Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (Japanese: かぐや様は告らせたい ～天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦～, Hepburn: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Ren'ai Zunōsen, transl. "Kaguya Wants to be Confessed to: The Geniuses' War of Hearts and Minds") is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. It started in Shueisha's Miracle Jump in May 2015 and was transferred to Weekly Young Jump in March 2016.
|Kaguya-sama: Love Is War|
The cover of the first manga tankōbon volume, featuring Kaguya Shinomiya
(Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Ren'ai Zunōsen)
|Written by||Aka Akasaka|
|Original run||May 19, 2015 – present|
|Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Dōjin-ban|
|Written by||Shinta Sakayama|
|Magazine||Tonari no Young Jump|
|Original run||June 14, 2018 – present|
|Kaguya-sama o Kataritai|
|Written by||G3 Ida|
|Magazine||Weekly Young Jump|
|Original run||July 26, 2018 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hatakeyama|
|Produced by||Tatsuya Ishikawa|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Nakanishi|
|Music by||Kei Haneoka|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, MBS, CTV, TVN|
|Original run||January 12, 2019 – March 30, 2019|
|Anime television series|
|Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai?|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hatakeyama|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Nakanishi|
|Music by||Kei Haneoka|
As of December 2019, the manga had over 9 million copies in print. In 2020, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category.
Student council president Miyuki Shirogane and vice-president Kaguya Shinomiya appear to be the perfect couple. Kaguya is the daughter of a wealthy conglomerate family, and Miyuki is the top student at the school and well-known across the prefecture. Although they like each other, they are too proud to confess their love as they believe whoever does so first would lose. The story follows their many schemes to make the other one confess.
- Kaguya Shinomiya (四宮 かぐや, Shinomiya Kaguya)
- Voiced by: Aoi Koga
- The titular character of the series, Kaguya is the vice president of Shuchiin Academy's student council. She is known for her beauty, intelligence and wealth, her family owning one of the largest business conglomerates in Japan.Ch. 1 Due to being born into a high-class family, the manner Kaguya was raised caused her to be prideful, cold and calculating, but she is really an innocent, kind and fair-minded teenage girl at heart. To make Miyuki confess his love directly or indirectly, she usually plans ahead to tilt the circumstances in her favour. Apart from engaging in student council work, she is in the Archery club.Ch. 28
- Miyuki Shirogane (白銀 御行, Shirogane Miyuki)
- Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa
- Miyuki is the student council president of Shuchiin Academy.Ch. 1 He is famed for being the top student of the school who has also placed second overall in national mock exams, attributed to his studying all the time, hence his messy hair, dark circles around his eyes, and glaring look.Ch. 4 Like Kaguya, he is inexperienced with romance and relationships. Miyuki struggles with physical sports involving skills and has a paralyzing fear of bugs, especially cockroaches.Ch. 7, 15 Because his father, formerly a factory owner, Ch. 83 is unemployed and his mother -- who left the family when he was a child -- does not support them, he and his younger sister Kei often take part-time jobs. A running gag in the series is how he always imagines Kaguya looking down on him and saying "How cute." (お可愛いこと, Okawaii koto).
- Chika Fujiwara (藤原 千花, Fujiwara Chika)
- Voiced by: Konomi Kohara
- Chika is the student council secretary of Shuchiin Academy. She is a very cheerful and friendly girl with fair skin, shoulder-length silver hair (light pink in the anime adaptation), busty chest (compared to Kaguya's), and blue eyes; she wears a black bow on her bangs. She appears clueless to the romantic scheming between Kaguya and Miyuki, but has been friends with Kaguya since junior high.Vol. 1, Ch. 7 profile, Ch. 20 She comes from a notable political family: her great-grandfather was a prime minister, her uncle is a government official, and her mother is a diplomat. She is the second of three sisters in her family.Vol. 4 Her father is fairly strict, screening her from reading racy material such as shojo manga or playing video games. She also has a dog named Pesu.Ch. 8
- Chika's hobbies include German strategy board games, puzzles, and "subculture" (non-mainstream) activities.Ch. 7 profile At school she is a member of the traditional games club, which plays tabletop games,Ch. 28 and she is also gifted in music, having won piano competitions when she was younger, and directing the class song.Ch. 33 There are several stories where Chika has intensively coached and trained Miyuki on skills that the latter lacks, such as playing volleyball, singing, overcoming fear of blood and guts, and traditional dancing. After each session, she vows not to teach him anymore, but succumbs to his pleas that call her a dependable friend or the only one who can help.Ch. 23, 33, 49, 84 Ai Hayasaka considers her a formidable rival due to her unpredictable behavior.Ch. 29 Academically she ranks in the middle of her class; her grades have dropped because of all the time she spends dealing with Miyuki and Kaguya.Ch. 30
- Yū Ishigami (石上 優, Ishigami Yū)
- Voiced by: Ryōta Suzuki
- Yu is Shuchiin Academy's student council treasurer and an underclassman to the other members.Ch. 24 He is a dark-haired boy with an emo-looking haircut with bangs covering one of his eyes. The second son of a small toy manufacturer, he only attended school because his father forced him to, and was a truant until Miyuki recruited him to be treasurer. He usually keeps to himself and wears headphones while playing video games out of his portable game console, however, he is a keen observer of people, noticing things that other do not wish to reveal, but occasionally getting in trouble for pointing out those things.Ch. 28, profile He is afraid Kaguya might kill him because Kaguya tends to give him threatening glares and comments.Vol. 3 Chika will also occasionally beat him up for making inappropriate comments.Vol. 3
- As the story goes on, Yu becomes more open with the council, particularly with Kaguya who begins to enjoy his presence as a junior, as he's shown to be very honest and sincere of others to the point where he will damage his own reputation in order to save others from being hurt. A background story reveals that in junior high, he tried to protect a classmate from her potentially abusive boyfriend, but got suspended and was then shunned by her and his classmates. When Yu randomly joins the cheer squad, Miyuki is able to figure out his back story and supports him. He overcomes the trauma of seeing the girl again.Ch. 85-90 He starts to like Tsubame, his senior and the vice-captain of the cheer squad. During the school festival, he casually gives Tsubame a heart-shaped gift, but is unaware that it symbolized that he was confessing to her.
- Miko Iino (伊井野 ミコ, Iino Miko)
- Voiced by: Miyu Tomita
- Miko is a first-year student and a classmate of Yu. A member of the discipline committee, she first appears at the end of Miyuki's first student council term, where she runs as a competing candidate for the next student council president. She wishes to impose more orderly and proper behavior on the students, with rules such as: making guys have crew cuts, having girls wear long skirts, and forbidding relationships. Despite being outspoken and strongly opinionated, she is very shy and fearful of public speaking. She is only able to speak her mind at the candidate speeches when Miyuki changes the situation into a one-on-one conversation and debate. Although she loses the election, she gets a sizable number of votes; her peers, who had made fun of her previous pathetic turnouts, begin to respect and admire her. She then joins the student council as an auditing officer.Vol. 7
- Miko comes from a family of skilled attorneys. Academically she is at the top of her class. She admires Chika for her music skills as a pianist, but loathes Yu for being lazy and not taking schoolwork seriously. She occasionally thinks of Miyuki and Kaguya to be a massive playboy or sadistically evil respectively, as she has often caught them in inappropriate romantic situations.Vol. 7 She listens to messages that boost her self-esteem.Ch. 95
- Nagisa Kashiwagi (柏木 渚, Kashiwagi Nagisa)
- Voiced by: Momo Asakura
- Nagisa is a classmate who occasionally asks Kaguya about what to do in her relationships.Ch. 16, 48 She has short dark hair and wears a double-banded hairpin on one side. Early in the series, she is confessed to by a classmate, and ends up accepting.Ch. 6 The daughter in a wealthy shipbuilding family, she academically ranks in the top ten of the class.Ch. 30 She later observes that perhaps Kaguya and Miyuki do like each other.Ch. 52 Nagisa exhibits many girlfriend behaviors such as talking a lot, being moody, or even jealousy to the point where she hires a private detective to spy on her boyfriend to see if he is having an affair, later making up with him by being very physically bold and passionate.Ch. 76, 96 She is one of the few people that Kaguya confides in when she faces romantic issues, and vice versa.
- Kashiwagi's boyfriend (男子生徒, Danshi seito, transl. "male student")
- Voiced by: Taku Yashiro
- Kashiwagi's boyfriend is a classmate who regularly asks Miyuki for love advice. When Miyuki recommends he boldly confess to Kashiwagi, he does so, and they become a couple. He is the son of a hospital director.Ch. 6 His name is later revealed to be Tsubasa Tanuma, but is still referred by the council members as Kashiwagi's boyfriend.Ch. 109,  His cluelessness about sharing details about his successful relationship annoys the council members.Ch. 48
- Ai Hayasaka (早坂 愛, Hayasaka Ai)
- Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori
- Ai is Kaguya's personal assistant and childhood friend; her father is Kaguya's godfather, and her mother was Kaguya's wet-nurse. The two girls were raised together until the age of two, when Kaguya was moved to the Shinomiya main house; on their reunion aged seven, their official master/servant relationship was established, although their true relationship is that of inseparable sisters.Vol. 2, Ch. 29 profile Her family has been serving the Shinomiyas for generations; once prominent and rivaling the Shinomiyas, they were subsequently absorbed into the Shinomiya family in recognition of their fine bloodline.Ch. 19 She has short strawberry blond hair and is one-quarter Irish.Ch. 29 profile At school, she acts like a popular fashionable girl who wears her skirt short, a loose collar, fancy nails, and accessories, all of which push the dress code.Ch. 25, 29 She keeps her association with Kaguya a secret from Miyuki and Chika. When Miyuki visits, she dresses as a maid named Smithee A. Herthaka (スミシー・A・ハーサカ, Sumishī A hāsaka),Ch. 35,Ep. 9 who attends an all-girls school and who flirts with Miyuki.Ch. 58 When Chika visits, she dresses as a male butler. Ai is more socially aware than Kaguya, and can be calculative at times, but is also very sensitive as she too longs for a normal high school life and a boyfriend, which results in her teasing Kaguya frequently.Ch. 42 She eventually tells Miyuki who she really is and becomes his friend, while teasing Kaguya that friendship is the first step to a relationship.Ch. 108
- Kei Shirogane (白銀 圭, Shirogane Kei)
- Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro
- Kei is Miyuki's little sister who is the student council treasurer in the junior high school. Kaguya admires her because she is much like her brother as she is fairly serious; that being with her is like being with Miyuki.Ch. 39, 52 She is also very budget conscious, taking on a part-time newspaper delivery job to help her family pay the bills. She is rebellious when it comes to interacting with her brother, finding him to be annoying and not fashionable, but still cares for him and ensures that he presents a good image when he is in front of her classmates. She is good friends with the Fujiwaras both her classmate Moeha, and Chika. Despite not interacting with Kaguya much, Kei tries to get to know Kaguya better and is happy when she makes little breakthroughs.Ch. 52
- Moeha Fujiwara (藤原 萌葉, Fujiwara Moeha)
- Moeha is Chika's little sister who is in junior high.Ch. 39, 52 She is the student council vice-president at the junior high. She admires Miyuki as well and hopes to confess someday. She has a habit of voicing dark ideas, which unnerve Kaguya a great deal.
- Kobachi Osaragi (大仏 こばち, Osaragi Kobachi)
- Voiced by: Rina Hidaka
- Kobachi is Miko's classmate with the glasses and a member of the disciplinary committee.Ch. 85 She has been looking after Miko for over 10 years.Ch. 103 She later starts to date the Captain of the Cheer Club.
- Tsubame Koyasu (子安 つばめ, Koyasu Tsubame)
- Tsubame is a third-year student who is vice-captain of the cheer squad and a rhythmic gymnast. She is very popular. She encourages Yu in the cheering activities. Later on Yu inadvertently confesses to her, much to her and everyone else's shock. While she initially intends to reject him gently, Kaguya convinces her to think on it, and learn more about Yu before deciding. She decides to respond to his confession later, without realizing that he does not even know he has confessed; and eventually turns him down.Ch. 156 She is the daughter of a restaurateur and bartender.Ch. 154
- Maki Shijo (四条 眞妃, Shijō Maki)
- Maki is a classmate and friend of Nagisa. She has short hair styled in short pigtails. She is friends with Nagisa and is secretly jealous of Nagisa's relationship with her boyfriend, as she too liked Kashiwagi's Boyfriend, but could not confess before. As a branch member of the Shinomiya clan, she is Kaguya's second cousin twice removed so she sometimes refers to Kaguya as "Auntie," much to Kaguya's despise. Their coldness towards each other is suggested to be due to tensions between the main family and branch families.Ch. 98 Miyuki and Yu observe she acts very tsundere (cold on the outside but wanting to be affectionate), and similar to Kaguya in personality.Ch. 98 She declares Yu and Miyuki as her friends, due to their support in helping her process her failed romance, much to Kaguya's horror (since it would mean that Miyuki has another female friend).
- Karen Kino (紀 かれん, Kino Karen) and Erika Kose (巨瀬 エリカ, Kose Erika)
- Kaguya's schoolmates in the mass media club who are the subject of the spinoff series Kaguya-sama o Kataritai . They idolize the student council but have no real clue what they do. Karen has light brown straight hair and is the daughter of the CEO of a major publishing company.Ch. 12 Erika has black hair styled in a ponytail and the daughter of a family that makes miso.Ch. 15
Aka Akasaka launched the series in the June issue of Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine on May 19, 2015. The series switched to the publisher's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump on March 24, 2016. A special chapter ran in the debut issue of Young Jump Gold on May 18, 2017.
A spinoff manga by Shinta Sakayama, titled Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Dōjin-ban (かぐや様は告らせたい 同人版, transl. "Kaguya Wants to be Confessed to - Dōjin Edition"), launched on Shueisha's Tonari no Young Jump website on June 14, 2018, and is serialized on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. A yonkoma spinoff, written by G3 Ida and titled Kaguya-sama o Kataritai (かぐや様を語りたい, transl. "We Want to Talk About Kaguya"), launched in Young Jump on July 26, 2018. The yonkoma focuses on two newspaper/press club girls who idolize Kaguya and the gang but have no clue what really goes on inside the student council.
An anime television series adaptation was announced by Shueisha on June 1, 2018. The series is directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama and written by Yasuhiro Nakanishi, with animation by A-1 Pictures. Yuuko Yahiro is providing the character designs, while Jin Aketagawa is the sound director. Kei Haneoka is composing the series' music. The series aired from January 12 to March 30, 2019, broadcasting on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, Chukyo TV, and TV Niigata. The series ran for 12 episodes. Masayuki Suzuki, Rikka Ihara, and Yoshiki Mizuno performs the series' opening song "Love Dramatic feat. Ihara Rikka", while Halca performs the series' ending theme song "Sentimental Crisis". Aniplex of America have acquired the series in North America, and streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow. In Australia and New Zealand, AnimeLab simulcasted the series within the region.
A second season titled Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen. was announced on October 19, 2019. The staff and cast are returning to reprise their roles. It is set to premiere in April 2020.
On February 21, 2019, Shueisha announced that a live-action film adaptation for the series is in production. The film premiered in Japan on September 6, 2019. Sho Hirano was announced for the role of Miyuki Shirogane, and Kanna Hashimoto was announced for the role of Kaguya Shinomiya. Hayato Kawai directed the film, Yūichi Tokunaga wrote the screenplay, and principal photography was conducted in March to April 2019.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War had over 6.5 million copies in circulation as of April 2019,, over 8.5 million copies as of October 2019, and over 9 million copies in print as of December 2019. It was the 9th best selling manga in 2019, with over 4 million copies sold.
Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the first two volumes of the manga a positive review, calling it "one of the more unique rom-com premises out there". She noted that the second volume was better than the first, indicating development on the part of the author, and commenting that it boded well for the lastingness of the series. She was more ambivalent about the art, saying that it lacked polish and that faces in particular tended to suffer.
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- Official manga website (in Japanese)
- Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Dōjin-ban website (in Japanese)
- Kaguya-sama o Kataritai website (in Japanese)
- Official anime website (in Japanese)
- Official English manga website at Viz Media (in English)
- Official English anime website at Aniplex of America (in English)
- Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia