The Bluray discs for last fall’s Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie: Takanashi Rikka Kai have been out for a couple weeks now. The film is mostly a recap of the first season of the Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Chuu2Koi) TV anime, from main female lead Rikka’s point of view. While it is a recap, it does have some merit, including a couple added scenes in the beginning and the end, and the whole movie is full of Kyoto Animation’s beautiful animation. Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) has solidified itself as one of the greatest animation studios out there; Some believe that their Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) film in 2010 has yet to be matched by anything else in the history of anime. While their work since they began adapting light novels from their own label in 2012 (Chuu2Koi, Tamako Market, Free!, Kyoukai no Kanata) hasn’t been up to previous standard as far as actual content goes (Full Metal Panic!, Haruhi, Nichijou, Hyouka), there’s no doubt that everything has been animated well. This movie is no exception.
The movie opens with Yuuta and Rikka’s wedding two years into the future. Everything starts out fine, but then Rikka becomes overly nervous and-
I like this scene a lot. The viewer is lead to believe that this is an actual event in the future, but once it starts to get crazy one starts to wonder. Finally, it’s revealed that it was all Rikka’s dream. This provides some insight into Rikka’s thoughts- it combines her desires with her fears. The whole scene is very well animated and the soundtrack kicks at this point. The soundtrack, by the way, is very good even for a film. From this point Rikka begins explaining the story of the first season to her fellow club members. The majority of the movie from here on is just recycled directly from the first season, and a lot of the story feels rushed. The entirety of the recap is very weak. I will give notice to my favorite scene, though:
After the recap ends it shows events that happen at the end of the first season, when Rikka begins living on her own. Another interesting scene is added, a flashback where Yuuta is talking to Rikka’s mother:
“Rikka is another word for snowflake. It snowed so much the winter I was pregnant with her. Did you know? They say that no two snowflakes are alike. Each one is unique. Each one is special and irreplaceable. That’s why we named her Rikka.”
Back to the present:
The story continues with the premise of the second season (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren): Rikka’s grandfather had canceled the lease on her apartment, so Rikka must move in with Yuuta. Also, a new character is teased at the very end:
Anyone who’s been following the second season recently already knows who this is, but keep in mind the movie was released in theaters months before the second season aired.
Overall, I think that this movie was mostly pointless. The added scenes were very nice and well-done, but it doesn’t have very much merit on its own. I feel that recap movies should be able to stand on their own without prior knowledge of the series (such as the Nanoha movies or the Madoka Magica movies), but the Chuu2Koi movie fails to do that. Also, the majority of the movie is animation directly from the TV anime, which further lowers the worth of watching it. In the end, you should only watch this if it’s been awhile since you first watched the show.