First Impressions: Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Behind Kaguya’s face is a girl who wanted a normal life.

I’ve got my fair share of romantic comedies when it comes to anime. There’s always those tropes you’re familiar with, and they try to make their own spin. Kaguya-sama is a no brainer. It uses them with added trippy visuals to keep things new.

The one difference with this one is the delivery. Shirogane and Kaguya are both characters with high pride but they always go through battles of who’ll confess first. Some battles do give a good laugh except some may get boring once you know the outcome. It’s also nice too see that they included a character whose sole purpose is the comedic relief. (See the ED dance in Episode 3). She’s a chaotic moeblob!

If it did rely on the battles too much then I may not even complete this show. The recent episode did gave me that. Kaguya’s character screams a familiar trope that’s been done a lot of times. I am curious to see how they would put Kaguya’s family in it.

I grew up in a country where the main couple in the show has either the guy or girl coming from a poor background. That said person tries to court with the partner coming from a rich background. And then it dramatizes or should I say romanticizes the journey to reach the endpoint of them becoming a couple. I am sick of that shit. This is basically Shirogane and Kaguya’s cookie-cutter archetype.

In those shows, you turn off your brain and wanted to feel a little happiness for a short time. Kaguya-sama does the same but with extra flavor + better characters. I wonder when they’ll introduce the guy named Ishigami… Also the OP was such a banger until the ED of Episode 3 came. The first ED was actually quite different from the show I know so far. As of now, this is one of the more refreshing takes on romance.

4 thoughts on “First Impressions: Kaguya-sama: Love is War

      1. I’ve been looking for a anime for a while now XD but been scrolling past everything, so I’ll give this one a shot. Thanks for writing this

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