Blu-Ray Review: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Rikka Version

Yuta and Rikka return in the feature-length-installment known as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Rikka Version but what can one expect from this Blu-Ray release and, more importantly, is it worthy of your time? Well Let’s take a look and find out!

Synopsis:

In Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Rikka Version, it’s just so not fair! Sure, Rikka may be a “chunibyo” afflicted with a state where she’s convinced that she has hidden powers. Maybe she DOES think she has an evil eye that always has to be covered with a patch. But that doesn’t mean that what she believes isn’t real to her, and Rikka knows in her twisted little heart that Yuta Togashi is much more than just another boy.

So why is he always pulling away? At long last, here’s the chance to see the world through Rikka’s eyes (or eye, technically, since the evil one is usually covered). Armed with your trusted parasol, you’ll deal with evil high priestess sisters, enchanted animals, and the scariest thing of all, going literally boy crazy!

Our View:

Your enjoyment of Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version will all depend on your expectation of what this film has to offer; and that going in blind (such as I did) will wield disappointing results. Confused? Well Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version is actually a recap movie that retells the events of the first season from the perspective of Rikka Takanashi and is a film that is used to bridge the gap between the events of the first and second seasons.

Despite being promoted as a story from Rikka’s perspective the events presented are exactly the same as they were shown in the main TV series. Some might call this misleading but in actuality it is Rikka that is telling the story of how she became infatuated with Yūta Togashi and in turn the Dark Flame Master.  Personally I was expecting alternate scenes whereby the story would follow Rikka more closely than Yuta; but alas that was not to be. It’s not all disappointment though as we do receive around fifteen minutes worth of additional footage, such as a whole wedding scenario, and the events the lead Rikka and Yuta to live with each other in the same apartment – a story of which expands further within the second season.

So what exactly happens within Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version? Well initially it begins with a wedding ceremony which then turns into a magic battle between all of the different characters; to which Rikka wakes up realising it was a dream and then begins to start telling her story about how she became in love with Yuta. From here it is just a selection of important story elements from the TV series chained together with no real flow or continuity. In reality it is a hopeless mess that goes from bad to worse with key plot points, character introductions and developing friendships being missed out – especially the scenario involving Rikka’s family members.

Initially it starts with the introduction of how Rikka met Yuta to which expands with the two hanging out; eventually Dekomori shows up and the group begin to form their own club. It’s at this point that Shinka appears and reluctantly joins the club so that it can become official – afterwhich its just a selection of mixed-match-moments (including bits from the opening animation of the series) from the first season complied together until the two lead characters confess their feelings for one another. At this point the film returns to the current state of time with Yuta gaining permission from Rikka’s relatives in order for her to stay living within the same complex building; which yields its own interesting results as well as leaving the story open for the second season.

Speaking of which; stay behind after the credits for a brief appearance from Satone Shichimiya – a childhood friend of Yuta who makes her debut within the third episode of the second season. Regardless of the content of this film, its pacing and presentation the animation quality is ‘once again’ on top form for a Kyoto Animation project; but sadly just like Beyond the Boundary’s recap move it is another pointless and waste of time that adds nothing to events of the series that we already know.

If you want to experience Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions it would be best to watch the actual TV Series for the best emotional effect; but unlike most recap movies at least Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Rikka Version tries something different but adding some new content as well as bridging the gap between the two seasons. Sadly this isn’t enough to save it from a rather pointless venture that does nothing but harm the original work.

Extras:

Once again Manga Entertainment UK are using disc masters authored by Sentai Filmworks and as such the presentation of the menus and the inclusion of bonus features are exactly the same as our North American counterparts. In this case a wide variety of supplementary content and some Sentai Filmwork themed trailers.

As per usual the bonus features contain textless opening and closing songs as well as Japanese Promotional material; but one notable addition is the mini-movie/ova/short episode known as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Lite – My Brother 2. This particular ‘short’ – which was shown in Japanese cinemas before the film – showcases Yuta’s family members as they spy on Yuta during his Chunibyo stage. It’s an interesting story and a nice addition to this set.

In addition to the content relating to the film we also have a selection of Sentai Filmwork ceated trailers; with trailers including Girls Und Panzer Der Film, Wake Up Girl and Beyond The Boundary.

Generally speaking it is a nice selection of supplementary content and more than what you would expect to receive from a typical Sentai Filmwork mastered release.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50
Region: B
Running Time: 1:31:16
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Put simply Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version is a recap movie of the first season with a few new scenes thrown in to make it seem like a new venture; but while all of the notable characters from the first season are here the ever-growing-personalities and character building are not. At its core Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions is a love-story wraped around imagination and while the imagination is presented the over-complex-love-story between the characters thats seen in the main series is not presented in this film in its true form; or rather it is quickly thrust upon to the viewer.

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version is not a good entry point into the Chinbyo franchise; but it does do its job of providing a recap of events to those wanting a ‘refresh’ before watching Season 2. This was the intention of the film and while loosing out on some of the emotional impact, and some plot points, it does retain the core story of introducing the main characters and seeing them confess their feelings. From my perspective however it is a waste of time; though the new scenes (Wedding Cermony) do add a bit of new Chunibyo fun into the mix.

In terms of this Blu-Ray release by Manga Entertainment UK, with disc assets mastered by Sentai Filmworks, then I have no complaints. English and Japanese audio languages are included –both of which are presented in 5.1, and the Sentai-Standard Yellow Subtitles (and White for background characters) means that subtitling options are easily readable. The visual quality, both in video bitrate and animation quality, also remain consistent with expectations. Personally the highlight for me is the nice variety of supplementary content as well as the Bonus Short episode; of which is brand new content.

Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions – Rikka Version is a product that will only appeal to ‘core fans’ of the Chunibyo franchise – or those wishing to complete collection – as the film itself offers very little in expanding the universe that we already know. Yes it has new scenes, but these add nothing to the overall story and instead act as a incentive to watch the film in the first place. Naturally i’m not a fan of recap movies; but once again this is another disappointment with the only positives being the visual quality and the supplementary content on the disc itself.

Score: review-stars-2

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions – Rikka Version will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD from the 30th July 2018.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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