Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai — First Impressions

Anime is saved.

This is one of my favorite manga, and wow, the anime was better than anything I expected. It had the perfect pacing, not too slow and not too fast. The casting was right on target.

And oh my God, the faces. Absolutely perfect.

Only one complaint, and it may just be my memory. Perhaps they open up more later on. But from this episode, the two main characters kind of came across as assholes. Totally insincere, devoid of empathy, just plotting to get what they want and willing to toss anyone aside to do so. Perhaps it’s just the few stories we saw this episode. In the manga, this isn’t really the case— they do have ridiculous amounts of pride and are kind of cowardly.  But I didn’t think they were quite as awful as humans as it seemed after watching this episode.

4 thoughts on “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai — First Impressions

  1. For me the differences were likely all in the translations.

    The scanlations (whether accurate or not) make them come across like kids who have lived lives where losing is something they just can’t afford, so they go around acting like everything is some kind of huge battle. They come across like they really do want to be noticed, but are too scared to show weakness.

    The anime’s translation obscures that a bit more behind general undertones of arrogance, making it feel less like they want a relationship, and more like they want to one-up the other one. That said, that vibe seemed to diminish with each sketch, so I can’t tell for sure yet.

  2. “Anime is saved” – hahaha 🙂

    I’d say it’s the choice of characters picked (which differed from the manga). Here they went with three chapters which emphasized the “mindgame battles”, but inadvertently (?) also those which make them look fairly unlikable on a personal level. In the manga we continued with the movie ticket arc which was much more cute than objectionable.

    Nevertheless, I am a happy camper. This was a fantastic conversion.

  3. It’s possible that the unlikeability is intentional. Maybe they will choose a chapter order that emphasizes character development and the progressive drop of all pretenses, as it becomes clear these two are just dorks.

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