Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga ending in Volume 28 with final chapter 281

Kaguya-sama: Love is War
All good things must come to an end, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga is no exception. Pic credit: Aka Akasaka

The Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga’s ending is coming up in only 2 chapters.

Both the main manga series and the manga spin-off, Kaguya-sama o Kataritai will both be ending in Weekly Young Jump Issue 49, 2022 on November 2, 2022.

The final volume will be Kaguya-sama Volume 28, which will release on December 19, 2022. It will contain the final chapter, Kaguya-sama 281.

What’s more, manga creator Aka Akasaka revealed that he intends on retiring from drawing manga! Instead, he plans on focusing on solely writing original work, which probably means he’ll be overseeing the writing of managing while an illustrator draws the art. However, Akasaka does plan on continuing drawing but only as a hobby.

And it’s possible that he will return to the world of Kaguya-sama: Love is War even though the final chapter has been released already.

“I have a few things left unfinished [with Kaguya-sama], so maybe I can digest them somehow. I think I’d like to do it [a spin off]”, Akasaka said after the final chapter was released.

Akasaka also said in the same interview that maybe the remaining plot points of Kaguya-sama will not be released in manga format but in a different format. Thus, it’s always possible the anime series could have an extended ending.

Starting with Kei Shirogane’s Final Chapter in Kaguya-sama 272 the various characters have been receiving a final send-off in the manga. Kaguya-sama 278: Miko Iino and Yu Ishigami’s Final Chapter, Part 2 had a new student council forming. The current chapter is Kaguya-sama 279: Chika Fujiwara’s Final Chapter.

And when you consider how Kaguya Season 3 of the anime ended, it seems the war is over. But how is the manga going to end?

Will our favorite lovebirds make it official and date? Or are we in for a world of hurt due to the origin of Kaguya’s name?

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Kaguya and Shirogane kiss
Screenshot from episode 13 of Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ultra Romantic with Kaguya and Shirogane. Pic credit: A-1 Pictures.

How will Kaguya-sama end?

According to Kaguya-sama: Love is War Wikipedia, series creator Aka Akasaka took the names for our lovebirds from the famous Japanese folktale: The Bamboo Cutter. Akasaka loves princess stories, and Kaguya-hime is arguably the most well-known in Japanese culture.

Of course, simply naming a character after something isn’t a direct connection, but there are other similarities. For example, Kaguya is the daughter of a wealthy conglomerate family, which practically makes her a princess.

She grew up sheltered, but her father expects her to do as she’s told and never praises her. And it wouldn’t surprise me if he tried to force her to marry someone.

I highly recommend looking up The Bamboo Cutter, but be warned, there’s no happy ending. The Bamboo Cutter is not a love-conquers-all story.

Hopefully, Kaguya-sama: Love is War will end with a happy bang. Akasaka’s original plan for Love is War was to make it a fantasy/game of death series, but his editor wanted something more mainstream.

I’ll watch/read either version as long as the narrator keeps doing what he’s doing.

Interesting facts about Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime

Kaguya-sama: Love is War was originally going to be called “IQ.” Most people would attribute this to the constant scheming and mind games our characters go through.

But for those who know Japanese, “aikyuu” means love seeking or love longing. This makes it a fitting title, but Love is War sounds more fun.

There’s a yeti! In episode 3, Kaguya helps a little girl cross a street. The girl says she was walking with her friend, Yeti, and said Yeti appears on screen for a few seconds.

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