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Is this a COVID-19 reference in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War season 2?

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 ...
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What is the written kanji on the paper fan in season 2 episode 2?

The kanji on the paper fan is 磨穿鉄硯【ませんてっけん】. According to weblio, the translation is correct: showing unyielding diligence in one's studies; wearing a hole through one's metal inkstone from constant ...
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Why is Kaguya depicted with a flower growing out of her head when in her moron/fool form?

There is a Japanese term 脳内お花畑 (nōnai o-hanabatake) which translates literally to "garden in the brain". It's meant to indicate someone who is "off in their own world" or spacing ...
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What is the written kanji on the paper fan in season 2 episode 2?

To expand on Aki Tanaka's answer: It's a reference to the Chinese story of Sang Weihan, a 10th-century official during the Five Dynasties period. Per a footnote to West and Idema's translation of The ...
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Is this a COVID-19 reference in Kaguya-sama: Love Is War season 2?

Nope. It is just a random coincidence. This scene comes from chapter 68 of the manga which was already published on 22 June 2017.
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Difference between the 2 'true love' that Kaguya says

First off, I think that the translation 'true love' is used for both simply because it is more natural as English, as the following n-gram shows. As a Japanese phrase, 本物の愛 is more natural but 真実の愛 ...
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What does 'konnichi sappo' mean in episode 8 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?

It is kind of difficult to translate/give this expression a meaning since it is a self-created introduction, but... Based on the original manga, the wording is こんにち殺法 (konnichi-sappou), a portmanteau ...
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Why does Chika care about Kaguya's date in the pilot/premiere?

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, ...
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Kaiji in Kaguya-sama S03E04: Why is zawa (ざわ) translated as 'ecstasy'?

The translators for especially for those that to subtitles for simulcast anime, oftentimes receive what they need to translate on short notice and might not have the actual script or accompanying ...
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Why does Chika call Miyuki as 'kun' (not 'san') but Kaguya 'san' (not 'chan')? (Re anime s2 and live action 1st movie)

Re: kun for Shirogane, girls will call boys in the same grade with -kun, if honorific is ever used at all. As you guessed, it could be a factor that Chika is in 'instructing' position towards ...
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What is the height of Kei Shirogane?

Can't give so precise an answer, but I can give a range estimate, depending on who is taller between Kaguya and Kei. Answer 1: I guess Kei is shorter than Kaguya but taller than Chika (Fujiwara) ...
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Kaguya vs Miyuki (or even Yu) in arm wrestling - How is this even a contest?

Suspension of Disbelief First off, it sounds like this episode broke your suspension of disbelief. In this case, characters behaved in a manner so contrary to how you view them, you couldn't help but ...
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Why does Miyuki lose when Miyuki is hardly in the story?

It is precisely because he did not appear much. Based on the manga version, the story ends with Shirogane's narration that he did not play a role in training Ishigami. As Kaicho and a male senpai, he ...
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Relationship between Kaguya and Yu Ishigami?

Update: If I could point to a singular instance that might've made Kaguya think Ishigami was "surprisingly cute", it might be in Season 2 episode 5, particularly in the Kashiwagi wants to ...
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Attire for a Japanese fireworks festival: Why does Miyuki (Shirogane) REALLY attend in school uniform?

Shirogane does not have much clothes besides his student uniform. In chapter 119, he says, I've cut down on expenses the last couple of years... for the sake of our family. I've only bought second-...
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Attire for a Japanese fireworks festival: Why does Miyuki (Shirogane) REALLY attend in school uniform?

I guess it is simply a character thing for Shirogane. That is, the black uniform (and the chain) more or less works as a symbol for him. Realistically, boys wear only white shirts without the black ...
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Has Miko Ino's morality been corrupted?

Updated Answer Previously, it was difficult to be sure just what was going on with Miko Ino. An actual answer on whether she was depressed or not was subverted so many times; particularly if it was ...
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Arm wrestling vs weight lifting

Update: Skip to the manga section, as it pretty much answers this. Ishigami is officially stronger than Fujiwara according to the numbers. The rest of the answer still has value in my opinion though, ...
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What chapter is the Ai Hayasaka and Chika Fujiwara thing?

It actually appears later as a one-page episode, early in vol 17.
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Who is taller, Kaguya or Kei?

Oh at least in the anime Kei and Kaguya are the same height of 158cm or 5'2.2". Source: https://twitter.com/mazacon_ha_saka/status/1520315594402562048
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Why is Kaguya depicted with a flower growing out of her head when in her moron/fool form?

To supplement RobR's answer in the pilot/premiere, Kaguya wonders if Chika (Fujiwara) has flowers instead of a brain. So even in this anime/manga, it's not just Kaguya. But of course here it's the ...
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How Kaguya addresses Moeha Fujiwara

A combination of an answer in reddit and an answer in Japanese SE: Aestrasz from reddit: As to why Kaguya doesn't use the "-san" in that scene, it's because she wants to convince Moeha that ...
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Has the previous student council president really appeared in the anime?

OH WOW THANKS Aki Tanaka ♦. Ok it's like this: 1 - It says in trivia for episode 17 The shot of Chika leading the student body in singing the school anthem features a large number of recognizable ...
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What's the katakana for the 'down' in kabedown instead of kabedon that Miyuki Shirogane 'invented'?

It is ダァン (e.g. source), which is an onomatopoeia similar to ドン. The difference is, ダァン is a prolonged sound and as such a bit stronger. Possibly a better comparison would be the other way around: ダァン/...
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Are there any filler episodes in Kaguya-sama:Love Is War?

I have 2 answers to this: Answer 1 Check out the story arcs and then I guess the chapters that aren't part of story arcs are fillers. Then the corresponding parts in the anime are fillers. Answer 2 I ...
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What is the significance of Shirogane having 9 kids?

In season 1 episode 6, Shirogane was taking a psychological test from Fujiwara: Imagine there's a cage of pets in front of you. How many kittens can fit in there? The number given, as explained by ...
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Did Kaguya's cardiologist Dr. Shozo Tanuma have some prior relationship with Nayotake Shimizu (Kaguya Shinomiya's mom)?

Part1. Shozo Tanuma is a personal doctor/cardiologist of the Shinomiya family. (Usually you see a GP or the doctor at an emergency department before seeing a specialist eg a cardiologist. So, yeah, ...
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