Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai | A Manga and anime I loved.

I’ll be honest, 2022 hasn’t really been a good year for me. Consistency has been something I’ve lacked and overall motivation has been something that has alluded me all throughout the year. Which is why I haven’t really posted much at all. I could have definitely done better, however, I cannot change the past.

Despite my consistencies one thing that has remained constant is my love for manga. In particular, the Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai manga which is one that I loved and will always continue to love. If you have followed me for a long time then you know that my love for the anime is what sparked everything. It’s no secret that I loved the first season and the second season even more. But again, as I’ve already mentioned the manga is next level for me.

Allow me to explain.

Personally, I am a little disappointed that there will not be anymore season for the Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai series. In large part because everything that happens after the school festival arc is when it truly gets interesting and is what pulled me in the most. I won’t get *too* into it because it’s something that I think everyone who has enjoyed the anime should 100% get into to and read for themselves.

In short, everything that happens after the school festival arc, especially once we reach the final arc of the anime. Is when the character development gets taken up to 9000. We go from a student council where everything is all fun and games to at the end of it all, feeling like you have watched each one of our student council members grow up. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is a manga with close to 300 chapters. The character development throughout it all has been spectacular to see and read. It’s a beautiful story about friendship and everything in-between.

We start off with something that felt like an ongoing gag, Kaguya and Shirogane doing all these things that feel over the top just to have the other person confess their affection first. The first season did an exceptional job at showcasing the comedic side of the manga. The second season, I thought did a great job at showcasing a relationship that was ready to go the next step.

Something I would have loved to see though, was that the rest of the manga be adapted. Yes, I know. I always complain about ‘cash cow anime’, ones that milk the original source down to every last drop. But in this case, I definitely think that Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai had more than enough content to keep it going. Pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but everything that happens after the school festival arc is when this story gets even more interesting.

** several months later **.

Why hello there, this is Alex from the future living it up in 2023. For all intensive purposes, so this all my purely be speculative, however, it looks as though my one of my favourite anime, certainly my favourite manga, may see a fourth installment sometime soon. Which is something I am very hopeful for because of everything that happens in the latter stages of the manga. All of which I think is worth animating.

Anyway, I’m going to be finishing this blog now so let’s get on with it!

There’s something about how the story progressed that really appealed to me. Obviously, at first, the beginning of the story was very comedic in nature. Which in itself was exceptional in how it played out. Both in the manga and animated series, the story did an exceptional job at turning this jokes, these comedic moments feel like they had a purpose. Like these comedic moments didn’t happen ‘just because’, it felt as though it all had its purpose in progressing the story that Akasaka, Aka wanted to tell.

When the second season rolled around, it shared a mix between comedy and romance. Season two of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai was as good as it was going to get for a romance-comedy. To me, the second season, and the story that was told was perfect because it expanded on the supporting cast. This made each character feel more three dimensional, in short, it added depth. You could also tell that there was a subtle change in tone, while it was still largely comedic. You can tell that the story being told was getting more serious.

Which brings us to the school festival arc, which was amazing in the manga. But was equally as awesome in the anime. I thought it did an exceptional job at showing a love mature and grow in Shirogane and Kaguya. Without a doubt, especially with everything that happens afterwards, that Shirogane and Kaguya was one of my favourite couples. Not only that but the focus was strictly on them and we learned.

I think when it’s all said and done Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is going to be one of those manga/anime that will continue to be well loved and highly acclaimed for a very long time. With how everything played out, you couldn’t have asked for a better rom-com storyline. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is the example of what is possible in a genre that feels oversaturated, unoriginal, and generic. Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is unqiue and it stands alone. Which is why I think the manga and anime are just so good.

It’s definitely a wonderful series, if you haven’t already read the manga (which I don’t know why that would be the case) then I highly suggest you read it. If you haven’t seen the anime (which again, I don’t know why that would be the case), then I suggest you give it a watch. it’s definitely worth it.