When Rika and the others released their chuunibyou power, they have a huge weapon and use it like it was nothing. I can't remember any anime where such a big and weird weapon is used like that, that isn't mecha. Is this a reference to anything? or is it original for Chuunibyou?

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    Are you trying to ask if it's a parody of anything? Where the big weapon battle trope comes from? What their "powers" are inspired by?
    – кяαzєя
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 0:58
  • @Krazer the big weapon thing. Like I said, I can't remember any anime that use such a big and weird weapon like that
    – Darjeeling
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 1:20
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    Not everything is a "trope".
    – senshin
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 5:29

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In Chuunibyou's case, the extraordinarily large weapons are used to emphasize the fact that this is in Rikku's imagination, and they are actually fighting with a ladle and an umbrella, which is much less extravagant.

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Having said that, the 'small girl, big weapon' trope is common enough in anime. Take Mami's Trio Finale in Puella Magi Madoka Magica for example, or Black Rock Shooter's girls which all have gigantic weapons:

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There are lots of instances of these types of battles, but I wouldn't restrict this trope to anime, with instances of 'Big F**king Guns' going back to games like Doom

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Along with the '100T anvil' trope, These types of tropes are used to emphasize a scene. In this case, making battle scenes more explosive,action-packed and gripping.

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