Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Cosplay (中二病でも恋がしたい! Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!?, Even with Eighth Grader Syndrome, I Want to Be in Love), Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions also known as Chū-2 for short, is a Japanese light novel series written by Torako, with illustrations provided by Nozomi Ōsaka. The work won an honorable mention in the Kyoto Animation Award competition in 2010, leading the company to assume its publication starting in June 2011. A 12-episode anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between October 4 and December 19, 2012, with six six-minute Lite episodes streamed on YouTube. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for release in North America. An animated film was released in September 2013, and a second anime season, Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-, aired between January and March 2014.
Yūta Togashi (富樫 勇太 Togashi Yūta?)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua
Yūta is the male protagonist of the story, a high-school freshman who used to be delusional, believing himself to be the "Dark Flame Master" and becoming alienated from everyone as a result. Finding this to be embarrassing, he attempts to erase this past from existence, even choosing to go to a separate high school from all of his junior-high-school classmates. However, after encountering Rikka, his past delusions come back to haunt him. He and Rikka eventually become closer and start dating. He and Satone Shichimiya were classmates in junior high and she was the one who inspired him to become the "Dark Flame Master".
Rikka Takanashi (小鳥遊 六花 Takanashi Rikka?)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Margaret McDonald
Rikka is the female protagonist of the story, a girl in the same class as Yūta who moved in with her older sister who lives above Yūta's apartment. She is an intensely delusional girl who believes herself to possess a "Wicked Eye" (邪王真眼 Jaō Shingan?, lit. True Eye of the Evil King) and as such always wears a medical patch over her right eye and bandages around her left arm, though she has no injuries to either. Despite being quite attached to Yūta, she is cautious of strangers and adopts a battle pose whenever she meets someone for the first time. Her fantasy weapon of choice is a frilly parasol which she wields as a sword. For her delusional operations, she often dresses in a mostly-black gothic dress and hose. She is also rather clumsy, often tripping over and forgetting things. The origin of her delusions came from Yūta himself, when she saw Yūta in his delusional phase at the balcony above Yūta's apartment. They eventually become close and develop feelings for one another and start dating, but Rikka's delusions appear to keep their relationship from progressing.
Shinka Nibutani (丹生谷 森夏 Nibutani Shinka?)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe
Shinka is Yūta's classmate and class representative, who is also a cheerleader. One of the most popular girls in the class due to her looks, she is generally thought of a kind and gentle girl. The truth, however is that, much like Yūta, she was also a delusional teen who called herself Mori Summer (モリサマー Mori Samā?) and had also chosen a different high school from her previous classmates to escape her past. When she learns Sanae is in possession of the last evidence of her delusional phase, Shinka joins Rikka's school club in order to try and retrieve it. When out of the public eye, Shinka shows her true nature to be bit more bitter and easily irritable, particularly when dealing with Sanae. While Yūta initially admired her or even had a crush on her, after seeing her true colors, he is disillusioned and instead becomes friends with Shinka. Despite her constant arguments and fights with Sanae, Shinka grows to care for her and vice versa. She, like Yūta, has more common sense than the other members of the group.