Monday, 5 December 2016

Unboxing [US]: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb - Complete Series: Collector's Edition (BD/DVD)

Well this took longer than I anticipated. The set shipped out weeks in advance from Rightstuf but due to international shipping it arrived later than everyone else including those who bought the set from United Publications. Oh well.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb is the second season to the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! series animated by Kyoto Animation and based on the light novel series. The second season is actually regarded to being less loved compared to the first season so I'm eager to see why that's the case.

It's worth pointing out that for the North American folks, this collector's edition release is currently the only way to obtain the series on Blu-ray. Once it sells out, only the standard DVD release will be available. Territories outside the Region 1 zone are not affected (as shown with the Manga Animatsu UK release).

The Sentai Filmworks Collector's Edition contains the entire 12 episode series across 2 Blu-ray discs and 3 DVD discs with the original Japanese audio and an English dub. The extra contents include an OVA, Chunibyo Lite Shorts, and Clean Opening & Closing Animations. The Collector's Edition release offers a ton of physical goods and compared to the first season's release, this one is actually smaller in terms of size. The Blu-ray discs are geo-locked while the DVDs are Region 1 only. Subtitles are locked for the Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: DTS MA 2.0 [Japanese, English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: Geo-locked to United States
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: Yes
Discs: 2

DVD Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 [Japanese, English]
Video: SD NTSC 16:9
Region: 1
Subtitles: English
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 3

Plot Synopsis (via Sentai):
Yuta Togashi thought he had problems dealing with one delusional girlfriend in the person of Rikka Takanashi, but now things are about to go totally insane as his former "one true soul mate" from when he was a chuni himself returns with a vengeance! So how bad is Satone Shichimiya's re-entry into Togashi's chuni-verse likely to be? Let's just say that she's so epically off the deep end of the chuni-scale that she prefers to use the name Sophia Ring SP Saturn VII and that she'll joyfully tear Togashi's real world to pieces in order to get him back in her imaginary one!

Some girls just want to have fun and some want to break down the walls between their boyfriends and themselves. But when a girl's idea of fun is breaking down the wall between their presumed boyfriend and reality, retreating into a fantasy world might just be Togashi's best option. Especially since Satone knows where ALL the skeletons from his past are buried. Toss Rikka's equally delusional friend Sanae into the mix and girl-crazy begins to take on a whole new meaning!

On-Disc Extra Content:
Chunibyo Lite Shorts
Clean Opening & Closing Animation

Collector's Edition Extras:
Chipboard rigid box packaging
Good Smile Satone Keychain
Art Cards
Glitter tattoo.

Here's the photos of the set's main box:

And here's the physical goods:

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb is available for a limited time as a collector's edition combo pack from Sentai Filmworks. The UK release has been licensed under Manga Animatsu.

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