Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy Review

Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy Episode 1 Review
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Title: Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy
Length: 11 x 24 minute episodes
Genre: Comedy, slice-of-life
Year of release: 2019

When Hijiri Mizuki comes to school wearing an eyepatch, all the cringy nerds, dubbed Chuunibyou‘s or chuuni‘s (kids with ‘eight grader syndrome’) in the Hero Club jump on her, assuming she’s ‘one of them’. It’s not that they won’t take ‘it’s just an eye-infection!’ for an answer, no, because Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy is far more good-willed than that, never letting its feel-good atmosphere drop the ball. Mizuki joins the club because she’s looking for a friend, and sees through their dumb antics to see that they’re all good people, now matter how misguided they may be or how difficult she finds accepting this fact.

The series has aspects of a Reverse Harem in its setup, but aside from about two slightly suggestive moments, the series doesn’t get bogged down at all by ship-fuel. This is a club show that’s far more interested in taking its ridiculous boys to the next comic routine, which become so convoluted that they’re non-stop funny. The Hero Club basically just help people who need favours, ranging from saving lost pets to helping underclassmen study, and all the different member’s gimmicks – and Hijiri’s management – let them achieve their goals.

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Noda, codename: Red, is the super sentai obsessed member of the Hero Club. The casting was spot-on, too, bringing Daiki Yamashita, who is recently known for the role of Deku, the protagonist in the recent shounen action hit, Boku no Hero Academia, and Yamashita brings that same loud aggression, but touches it up with an unmistakable blasé flair and pushing Noda into the role of a fan rather than a hero himself. Of all the nerds, Noda is simultaneously the most wholesome and the most cringy, as his superhero moments, such as ‘Searchlight!’ that make you want to shout ‘grow up!’. The cast almost always do cringe at him – or ignore him, because he is damn useful, being ridiculously fit and unendingly determined to see his goals through, and, seriously, the way he never removes his hat is commendable. Expectedly, he’s not the brightest tool in the shed, but his happy-go-lucky, earnest attitude makes him o! so likeable, especially as he never berates the other boys for their hobbies or obsessions.

Nakamura, codename: Touga Ryoushin, is the more common chuuni archetype you might be aware of; the garden gothic variant of chuuni, Nakamura believes he is the son of an angel/demon tryst, has a possessed arm, and has been reincarnated throughout centuries, causing his verbal circumlocution to go on tirades of magic and evil. He also is, undoubtedly, the member of the club that gets ribbed the most; when he invites the rest of the club around his house, the more ordinary members (namely, Hijiri and Takashima) find his attempts at drawing manga while he is out of the room and can’t control their laughter at the cringy, egotistical content, while Yamato is in awe of Nakamura’s skills as an artist. These moments go a long way to making the show so charming, because the banter is rock-solid, yet always kind; such like another moment, where a member of another club realises Nakamura’s description of his ‘past life’ is the plot of an anime he enjoyed when he was younger!

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The priorly mentioned Takashima is the more socially palpable one, whose cringiness is usually reserved behind closed doors or in his subconscious. Despite being an attractive guy, Hijiri regularly bemoans, Takashima believes ‘2d > 3d’, and is in love with the virtual idol Sora-chan. There’s many amusing moments that this causes, as his outgoing and popular attitude will suddenly find a gaping hole when he decides to go out of his way to go on this virtual idol’s bus, or exclaim in terror that he was unable to ‘roll’ the limited Sora-chan cards on her mobile game. Takashima’s arc takes the cake for best sequence of the series, as the group help out a local theme park, and Takashima meets a live-action Sora-chan actress.

Rei’s background is the most mysterious of the bunch, with his weirdly obtuse personality clashing with the green cat tail of his hoodie. Likewise, the late cast addition, Futaba, an American musician, is another mystery that I can’t spoil. Getting to who these characters are is just fun.

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There’s a real school atmosphere to the show, as the Hero Club go around helping out other clubs and meeting with other students. Nanase, the class rep, steals the show amongst the secondary cast, with her unending niceness and really sweet bonding with Hijiri (#MyShip), but the student body is developed to a strong degree in these amusing 11 episodes.

Hijiri is a strong protagonist in her reactivity to the series, and her eventual winning over is both cute, and hilarious – true to the series in the best way. Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy didn’t seek to change the wheel, it’s lack of originality in many of its ideas might come off as forgettable, and it doesn’t have that really personal or powerful oomph factor, but it’s a really feel-good time and an incredibly easy watch. chuubyouverdict1.jpg

3 thoughts on “Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy Review

    1. Thanks 🙂 It’s one of those series that’s by no means a masterpiece, but I kept finding myself realising the latest episode was out and sticking it on immediately. It’s so pleasant, you know? I hope you enjoy it if you give it a chance, though fair warning: it IS, undeniably, cringe humour!

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