Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

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Synonyms: Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To: The Geniuses' War of Love and Brains
Japanese: かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~
English: Kaguya-sama: Love is War
German: Kauya-sama: Love Is War
Spanish: Kaguya-sama: Love is War
French: Kaguya-sama: Love is War
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 12, 2019 to Mar 30, 2019
Premiered: Winter 2019
Broadcast: Saturdays at 23:30 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, Romantic SubtextRomantic Subtext, SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.411 (scored by 10664961,066,496 users)
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Ranked: #1762
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Popularity: #54
Members: 1,690,051
Favorites: 38,793

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Preliminary Spoiler
Mar 30, 2019
Every season there is one entry the anime community overhypes beyond belief and this time it's Kaguya sama.

Story? There’s no story beyond two teen high schoolers failed love attempts at getting the other person to confess. Fans have dubbed Kaguya sama as the "Death Note of romance", which is laughable because the mind games here are pretentious, basic tactics.

The comedy is hit or miss most of the time, with the odd joke being able to crack a smile from me. The jokes and gags are repetitive and become stale e.g. the skit where the President and Kaguya gave love advice dragged on too long. ...
Feb 2, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Considering the circumstances that have lead us to these conditions, I conclude the state we're currently facing is refreshingly cuddly in a soothing manner.

I.e. How cute.

I don't really like A-1, but this time they are doing pretty darn impressive job. Even the character design which A-1 fucks up approximately 100% of the time is quality here. Unbelievable. Sure the stares and GAZES could deliver more, and the how cute moments can only be so cute, but otherwise this is a ridiculously high quality adaptation which success was unpredictable.

The first and last thing that stands out here is the directing. Those who have seen ...
Mar 30, 2019
Mixed Feelings
To describe Kaguya-sama: Love is War as a battlefield of love, between two prideful geniuses, who see confessing as a sign of “weakness” is well—sort of misleading.

Not because these type of scenarios don’t happen throughout the show, but more so because I’m not entirely sure that it is accurate to describe the characters as “prideful” or even “geniuses”; and that might be the biggest issue the show has.

Kaguya-sama begins in a very direct way; the whole idea of the show, everything about Miyuki and Kaguya, and their relationship is thrown at us through a narrator. There is no build up of their relationship, we are ...
Mar 30, 2019
Almost every time someone talks to me about a romantic comedy, they'd would mention how well the romance is delivered. Then along came this show called Kaguya-sama: Love is War that goes beyond than just being a romantic comedy. In a landscape dominated by recent isekai shows, there’s a need for fresh air. Kaguya-sama managed be just that.

Aka Akasaka is somewhat of a new author in the manga world. Prior to this series, their only work I was familiar with is Sayonara Piano Sonata. When Kaguya-sama began serializing, I knew there was something special about this series with the way it introduced its story ...
Feb 2, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
A masterpiece that evokes every emotion I want to feel from a Romantic comedy.
President Miyuki and Vice President Kaguya are in love with each other, but both view themselves as the ultimate object of desire, and thus see no reason to confess, in fact when you are as perfect as they are shouldn’t it be the duty of other people to aspire towards you? However, this is quickly revealed to be a front used by two egotistical Teenagers who can’t quite work up the courage to ask out their crush. What follows from this is a sequence of over thought-out plans in order to force ...
Feb 2, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Disclaimer: This is a more critical view of Kaguya sama than something commented just on pure enjoyment overrall.
Kaguya sama is one of the newest and most popular comedy animes in the current times, be it due to simple jokes being shared or the dance in the ending that literally everyone decided to talk about, however, the overall quality of the anime itself should'nt be ignored because like everything else, it has it's flaws.
First of all, the anime is extremely episodic almost to the point of being predictable, it sticks to it's formula and never decides to change or take absolute advantage of being formulaic which ...
Feb 11, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I must be to old to like this anime.

There is no story, it`s all about 2 young students who are afraid to show their real feelings.
And then it`s only short stories, 3 or 4 in 1 episode.

It`s really boring, Chika is somewhat amusing although not really.
Maybe if the characters would evolve, but they don`t.

The main characters are showing bold and all knowing, but they are really as insecure as a little schoolgirl
Maybe i have seen to many of this genre, but it just doesn`t interest me at all.
Mar 11, 2019
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
This is not good.

The whole show got popular and keeps getting popular thanks to a meme of a dancing lady. A lot of people consider it the best comedy show they have seen, and a lot of people dislike the fact this is called a comedy anime.

I'm on par with the last example, this whole show is extremely repetitive and predictable, you can pretty much predict what's gonna happen in the next 10 minutes, without the help of any spoilers, most of the jokes and comedic parts are hardly funny or as you would like to call it "sarcastic". It was a premise with the ...
Mar 30, 2019
This is one of those special anime that perfectly represents why I’ve been sticking with anime for so long. Love is War exudes brilliance with every fiber of its being. It has so much going for it, and offers something that practically everyone can enjoy. In simpler terms, it’s just so damn good bruh! What, don’t believe me? pfft, how cute. Let me lecture you on why this anime is pure excellence.

Psychological battles of wits have always excited me. It’s quite exhilarating to witness two characters going head to head against each other not physically, but mentally. Anime RomComs with interesting and dynamic ...
Feb 2, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
“Wieners sliced to look like an octopus! They really exist! I want to try one…” — Kaguya Shinomiya

“Ohh, gawd. Did I accidentally stumble upon Shokushu Goukan….(again)?!” — Krunchyman

Overt references to tentacle erotica aside, Kaguya-sama: Love is War is an anime about two people — Kaguya and Miyuki — who secretly love each other, but are unwilling to confess their affections in fear that the other person will gain the upper hand. This, invariably, commences a series of events in which Kaguya and Miyuki attempt to psychologically outmaneuver one another, generating a conglomerate of awkward/comedic circumstances. Whether or not these ventures ...
Mar 11, 2019
Preliminary (9/12 eps)
I did not like the series, most people say that this series is innovative ... but I say, in what innovates? same composition of characters in any romantic novel (the 2 tsundere protagonists who like each other, but none dares to take a step to the point that it becomes annoying, secondary characters whose only function is to look silly on screens to make people laugh no deeper development).

In my opinion until the anime of ueno-san is better than this since at least does not have the typical composition among its characters.
In short, I do not see that people see this anime when there are ...
Mar 30, 2019
“See, this show's what having a good director can do for your fuckin' show. You can make A-1 Pictures look like a competent studio. That's fucked up!” -DEEsidia from REVEL HOUSE, 2019

Pride is cruel and ignorance is bliss, and when love is war, feelings are the casualties. Kaguya-sama is this concept taken to a hilarious extreme, with two teenage egotists trying to manipulate each other into confessing their feelings as every idea they ever had gets trampled on. This show thrives off its comedic timing, with tons of audiovisual flair, character chemistry, and wild ideas for our main leads to plan around and exploit. ...
Feb 2, 2019
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
2 geniuses trying to feel superiority by making the other confess first! This has got to be one of the best scenarios ever!

Let's get this straight, I don't love the studio that makes this anime and feel as though their animation is solid but not great, however, holy shit! The visuals in this anime are so impressive, it reminds me of something Shaft would produce which I love, most people are going to be pleasantly surprised at how great the animation and the art in general is! Sound wise, I have 0 complaints! Voice acting is spot on with a very underrated funky OP and ...
Mar 30, 2019
A random day back in December 2015 had me giving a chance to at that point very recent manga called Kaguya-sama after the cover grabbed my attention, not too many chapters after I already fell in love with it and it eventually became my favorite work ever and the one that I was waiting like crazy for an adaptation to happen, and when that time came… oh god, they couldn't have delivered harder!

The main duo of this story are Kaguya and Miyuki, the two students at the top of a highly renowned academy and the two most lovable tsunderes out there, consistently trying to outplay ...
Mar 31, 2019
Kaguya-sama: Love is War

As much as this show can be as stereotypical an anime can be, it wasn't a surprise to see the show using the same tropes used in the past, in these days finding out a new way to make a love comedy anime interesting is quite hard. So rather than focusing on changing the tropes, other aspects of the anime can be changed to make it alluring towards the viewer, and that's what this anime did.

Rather than focusing on the plot of the story, since hardly there is really no plot, it's focused more on the antics, plotting of ...
Mar 30, 2019
"If I cover my ears, then my hands aren't free to protect my belly button!"
- Shoki no Chika

Reminder: this review does not include any element of comparison with the manga and contains just a little bit spoiler (not too much). Of course, I have read the manga and it is very good, but I'm not the kind of person who would want to compare an anime to its original source (it's kinda pointless to compare 3 hours of Grisaia to the 50 hours of its visual novel, for the sake of example); (and English is not my native tongue).

Because tradition dictates it, here is a ...
May 9, 2019
In Spring season, i was looking forward to two anime in particular Promised neverland and kaguya sama love is war.
Kaguya sama love is was turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the year for me, i knew about the manga for quite a long time and had high expectations because of the rave reviews it received.
So i kept myself back from reading manga because of anime.

But the anime turns out to be mediocre at best. there is literally nothing apart from forced drama that makes it any different from the shows in its recommendation tab.

Story : 4 - At first the plot seemed ...
Mar 30, 2019
"O kawaii koto~"

Imagine if Death Note was a romcom. Imagine that Light and L were not trying to outwit each other with the world itself at stake, but rather just that they actually liked each other romantically but were too shy and awkward to just it outright. Do you think that sounds ridiculous? Maybe, but that's more or less the idea behind Kaguya-sama. Well, except it's not yaoi of course.

If you ever need a benchmark for how to do a romcom really damn good, then look no further than this. There really aren't many series within the genre out there that can manage to not ...
Jul 4, 2020
Not more than a year ago... One of the few friends I had messaged me the link of a YouTube video and said "watch it.. It's great". I wondered what it was so I clicked on it. As soon as the video started.... An anime girl with pink hair and a bow dressed in a school uniform was dancing in a room overlooking an open window. She was incredibly cute and the dance was great. And the beats in the song could give even the coolest of club bangers a run for their money. On further Googling I found out that the girl was Chika ...
Aug 8, 2023
Kaguya: Love is War is the product of training a GPT-3† model on the corpus of anime and manga, then asking it to generate two of the most basic tsundere (Kaguya and Miyuki) characters available and a deredere (Chika) character. These characters can never act like real people or else the only thread holding the plot together, that both Miyuki and Kaguya are too prideful to admit they like the other, would immediately collapse. Chika, effectively an agent of chaos, is Schrödinger's idiot: she is simultaneously an expert and utterly incompetent at reading emotions and superficially dumb while being an expert in many things.

Both Kaguya ...