This spring anime season has been filled with many characters rapping to express their feelings, to find an easier way to communicate, or to have epic rap battles with things they want at stake.
Due to this trend, anime otaku call this season “anime rap season”. But where did this trend start?
Aharen and Raido’s next competition is a rap battle
In episode 4 of Aharen-san wa hakarenai, Raido gets Aharen to listen to a rap CD and the very next day she starts rapping to him. Raido decides that rap might be a good way to communicate with Aharen, but their communication becomes a freestyle rap battle. The winner of their rap battle was unclear and ended in a tie.
Kabe realizes he needs rap to express his true desires
In Episode 6 of Ya Boy Kongming, Kongming tries to get Kabetaijin to team up with Eiko so they can become a singing duo. Kongming invites Kabe to the BB Lounge, has Eiko sing a nostalgic song that means a lot to Kabe, uses his Chinese medicine to cure Kabe’s stomach ulcer, and then challenges Kabe to a rap battle.
Kongming manages to get Kabe back on stage (Kabe gets over his phobia at this point) and inspires him to return to the rap scene by rapping an ancient Chinese poem. Kabetaijin wins her rap battle, but feels like Kongming deserved the win due to his slip-up in the end.
Fujiwara is the true MVP for making Shirogane a decent rapper
In Kaguya-sama: Love is War Episode 5, the story revolves around how Herthaka passed out while being forced to listen to Shirogane’s horrific knocking and when he went to the toilet she escaped. Because of this, Shirogane goes to Fujiwara and enlists her help to make him a better rapper.
First, Fujiwara needs to get better at rapping himself and is studying hard. After feeling confident enough in her rap skills, she moves on to help Shirogane train. It’s not an easy task and the two work hard to get Shirogane to “rap properly”.
On the day that Shirogane is supposed to meet Herthaka after school and rap her about his feelings, Kaguya sneaks up on them. Kaguya, Fujiwara, and Herthaka are all present as Shirogane shares his feelings with Herthaka, with Fujiwara acting as the MC, asking her what her true desires are.
Before Herthaka can respond, however, Kaguya interrupts her own feelings, surprising everyone present. A freestyle rap battle begins with Herthaka finally being able to express her true feelings in rap about being sick of having to take care of Kaguya all the time and doing all those weird chores for her. It’s a clear victory for Herthaka.
The episode didn’t end the rapping there, a new ending for Kaguya-sama: Love is War was revealed and all the characters are rapping and hip hop dancing in it! Shirogane and Ishigami take the stage and start rapping first, with Fujiwara and Ino following shortly after. Another freestyle rap battle follows. who won that Rap battle? I guess that’s up to you, my fellow otaku.