There have been few characters like Chika Fujiwara that have lodged themselves into the anime world’s collective conscious in a way where they become the face of their franchise. I mean, they end up being so iconic that they supersede the story they are set in, becoming their own entity. (hitechgazette) That’s an even rarer occurrence for the side character, who isn’t the main focus of the plot. For them to steal the spotlight, means the character is extremely beloved. And no character comes to embody the title of the ‘internet’s waifu’ better than Chika Fujiwara, slamming through weebs with her viral dance.
Chika Fujiwara from Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War is shown to not have a canonical romantic interest so far, not even in the manga. And maybe that’s for the best, considering how protective most fans are of the eccentric secretary of the Student Council at Shuuchin Academy. I mean, it’s hard not to be. Chika is such a different take on the comedic relief character, that it’s kind of hard not to fall in love with her, even if it’s just a little bit.
But that’s the thing about Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War, it has a roster of amazing characters with distinct personalities and yet, someone like Chika still stands out. Chika Fujiwara is a masterclass in comedic timing and hey, I’m always up for a character that has more depth than just a ‘female class clown’. Because make no mistake, Chika isn’t some ditzy blonde. She is so much more!
And so, welcome to Character Analysis – where we take your favorite characters in the anime stratosphere and break them down to see exactly what makes them so iconic. We analyze every little bit we can find, to see if we can predict where their character arc will take us. Today, let’s see just who exactly Chika Fujiwara is. And why she, the most eligible waifu on the internet, does not have a canon love interest yet!
Chika Fujiwara: The Myth, The Legend, The Icon
With a main female lead like Kaguya Shinomiya, we don’t really get a lot of bumbling moments. She is pretty serious, coy and the perfect love interest for someone like Miyuki Shirogane. But, in hindsight, she is pretty predictable for a Tsundere. Their dynamic together is fun but Kaguya is an okay waifu, at best.
Chika, however, is the perfect foil for someone as traditionally elegant as Kaguya. And it’s exactly why she’s such a unique character. Chika arrives on the scene with her cute antics, and you stay for her weirdly keen observational skills. It’s like the girl is dense on purpose, and yet she’s simultaneously the most well-adjusted individual out of the entire Student Council.
Like, comparing to characters like Kaguya and Miyuki, she knows that a crush doesn’t have to be so awkward and intense. And then there is Yu Ishigami, the treasurer who is also a social hermit. Again, Chika isn’t like them at all. You could even say she is the heart of the Student Council, making sure that the gang stays remotely humane and relatable to the student body instead of the absolute trainwrecks that they actually are.
Why Is Chika Fujiwara Still Single?
Chika is adorable and a menace in equal amounts. There is just no denying how magnetic her character can be. She is incredibly charismatic, and she knows how to use that skill.
Look, it’s likely that Chika will get a love interest at some point in the anime. Or that she might never and just live her life being a gambling freak of nature who is into all things cute. And it’s likely her personality stems from a need to be considered special amongst all of her siblings. But personally, I think she doesn’t need a romantic partner at all to be considered special.
Chika stands out so well on her own, that she doesn’t need anyone to build her up. She’s confident and perky and just a little zany. And that endears her but also makes her one of the strongest characters in terms of a fanbase.
Comedy And Women Done Right!
So, when women are being written into a manga, they aren’t really all that spectacularly done. Female characters are usually more supportive or someone whom the reader can project their own ideals. Even if they are supposed to be funny, the joke is about them, rather than by them.
Chika happens to defy that. She isn’t some fetishized comic gag that the show returns to, she actually brings light-heartedness to the plot. Her humor is so specifically hers, yet it never feels like you’re laughing at her.
Her gags land perfectly, and she’s sardonic about them too. Just because she is sweet and cute, doesn’t mean she can’t be absolutely ruthless. Her remarks on people around her can be scathing without people even realizing she was insulting them.
And really, when you’re a girl that cool, do you even need a love interest?