Another Kyoto Animation production under my review queue. Great. I should start with the formal introductions now, huh? But I’m too tired and exhausted to write flowery words for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!. I’m on a dilemma; should I be brutally frank, or be sarcastic?
All of our regular readers would know already by know how I always differ with the Popular on their notions on Kyoto Animation’s overall visual quality. I am impressed by the stunning subtle polishing, detailing, and sharpening in Hyouka; underwhelmed and, sometimes, annoyed by the improper character design in both K-ON! shows; and yawned over the mediocre visual performance in Lucky Star. Visuals here in Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! is another one of those series with average visual impression. While the animation did pay attention to the objects on each frame, it isn’t as impressive as the ones you saw in Hyouka, and even in Haruhi. Character designs have very good detailing, but sharpening and polishing is missing in this first episode. Although, if this anime is set on the first year of middle-school, these designs would have served their purpose on portraying the characters. Background art is okay, but could have been better, detailing and polishing is average.
Perhaps, the best bit of this show is in the audio. All of the voice acting done is superbly done with all of the efforts done to boost the happy-go-lucky atmosphere that the writing portrays. Voice tones change properly on each scenes for proper referencing of intertextual content in the script, voices fit their characters well, and lastly, the choice of voice actors made sure that these voices mix well together! The background music is also astounding, although it’s not as grand as what we hear in Hyouka or Mouretsu Pirates. It’s notable that the BGM changed into a Code Geass-esque orchestral when a scene referenced Fukuyama Jun’s role in the mentioned anime. Additional episodes are needed for opening and ending songs to make an impression, however.
Writing for the first episode is nothing spectacular, nor something to rave about. Like most typical anime, it introduces us to the premise of the series and to the main characters. What makes this series passable is the number of hilarious moments it could give off; it gave work-safe innuendos, seiyuu references, and things expected on comedies. Direction used every bit of the audio-visual presentation and script-writing to make the first episode entertaining to watch. The premise of ‘delusional’ male character exploring his newfound social circles is almost nothing new. This romantic comedy also manages to raise some flags of it having a mix of the harem theme; again, nothing new.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, despite being a big mixed bag, is a promising series for this season. Watch it if the sound of it tickles your fancy.
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