I was encouraged to give this show a try, and I'm all caught up now. The pace feels quite gradual, but I'm really glad it's a two-season show because I feel there's much more development to come for many of the characters. I'm not saying the development has been woefully insufficient or anything, but there are a lot of characters in this show, and the focus thus far has been squarely on Hikari and Manaka. Recently, though, I've come to appreciate Chisaki more, and it looks like I'll be seeing more from her in episodes to come.
This five year timeskip is a really exciting idea. Not only does it shift the focus towards characters who need more screentime, but it also forces their situations to change in different ways - Miuna is older now, and she's coped without Hikari for five years, so I'm expecting to see more emotional moments from her that aren't related to fear of people she loves leaving her; time has stopped for Hikari (and maybe Kaname when he returns) which will change his relationships with everyone else... the only one I'm a little worried about is Tsumugu. So far, he's felt like a device to cut down on the inner monologue (since Manaka and Chisaki have both used him as a sounding board) and a necessary romantic conflict for Manaka. He's had a fair bit of screentime, but I'd like him to open up to his friends more, because I find him difficult to sympathise with right now. I would also love for this timeskip to encourage characters I thought I knew to surprise me now, particularly someone like Akari who I find a bit dull.
I was worried about an angst overload before I watched the show, and there is a lot of angst, but as long as it serves to deepen the characters rather than to eat away at them and dominate their personalities, I have no problem with it. And I think so far, the series has handled angst well. The only problem with this show is that it's another Thursday anime, which I think will make it my fourth (this is assuming that Animax releases Chunibyo on Thursdays too)!
Last edited by TotalPotato; 16th January 2014 at 1:50 AM.
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