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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Complete Collection (2012/Sentai Filmworks DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B- Extras: B Episodes: B+

Chunibyo - A person who has strong delusions of fantasy, often an otaku mimicking anime characters or video game characters, and acting them out in real life. Yuta was a Chunibyo, now in new high school he wishes to start over and leave his 'old' life behind. Only thing is ...his new neighbor, Rikka is a hardcore Chunibyo and claims he is her soul mate and drags him into her fantasy world/life. Will Yuta be able to keep in check his old Chunibyo ways?

In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Complete Collection (2012), Yuta, (a.k.a Dark Flame Master) finds his past embarrassing and tries to leave behind his past with his delusions of being a hero from another world. That is until he meets Rikka, (a.k.a Wicked Lord Shingan) who's often living in her own fantasy world as magical transforming girl. Together they even start a 'magic club'. They are join by Dekomori (also a Chunibyo) who consider Rikka her 'master'. They are joined by Nibutani, the most popular girl in school, (a.k.a. Mori Summer) she is also an secretly an ex-Chunibyo, who unwilling joins when she discover Dekomori has evidence of her past and only joins the club to find and destroy the evidence. Finally, they are joined by Tsuyuri a carefree upperclassman who has the ability to fall asleep anywhere.

This was a comical series, while there is no actual magical girl(s) more often the characters go into fantasy mode, role playing themselves fighting the forces of evil (or being normal) or each other. The characters grow and eventually become friends with each other, but the main character discovers why they prefer to live in fantasy worlds, to hide from something in their past... and he helps them face reality eventually. This series raises the question is it better to have a little fantasy in your life or none at all?

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo play as good as they are going to in this format, but a Blu-ray version is also available, so those who have a machine might want to get that edition instead. Extras include Chuni-shorts, Japanese Promos, clean opening and closing, and trailers.

Episodes include...

A Chance Encounter with Wicked Shingan - Yuta meets Rikka, who reminds him of his past former self.

Priestess... of the Melody - Rikka find a lost cat and Yuta meets Rikka's older sister Toka.

The Meretical Girl... Pigtailed Girl - Rikka starts a magic society(club) and ropes int Yuta, Kumin and Dekomori.

The Regret of ... the Mabinogion - Nebutani joins the magic society when she discover Dekomori has copies of her past 'Chunibyo'.

A Binding... Hard Study - Rikka needs to improve her math grade or the club will be forced to close.

The Atone... Innocent - Yuta's friend gets caught with his book on the girl's ranking and gets all the girls against the boys.

Reminiscences... of Paradise Lost - The club goes to the beach, there Yuta learns Rikka never came to terms with her father's death.

Exile... Just the Two of Them - As Rikka continues to runaway, she and Yuta spends a night together alone and becomes closer.

A Confused... Chaos Heart - Rikka is confused by her feelings for Yuta, and want to confess her feelings to him, which almost snaps her back to reality.

Holy Mother's... Pandora's Box - It's the school festival and Rikka's mother shows up, Yuta convinces Rikka to stop being a Chunibyo, but isn't sure he did the right thing.

Single Winged... Fallen Angel - Rikka now act like a normal girl, Yuta wonders if all is now well... that is until Rikka gone.

Eternal Engagement - Yuta realizes his mistake has cause Rikka to not be true to herself and moved away. He rushes to try and win back Rikka's heart.

Sparkling... Slapstick Noel - It's Christmas and everyone head to Dekomori's house for a Christmas party... and has a drunk fantasy Christmas.

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- Ricky Chiang


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