Thanks to Madman we had the chance to see the film “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Take on Me!” (Chuunibyou, demo Koi ga Shitai!) by Kyoto Animation.
The film starts with a comedic splash in the Far-East Magical Napping Society with Kumin napping with a fake sword in her chest giving a huge scare to the other members. Moreover, frenemies Nibutani and Dekomori are back to their usual antics teasing each in the most hilarious way while Yuta and Rikka, who are still a couple, have still not had any physical contact.
Rikka, who is still embracing her Chunibyo delusions and living in a fantasy world, is in her third year of high school with Yuta and university entrance exams are just around the corner. While Rikka has to retake her exams during the spring break she worries sometimes what’s lurking in her future.
Since nothing has changed, Toka, Rikka’s big sister, plans to take her sister to Italy (where she’s working) to snap her out of her delusions. When Yuta and his friends figure out Toka’s intentions, Nibutani and Dekomori suggest they elope. Rikka and Yuta agree and start to escape from Toka going around the country to avoid their imminent separation.
The film as a stand alone is very similar to the second season, as we have the same issues were Rikka thinks that being in love with Yuta will end her life as Chunibyo, losing her identity. The romantic comedy is fun and heartwarming and certainly brings closure to the series.
The animation is similar to that of the series but there’s some improvement with the superpowers, which look pretty amazing on the screen. Other highlight of the movie is the inclusion of easter eggs planted by Kyoto Animation when our characters visit locations shown in Tamako’s market, The Melancholy of Haruhi Susumiya and Clannad.
Overall “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Take on Me!” is a treat for the fans of the series. While it doesn’t bring anything new, it’s fun to watch its lovable characters once again travelling all over Japan.
Madman brings “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions: Take on Me!” to Australia in high quality Blu-ray. The extras are pretty cool and include: limited edition packaging, a random film cel, a random character coaster, clean opening and ending songs, Japanese promo videos and kotatsu photo session shorts. Get your copy here.