Review: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 4 by Aka Akasaka

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 4Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 4 by Aka Akasaka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two geniuses. Two brains. Two hearts. One battle. Who will confess their love first…?!

Will Kaguya and Miyuki outsmart a psychological test designed to reveal their true feelings? Is spoon feeding each other cake the way to each other’s hearts?

Also, Miyuki visits Kaguya’s home for the first time, but she is too sick to enjoy it. Kaguya tries to befriend Miyuki’s little sister, but Chika has beaten her to the punch. And summer vacation arrives, but the student council still hasn’t agreed on a destination.

Summer vacation is more fun with friends.

This volume was perhaps a let-down compared to other volumes, as it felt dragged out. Mostly, the storyline goes in a simple way – either Kaguya or Miyuki sends the opening volley and one of them or neither of them wins in the end. The best part of this is that them being at odds and yet being attracted to each other is the whole basis of their complicated relationship. Other than that, there is Miyuki’s specific insecurities played out, and Kaguya’s utter naivete at informal decorum.

But, in this one, it felt like it stalled to let an exaggerated version of ‘the morning after’ play out, when Kaguya gets sick and Miyuki vists her, and in her delirious state she makes him sleep over. After that, again a couple of chapters are wasted on them discussing things with their friends and getting advice and finally reconciling and getting back to normal. Granted, some day their romance has to move forward in a way, but I didn’t like the specific circumstances of the encounter. Ai deliberately leaving Miyuki with an unconscious Kaguya and warning him (playfully) not to do anything seems a little too assault-y? I know it is a regular nosebleed trope but god it has to stop sometime. And then there is Ishigami, who is embracing his role as an incel *eyeroll* and giving some bad advice to Miyuki regarding the situation, which is terrible however you look at it.

The one good arc was the introduction of Miyuki’s younger sister, who Kaguya wants to impress to get an in with Miyuki’s family (again, very shady, Kaguya!) but finds out that Chika and Ishigami have more in common with her. Nevertheless, it does hint at his sister also having a crush on Kaguya, and I want to see how it plays out in future volumes.

Previous books in series

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 1 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 2 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3

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