Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren Episode 4 Notes

January 30th, 2014.

Devilishly Innocent

Rikka has a rival. Rikka fears being left behind. Rikka is faced with change. All of these are things Rikka is especiallybad at dealing with; heck, her chuunibyou is a defense mechanism against these things exactly, so how will she take this invade into her territory? How will Yuuta react to the return of his long-lost love, even if he never called her that? Let’s find out, with our cutest couple :)

Shorter Notes / Asides:

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren / Chuu2koi Ren Episode 4 notes anime

  1. LOL, it’s like people who fill in forms, “Sex? – Yes please,” so Rikka filled “S-class” next to “Class”. That’s Rikka :D
  2. The extended string Dekomori wove into her hair, the choking mechanism. Girl’s gone crazy. Crazy cool! :P

    Poor Yuuta, having to deal with all the crazies. He’s a crazy-person magnet.

  3. Nibutani mimicking “Dark Flame Master” mode Yuuta was amusing.
  4. Personally, I’d title this screenshot, “Punishment, this world!” Go go puns!
  5. Oh my, Isshiki had been reduced to the role of a mascot, he has a cameo with less screen time than the chimera. Poor boy.

Thoughts and Notes:

1) Nibutani Time:

1) Oh right, I saw the episode preview notes. This is a Nibutani episode, “The Return of Mori Summer” even :D Well, let’s see her get some screen time, this girl who lives in her dream world. Wait, that’s basically all the girls in this show, aside from Touka :3

2) “I have a dream!” and “Go Shinka!” – This girl is really talking to herself, with how she says “I’m sort of clumsy”, which ToraDora told us not to trust, or “I’m reliable.” – You know what, it fits perfectly into Nibutani’s character this season, and last one as well, she’s all about her image, her self-perception. Does she truly want to be the Student Council President? I think what she really wishes is for others to see her as one, as the dependable one, as the non-chuuni one. OreGairu might have had something to say about it, but I’m sure Nibutani would actually put in the effort, even if not for the right reasons.

3) Nibutani keeps talking of how she doesn’t hace chuunibyou and doesn’t want to be associated with the Eastern Occult (and napping!) club, but she left the Drama Club because one of the followings isn’t right – “Magnetic field, spiritual vibes, genius loci.” – Of course, the real issue is the same as Rikka’s – she uses chuunibyou terms to reinterpret or translate her thoughts and feelings. She doesn’t like those people, or they don’t like her, or as she said before – it won’t be good enough for her image, so she bailed out. Perhaps she will not put in the hard work, and is merely looking for a quick boost to her popularity and image…

2) Nibutani x Dekomori:

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren / Chuu2koi Ren Episode 4 notes anime Nibutani x Dekomori

1) Here’s all you need to know about the Nibutani and Dekomori relationship in six simple steps:

  1. Innocent.
  2. The Devil.
  3. Mortified.
  4. Repercussions and seeking outside help (blaming Yuuta).
  5. Dekomori strikes back.
  6. See step #1.

Maybe it’s time for Nibutani to actually resolve things with Dekomori? And yes, she tried, but seeing both of them are supporting characters, they don’t really get the screen-time to truly resolve their issue, especially as their issue is their comedic hook, their raison d’être in this show. But perhaps this episode will mark a change :O

2) And then after the half-episode mark we get an introduction from Dekomori. A Dekomori x Nibutani episode, it really is! And Isshiki is not even here. He truly had been forgotten. This is a show for chuunibyou sufferers, not their hanger-ons. Well, Kumin gets to be cute, I guess, and she’s all sorts of a chuuni sufferer :P She wants to suffer from chuunibyou, which might be even worse than outright suffering (or enjoying it?) is.

3) Ah, the pains of having two masters, and a split allegiance. That always made me wonder – Mori Summer is a champion of light, yet her disciple, Dekomori, follows the devilish Tyrant’s Eye, and Mori Summer aligned with Sophia. Guess it’s fellow chuunis, can’t have constant fake fights and such without a friend’s help, even if he’s “an enemy”. And so, real world friendship beats fictional allegiances. Except in this case, where Dekomori has two real world allegiances. Rikka is once more being left behind.

4) So, Nibutani might be falling for Dekomori? And well, Dekomori did bring her home-made cookies. This is a love story. Wait, which chuuni delusion am I in, exactly? What’s going on here? :p

Yeah, Dekomori is completely smitten as well.

3) Poor Yuuta – Back to our Roots:

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren / Chuu2koi Ren Episode 4 notes anime Put upon Yuuta

1) That’s what happens when you’re not honest, Yuuta (which had been my theme for last week’s write-up). You should’ve just done as Nibutani had requested and asked Rikka/Dekomori to let Nibutani be. But nope, you try to bamboozle the master bamboozler! And you fail. Let it be a lesson to you, young man.

2) Yeah, look at Yuuta’s face, it says everything. We ended right where we began. Look at my note in the beginning of this write-up – this is a comedy, and Nibutani and Dekomori’s role is very specific within it. They’re not allowed growth or change (which also explains why Nibutani can’t follow Rikka’s change). So they’re relegated back to the same jokes. Well, this was an episode, at least.

Also, that ED song is really growing on me. I like the song and the voices.

Post Episode Thoughts:

This was essentially a filler episode. But it’s not a serious drama or a plot-driven show, it’s a comedy. So we had an episode dedicated to two supporting characters, and in a manner that is very fitting for comedies, the situation had been resolved, or one might even say undone by the time the episode ended, so as not to disturb the status quo from here on out, and so the characters could keep operating as normal. For those who don’t know, it might be a good place to note that Dekomori is an anime-original character, and doesn’t appear in the LNs, as I’m given to understand.

This episode made me smile and had sweet moments, and this episode made me chuckle, and the build up to the final punchline was very well done. This episode had been entirely Chuunibyou, and didn’t feel out of place. Yes, it does mean that the whole situation with Rikka, Sophia, and Yuuta is exactly where we left off, and I might even copy-paste my pre-episode message next week – but I had fun :)

 

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