I’m In Love With Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War

Introduction: Kaguya-sama Wants to Be Confessed To

I am in love… and so are Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane, though unlike me neither are willing to admit it to themselves, nor to each other. “Kaguya-sama: Love is War”, by the talented Aka Akasaka, is a satirical romance manga series that has been running for 196 chapters as of me currently writing this introduction. It is about two high school students, two geniuses, who through their superior intellect attempt to manipulate the other into confessing their love.

1. The Student Council Members Want to Fight

Shuchiin Academy! A private school in Japan for the rich and the gifted. As my oldest and dearest friend William Shakespeare would say it is “where we lay our scene”. At this prestigious academy there is a special room. The student council room is not just a student council room, it is a battlefield. On that battlefield there are five soldiers.

Top row left-right: Miyuki Shirogane, Kaguya Shinomiya, Yu Ishigami. Bottom Row: Chika Fujiwara, Miko Iino.

2. The Students of Shuchiin Academy Want to Be Confessed To

The supporting cast! Without them this series would merely be good, with them it’s fantastic. From the hyper competent and highly skilled personal maid Ai Hayasaka to Miyuki’s bafflingly strange and scary father, this cast is bustling with personality and activity. Like the main cast, the supporting cast is also built up steadily over the series through individual chapters here and there to entire mini arcs dedicated to them.

Side Note: Maki and Kaguya become friends and watch porn together.

3. Ai Hayasaka Wants to Be Free

Kaguya Shinomiya’s personal maid, Ai Hayasaka! She is one of my favorite characters in the series. Throughout the story Hayasaka helps Kaguya in everything she is trying to do, including trying to get Miyuki to confess. Hayasaka helps her come up with plans, puts up with Kaguya when she is flustered, and comforts her when she is upset. She’s the ultimate wing-man essentially.

4. Yu Ishigami Wants to Be Happy

The student council treasurer, Yu Ishigami! Ishigami’s arc throughout “Kaguya-sama Love is War” is one of my favorite things about the manga. I have avoided talking about it up until now for the purposes of this section, and look how beautiful it is. We have a field of untouched snow in front of us just waiting to be trampled and played with, so let’s make a few snowmen and throw a snowball or three.

5. Chika Fujiwara And Friends Want to Make You Laugh

Love Detective Chika is here! “Kaguya-sama: Love is War” is hilarious. There is no character who encapsulates this hilarity better than the one and only Chika Fujiwara whom I have not discussed much this far except to say that she is essentially the devil.

Chika ruins yet another moment.
Chika Fujiwara has no arc whatsoever. (Second character down)

6. Alex Wants to Read More

I want to read more of this manga! This manga is more enjoyable than a lot of other stories I have consumed. The sheer amount of joy reading each chapter brings me, moment to moment, is not something that can be matched even by things I’m more deeply in love with than “Kaguya-sama: Love is War”. From the hilarity, to the story, to the characters and their interconnected webs, to the strong themes, this manga is something truly special.

A college student and aspiring author, with too much time on his hands, a love for stories, and a desire to share that love.