Review: Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! Ren Episode 2: Dolphin Ring Striker

Review:

This was a cute episode. While I have no idea about the origin of Yuta and Rikka’s relationship, but from this episode I know enough to know that it hasn’t gone anywhere… at least until now. Honestly, it’s a nice change of pace to see a show that doesn’t center around the male character chasing after sex. I also have to commend the writers of this show. Even though I’ve never seen the first season, I feel like I’m already getting a feel for these characters. First season viewers will undoubtedly be even more connected and invested in these characters, but I certainly don’t feel lost.

So in this episode, we see the influence of nosy friends. When Yuta’s friends–or, perhaps more accurately, Nibutani–realize that there is no advancement in Yuta and Rikka’s relationship, they tail them as they shop, which ultimately leads Nibutani and a friend of hers to give Yuta advice and ultimately set him up on a date. So, yes, the power of nosy friends. But honestly, it lead to a cute second half, with our target couple taking a trip to the aquarium.

One thing that I have to wonder about, though, is how Yuta expects to draw Rikka out of her delusions when he seems to indulge them from time to time. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought that was what Yuta was ultimately aiming to do, yet he occasionally takes on the role of “Dark Flame Master”. That’s another thing, too: what is it with the fascination with “wicked” and “darkness”? I just don’t get why there is such an attraction for the characters to be delusional about being villains. At least, I’m assuming that’s the case. I can’t really think of any heroes with “dark” or “wicked” in their names.

Well, griping about names aside, this really was a cute, enjoyable episode. Seeing two anime characters in a pure relationship was refreshing, even if that purity seems to somewhat be born of naivety. Even more, it was nice that the friends (or rather, Nibutani) weren’t pushing them to “go farther”. One could argue that noses shouldn’t even be stuck in as far as they were, but, you know, plot devices.

A Christian Perspective:

Nothing really to say here that wasn’t expressed in the first episode review. I will say that the magic circles in the intro appear to have something to do with pentagrams (at the very least, they look to contain a star within the middle of the circles), so that is still something to keep in mind. Granted, I once read something on Wikipedia that said that pentagrams don’t have the negative connotation in Japan that they do here, but they are still symbols connected with magic in Japan, so let that be what it will. Honestly, I don’t really know what to do with this. On the one hand, yes, pentagrams are certainly against what we believe in. On the other hand, the whole thing is made up. It’s all in their heads. Plus, I find it highly unlikely that someone will fall into the occult from watching this show. Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention something that I can see being a concern, and I’m still unsure how to entirely feel about it. Let your conscience be your guide, and if it makes you uncomfortable then play it safe and avoid it.

Other than that, there’s just some typical comical violence, the worst of which is probably when Yuta spanks Rikka. It’s clearly not meant to be perverse or sexual, though. There is also the fact that Nibutani’s (female) friend makes a comment about having a crush on Rikka, though she plays it off as a joke.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: None, except for the stuff in the outro (I don’t intend to include notes on the intro/outro on each week’s review, for the record)

Violence: a character flips a table and hits two other characters with her hair; a character is chopped in the head (twice); a character is spanked; another character is chopped in the head; a character is slapped into a wall

Blood/Gore: None

Other: a female character makes a comment about being in love with Rikka, although it’s declared as a joke

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