Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions also known as Chū-2 for short, is based on a Japanese light novel series written by Torako, with illustrations provided by Nozomi Ōsaka. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for release in North America and Madman here locally in Australia, it has gained quite a cult following spawning a franchise . An animated film was released in September 2013, and this is the second anime season, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb. We previously reviewed Season 1 here on the site and were impressed by it overall. Season 2 follows on immedetly afterwards, picking up the events of the original. As the new school year begins, Rikka Takanashi ends up having to move out of her apartment, since Tōka Takanashi no longer lives there, and is temporarily living alone with Yuuta Togashi whilst they search for a new place. Meanwhile, Shinka Nibutani, who has dyed her hair black in pursuit of a non-chunibyo second year, continues to be at odds with Sanae Dekomori.
Interested in their relationship now they are living together, Shinka Nibutani, Sanae Dekomori, and Kumin Tsuyuri keep an eye on Yuuta Togashi and Rikka Takanashi, the latter of which has ended up spending nearly all of her monthly allowance.
After Yuuta reveals they had yet to even get to even hold hands, Shinka takes him to meet her friend Kazari Kannagi, who arranges for Yuuta and Rikka to go on a date. As Rikka states her uncertainty over what lovers should do, Yuuta decides that he is fine with their relationship staying the way it is for now. Later that night, Rikka meets Satone Shichimiya who had moved into Rikka old apartment. After Yuuta Togashi is left reeling from a lewd dream about Rikka Takanashi, he ends up losing a bet against her and is forced to dress up as a magical girl. Later that day, Rikka encounters the girl from before, who is revealed to be Yuuta's old friend during middle school and the one who led him to enter his chuynibyou phase, Satone Shichimiya.
The imagination of the protagonist as well as the spectators, come off not too short.. Rikka, the little girl with the fertile imagination and Yuuto, the boy who really wants to be an adult - to accompany a great couple where it's fun and their stories become more complex. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! may also act on the images that produces more than you see. In addition to the series natural colours, it a wonderfully vibrant series that visually keeps you engaged.
As Satone is invited over to dinner that night, Rikka becomes over her getting awfully clingy to Yuuta, particularly when she does her old habit of rubbing her nose against Yuuta's. Its moments like these that keep you not hedge as its pure romantic drama and conflicts. When a Hobby Group Representative Meeting is held to determine which hobby groups should be allowed to keep their rooms, Rikka Takanashi's failed presentation of what the 'Far Eastern Magic Napping Society in Summer' does exactly leads their supervisor, Nanase Tsukumo, to investigate what they actually use their room for.
Nanase points out the 'napping' part of their group is actually a notable pastime, suggesting they have a 'siesta match' against Maple Hill High School's Siesta Club to serve as an official activity for their group. Some moments like this just come off absurd and hilarious. On the way home, they are approached by Maple Hill's Sui Nemuri, who sparks a rivalry with Kumin Tsuyuri, with Rikka rushingly adding she will disband her society if they lose. This is when the magic elements come into play and boy, this is when Season two begins to pick up, even without these elements as a stand alone series it makes a great drama.
This season I felt overall had much better character development, as we previously got to know them, this time around it fleshes them out through back stories. Rikka Takanashi is a "chūnibyō patient" who enrolls into the same high school as Yuuta Togashi. Unlike Yuuta, she still suffers from the eighth grader syndrome. She wears a medical eyepatch over her right eye to seal her "Tyrant's Eye". She moved in to the apartment above Yuuta's apartment to stay with her sister, Tōka Takanashi. Rikka has cyan-colored eyes and wears a yellow color contact lens on her right eye, over which she wears a medical eyepatch. She only has 5 contacts on her phone, which include Tōka, Yuuta, Shinka Nibutani, Kumin Tsuyuri and Sanae Dekomori. With it, she can cast special attacks. As shown when Yuuta convinced her to give up her chūnibyō behavior, the real reason for her chūnibyō was to "protect" herself from the reality of her father's death, as she still can't accept it.
Shinka is currently the freshman year representative for her high school and get to know more about her. Shinka appears to have feelings towards Yuuta Togashi, but this later turns out to be false. She was once a "chūnibyō patient" and used to call herself "Mori Summer". Shinka still retains some of her fantasy personality, and also has some of the items she valued as Mori Summer,, such as her bangles and head piece. Overall this was an entertaining series, it was actually a bit slower and more mature than season 1, but is that a bad thing. Not at all, it was a warm, enjoyable and interesting romantic comedy series with an underlay of magic.