As we all reach a certain age, we all search for who we want to be and where we want to be. We search for groups of people and discover interests. Searching for our place within society, with each our own way of doing so. Chuunibyou shows one way of fitting in.
Finding your place in society can be tricky. You search for people with same interests. Times can be harsh, as acceptance is not always present in the group you want to be a part off. Still there is need to find comfort and move through life in your own fashion. Creating your own reality is an option to face life as it moves on.
Rikka and Yuuta created their own reality. In their reality they could do everything. Be knights or mages that conquer evil. Creating their own world, a world where they are always accepted. Of course this manifests into daily life. Acceptance, for ones way of dealing with life, is not always present. Society will force you back in a world that you’ve fled from.
Chuunibyou portraits this very well as Rikka has her own way of dealing with struggles, within her created reality. As her sister tries to bring her back to reality, she refuses to comply. This resulting in many hilarious moments, where reality blends with imagination. The studio portraits it heavily over the top, but creates a strong picture of how Rikka experiences the problems she has.
The same goes for Yuuta, who tries to boost his confidence by moving to an alter ego he once created when he was younger. With his alter ego he moves through life. Just like Rikka he has an overly active imagination that tends to slip into reality. But unlike Rikka, he tries to banish this part of his character. He is convinced that a person cannot live with an alter ego, especially when they grow older.
Funny enough they both have a way of coping with the struggles they face, that seem very similar. Deep down they both searched for a way to move away from society, but unknowingly they were part of a group.
As life is different for everybody, everybody has his or her own way of dealing with the hurdles they face. Chuunibyou showed that the chances are, you are not alone in your search for a path in life.