Chuunibyo likes to deliver its episode previews not in a traditional PV format, but in what the studio calls a “Lite Episode” – a diet version of the unoriginal moetastrope mess which is to come each week.
This pseudo-episode sports a different opening than the actual – instead showing the original promotional opening revealed weeks ago, a fittingly generic combination. Through context clues, the “Lite” episode shows the audience that it is a flashback. Adorable heroine Rikka seems to be at a younger age – and is even, indeed, sporting an alternate seifuku. It also introduces another character, “Tomo-chan”, although it is unclear whether this newcomer will be a mainstay or remain merely part of the flashback.
A topic of the hour it seems, the preview focuses strictly on how attention deprived the moeblob heroine used to be. Still entrenched with her otherworldly antics, she appears in class clad in bandages – making a grandly idiotic entrance, a presence more than pronounced. Her “Chuunibyou” is clearly evident here – particularly when she goes so far as to explain to her classmates how the bandages are “seals” for the “dark ones”, whoever they are.
Every proceeding day thereafter, Rikka progressively appears with even more bandages – till eventually becoming a walking mummy, yet unfortunately, not becoming of the dead, thereby allowing for the currently ongoing anime series. One will notice that this “Lite” episode accounts for the debut appearance of her iconic eyepatch – just in case someone out there has never seen eyepatch equipped anime females before. And after being scolded by a teacher for an excess overdose of bandages, the moronic moeblob keeps only the eyepatch.
Even in the six minutes that we are graced with, the moe is pouring out left and right – spilling like fluid from a punctured blob. So far, the series has been exceptional for its cuteness – and given the lack of anything else, might as well just praise that.