Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Heart Throb

January 26, 202157/100132912 min
Alt. Name
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
Release Date
Winter 2014
No. of Episodes
12
Studio(s)
Kyoto Animation
Source
Light Novel
Rating
PG-13
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Story
50%
Art Style
65%
Animation Production
70%
Characters
55%
Entertainment
45%
Rating Summary
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Heart Throb is a prime example of why some excellent anime series are better off having a singular season. This poorly made series should make an animation studio feel ashamed. There is nothing added to the story, nor is there anything worthy of watching other than pure fan service. Thus proving that this anime series was purely for a massive cash grab, and unfortunately, it was towards the expense of the fans.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Heart Throb is a 2014 Slice of life Romantic Comedy series from the Japanese animation studio, Kyoto Animation. While the same studio created this sequel as its predecessor, that doesn’t always mean that the same results will apply to this series. A series that previously seemed to seamlessly mesh six genres perfectly within twelve episodes and arguably had a closing to its story. One question immediately pops into anime fans and critics alike, “Why?” No matter how big the series is or how loved it may be, a new season or series can potentially ruin a potentially great anime.

Everybody has had that stage in their life where they thought of themselves as unique beings, at least different from the masses of ordinary humans. They might go as far as seeing themselves capable of wielding mystical powers or perhaps even believe themselves to have been reincarnated from a fantasy realm. This disease is known as Chunibyo and is often the source of some of the most embarrassing moments of a person’s life. Others might say it’s a fate worse than death.

After a new school year starts, the awkward lovebirds, Yuuta Togashi and Rikka Takanashi live together. With a new year among the students equals new problems, yet some of the couple’s problems aren’t anything contemporary – their relationship has gone stagnate. Yuuta struggles to adapt to having a Chunibyo girlfriend while their friends – Sanae Dekomori, Shinka Nibutani, and Kumin Tsuyuri – are still keeping up with their quirks despite having advanced in high school. Making matters even worse, a girl who is also afflicted with Chunibyo syndrome from Yuuta’s past suddenly appears, creating some confusion, let alone strange feelings for everyone.

Though this synopsis may seem rather bland and perhaps even a bit lackluster, that’s the story’s biggest weakness. Heart Throb’s best area is when it comes to having a story is that it recaptured the same mood that the first season gave throughout its run. While some sequels try extremely hard to recapture the spirit that potentially made their series great, they sometimes fail. The progression throughout this series is decent and easy to follow but can potentially get a little tedious at times. Unlike the first season, this installment has focused on the areas where its predecessor had been lacking.

With most continuations, the probability of a story having the same impact as its previous installment is pretty slim. This series is no different, and that’s a little disappointing when it comes to having a concrete plot, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Heart Throb seemed to be seriously lacking. Lacking so much that over three-fourths of the episodes are stand-alone stories, with having little to nothing to do with the main focal point of the season. Another negative aspect within this story is that the series has no continuity, which is a potential major dealbreaker for fans of the first season and anime fans in general. Having less of a destination-based plot made this story seem tedious, which shows it was purely made for a cash grab.

The Art Style within Heart Throb is just as magical as Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Which doesn’t come as a surprise since Kyoto Animation created both series, but that isn’t entirely positive. Nevertheless, the series is excellent looking at, especially during the fight scenes; it’s not anything outside of what one expects. It’s colorful and will be well appreciated, but it leaves the viewer potentially wanting more outside of those positives. Though one is looking for a beautifully crafted series with the same level of art continued within this series, this may be positive, but if one wants some improvement, this would be a clear negative.

Regarding the Animation Production, this series seemed to do better than it previously had done in some areas but fell short in others. For instance, the opening theme song was once again sung by Zaq, a decent song choice. Though nothing to write home about, the opening animation seemed rather dull, significantly associated with its initial season. The opening felt slow, misplaced, and an undeserving attempt to recapture what they once created, but somehow fell short. On the other hand, the ending sequence was rather interesting. Compared to the opening, it is better, but whether it’s due to the song or the animation itself is anyone’s choice. They also tried to recapture the same mood as the original ending but took a less is more approach, and perhaps that’s what made it better.

However, when it comes to characters within Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions – Heart Throb – something must have happened that caused such a downward spiral. In contrast, the two main characters are still pretty much the same as season one, its necessary to note that Rika does start to mature in this series. Having her be a little less childish is a substantial positive within this series because it shows that she’s not too far gone as a character and that her feelings towards Yuuta are growing. Outside of this character, nothing has changed, no character growth or anything. But with any new season comes the potential idea of new characters, and this series got the short end of the stick.

Satone Shichimiya was Yuta’s junior high school classmate. Although she considered him to be her only true best friend, she transferred schools without saying goodbye during their second year. She also suffers from Chunibyo syndrome and claims to be a “Magical Devil Girl” called Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII. Throughout her time with Yuta in junior high school, she had developed feelings for him. Still, it chose to abandon those feelings to stay as “Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII” and a “Magical Girl Devil” forever.

This series seemed to go back to the drawing board when they created this anime and decided to throw away anything that took too much effort. Kyoto Animation decided to cut the overall plot; they cut the characters that added any substance to the series. Most importantly, they got rid of anything worthy of calling this a sequel to any entertaining series.

Overall this series is nothing but fan service towards people who wanted more from season one. Nothing was added towards the story; nothing within this entire series contributed anything that wasn’t already done and done better by the previous season. Though this series does have a few comedic elements that’ll make the viewer enjoy the series, that alone won’t profit anyone’s entertainment level. This continuation is a prime example of why some series are better off not having another series or seasons; sometimes, a story is best without changing an ending and forcing a new one for a series that didn’t need one.

Cody Senpai

Cody Senpai is the creator of BakaNow, an anime review website that specializes in spoiler-free reviews for everyone. He is an avid anime watcher who has traveled to Japan numerous times to not only experience the culture and history but also to build friendships with people through a common interest. He is an avid animation fanatic from birth and even went on to major in communication to help share the importance of the stories we love to watch and listen to. Cody lives in Denver, Colorado and loves to do anything adventurous.

One comment

  • Karandi

    January 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Your final paragraph kind of sums up my thoughts towards this series too. I enjoyed it for what it was but season one was definitely the superior viewing experience and this one didn’t really add anything other than more time with these characters.

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