God, I love this show.
One of my favorite shows from last year was the Jump Seinen Rom-Com, Kaguya-sama: Love is War. This was largely on the back of its eye-popping visual style, sharp dialogue, and brilliant comedic timing. The characters are all outright cartoons, but in the best way possible. It’s just a treat to watch these two characters, who are otherwise incredibly put-together, fall all over themselves like grade school kids at the sheer notion of romantic entanglement. They’re dorks. Massive, massive dorks. And I love them.
Of course, what surrounds them is a colorful cast of equally off-beat characters that only enhance everything about the antics had between the main pair as they’re unwittingly (or, in Hayasaka’s case, very wittingly) used as pawns by the eponymous Kaguya and the object of her affection in a seemingly eternal game to outplay the opposing party and make them confess their completely obvious feelings first.
And all of that comes crashing back into the Spring 2020 Anime Season like the show never left, in the first place. It’s a rip-roaring return that had me grinning, ear-to-ear, for the entire runtime. Right out the gate, the cold-open pretty much sets the expectation of what’s to come by having Hayasaka – a high school girl, I remind you – pulling out some spy movie acrobatics and stunts for a reeeally silly reason. And it only gets better from there. But I’m also glad the the show has maintained its ability to occasionally link episodes together for a sense of continuity among the various segments.
What will the remainder of the show have in store for us? Not a clue. But I’m already loving the comeback and I hope this isn’t one of the shows put on the back-burner because of the current global health crisis. But, at the same time, I wouldn’t want my selfish desire for more of a show I enjoy to override my concern for the wellbeing of those working on it. So I hope the staff and cast are staying healthy and safe and taking whatever measures prove necessary to do so.
Just to close this one out, the new OP is great. I don’t really have a favorite between this one and the last one. I do like it when an opening actually says the title of the show. So that does give the first one some brownie points, but that’s all. That said, the opening – DADDY! DADDY! DO! – once again performed by Masayuki Suzuki (though this time joined by Airi Suzuki, instead of Rikka Ihara), is a bop. And I hope that, if this show continues beyond this season, that relationship continues to the bitter end. The openings are just so… so perfect for this show, of all things.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the new season of this goofy, silly show, so far. Thought I’d put that out there since I wasn’t able to do a proper post the other day. Are you enjoying it? Are there any other shows you’ve been enjoying, this season, that weren’t delayed because of the global pandemic? Let me know, down below!
Stay safe, Stay healthy, Stay Awesome!