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 10833731,083,373 users)
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Ranked: #1722
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Popularity: #52
Members: 1,716,885
Favorites: 39,306

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In both shows, the main character's intentions are winning from one another. In Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai, there is a more serious tone to the show and both characters have their up and lows in their "Love War". Meanwhile, Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san is more tender and sweet kind of anime. The female protagonist is always on advantage and is happy to tease the male protagonist who tries (uselessly) to fight her back. 
report Recommended by Nyanda
-Both feature a psychological duel between two main characters in order to achieve an important objective -Both take themselves very seriously during these scenes and feature similar buildups and use of musical scores -Both do an excellent job at developing both their primary and supporting casts, adding to the believability of the environment the story takes place in 
report Recommended by thelectricow
Both shows have a similar vibe and atmosphere where the main characters which both happen to be in a sort of academic setting, try to prove that they are/aren't in love with each other in a comedic way for us viewing audience. both are awkward but also hilarious in their situations.  
report Recommended by kiichan123
Both are romantic comedy. Although School Rumble is born out of Love Polygon (which is very hilarious) while Kaguya-sama Love is War is straight up romance. You'll see some resemblance of the gags. Also, even the author of Kaguya-sama Love is War cited School Rumble as his inspiration. Pretty cool right? 
report Recommended by 8man226
Although the premise for the romance is different, I think the character driven comedy is pretty similar and all the characters in both shows are very likable and distinct from one another. Gekkan Shoujo isn’t as over the top as Kaguya-sama, but the main female protagonists are top tier when it comes to romcoms and either show is incredibly fun and easy to get into, both only having a single 12 episode season.  
report Recommended by Initiatixon
Very similar vibe. Plot progression, but a lot of filler slice of life episodes. Very cozy atmosphere and wholesome content 
report Recommended by Thelvern
-Both are about characters trying to get each other to fall in love with them through various ridiculous methods of appealing to them -Both feature some surprisingly heartfelt drama and excellent character development -Both have similar main characters and some similar supporting characters, as well as a similar atmosphere 
report Recommended by thelectricow
Both of the shows share a similar environment: a high school with rich kids. Also both shows aim for the romance and comedy, so if you like anime with this setting, you might want to check them out. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Come along as seemingly mundane characters demonstrate how bonkers they actually are as we get to observe their casually absurd lives. Hilarity ensues as what should be normal social interactions become convoluted through the collision of plans, plots, personalities and just plain bad luck. Yet somehow our mostly sane male protagonists and socially awkward female protagonists still manage to stumble into a sweet heartfelt moment time after time. As viewers we get to watch all this unfold through a meta layer, in the form of the narrator in Kaguya-sama and through text boxes achieving much the same effect in Komi-san. 
report Recommended by SleepingBear
The relationship between the two main characters is similar, though in Kaguya-sama, both parties are stubborn. Kaguya-sama is also more of a comedy, and the romance is almost always paired with humor, unlike Maid-sama, which has more serious moments as well. 
report Recommended by swisstery
Both animes, even though they have many differences, share similarities such as: similar quality of storytelling (the original creator of the source materials is the same, by the way); similar quality and intensity of comedy elements; main characters dealing with false and true sides of themselves and the way others perceive both of these sides; a lot of expressive, overly emotional reactions, coated with a lot of melodramatic moments. 
report Recommended by Adnash
Masamune-kun no Revenge's story revolves around Masamune whose plan is to make his old childhood friend, Aki, fall in love with him. Though, his intention is to get revenge for reasons in the past. This is similar to Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunouse except here, both the male and female characters want the other to confess their love. The main difference between the two is that in Masamune-kun, the male is one-sidedly creating schemes to make the female fall while in Kaguya-sama, both the male and female create schemes against each other, thus, having an even more comedic romance. 
report Recommended by Tronitus
Both series have very intelligent characters, who just can't express their true feelings or even understand themselves to the full capacity. A huge amount of both shows is dedicated to overthinking mundain situations and scheming social interactions. The romances in both are based on communication and compatibility. 
report Recommended by mariontenrion
The plots of both anime series are quite similar. Two high school students compete to be top in their class, while learning more about each other and slowly growing into falling in love. Both series also feature prideful and stubborn main characters, who are admired by the rest of the student body. They can be charmingly dorky in certain situations, though. While His and Her Circumstances is an older uncompleted animated series, the manga will is worth a try.  
report Recommended by Halettan
If you liked Tsurezure Children and found the short skits/scenes quite appealing to your taste, I believe you will receive similar enjoyment from Kaguya-sama. However, Kaguya-sama employs a greater amount of humor compared to Tusurezure Children, with the main focus of Kaguya-sama being of a single couple compared to the depiction of multiple relationships in Tsurezure Children.  
report Recommended by LowATARHighIQ
High school romance. Though, Kaguya Sama focuses more on the comedy, horimiya on the other hand, focuses on the character development. 
report Recommended by sajia_afrin_
Both animes are about 2 or more people trying to get in each others minds, fighting mentally and using their intellect to win over the opponent  
report Recommended by Querxes
Basically both animes have a similar main quirk, that being the main characters are desperately trying to not show their obvious attraction to each other and trying to get a confesion out of the other, while a third party (fujiwara/ goddess of love and beauty) is ocassionally meddling with their plans. Both animes are in the comedy genre, the main difference between them would be the settling, kaguya follows the highschool slice of life pattern and have no supernatural elements while bishoujo takes places in another world filled with magic and fantasy elements 
report Recommended by RaidenSteiner
Episodic comedies that are filled by dark humor and satirical joke, although Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei take it in a more extreme way while Kaguya-Sama take it in a light way and is more a romantic comedy. The way Ishigami was presented also remind me the protagonist of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei 
report Recommended by addictedtoliving
Both romance comedy, both produced by A-1 picture, both has stylistic and catchy opening and both of them really high rated 
report Recommended by Matsumoto_Erkin
Both are school romance anime. Both feature a pair of highly competitive overachievers in a fancy school. The protagonists initially compete with each other and appear to not get along but subsequently become interested in each other. The romance part felt much more intense towards the end of Special A, whereas Kaguya-Sama seemed more focused on comedy and more locked in its episode format. 
report Recommended by ryuu_no_yoake
-Both the series are similarly episodic. -The main characters are perceived as geniuses. -Both shows are hilarious, with a comedy centering around gag antics.  
report Recommended by nyankonyanko
Popular girl with unpopular guy, both animes focus on "chasing" phase rather than "dating". However, while Love is War focuces on mind games between characters, My Dress-up Darling is rather chill and way more wholesome - only character dynamic and the way romance is executed is similar in these animes.  
report Recommended by bedi2115
both of them always play some games in their room have a MC which is rich and have a maid (or butler in Asobi Asobase) both of them have a good narrator 
report Recommended by Circlutch
Both series are based upon a battle, in different ways. Shokugeki is a battle of creativity and cooking skills, whereas Kaguya-sama is a battle of love and power, essentially. But both involve a war-like environment involving intelligence on each front. This recommendation goes for all seasons of Shokugeki no Soma. 
report Recommended by donut_jelly
Both have similar love story moments and cute scenes. 
report Recommended by XxSkirmishxX
A lot of the humor is built upon misunderstandings that wouldn't happen if they only actually communicated their feelings with each other. 
report Recommended by VenomEmperor
Both the romcom have the characters which like each other but won't tell the other character for reasons. Both are mad funny too. 
report Recommended by weeb-ish
Both of these shows are of romance genre with a hint of humour. Though I admit that "Kaguya-sama..." is more of a romantic comedy, but it as well has moments when drama kicks in. Generally speaking, if you're a fan of romance with a hint of comedy and drama, these shows are perfect for you. 
report Recommended by JusticeInSwords
It isn't so similar but if you like "Slice of live"'s you would like those, the best slice of lives i've watched :D 
report Recommended by elurtzi05
If you value a lot of comedy in your romcoms as well as a lot of chemistry between the main romantic interests I’d say either one of these shows are up your alley. Both are set in high school but don’t feel childish like a lot of high school romances do, and both made me laugh as much as root for the romance. A highlight of both series is also their supporting casts of characters who add just as much to the shows as their respective main couplings.  
report Recommended by JessicaKari
Both of these shows are pinnacle of the anime comedy genre, if you think that it's you don't like japanese comedy, please make a effort of watching any of this series. I hope you will enjoy  
report Recommended by luigiadri12
-Both are comedy anime with likeable characters Even though these series don't have similar stories, they'll both leave you with a smile. So if you are looking for another show like Love is War, then I recommend Disastrous life of Saiki(or vice versa) because of their likeable and sometimes relatable characters. Details: -Both main girls(Teruhashi in "Saiki" and Kaguya in "Love is war") have the goal to make the main character fall in love with them but falls for them instead -The main character in both series (Kaguya and the president /Saiki) are both gifted in some way 
report Recommended by FuMarie
Similar, sketch-sequence dynamic across the episodes. Very frantic and entertaining and even in a school setting. Both a must watch. 
report Recommended by JamalGITM
Both main couples are trying to make each other fall in love with them. 
report Recommended by Zarutaku
Both shows have strong comedic visuals (Kaguya-sama director worked at Shaft, which produced Nisekoi). Also, not much happens in terms of progression (at least so far), though Nisekoi is a harem romance, while Kaguya-sama is not. Both also have interesting characters and funny interactions that happen between them. 
report Recommended by Perkkie
Hard level of comedy maintained with wholesomeness. The difference is, one is a romantic comedy (Kaguya-sama) and one is a harem (Seitokai no Ichizon). Both also have main casts as student council member 
report Recommended by addictedtoliving
Both shows have characters unaware of the feelings they share for each other while the audience is shown it from all characters perspectives, they all deny their feelings for each other in both Romantic Killer and Kaguya-sama. 
report Recommended by danyelll
They are both romance and comedy. Both are one of those trying to get the other person to admit their feeling first type of anime. 
report Recommended by Animekiddo5678
This is a recommendation to Monogatari series in general. Both Kaguya-sama and Monogatari series heavily uses narration in their story telling, and is done well. Both anime are also presented in a pretty unique style, giving a new kind of experience in this medium. The difference is Kaguya-sama is more episodic, while Monogatari series have an overarching plot. 
report Recommended by Shirayukin
Both anime are great light, funny, slice of life series. If you need a comfortable, chill anime to relax to and have a few laughs, both are great options. Working’s setting is a business with the cast being coworkers. Kaguya’s setting is school with the cast being classmates. 
report Recommended by chocolaterain
A feel good, romance anime that makes you smile during each and every episode. The premise is not the same but I have a thing for intelligent main characters... Both are fantastic  
report Recommended by xaggythewag
If you're looking for a mature romance, both of them are good choices. You will find : - a lot of smart dialogues and cute teasing between the two main characters. - a slow developement that comes to a satisfying conclusion. - unforgettable main characters - a great art style and some very nice OP/ED 
report Recommended by Joachim_mal
I might change this later when I re-watch OPM, but believe it or not, both of these series are relatively similar comedically. In order to fully appreciate both of these animes, you have to understand satire and how both OPM and Kaguya roast a lot of cliches in their respective genres. This is especially highlighted by the fact that Furukawa Makoto plays the MCs for both of them LOL (Saitama in OPM and Kaichou Shirogane in Kaguya). These are some of my favorites so I see the connection better than other people might. Take this with a grain of salt if you have seen one  read more 
report Recommended by Space_Boyfriend
Both have smart characters that measure their words and try to outdo each other with speech, especially the main character and who seems like the main female lead Lowellmina. They have a similar funny dynamic to Kaguya and Shirogane i think 
report Recommended by Ichiya_Men
The show LACKS the mindgames of Kaguya sama, and It's pretty straightforward from the start, so If you liked Kaguya Sama mainly because of that, the show is not for you. BUT, the soul of the show is the same: -A superromantic couple who love each other from the start (Here the couple is dating secretly though) -Same ratio of comedy/romance -> While the relationship gets closer and closer with a moments of real sweetness from time to time, the 80% the show is comedy (Kaguya sama is gold comedy while Juliet is silver comedy, but It's the same gags out of nowhere/ plans of the main  read more 
report Recommended by Hx10
-Both are lighthearted romantic comedies that contrast their own setting which in both cases is a school with an upper class/aristocratic theming -Both dip into drama with a similar tone and tone shift later into the season, and they both revolve around a similar event -Both involve two opposing parties laying traps for the other in order to achieve a desired result, Kaguya-sama being a battle of shrewd willpower in order to get the other to confess, Quintuplets being the five sisters avoiding studying however they can and Fuutaro doing his best to dispel their efforts 
report Recommended by thelectricow
These anime's have the same type of comedy and you feel a slight similarity when watching both. In my opinion, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S is a bit better, as I personally prefer anime's that include action or some type of intense situations, as Kaguya-sama Love is War was much more ordinary and calm.  
report Recommended by makimashoto
- Both are set in a real-world high school (no supernatural elements) - Features two people who very obviously like each other but won’t outright say it (well, the male MC in Yumemiru does, but later regrets the decision). - Both are RomComs, although Kaguya is definitely heavier on the comedy aspect - Both have a series of misunderstandings (since the protagonists won’t confess their feelings) which lead to both awkward and funny situations. 
report Recommended by Atsunome
student council makes up the main cast, over-the-top presentation of ordinary school scenarios and strongly developed characters. medaka box focuses less on mind games and misunderstandings, and more on solving oddly specific conflicts episode-to-episode. both are similar in tone, setting and sense of humor, but they most notably share a bittersweet but ultimately compassionate outlook on life. 
report Recommended by Moonlava
If you like to watch tangled-relationships (e.g. Sometimes, both it makes you sad and it makes you happy), and you want to laugh while watching that relationship, you should definitely watch Kamisama Hajimemashita. 
report Recommended by Sempra_
This is less so a recommendation and moreso a suggestion to help you understand Kaguya sama better, as Kaguya sama eludes quite heavily to the original story of Princess Kaguya  
report Recommended by ChickenClicker
- Both are very well-animated. - Both are romantic comedies that are sure to make you laugh and smile all the same. - Both feature characters that *start* out all ‘emo’ (or whatever you call it), although Dangers’ male MC quickly moves away from that. - Both are primarily set at school, although have a few brief trips to other places as well. 
report Recommended by Atsunome
They both have the same type of humor. Definitely reccommend if you are looking for more good laughs! 
report Recommended by R3verie
Lighthearted romance that has a hardworking-- tired male lead; watch if you want wholesome, innocent romance or sweetness overload 
report Recommended by Kaguyachinchin
Both shows offer have a great comedically driven take on the classic high school romance setting. 
report Recommended by JoeKr10
Both anime focuses on a couple who secretly like each other but cannot make themselves to confess....We get to see heart-warming and wholesome scenes and great chemistry between them 
report Recommended by Reblex_7029
mc is a poor student vying to be the best in the class, and their main rival is a love interest. 
report Recommended by Rehaanc
Both tackle psychological games in which one is trying to get another to do / say something though Kaguya-sama which a much more comedic tone and Code Geass with a grander scale both shows are a good watch that id highly recommend 
report Recommended by Dom1800
They're both intense like a great Shounen anime, without either anime depicting any literal fights. They both aired in the same season, so if you somehow missed out on both of them, I highly recommend them. Kaguya is admittingly sort of episodic while Neverland, by the nature of it's plot, always chugs along, but both remain tense in their own way. Aside from the appeal of mindgames, Kaguya has the romance/comedy element to fall back on while Neverland has the overarching mystery and pseudo-horror. The biggest issue I have with both of them is that there aren't enough episodes out there for me. (Although Neverland  read more 
report Recommended by any13th
Both shows contain a lot of "psychological warfare", essentially meaning both sides trying to out-strategize one another, or estimating the other party's ability, in any given confrontation. 
report Recommended by TSGWhatever
Both have similar comedy and are about a boy and a girl who constantly butt heads at first but eventually fall deeply in love with one another. 
report Recommended by SherlyCat25
Minami-ke and Kaguya-sama: Love is War are comedy series that derives its humour from the main characters interacting with each other. Minami-ke is more a comedic, casual slice of life. Kaguya-sama: Love is War is more a romantic comedy using sketches. Neither series have a real storyline so everything depends on the comedy. You're sure to enjoy.  
report Recommended by lancelot200
Perhaps this is a little loose, but both of these scratched a similar itch for me. I would describe these two as adorable relationship fluff packaged in very different ways, although there are some similarities. Both shows favour loosely connected one-shot chapters, with the occasional event that takes place over two or three chapters and is built up towards. In terms of characters, both shows favour a very small cast and focus heavily on the one relationship. Another similarity here is how Yamada combines the sugary yet go-getter attitude of Chika with Kaguya's sheltered naivety and overactive imagination. 
report Recommended by Mistrals_
Similar themes, school setting, ecchi , harem . Both animes share the same premise, a boy, not especially popular, suddenly finds himself surrounded by girls interested in him. A lot of the visual gags usually arising from misunderstandings, which result in the boy getting beaten up and called a pervert, are also present in both series.  
report Recommended by eldrick
Both contain criminal levels of cuteness/moe Both contain interactions between the two sexes in a way that pertain to the matters of romance Both have student councils that contain various characters Both touch on the typical parental restrictions that can get in the way in terms of high school romance  
report Recommended by GreatAide
Nodame is basically college version of Kaguya-sama, but starring Chika as the main character and main love interest to Nodame's version of Miyuki Shirogane, the stoic hardcore student, stubborn and all. Literally, she's even a piano prodigy as well, and have that absolutely chaotic personality, very focused on romance. They are all adults going to music college in this, which is a breath of fresh air from all the highschool anime tropes everywhere. 
report Recommended by Gabriell_Braga
Similar romantic problems of the teenage period of the life. Funny and embarassing situations on both. 
report Recommended by IaGam3s
Both have an intense love story and a perfect touch for the main girls' affection to the main boys. The main boys of both series (Yuuta/Miyuki) are trying to develop their love for the characters (Rikka/Kaguya). However, they tend to nearly hide their love for the main girls. The only difference is that Yuuta pretending not to be honest about loving Rikka while Miyuki does not show his true feelings to Kaguya. Both Rikka and Kaguya have feelings to the main boys. 
report Recommended by pikachumusk
It seems strange, but the two have school life and a comedy different from normal. Baka to test is more focus in comedy and have more romantic progress than Kaguya, although haven't psychological battles, is a good anime. Serious is my top 5 comedies. Sorry for Google Translate.  
report Recommended by msoares0079
These two anime are both very drama, slice-of-life, comedy oriented, however, both have adorable and dynamic romances and have moments that tug at your heartstrings.  
report Recommended by AmaiShio
Both shows have very similar humor and stylistic slapstick. While Dr. Stone focuses on science in an apocalyptic world with comedy on the side, Kaguya-sama: Love is War continues a similar joke style but places it’s characters in a totally different environment. Even though the characters are distinctly different, both shows leave similar impressions on the viewer that makes a transition between the two really seamless. 
report Recommended by MistaPolitics
While I don't recommend "Mamahaha", it's similar to Kaguya-sama in that both characters feel love for each other but can't show it due to circumstances. With the basic feature of both anime being mind games and dominating comedy (excellently handled in Kaguya-sama, not at all in Mamahaha). 
report Recommended by brilliant_tom
It's not exactly the same, but both are comedies where comics elements are based on the relationship (unconfessed) of the main characters and the misunderstandings about the other feelings. In Ojisan to Marshmallow, the girl tries to seduce the old man with the only thing he's interest in and, therefore his weakness : marshmallows. While in Kaguya-sama Love is War, the main characters try to seduce each other, without clearly confessing or showing any weakness. 
report Recommended by Nyrne
It is quite similar, the boy likes the girl and the girl likes the boy, but neither realizes what the other feels, and the anime is about how the protagonists try to make the boy or girl they like feel something for them or she. beelzebub, as well as kaguya is a semi-epic anime where the whole anime shows how the characters are related, the two have a cast of pleasant secondary, but beelzebub has quite a few fanservi, I leave it as a warning in case you don't like those things otherwise, as I said, they are quite similar, I just  read more 
report Recommended by M_N_
Haha , both anime is fun to watch , and some characters have sad background storied despite how they look , basically i like this anime ANd KaGuYa SaMa/. so give it a try. 
report Recommended by NekoOnnanoko
What Chika is to Kaguya-sama in terms of pure comedy is what the mascots in Amagi are to this show. 
report Recommended by briliant
Both of these series take the concept of a well respected/revered student council at a private academy, and put their own hilarious twist on it, showing that what is on the outside isn't always what is actually going on. 
report Recommended by danarwal14
Kaguya-sama and his exaggerated way in the anime comedy reminds me of Azumanga Daioh, although Azumanga has no romance at any time, I think that the jokes and the way of doing each episode are very reminiscent of both. Each has a story of the normal days of each day that passes, in which both are slice of life. Both manage to be too striking for their audience, making it well received. 
report Recommended by Artdoroki
Both are slice-of-life romantic comedies focusing on a group of teenagers who hang out in a club together (okay, the Student Council isn't technically a club, but the point still remains). Both are very funny, yet feature a complex cast of characters who are all far more than they seem. Kaguya and Yozora are both jaded, highly intelligent black-haired girls with warped worldviews who are much more than they seem even by their show's standards (Kaguya is somehow even DEEPER than Yozora, which I previously didn't even think was possible) and have a friend whom they constantly insult (mentally in Kaguya's case, verbally in Yozora's case).  read more 
report Recommended by Joe_Devaney