Only ten seconds in this week’s episode of Kaguya-sama Love is War and I am crying from laughter. All the reactions while gazing on the cat ears, Fujiwara’s rap verse as well as the attempts of the characters to speak the French language will definitely made my day.
Japanese Original Episode Title: かぐや様は愛でたい, 生徒会は言わせたい, かぐや様は送らせたい, 白銀御行は話したい
The Student Council is responsible for preparing a welcome party for the French foreign exchange students that will come to Shuchiin Academy and Miyuki, Kaguya, and Chika are thinking of doing some cosplay. Kaguya as well as Miyuki put on some cat ears which makes both of them super into each other but obviously, no one wants to admit it. Later on they play the ‘Banned word game’ or ‘NG word game’ where the losers will be going to pick up everything needed for the welcome party. Chika wins the game with her evil bluffs and amazing rapping skills, leaving the other two to go together for shopping. The next day, Kaguya calls Miyuki for the first time in order to arrange a date and time to meet up but unfortunately a huge storm ruins their plans. Finally, the welcome party is ready and the exchange students seem to enjoy it greatly except for Miyuki who seems to be the only one unable to speak French. Trying to act all cool, he is verbally attacked by the Vice President of the French Student Council, but Kaguya comes to the rescue while releasing her inner beast.
Cat ears are scary: The first story of this episode was absolutely hilarious. Miyuki screaming ‘KAWAIII’ over and over again in his head while trying to hide his feelings was gold. Their faces and reactions while trying to ‘hold it together’ were so entertaining but could also act as some good nightmare fuel, especially damn Chika at the end.
Don’t you dare diss that gurl: Fujiwara is cute, weird, sometimes creepy and apparently a rapper? She is cunning and much smarter than she looks which makes me like her even more. All the rappers out there should be terrified by her verse.
French disaster: Okay, I don’t know about you but personally I love listening to Japanese voice actors trying to speak French. It honestly makes me laugh so hard. When the first student came up to Miyuki and Kaguya and actually SPOKE proper French with a decent accent, I was so surprised and thought to myself: ‘Hmm, maybe all of them will be decent as well.’ But nope, the moment Kaguya and Chika started to speak I died. And let’s not talk about Betsy Beltoise. After one point they were just spitting words and imitating sounds that would make you believe that it was actual French. I know want to hear Chika rapping in French, please.
Themes & Trivia
Nekomimi: A catgirl (猫耳) is a female character with cat traits, such as cat ears, a cat tail, or other feline characteristics on an otherwise human body. The portrayal of cat-girls goes back until at least 1924 when Kenji Miyazawa (Japanese author of children’s literature created 水仙月の四日 (The 4th of narcissus month) where the first ‘Modern Day’ Nekomimi Cat girl appears as 雪婆んご in the story, a beautiful, cat-eared woman.
Betsy Beltoise: She is actually voiced by Sally Amaki, an American singer and voice actress based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a member of the voice acting idol group 22/7 which debuted in 2017 and an avid supporter for LGBT rights. In case you don’t know who she is, watch this video to get a glimpse of her awesomeness.
When Kaguya finally decided to call Miyuki and his dad answered the phone, I was expecting a much more ridiculous reason for it, but having Miyuki naked in the bath and talking to her like it ain’t no thing was pretty good as well. I also love how cocky he is with his new waterproof smartphone. And might I just add that avocado and soy sauce are indeed the best MARRIAGE ever? Thanks.
Comme c’est mignon.
I love the slow progression and development of Kaguya and Miyuki’s relationship and I can’t wait to see it evolve even further. I am also starting to get curious about the other member of the Student Council.
NEXT TIME: ‘Kaguya-sama wa Konashitai’, ‘Shirogane Miyuki wa Misetsuketai’, ‘Kaguya-sama wa Sasaretai’
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast