Top 5 Funniest Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) Characters
Kaguya-sama: Love is War cannot be categorized as solely a comedy. Across A-1 Pictures’ 12 episodes, Shuchiin Academy’s student council lead viewers on a breathtaking ride filled with celebratory highs, tragic lows, and powerful middles. Kaguya and Miyuki’s raging contest to announce to the world, preferably without words, their shared affection brings forth several surprisingly tense moments. Caught in an exhausting struggle between their desires and insecurities, these two characters endeavor to break free of the restrictions placed upon them by society, their family, or financial situation. One day, Kaguya and Miyuki will be Kaguya & Miyuki!
Until such a day becomes a reality, Kaguya-sama: Love is War will just have to pass the time pitting the student council’s four members in mental battles to determine who will break first! Once the dust settles, this war's only casualties shall be the viewers’ funny bones!
5. Ai Hayasaka
Pulling a double shift as a Shuchiin Academy student and Kaguya’s personal attendee (and confidant), Hayasaka is one cool customer, especially opposed to her often doubtful master. Starting out with the occasional cameo, Hayasaka ‘s importance grows exponentially as the season progresses, allowing the character’s comedic brilliance to shine through. Calm and collected, Hayasaka serves as a voice of reason to Kaguya’s inclination to overanalyze every circumstance. While most of the other characters are rather over-the-top, Hayasaka is understated and soft-spoken. More often than not, she has the perfect one-liner that succeeds in being both insightful and hilarious.
4. Miyuki Shirogane
Kaguya-sama blurs the lines when it comes to conventional comedy archetypes. Typically, the earnest and no-nonsense student council president acts as the straight man to compliment the roster's quirkier personalities. All of those things and more, Miyuki’s persona as this universe's Shinpachi – another hilarious subversion of this trope – masks a deeply confused and stressed individual. Miyuki is a perfectionist and will go to the ends of the Earth to uphold this image. If that means practicing volleyball endlessly for a week to hide his complete lack of skill, then so be it! Most segments are presented as a battle between Kaguya and Miyuki, as they try to predict the other’s actions to force a declaration of love. While both characters deliver somewhat similar jokes, Miyuki’s secondary relationships are a touch less humorous than Kaguya’s.
3. Kaguya Shinomiya
Kaguya-sama is not named after the student council’s vice-president for nothing! Like Miyuki, the standard battle segments see Kaguya engaging in a completely counterproductive contest of wits with the president. Furthermore, Kaguya also seeks to maintain her air of maturity; however, there is one huge difference separating the two. Kaguya seems to genuinely believe her own hype, at least during the purely comedic segments. Simultaneously overly confident and incredibly naive, Kaguya’s sheltered existence produce some of the anime’s funniest moments. Although the eponymous teenager may seek to come across as a proper and dignified lady, Kaguya possesses a mean edge frightening enough to send shivers down Ishigami’s spine!
2. Yuu Ishigami
The final member of the student council to be introduced, Ishigami is a pessimistic treasurer with an unfortunate habit of accidentally invoking Chika or Kaguya’s wraths. Withdrawn and constantly on the verge of bailing on the group out of fear rather than laziness, Ishigami is the ideal foil to the bubbly Chika’s rash randomness. Why does the treasurer rank above Miyuki and even Kaguya? Due to having less screen-time, Ishigami’s jokes remain fresh throughout the entire season. While the dude does occasionally act as the voice of reason, Ishigami’s gloomy and snarky personality often leads to the treasurer suffering from a bad case of "foot in mouth" syndrome.
1. Chika Fujiwara
If forced to elect Kaguya-sama: Love is War’s breakout star, Chika floats to the top. The least defined of the four student council members, Chika is a force of nature assigned to spread laughter and cheer across the world. Inconstant to the point of randomness, the pink-haired bundle of energy slips through roles akin to a snake shedding its skin. One sketch presents Chika as a devious master strategist, the next has her rapping for no other reason than it seems funny.
Technically, everything incorporated in a comedy is in service of a punchline. Ishigami, Kaguya, and Miyuki are all purposefully rigid to facilitate for the story’s comedic tone, with their personalities naturally giving rise to suitable jokes. Contrarily, Chika’s essence is unpredictability. She is free from the restrictions imposed by defined traits. If handled poorly, such a character can be very annoying. Chika is a work of art!
2019 is barely underway and the comedy of the year may already have been released. Relying on two lovable main characters and a limited albeit brilliant supporting cast, Kaguya-sama: Love is War hits a home run across the board! Regardless of whether Kaguya or Miyuki came out victorious, everyone always wins.
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