Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2nd Season – 1st Episode Review
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Synopsis: Known for being both brilliant and powerful, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya lead the illustrious Shuchiin Academy as near equals. And everyone thinks they’d make a great couple. Pride and arrogance are in ample supply, so the only logical move is to trick the other into instigating a date! Who will come out on top in this psychological war where the first move is the only one that matters? (Official Funimation Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Kaguyasama: Love is War returns with a grand and epic start to its 2nd season! The new season is kicked off with an over the top story focused on Ai Hayasaka, Kaguya’s assistant instead of any of the other four main characters. Yet it brings all the same level of laughs and quality that we have come to love and expect from the series. We get to see the various perils and challenges Hayasaka has to face off against and deal with in order to aid Kaguyasama and fulfill her various whims and plans. It’s high in action and in humour. And making things all the better is an even higher level and quality of animation than the previous season.
Tom: Kaguya-sama continues to set example for what anime adaptations should be aiming to accomplish. The series continues to take already quality material and find ways of only bolstering it, providing additional visual gags, or re-imagining segments with oomph only top quality animation can provide. Having read much of the material present in this first episode I can safely say that it’s been all around tightened and improved upon. What’s here is raised to a standard that sets the anime above the manga, making full use of the anime medium much in the way the first season managed, if not even better this go around.
Linny: As always, the jokes in the series remain solid and innovative, finding all sorts of hilarious situations to thrust our characters into and producing all manners of unique gags. This season has already taken the time to carve out more depth and nuance to one of its characters, Chika Fujiwara. Chika generally came off as the kind hearted, quirky and child-like one of the cast that a lot of the fan base adore. But this episode reminds her that her child-like demeanor also means she can have childish selfish moments like her annoyance at Yu Ishigami having the same birthday as her. It’s little touches like this, aka rounded out cast members, and of course, the innovative comedy of the series that makes Kaguyasama: Love is War Season 2 a welcome addition to Spring Anime 2020.
Tom: Kaguya-sama was a highlight of last year and its 2nd season is looking like it’ll easily recapture that magic. The manga remains an absolute joy to read thanks to its fun, inventive gags that keep the simple tug of war love battle between Shirogane and Shinomiya fresh every step of the way. There’s going to be some fairly big developments this season, introducing a new character to spice things up, and I can’t wait to see what that will look like in anime form. With the animation quality feeling perhaps even a step above last time, Kaguya-sama’s 2nd season is absolutely something you don’t want to miss.
Kaguya-Sama: Love is War 2nd Season is available for streaming exclusively via Funimation.com