying in the sun.
- Sophia and Dekomori walking with Rikka and then letting go. Feels as if they are handing her off in marriage, as the bride’s father, rather than bridesmaids.
- Forming a contract without knowing what it is you’re signing up to. A good thing The Devil doesn’t exist in this world, Yuuta. Best hide from lawyers, though ;-)
- The whole gang, and Isshiki doesn’t get to be here either. So sad.
- Cute end-card is cute.
Post Episode / Show Thoughts:
This episode and this season, man. I like RomComs, to those who don’t know, and yet, I always hope for more. I hope for couples actually in a relationship, and I hope for things to happen and get explored. Chuunibyou’s first season is a RomCom I really enjoyed, and enjoyed it as a semi-drama as well. The 2nd season, with the two of them beginning as a couple filled me with hope. Hope wish had been continuously dashed.
I usually don’t talk much of the show in the finale’s discussion, but this episode not only had the same theme, but actually spoke of these issues, and even celebrated them.
Aside from the nap war episode, I greatly enjoyed most episodes of the season, and would give it 8/10 on a pure enjoyment of the episodes level. But, a lot of time had been wasted. Even the fillers, including two about Nibutani and Dekomori, they should’ve been together. It truly didn’t feel like we’ve went through a full season here, you know? It feels as if we ended in a perfect spot for somewhere around episode 5-6, and that now the show will use its second half to truly delve into the relationship, truly advance things.
But that can’t happen, as the season ended here. Worse than that, they actually celebrated it, they said, “It’s fine to go nowhere, so long I go nowhere with you.” That’s a fine message, and cute, but not for the final episode of a 2nd season, when so much had been promised.
KyoAni is really dropping the ball on series composition. I think if they had given us the plot of this show as 6 episodes and used the latter half for “Asides”, including the Dekomori x Nibutani, and the Kumin nap episode, it’d have been fine, and we wouldn’t have felt yanked around. Don’t mess with your fans, guys.
6.5/10 :-/ (6/10 if I go by MAL, whereas first season got 8/10).