Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Manga Review: Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Volume 1, by Aka Akasaka

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2018
Volumes: 9+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

All’s fair when love is war!

Two prideful geniuses locked in battle. Who will make the first misstep and in doing so…confess their love?

Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss—they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and thus become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!


Given the look of the cover, and the title, I expected this to be a darker, possibly psychological, shonen series. But it's... not.
The first couple chapters are a little rough, a little rushed. But after that, it gets more into a flow.
We're quickly introduced to Kaguya and Miyuki, the student council president and vice president. They're admired and looked up to by everyone, seemingly untouchable. Miyuki is rather full of himself, and Kaguya is a bit stuck up. After a bit we meet Chika, the student council secretary, who's bubbly and a bit oblivious.
Each chapter is short and comedic, based around the competition and misunderstandings between Kaguya and Miyuki. Usually they're trying to outplay the other, to make the other confess to a weakness, the other to confess something and thus taking the higher hand themselves. Sometimes one is competing without the other even knowing it.
I will admit that it grew on me by the end of the volume. Chika is my favorite character so far, but I also like how oblivious rich Kaguya can be of the real world.
While this was not at all what I expected, I did have fun reading this volume by the end.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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