Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – a Happy Casualty of this War’s Propaganda

You watch one cute anime girl compilation and YouTube’s video recommendation algorithm will never let you forget it. On the upside though, the relentless barrage of anime clips brought Kaguya-sama: Love Is War to my attention. And never before have I fallen for a show so hard so quickly. Despite the fact that the show seems to stray from its own premise almost right away.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War - a Happy Casualty of this War's Propaganda

Thanks to it’s silly starting premise and a very catching opening, I ended up watching the whole series so far in an evening and it quickly charmed me on a level I was not expecting. The overly dramatic nature of characters and their constant game of one-upsmanship against one another is offset by unexpectedly sweet it can be at times.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Easy Mode can Be kind of Dull

If there was one thing I have picked up on from the online anime community when it comes to the Isekai genre; it’s that there are far too many Isekai shows out there are the moment. I can kind see why too, just browsing through the recent updates on Crunchyroll, the number of them I can spot is more than a modest amount to say the least. It might be this bias that has subconsciously caused me to avoid the genre for the past 12 months.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - Easy Mode can Be kind of Dull

For those of you who don’t know what I mean by “Isekai”, it’s basically a translation of “different world”, and is the type of show where a protagonist from the “real world” is transported into a fantasy world, or a video game, or their favourite manga. In almost all cases though, while also being in a fantastical (and often hostile) world, they have some kind of advantage over the rest of the people in the world. Be it their more modern knowledge, access to technology from their own world or they’re simply ungodly powerful.

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SSSS Gridman Scratches A Nostalgic Itch I Never Knew I Had

I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that Studio Trigger has a certain style. A style in their visual approach certainly, but more so a common sense of style in the kinds of stories they like to tell. They like huge stakes, adolescent romance to save the day, and they’ll most likely squeeze some aliens in there somehow.

SSSS Gridman Scratches A Nostalgic Itch I Never Knew I Had

SSSS Gridman is a show that kind of took me by surprise. Honestly, I had mixed feelings about the Trigger shows I’ve seen up to now. After the wider community seemed to rally against the ending of Darling in the Franxx pretty hard, it turned me off them even more.

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