The official website for romantic comedy anime series Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai has been updated today with a promo video reel for an extra episode – not part of the anime’s original run – contained within Volume 7 of show’s Blu-ray and DVD home releases.
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai tells the story of Yuuta Togashi, a high-school freshman who used to suffer from something the Japanese call describe as “chuunibyou”, which is not a real disease, but rather a comedic term used to refer to those who delude themselves into thinking that they are superheroes blessed with ESP, and other such “adolescent delusions of grandeur”.
The term chuunibyou literally means “disease from middle school, grade two (in Japan)”. Middle school grade two is the equivalent of eigth grade in the US, and secondary one in Singapore, and the term was so-coined as such adolescent delusions of grandeur typically occur at that age, between 13 and 14.
In the anime series, Yuuta decides to shed his chuunibyou past in high school, due to the alienation from peers that he experienced back in middle school, when he told everyone that he had supernatural powers and was the “Dark Flame Master”.
His plans to graduate from Eighth Grade Syndrome, however, when a delusional female classmate, Rikka Takanashi, learns of his past and becomes interested in him.
Although the anime series recently finished its 12-episode run on Japanese TV, fans who’d like to own the entire show can look forward to collecting all seven volumes of the Blu-ray and DVD releases. The first volume has already gone on sale, and volumes two to seven are slated to be released from January to June 2013.
Each of the first six volumes contain two episodes from the TV anime series, while the seventh and final volume is a collection of six 6-minute “Lite” Internet shorts (streamed on YouTube in Japan; it’s region-restricted) and the aforementioned unaired episode.
In the US, the series is licensed and known as Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.