Plot as provided by MAL:
Due to various events, Yuuta and Rikka are living together. This secret co-habitation is so exciting for the two lovebirds! Or so it should be…
Is having a chuuni girlfriend too high of a hurdle for Yuuta, who never even went out with a normal girl?! Yuuta worries about how to advance his relationship with Rikka. And then everyone else, Nibutani, Kumin, and Dekomori, have powered up by advancing a grade. Furthermore, the cause of his chuunibyou outburst in middle school, the girl who calls herself Sophia Ring Saturn the 7th, Satone Shichimiya appears…
The unneeded sequel, as some are calling it, saying this like it did nothing to advance the plot and very little to advance the romance between our two main characters; Yūta and Rikka. I definitely agree with the lack of plot movement, and sadly the romance between the odd couple felt languorous. Characters who played a larger role in the first season were lost and forgotten, and new side characters had even larger roles then what one would have expected from them; given the amount of screen time they received. Overall this sequel was, without a doubt, pointless in the sense, we the fans, sought. Giving us drama and testing the relationship between Yūta and Rikka, which the first season had already done a good enough job cementing. But let us put that aside for now and look at what we did receive, as there is till plenty to talk about.
If you followed the previous season, then you know that Yūta and Rikka are an official couple; even if they get all red in the face about it, and try to call it by different names like "a contract". Though what one might think a standard couple is, Yūta and Rikka are not. Rikka, whose older sister Tōka has moved away, has moved in with Yūta. Their relationship is more like that of a brother and sister at this point, much to the annoyance of their friends who, literally, want to see some action. Tōka makes a brief stop back to approve the situation, but makes it a point to tell Yūta to not take their relationship too far. Pretty sure KyoAni paid her to say that. Not soon after Tōka leaves we meet the new main character for this season, a girl by the name of Satone Shichimiya.
Satone is the reason Yūta had chūnibyō in the first place, and much like Rikka she still acts like she has chūnibyō herself. Of course, while at first she is only very friendly with Yūta, she realizes feelings she had for him back in middle school have not been completely buried and they resurface. I’d like to point out that had Satone showed up before Rikka, I would have 100% supported a Yūta x Satone relationship; but Rikka came first. Anyways, given that Rikka has almost zero confidence in her relationship with Yūta she starts to doubt herself and we get, you guessed it, drama. Yūta is clueless as to how to handle the situation, and goes to Nibutani for advice on more then one occasion. Her advice is sound, but Yūta is a guy and a tad bit incompetent, so it takes him till the very end of the anime to figure everything out and make Rikka feel all better.
Part way into the season we had a small side story, which further solidified my fears that Nibutani and Dekomori are going down the path of yuri; damn you yuri! Basically some chick shows up who has fallen for Dekomori, and worms her way into Dekomori’s heart by playing as Mori Summer; who was Nibutani’s middle school persona. But Nibutani proves the girl a liar, and makes good with Dekomori. We also see Makoto every now and then, remember him? Yūta’s friend who got his head shaved? Really likes Kumin? Yeah, they made him tanned black and attracting men. Lovely eh? Speaking of Kumin, she is also around, making really bad puns all the time. There was one new character I liked though, Kazari Kannagi, a friend of Nibutani who helps along Yūta’s relationship with Rikka; albeit forcefully.
To summarize, the season did nothing really, besides introduce us to a new character who had zero effect on the relationship at the end. Yūta and Rikka’s relationship didn’t progress beyond holding hands and touching noses, come on, what are you? Ten? Much like Nibutani, Dekomori, and Kumin, I want to see some damn action! Make out already! Curse you KyoAni, I can hear your stupid giggling all the way from here. I bet one of their animators said this exact line: "Lets make them hold hands, teehee." So stupid. It gave me a few laughs, but being realistic, you could skip this entire season if they make a third; because in the end nothing happened!
Genres: Romantic comedy? Much like Kumin’s bad puns, the comedy and romance were both pointless. Oh sure it had some laughs in it, but you laugh at bad puns too, sometimes, right? Same thing. Drama? Yes, but it was pretty shallow. No lasting effects, and it didn’t even bother me like drama usually does. You’d think that’d be a good thing, but in this case its bad. Since it means there was another thing about this season that didn’t effect me.
Animation: I’ve said it multiple times, but Kyoto Animation were the ones behind this. They did the previous season, as well as other works like Hyōka, K-On!, and Kyōkai no Kanata. Needless to say their work is stellar as usual, you won’t find me complaining on this part, no sir.
Voice Acting: I’ve got nothing bad to say about this. Comparable to the first season, its good. One thing I would like to note is that Satone Shichimiya, played by Juri Nagatsuma, also played Ichika Mizuhara from Oneechan ga Kita. Was in the first season, as a nameless role. I found that bit interesting. Good to know the little actors get noticed still.
Favorite Character: I’m giving this one to Satone Shichimiya. She had a cute character design, cute laugh, and is way better a pairing to Yūta then Rikka is. Sadly Rikka beat her to the punch, so all she ends up doing is being hurt as Yūta showers her with oblivious kindness; making her fall for him all over again and then subsequently "bury" said emotions; again. While she acted much like Rikka, she knows she is only doing it because otherwise she’d breakdown about not winning Yūta’s heart. So she is much more realistic then Rikka is, only acting and not actually suffering from chūnibyō. She also provided me with the greatest amount of laughs, with her over affection towards Yūta bothering Rikka to no end.
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren gets a a 6.9 out of 10