One of my favorite anime genres is the slice-of-life one, where young anime characters go to school, struggle with life and its many problems, all while trying to make the best of it with family and friends. Even better is when Japan will place fun spins on it by adding in comedic elements or even sci-fi/fantasy bits, which is what we get a little taste of in Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions: Rikka Version. The first film based on the wacky anime series, this adventure has the twofold job of condensing the series while also showing it from Rikka’s perspective, which makes sure anyone and everyone can dive into the zaniness here.
When you were a kid, didn’t you pretend you had superpowers or had some special gift no one else had? Well that’s exactly what’s happening in this anime, except our main characters, Yuta and Rikka have taken it a bit too far as they’re still carrying these fantasies into their early teen years. While the main series followed Yuta’s perspective for the most part, this film gives us Rikka’s point of view as she pretends to have an evil eye that she must keep covered at all times while also fighting off evil with her trusty parasol…er…”sword”. She also finds herself falling for Yuta as they share the same passion for imagining things and being shunned by most people because of it. Can the two overcome people being weirded out by their adventures of fighting off evil priestesses, magical beasts, and sorting out their feelings for each other?
If you enjoy slice-of-life with some often funny and interesting spins on it, you’ll get a kick out of this movie as I did. Between watching more serious or lewd anime stuff, it’s always a breath of fresh air when something zany like this comes along and keeps things fun. Yuta and Rikka are two loveable characters, and I was always waiting to see what they were planning to do next while also dealing with their growing feelings of one another. It’s also hilarious to see how their fellow students and other people around them react to their “adventures” which helps to keep things lively. I’m glad this was released on Blu-ray, as there’s nothing like watching a fun anime in high definition, especially a high quality anime film with nice artwork and bumped up animation and audio. There’s a few special features to look at once the adventures come to an end, with clean opening and ending animations, some original Japanese promo videos, and lastly a fun animated short titled “My Brother 2” that goes even further into the delusion wackiness.
If you’re looking for a feel good anime movie with just the right mix of slice-of-life, romance, and some crazy comedy thrown in, you can’t go wrong with Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions: Rikka Version. Fun and interesting characters, a good story, and nice artwork and animation make this a delusion you’ll want to get lost in for awhile.