(Featured image is from the first season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.)
Every once in a while, you stumble upon an anime that is both funny, random and heart warming. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is just that. It is an anime that carriers a playful but serious tone with its message about hiding away from the feelings of letting go of the past and those feelings of new found love and joy. Spanning a two season run for a total of 24 episodes, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions has a fairly short run for an anime adaption that is so well done and such a tremendous joy to watch again and again.
This anime holds a special torch in the collection of anime that I have seen over the years. While I have not yet read the light novels that this anime is an adaption of, they are still wonderfully crafted and emotionally engaging in all the right ways. Never before have I smiled, expressed concern, or genuinely fallen in love with the characters before. Something engaging about this anime lingers on for many in the community who have watched this terrific anime. The characters are fully fleshed out and seem as real as either one of us in their animations and emotions, of course minus the typical anime emotions.
This anime is unique in it’s exploration of the reason why some favor to remain in a chuunibyo like state of mind. For those who may not now Chuunibyo is referred to as Middle School 2nd year syndrome. And whatever you wish to call it, it is truly a phase most people go through in their lives. State side I feel it is more common during later elementary years but that isn’t to say in middle school there aren’t those who feel that way as well. In regards to our characters in the anime, they are all either active Chuunibyo’s or recovering ones. Each had a different reason for diving into the pool and each one’s reasoning is rather intense at times. Rather than spoil such a wonderful anime I highly recommend you, the reader, watch it yourself. Both seasons are still available on Crunchyroll at the time of writing. If you are seriously considering looking into viewing something that is funny, witty, romantic and tear invoking, then you can’t shy too far away from this choice. Not to mention, the fighting scenes in their Chuunibyo worlds, add to the rather humorous aspects of the anime.