Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a romantic comedy focused on two student council members of a prestigious and elite high school, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, having romantic interest in one another. However, both are too prideful to want to confess their feelings to one another and are in a battle of wits to try getting one another to confess their love with the first to confess being the loser of their battle.
Kaguya-sama’s episodes are formatted as such where there are 2-4 separate segments within each episode that revolve around either Miyuki and Kaguya’s battle of wits to get one another to confess or each character interacting with family and friends. The series is meant to poke fun of typical cliches of the rom-com genre that involve the budding relationships between classmates, as Miyuki and Kaguya attempt to force the other into a confession or manipulate the other into having things go their way for a specific scenario that would typically advance their relationship in a typical romance anime. In these instances, outcomes of the battle of wits vary from one of our two leads getting a victory or a draw resulting from some sort of inconvenience that includes the personal flaws and quirks of both leads or the cheerful student council treasurer Chika unwittingly meddling into the battle between our two leads.
To prevent the format from getting repetitive or monotonous, the segments also include instances where one of our two lead characters interact with members of their family or other classmates. Much like the confession war segments between Miyuki and Kaguya, many of the characters that the leads interact with have their own comical quirks that serve to inconvenience or befuddle the lead characters to some extent. For the most part, the characters have enough dimension to their personalities where they don’t fully fall under a character type, though they don’t necessarily develop at all throughout Kaguya-sama’s run as the series is more focused on the comical interactions between the cast than any serious developments with them. So anyone expecting our main couple’s relationship to develop at all throughout Kaguya-sama’s run may be disappointed to find that the show goes nowhere at advancing it.
Much like other comedy titles of its ilk, you can either like or dislike how it delivers its humor and how well you warm up to the characters. While I do applaud the series for having a premise that breaks the typical mold you would find out of many school comedies that have over-relied on familiar story structures in recent years, I must sadly admit that I was rather indifferent to much of the comedy delivered throughout Kaguya-sama’s run. It is still largely dependent on the typical tropes of high school comedies to carry its humor and I didn’t really find myself connecting with any of the characters since there still wasn’t enough dimension to them where I could identify with them to any degree beyond whatever character types they personify. Also, I found the narration used for Kaguya-sama’s comedy to be rather obnoxious at many points throughout the series as it seemed the narrator was trying too hard to hammer on the comedy in Miyuki and Kaguya’s conflict.
Overall in spite of the show’s fanfare, I just didn’t care much for what Kaguya-sama: Love is War offered with its comedy in spite of its premise sticking out from recent premises and episode structures of high school anime comedies. I found I was more receptive to the high school rom-com parody offered up from School Rumble nearly 15 years earlier, which is a bit more manic and exaggerated in its comedy compared to Kaguya-sama. If Kaguya-sama’s style of comedy isn’t your cup of tea yet you are still craving for a parody of high school rom-coms, I’d say give School Rumble a shot instead.
Rating: 5 of 10
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It wasn't a good fit for you. I admit I was drawn to the cutesy humor. Though, after episode 1, they didn't expand too much given the narrow premise. I find it odd they try to flesh out Kaguya in a serious manner near the end of the season.
It didn't work out as it didn't feel natural or drastic whiplash compared to humor series that can do both comedy and seriousness.
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