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

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

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English: Kaguya-sama: Love is War
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~


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
Genres: ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Themes: PsychologicalPsychological, SchoolSchool
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.401 (scored by 757694757,694 users)
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Ranked: #1682
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Popularity: #71
Members: 1,239,442
Favorites: 27,622

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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 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
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
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
Both shows have: School Setting Platonic Romance Episodes divided in little histories Comedy  
report Recommended by makenshi_wallace
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
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_
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
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
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
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 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
-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 fake_salutations
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
they're both a fun wholesome SoL with fast paced visual comedy. 
report Recommended by Zweifooter
Both have similar love story moments and cute scenes. 
report Recommended by XxSkirmishxX
Both show centers around the star members of student council and focused on their daily school life. While both are fast paced comedy but the main difference is that "Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai" focuses on romcom elements while latter focused on inappropriate humor dirty jokes.  
report Recommended by SkyRenderer
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 offer have a great comedically driven take on the classic high school romance setting. 
report Recommended by JoeKr10
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
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
both are really wonderful anime, both give us importance of love 
report Recommended by sran_lumchan
Both will give off high school vibes. Have double meaning jokes and the plot smartly moves keeping it's humor.  
report Recommended by Rainbowsalt007
both are actually funny rom-coms. 
report Recommended by imawagon
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
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_Joestar
Both are having same type of screening ,which doesn't bore watchers...!!  
report Recommended by -Shirogane19-
They are both comedies, with a main-character who is kind of a strategist. In Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The world god only knows) the main-character is an expert at dating 2D girls, however due to supernatural circumstances, he is forced to win over 3D girls. He uses his 2D expertise to overcome these challenges. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai has 2 intelligent top student main-characters, who love each other, but believe that the one confessing first will became the lower-ranked in a relationship. They are constantly trying to build up strategies against each other, in order to make the other state his/her love at first. 
report Recommended by invisibleumbrela
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
These are both hilarious and honestly just have a similar vibe. There are also so many lovable characters and lots of cuteness.  
report Recommended by ramenandramune
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
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 IshigamiCrisis
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 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
1- Mind games and plots. 2- Overhyped voice-over man explaining situation and possibilities. 
report Recommended by 4DEATH
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
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
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_
The similarity that they have is having over the top comedy, although having different settings and genres (other than comedy). 
report Recommended by Amin-kun
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 mastertakeshi
Both are extremely well-written romcoms, and are some of the best sol anime of recent times. 
report Recommended by FierBub
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_
1. Both animes have a male and a female that are unable to express their feelings to each other. 2. The storyline is pretty similar to each other yet different in their own aspects. 
report Recommended by AshesOnFire
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
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
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
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 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  
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