The ride continues with Kaguya Sama Love Is War Season 3 Episode 5, as the way to their lover’s heart is still far for Kaguya and Miyuki. Let’s see where the show took us this time around in this review!
Kaguya Sama Love Is War Season 3 Episode 5 Overview
Kaguya sama Love is War Season 3 or Kaguya sama wa Kokurasetai Season 3 in original Japanese (stylised as Kaguya-sama Love is War Season 3 and Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai Season 3) is a romance, comedy, and psychological warfare (yes, really) anime based on the manga of the same name written by Aka Akasaka. Seasons 1 and 2 of the show aired in 2019 and 2020, respectively, and this series serves as a direct sequel to them.
The anime is developed by A-1 Pictures, who have been responsible for some of the most highly acclaimed shows in these times, including 86 and Erased, alongside both the previous seasons of Kaguya-sama. Shinichi Omata is directing this season, and he was also responsible for directing both the previous seasons of the show. This episode, with its tagline, is referred to as Kaguya Sama Love Is War Ultra Romantic Episode 5! Click here to read our review of the previous episode!
– Kaguya sama wa Kokurasetai Season 3 Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –
Kaguya-sama Love is War Season 3 Episode 5 Review- Rap-sody
Credit where it is due; the show made whatever the hell this episode was work. No other show could have done what happened here and have gotten away with it, let alone be praised for it. Kaguya-sama is the perfect blend of wacky, weird, and wonderful for an outing this bodacious. However, despite the show being tailor-made for something like this, the concept was just too out-there and cringeworthy for anyone to do it justice, let alone something not even at its peak like Kaguya.
First of all, this was a Chika episode. Chika episodes have always been the highlights of the show, as her wild card nature can lead to certain scenes being elevated from mediocrity to comedic genius. She has always gotten along the best with the President, Miyuki. Their previous exploits, nearly all of them involving Chika training Miyuki to do something he is abhorrent at, have all been extremely fun and ones to look out for in the show’s lineup. This episode switches up the formula just enough to have it remain fresh and interesting despite it being the fourth time the show has attempted the same trope.
However, what Chika was teaching Miyuki this time around, was rapping. Rapping in anime has never been less than cringeworthy. Japanese culture is just too far apart from hip-hop as we in the west know it, especially when all the characters are doing is putting “Yo” in front of poems. The content never translates well, and it is doubtful that it ever will be. The flow of the language isn’t conducive to the format, and most times, it can just be painful to see the attempts to make it good. It was hilarious, no doubt about it, but the sheer cringy nature of it made one want to stop watching the episode.
The plotline that the rapping was based around was also weak, as it focused on Hayasaka and Miyuki’s relationship. Again. It also picked up directly from the second episode, as if the past two episodes ever really happened in the first place. I can understand why the showrunners did that, as the previous episodes weren’t very good. However, it still couldn’t hide how awkward, creepy, and unnecessary this Hayasaka storyline has been. It has done nothing for her and made Kaguya stand out even less. The only person looking good after this is Miyuki, and we already knew he was great.
Kaguya sama wa Kokurasetai Ultra Romantic Episode 5 also featured one other storyline, this one much more consistent and usual show fair than the first one. It featured Maki Shijou making her second appearance on the show, and she is quite a great figure for the show to keep around. She provides a two-way mirror to the feelings of both Kaguya and Miyuki, and her tale is also hilarious and interesting. It is hard to consolidate the thoughts about this episode, but at least it wasn’t boring.
Kaguya Sama Love Is War Season 3 Episode 5 was a weird and off-putting episode that nevertheless featured some of the show’s finest comedy scenes so far. The jury is still out on this one.
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