Friday, 21 February 2014

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! REN - Episode 7

For all of the lack of romance in their relationship, it seems that Yuuta and Rikka are at least destined to spend a day of their school field trip together to enjoy some time as a couple - an event made even more likely by Nibutani's pre-occupation with the mysterious web site purporting to be hers which is, as it turns out, not another of Dekomori's stunts after all.

But, of course, we can't have things going too smoothly between these two, and after a little wandering around exploring they encounter none other than Shichimiya, who just so happens to be on a school field trip in the city of her own.  How convenient...

What's more Shichimiya has lost her way and lost her bag, meaning that Yuuta can't resist offering to help her out.  By the time he's succeeded in tracking down the bag and retrieving it from a mischievous monkey, Rikka is sufficiently ticked off what what she perceives as flirting and the like between Yuuta and Shichimiya to go storming off - a state off affairs which leaves Satone feeling sufficiently contrite to go to some lengths to put things right, ultimately meeting Rikka to explain her own history with Yuuta and how it will have no effect on Yuuta's interest in her.  With that out of the way, Rikka can enjoy the rest of the day free from worry... a good thing, as it's her birthday no less.

This was another reasonable episode of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions that brought a few smiles and chuckles out of me, but on the other hand it fell decidedly flat with the main thrust of its story - the coincidence of meeting Shichimiya on a school trip which happened to be to the exact same place was laughably forced, and Satone's story of her feelings for Yuuta ending with what was effectively a simple "I decided to stop liking him like that" didn't exactly feel like quality story-telling either.  It continues to look pretty good and provide fun moments here and there, but episodes like this serve as a reminder that the series is hardly a tour de force of good writing.

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