And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! The rare ‘How cute’ of Shirogane is here and I don’t think we will get the chance to see it ever again. This episode was a mixture of fun little stories, except the last one which acted as the prologue of the sad and probably last episode of Kaguya-sama Love is War for this season.
Fujiwara is enjoying her holidays abroad while Shirogane and Shinomiya are spending their summer days rotting at home doing nothing. No one has contacted each other for three weeks despite their urge to do so. Hayasaka informs Kaguya that Shirogane twitted something about how he spends all his time at home, which intrigued Kaguya into creating a Twitter account herself. Even though Hayasaka is constantly interrupted during her relaxation time, she helps her get the hang of it since Kaguya has no idea how to use technology and is still stubborn and shy of showing her feeling towards Miyuki. Meanwhile, Fujiwara is back to Tokyo and goes to eat ramen at a neighborhood restaurant, but things get more thrilling since a taste ramen master acknowledges her skills of eating good ramen. Shirogane decides to get his bike and go to school hoping that he might meet Kaguya like that, but even though Kaguya thought the same, their timing was off and didn’t manage to meet up after all. As Kaguya is getting ready to go and meet up Fujiwara and the rest for shopping, her dad suddenly calls her to their house at Kyoto and has to cancel their date.
The Fujiwara boobs: The opening of the episode was so misleading. I honestly thought that it was going to be another beach episode like any other rom-com out there, but I was wrong. Kaguya-sama Love is War decided to showcase us a ‘how to eat ramen’ guide instead of that. Genius.
The ramen scene: I was so confused while I watched that. So basically Chika was happy to be back to Japan just because she wanted to eat ramen? That girl finds such small joys in her life, it’s admirable. I don’t know what to comment first though: the ‘ramen optimum combination’? The ‘one-in-all philosophy’? The ‘mini ramen’? For someone who really loves ramen, this was actually very informative.
Hopeless at IT: I must say that I felt really bad for Hayasaka. Poor girl wanted to take some time to relax and instead of that she had to be IT support for Kaguya, who doesn’t even know how to make a Twitter account. I mean Kaguya will never stop being cute, but she really is in the same IT knowledge level with an old man that sells candy, which is kind of weird if you think about it, because as a student you definitely get taught basic IT skills. Just saying.
This is going to be sad: I mean, we have been hinted before about how strict and emotionless Kaguya’s family is, but it seems it’s worse than what I have imagined. I didn’t really get why she was summoned to Kyoto by her father; it looked like he did just to see her and do a ‘check’ on her. Even Hayasaka called him an asshole, so I really don’t know what is going on. Hopefully, we will get to learn more in the next episode.
Themes & Trivia
Ta’ameya: Apparently ta’ameya is another name for falafel, and it is usually called like that in Cairo. In case you don’t know, falafel is a deep-fried ball, flat, or doughnut-shaped patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Herbs, spices, and onion relatives are commonly added to the dough. It is a Levantine and Egyptian dish that most likely originated in Egypt.
Kushari: It’s an Egyptian dish from the 19th century made of rice, macaroni, and lentils mixed together, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. Sprinklings of garlic juice, garlic vinegar, and hot sauce are optional.
‘I am young and starving.’ Honestly that sentence said it all.
140 character monologues.
I really don’t want this anime to end. It’s been such a precious experience so far and hopefully it’s going to leave us with a kind-of happy ending, because if we judge from this last story, there will be a lot of drama involved.
NEXT TIME: ‘Hanabi no Oto wa Kikoenai, Kōhen’, ‘Kaguya-sama wa Saketakunai’
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast