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I just started the anime, but prior to watching I've already read about how it's a running gag that Chika ruins the plans of either Kaguya or Miyuki or makes 1 of their battles have a result of draw or even N/A instead of an outright win/loss.

In the case of the pilot/premiere (specifically Kaguya Wants to be Stopped, ch12 of the manga), it seems kind of a weird deus ex machina for what otherwise could've been a win for Kaguya (or at least a follow up move by Miyuki) that Chika comes and saves the day in preventing Kaguya from going on the date with the love letter sender:

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Question: What does Chika care?

And in case someone's going to accuse me like 'It's a joke. Don't you have a sense of humour?' Well, jokes are based on paradox/contradiction. This is a very good joke if there's a good reason for Chika's doing this eg Chika knows about Kaguya's affection for Miyuki or Chika knows Kaguya otherwise isn't interested in this date.

  • Update: I finished s1, and usually there are good reasons why a battle's conclusion is N/A or a draw because of a deus ex machina. This is 1 of the few times I don't see a good reason.
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    This show is so meta >_< Apr 3 at 3:18
  • @FumikageTokoyami What does meta mean in this context please? I guess it's different from the meta in umineko/higurashi and the meta in stackexchange
    – BCLC
    Apr 3 at 14:11
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    Meta in this context means shows that makes fun of itself, it's self aware and almost parodical. Contains elements like fourth wall breaking. Other examples include Gintama. Apr 4 at 4:53
  • @FumikageTokoyami 1 - ah so metafictional like umineko (but in a comedic way not in the fantasy way that umineko does) ? 2 - Ah true, yes, thanks for the info. I hopefully don't miss meta jokes. Surely there's no point similarly questioning those jokes. But this joke is not quite meta...or is it?
    – BCLC
    Apr 28 at 9:16

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This is pretty much answered by Chika herself in this episode. What she says is as follows (emphasis mine):

From the English dub (I'm using brackets to indicate where I'm uncertain what she's saying, as she's babbling and there are no subtitles. It's close enough anyway.):

I don't want anyone to [come] take you away, Kaguya! And I don't want you to get expelled! Please, don't leave me, I love you more than any [boyfriend/boy can]! I love you sooooo much!

From the English subtitles on the Japanese dub:

I don't want anyone to have you, Kaguya! I don't want you expelled! No, no, don't go away! I'm crazy about you! I love you!

The expulsion part gets into something not mentioned by the question, namely that Shirogane threatened to tell a teacher if Kaguya goes on her date. That in of itself is a reason for Chika to so passionately interfere in this manner. That isn't all, of course...

So, what does Chika care? It seems straight forward to me. It's perfectly clear that as Kaguya's close friend, she loves Kaguya. She directly states that here, and many times elsewhere. For instance, the relationship charts at the beginning states that Fujiwara "Super totally ✩ loves her ♡", which goes a long way in describing the depths of her feelings. In this episode, Kaguya says she's really going to go unless she gets a love confession, and that's what she gets here from Chika (There's the funny joke we're looking for! The timing is definitely too perfect for that not to be what the author was going for.). Even at the beginning of Chika and Kaguya's conversation, Chika is fidgeting a lot, so she's worrying about it, and she keeps asking Kaguya if she's really going.

This is not the only time Fujiwara is overprotective of Kaguya when it comes to relationships. In chapter 113, after saying she got hit on at a school festival, Fujiwara warns Kaguya, saying,

You should never go to their culture festival, Kaguya! You'd really get harassed! (Because you're so cute!)

Additionally, Chika has been shown to have a selfish personality. For instance, when they learn that she and Ishigami share a birthday, she becomes extremely upset, because she believes this will result in her having a subpar birthday party. Someone who can use the kind of logic she uses to deduce her birthday revelry will suffer from sharing the day with someone else can surely determine what the result will be should Kaguya actually find a boyfriend. Kaguya's time would be monopolized by this boyfriend, leaving no time for Chika herself, and this would be a greatly undesirable outcome.

I see questions all the time about why this character or that character has any sort of invested interest in another character's romances, but they always strike me as odd, as if there is some belief that romantic relationships are the only kind of relationships that have importance. Yet, there is nothing unusual about someone getting jealous of their friend's romantic partners, particularly if they're as close as Kaguya and Chika. Seeing all the hilariously selfish stuff I've seen Chika pull in the manga, I can fairly confidently say she is the kind of person who would get jealous if Kaguya got a boyfriend and spent less time with her. Though Chika has also shown incredible selflessness, such as when she's teaching Shirogane. It's thus difficult to say what she would or wouldn't do. Though here, with the added motivation of keeping Kaguya from getting expelled, she tries to dissuade her.

This is quite a heavy spoiler coming from the end of volume 22, so I highly recommend not looking at it, however it supports my interpretation of Chika so well I couldn't help but want to include it.

From the preview description for volume 23: "Will Miyuki replace Chika in Kaguya's heart? When dense Chika belatedly finds out they're dating, she certainly thinks so." I imagine I'll be updating again once I've read volume 23. There's evidently a chapter called Chika Fujiwara Refuses to Acknowledge.

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  • Ok thanks. 2 aspects here. The expulsion and the friendship. Expulsion.......seems legit. I'll put a pin on this. As for the friendship, LOLWUT? Chika doesn't want Kaguya to get into a romantic relationship ever? (Is this a spoiler for a future episode where it's revealed Chika's been intentionally foiling Kaguya's plans with Miyuki? I don't think it should be because the narrator said in the pilot/premiere that Chika is oblivious...)
    – BCLC
    Apr 4 at 19:19
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    @BCLC "Chika doesn't want Kaguya to get into a romantic relationship ever?" It's possible, but that's not really what I said. I do think she'd be quite upset, and she'd weigh her own desires more than a regular person, but it's not like she has no consideration for others at all. I will also say, Chika is a bit annoying early on as the joker/wild card element. She's played more like a plot convenience than a character. But that gets better as the story progresses, so look forward to that. Apr 4 at 19:55
  • I actuallydon't find Chika annoying at all in general. I think Chika's character is brilliant. I mean, it all depends. (I don't even consider Chika as a 'wild card'. In my opinion, Kaguya should have anticipated Chika, but that's another story.) If there's a good reason, then sure. I actually have a vested interest/hope that there's a good reason for every single Chika or other 'wild card' thing (eg Yu Ishigami in the post-Miyuki's birthday thing) because it proves a point I intend to make about Miyuki. But I'm not quite seeing a good reason here apart from expulsion. Soo...
    – BCLC
    Apr 4 at 20:02
  • ...continuing to put a pin on expulsion, I really don't see what's going on. So Chika is simply getting jealous re that Kaguya would be in a romantic relationship? Like, what, this is the 1st time ever Kaguya's been hit on? I know people in general are intimidated by Shinomiya-senpai/Kaguya-san, but still... / Or idk, do you think this is 1 of those don't overthink things? Like let's just pretend Chika said expulsion only, so there isn't (possibly) an issue? Or what?
    – BCLC
    Apr 4 at 20:07
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    @BCLC I have written much worse overanalyzing questions/answers than you, lol. For the record, I thought your Kaguya problems were okay, and I enjoyed answering them. I haven't much interest in dictating site policy, but I do kind of think if there was a problem, it might have been misidentified as "overanalyzing", and thus I have suggested three other categories of questions that might be problematic. Also for the record, if it was up to me, I wouldn't have closed Pablo's question. anime.stackexchange.com/questions/64207 Apr 28 at 15:32

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