Anime: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Romantic comedy, Slice of life
Original Run: April 11, 2020 – June 27, 2020 (Season 1), currently have three seasons
Where to watch: Netflix
Note: This is my review for season one of this anime.
At the renowned Shuchiin Academy, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya are the student body’s top representatives. Ranked the top student in the nation and respected by peers and mentors alike, Miyuki serves as the student council president. Alongside him, the vice president Kaguya—eldest daughter of the wealthy Shinomiya family—excels in every field imaginable. They are the envy of the entire student body, regarded as the perfect couple.
However, despite both having already developed feelings for the other, neither are willing to admit them. The first to confess loses, will be looked down upon, and will be considered the lesser. With their honor and pride at stake, Miyuki and Kaguya are both equally determined to be the one to emerge victorious on the battlefield of love!MyAnimeList
So, basically, this anime is about Kaguya and Miyuki and who will confess first. I was actually confused when I started this anime since there is no background story about why and when they start to “like” each other. It was like the first episode started in the middle of their story.
The first episode is just the narrator info bombing about these “prideful geniuses” that refuse to admit their feelings. No info is added. So you just continue to watch their daily school shenanigans and wait if someone will crack and suddenly confess.
The anime is good at implying repeatedly that our two protagonists are prideful and geniuses but it is also good at showing the viewer that both also have the shy and stupid side.
The rest of the episodes are entertaining and oftentimes funny. There are the “almost confessions” and cute sweet moments between our two protagonists but there is another character who unknowingly sabotages said moments.
Overall, the story is just a typical slice-of-life anime. Entertaining and annoying, but in a good way.
I like Miyuki more than Kaguya.
Miyuki is an almost perfect student council president. “Almost” since he has some weaknesses but the good thing about him was that he is willing to work hard to improve. Although he is only doing the hard work because he wants to look good in front of people which is understandable, especially to someone in a position like his.
Kaguya is charming but there are times that I am just annoyed by how childish she can be. And here I thought that the childish character is just Chika.
Speaking of Chika. Chika and Ishigami are good side characters with entertaining, contrasting personalities.
Overall, a good set of characters.
The art style is simple and clean and the animation is good. There is one episode where the ending was just Chika dancing. It has nice animation but I don’t think it was necessary.
Overall, it was a decent anime. If you are looking for something entertaining that you can watch mindlessly with no solid plot to follow, try this one.
What about you? What do you think of this anime?
There you go. After a long time of ignoring this anime, I finally decided to watch it. I’m glad I finally did. Also, Kaguya and Miyuki reminded me of Yor and Twilight from Spy x Family.
I was planning to speed-read a book so that I can write and post a review today, but I was not in the mood to read. If I manage to finish that book before Thursday next week, then please expect a book review.
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you next week.