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Category:    Home > Reviews > Anime > Animation > Comedy > Fantasy > Harem > Japan > TV > Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Rikka Version (2013 Rikka Takanashi Revision/Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray w/DVD Set)

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Rikka Version (2013 Rikka Takanashi Revision/Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray w/DVD Set)

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

Chunibyo - A person with delusions of fantasy and grandeur, often mimicking characters, heroes/heroines and acting them out in real life. Rikka is a hardcore Chunibyo (a.k.a. Wicked Lord Shingan) who declares Yuta (a.k.a. Dark Flame Master) to be her soul mate (boyfriend). Along with a few other Chunibyos, Dekomori, Mori Summer and Tsuyuri they play out their high school days with their fantasies, cosplays and delusions.

This Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!: Rikka Version (2013) movie is essentially a giant recap for the entire series. Yuta, a former Chunibyo has tried (and failed) to leave his past character/delusions behind. However, he was dragged back into the Chunibyo world by Rikka, and the only way to reach her is through another Chunibyo. Together they started a 'magic club' which they are joined Dekomori, Rikka's apprentice, Nibutani (a.k.a. Mori Summer) a closet Chunibyo and their classmate Tsuyuri. At first they all clashed mightily... but over time Yuta and Rikka fall in love ... and love still falls within the realm of magic.

Asides from the fantasy wedding scene in the beginning, the entire movie is made up of clips from the entire series with some of the most exciting and touching moments in the series. The whole story/plot is about living and following your dream (even if it isn't real), being honest with yourself and finding friends and love.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on the Blu-ray show improvements over the DVD versions and are the preferred way to watch, but it also shows some flaws and limits the DVD here and DVDs cover up. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 English and especially Japanese lossless mixes are some of the best-sounding of any Sentai release to date, far surpassing the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD here and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the older DVD sets. Fans will be pleasantly surprised too.

Extras include Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions! Lite: "My Brother 2" short, clean opening and closing animations, Japanese previews and trailers.

Sentai issued the original versions of the series before, which we covered in their DVD-only editions. You can get episode listings from both of the following...





- Ricky Chiang


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