Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic | Episode 3: Not as good as I hoped.


It’s rare for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai to have an ‘off day’, unfortunately the third episode of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic was exactly that. Here are my thoughts on it.

Oddly enough, the reason why I thought that the third episode wasn’t something I found myself fully enjoying was because it wasn’t episodic enough. Which is strange for me to say because I often bash anime for having episodes that are too many segments stitched together to make up a single episode. It could also be one of those thing where the arc that was made the ‘focus’ of episode three wasn’t something that I didn’t find all too entertaining.

Looking back at it now (as well as why I type out this blog post) that is probably the biggest reason. It just wasn’t something I found interesting enough to keep my full undivided attention. Maybe if there were other chapters stitched together for this episode, it probably would have turned out a little better. But alas, I am not someone ultimately makes those choices so I’ve got to live with what’s being offered.

Episode three did redeem itself towards the end, when they brought in what I consider to be the ‘big guns’ of the series, the one and only, Chika Fujiwara. If it weren’t for her pulling the student council into one of her little games, I do not think the episode itself would have turned out all that great. As a matter of fact, if it wasn’t for Fujiwara, this episode would have really stunk.

Greater Review ( First Impressions ).

Looking at the bigger picture here, overall (barring a few blips), Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic has been everything I expected (so far). Granted, it’s still early days because I know the direction this anime will ultimately go down and that is what excites me the most — what is to come. That being said, I don’t know what will be animated so I cannot be too excited or hope for too much because I could be let down.

That’s one of the many problems I have with anime that are only twelve or so episodes, especially anime that are adapting manga that are still ongoing. For example, The Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen manga, at the time or writing this has 250+ chapters. As someone who has stayed up to date with the manga. There are a ton of things that I would like to see get adapted. But you can only do so much in twelve or thirteen episodes.

Not to mention, the uncertainty of getting an additional season is very much a thing. Personally, I believe that Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is going to be one of those anime that will be renewed multiple times, but you know that’ll come at a cost of things getting left out for the purposes of adapting it into an anime. Which is something I personally dislike.

In short, while episode three wasn’t an episode that tickled my fancy. The third season as a whole has been one I’ve been enjoying and I hope that continues.