Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
MAL Score: 8.53/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen

Caution — There will be spoilers ahead. 

Enter lead character Kaguya Shinomiya: a wealthy and talented student from Shuchiin Academy. Sheltered her whole life, Shinomiya doesn’t necessarily know how to interact with people and sees them as a tool to be used, not as a person to talk to and get to know. After joining the student council, all that starts to change. Don’t tell anyone — even if it’s pretty obvious — but Shinomiya is head-over-heels in love with Shirogane and the feelings are reciprocated! Though neither of them are daring enough to admit it. And so starts the war between two people — who will admit their undying affection to the other?

Story

The story of Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane is one packed with joy and excitement. Although they may not show it on the outside, we get to see the world through the eyes of each of the characters in shifts. We get to hear every thought that courses through the head of Shinomiya and then, in turn, through Shirogane. Back and forth in one episode they argue about who’s going to eat a piece of cake while in the next they argue about where to go during summer vacation only to realize, once they reach a decision, that they’d rather have it another way.

Characters

The development put into Kaguya Shinomiya is phenomenal. In the first episode, Shinomiya is cold and aloof to a point. Due to being smothered inside her whole life with her studies, she is unable to get close to people and make friends. In one episode, we get to see Shinomiya looking out the window of the limousine that takes her to school every day. There, she stares at the kids having fun with envy. By the end of the series, we have Shinomiya in tears because all she wants to do is watch the fireworks with her friends on the student council.

Enjoyment

Who knew that the war between two lovers could be so comedic? Throughout this anime, I found myself overwhelmed with laughter that was spilling uncontrollably forth. From the “love guru” Chika Fujiwara all the way to the hardworking Miyuki Shirogane, I found myself falling inlove with these characters and the story that unfolds.

My final rating for this series would be an eight out of ten. The way that the characters were portrayed works perfectly with the goal of the show. I’m not usually one for romance but I love psychological anime. Who knew the two would mix so well.

Written by karme.

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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
MAL Score: 8.49/10
Episodes: 12
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, School, Romance

Chances are that if you’ve been around the anime community within the past month, you’ve seen The Chika Dance at some point. This clip has led to Kaguya becoming one of the more popular shows of the Winter 2019 season, but how does it stack up against the rest? Can it live up to the infamy of Chika and her dance?

Summary

The story of Kaguya-sama follows the student council of Shuchiin Academy, which includes 4 members. The however the plot mainly revolves around the president, Miyuki Shirogane, and vice-president, Kaguya Shinomiya. Chika Fujiwara, the secretary, and Yu Ishigami, the treasurer, are more-so there for comedic relief.

The premise is this: Miyuki and Kaguya are in love with each other, and acknowledge that the other probably feels the same way, but neither of them want to confess. This is because neither of them wants to be seen as weaker in the relationship, so they try to get the other to confess. However, they’re both extremely smart, meaning instead of regular romantic talk, we get mental battles between the two. So through all these battles, the comedy ensues.

Review

So enough summary, how good is it? Well, the answer is similar to most comedies. It depends on your sense of humor. Personally, I felt that the show got off to a strong start, and began to get repetitive around episode 7. There’s only so many places you can take a concept to form humor of it, and it didn’t feel as creative later on. I also felt that it ended on a poor note, but I can’t get into that without spoiling. This isn’t to say Kaguya is unenjoyable though. There’s definitely scenes and entire episodes I found pretty funny, with clever jokes written in.

In terms of animation and sound design, Kaguya was decent, but not super memorable in either. Animation wise, it had some cool visual presentation, with all the cuts and angles shown during Miyuki and Kaguya facing off. This helps with the set and outfit design, which felt relatively bland. No music really stood out in the OST to me, but none felt out of place either. I also felt that the voice actors all gave pretty solid performances.

Conclusion

Overall, I would give Kaguya a strong 6 to a light seven 7 out of 10. The upsides are definitely there, with some funny episodes and scenes, but it’s not super consistent in getting laughs from me. I would recommend everyone to watch the first one or two episodes and judge it yourself however, since humor is subjective. If you find any enjoyment from those first two episodes, then you’ll probably enjoy most of it. If not, then you probably won’t enjoy any of it. But either way, it doesn’t matter too much as long as the show gave us the Chika dance.

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