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Initial Results: Kaguya-Sama Season Three

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Love is war, indeed, and the war now continues into the series’ third season. The competition: fierce, the battles: just as high stakes as ever. Even Chika is resorting to cheating just to get a leg up, much to Ishigami’s continued annoyance. Those who have watched the first few episodes already will understand what I am talking about, and those who have not…what are you doing reading this?

I mentioned in my seasonal intro that Kaguya was the series I was most hyped for. The first two seasons not only had me laughing my ass off but also genuinely had me invested in the characters as people. Luckily, the first episodes of the season have yet to disappoint.

Part of what has made Kaguya-sama work up until this point is its previously mentioned characters. Sure, Kaguya and Miyuki themselves could probably carry a good portion of the show. After all, their dynamic is well thought out on a comedic level. However, they can only be that funny for so long, and the elevated role of Chika, Ishigami, and the recent addition to the student council Miko has helped to prolong the show’s comedic value.

Still, the opening bit between Miyuki and Kaguya is no less funny. With her first-ever smartphone now in hand, Kaguya attempts the daunting task of responding to Miyuki’s messages. The 4D chess of trying to get her to admit to staring at her LINE app for hours and then getting saved by Hayasaka and the “computer system” at the last minute is honestly brilliant.

The growing relationship between Ishigami and Miko is another that I am intensely curious about going into the rest of the season. At times, it can be hard to tell whether the two actually hate each other or if the combative aspects of their personality are just being played up for maximum effect. Personally, I am not complaining either way, but I do hope we get a real conclusion in that regard.

The anime is also no less beautiful than it was last time around. A-1 Pictures seems to be handling the production well enough, and director Shinichi Omata, who handled the first two seasons as well, seems poised to deliver on quality, per the usual. Musically, the series is still quite interesting. the OST feels as strong as ever, and both the opening and ending themes also have their strengths, along with also being incredibly well animated to boot.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War – Ultra Romantic seems to be on track to be one of the better entries of the spring season. Though I have definitely cursed other series with those same predictions into a spiral of bad writing, this series has a proven track record and a convincing one at that.

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Final Thoughts on Kaguya-Sama: Love is War Season Two

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Two positive reviews in a row? why it might just be a Christmas miracle!

Oh who am I kidding? Most of my reviews are positive because I rarely ever watch stuff I feel like I’m not going to like.

Well, anyway, yeah I doubt this is going to be much of a surprise, but “Kaguya-Sama: Love is War” is a truly exceptionally series. I’ve already mentioned a few times how my initial impressions of the series led me to believe that it was going to be an extremely repetitive series with little variation in its comedic focus and timing. Luckily, though, I ended up being sorely mistaken. Without further delay, here are my thoughts on the second season of “Kaguya-Sama: Love is War.”


War Rages On

In my discussion of the first season of “Kaguya-Sama,” I noted how the show plays up the more conservative ideas around romantic interest for comedic relief, dumping on the idea that one needs to hide their emotions by showing how both of the main characters end up miserable for doing so. The series largely continues this idea, but also uses its time to bring new characters into the fold and develop others who were somewhat shunned during the first season, namely Ishigami.

While the battle between Kaguya and Shirogane to get the other to confess seems to be raging on, morale on both sides seems rather low. The series shows how this idea of not admitting ones love first can affect people. Shirogane becomes increasingly worried that the vice-president hates him, while Kaguya, in turn, becomes increasingly flustered and unable to come to terms with her own feelings. As sad as it is to say, though, this kind of scenario does make for great comedy, as one constantly tries to out do the other, despite the fact that they both just to end it all and be together.

Still, I should give the show’s writers a bit more credit, because while the idea itself is certainly amusing, especially given the hormones’-infused, rich kid high-school setting, it is the everyday scenarios which themselves are turned into battles of love that make the show so fun to watch.

Ishigami’s Struggle

I was genuinely surprised when I realized that they were giving not just more attention to the side characters, but a whole back story. While Ishigami was given a fair amount of screen time in the last season, it never really felt like he was an essential part of the story despite the fact that he was also extremely funny. It definitely makes sense that his past would be a little bit darker considering how gloomy he is, but those last three episodes were not the direction I was expecting.

Still, I am happy they went there. Ishigami’s actions with regards to Kyoko’s boyfriend do not feel as justified as the show probably wants them to feel. After all, he did just walk up and start assaulting the guy when he could have just confronted Kyoko herself. However, the sentiment is certainly a relatable one. After all, there are plenty of awful people in the world, and their is most certainly a visceral anger that arises when they just reveal their shittiness right in front of you.



Thought there is not much information available right now, it does seem the series is ripe for a third season, and I for one am ready. The series is extremely enjoyable from start to finish, with only a few misses throughout the entire series. What will become of Shirogane and Kaguya? What will happen once they have graduated? Will we learn more about Fujiwara and the others? Hopefully these questions and more will be answers by “Kaguya-sama’s” eventual return.

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Final Thoughts: Kaguya-Sama, Love is War

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When I first started watching Kaguya-Sama, I was pretty immediately skeptical. It seemed like the type of show where the humor would run dry pretty quickly, and all that would be left are a bunch of stale characters with one dimensional personalities. Luckily, though, that wasn’t the case. Here are some of my final thoughts.

Kaguya-Sama’s Toxic Ideology

Love is a fairly complicated series of emotions, events, and interactions with other people, and can exist in a number of different forms. However, Romantic Love is arguably the most complex of them all. Romantic Love is something that also has different forms across cultures, and depending on the specifics customs and traditions that govern these cultures, can be born out in different ways.

In a much more conservative culture like Japan, and even to a certain extent in western countries like the U.S., the idea of admitting feelings first, or saying I love you first is, to put it lightly, a big deal. However, I also think this aspect of our culture is arguably the one of the most toxic elements of it. The reason I say this is because it often creates a situation where people have to live uncomfortably with their own emotions, and societal pressure keeps them from expressing how they feel for fear of being ridiculed.

This becomes even more prevalent in cultures, again like Japan and the U.S., where a hyper masculine ideal is still common, because in these cultures showing emotion becomes a sign of weakness. The reason I bring this up is because this cultural idea seems to be at the center of the show.

Now, in fairness, at least in Kaguya-Sama’s case, the comedic aspect of the show seems to playing this up as both of the main character’s weaknesses rather than their strength, showing that the two are much more miserable because of this type of pride, and that at least I can respect.

Comedic Greatness

Alright, but seriously though, this show is pretty funny. It has a lot of fantastic comedic elements that make it worth watching, even despite some level of toxicity. Probably one of my favorite parts of the show is when Kaguya locks Ishigami in a room in order to force him to study for their Mid-terms, because if he fails them he likely will have to repeat a year. One of the best eight minutes of the whole series.

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Correcting the Record: Kaguya-Sama is not Boring

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A couple of weeks ago I did my episode one reaction to Kaguya-Sama: Love is War. In that post, I was generally positive about the show, with my only concern being that the format could become super repetitive and uninteresting. I am here now to say that Kaguya-Sama is by far one of the most entertaining Slice-of-Life Comedies that I that I have seen in a while.

There are a lot of things that play into my current enjoyment of the show, but I think the main one is just how interesting the main characters are, or rather, how good the show is at getting me interested in said main characters. Both Kaguya and Miyuki are incredibly talented students, earning the best grades and easily acquiring the respect of their peers. However, on the inside, they are still awkward teens who have a crush on each other and just don’t want to admit it.

This leads into a lot of hilarious situations. One of my favorites so far is the scene where they are alone together in the student council room and in order to pass the time they decided to play a game of 20 questions, in which Miyuki asks Kaguya. The scene builds up a lot of dramatic tension by continually hinting that this might be when Kaguya reveals that fact that she like him, but that tension then becomes a wonderful payoff when at the end it is revealed that Kaguya was actually thinking of a dog instead of Miyuki.

This, however, is just one example of the great humor that comes out of the show, and not only is it great, it is diverse. There are so many interesting and funny scenarios that the two find themselves in, trying to out whit each other and get the other to admit there feelings, only to then be thwarted one way or another. In other words, I am glad I was wrong.

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This Week in Anime: Clannad to PS4, A Certain Magical Index Season 3, and More…

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Today on this week in anime, we have a lot of new stories to cover this week. Clannad is coming to PS4, A Certain Magical Index is getting its third season in the fall, and a lot more to come. Lets get started.

New Anime

The new anime announcements in the past week:

New “Sound! Euphonium” Film Coming in 2019

Oath of the Finale

Many are aware of the hit series Sound! Euphonium, and in spring of 2019 the series will be receiving an all new film. Not much is currently known about the film, but the show’s TV director Tatsuya Isihara and Tomoya Kurusawa will both be returning to the film. Kurusawa will be reprising her role as Kumiko.

The film’s story will revolve around Kumiko in her second year of high school. New first years have arrived to join the club, and its up to Kumiko to show them the ropes, and help turn them into great members. Other details surrounding the story and production have not been confirmed as of the writing of this article.

“Kaguya-sama wa Kokurosetai” Manga gets TV Anime

The extremely popular romantic-comedy manga “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurosetai” is now receiving a TV anime. Last Friday, Aniplex announced the anime’s premeire alongside the show’s social media debut. The show’s Twitter feed also gave a small preview for character designs of the main character Kaguya.

The show will center around Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, vice president and president of their school’s student council. The two secretly fall in love with eachother, but neither wants to confess. From there, both will try to get the other to confess first.

“A Certain Magical Index” Season 3 Will Air This Fall


During last year, there was much talk about the possibility of a third season for “A Certain Magical Index,” and now its finally happening. According to one of the latest issues of Dengeki Bunko Magazine, the show’s third season will be airing this fall. J.C. Staff, who produced the first two seasons of the show, will be returning to work on third season, along with other members of the production of the original show, including Hiroshi Nishikori as the director. Not many story details have been released as of late, but it will presumably take place from where the second season left off.

“Clannad” Visual Novel Comes to North America

Prototype, the company behind the original Clannad visual novel, has announced that the new PS4 release will also be coming to Europe and North America. The release will be digital only, and as of right now it will be out sometime in late June. It also appears to be the case that the European release will be slightly delayed.

Article Shoutouts

Here are this week’s article shout-outs

20 Anime Everyone Should See

Crunchyroll writer Danni Wilmoth wrote a peice about the 20 anime everyone should watch. I found the list to be mostly agreeable, with a few of her recommendations including “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Gurren Lagann” and “Wandering Son.” She also talks about a few series that I have yet to see, like “Rakugo” and “Flying Witch,” two shows I’ve had a lot of interest in since I hear about them.

Spotlighting Aggretsuko

Lesley from Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner did a write-up of Aggretsuko. In this post, Lesley writes about the main character Retsuko and how a lot of her situation is relatable, even to people outside of Japan. I found this to be fairly accurate when it comes to the show as a whole, and I would suggest reading her thoughts in full.

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