[RomCom Fall 2021] Like Kaguya-sama: Love is War? Watch This!

Slice of Life RomCom anime has been a constant in the industry due to the relatable nature of the settings, people just trying to live their lives and find love, with the added comedy giving people a good laugh! Kaguya-sama: Love is War combines these elements well with the over-the-top nature of the main characters adding brilliant situational comedy, making Kaguya-sama: Love is War one of the most watched Slice of Life RomCom anime in recent years. With the build-up for the well-anticipated third series slated for release in the Spring 2022 anime season, let us look at some shows airing this Fall that will tide you over!


Liked Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)? Watch Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi (My Senpai is Annoying)!

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2021 - Ongoing

Love does not get any easier as you get older, and My Senpai is Annoying illustrates the funnier side of this in everyday office life. Futaba Igarashi is a salary-woman that has held her job in a sales company for almost two years now, thanks to the help of her Senpai Harumi Takeda. However, Igarashi is smaller than average, leading to teasing antics between the two, with them even being compared to father and daughter. The two begin spending more time together, with the spark of being more than coworkers blossoming.

Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi PV

Major Similarities Between Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)? Watch Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi (My Senpai is Annoying)!

1. Will They Won’t They?

Much like Kaguya and Miyuki from Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Igarashi and Takeda from My Senpai is Annoying have a dynamic office relationship that comes in between their desires to expand their closeness outside of the workplace. In Kaguya-sama: Love is War, this dynamic takes a more childish turn with neither wanting to confess, but the relationship in My Senpai is Annoying is that of a mature couple who are afraid to take the leap due to societal expectations in the workplace, giving the secondary characters a purpose in dialogue.

2. Opposites Attract

Kaguya and Miyuki are an example of the old saying that opposites attract with their different class standings and outlooks on hard work versus being granted the way forward. Similarly, Igarashi and Takeda from My Senpai is Annoying are opposites, but in a physical sense, with their different perspectives coming from their physical stature as opposed to their upbringing, showing that their opposite views create an excellent relationship dynamic.



Liked Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)? Watch Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu (Komi Can’t Communicate)!

  • Episodes: Unknown
  • Aired: October 2021 - Ongoing

When nobody Hitohito Tadano takes the empty seat on his first day of high school beside the most popular girl in school, Shouko Komi, his life is changed forever. Everyone wants Tadano’s seat and will do anything to get in between him and the developing relationship he has with Komi. However, there is something he knows that no one else does, Komi can’t communicate. Literally. Through a series of events where Komi has to interact with Tadano alone in the classroom, he realises that she can only communicate with him through using a blackboard and ends up promising to help Komi learn to communicate and make 100 friends.

Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu PV

Major Similarities Between Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu (Komi Can’t Communicate)!

1. High School Is the Best Time of Your Life!

A simple premise, but it fits so well. Both Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and Komi Can’t Communicate are in high school, encompassing the awkward conversations about love and comedic timing of difficult situations that high schoolers struggle with when learning about romance. This adds to the comedic dynamic between Komi and Tadano as one struggles to communicate their intentions and the other just struggles to communicate, full stop.

2. Three’s a Crowd

Although Chika Fujiwara took the internet by storm with her dance in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Chika provides brilliant comedic timing in her interactions with the main couple. In a similar vein, Najimi Osana provides a springboard for Komi and Tadano to begin interacting with other characters, giving comedic commentary for the strange situation the main two characters find themselves in. Though romance is the main theme, a third character and an ensemble cast provide a myriad of comedic opportunities, preventing the writers from being limited to one couple.

Final Thoughts

Slice of Life RomCom anime shines through when the main couple has an interesting dynamic, and differing perspectives, and these two anime provide that. The ability to tell such different love stories without changing too much in an anime setting signifies the genre is flourishing. The relatability of Slice of Life anime will always have us coming back with the sweetness of love and comedy keeping us around. So, what RomCom anime steal your heart? Has Komi been able to communicate, or has your senpai annoyed you? Let us know in the comments below!

by Lewis Williamson