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In season 2 episode 6 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Miko Iino (a candidate for student council president election) says that her mother is busy distributing vaccines to a hotspot.

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Does "hotspot" refers to the "heavily COVID-19 affected area"? Also "vaccines" may refer to an anti-COVID vaccine and so this statement can be relevant to the ongoing COVID pandemic. So, is the story of this anime progressing in the pandemic?

  • I don't think many companies would want to make light of an ongoing situation that is killing people, potentially even it's own people. – Peilonrayz Jun 4 at 21:46
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Unlikely.

The anime is an adaptation of the manga, which is the canonical source. According to Fandom Wiki, episode 18 (season 2 episode 6) adapts chapter 67-69 of the manga. This particular scene is from chapter 68 titled I Want to Make Miko Iino Smile which was published on 22 June 2017, long before the COVID-19 outbreak happened.

Regarding the term "hot spot", it actually means "conflict hot spot". The original text in Japanese is 紛争地域 which means "disputed territory; conflict area".

The fan translation of this scene is

chapter 68, page 1, panel 3

My mom's giving vaccines in a war zone,

which gives more context than a general term "hot spot".

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  • Why is the manga "fan translated"? Has the manga ever officially translated and published in English? – Fumikage Tokoyami Jun 4 at 5:09
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    @FumikageTokoyami the panel I used was taken from a random scanlation, so I don't know the credibility of its transation. The manga has been officially licensed and published in English by Viz Media though. – Aki Tanaka Jun 4 at 5:13
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Nope. It is just a random coincidence.
This scene comes from chapter 68 of the manga which was already published on 22 June 2017. First page of chapter 68

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