Kaguya-Sama Manga to Return from Hiatus, Enter Final Story Arc

The final duel between Kaguya and Shirogane has been scheduled, as the Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga has revealed when it will return from hiatus to begin the story's final arc.

As reported by Anime News Network, the latest issue of Weekly Young Jump confirms that Kaguya-sama will return from its months-long hiatus with the magazine's 47th issue, which will be published on Oct. 21. The series' return will also mark the beginning of its final story arc. The popular romantic comedy series entered hiatus in May so that creator Aka Akasaka could take time to write and plan out the series' finale.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War tells the story of the bizarre relationship between Kaguya Shinomiya, the heir to one of Japan's richest families and the vice-president of her high school's student government; and Miyuki Shirogane, the school's working-class but over-achieving president, who has reputation for doing everything perfectly despite in actuality being a terrible singer and volleyball player. The two student body leaders are madly in love with each other, but both are too proud to admit it. Rather than simply dating, the two engage in a series of increasingly convoluted mind-games designed to get the other one to confess their feelings first. The would-be-couple's complex mind games often drag in the other members of the school's student body, including the pessimistic gamer Yu Ishigami and the student council's bizarre but lovable treasurer, Chika Fujiwara.

Akasaka's story of Machiavellian romance was first published in 2015. The manga was adapted into an anime series by Fairy Tale studio A-1 Pictures in 2019, which was followed up with a second season in 2020. Both seasons of the anime were directed by Shinichi Omata, who previously directed Rozen Maiden, The Record of Grancrest War and the acclaimed Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. A live-action movie based on the series was released in Japan in 2019, which starred singer Kanna Hashimoto as Kaguya and Sho Hirano as Shirogane.  Anime fans may recognize Hirano for his portrayal of Haruto Kaguragi in the live-action adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Hana Nochi Hare. The film was a commercial success and was followed up by a sequel, which was released in Japan in August.

The first two seasons of Kaguya-sama: Love is War are available for streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll and Funimation. A third season has been announced but no release date has been confirmed at this time. The manga is localized and distributed internationally by VIZ Media.

Source: Weekly Young Jump, via Anime News Network

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