This week marked the launch of the 271st and final chapter of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga, and it looks like it might be the last time we see the author illustrating such a work. Aka Akasaka quickly followed up the finale with the announcement that he will be retiring as a manga artist, instead focusing on working solely as a writer.
Akasaka released a statement, thanking fans for all their support throughout the series’ run. Here’s what he had to say:
“I had a lot of happy memories and I can look back now and wonder if I was able to make the people around me happy. As for my future activities, I am planning to retire from working as a manga artist after this series. ‘Retirement’ means that I am going to retire from being a manga artist who draws, and I would like to concentrate on creating stories from now on. I want to continue my activities as a story writer. As for drawing, I intend to continue it loosely as a hobby.”
The author also offered another comment on Kaguya-sama following its conclusion:
“Even though it has ended, there is still a big hint left in it. I am working hard to deliver it to you in the best possible way. I will try not to make it a superfluous story, so I hope you can look forward to it for a little while longer.”
The Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga ran in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump from May 2015 to January 2016 before moving to Weekly Young Jump from March 2016 to November 2022.
The third season of the TV anime concluded on June 24, and there’s an anime film on the way. All of the KAGUYA-SAMA anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll. Here’s the official synopsis:
From a good family? Check! A good personality? Check! Shuchiin Academy is where all these elite students with bright futures flock to. As the two leaders of the student council, Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane have supposedly fallen in love… But after almost half a year, nothing has happened!? They both have too much pride and can’t be honest. Things have gotten troublesome, and they are now caught in a war of “How to get the other to confess their love first.” This is a whole new romantic comedy, following an outbreak of cunning warfare between two elite students in love.
Via Crunchyroll News