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Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen  
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Description
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are the members of the incredibly prestigious Shuichi'in Academy's student council, asserting their positions as geniuses among geniuses. All the time they spend together has caused the two of them to develop feelings for each other, but their pride will not allow them to be the one to confess and become the submissive one in the relationship! Love is war, and their battle to make the other confess begins now!

Notes: Won the 65th Shogakukan Awads in 2019 for General category

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Associated Names
Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To
Kaguya Wants to be Confessed To - The Geniuses' War of Love and Brains
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensaitachi no Renai Zunousen
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Miłość to wojna (Polish)
สารภาพรักกับคุณคางุยะซะดีๆ ~สงครามประสาทความรักของเหล่าอัจฉริยะ~
카구야님은 고백 받고 싶어
かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~
辉夜大小姐想让我告白

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Latest Release(s)
c.194 by Jaimini's Box & Fans 12 days ago
c.193 by Jaimini's Box & Fans 18 days ago
c.192 by Jaimini's Box & Fans 26 days ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Ch. 1 (S1) (Skips Ch. 2-4,10,13,15,22,32,47, 49,50,55,62,75-77,87,92-99)
Ends at Vol 10, Ch. 101 (S2)

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (502 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 9th 2020, 12:06am PST


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Year
2015

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Miracle Jump (Shueisha)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (15 Vols - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #32 decreased(-5)
Monthly Pos #15 increased(+4)
3 Month Pos #17 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #19 increased(+19)
Year Pos #25 increased(+2)

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Good mix of romance, comedy and (a little) drama  
by egress63
June 10th, 2020, 6:24pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
This series begins like a rom-com version of Death Note. Two 'geniuses' trying to outwit each other to confess their love to another. What makes the manga fun is that while the antics deployed by both the main characters may be over-the-top, far-fetched and downright silly, we as the reader know that the stakes are not really that high. Our hero and heroine are just regular teenagers who are completely besotted with one other and just want to revel in watching their crush blush/squirm. Or as one character in the series remarks - "They're not outwitting each other, they're actually flirting!"

Now while this setup may be good enough for a few gags (and there are plenty of LOL moments throughout the manga), what makes the series transcend from good to great is to see the characters develop and transition into new roles. One of the hallmarks of a bad sitcom is that the characters become tropes (e.g. in Friends - Joey is the dumb playboy, Monica is a cleanliness control freak, Ross is the nerd etc etc.) undergoing no evolution. While this may make writing jokes easier, the jokes themselves start to become predictable. This is not true in this series!

Characters evolve and so do their relationships with one another. For instance, take the relationship between Kaguya (the heroine) and Ishigami (her junior). The relationship begins with Ishigami being terrified of Kaguya (used for several comedic gags) into one where, over the course of over 150 chapters, Ishigami comes to look upon Kaguya as his mentor/confidante/elder-sister to whom he goes for advice. Comedy continues to take place but the jokes, instead of making the reader guffaw, make the reader smile. Without spoiling the story too much, other relationships also develop giving almost all characters well rounded personalities.

All in all, this is a manga well worth getting into if you are into romantic sitcoms. The mangaka once stated in an interview that he envisioned the readership of this series to appeal to both young-adults and 30-year old office-ladies in Japanese offices. While I'm no office-lady, I am older than 35 and found the series delightfully funny, warm and all-around enjoyable. Several chapters are hilarious, have hidden jokes which make them worth re-reading. There are a few tidbits that perfectionists may complain about (such as the presence of just 2 male characters, recent sub-plots involving Kaguya's family, weird art at the very start of the series etc.) but these are minor nit-pickings that ought not to concern the average reader.

If you like sitcoms and romance, give this (and the anime) a try - it could be well worth your time.

Note: This review stands as of Chapter 190. I intend to update the final review/rating once this ends. Preliminary rating: 8.5/10

... Last updated on June 10th, 2020, 10:04pm
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from r/manga  
by r/mangaReviews
September 30th, 2019, 7:45pm
Rating: N/A
>LordTwillyDillydum
honestly I loved it even more than I thought I would. I love all the characters, the humor is fantastic, and the mix between episodic chapters and the more serious plot progressing chapters is well balanced. Absolutely a 10/10.
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nice development  
by reivatin
February 11th, 2019, 11:42am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
while the main cast have gone near their respective goals (as ch 137), the others chara is explored and paired, like ishigami
others chara is still left as side kick like chika or the maid of shinomiya

i enjoy the read, until now it's still rosy highschool love comedy, hope won't go to others direction
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nice cunning female lead  
by fandri
January 3rd, 2019, 4:02am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
the author good at keeping paces, so you won't get bored
plot somehow easy to predict, but also leaves many possibility... so bettet let it be... don't think too hard abou it

fair enough screentime for each main and supporting characters. every characters are lovable... even for the most negative character
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It’s in a good place right now  
by Lorpe
May 28th, 2018, 10:36pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Currently, most of the characters’ backstories and personalities have been revealed and feels like it’s coming to a conclusion unlike other romance series like Nisekoi. It’s probably not going to end yet, but each chapter is very enjoyable and the humor is sharp and sometimes even meta.

... Last updated on August 5th, 2018, 1:54pm
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It doesn't stay the same  
by train93
May 21st, 2018, 1:58am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
I've read some reviews of people criticizing the fact that the premise of the manga kinda got lost after a while. While there's a bit of truth in that, it's for good reasons; this manga plays well with keeping the status quo without making it stagnating. The characters develop in an organic way, so it's just natural that their interactions change as well; but it doesn't happen all of a sudden, it's a slow and believable process. While the characters change, they never contradict who they are, and the comedy keeps being on point, just changing range from time to time. This way the manga has managed to stay fresh, when keeping the same formula all along would have killed it in the long run.
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asd  
by qwaszx
March 17th, 2017, 11:29pm
Rating: N/A
really like it. not often do u see both characters desire each other the same amount. usually in romance mangas the male character does nothing but chase the female character. this is like as close to 50/50 you can get in terms of give and take.
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Forgot its own roots  
by Hoodspirit
January 13th, 2017, 9:53am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
It started out very good, both Main Characters had equal abilities for the 'war of love' in which the one to confess first loses.
As it went on, one gets already suspicious of it rather early. The male character does not take the initiative at all (not entirely true, 1 time he pretended to be asleep *slow clap*). The female is doing the most planning, like setting traps.
Now it is at a point that the female lead character jumps in just to get ridiculed most of the time, while the male one has a a few 'shining hero' scenes.
There is a huge imbalance now between the characters and that killed the manga for me.

The comedy is still good, but it doesn't save the manga after the loss of its own premise.
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A Brilliant Satire  
by Vendbot3000
January 7th, 2017, 5:28pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is a satirical romantic comedy with a razor sharp wit. It follows the story of the student counsel at a rich high school, and the budding relationship between its president and vice president, which is impeded by their pride and stubornness. The story takes mundane scenarios from typical highschool romance and turn them on their heads, with the main charcters going to hilarious lengths to win the upper hand in an ultimately futile competition. The characters are genre savy, but are in many ways too savy for their own good. They often end up thwarting their own plans by being too clever or obscure. The writing makes great use of the contradictions between what characters say and what they are thinking or feel. The art supports this brilliantly by bringing the characters' extreme emotions out even behind their reserved expressions such as the titular character's signature death glare.

The manga avoids an extensive supporting cast, instead choosing to extensively develop a small core of five (to date) characters with a few others that show up occasionally. This has allowed the author to move past just presenting standard rom-com cliches. Kaguya is particularly dynamic: sometimes she is a rich tsundere, other times a xanatos gambler, occasionally a murderess and sometimes just a sensitive girl in love.

For combining hip-busting gags with satirical wit, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai is easily one of the best romantic comedies I've read, and deserves a 10/10.
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Started out strong but is declining atm  
by Kyon.vn
December 26th, 2016, 1:44am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
It was good when it was a monthly series. The interaction between two main characters were unique, refreshing and interesting. But when it's turned into weekly, the quality dropped off. Kaguya became a generic tsundere, and there are fillers like the ramen chapter which is not supposed to be a part of the main story. No more battle of the wits between the two, and that's what I miss the most.

When it started, definitely a 10, or a 9 at the very least. But now it's a 7 to me, which is still fine but the it isn't up to its former quality.
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