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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel volume featuring Yūta (left) and Rikka (right)
中二病でも恋がしたい!
(Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!)
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Light novel
Written byTorako
Illustrated byNozomi Ōsaka
Published byKyoto Animation
ImprintKA Esuma Bunko
Original runJune 1, 2011December 4, 2017
Volumes4
Original net animation
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Produced byEharu Oohashi
Shigeru Saitō
Shinichi Nakamura
Written byJukki Hanada
Music byNijine
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Released September 27, 2012 November 1, 2012
Runtime3 minutes per episode
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Produced byEharu Oohashi
Shigeru Saitō
Shinichi Nakamura
Written byJukki Hanada
Music byNijine
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Animatsu Entertainment
Original networkTokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, Animax, BS11
English network
Original run October 4, 2012 December 19, 2012
Episodes12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Anime film
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Rikka Version
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Written byJukki Hanada
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2013
Runtime96 minutes
Original net animation
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- Lite
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Written byJukki Hanada
Music byNijine
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Animatsu Entertainment
Released December 26, 2013 March 13, 2014
Runtime4 minutes per episode
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-
Directed byTatsuya Ishihara
Produced byEharu Oohashi
Shigeru Saitō
Shinichi Nakamura
Written byJukki Hanada
Music byNijine
StudioKyoto Animation
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
Animatsu Entertainment
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11, Animax
English network
Original run January 8, 2014 March 26, 2014
Episodes12 + OVA (List of episodes)
Other
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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.

A 12-episode anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between October 4 and December 19, 2012, with six six-minute Lite episodes streamed on YouTube. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for release in North America. An animated film was released in September 2013, and a second anime season, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-, aired between January and March 2014. A second animated film featuring a new story, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me was released in 2018.

Plot[edit]

Yūta Togashi is a boy who, during junior high school, suffered from "chūnibyō", believing that he possessed supernatural powers and calling himself the "Dark Flame Master", therefore alienating himself from his classmates. Finding his past embarrassing, Yūta attempts to start off high school where he does not know anyone, free from his old delusions. This proves to be difficult, however, as a delusional girl in his class, Rikka Takanashi, learns of Yūta's past and becomes interested in him.

As the plot progresses, Rikka becomes more attached to Yūta, who, despite finding her delusions irritating and embarrassing, accepts her. He helps Rikka with a number of things, including founding and maintaining her club and tutoring her. The club in question, the "Far-East Magical Napping Society - Summer Thereof" also includes current chūnibyō Sanae Dekomori; former chūnibyō Shinka Nibutani; and the constantly sleeping Kumin Tsuyuri. When Yūta joins Rikka on her summer vacation, Yūta learns that two years prior, Rikka's father, to whom she was very close, died unexpectedly due to a terminal illness, causing her to fall into her delusions. After Yūta agrees to help Rikka search for the "Ethereal Horizon" (不可視境界線, Fukashi Kyōkaisen), which she believes will lead her to her father, she becomes romantically interested in him and vice versa.

Characters[edit]

Yūta Togashi (富樫 勇太, Togashi Yūta)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua[2] (English)
The narrator of the light novels, Yūta is a first-year high school student who used to be delusional, calling himself the "Dark Flame Master" while in junior high and becoming alienated from everyone as a result. He attempts to bury his past by enrolling in a high school far away from his junior high classmates. However, after encountering Rikka, his past delusions come back to haunt him. He ends up joining Rikka's club and becomes friends with Rikka's cohorts as well as school beauty Shinka Nibutani.LN 1 He and Rikka eventually become closer and start dating.[volume & issue needed] In the anime film, Yūta gives Rikka a ring to show "proof" that he will stay by her side. He and Satone Shichimiya were also classmates in junior high and she was the one who inspired him to become the "Dark Flame Master".LN 2
Rikka Takanashi (小鳥遊 六花, Takanashi Rikka)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Margaret McDonald[2] (English)
Rikka is Yūta's classmate and neighbor residing above Yūta's apartment. She is an intensely delusional girl who believes herself to possess a "Wicked Eye" (邪王真眼, Jaō Shingan, lit. Tyrant's Eye of Truth), and as such always wears a medical patch over her right eye and wrapped bandages around her left arm, though she has no injuries to either. Despite being quite attached to Yūta, she is cautious of strangers and adopts a battle pose whenever she meets someone for the first time. Her fantasy weapon of choice is a frilly parasol which she wields as a sword. For her delusional operations, she often dresses in a mostly-black gothic dress. At school, she wears a uniform with a frilly skirt, long black knee socks, and shoes that sometimes function as roller shoes. She is also rather clumsy, often tripping over and forgetting things.LN 1 The origin of her delusions come from her father's death three years prior, where she was forced to live with her father's family until she moved in with her sister.Ep. 7-8[volume & issue needed]. They also come from Yūta himself, when she saw Yūta in his delusional phase at the balcony above Yūta's apartment.[volume & issue needed][clarification needed] They eventually become close and develop feelings for one another and start dating, but Rikka's delusions appear to keep their relationship from progressing.[volume & issue needed] A running gag in the series is that she visits Yūta by climbing down a balcony with a rope.LN 1
Shinka Nibutani (丹生谷 森夏, Nibutani Shinka)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe[2] (English)
Shinka is Yūta's classmate who is one of the most popular girls in the class. She is the class representative and a member of the cheerleading club. She wears a hairclip on her bangs. Although she is generally thought of a kind and gentle girl, Shinka is later revealed to be a former chūnibyō by the name of Morisummer (モリサマー, Morisamā) and had also chosen a different high school from her previous classmates to escape her past.[volume & issue needed] In the anime series, when she learns Sanae is in possession of the Mabinogion, a blog penned by Shinka during her chūnibyō phase, she joins Rikka's school club in order to try and retrieve it, but gives up when she learns that Sanae has kept multiple backup copies.Ep. 4 When out of the public eye, Shinka shows her true nature to be bit more bitter and easily irritable, particularly when dealing with Sanae,Ep. 5 but they eventually care for each other.[episode needed] She later quits the cheerleading club to focus more on making herself popular.Ep. 9
Kumin Tsuyuri (五月七日 くみん, Tsuyuri Kumin)
Voiced by: Azumi Asakura (Japanese); Emily Neves[2] (English)
An anime original character, Kumin is a carefree girl who is a year above Yūta and the others. She loves sleeping and often carrying around a pillow (or many) with her wherever she goes. In one extreme case, she is even shown sleeping in a full futon on school grounds.Ep. 2-3 Having been home-schooled before high school, she is very sheltered and conservative, lending her an old-fashioned ladylike demeanor which Makoto finds attractive.Ep. 7 Her own "Nap Club" is integrated into Rikka's social group for lack of members.Ep. 3 She earnestly attempts to understand Rikka and Sanae's delusional fantasies. She has a tendency to sleep-talk. She is also quite fond of cats and often naps curled up like a cat.Ep. 5
Sanae Dekomori (凸守 早苗, Dekomori Sanae)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[2] (English)
An anime original character, Sanae is Rikka's best friend. She is a third-year junior high student who has very long blonde elastic twintails that often prove to be more of a hindrance than a help. Like Rikka, she is extremely delusional and often indulges in fantasy with her.Ep. 3 However, unlike Rikka, she is a superb student who is at the top of her class and has already completed the entire junior-high mathematics curriculum.Ep. 5 She owns several copies of a spell book which is the remaining evidence of Shinka's delusional days. She is often at odds with Shinka, whom she does not believe to be the real Morisummer.Ep. 4 In the Japanese dub, she often ends her sentences with 'desu', emphasizing it to make it sound more like 'death'.Ep. 3 She dislikes milk and dairy products, even though she will attempt to drink it in order to grow taller.Ep. 5-7 She is aware that her delusions are nothing more than delusions.Ep. 11 She comes from a very rich family and tends to behave normally around her classmates.[episode needed] She later promotes to the high school where Yūta and friends are studying.[episode needed]
Makoto Isshiki (一色 誠, Isshiki Makoto)
Voiced by: Sōichirō Hoshi (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Makoto is Yūta's classmate who sits behind him and often analyzes the other girls in the class.LN 1 He joins the Light Music Club so he could be with girls and attract their attention by carrying about his guitar, though he does not seem to have learned how to play it.LN 1 Fond of his thick hair after being forced to wear it short for sports activities for the last three years, he is forced to have his head shaved once more when his notebook containing the "Cutie Poll" of the girls in his class is discovered.[volume & issue needed]Ep. 6 In the anime, he develops a crush on Kumin after she becomes fond of petting his buzz cut hair.Ep. 6-7
Kuzuha Togashi (富樫 樟葉, Togashi Kuzuha)
Voiced by: Kaori Fukuhara (Japanese); Monica Rial[2] (English)
Kuzuha is Yūta's younger sister who is in the first year of junior high school.LN 1 She is mature for her age.[citation needed]
Yumeha Togashi (富樫 夢葉, Togashi Yumeha)
Voiced by: Mami Shitara (Japanese); Ashley Miller[2] (season 1) (English), Emily Neves (season 2) (English)
Yumeha is Yūta's youngest sister, aged five.[3] She finds Yūta's prior fantasy antics intriguing, often refers to them as "cool" and admires or idolizes Rikka.LN 1
Nanase Tsukumo (九十九 七瀬, Tsukumo Nanase)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese); Carli Mosier[2] (English)
Yūta and Rikka's homeroom teacher, who is often kind, if sometimes a little sadistic in teasing her students, particularly Rikka. She is called Nana-chan by Yūta and Rikka.LN 1[3]
Satone Shichimiya (七宮 智音, Shichimiya Satone)
Voiced by: Juri Nagatsuma (Japanese); Christina Kelly[4] (English)
Satone was Yūta's junior high school classmate, first appearing in the second light novel and the anime's second season.LN 2[episode needed] Although she considered Yūta to be her only true best friend, she ended up transferring schools without saying goodbye during their second junior high school year. She transferred to Shinka Nibutani's junior high school where they became close. She suffers from delusions and calls herself "Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII" (ソフィアリング・SP・サターン7世) and addresses Yūta with the nickname "Yūsha" (勇者, lit. "Hero"). Yūta and Shinka's delusions began with their admiration and mimicry of Satone's behavior. During her time with Yūta in junior high school, she developed feelings for him, but chose to stay as "Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII" and the "Magical Devil Girl" forever.LN 2[3]
Hideri Amaniji (天虹あまにじ 旱ひでり, Amaniji Hideri)
Hideri is an upperclassman of Rikka and Yūta; she is a main character starting with the third light novel. She heads the Eccentric Drama Club.LN 3, 4
Tōka Takanashi (小鳥遊 十花, Takanashi Tōka)
Voiced by: Eri Sendai (Japanese); Genevieve Simmons[2] (English)
An anime original character, Tōka is Rikka's older sister who supports her by working as a chef at a fine restaurant. She often has to put up with her younger sister's delusional antics, often punishing her by whacking her with a ladle.Ep. 2 She is also seen to be extremely acrobatic and flexible, which she attributes to being a rhythmic gymnast when she herself was in high school.Ep. 9 Rikka depicts her sister as a high priestess of evil and accuses Tōka of restraining her from her quest to reach the "Ethereal Horizon".Ep. 2 In one instance, she was playing house with Yūta's little sister but had a negative outlook where they divorced.Ep. 5
Kazari Kannagi (巫部 風鈴, Kannagi Kazari)
Voiced by: Manami Shirakawa (Japanese); Molly Searcy (English)
Kazari is Yūta's classmate from the novels, and the class idol. She was in second place in Makoto's ranking of the most beautiful girls in his school, although still remains the centre of attention.[episode needed] She had a close relationship with Nibutani in junior high school.[volume & issue needed][episode needed]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The series began as a light novel series written by Torako, with illustrations by Nozomi Ōsaka. Torako entered the first novel in the series into the first Kyoto Animation Award contest in 2010, and it won an honorable mention in the novel category.[5] Kyoto Animation published four volumes under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint from June 2011 to December 2017.[6][7][8]

No. Release date ISBN
1 June 1, 2011978-4-9905812-0-6
2 December 28, 2011978-4-9905812-2-0
3 March 14, 2014978-4-907064-14-3
4 December 4, 2017978-4-907064-76-1

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation, aired in Japan between October 4 and December 19, 2012.[9] Starting before the TV series' airing, a series of six original net animation shorts titled Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite were streamed weekly on YouTube between September 27 and November 1, 2012.[10][11] The television series were released on six BD/DVD compilation volumes between December 19, 2012, and May 15, 2013.[12][13] The volumes also contained bonus shorts titled Depth of Field: Ai to Nikushimi Gekijō (Depth of Field ~ 愛と憎しみ劇場, Depth of Field: Love and Hate Theater).[14] A seventh volume, containing an original video animation episode, another Depth of Field short and the Lite shorts, was released on June 19, 2013.[11] The series has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and was streamed on Anime Network.[15][16] Sentai Filmworks released the series on subtitled DVD in North America on May 27, 2014, followed by an English dubbed release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 24, 2015.[17]

The opening theme is "Sparkling Daydream" by Zaq, and the ending theme is "Inside Identity" by Black Raison d'être (Maaya Uchida, Chinatsu Akasaki, Azumi Asakura and Sumire Uesaka). There are also three insert songs: "Hajimari no Tane" (始まりの種, The Seed of Start) by Zaq in episode eight, "Kimi no Tonari ni" (君のとなりに, Next to You) by Zaq in episode ten and "Miagete Goran Yoru no Hoshi o" (見上げてごらん夜の星を, Look Up at the Stars in the Night) by Maaya Uchida in episode ten. The single for "Sparkling Daydream" was released on October 24, 2012 and the single for "Inside Identity" on November 21, 2012.[18] For the Lite episodes, the opening theme is "Kimi e" (君へ, To You) and the ending theme is "Shikkoku ni Odoru Haōbushi" (漆黒に躍る弧濁覇王節, The Melody of Conqueror Dancing in Jet Black); both are sung by Zaq.[19]

An anime film titled Takanashi Rikka Kai: Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! (小鳥遊六花・改 ~劇場版 中二病でも恋がしたい!~, "Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions the Movie: Rikka Takanashi Revision"), which retells the events of the first anime season from Rikka's perspective, was released in Japanese theaters on September 14, 2013, and was later released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 19, 2014.[20] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the film in North America.[21]

A second anime television season, titled Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb- (中二病でも恋がしたい!戀, Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren), aired in Japan from January 8 to March 26, 2014, and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[22][23] Madman Entertainment started streaming the series on January 7, 2014 on Madman's Screening Room in Australia and New Zealand.[1] The opening theme is "Voice" by Zaq and the ending theme is "Van!shment Th!s World" by Black Raison d'être. The first of a second series of Lite episodes was released on YouTube on December 26, 2013.[24] The ending theme for the Lite episodes is "Shin'en ni Mau Senritsu Shanikusai" (深淵に舞う戦慄謝肉祭, A Hair-Raising Carnival Dancing in the Abyss) by Zaq. Animax Asia and Animax UK added the second season in early 2014.[25][26] The second season has also been licensed by Sentai Filmworks, under the title Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-.[27] Sentai Filmworks released the second season on August 25, 2015.[28] A Blu-ray set featuring the dubbed and subbed versions of both seasons was released on November 7, 2017.[29] The second season has been licensed by Animatsu Entertainment in the United Kingdom.[30]

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.[31]

Works cited[edit]

  • ^ "LN" is shortened form for light novel and refers to a volume number of the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions light novels.
  • ^ "Ch." and "Vol." is shortened form for chapter and refers to a chapter or volume number of the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions manga.
  • ^ "Ep." and "S" is shortened form for episode and season, and refers to a chapter number of the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions anime television series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! REN now streaming in Australia". Anime News Network. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Official Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! English Dub Cast List". Sentai Filmworks (Press release). January 27, 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/books/chuunibyo/character/
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  5. ^ "No Grand Prizes Given for 1st Kyoto Animation Award". Anime News Network. April 22, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "Books | 『中二病でも恋がしたい!』公式サイト" [Books | Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Official Website] (in Japanese). Kyoto Animation. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  7. ^ 『中二病でも恋がしたい!』『夕焼け灯台の秘密』の販売に関するお知らせ [News Regarding the Sale of Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! and Yūyake Tōdai no Himitsu] (in Japanese). Kyoto Animation. June 1, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
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  18. ^ "音楽CD" [Music CD] (in Japanese). Kyoto Animation. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  19. ^ ボーカルミニアルバム・オリジナルサウンドトラック発売決定! [Vocal Mini Album / Original Soundtrack to be Released!] (in Japanese). Kyoto Animation. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
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  21. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Tamako Market, Chunibyō, Beyond the Boundary Anime Films". Anime News Network. March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  22. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions REN Sequel Anime". Anime News Network. January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  23. ^ "1st Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren Episode Leaked Before Premiere". Anime News Network. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  24. ^ "Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite II Short's 1st Episode Stars Nibutani, Kumin". Anime News Network. December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  25. ^ "Animax Adds Chunibyo S2, Hamatora, Nisekoi,World Conquest Zvezda Plot". Anime News Network. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  26. ^ "Animax UK Adds Four New Free Simulcasts For January". The Fandom Post. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
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  28. ^ "August 2015 releases". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  29. ^ "Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  30. ^ "Manga UK Updates from London MCM Comic Con". Anime News Network. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  31. ^ "Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Gets New Anime Film on January 6". Anime News Network. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2017.

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