Chuunibyou: Take on Me Movie Review

[Lazy repost, I’m watching Weathering With You tomorrow so I thought hey, let’s just post a review of a different romantic anime movie you recently saw. Expect the review for Weathering With You by Makoto Shinkai next week!]

Well, I guess it’s Chuuni week in this blog, because after watching how terrible chuunis can be in “When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace”, I decided to remind myself of how adorable chuunis can exist too!

I did this by watching the Chuunibyou movie, subtitled:

♪♫♬ TAAAAAKE OOOON MEEEEE♪♫♬

♪♫♬ take on me♪♫♬

♪♫♬ TAAAAAAKE MEEEEE OOOONNNNN♪♫♬

♪♫♬ take on me♪♫♬

♪♫♬ I’LL BEEEEEEE GOOOOONE, IN A DAY OR TWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!♪♫♬

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Well, I’ve got that joke out of my system, let’s start the review!

No major spoilers for the first half, but there will be a lot towards the second half of the review, so be warned.

What’s The Plot?

Yuuta and Rikka are on their third year of high school. One day in Spring, Touka declares that she will take Rikka to Italy with her, as her job has stabilized there and thinks they should migrate together as a family. Touka is also worried about Rikka not being competent enough to advance to universities in Japan. The gangs from the club suggested Yuuta, who doesn’t want to be separated, to elope with Rikka! A runaway drama throughout Japan begins.

Taken from MAL

We can essentially count this as a pseudo-3rd season at this point, as it takes place right after season 2. Just about everybody gets a little time to shine in this story, and we even get introduced to Rikka’s mom in the movie.

But first, let’s talk-

Production (Visuals, Sound and Cast)

Seeing as this is basically a long episode of Chuunibyou on a higher budget, the animation and visuals are pretty much shot-for-shot gorgeous, as most KyoAni movies tend to be. The beautiful landscape shots of the various cities they visit, and everything being so bright, even at night, makes this movie worth a watch for the eye candy alone.

Oh, and of course, all the references to the KyoAni Cinematic Universe!|

I stole these screenshots from reddit, and you can find even more references in this album.

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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Clannad After Story

The voice acting by the regulars are as good as they are in the show, so and Maaya Uchida’s delivery on the most childish things is still pretty adorable.

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Still, I always thought that Chuunibyou was strongest when they let the scene show us the emotions of the characters.

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F E E L I N G S

As for the music, I always loved Chuunibyou’s music, once again done by KyoAni’s usual composer, Akito Matsuda. His experience with Hibike! Euphonium and Non Non Biyori, both incredibly atmospheric series that relies a lot on ambient music for long stretches of time, are perfect for setting up the ambience of this road trip movie through Japan.

Development

Now, I think they really developed Rikka and Yuuta’s relationship very organically this time around, and we actually get a nice conflict. With the looming threat of Rikka living in Italy, despite Yuuta’s reluctance, he still agrees to the ridiculous plan of eloping and taking a long road trip all through Japan. I especially liked Yuuta’s resolve to actually speak with Rikka’s mom and discuss his plans for her daughter plainly, to remove all doubt in anybody’s mind about how determined he is to keep Rikka.

SPOILERS

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In what I ALWAYS wanted for the past two seasons, Yuuta admits that he doesn’t care whether or not Rikka decides to remain a chuuni  or not, just that he’ll always be there to support her no matter what she decides.

Rikka, who throughout the movie actually struggles with giving up the identity she’s built for herself or to love Yuuta, but hearing Yuuta’s acceptance of whatever decision she makes gives her the strength to move forward with the relationship, no matter what happens.

Oh, and KyoAni finally apologizes to me for all those kisses they’ve missed for the past two seasons, because-

THEY FINALLY DID IT!

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THAT’S FOR SEASON 1!
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THAT’S FOR SEASON 2!
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AND HERE’S AN APOLOGY KISS FOR S2 AGAIN!

I do really like that the kiss was an awkward peck instead of passionate one. It makes way more sense for these two kids who have never been in a relationship, and one of which is quite frankly still 25% stuck in a state of childhood, to do a cute little peck and get excited over each one instead of a mature, passionate kiss like you would see in most other high school anime.

I love that the “villains” of the movie aren’t even really villains at all, and I could plainly feel the whole time that Rikka’s sister, Touka, was only testing how much Yuuta really cared for not only Rikka’s well being, but how far he was willing to allow her chuunibyou tendencies.

This whole test was actually for a good reason, because this was what would decide if Touka would actually let Rikka stay with Yuuta in Japan. Why?

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I was pleasantly surprised that the true reason for the Italy visit was because she has decided to get married! It’s nice to see that she actually has her own life going on in the background without our knowledge. She finally accepts that after basically seeing the two be so stuck to each other and actually manage to live well enough on the road that Rikka will be in good hands. Plus, she gives us the teaser for Season 3!

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Wedding by Season 3!

Conclusion

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Overall, if you’ve always been a fan, then you are surely going to love this movie just as I did. It manages to be a great in every aspect of production, and provide us with plenty of fanservice and shout-outs to previous beloved works.

Not only that, it also progresses the romance in a satisfying way. If this is the last animated media that Chuunibyou will ever have, then this was a beautiful conclusion to one of my favorite romcoms from KyoAni.

I give Take on Me a 4 out of 5! 

Now excuse me while I make an AMV of this movie that ACTUALLY uses Ninja Sex Party’s cover of Take on Me.

– TLM

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