Friday, 7 February 2014

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! REN - Episode 5

You know how it goes with school clubs in Japan - someone is always looking to get you shut down, whether it's for not having enough members or not participating in sufficient activities.

It's just this threat which hangs over the gang's after-school club in this week's Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - with room for clubs sparse, the student council has decided that some of them simply have to go, and is thus inviting club leaders to congregate to tell them what their specific club does exactly.  Given that Rikka is the Far Eastern Magic Nap Society of Summer's official leader, this activity is never going to end well, and so it proves, with the club told to prove their worth or be... well, banished from this world.

Ironically, it might just be the napping part of the club's make-up which is their saviour, as it's revealed that napping is, in fact, a competitive sport that has a number of similar clubs dotted around the world.  Thus, the club's advisor sets them up against a rival school's own napping club in a sleep to the death that gains even more importance once Rikka foolishly promises to disband if they lose.  Can Kumin's clubmates learn the inner secrets of napping from their senior and win the day?

Even by this show's usual standards, this week's episode of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions was daft.  With a capital "F" - that's how daft it was.  That said, it was also kind of enjoyable in its own way - a relaxing trifle that managed to avoid the more irritating aspects of the show's cast and premise to focus on other aspects of its silliness in a mildly amusing way.  It's not exactly memorable stuff, but at this point the second season of this series almost feels like it's trying to willfully avoid anything that could be construed as "serious".

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