The highlight of the show, for me, was its characters. More specifically, Rikka. The KyoAni shows I have seen all tend to be group focused and, as such, the characters in their shows get a bit of development each but Chunibyo bucks this trend. Whilst there is a group focus here, it's way less so here and, as a result, Rikka gets a ton of depth and development and it works to fantastic effect. Her being a Chunibyo is a tad annoying at the start but the more that gets revealed about her character and backstory, you really to adore her and really feel for her and she is just a really great, fleshed out character. The unfortunate side effect of this is the other characters do get shafted in this regard. Whilst none of the characters are bad, they are all fun to watch and have their own personalities and backstories, I feel like all the other characters have done with a bit more. Of course, there is only so much you can do with 12 episodes and I feel like the show could have done with two cours. I know there is a second season, so they might get so more focus there, so I'd have to wait and see. It's the only complaint I have with the show, and even then, it feels like a minor thing given the amount of episodes they had.
The story in this show can be divided into two sections, the first being the relationship between Rikka and Yuta and the second being Rikka's Chuunibyou- ism and both work fantastically. The relationship part feels really natural as the characters have great chemistry and this makes it genuinely enjoyable to watch and is just adorable. Again, if the show had more episodes and the relationship built up slower over time, making it feel natural, it could have made it even better feeling I think, but it's still great. This is probably the best relationship I've seen in a show since Toradora. The other half also works great as it delves into why Rikka is a Chunibyo but I can't really go into it without spoiling it. Needless to say, I loved it. The show also manages to be really quite funny in places, making me laugh out loud at times as well as having quite a few emotional moments that had me on the brink of tears, especially toward near the end.
The animation also blew me away. KyoAni is one of my favourite studios, if not my favourite because of how beautiful all their shows look and this show is no exception. In fact, this could be their best looking show. Not only does have the high detail backgrounds, cute character designs and fluid motion that you'd expect from KyoAni it also features a number of fantastic, jaw dropping fight scenes that just look absolutely phenomenal. Well worth owning the Blu Ray, it would be a crime to watch this on DVD.
In closing, this is just an overall brilliant show. Amazing animation, characters and story make this just a fantastic anime that I could recommend to anyone looking for a great romance show.
Original Publish Date: 28/11/15