Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai Review: Overthinking to the extreme

Nothing happens

I suspect that this is the start of a boring review. I enjoyed reading the manga for this series, and I subsequently enjoyed watching the anime, so I wouldn't be surprised if this is largely babble. And if you're wondering why I'm starting a review with self-referential jokes, it's because that technique is one of the hallmarks of this series. The series is based on the concept that the first person to admit their love in a relationship will end up in an inferior position.

Kaguya wants to try some romance

The series follows two students at the top of their class, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, members of the student council. Their positions come with an insurmountable level of pride, which is where our premise comes into play. Each character is intent on forcing the other to confess their feelings first. This results in a slew of mental battles between the two as they each try to force the other into a position where they'd have to admit their feelings.

Battle results

Joining along in the fun is Chika Fujiwara, the student council secretary whose main job is to completely derail the carefully laid-out plans of both main characters with her unpredictable behavior. In addition, the student council treasurer, Yuu Ishigami, is just a relatable guy. The two are nearly polar opposites, and it's fun to watch them inadvertently interfere with the main two.

A yeti appears

Overall, I enjoyed the playful nature of the show. I've said it in another post, but my favorite joke in the series involves a child with a friend named Yeti. The dialogue disarms the joke by immediately having the child explain that it's just a nickname, only to have an actual yeti appear on screen. It's absurd, but I thought it was great.

Chika is sad to see Kaguya go

In general, I thought the series did a pretty good job with animation. For example, there's a special ending sequence in episode three that I thought was truly impressive (and should have been used for more episodes). The thing that bothered me a bit was the special effect backgrounds, like the lightning and such. It's probably just personal preference, but I thought that they felt off.

Kaguya gets the last word

Also, this series isn't really great if you're looking for clear progress in the relationships. I personally think that the series does a great job with slightly altering the relationship of the two, but it definitely doesn't give you that sense of satisfaction.

Overall Score: 8/10

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