chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai 7

“Banishment… this waruldo!”

The finals scene was fantastic. Three things come to mind of it: One, why would the house be demolished like that? I mean, it’s one thing to move away and sell the house, but it’s another to move away, demolish it, and then try to sell it? Even if the property is falling apart, it sure has to be worth more than an empty plot plus demolition costs. Two, the scene gives quite a poignant reason for why Rikka is the way she is. She’s not stuck in 8th grade syndrome because she likes it, but because the alternative is a world where he dad does not exist. Not that it’s healthy behavior, but it’s her way of coping with her loss, something no one around her understands. It’s like if everyone around Tomoya just told him, “Dude, your wife is dead. Suck it up and get over it.” Well, it’s not exactly that simple… one does not simple walk to Mordor. (In Clannad, Tomoya got tons of support… even from little Ushio…) What’s interesting isn’t how Rikka’s family treats her but how Yuuta is the first person whom she believes can understand her. She places a lot of trust in him that he will understand Rikka… which is all Rikka seems to want. Three, this scene is an excellent example of the latest Idea Channel episode about Adventure Time. Rikka has major nostalgia for the past. And, because of that nostalgia, Kyoto is able to frame a scene that is both happy (Yuuta understanding Rikka) and sad (realizing why Rikka is as so) at the same time. It’s fantastic. It’s what we know Kyoto is capable of, and, hopefully, the remainder of Chu 2 can bring that story home.

(“Reality be rent! Banishment– this waruldo!” They have new meaning. Mmm…)

I know what you are thinking. Similar premise and setup as Mayoi Snail. And you’re right. Mayoi Snail was a great story as well, and Shaft did an excellent job on it… though that story had an extra layering of Senjougahara on top.

(And also, Penguindrum. This whole longing for the nostalgia of home… I wonder if we’re seeing it more or less in pop culture these days. And, if we’re seeing it more, why? Because of the information age, we see the past differently? Like we want to affect the past because it stylizes our future much like a Facebook timeline? Mmmm. Maybe something like that.)

I laughed for a good thirty seconds at this scene. Yuuta bouncing off the shrub was a good setup, and it just got pushed to another level when Rikka repeats it, complete with sparkly happy effects. Her Tyrant Eye is strong, but not strong enough to defy gravity. This scene gets strong consideration for second best bounce ever as it cannot unseat the current champion.

(The BGM for this scene– incredible. Fits the mood perfectly, has the right amount of tension, and the melody of it sounds almost like 8-bit Zelda music.)

“Swear on the Tyrant’s Eye?”

Yes. Oh gosh yes. That movement on the sidetail. Rikka’s Value Over Replacement Moe is quite high… at least above almost every other character this season. Sorry, Hidamari Sketch… all your nutbladders are belong to Rikka.

“Dark Flame Master is the strongest!”

Wait, what? How is this safe or comfortable? Especially if they have to go for like ten kilometers? Wouldn’t it make more sense if Rikka sat behind on the rack? Oh well, I’m not the one biking up-fucking-hill for ten kilometers with a girl hanging on rollerblading.

I get the feeling Kyoto is playing Kyoto karaoke with this show. It’s like they take their best ideas from other series and mix them in… Tsuruyi has a mole on her ample bosom? Where have I seen this before? Though Tsuruyi is fantastic in this episode. She’s not really in moe category anymore as she’s in the other category along with Haruka Minami, Yoko Littner, and Tomoyo Sakagami. Um, what was I saying? Oh yeah, Tsuruyi’s white dress was excellent.

Errr… I mean… little top hat for Sanae. Seriously? It’s the same color scheme as Mio’s. I’m just waiting for a black cat with a red scarf to show up now.

Rikka doesn’t look melancholic, does she?

I like what Kyoto did this episode in matching everyone’s bathing suits to their outfits. I also like how Kyoto went for cuter swimsuits with frilly details than a school swimsuit outfit (what I would expect out of Rikka, I guess). The composition of this scene doesn’t hurt either.

Again, white summer dress and white swimsuit for Tsuruyi. I also like how Isshiki is along for comedic relief, and he shakes his ass a bit like Lupin. Of course, I like Nibutani’s sidetail… Kyoto went all out this episode on sidetails…

And this scene was pretty good too. Nibutani is definitely jelly of Tsuruyi, and it’s a bit comical how Isshiki is only interested in Tsuruyi. Wouldn’t you expect a freshman boy to be ogling both of them? But, nah, he’s all-in on the Empress of Sleep.

I love this framing. It shows a quite toned down Rikka (only slightly less fun than a toned down Haruhi), and it shows her with a shortwave radio. I wonder how many of my readers actually used a shortwave radio before… my dad had one that he used when I was young, but shortwave radio is something that was pretty much obsolete by the time I grew up. Yes, there are still hobbyists who would drive up Mt. Tam on a nice clear day and see if they could communicate with North Korea or whatnot, but they’re mostly total engineering neckbeards driving VW vans. Not that I’m stereotyping or anything… no, seriously, go check out the Mt. Tam parking lot sometime. Anyway, it’s both clever and cute and sad how Rikka uses it. I’m assuming she doesn’t understand the whole ionosphere bouncing thing, but she does know that something is coming “beyond the horizon,” and she pins any hope of talking to her dad on it.

(My guess: the shortwave is something that her dad used when she was a kid. Because she watched him use it, she is using it now as it is one of her last tangible connections to him.)

Speaking of perspectives…

You know how in harem anime that have larger casts, they are the haremettes that have no chance with the loser male lead? So they mostly bicker with each other? That’s Sanae and Nibutani at this point. They have no chance. Sure, Yuuta may have an occasional boyish daydream about Nibutani, but that’s only because he hasn’t seen Tsuruyi’s mole yet. But, really, Yuuta is doing all he can from realizing that, gasp, he likes the weirdo girl.

Cerebus! Great idea for a halloween costume for a dog…

It’s one thing to make a list ranking the cute girls in one’s class, it’s another to throw up on a girl. Isn’t it worse to be “the guy who threw up on the popular girl” than be “the guy who had a secret notebook”? It’s like pooping in one’s pants or having a huge erection in front of class during a book report on Anna Karenina… that person is just forever known as the guy who pooped his pants or got wood dissecting Leo Tolstoy. Isshiki is not going to live this down during his high school career.

Reason number 15,532 why Kyoto is awesome: even though the focus on this scene is the grandparents and Nibutani, Kyoto still animated movement for the Sanae and Tsuruyi. And they had Tsuruyi blink occasionally… which is more than what I can say about Initial D 5th Stage. I watched episodes one and two, and at no point do any character blink. It is just incredible how a franchise such as Initial D can be so shoddily animated… it’s almost like they know people will gobble it up even if the animation is craptastic. *cough* GTO *cough* Little Busters *cough*

Final thought: What if our nostalgia for home is because it is a shared nostalgia. “Home” is something everyone remembers, and a place of sanctuary for us. However, in the end, most of these stories end with the same realization: Home! Let me go home! / Home is wherever I’m with you!

14 Responses to “chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai 7”

  1. Sanae and Shinka are moving well into the “disguised flirting” phase of their (suitably 8th grade level) relationship.

    Do note that since episode 4 Yuuta hasn’t had a single delusion about Shinka.

  2. Speaking of nostalgia, anyone else get reminded of Cowboy Bebop’s Faye going back home and seeing it gone when Rikka sees her demolished home?

  3. This was a great episode…I liked it. But I just hope this won’t have an effect on the comedy or on Rikka’s illusions. I also heard all this drama is Anime only. I wish I could read Japanese so I could read the light novel…

  4. Haven’t been here in forever, but was attracted to this post via Twitter. A very sobering change of pace in the series. I am now reminded of why this site was my favorite anime blog. Thanks for your thoughts, Jason! Also, yes KyoAni circlejerk! Seriously though, watching Little Busters after this well-produced show is painful!

  5. Beach episode subverted, hard. The standard elements were there, but you could tell KyoAni just wanted to get past them and to the PLOT.

    This scene gets strong consideration for second best bounce ever as it cannot unseat the current champion.

    That’s good, but it’s no Gainax bounce…

  6. Rating my enjoyment by how big my smile is when watching an anime episode, Chuuni and Panzer get me through the week.

  7. Note that she’s not roller blading, she’s heeling on Heelys. And from personal experience, doing that on Tarmac is horribly uncomfortable, and having feet flat like that increases the already dangerous act of doing so. I guess she just choose to be towed for a quick getaway then climbed on the bike once they got far enough.

  8. Imma let you finish, but Akiho has the best VORM of Fall 2012. OF FALL 2012.

    Personal favorite homecoming to not-your-house would be Grosse Pointe Blank, where John Cusack interrogates the clerk at the convenience store where his boyhood house used to be. “You can never go home again, but at least you can shop there.”

  9. Rikka with the short-wave radio reminded me of that scene in Contact when the main character gets on the radio to try to talk to her dad after his funeral.

  10. Tsuruyi has a mole on her ample bosom?

    Though Tsuruyi is fantastic in this episode

    … Kumin Tsuyuri?

  11. One, why would the house be demolished like that? I mean, it’s one thing to move away and sell the house, but it’s another to move away, demolish it, and then try to sell it? Even if the property is falling apart, it sure has to be worth more than an empty plot plus demolition costs.

    Homes are demolished & rebuilt much more frequently in Japan than in the US and elsewhere. From

    HOUSES in Japan are supposed to be built to withstand earthquakes. Even so, few of them defy demolition for more than a few decades. The housing stock is amazingly young: more than 60% of all Japanese homes were built after 1980 (see chart). That is because there is almost no market for old homes in Japan. New legislation to be put forward this month will try to remedy that.

    The roots of Japan’s unusual housing market go back centuries. Buildings were often razed by earthquakes or fire, so durable houses were rare. Earthquake insurance largely did not exist until the 1990s (and even today is little used).

    In post-war Japan land has value but buildings do not. The law separates the ownership of the land and the structure, so the two are distinct in Japanese minds. After the war, the government sought to foster private home-ownership by offering tax incentives for new buildings. The policy was a great success. Arguably too great: by 1968 there were more homes than households to occupy them.

    At the same time, tax burdens abound for selling land with old buildings. After around 30 years homes are demolished for new ones to spring up. Because the lifetime of houses is short, cheap construction materials are used and the buildings are not maintained. …

    … As a result, where 89% of British homes have had more than one owner, and 78% of homes in America and 66% in France, only 13% of Japanese homes have ever been resold.

    And, if you’re looking for a musical theme for Rikka, I suggest…

    Home – is where I want to be

    But I guess I’m already there

    I come home she lifted up her wings

    Guess that this must be the place

    I can’t tell one from the other

    Did I find you, or you find me?

    There was a time Before we were born

    If someone asks, this where I’ll be . . . where I’ll be

  12. The whole scene up-to-and-including the getaway was great. I do have to wonder if Rikka’s sister wanted Yuuta along as a stabilizing prescence (keeping in mind that her greatest impression of Yuuta was probably him helping Rikka study). Instead, he went along with her delusions which led to the tragic scene at the end. The way Rikka’s sister also gave them the “don’t do it” before they left makes me wonder if she didn’t want to give Rikka that shock, or potentially that this isn’t the first time that this has happened.

  13. MCPhatman: Ultimatemegax finally released the translation to volume 1 a week or so ago. You can find it here: http://ultimatemegax.files.wor.....ovel-1.pdf

    And yes, it’s an entirely different beast compared to the anime. The only thing it retains are some of the characters (Rikka, Yuuta and his little sister Yuzuha, Ishiki, Nana-sensei, and Nibutani), but in some cases (Nibutani in particular) the character in question has a VERY different characterization entirely (Shinka is nasty in the book). Also a lot of plot points concerning a certain other character were either cut out or changed in context.

    For example, the “I LOVE YOU FOREVER” SMS by Yuuta is used as a one-off gag in the anime, while in the novel its a HUGE bit of foreshadowing for the second book.

  14. Wow thanks Myssa Rei this is going straight onto my Iphone!

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