The charming edutainment anime Science fell in love, so I tried to prove it elegantly mixes the harsh science of a modern laboratory with the delightful hijinks of a slice-of-life anime, primarily to determine if co-protagonists Himuro Ayame and Yukimura Shinya are genuinely in love. But there’s also room to explore the other characters and the archetypes they embody.
While Shinya is a fairly conventional Kuudere, little Ibarada Ena is a self-proclaimed Chunibyo — and she’s not the only new anime character to fit that mold. Like the other Chunibyos, Ena has a flair for the dramatic, but she also has the wit of a scientist and a heart of gold. She might be the best chunibyo in anime yet.
How Science Fell Into Love’s Ena fits the Chunibyo archetype
Episode 3 of Science fell in love sees Ena continue her chunibyo streak, but although she has always behaved like this in the anime, this is the first time she has commented on it. Actually the The anime has rarely featured Ena’s inner dialogue, giving fans the impression that she’s a playful tsundere who just didn’t take anything seriously outside of college.
Shown from Ena’s point of view, Episode 3’s opening scenes provide rare glimpses of her own worldview and personality outside of her external dialogue. She is depicted dressing for class in a darkened bedroom while it’s raining outside, and calls herself Chunibyo by name to explain her gloomy worldview and frilly gothic outfits beneath her lab coat.
For a time, Ena portrayed her life and the world around her in dark, dramatic tones, a classic sign of a Chunibyo with supposedly hidden powers and ideas. Chunibyos as Ena and Komi cannot communicateOmoharu Nakanaka thinks they are tragic and unique beings that no one else understands, but in the end Ena isn’t that tragic after all. In fact, she has a great life and is slowly realizing it.
The Undeniable Joy of College Life by Ibarada Ena
Ena really embodies the Chunibyo archetype in a way – especially at the start of Episode 3 – but there’s so much more to this little science student. Apparently she’s just trying to have fun with her Chunibyo lifestyle, but she doesn’t really believe in it at heart. A chunibyo may act out of boredom, self-pity, or a desire for attention, but based on Science fell in loveEna hasn’t needed any of this in the lab so far and actually has a lot to thank for. No one is asking her to become a fun-loving Genki girl, but then again, she has no real reason to be a Chunibyo, no matter how old she is.
Unlike an anxious, attention-seeking eighth grader, Ena is a chunibyo in name only and is quick to dismiss the role when she sees the happy faces of her classmates. Chunibyos feels lonely and misunderstood, but Ena, as a member of the gang, feels welcome and happy in this science lab.
She tried to see the world in terms of darkness and despair, but later ate those words as she proclaimed to herself that her friends, the sunlight, and her purpose here are far stronger than her Chunibyo ways. . With that in mind, Ena feels ready to continue her doctoral studies in Saitama with her friends by her side, all self-pitying darkness forgotten. It doesn’t hurt that she also has a crush on Kosuke.
“Science Fell in Love” by Himuro Ayame softly repeats “My Senpai is Boring”.
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