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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (中二病でも恋がしたい! 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. 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.

PlotEdit

Yūta Togashi is a boy who, during junior high school, suffered from "chūnibyō" (中二病?, lit. "second year middle schooler syndrome", or "delusions of grandeur"), believing that he possesses supernatural powers and dubbing 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. When he joins her 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.


Episode ListEdit

No. Title Original air date
01

"Chance Encounter with... the Wicked Eye" "Kaikō no... Jaō Shingan" (邂逅の…邪王真眼) 

October 4, 2012

As Yūta Togashi throws away his past delusions of grandeur in order to start high school with a clean slate, he encounters a curious girl climbing down his balcony. On the first day of school, the same girl, Rikka Takanashi, approaches Yūta, exhibiting her own signs of 'chūnibyō syndrome'. Having eavesdropped on Yūta getting his delusions out of his system, Rikka declares him her soulmate, despite him having no interest in reentering his delusions. However, he is asked by the teacher to walk Rikka home, as she had only moved in with her older sister, Tōka, who lives above Yūta's apartment, the day before. Upon arriving home, Yūta helps Rikka move her belongings into her apartment. Later, Rikka manages to convince Yūta not to throw away his old belongings. 

02 "Priestess... of the Melody""Senritsu no... Purīsutesu" (旋律の…聖調理人(プリーステス))  October 11, 2012

Rikka finds a stray cat, which she claims is a chimera, though cannot keep it in her apartment due to Tōka's allergy to cats and Yūta refuses to take it in himself. Meanwhile, Yūta finds himself nervous around the class president, Shinka Nibutani, which becomes more awkward when Rikka shows up. Later, another student named Kumin Tsuyuri inquires about the cat they found, as she had been looking for her own who ran away. Both Yūta and Kumin go to Rikka's apartment, filled with all sorts of oddities, though the cat turns out not to be Kumin's. After Tōka swiftly punishes Rikka for bringing the cat in, she asks Yūta to get rid of it, threatening to expose Yūta's chūnibyō behavior if he refuses. As Rikka runs off with the cat, Yūta runs off with the audio evidence and they both try to escape Tōka, but are eventually caught. Afterwards, Yūta agrees to take in the cat. 

03 "The Heretical… Twintail""Itan Naru... Sō-o Musume (Tsuintēru)" (異端なる…双尾娘(ツインテール))  October 18, 2012

As Yūta becomes curious about what club to join, Rikka decides she wants to start her own 'Far Eastern Magic Society' club, roping both Yūta and Kumin to join. After trying out a few other clubs, Rikka calls on her similarly delusional friend from the school's middle school department, Sanae Dekomori, to join as well. Despite lacking a fifth member, the teacher offers them a provisional clubroom on the condition that they clean it up and recommends them as a circle. As Yūta denies wanting to join the club himself, his resolve soon falters when Shinka also decides to join the group. 

04 "Regret of... the Scriptures of Darkness (Mabinogion)""Tsūkon no... Yami Seiten (Mabinogion)" (痛恨の…闇聖典(マビノギオン))  October 25, 2012

As Yūta becomes curious about why Shinka would want to join the hobby group, she asks to go to his home on Sunday. Yūta attempts to get Rikka out of the way on that day by sending her and Sanae off on a wild goose chase. As Shinka arrives at Yūta's home, she frantically ravishes his room searching for a book of Sanae's that Yūta had in his room. Yūta soon discovers this 'Mabinogion' is in fact Shinka's journal from her chūnibyō phase, when she called herself Mori Summer, which she wanted to destroy before anyone found out about her embarrassing past. As she burns the book, revealing her true nature that she only joined the club to get rid of it, she is shocked to learn Sanae has multiple copies. With Sanae unwilling to listen to her as she doesn't believe her to be the true Mori Summer, Yūta suggests she appeal to her delusions, but ultimately cracks under the pressure. Shinka reluctantly decides to stay in the group until she can finally destroy all of the evidence. 

05 "A Binding... Cross (Hard Study)""Sokubaku no... Jūjika (Hādo Sutadi)" (束縛の…十字架(ハード・スタディ))  November 1, 2012

After scoring a dreadfully low score on her maths test, Rikka is faced with her circle being disbanded if she fails her next one. Rikka tries to improve the circle's status by volunteering to clean the pool but, due to playing around, it backfires, with the maths teacher deciding Rikka will need to match the class average to keep her circle. Yūta attempts to help Rikka study, but she keeps getting distracted. After learning a bit about how lonely Rikka gets sometimes, Yūta offers to come up with an e-mail address for Rikka should she pass her test, using various bribes to get her to study hard. After the maths exam, Rikka ends up scoring relatively poorly, but manages to land just above the class average, so Yūta awards her with a new e-mail address. 

06 "The Atoned... Messiah (Innocent)""Shokuzai no... Kyūseishu (Inosento)" (贖罪の…救世主(イノセント))  November 8, 2012

Yūta's classmate, Makoto Isshiki, comes to Yūta for advice after receiving an anonymous love letter, thinking it might be from Shinka. When he comes across Rikka's clubroom to talk to Yūta, he bears witness to Shinka's true nature as she feuds with Sanae. As Makoto is promptly told by Shinka to forget what he saw, he accidentally drops his notepad, containing a ranking of the girls in school. It is soon found by one of the girls and is brought to the class' attention, which Makoto reluctantly owns up to in order to protect the other boys, unintentionally offering to shave his head in apology. After being forced to go through with it, Makoto goes to the meeting point, but the writer doesn't show. Later that night, Yūta is approached by Tōka, asking him to join her and Rikka on their summer vacation. 

07 "Reminiscences... of Paradise Lost""Tsuioku no... Rakuen Sōshitsu (Paradaisu Rosuto)" (追憶の…楽園喪失(パラダイス・ロスト))  November 15, 2012

As Yūta and the others join Rikka on her summer vacation to visit her grandparents, he notices Rikka seems awfully quiet. As the gang goes to the beach, Yūta learns from Tōka that their father passed away from an illness three years ago, pointing out that Rikka still has not accepted her father's death and had refused to visit his grave. Wanting to help Rikka, Yūta helps her escape from the house and takes her to a place where she believed she saw her father three years ago. They arrive at the place where Rikka grew up, only to find her house long gone, as Tōka catches up with them to remind Rikka about the reality of the situation. 

08 "Exiled... Just the Two of Them""Futari dake no... Tōhikō (Eguzairu)" (二人だけの…逃避行(エグザイル))  November 22, 2012

As Tōka tries to force Rikka to accept that both their house and their father are gone, Yūta tells her that Rikka's delusions are not intended to run away from reality. Rikka then runs off, forcing Yūta to search for her, eventually finding her on a train headed back home. On the way, Yūta explains how he started his delusional behavior. Arriving home, Yūta discovers Rikka had forgotten her key and his family is out for the night, meaning the two will be alone for the night. As Yūta goes to the convenience store with Rikka, Makoto goes on a walk with Kumin and tries asking Yūta for advice, leading him to contemplate if he's in love with Rikka. As Yūta tries to put those thoughts behind him and sleep, Rikka appears to be harboring her own feelings for him. 

09 "A Confused... First Love Frustration (Chaos Heart)""Konton no... Hatsukoihan (Kaosu Hāto)" (混沌の…初恋煩(カオス・ハート))  November 29, 2012

Wanting the club to actually do something for the culture festival, Shinka decides to put on a performance starring Yūta and Rikka, who haven't spoken to each other since the night they came back from the summer trip. As Yūta worries that Rikka is still troubled over what happened, Rikka simply assumes Yūta is possessed by some evil force and recruits Sanae to perform a ritual on him which he naturally sees through. Meanwhile, Shinka deduces that Rikka is actually in love with Yūta and tries to get her to understand her own feelings and confess to him. After various failed attempts to confess her feelings, Rikka almosts slides off the school roof but is rescued by Yūta, whom she embraces. 

10 "Holy Mother's... Lunch Box (Pandora's Box)""Seibo no... Bentō-bako (Pandorazu Bokkusu)" (聖母の…弁当箱(パンドラズ・ボックス))  December 6, 2012

As Rikka mentions her feelings for Yūta to Sanae, Yūta also asks Makoto for advice on confessing to Rikka. Afterwards, Yūta and Rikka try to work up the courage to confess to each other and, after some initial awkwardness, Rikka manages to confess first. Afterwards, Tōka reveals to Yūta that she will be doing restaurant training in Italy, meaning Rikka will be looked after by her mother, who was largely ignored by her following her father's death. To this end, Tōka asks Yūta to help Rikka grow out of her chūnibyō phase so she can get along with her mother. After running into Rikka's mother at the culture festival the next day, Yūta ends up telling Rikka to remove her eyepatch, which doesn't settle well with her. During the afterparty, Rikka gets on stage and performs a song her father liked, before taking off her eyepatch to reveal she is no longer wearing her contact. 

11 "One-Winged Fallen Angel""Katayoku no Datenshi (Fōrin Enjeru)" (片翼の堕天使(フォーリン·エンジェル))  December 13, 2012

As Tōka moves out of the house and sets off for Italy, Rikka has been spending the last three weeks trying to become a normal person and starts to get along with others. However, Sanae is less than happy about it, especially when Rikka announces she is disbanding the club. As Yūta and Rikka clear out the magical goods from her room to prepare for her mother's arrival, Yūta wonders if he is doing the right thing. As Rikka heads off to visit her father's grave, Sanae confronts Yūta about how Rikka had wanted him to accept her delusional side. Despite feeling the same way, Yūta ends up lashing out at Sanae instead, believing it would be no good even if he told her. 

12 "Final Heavenly Contract (Eternal Engage)""Shūten no Keiyaku (Etānaru Engēji)" (終天の契約(エターナル·エンゲージ))  December 20, 2012

As Yūta worries about having not seen Rikka in a while, Sanae ends up discarding her other persona whilst Kumin starts impersonating Rikka. Later that night, Yūta learns that Rikka has moved in with her mother and grandparents. As Yūta starts to feel guilty, he finds a letter from his past self, prompting him to go after Rikka. Along the way, he encounters Kumin, who relays a message from Rikka about how she had previously met him two years ago, around the time of her father's death, coming to admire his chūnibyō syndrome and start her own. Arriving before Rikka, Yūta finally accepts both her and his own chūnibyō side, taking her to the 'Ethereal Horizon', giving Rikka the opportunity to properly say goodbye to her father. Rikka soon resumes her chūnibyō play, despite Yūta still finding it a little embarrassing.

OVA "Glimmering... Explosive Festival (Slapstick Noel)""Kirameki no... Hijiri Bakutan-sai (Surappusutikku Noeru)" (煌めきの… 聖爆誕祭(スラップスティック・ノエル))  June 19, 2013 (BD/DVD)

December 25, 2013 (TV)

 Some time after Rikka returns to the school, the gang has a Christmas party at Sanae's mansion. As usual, Rikka tries to take the opportunity to improve her relationship with Yūta, while Makoto tries to get closer to Kumin with no success and Shinka keeps arguing with Sanae. However, the situation gets even more hectic when Rikka and Sanae get drunk upon eating some liquor cake. After Rikka gets asleep, Yūta takes her home with him, but before returning to their apartment, they end up taking a special boat ride where they have some quality time until the rest of the gang also appears there, much to their surprise. The still drunk Sanae then causes a commotion about how Rikka keeps talking about Yūta, almost dropping Rikka from the boat, but Yūta manages to catch her in time, while Sanae falls over Shinka, kissing her by accident. Finally back home, Yūta is visited by Rikka, wearing a black Santa dress to bid him Merry Christmas. 

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