Sunday, December 9, 2012

Inside Identity – Chuunibyou Syndrome

I'm not going to analyze chuunibyou in psychology term, I will focus on character profiles from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Chuunibyou or just Chuu2 for short is a kind of syndrome which describes a person that would either act like a know-it-all adult, or thinks they have special powers no one else has. It can be translated "Middle School 2nd Year Syndrome" or desribed as Adolescent Delusions. According to Chuunibyou User's Manual there's tree type of Chuunibyou syndromes but I would like to write about only one of them called “Evil Eye” which describes a person who thinks he has some hidden powers.

Spoilers till episode 8 of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

Like I sead I don't write this note to study this syndrome in Japan I just want to approximate the characters of latest Kyoto Animation anime. I know Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai isn't a psychological title but this topic is somewhat interesting. As we notice Rikka and Dekomori aren't hiding their belief that they are someone special with hidden powers doing strange things in front of people and not showing last bit of embarrassment. Yuuta and Nibutani who have their Chuunibyou behind them, on the contrary are ashamed just by thinking about it. Will Rikka and Dekomori react the same way when they will 'grow up'? Or will they think their latest years were a good memory? When Yuuta described his Chuunibyou as the worst thing ever, Kumin answered: “Really? I think Rikka and Dekomori are enjoying themselves.” So will they ever think that syndrome destroyed their lifes? Rikka has no friends, her sister don't support her behavior and she have fights with her grandpa. Dekomori dealing with all this a little better, the syndrome don't disturb her to be a supporting tutor, having conversation with her classmates or having good grades but we don't know her full life yet.

So is Nibutani's behavior better than Rikka's? When she had Chuunibyou syndrome she was a priestess type of girl- delicate and gentle. Hiding her past, she decided to be a 'normal' person and even went one step further by becoming an idol- a perfect girl who everyone adores. She spend a lot of time building a good image for herself but is that her true identity? When she's with club members she's blunt and edgy. This reminds me a little bit of Ami from Toradora. So I think Nibutani is in far worse situation than Rikka. She not only needs to hide her past but also her true face, dealing with three 'personalities' at once.

What was the reason behind getting chuunibyou at the first place? We only know the answer in case of Yuuta and Rikka. For Rikka who don't want to accept the death of her father it's to deal with this situation in her own way. She believes that he is there- on the other site of 'horizon'. On the outside she clearly defies the truth but deep inside she knows whats going on. Her Chuunibyou behavior is a first step to accept that her father is now gone, so she can slowly acknowledge his death. As for Yuuta, he sead the reason was 'I felt left out as if I was different. I felt odd, a weird loneliness, like being left behind by the world '. So the reason behind Chuunibyou can be either a small social problem or a very personal matter.

Hope you enjoy Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai not only for revealing the secrets of Chuunibyou syndrome but especially as a slapstick comedy and maybe even romance.

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