Thursday, 25 October 2012

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! - Episode 4

The Far Eastern Magic Nap Society of Summer is now very much open and with a full roster of members.... but exactly why has Nibutani decided to join this domain of insanity?  That's certainly all that Yuuta wants to know as this fourth episode of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai begins.

While Rikka and Dekomori make the most of the club in their search for the "Ethereal Horizon", which seems to involve lots of elaborate lighting, a desk fan and plenty of flour, and Kumin naps her way through after-school life to ensure that the napping quotient of the society is met, Yuuta continues to fret about why Nibutani is even vaguely interested in the club.  Could it be that the real focus of her interest is in himself?  When she asks to come and hang out with Yuuta at his place that Sunday, it seems as if his wildest dreams are about to be confirmed.

With Rikka packed away on an important "quest" and nobody else home, it seems like this is about to be a perfect day for Yuuta.... until reality hits home and he realises that Nibutani's interests lay elsewhere entirely.  More specifically, Shinka is looking for something... something which Yuuta has in his possession and something which Nibutani really wants to destroy to hide a dark secret from her past.  You can probably guess where this is headed...

After an unsure start, I have to admit that Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai seems to be improving by the week now that its character roster and premise is more settled.  Sure, Dekomori is incredibly irritating and occasionally threatens to be a blight on the whole endeavour, but that aside there are no shortage of laugh out loud moments this week (and I always appreciate a good Slayers reference) and even the twist in Nibutani's tale was delivered in a fun and entertaining manner.  It might not be my favourite show of the autumn season at this point, but I will admit that I'm beginning to enjoy Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai for what it is, which I think is pretty much all that can be asked of it in all honesty.

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