Everybody has had that stage in their life where they have thought themselves to be special, different from the masses of ordinary humans. They might go as far as seeing themselves capable of wielding mystical powers, or maybe even believe themselves to have descended from a fantasy realm. This “disease” is known as “chuunibyou” and is often the source of some of the most embarrassing moments of a person’s life. For Yuuta Togashi, the scars that his chuunibyou has left behind are still fresh. Having posed as the “Dark Flame Master” during his middle school years, he looks back at those times with extreme embarrassment, so much so that he decides to attend a high school far away where nobody will recognize him. Putting his dark history behind him, he longs to live a normal high school life. Unfortunately, he hasn’t escaped his past yet: enter Rikka Takanashi, Yuuta’s new classmate and self-declared vessel of the “Wicked Eye.” As this eccentric young girl crashes into Yuuta’s life, his dream of an ordinary, chuunibyou-free life quickly crumbles away. In this hilarious and heartwarming story of a boy who just wants to leave his embarrassing memories behind, the delusions of old are far from a thing of the past. – My Anime List
Based on 15 review scores:
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions tells a beautiful story of acceptance. Backed by fun characters, top notch animation, and a compelling story, this anime was a pleasure to watch.
Overall, Love, Chunibyo & other Delusions is one of the most enjoyable series we have seen: it’s easy on the eye and doesn’t rely on fan service or overblow its characters or action to amaze viewers. Its balance of comedy and drama is simply fantastic. It will make you laugh like crazy, and will also touch your heart, with its very relatable lead character and his backstory. A tale of friendship, school romance and delusions that must be seen!
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is a perfect example of what makes Kyoto Animation one of the best anime studios, beautiful animation quality, fantastic storytelling ability and never taking anything too seriously. Hidden under all that comedy and action there is a good romance story to be told, the characters are charming and endearing – Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is just a perfect blend of comedy, romance and some brilliant storytelling.
In conclusion, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray is an interesting snapshot into the life of teenagers as they attempt to find the adult that they will become. With some students self-absorbed in themselves, others in everyone else or some trapped in a fantasy world, watching these characters unfold and form relationships with each other is insightful and at times entertaining.
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! is an interesting and amazingly cute anime that is fun to watch.
The Drastik Measure
It’s got action, magic, and lore, even though it’s all in the minds of high schoolers in a normal world setting. The music is easy-going and light on the ears. The animation is solid and the story is silly, but relatable. For the price of $99.98 on the Sentai Filmworks store (heavily discounted to $46.99 at the time of this writing), it’s a pricey buy, but worth the fun to be had in watching. Two seasons, three OVAs, and two sets of audio (Japanese and English) make Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions a great stocking stuffer for the anime nerd near you. (Or for yourself.)
The Otaku Judge
My only concern with the anime is that some viewers will dislike the script’s change in tone, which happens around the midway mark. Those watching purely for the comedy may not appreciate how the gags run dry once the plot begins to focus on the root cause of Rikka’s eccentric behaviour. On the flip side audiences who’d enjoy the romance that develops between the leads may not get that far into the story if over the top jokes are not their thing. For me however the show’s structure worked. The funny skits got me attached to the cast so I had no problem rooting for them once the emotional drama began to surface. Overall I can recommend the series for both its humour and message. Chunibyos are branded as childish for pretending to be something they are not, but is that any different to what adults do? To fit in we pretend to be what society expects from us. Screw maturity, I still want to be Optimus Prime!
Anime News Network
All in all, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Heart Throb is a winning show with a sly, knowing construction around a romance story. Completely recommended and totally enjoyable.
My Anime List
Chuu2-Byo is certainly not a miraculous or flawless anime by any means, but it is easily above the vast majority of anime out there (the romance genre especially). Perhaps the drama won’t upset you nearly as much as it did with me, or it could possibly enhance the experience for you, even if changing the entire tone of an anime midway through will no doubt cause some concern.
The Nihon Review
What this results in is a work that is aesthetically and artistically gorgeous but ultimately falls apart due to its lack of substance. Comedy transitions awkwardly into drama without nearly enough of a gradient, and the characters, while amusing, are never able to reach the level of depth and realism required for the romance and drama to truly hit home. Instead, we end up with a highly attractive but hollow rom-com with a few surprisingly good episodes early on. The aesthetics are still top-notch and outdo most non-KyoAni anime, encouraging the viewer to watch with their eyes rather than their ears and to pay attention to the smallest details, but the story and characters at the show’s heart fail to invoke the kind of emotion that they carelessly attempt to.
If I sound conflicted in my review of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, it’s because I am. There’s some decent story and a very likable female lead in this show, but there’s also hit-or-miss comedy, far too many characters, and droll moments. If you’re a forgiving person, or really like Kyoto Animation’s cute girls series, you’ll like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. I just wish they spent more time on the main characters and less on pigtail-wielding junior high school girls or a girl whose gimmick is that she likes to sleep.
Fans of the genre or premise might enjoy the product, and there is a kernel of goodness, but is still surrounded by some non-goodness, making the final product a bit “bleh”.