Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!: Kirameki no… Slapstick Noel
Released Year : June 19, 2013 to ????
No of Episodes : 1
Genre : Comedy,School
Plot : Episode 13, included in the final volume of the BD/DVD. Taking place directly after the events of "Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!", Christmas is coming up and Rikka is told by Nibutani that this is an opportunity for her to get closer to Yuuta. Under Makoto's suggestion, they plan a Christmas party at Sanae's Mansion.
Our Review : Hey, another episode of Chuu2, isn't it cool? Yeah. Before I start, just want to let you know that I never read the light novels, and I don't really know what will happen in the aftermath, and of course, SPOILERS ALERT. So please read at your own will. (And BTW, review-virgin here, so please be kind until a good review comes out, lol)
Good episode. And that's how at least I can describe it. Got rewarded for what I came for. Classical Chuu2.
Had my laughs with Sanae and Nibutani, had my dokidokis with Yuuta and Rikka. But again, that's it.
STORY: So we start sometime after the last episode from season 1, with the same things going as always for the Chuu2 gang, until they decide to host a christmas party. Since no one can do it, Deko steps up and offers her house, and so the OVA goes.
Aside from our favorite number 1 christmas anime cliche (accidentally drunk girls) everything went okay, giving highlight to the "femslash" (as Commie would put) and the RikkaYuuta "so close yet so far" moment. Not bashable, though, as you couldn't expect for DAT development to happen on an OVA, after all. If there are any character development let's save it for season 2, thus earning a steady 6 on my CHARACTER and another 6 on my STORY review.
SOUND AND ANIMATION; since the studio animated this right after or during animating the first season, you couldn't expect the powerful Kyoto Animation to disappoint. And they didn't. Everything from the animation part was nice and it maintained the same feeling of the original work. Soundtrack was good as we expect from KyoAni, even though the return of "seizure OP" does manage to be a bother, but it's nothing too big. Pretty much an 8 for both.
Should you take your time to watch it? Sure! Since you can consider it as a prequel to the second season, with Yuuta and Rikka growing together as a couple and overcoming their problems (or so as I hope it will play out). If you are someone who didn't really like the first season, you should skip it as it doesn't add much.
If you didn't like the announcement of the second season and the movie, don't be mad though. As a fellow fan of these other animes I'm sure as hell Haruhi, Hyouka, FMP or even Rewrite will get their own spotlights in the future (maybe Rewrite is just a big dream? lol)
Since good things and "bad things" are even, and it felt normal, I'll leave it as an 6 (fair) OVERALL and ENJOYMENT for me, since the whole episode was just an opportunity for us to see the gang again, and perhaps have a sneak peek at the future season. It was pretty nice.