ARC Review: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 12 by Aka Akasaka

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 12Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 12 by Aka Akasaka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two high school geniuses scheme to get the other to confess their love first.

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

Will Shirogane ever admit to his insignificant but seemingly infinite lack of nonacademic talents? And what of the other student council members? Are any of them willing to see themselves objectively? Then it’s time for the school cultural festival, which harkens back to a legend of ancient personal sacrifice that inspires the present-day students…symbolically, at least. Plus, a student council arm wrestling competition, balloon animals and a flashback episode to Shirogane’s first awkward weeks as an outsider at Shuchiin High.

Cosplay makes the woman.

With the two of them being on the defensive and playing mind games for so long, there has only been a stalemate with a few real developments so far. So, Shirogane is finally like enough is enough, time to get on the offensive, which changes the dynamic because Kaguya is used to playing with and predicting about a more cautious Shirogane, and him being pretty much straight-forward is messing with her plans. The school festival is approaching, and while Shirogane is hoping to make progress, the fact that Kaguya thinks he has some new mind game going on makes for a more hilarious outcome. But its not just about these two – the other characters also shine in this volume. Chika has to restrain herself from helping out Shirogane with any new training, much to his despair. Meanwhile, he himself has been thinking about how much appeal he has towards girls. I think one of the funniest moments was when his sister asks to see the ‘cool’ outfit he has planned to visit her school’s festival, and he turns up in the most ridiculous emo/trying-too-hard outfit. Kei is ruthless towards her family members, OMG! Ishigami is meanwhile, trying to impress a senior, and Ino can see through all his efforts. I am still confused over the timeline because again they are in second year, but a few volumes ago, Shirogane and Kaguya had decided to serve another term on the student council (was that term as in semester, or term as in year?) So, overall, loads of prep for the school festival, and the shenanigans that happen in between.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.


Previous volumes in Kaguya-Sama: Love is War series

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 1 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 2 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 4 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 5 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 6 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 7 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 8 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 9 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 10 Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 11

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Releases on January 7, 2020

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