How do you remember the first season of Chuunibyou? For me, it was a sweet experience. It was funny with just the right amount of absurdity; the story advanced nicely; there was some suspense and character development. It actually made me think about growing up and how hard it can be. I had reminiscences of my own childhood fantasies, my own little chuunibyou.
And the second season just doesn’t do it anymore.
This has been one of the quietest, yet the most intense first episodes I’ve seen. Suspense builds up slowly but surely – and at the end of the show the mind of a viewer is filled up with questions.
Anime starts off with a scene in the modern-day world. Animation, however, is eerie and puzzling; there are killings, but the narrative is chaotic; there’s a perpetrator, but he seems uninterested in events around him. Nothing makes sense, yet it appears calm, with soothing music in the background. Suddenly, scenery changes – and here we are, immersed in a faux-historical setting, dubiously signed as a far future. (more…)