Sometimes I wonder what KyoAni might have done with their time if they weren’t busy cashing in on the second seasons of Chunnibyou and Free!.
It’s a shame, because the second installment of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! has been really underwhelming. It started off well enough, but the second half has been kind of rubbish. The humor has dried up and a severe lack of character development has brought the whole franchise to a grinding halt.
At the time of writing there is still one episode to go, but I’m confident enough that the damage has already been done.
The characters have not grown at all. Over the first season we saw the development of Rika and Yuta’s relationship, but they haven’t moved a single inch closer. The thought of holding hands still freaks them out. This was certainly funny for a while, but now it’s just kind of irritating. Also, the comedy seems to have disappeared during the second half of the season so the show has nothing to lean on anymore. It has no back-bone.
On top of this – you have the Sichimiya Satone factor.
To be fair it never really seemed like she would shake up the YutaxRika pairing from the start, but it was still handled awfully. I liked Satone but the show would have been better off without her – instead focusing on the development of the main characters. She had no real impact on the show, so in hindsight her arc just felt like a waste of time. The already colourful cast of side-characters could have sustained the show easily without her presence.
I have very little faith that the final episode can redeem the various missteps of this season. Yuta still acts like Rika’s dad because she hasn’t grown up at all, and as a result his own character growth is permanently stunted.
Maybe a third season could salvage this mess? Who knows. Even if the ending surprises us, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren has been a let-down.