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->''"Reality, be bent! Synapse, break! [[GratuitousEnglish Vanishment, this world!]]"''

Yuuta Togashi used to be a victim of chuunibyou[[labelnote:Translation]]"eighth-grader syndrome"[[/labelnote]] -- a sudden outburst of hyperactive imagination among second-year junior high kids and its associated delusions of grandeur -- when he used to fancy himself as the "Dark Flame Master", causing him to become a virtual pariah. Eventually he becomes so embarrassed of his past delusions come first-year high school he decides to transfer to somewhere far enough that nobody from his middle school will attend, hoping to start anew with a much more normal life...

...Until the day he meets a strange girl with a medical patch over her right eye climbing down the balcony of his apartment. The girl -- Rikka Takanashi -- has just moved in with her older sister Touka, and believes her right eye to be cursed, explaining the eyepatch. Come next day, classes start, and Yuuta is nonplussed to find that she has become his classmate, and has declared him her "soulmate" after catching him on a nostalgia trip on a balcony of their school. And before he knows it, Yuuta comes face-to-face once more with the delusions he thought he grew out of, all the while trying to snap Rikka out of hers.

''Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!'' (''"Despite the adolescent delusions, I want love!"'') is a 2011 LightNovel series written by Torako and illustrated by Nozomi Ousaka, published by KyotoAnimation (no mistake here, this is the ''first'' (not [[Anime/{{Munto}} anime original]]) property that the company owns full rights for), which also produced two anime adaptations for the Fall2012Anime lineup directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and written by Jukki Hanada, with American licensing by SentaiFilmworks: a TwelveEpisodeAnime series which adapts the first volume of the light novel, and a series of accompanying 5-minute shorts ''Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Lite!'', found on the studio's [=YouTube=] channel. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-05-08/chunibyo-demo-koi-ga-shitai-anime-gets-2nd-tv-season A second season has been green-lit]] for the Winter2014Anime season under the title ''Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren''. There's also a movie called ''Takanashi Rikka Kai: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Movie'' that premiered on September 2013: the movie retells the events of the first season but from Rikka's perspective, and adds new scenes.

The Anime Network simulcasted the anime under the titles ''[[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Love-Chunibyo-Other-Delusions/Watch Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!]]'' and [[https://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Love-Chunibyo-and-Other-Delusions-Heart-Throb-Season-2/Watch Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-]]. Both seasons [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-chunibyo-other-delusions can also be found]] [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/love-chunibyo-other-delusions-heart-throb- on Crunchyroll]] for the US and Canada. Madman Entertainment is streaming for Australia and New Zealand.

If you were looking for the trope, {{Chuunibyou}} is a redirect to MrImagination.
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[[folder:Tropes Shared by the Anime and Light Novel]]

* BlandNameProduct: Yuuta and Rikka's e-mail address[[note]]Since Japan has commercialized mobile Internet in early 2000s, Japanese have not been using SMS ("texting") to communicate between cell phones but use email instead.[[/note]] domain is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoftBank siftbank.ne.jp"]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:The second part of episode 10 seems to be this for Rikka. Everything is going right for her, she's confessed to Yuuta and had her feelings returned, she's going to perform as the Tyrant's Eye against Yuuta as the Dark Flame Master, and she has a few good friends supporting her. Then her one pillar of support crumbles right before the big show when Yuuta snaps...]]
** Rikka's family in general seem to invoke this on her a lot. Although they mean well, in nearly every appearance they've had, they've emotionally hurt her.
** Episode 11 brings a striking example of this trope with [[spoiler: Yuuta's tirade towards Dekomori, which forces her to admit that none of her fantasies are real and breaks her spirit for the first and only time in the series.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Happens in different ways.
** The anime gradually becomes more serious as [[spoiler:Rikka's past comes into play and her family begins pressing her into accepting the reality of her father's death and putting a load of the responsibility of that on Yuuta]].
** The first volume of the light novel is pretty lighthearted, but the second starts becoming more serious when [[spoiler:Rikka accuses Yuuta of being unfaithful and forgetting their contract, before running off. Then she gets kidnapped, and the kidnapper makes Yuuta play a game with Rikka at stake.]]
* ClassRepresentative: Shinka Nibutani.
* CringeComedy: At least half of this is due to it hitting too close to home.
* [[spoiler:DeathByOriginStory]]: [[spoiler:Rikka's father in both the anime and light novels died years before the story takes place, and is a motivating factor for Rikka to take up the Wicked Eye and search for the Unseen Horizon.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Yuuta, when he realizes that Rikka wasn't coming back to the apartments, decides to go to her grandparent's house to help her resolve her issues and bring her back into his life.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Done in different ways in both Light Novel and the Anime:
** Anime: The night after [[spoiler:hot girl Shinka]] said she wants to visit him, Yuuta plays a DatingSim suspiciously like ''VideoGame/LovePlus''. In the game, his RelationshipValues with the girl suddenly rose to a ButThouMust "Let's go home together!" stage ''with no action on his own''. Yuuta suspected that implies he'd be "in for a BadEnd"... [[spoiler:It turns out Shinka is coming to his home to destroy the ''Mabinogion''.]] Also, one of the first conversations that Yuuta has with Ishiki is about Ishiki's desire to establish a ranking of the girls in class by their appearance. Yuuta warns him that the girls will hate it if they find out about it. It turns out this isn't just idle chatter.
** Light Novel: The same girl that Nibutani brags about knowing Yuuta's past from [[spoiler: was actually the cause of Nibutani becoming chuuni.]]
* HotTeacher: Another element influenced by KeyVisualArts; Yuuta's young and gorgeous homeroom teacher Nanase Tsukumo, appropriately played by Creator/KikukoInoue.
* HypocriticalHumor: The light novel and the anime have different examples of this trope.
** Light Novel: ''Ishiki''. As a member of the Disciplinary Committee, it's his responsibility to make sure his schoolmates practice proper decorum... But Ishiki himself is an ''unrepentant pervert'', whose favorite topic of conversation is anything and everything about their cute female peers. Yuuta even comments on how strange and disturbing this is.
** Anime: [[spoiler:Shinka. In the light novels she's a completely recovered chuunibyou, so her dislike to chuunibyou can be justified. Yet, in the anime, a glimpse into her room in Episode 9, complete with a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, would show she's ''still'' a chuunibyou.]]
* LargeHam: Comes with Chuunibyou.
* LongingForFictionland: Pretty much the definition of chuunibyou given to the audience, with the infected person being unsatisfied with reality and immersing themself within a world of fantasy. In both the anime and the light novels, Rikka plays this the straightest out of the cast.
* LoveEpiphany: Happens at different times by different characters depending on whether you're watching the anime or reading the light novel.
** In the light novel, [[spoiler:Togashi gets one and talks to Isshiki about it, who helps him understand his feelings with a bit of invoked GreenEyedEpiphany.]]
** In the anime, [[spoiler:Rikka gets hers after episode 8 and is helped along by Nibutani to really understand what she's feeling.]]
* LoveTriangle: Subverted. In episode 6 of ''Ren'', some of Shinka's classmates told Shinka they thought there was one between Shinka, Yuuta and Rikka "last year" (Season 1). However, even Yuuta did have a bit of crush on Shinka in the beginning of the first season, nothing gone further than that [[spoiler:especially after episode 4]].
* {{Sensei-chan}}: Nanase "Nana-chan" Tsukumo. Exemplified best in the novel where, when the class goes on a field trip, it was easy to mistake her for being yet another student.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Most cured chuunis wear some type of these, though they can differ. Some grow out of it on their own, while others [[spoiler:have a pair beaten onto them by their family and friends.]]
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Kazari "the love specialist" outright told Yuuta she is lesbian and has a crush towards Rikka in anime -- [[SubvertedTrope as a joke]]. In the novels, she has a crush towards Shinka.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Used the same way in both, with only a few differences.
** Light novel: [[spoiler:Rikka follows Yuuta around for a bit where she overhears him letting out his inner chuuni after he lends her his umbrella. This ends up putting them down the path to hitching up when she decides to make a contract with him.]]
** Anime: [[spoiler:Rikka follows Yuuta around during the time that she's living with Touka right after her father dies but before they move into their grandparent's house, admiring him while he screws around in his Dark Flame Master persona. It's more ambiguous whether [[StalkerWithACrush she had a crush on him or not]].]]
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* AccidentalKiss:
** The climax of the Christmas OVA makes it seem like Rikka and Yuuta engaged in this. [[spoiler:Turns out it was Sanae who accidentally smacked lips with Shinka.]] This ends up becoming a pivotal plot point in episode 8 of season 2 as well.
* ActorAllusion: When Yuuta brings out his Dark Flame Master persona, it's reminiscent of some other role the voice actor [[CodeGeass was a bit famous for]].
* AdaptationExpansion: Comes with a TwelveEpisodeAnime being adapted from only one volume of light novel. The second season looks to be heading this way too.
* ADayInTheLimelight
** The third episode of ''Lite'' focuses on Kuzuha, back in the day when her big brother Yuuta was still deep in his Dark Flame Master delusion.
** The fifth episode of ''Lite'' focuses on Kumin, mainly on her [[{{sleepyhead}} love of napping]] and the entire "The Summer of Far East Magic Nap Club" (see StartMyOwn below) in her own words.
** While Season 2 still focuses a lot of Rikka and Yuuta, it also gives some of the other characters some screen time.
*** Episodes 4 & 8 spends a lot of time with Shinka and Sanae.
*** Episode 5 focuses a lot of Kumin and the napping competition they have with another school.
* AlternateCharacterReading: ''Ren'' actually is the same character as ''Koi'', albeit written in an older form.
* AlternateContinuity: Virtually so, for the LightNovel.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Turns out that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8079240/Spain-holds-first-national-siesta-championship.html napping competitions]], as shown in episode 5 of season 2, [[http://news.discovery.com/human/spain-siesta-championship.htm are real]].
* ArrowCatch: Rikka attempts to do this at the beginning of episode 3 with a piece of folded up paper shot by Yuuta with a response to her question on it. But she doesn't quite catch it in time, so the paper "arrow" flies in between her fingers, and smacks her in the face.
* ArtShift: Yuuta, when Touka plays an audio clip of his OldShame so deliberately loud that Kumin could hear.
** A much more serious but subtle one is how in Episode 11, the colors are much less saturated, the lighting less bright, and the music is subued and downright dreary when it does appear; symbolizng the end of childhood-wonder as [[spoiler: Rikka finally accepts reality.]]
* BaldOfAwesome: Though [[spoiler: Isshiki]] grows his hair back, [[spoiler: Kumin]] seems rather fond of his baldness.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Discussed and attempted in episode 9 of season 2. Rikka attempts to do it, but despite her best efforts, she fails. Made more hilarious by the fact that the wooden sword used was swung by a young girl who appeared to be about 7 years old. Sanae tries it later, but fails to stop it as well.
* BattleCry: "VANISHMENT THIS WORLD" seems to the universal phrase to commence a delusion battle.
** Rikka's invocation of this in [[spoiler:[[DramaBomb Episode 7]], however, is a TearJerker.]]
** Leads to an amusing scene in episode 9 when Rikka [[spoiler:is too distressed about Yuuta to concentrate on her delusions and]] fails to dive into her delusion world after stuttering out the invocation.
* BeachEpisode: Episode 7 in season 1, and episode 9 in season 2.
* BeamOWar: Dekomori and Shinka have one with a pair of water hoses.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Believe it or not, [[spoiler: Sanae Dekomori when she lets her hair down out of those ridiculous pigtails.]]
* BedmateReveal: How Yuuta meets Sanae in episode 3.
* BigDamnKiss: Episode 12 of the second season, [[spoiler: Averts it completely. Much to the audience's chagrin.]]
* BlandNameProduct: Averted in episode 2, when Yuuta wondered whether Shinka used [[http://www.kao.com/jp/asience/index.html Asience]] or [[http://www.sassoon.com/ Vidal Sassoon]] shampoo.
** Played straight with Mr. Peter during the vending machine incident in episode 1.
** Episode 10 has [[WcDonalds EcDonalds]], with the golden arches turned 90 degrees clockwise.
* BookEnds: Both the beginning and end of the series has Rikka roping down to Yuuta's balcony and asking if he wants to see (her eye). In the same outfit, no less.
** This also mirrors the scene with Rikka and Yuuta in the infirmary with her asking Yuuta if he wants to see her eye.
** Each end also has a narrator telling the audience about the nature of chuunibyou.
* BoomHeadshot: Poor Kumin-senpai, courtesy of Touka.
* BreakThemByTalking: [[spoiler:Yuuta gives one to Sanae at the end of episode 11 after she berates him for not supporting Rikka's delusions, forcing her to admit that for all her delusions, she's never been able to fight a monster or summon a weapon, and that delusions like that are pointless in the long run.]]
* BrickJoke: The twisted game of house that Touka and Yumeha were playing together where they are divorcees keeps popping up in random places.
** It's first brought up in episode 5 after Yuuta comes back home after tutoring Rikka and sees them playing house in his room.
** He finds them talking about it again when he comes back after [[spoiler:he and Rikka confess to each other]] in episode 10.
** The two of them talk about "being able to see the kids" in front of everyone in episode 11 [[spoiler:before Touka leaves for her flight to Italy]] which surprises everyone but Yuuta.
** In the OVA: [[spoiler: "By the way, the world wasn't destroyed." (In 2012)]]
* BroadStrokes: While sharing the same general outline in terms of plot, the events in anime differs in many aspects from the light novel it's based on -- for example, while Rikka and Yuuta live in the same apartment complex in the former, in the latter they live in opposite directions from the train station. The production team admitted this much before the show even began airing though (see AdaptationExpansion).
* CallBack:
** There are a bunch of things that happens in episode 11 that mirror things that happened in earlier episodes. [[spoiler:They're mostly there to see how much Rikka has changed from the events of the previous episode, and how no one is really happy with the way things played out. The train station and drinks scene from episode 1, the convenience store food scene from episode 8 and the bridge lights scene from episode 9, as well as Yuuta putting away his chuuni related things from episode 1 are all mirrored to show how subdued Rikka has become without her delusions.]]
** During Rikka's [[spoiler:StalkerWithoutACrush phase two years before the present story, she has seen the entire scene in episode 3 of ''Lite'' when Yuuta carried a rifle to escort Kuzuha.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Every chuu2, specially Rikka and Sanae, are prone to this. Almost always in a very hammy way, peppered with [[FauxSymbolism random mythological references]] and {{gratuitous foreign language}}s.
* CanonForeigner: Many of the characters introduced, like Dekomori, Kumin-sempai, and even Rikka's sister Touka, are actually anime-only.
* TheCheerleader:
** This is how Shinka said of ''all'' members of the cheerleading team.
** [[spoiler:Shinka herself]] came off a bit like a cheerleader for a few episodes before she started warming up to the other members of the club and [[spoiler:left the club in episode 9.]]
* ChristmasEpisode: The bonus OVA.
* ClassTrip: Episode 6 of ''Ren''.
* ColourFailure: In episode 2 of the second season, Yuuta has it after knowing Rikka pretty much used up all the money Touka gave her (in the area of 280,000 yen!) to fund her delusions.
* ComedicSpanking: Yuuta does this to Rikka in episode 2 of season 2 after finding out that the latter spent almost every bit of money her sister sent her as a living allowance on some night vision goggles.
* ConspicuousCG: The super soak... uh, [[LawyerFriendlyCameo nameless plastic water cannon]] in the second episode. Kind of a weird case, because the gun barely moves, so it would have been easy to animate without CG; on top of that, an image from a magazine article [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/10/08/video-chunibyo-demo-koi-ga-shitai-30-second-episode-two-preview appears to show]] a hand-drawn version.
* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler:Touka confronting Yuuta about her job opportunity in Italy and pressuring him to make Rikka face reality the moment he gets home after he and Rikka confess to each other and the day before the school festival where they are supposed to perform as their chuuni personas.]]
* CrashingDreams: Rikka waking Yuuta up by spraying water on him.
** Sanae wakes up Yuuta from another dream by pushing her bolas up against his face.
* CriticalHit: Called out by name by Rikka in episode 8 of ''Ren''.
* CryCute: Sanae, Rikka, and Satone have all put this trope to good use in the show.
* CurbStompBattle: Pretty much any "battle" Touka is involved in. And even when they go 5 on 1 against her in the first episode of season 2, she still "defeats" them.
* DatePeepers: Kumin, Shinka, and Sanae do this in episode 2 of season 2 when spying on Yuuta and Rikka living together.
* DisappearedDad: Yuuta, Kuzuha and Yumeha's father is plainly off-screen because he was on an external assignment in Jakarta.
* DopeSlap: Yuuta uses this frequently on Rikka and Sanae.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Rare inverted example. Yuuta often smacks Rikka and Sanae when they act up.
* DraggedByTheCollar: Played straight for drama in Episode 11.
* [[spoiler: DramaBomb]]: [[spoiler: Episode 7 starts off as your normal BeachEpisode, but turns into this like WOAH.]] Not like this is uncommon in KyoAni works.
** [[spoiler:The end of episode 9 escalates quickly.]]
* DynamicEntry: Sanae likes to use this on Shinka quite a bit, often in the form of a low attack to knock the latter off her feet. Sometimes used by the other girls as well.
* EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn: Dekomori gets one because she neglected to use sunscreen in the BeachEpisode. By the next BeachEpisode in ''Ren'', she brings sunscreen to avert this.
* ExpressiveHair: Rikka has a minor case with a strand of hair reacting to the emotional state.
* EyePoke: Yuuta suffers this from Shinka in episode 11 after the latter gets upset at him for not figuring out Satone's [[ObliviousToLove feelings for him.]]
* FaceFault: Yuuta pulls off an epic one in the first episode that trashes the room.
* FantasySequence: This trope caused the anime's MundaneMadeAwesome.
* FiveManBand: The Far Eastern Magical Nap Association.
** TheLeader: Rikka, who founded the club and is the most driven of the group in regards to magic.
** TheLancer: Yuuta, who keeps Rikka and the rest of the group in check, but isn't very interested in the actual club activities.
** TheSmartGuy: Shinka, who is the most rational of the group and the one most in touch with outside events.
** TheBigGuy: Sanae, who doesn't really think for herself much and tends to be pretty trigger happy with her hair weapons.
** TheChick: Kumin, who doesn't really do anything but sleep.
** SixthRanger: Isshiki, who probably isn't actually in the club but started hanging out with them because of [[spoiler:Kumin]].
** TeamPet: Chimera, who they manage to bring to school every so often despite pets not being allowed on campus.
* FirstKiss: Played with in the bonus Christmas OVA. The whole episode plays up Rikka and Yuuta trying to progress to this. [[spoiler:[[LesYay Shinka and Sanae]] end up accidentally kissing instead.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''Ren''. The first few episodes show that ''someone'' [[http://i.imgur.com/LgkDgU9.jpg is following Rika's club around]]. Several episodes later, the said stalker is introduced as the one who started the Mori Summer love advice website.
* FourIsDeath: Dekomori Sanae is the fourth person to join the Far Eastern Magical Nap Association, and her VerbalTic is overusing the word "desu" because it sounds like "death" when pronounced in Japanese.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:Yuuta did that to Rikka in episode 10.]] %%Unsure if this is really anime-only...%%
* GirlNextDoor: Rikka, of an upstairs variant, towards Yuuta.
* GratuitousEnglish: A lot, including the BattleCry "Vanishment, this world!" whenever chuuni sufferers "activate" their own world.
** In fact in the novels, English is the only subject Rikka is slightly good at as it's the only thing she can associate with her delusions. Her other subjects are simply abysmal there.
** The last episode features a letter labeled "''Flom'' Dark Flame Master".
** Gratuitous English + GratuitousFrench: "Black Raison d'Ętre", the mail address given to Rikka by Yuuta, and also the name of the group singing the ending credits song.
* HamToHamCombat: The characters whenever they're fighting in their chuunibyo personas.
* HeroicBSOD: Rikka goes through one in episode 8 when [[spoiler:Touka berates her for her delusions and living in the past]] and it's implied that she goes through another in episode 10 when [[spoiler:Yuuta tries to make her see reality as well]].
** Sanae goes through one in episode 11 when [[spoiler:Yuuta denies her delusions after he lets Rikka go see her father's grave with her mom.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Rikka found out about Yuuta's 'Dark Flame Master' persona after seeing him put on the act one last time before school. In his defense, he really wanted it out of his system and he thought no one was around to see.
** Sanae got herself entangled on her very long hair after trying to use it like... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolas bolas]].
** Sanae, in Ep 4, got dizzy after spinning around at an attempt to attack Shinka.
* HomeschooledKids: Near the end of the series, when the characters are enjoying the holiday at Rikka's, Tsuyuri reveals to Shinka that she never had a boyfriend because she was homeschooled for the entirety of elementary and middle school. This may well explain her [[CloudCuckooLander strangeness]].
* HumongousMecha: Show up in the DVD-only 'Depth of Field' mini-episodes.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title includes elipses [[spoiler:save for the last two, where Rikka is forced to grow out of her chuunibyou delusions]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Touka is damn near deadly with a common kitchen ladle. And not in the imaginary world, in ''real life''.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: Yuuta is the only male character of any significance, and even his friend
* IndirectKiss: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6sqALRPogA This.]]
* InsultBackfire: In episode 10 two Nibutani's former classmates appeared at the school festival and tried to gloat at her past as "Mori Summer", only for Shinka to remember ''[[NotSoDifferent their]]'' [[NotSoDifferent eight-grade obsessions]].
* IntoxicationEnsues: Rikka and Sanae in the bonus OVA after ingesting alcoholic Christmas cake.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: It sounds like the females in the Takanashi household have the tendency to run away from reality. Rikka's mother ran away physically while Rikka herself [[{{escapism}} does that mentally]], and Touka pretended it never existed.
* KarmaHoudini: Touka, [[spoiler:who gets her happy ending when Rikka is forced to get over her chuunibyou and goes to Italy to pursue her dream of becoming a master chef while everyone back in Japan angsts and struggles with the situation that she left behind.]]
* KonamiCode: Rikka uses this code on a soda machine, with arm gestures. She gets a free drink.
** 'B' is Banana and 'A' is apple.
* LargeHam: Several of the actors in episode 3, especially the one boasting that he has to be defeated to pass.
* LevelAte: The Chuunibyou battle in the Christmas OAV.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Yuuta to an extent. Shinka also shows more and more of her caring side as time passes outside of her YamatoNadeshiko facade.
* LoopholeAbuse: Used a couple of times in episode 3.
** First, Rikka attempts to form her club, but doesn't have enough members. So she tries to claim her cat as a member, but Nanase won't allow it due to the cat not being a human. She then channels a split personality to claim as the "fifth" member who only [[GratuitousEnglish speaks English]], but Nanase [[GenreSavvy plays along]], and uses more English than Rikka knows. She then feigns a sickness, and then claims her personality is no longer there. Nanase then states that since they no longer have a "fifth" member present, she can't approve the club.
*** Despite the setbacks however, Nanase does allow a legitimate loophole for them. They can form a club, on the condition that they clean up an unused room first. While it takes a while due to the girls mostly goofing off rather than cleaning, they eventually do it, and Nanase allows them to form their club with only four members.
* MidseasonUpgrade: Yuuta gives Rikka a new umbrella for her birthday in episode 7 of season 2. He claims her old one was getting worn out, and she seems quite happy with it.
* MistakenForCheating: Happens several times in season 2 with Yuuta regarding his childhood friend Satone. Rikka becomes an InsecureLoveInterest, and constantly thinks he's cheating on her anytime she sees him with Satone, who also plays TheTease towards him, especially in episode 7. [[spoiler:However, Satone makes her peace with Rikka, claiming that she started losing interest the whole chuunibyou shtick in middle school, but also sensed she'd be a HopelessSuitor towards him, especially since he forgot the meaning of that coin she gave him. She pulls an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and says that Yuuta belongs to the latter, and she'll stay as Sophia instead. She then disappears after telling Yuuta to come to the harbor so they could be alone together for the rest of the day.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Happens a few times in the latter half of episode 7. [[spoiler:Also, the episode itself relative to the previous ones]].
* MoralDissonance: Though PlayedForLaughs, the end of the series has [[spoiler:Yuuta basically kidnapping Rikka and resisting police custody, Isshiki pretending to be a molester to harass/distract a perfectly innocent police officer, and Dekomori and Kumin physically harassing/blocking an old man.]] That's a little messed up when you think about it.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: OnceAnEpisode there's a scene on how the chuunis see things through the filter of their delusions.
** Episode 01: Rikka trying to open a train door by DramaticWind and then walked in as if nothing happened.
*** Also in the episode: Rikka unseals her MagicalEye.
** Episode 02: Rikka versus Touka -- in an epic battle of umbrella versus ladle -- through the former's vision.
** Episode 03: Rikka and Sanae's broom fight through their chuuni vision.
** Episode 04: Sanae's hair versus Shinka's pom poms.
** Episode 05: Rikka's doing her math paper.
** Episode 06: The various members of the club announcing themselves.
** Episode 08: Rikka versus Touka again. [[spoiler:PlayedForDrama this time.]]
** Episode 09: [[spoiler:Subverted with Rikka and Sanae versus Yuuta: Rikka is too distracted to properly activate her delusion filter and the "battle" is seen in normal vision.]]
** Episode 11: Sanae versus Rikka. [[spoiler:[[PlayedForDrama Dear]] [[TearJerker god]].]]
** Episode 12: [[spoiler: Yuuta becomes Dark Flame Master and invokes this, giving Rikka the chance to see the Ethereal Horizon and say goodbye to her father once and for all.]]
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: In episode 8 of ''Ren'', what actually terminated Natsumi the Dekomori-{{Stalker|withACrush}}'s crush was the AccidentalKiss between Dekomori and Shinka.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: While Yuuta is relieved in a way that he helped snap Rikka out of her chuunibyo phase, he also can't help but feel that she seems to be suffering from a lack of it as well, especially after she moves back into her grandparent's house. Sanae's WhatTheHellHero rant towards him in episode 11 finally hits home once he realizes Rikka wasn't coming back, probably because he told her all that giving up all that stuff was for the best, not realizing that it also meant she wouldn't want to see him either due to him being a constant reminder of it. He rushes off to her grandparent's house on Isshiki's bike in the middle of the night.
* MyHeroZero: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcfskf0uLbQ Episode 6]], Rikka gives everyone in the club T-shirts with some symbol for zero on the back. [[RuleOfCool Because it's the coolest number.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** [[spoiler: Rikka's family hiding her father's illness from her in order to protect her. Granted she was a child and probably would have had a hard time dealing with it. But his sudden death makes it very hard for her to accept it.]]
** Yuuta's speech to Rikka about giving up her chuunibyo stuff. While it seems okay at first, Rikka seems very unhappy, and ultimately decides that it would be best to move away from him, so as not to be reminded of that stuff any longer.
* NoNameGiven: The fake [[spoiler:Mori Summer]]. Her name is not mentioned in-episode, and instead is listed in the after-episode credits instead (where it's revealed that her name is Natsumi Tokugawa).
* OhCrap:
** Yuuta's expression when Touka shows him an audio clip of one of his "Dark Flame Master" delusions.
** Rikka upon being told that The Far Eastern Magical Nap Association of Summer would be disbanded if she didn't improve in Math.
* OldSchoolBuilding: Seemingly the location of the Far Eastern Magical Nap Association - after they provide free labour spring cleaning it.
* OnceAnEpisode: Someone uses the BattleCry.
* PetTheDog: As motivation to do better on her upcoming math exam, Rikka asks Yuuta to come up with a better (read: more Chuuni) e-mail address to replace her strangely bland existing one. After doing ... well enough, Yuuta comes up with one that Rikka adores; [[ChewingTheScenery he presents it to her in]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Dark Flame Master mode, no less.]]
** Shinka gets a few PetTheDog moments in episode 9 when she's playing cupid for [[spoiler:Rikka]], showing that she does care about the other members of the club.
* PlayingHouse: Yuuta walks into his room to find Touka and his little sister Yumeha in the middle of a divorce and custody agreement.
** ''Again'' in episode 10, when they're in a divorce lawsuit.
** Once more in episode 11 when [[spoiler:Touka leaves]] and Yumeha asks if she'll be allowed to see the kids.
* PlotAllergy: Touka is allergic to cats, so when Rikka brings one home, she requests Yuuta to help her get rid of it. When Yuuta expresses reluctance, she [[{{Blackmail}} presents him an audio clip of one of his rants as the "Dark Flame Master"]].
* PsychoLesbian: It episode 8 of ''Ren'', [[spoiler:a girl pretended to be Mori Summer so that she can molest [[HeroWorshipper Dekomori]]]].
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Rikka and Yuuta confessing to each other in episode 10. Though with all the stuff that happened afterwards, they don't get much time to enjoy it...]]
* RomanticComedy: The first half of season 1. Then the second half kicks in. While there's still some comedy, it's downplayed in favor of the more serious dramatic and tearjerker moments.
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Rikka and Dekomori, although it's more toned down than many examples since the real romance is between [[spoiler: Shinka and Dekomori.]]
* RuleOfSymbolism: In the beginning of the first episode, Yuuta put his Chuunibyou-era props to the balcony, planning to trash his OldShame altogether. At the end of the episode, he put them back into his closet, symbolizing he couldn't put away his chuunibyou past yet.
** [[spoiler:Rikka pulling off her eyepatch in front of everyone at the end of episode 10, revealing that she no longer has her MagicalEye.]]
** Rikka's actions throughout episode 11, [[spoiler:which rather disturbingly mirror Yuuta's actions in the beginning of episode 1.]]
* SchoolClubsAreSeriousBusiness:
** Isshiki is of the opinion that these determine the school life one will lead, or at least factor heavily.
** Rikka's wish to form a club as a means to find allies in search for the Ethereal Horizon isn't well received by Yuuta.
** Only Kumin feels that there's a need for a "Nap Club."
* SeriousBusiness: Napping. For Kumin in general, and [[spoiler: for the entire club in ''Ren'' episode 5.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Practically the entire class ships Yuuta and Rikka.
** This is especially noticeable at the start of episode 3, where the entire class gathers around and starts applauding at Yuuta's accidental IndirectKiss.
** By episode 7, Nibutani makes it fairly clear that she believes Yuuta and Rikka are bound to be together eventually. Isshiki also takes a Yuuta[=/=]Rikka relationship as a given.
** By episode 9, she's completely (and correctly) convinced and actively trying to get the two of them together.
** In second episode of ''Ren'', Kazari [[CallBack called back]] to this, saying everyone in class has been shipping Yuuta and Rikka when they were tenth graders.
* ShoutOut:
** An anime where Creator/SoichiroHoshi voices a student and the teacher is voiced by Creator/KikukoInoue...? Meh, [[OnegaiTeacher it's been done before.]]
** One should not be surprised that the [[Manga/KOn light music club]] was the first club Makoto refers to in the School Club rush.
** Sanae notes she's the same age as the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Second Children" and "Third Children"]], misplaced pluralization and all. They also mention "Blood-type: Blue".
** Perhaps just a GagSub, but episode 2 has Rikka saying "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's dangerous to go by yourselves. Take this.]]" while [[http://www.lolcats.com/popular/19863-its-dangerous-to-go-alone-take-this.html holding out a cat.]]
** Yuuta's probably playing ''Videogame/LovePlus'' in episode 4.
*** And makes a blatant reference to ''[[Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows Kami Nomi]]'' in the process.
** In episode 4 Sanae chants the first, second, and last line of [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina's Dragon Slave spell]]. Including the actual name of the spell, just in case you didn't catch it.
** In Episode 4 Sanae also mentions the infamous "OVER 9000" line from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', except replacing "9000" with "[[SerialEscalation 200,005,000]]".
*** This is also a a reference to other Kyoani giant TheMelancholyofHaruriSuzumiya. More specifically, to the movie/novel 4 The Disappearence of Haruhi Suzumiya, as this is exactly the random number that Haruri shout when Kyon almost takes a peek at Mikuru's panties.
** In episode 5, Rikka is at the shrine and unable to recover from learning that her math skills are worse than Dekomori's, who is younger than her. Yuuta then remarks "It's like getting up to 300% damage in [[SuperSmashBros Smash Brothers]]."
** In episode 5, Sanae states that to 'face' the 7*x or above in the multiplication table, you'll need the [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun Level Upper]].
** Later one she can see the answers to her math test much the same way [[MobileSuitGundam Lalah can see time itself.]]
** In episode 6, Rikka, Sanae, and Kumin are sounding off their various chuuni personas (including one given to Kumin), with all of them wearing the number [[CodeGeass Zero]].
** Episode 7 has Isshiki looking at Kumin Tsuyuri's breasts, [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya and noticing there's a mole on them.]]
** Although slight, Sanae says "That's the duty of those bound by contract!", which sounds a lot like ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
** And doesn't Yuuta's Chuunibyou persona Dark Flame Master and his "Black Flame Dragon" remind you a lot of a certain three eyed protagonist from {{Yu Yu Hakusho}}? He even wears [[PowerLimiter the arm bandage]].
** Sanae's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qIKpoJ4KkM special move]]" (and her giant pigtails) reminds of Anime/SailorMoon's transformation sequence.
** The commercial to [[http://www.youtube.com/embed/B99n7bWOwpk the Blu-Ray special episode]] riffs on Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion's iconic battle theme ''Decisive Battle''.
** During the last scene in the Christmas OVA when Rikka is descending to Yuuta's balcony, the moon and night sky behind her is an [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} eerie green color]].
** In the second episode of ''Ren'', Rikka said she said a dolphin in the word processor. She's referring to Kairu, a East Asia-exclusive [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Assistant Office Assistant]] that appears in {{Microsoft}} Office versions 97-2007. She also noted "in the English version, my fish is a paperclip instead." Most viewers should still remember Clippy.
** Rikka Takanashi's home town is modeled very closely after Kami in the Hyougo prefecture, KeyVisualArts based their visual novel ''VisualNovel/{{Air}}'' in the same city.
** In episode 11 of season 2, Yuuta's hidden coins are named [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy, Skuld, and Urd]].
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: No character is exempt from being the target of comedy, physical or otherwise, shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64qk6Su6rwc here]].
* SpikeBallsOfDoom: Sanae substitutes the sand bags at the end of her pigtails with a couple of these for a few seconds to better attack Yuuta with.
* SpinOff: The BD-packaged specials "Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai?: Depth of Field; it's VideoGame/ArmoredCore meets Chuunibyou, and it is EPIC.
* SpitTake: Sanae does this to Shinka accidentally in episode 5 when the latter goes looking for her missing pom-poms.
* StalkerWithACrush: The girl claiming to be the real Mori Summer in episode 8 of season 2. She can be seen stalking Sanae in earlier episodes as well, such as when Shinka has Sanae in a headlock during episode 4, or when Sanae, Shinka, and Kumin were watching Rikka and Yuuta shop.
* StartMyOwn: Like LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya before her, Rikka forms her own school club, the "Far Eastern Magical Nap Association", which is more or less a legalized excuse to let her delusions run amuck with Yuuta, Kumin and Sanae tagging along, willing or not. It becomes a full-fledged club once Shinka actually applies, [[spoiler:hinting to her past life as a chuuni herself]].
* StatusQuoIsGod:
** In episode 4 of season 2, Shinka attempts to run for student council president. At first Sanae sabotages her efforts intentionally, but after Satone verifies Shinka as "Mori Summer", Sanae instead devotes herself to helping out Shinka instead. Things seem to go really well, and Shinka decides to don her chuunibyou ego for a moment to thank Sanae for all of her help. Sanae then accidentally blows Shinka's chances when she starts spouting off Mabinogion passages, causing Shinka to drop out of the race out of embarrassment. They then go back to the old methods, being at each other's throat...
** Shinka and Sanae's VitriolicBestFriends relationship comes up again in episode 8 of season 2 when another girl claims to be Mori Summer. At first Shinka is glad to be rid of Sanae and her old shame. But some of the others don't feel right about the new girl claiming to be her, and with some TrainingFromHell by Satone, Shinka ends up battling the "fake" Mori Summer, partly to save Sanae from the StalkerWithACrush, but also because despite not wanting anything to do with it, she still feels Mori Summer was her creation.
* StealthHiBye:
** Dekomori comes out of nowhere to slide tackle Shinka while the latter is sitting in art class, then runs back out the door. They aren't even in the same grade (Shinka is in high school while Dekomori is still in middle school).
** Both Rikka and Touka appear from under Yuuta's bed at different times. In the case of the latter, he wonders how she managed to fit under there in the first place. She mentions she was a gymnast in high school, and also grabs a copy of his porn magazine.
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Rikka, Yuuta, and Shinka in episode 11.]]
* TheStinger: At the end of episode 10 in season 1, Yuuta and Touka watch as Rikka sings a song that the latter mentions was special to her father. After the credits roll, one of the hosts asks if it had special meaning. Rikka then takes off her eyepatch, to reveal she doesn't have her gold contact lens on any longer.
* SuntanStencil: In the BeachEpisode, Shinka and Sanae (who also suffered an EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn) do this on each others' backs with their knowing until the next episode.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[spoiler:Shinka]] to Kumin: ''First thing first: Fortune-telling has nothing to do with Chuunibyou.''
* TechnicolorEyes: Touka. She has [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BwCyjasY1s4/UHajD3ywFsI/AAAAAAAAGG8/GAxwQKicPXQ/s1600/Chuunibyou_demo_Koi_ga_Shitai_02_Touka_Takanashi.jpg red]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes]]. Tsuyuri has red eyes as well, but she averts the RedEyesTakeWarning trope by being possibly the sweetest person in the show.
* ThisIsReality: [[spoiler:Yuuta [[BreakTheCutie broke both Rikka and Dekomori]] this way.]]
* TransformationSequence: Parodied in episode 6, when Rikka requires members of the "Far Eastern Magical Nap Club of Summer" to introduce themselves in that way.
* TwelveEpisodeAnime: Both seasons.
* VitriolicBestBuds: "The Far Eastern Magical Nap Association."
* WhamLine:
** In episode 11 of the first season, [[spoiler:Rikka says she's going to disband the club.]]
** In episode 9 of season 2, Touka shows back up in Japan with a little girl in tow. She claims that said girl is her daughter and everyone practically does a FaceFault. Then she subverts the trope by and says she was lying, and the little girl is the daughter of the chef training her in Italy, who requested Touka bring her along. But nobody laughs at it, much like Kumin's attempts at jokes.
* WhamShot: [[spoiler: TheStinger of episode 10, where Rikka takes off her eyepatch to reveal... a ''perfectly-normal blue eye.'']]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** [[spoiler:Sanae gives a rather heartbreaking one to Yuuta after he lets Rikka leave to go see her father's grave in episode 11, telling him that Rikka had been waiting for him to call Rikka out on her total rejection of her chuuni persona and blaming him for her sudden change.]]
** At the end of episode 10 in season 2, Satone tells Yuuta to go to Rikka after it starts to rain at the festival. She then jumps out into the rain in an attempt to bury her feelings for him once and for all, [[spoiler:only to then get an emotional cheap shot when he returns a moment later and offers her an umbrella. She starts the [[CryCute waterworks]] and runs off due to not being able to hold in her feelings anymore.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Yuuta will give whoever he thinks deserves it a whack on the head, regardless of their gender.
* WoundedGazelleGambit:
** Shinka does this in episode 12 to buy Yuuta and Rikka some time. She screams that there's a pervert trying to grope her, and tells Isshiki to play along. He confusedly does so, then runs away when the policeman who was observing Yuuta and Rikka then chases off after him. Several of the others hold off Rikka's grandfather so they can make their escape.
** She does this again in episode 6 of season 2, claiming she heard some strange noises in order to distract the teacher so Yuuta could get Rikka safely out of his room and bring her back upstairs to the girl's hotel rooms.
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* AccidentalPervert: Yuuta gets a good look at Rikka's panties after he [[CrashIntoHello crashes into her]] after getting his math test back. She takes it surprisingly well, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Yuuta.
* BerserkButton: Kazari doesn't like being called by the AlternateCharacterReading Fuurin ("wind chimes").
* BettyAndVeronica: Yuuta, Rikka, and [[spoiler:Satone]].
* CrashIntoHello: After talking to Isshiki about Rikka, Yuuta accidentally crashes into her after spacing out while walking back to his seat after getting his math test back. [[spoiler:Though technically it's not the first time that they've met.]]
* LethalChef: Subverted. Rikka somehow is able to make a delicious cake despite not knowing how to cook and using unorthodox ingredients.
* RedHerring: Early in the second novel, a random punk tries to hit on Rikka while Yuuta is getting something, and manages to get her name and school before Yuuta steps in. [[spoiler:Near the end, Rikka gets kidnapped outside of the school and the kidnapper contacts Yuuta by phone and talks about taking Rikka for himself if Yuuta can't find her in time, with the voice distorted to the point that Yuuta wasn't able to recognize it at all. It turns out to be Satone, however, who actually wanted to break them up so that she could take Yuuta for herself.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: Yuuta spends most of the first novel going through a lot just to help Rikka review for her remedial exam in Mathematics, only for her to fail ''spectacularly'' at the end of the book. By the start of the second novel, Rikka ''still'' hasn't gotten any better, with her highest exam score a pathetic 30 out of a hundred.
* ShoutOut:
** In the first volume, page 62, Yuuta mentions that Rikka's personal term for e-mails sounds like it came out of [[LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex Academy City]].
** In the first volume, page 112, Yuuta hypothesizes Rikka's Devil World as being a place where "[[NintendoHard you can hear your body crumbling after]] [[VideoGame/GargoylesQuest Fir*brand]][[note]][[WritingAroundTrademarks The name is censored as such]] in the light novel.[[/note]] [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins swoops down]] as you visit."
** In the first volume, pages 139 to 142, Yuuta and Rikka play video games that are heavily implied to be ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}''[[note]]Described as "a parody shooting game" whose cast includes an octopus and [[VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure a penguin whose "other game" involves a golden apple]].[[/note]] and a bizarre non-existent spin-off of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.''[[note]]Yuuta and Rikka disagree on whether the game's name is "Great Uprising" (which hews close to the series' Japanese name ''Dairantou Smash Bros.'', "Great Fray Smash Bros.") or "Sumabura" (A Japanese abbreviation of "Smash Bros.") and two of its characters is [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} a yellow mouse with electric attacks]] and [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} "the Pink Demon"]], yet it's explicitly mentionned as being a war game and not a beat-'em-up game, and the gameplay involves cutting up trees (impossible in ''Smash Bros.'' at the time the novel was written) ammo (only items in ''Smash Bros.'' use ammo, and Rikka says that the match they're playing has items disabled.) and meteor rain attacks (the only characters to have those are [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Ness]] and [[VideoGame/{{Mother 3}} Lucas]] in ''Brawl'', who can only use them with a Final Smash, which can only be obtained through items...).[[/note]]
** In the second volume Rikka and Yuuta had a conversation that refers to ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler:Rikka asked Yuuta to make a contract to become a magical girl. Yuuta, after responding with [[VerbalTic "Homu?"]], replied while he likes that show as well, he couldn't help with the entropy thing much.]]
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