Winter 2019 Anime

Battle Of Attrition – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 2 Review

Battle Of Attrition - An Anime QandA Review for 'Kaguya-sama: Love Is War' Episode 2


What’s the show? Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Episode 2.

How’s this episode? I worry about this series.

Why’s that? While I feel like this is a technically impressive adaptation of a manga and visually is very eye-catching and appealing I don’t think the jump to anime has done the story and pacing of this comedy in favours. And that’s not a slight on the voice actors–who are all very good–especially Kaguya who is ticking all my best girl boxes (well most of them). I just can’t help but feel there’s one thing holding it ba–IT’S THE NARRATOR, I HATE THE NARRATOR IT’S RUINING THE SHOW.

*lightning sound effects intensify*

Whoa. Calm down there buddy, no need to break out the caps lock. I’m sorry, it’s just that I feel like the narrator is such a detracting force here that it undercuts a lot of the jokes, it spoils any sense of intimacy and it breaks the immersion of the show entirely. I know the manga had a narrator too, but I didn’t read the narration parts in a booming voice in my head. And what’s more, when making an adaptation of a manga you don’t literally have to put ~everything~ from the manga on screen, a good director would have known to keep the narration out of the actual ‘skits’ and have the dialogue (or internal monologues) speak for themselves.

Still a visually brilliant.

Yes, you complained about it ~at length~ last week. Well sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record it’s just an absolute hindrance to my enjoyment at this stage and I have to articulate it as my duty as a reviewer.

Okay. So other than that, is the show otherwise fine. Ehhh~.

I mean when you’re on the receiving ends of such looks a man is bound to worry.

What now? You know I’m a slut for anime comedies, I’ll take any and all and with a smile on my face the whole time but I feel like that even I may got bored of this kind of humour. While it is occasionally smart and quippy and biting, it’s also a game of constantly outdoing the other and while I’m sure it will retain its current level of quality it also doesn’t really allow for a lot of character growth. Individual character development for sure, there’s plenty of that even in this episode–but the two of them growing together as a couple? That seems unlikely without breaking the ‘Love Is War’ conceit of the series.

I didn’t make this but god she’s so flawless.

Right, and which was your favourite segment of the episode? The beach vs mountains part had its charms (mostly Chika in her bikini, ahem…) but my favourite was Miyuki attempting to give “love” advice to a fellow student wanting to confess to another student. Kaguya’s reactions to overhearing what Miyuki was saying were ~classic~ but most of all, there was hardly any narration at all! And it was so much better for it, I’m crossing my fingers that the narrator continues to take a backseat in future episodes! So all in all it was a flawed but still enjoyable experience, the characters will keep me coming back even in spite of all the other issues the show has.

Bringing out the big guns.

Previous ‘Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War’ Reviews:

When The Head Fights The Heart – Episode 1 Review

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5 comments on “Battle Of Attrition – ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ Episode 2 Review

  1. Manga reader here, and I’ve mentioned this in my own review, Karandi’s and L-zerb’s, but the manga gets a huge spike in quality around the 30th chapter mark. Here’s hoping they skip some of the fluff and go straight to that because there is a point of no return where the formula is broken for good early on.

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    • Thanks for the info. I’ve only read a couple of volumes of the manga (so 20 chapters?) but it’s good to know its got that quality spike coming up. As you said hopefully they do skip some chapters, otherwise at the current rate (of 3 chapters per episode) it’d be 11 eps before we got to that point and that’s way too much.

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      • Also forgot to mention, the too long reintroduction this chapter? They adapted a chapter that was serving as a refresher to new readers because the manga had shifted magazines.

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      • Yeah, I think I saw you mention that to someone on Twitter. But again, thanks for the info. 🙂

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  2. I have to agree, the narrator isn’t doing this show any favours at all. It’s just become kind of annoying and we’re only at two episodes. It’s interesting that you liked the last segment best because that was my least favourite. Whilst Kaguya’s response was kind of cute, it felt dragging for me and not very funny at all. I just feel like each week might as well be a mixed bag with some good and some bad.

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