With so many romcom anime series, it is difficult to find one that appeals to you. Some romcoms have more romance than comedy and others have more comedy than romance.
Fortunately, Kaguya-sama: Love is War has the perfect balance of romance and comedy.
The story revolves around two high school students, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, who are both in love with each other, but are too proud and afraid to confess their feelings to one another as they believe that whoever does so first would appear weak. As a result of their pride and fear, both lovers devise many schemes to make the other one confess first.
Alongside Miyuki and Kaguya are the bubbly Chika Fujiwara (who always accidentally gets in the way of the prideful students’cunning ploys), the gloomy Yu Ishigami (who is terrified of Kaguya) and the patient Ai Hayasaka (a servant who puts up with the difficult job of assisting Kaguya in her crafty, yet over-the-top stratagems to make Miyuki confess his love for her).
At first, it seems that this anime would be boring and repetitive with each episode appearing to only be about the two lovers continuously trying to get the other one to confess their love first.
However, Kaguya-sama: Love is War avoids this problem by including a mixture of hilarious, romantic and moving moments in their episodes. It is indeed entertaining to watch the funny love competition between Mikyuki and Kaguya, but it is just as entertaining when watching their love grow as they support, care and comfort each other in difficult times. More simply, by adding these various moments, the romcom does not fall into the trap of having the same simple and predictable structure for each episode.
It is also the anime’s comedic timing that makes these moments all the more special and enjoyable. The comedy feels natural and realistic as it comes at the right time and does not interfere with the romantic and moving moments. With so many TV series, movies and games forcing comedy into their stories, it is refreshing to finally see something that does not have forced comedy.
Despite being a light-hearted romcom, Kaguya-sama: Love is War bravely touches on some real serious issues such as the pressure of coming from a wealthy and prestigious family, emotional neglect and academic stress. At the same time, the anime does not focus too much on this to the point where it becomes a drama and thus still maintains its lightheartedness.
Generally, Kaguya-sama: Love is War is definitely worth watching if you want to find a unique romcom anime. With its interesting concept of equating love to a battle, humorous and captivating characters and the perfect balance of romance and comedy, you will definitely have a fun time watching this anime.