Thursday, 8 November 2012

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! - Episode 6

Having spent all of the series as little more than a side character up to this point, Yuuta's sole sane (well, reasonably sane) friend Isshiki finds himself as the focus of this sixth episode of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai.

The reason for his turn up front and centre is simple enough - he's received what appears to be a love letter from one of his classmates.  But who?  Isshiki implores Yuuta to help him figure it out before Saturday and the meeting requested in the note take place, but this isn't exactly Togashi's bag.  Maybe Nibutani can help though?  Unknowing of her true personality, Isshiki quickly learns that she really isn't all that likely to help him either.

Any such thoughts of a romantic dalliance are pretty much destroyed by the second half of the episode however, as an ill wind blows in Isshiki's direction - an ill wind that ultimately leaves the notes of his "cutest girl in class" poll open to discovery by anybody, which is subsequently is.  With Nibutani leading the inquisition to find the culprit, Isshiki crumbles and admits his guilt, taking on sole responsible for what was a class poll to boot.  His punishment?  The loss of his hair... but perhaps not his dignity, if only amongst the male members of the class.

For all of its occasionally fun moments, this was another decidedly ordinary episode of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai once you dig in under that layer of lavish presentation... it got one or two laughs out of me, but otherwise passed me by without incident, and at this point the whole "delusional" aspect of the show is so over-used that it's basically just the same jokes being repeated over and over and over again.  A bit like a stretched out version of Nichijou really, only thankfully nowhere near as bad.  I feel like maybe I'm missing something obvious about the charm of this show given how everyone else seems to be gushing over it, but to be honest when it turns out episodes like this I just can't see it.

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