Wow; this whole week saw 3 great series have a season end. With Tower Of God and Harley Quinn- season 2 of Aka Akasaka’s hilarious “Kaguya Sama: Love is War” has come to a close. And if you think that season 1 was a treat- Season 2’s the WHOLE D@MN CAKE!
The title wasn’t lying, either; this season SOMEHOW managed to beat season 1 in every aspect- from storylines to character development and introduction to animation and voice acting. EVERYTHING IS BETTER! I’d like to take a moment to talk about the cast of the show for a minute:
- Kaguya Shinomiya : Voiced By Aoi Koga
- Miyuki Shirogane: Voiced By Makoto Furukawa
- Chika Fujiwara: Voiced By Konomi Kohara
- Best Boy Yu Ishigami: Voiced By Ryota Suzuki
- Miko Ino: Voiced By Miyu Tomita(Welcome aboard)
- Ai Hayasaka: Voiced By Yumiri Hanamori
- Nagisa Kashiwagi: Voiced By Momo Asakura
- Tsubasa(Kashiwagi’s boyfriend): Voiced By Taku Yashiro
- Kei Shirogane: Voiced By Sayumi Suzushiro
- Kobachi Osaragi: Voiced By Rina Hidaka(Welcome Aboard)
- Tsubame Koyasu: Voiced By Haruka Fukuhara(Welcome Aboard)
- Every single of voice actor I didn’t mention. (Ari Ozawa, Kana Ichinose, Madoka Asahina, and Ayaka Asai)
You all do such an amazing job with the voices of these characters. I hear that voice acting is a strenuous process, so thank you so much for what you do!
A-1 Pictures……..you know; I’ still pretty upset with you guys for abandoning Seven Deadly Sins and handing it off the Studio Dean the way you did. But you wanna know something else? This season made up for it. Not just this season- last one, too. It’s not even a battles shonen like Nanatsu No Taizai, and it has such good animation that it would put most of that genre to shame.
Despite how good this series is at balancing characters; we can’t forget who the main characters are: Kaguya Shinomiya Sama and her “hubby-to-be-” Miyuki Shirogane. The name of the game: “Make The Other Confess.” Because of the shows catchphrase: “There are 2 kinds of people-those who are confessed to, and those that confess. A winner-and a loser.” Knowing this to be an absolute rule of life; 2 members of Shuchiin Private Academy’s Student Council strive to make each other confess- while also keeping in mind not to let the other know their true feelings and intentions.
We discussed who they were and what they’re all about last season(see here), so check that out. This season was just progression on the characters introduced- as well as introducing new characters to the lovable cast. Characters such as the poster girl for “justice-” Miko Ino. 1)Cute. 2) Miko is the President of the Morals Comittee, and the daughter of a Supreme Court Judge and a member of the International Humanitarian Support group. Needless to say: She has a very strong sense of justice. Almost to a Draconian extent. For example; her student council promises included having people shave their heads. Um………no.
But she works great with someone like the laid back Yu Ishigami. Their interactions are straight forward on the surface level, but their interactions are MUCH more important(especially if you’re a manga reader like me). Ishigami’s laid back personality and nonchalant attitude towards things greatly irritates the hard working Ilno, and Ishigami finds her almost-draconian authority to be annoying. But on a lower level; Ishigami greatly respects Ilno’s sense of justice, and goes out of his way to help her more times than not. Ilno sees Ishigami as an annoyance- but someone who can change if given the proper helping hand. They seem to at least respect one another. Although, in Ilno’s case…………season 3 and beyond should explore that.
SPEAKING OF YU ISHIGAMI: Can I get a round of applause for the best boy in history? THIS MAN destroyed his whole reputation just to save a girl he had no romantic interest in. F*CKING. LEGEND. The story is that he was a disinterested boy who simply walked through life on auto pilot. And then a girl- Kyoko Ootomo- came and showed him kindness. He didn’t fall for her; just liked and appreciated that out of all the scumbags and vile people in the world- there was at least 1 person who was still kind enough to out of their way to help someone. As he got closer; he started to care for her deeply.
And then he found out that her boyfriend- the d0uche nugget Kou Ogino– was cheating on her. More over; when Ishigami confronts him with the evidence- he tries to “lend him Ootomo.” He would rather pimp out his girlfriend than stop cheating. So Ishigami does the only rational thing he could in that exact moment: Beat the cr!p out of him! Look; he had all the evidence. So yes; he could have shown it to Ootomo that Ogino was cheating on her. That would have been the smart thing to do. And it would have spared her the heartbreak and sorrow of being with someone who views her more like an object to lend to people to get what he wants- rather than let her find out years down the line and she’d be too invested and dependent on him to leave. But would that have been the right thing?
Ishigami’s goal was not to “save her” from a scummy person. His goal was to take utter scum like Ogino and make him into someone deserving of Ootomo’s “smile.” He wanted to protect her “smile-” the ray of sunlight in an otherwise dark world. And-for better or worse- Ogino made her happy. You can also think of it as “returning the favor.” Oginowas scum- and Ishigami saw himself in that way. So the line of thinking “If even scum like me can change because one person extended their hand; anyone can.” Or something along those lines.
But this statement- this line- this promise that Ogino made to let him “use” Ootomo……that was it. He snapped, and began to strike him. I imagine the first time was just a reflex to what he had said. The second was for saying it. And the 3rd is where the idea “Make his face so unattractive no one would come near it” came into his head. And the rest were just part of that plan. Was this the smart way to go about it? No; certainly not. He went irrational in the heat of the moment. But was he wrong to do that? No; Ishigami did the right thing in trying to get him to change his ways. It’s just unfortunate that he was irredeemable. Can’t win em all, I guess.
I think episode 1 part 1 of the season is what keyed me in on this being an AMAZING season. The way Fujiwara bounced around(as well-endowed as ever) with her dog let me know that the animation was still on point. Not to mention the voice acting for Kaguya and Hayasaka- and even the Narrator- were amazing. I love how Aoi Koga is able to change her tone and demeanor from the “high and mighty scion of the Shinomiya empire” to “ditzy little Kaguya chan” we know to be…….at least part of the true Kaguya Shinomiya we adore. Of course; Konomi Kohara was as cutesy as ever playing Chika. I always just love to hear her speak- even if it is something purely chaotic. And Suzuki- You CRUSHED your scenes. Not only is Ishigami one of the funniest characters on the show, but he’s also one of the kindest and most passionate when it comes to doing the right thing.
When it came to scenes like when he was beating the dogsh!t out of Ogino- his voice managed to convey the anger he felt in that moment; the raw emotion and true disgust he felt towards this guy. Or when he wanted to make sure no one would laugh at Ilno during the Student Council President Election- his voiced conveyed anger and annoyance at the people laughing at Ilno. Man; I just LOVE Yu Ishigami! I can’t get enough of talking about him right now.
The opening “Daddy Daddy Do” by Masayuki Suzuki was pretty good. The visuals were all well animated- even better than season 1’s visuals. And the story each of them tells is conveyed pretty well. Season 1’s story is Miyuki and Kaguya’s battle to make the other confess first- while season 2’s opening is them coming to terms with their feelings for each other, but they’re still too prideful to admit it. I also like how Kaguya’s attempts to make him confess in each opening is done. While OP 1 “Love is War” is trying to go in head on with a sophisticated assault- season 2 has her “attacking” from a distance. And Miyuki switched to the defensive in OP 2; he went from fighting back to trying to make sure that Kaguya doesn’t make her confession “roundabout-” she’ll have to confess to him face-to-face.
I think that’s all for right now. I’m sorry this came out so long after the actual season ended. I had actually intended for it to come out a few weeks ago, but I got hit with “burn out” and all. But I think that was the smart move considering all that happened at that time. But that’s all for now, my loyal subjects; till the next post! Catch ya later!