So that was a break from the norm. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions without a lot of chunibyo. Of course, there were still the instances of Rikka fantasizing, but it was significantly downplayed in favor of a focus on her and Yuta’s relationship, at least in this writer’s opinion. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would probably be cute.
There was, in fact, a large focus on Yuta and Rikka’s relationship, which ultimately leads up to Rikka being able to open up a little bit. Of course, this is sprinkled in with bits of humor and typical anime school field trip antics (such as the guys plotting to spy on the girls in the bath), though I suppose the show must be given credit for the fact that the bath scene was not really fanservicey in the sense that the worst you saw was a brief bit of cleavage.
This episode opens up a bit of commentary about how the world in general views sex, too. Yuta’s classmates begin to drill him on how far he has gone with Rikka, and at one point a comment is made to the effect of Yuta being a normal high school boy, so of course he’s “done it”. The classmates are so ingrained in their opinion, in fact, that they don’t believe Yuta when he tells them that he and Rikka haven’t had sex. While I doubt this was meant to be a social commentary, it does shed some light on how the world seems to view sex. It also makes the innocence of Yuta and Rikka’s relationship all the more sweet, as they are clearly going against the grain. Granted, this is probably due more to their mutual shyness than any sense of morality on either of their parts, but Yuta certainly isn’t the typical male lead with sex on his mind.
Character development in this show may be slow as molasses, but at least the characters tend to be cute and the tone light-hearted, so it’s never really burdensome to watch, and when character development does happen it is certainly satisfying (see: the end of this episode). That’s not to say that this show isn’t without its potential concerns for Christians, though; just see some of my earlier reviews. However, if you’re this far into the show, then those potential concerns probably aren’t concerns for you.
A Christian Perspective:
There’s nothing too terrible in this episode. The worst is the female bath scene, and even that is tame given the typical nature of anime bath scenes. Only one brief scene is of any concern, and even then the worst you see (at least, as far as I could tell) was some cleavage of a girl submerged in the water. After that, the majority of the scenes are zoomed in on the girls, showing only from the shoulders up. The camera does zoom out at one point to show a couple of girls in the water, but as far as I could tell they didn’t actually show anything at that point. It’s still worth approaching with caution, of course, because it doesn’t take a lot to set the mind down the wrong path. I don’t know at what point a thought becomes a sin, but the more we guard our minds/the less we let into our minds, then the less likely we are to sin (at least, that would be my thought). The boys are also shown in the bath, washing each other’s backs, but again no naughty bits are shown.
Other than that, there are a few scenes of violence, although they are comical in nature, and the pentagram/summoning circle that is on the club room floor is again shown. If you have not noticed by now, I’m not particularly fond of pentagram depictions
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Female characters are shown in the bath, although the worst that’s shown is essentially cleavage (a girl is in the bath, so you see the top of her breasts)–most of the scenes show the characters from the shoulders up, and the one other scene that actually shows female characters in the water doesn’t actually show any naughty bits; the guys are shown in the bath washing each other’s backs–again, no naughty bits are shown
Violence: a character is playfully chopped in the head; a character is tripped and knocked down; a character is stepped on
Other: Pentagram/summoning circle on the club room floor