Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy – 01 (First Impressions) – Those Who are Wise Do Not Court Danger

Transfer student Hijiri Mizuki just wanted to blend into her new class quietly and make new friends. Too bad the day she transferred she has an eye infection necessitating an eyepatch. That eyepatch is a veritable target for precisely the opposite sort she wanted to be associated with: those afflicted with chuunibyou.

They include Noda Yamato, who is obsessed with superhero shows and considers himself a low-key hero. To be fair, he and his fellow members of the Hero Club are known for performing acts of kindness and assistance for people. When she can’t come out and tell the friendly class rep Wakase that she wants help making friends (and who can blame her?), Wakase sends Mizuki to their club, who make her their latest client, and she meets more weirdos.

Takashima Tomoki is handsome but only likes 2D girls. The theatrical Nakamura Kazuhiro dresses like Ikari Gendo and believes he’s the spawn of an angel and devil. Tsukumo Rei, well…aside from wearing bright clothes and cat-themed accessories, we don’t learn much about him, except that he’s by far the most standoffish.

Noda plants the seed that the others (excepting Rei) quickly adopt and embellish: Mizuki’s eyepatch is a result of her having yet to awaken the latent powers contained within, and instances of numerous projectiles thrown in Mizuki’s direction (a soccer ball, a rubber flamingo, and a shuttlecock) indicate that “the Agency” is hellbent on eliminating her before her powers awaken.

This is all delusional chuuni nonsense, but concurrent with that investigation, Noba is hard at work making hundreds of paper airplanes to launch from the roof during a school sports event, each with a call to make friends on Mizuki’s behalf. So Noba is trying to help—just in way she finds incredibly embarrassing. Mizuki also learns that Noba is popular due to his considerable sports acumen (and ability to jump from great heights without injury) and Tomoki also has lots of real guy friends.

Once she’s on the field for the sports event, the biggest object yet to threaten her, a basketball hoop, starts to come down after a gust of wind that blows up mere moments after she sneezes, unwittingly dodging another soccer ball, and her eyepatch falls off. From that point on, Noba & Co. believe she’s awakened, but the threat of the Agency lingers, and Nakamura fingering Tsukumo Rei as the mastermind behind the series of attacks. Rei, for his part, smirks as a found-out villain would.

But this is only the beginning! Mizuki didn’t get the group of friends she wanted, but they’re so damn sincere in their delusions, she actually starts to kinda-sorta believe some of their chuuni nonsense. I first heard Mizuki’s seiyu, Akasaki Chinatsu, in Kill Me Baby! a zany, rapid-fire adaptation of a 4-koma comic. In that she was usually the manic comic instigator, but here she expertly plays the exhausted straight-man.

The rest of the cast is equally game, and while their particular chuunibyou antics are nothing I haven’t seen before, I appreciated the various different styles of chuuni bouncing off each other, and the execution and attention to detail are above reproach.

If you’re kinda over depictions of chuunibyou, I wouldn’t blame you; this wasn’t on my initial Fall 2019 list for that very reason! Nvertheless, the heartening and charm-filled Outburst Dreamer Boys is a fun, breezy, better-than-average-looking show I’ll be watching more of, both to see what further antics Mizuki is subjected to, and to find out if she ever gets used to it or—lord forbid—participates in!

Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

5 thoughts on “Chuubyou Gekihatsu Boy – 01 (First Impressions) – Those Who are Wise Do Not Court Danger”

    1. I myself once pretended to be playing out Star Trek in real life with friends…but that was still in elementary school. Middle school and early high was mostly computer stuff until I became an “art kid” in my junior and senior years.

      Anyway, the awkward English translation of the title says it all: these boys are dreamers who dream about being more important and powerful than they really are, and they’re not afraid to have performative outbursts about it.

      Considering how restrictive and conforming Japanese business culture can be, I wouldn’t be surprised if the schools, in which everyone wears the same thing and are all pushed to make life decisions as early as possible, there is a need to escape.

      Whether that presents itself in actual public behavior IRL I don’t know, but it’s fascinating to consider.

      This anime operates under the assumption that kids in high school *do* act like this, and there are enough of them in one school to form a loose club, and even better, they actually perform helpful tasks for people, such that their delusions of heroism are at least *somewhat* backed up by their actions, not just their words.

      In any case, the dynamic between a group of boys who amount to mostly-harmless manic dweebs and a girl who might have a past similar to their present but is trying to be the normal sane person in the room, made for a solid first episode I’m inclined to recommend. It may wear thin, but I’ll stick with it for now.

      1. …I was in middle school when we made that Star Trek radio show :( I still have the audio cassettes somewhere. (I still have the companion comics I drew for it too)

      2. Yes, but remember Chuunibyou roughly translates as “Middle School Syndrome,” as in being stuck in a middle school state of mind.

        It’s only “unusual” if you’re in HIGH school and still carrying on like the characters in this anime…especially around more “grown-up” peers.

        Frankly, I think “syndrome” gives it negative connoation. If you have a vivid imagination, as long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say You Do You.

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