Manga creator Aka Akasaka has officially announced his retirement! As a manga artist that is.. This announcement comes only one day after the final chapter of Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga was published in Japan. The author stated that he still plans to write manga, but wants to end his career of drawing them, instead shifting drawing to a relaxing hobby for him.
The author has already begun shifting to writing manga with his work on Oshi no Ko with Mengo Yokoyari drawing the series. There was even a contest held earlier this year in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine for manga artists to submit their work for a chance to work with Akasaka on a new series.
For those hoping for more Kaguya-sama, the author said this in his retirement announcement “Even though it’s over, there is a big foreshadowing left for Kaguya-sama. We are working hard to bring this to you in the best way possible.” Kaguya-sama Love is War ran for 7 years, first being published in Shueisha’s Miracle Jump in May 2015 and ending its run in Weekly Young Jump in November 2022. The author stated that even though there were a lot of ups and downs with his serialization he ultimately “had a lot of happy memories..”
Read the full statement below and make sure to send Akasaka-sensei your best wishes!
About Kaguya-sama: Love is War
The story focuses on student council president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya who appear to be the perfect match for each other. Although everyone sees this as fact, the two are far too proud to confess their love as they believe whoever does so first would be deemed the loser. So the two compete and create many schemes to make the other confess or show signs of affection.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War received an anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures that ran for 3 seasons with a total of 27 episodes and got a special OVA episode as well. The series will be getting an anime film titled The First Kiss that Never Ends which is set to premiere in December of this year.