Kaguya-sama Love is War Graphic Novel Volume 8 cover image
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Two high school students are both from eminent families and are of good character. Kaguya Shinomiya, a well-bred lady and an heir, is Student Council Vice-President at Shuchin Academy, a school for the children of the rich and famous and for future leaders. Miyuki Shirogane is the strong, silent type who has a singular focus on his studies, and he is President of the Student Council. Kaguya and Miyuki are two geniuses, each in love with the other. But love is war, so which one will confess love to the other when the one who first confesses his... or her love loses.
As Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Vol. 8 (Chapters 71 to 80) opens, Kaguya wants to know why men cheat. It involves hormones and secretions, she is told. Now, Kaguya launches a plot to massage Miyuki until he stops being a man-whore! Next, Miyuki learns that there is a particular shojo manga that makes people want to fall in love. So, how can he get Kaguya to read it... and desire to fall in love with him? Plus, first year student, Miko Ino, the student council's new financial auditor, thinks that the council has a lust problem, but is she right?
THE LOWDOWN: The Kaguya-sama: Love is War manga is a shonen manga (comics for teen boys), but it is the kind that deals with teen romance. Instead of the sweetness and melodrama of shojo romance, shonen romance is tart and lowdown, with sexual innuendo and fanservice. That provides this episodic manga many opportunities for situational comedy.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War Graphic Novel Volume 8 offers misunderstanding and misdirection. Some of the chapters in this volume also brings Kaguya and Miyuki the closest physically that they have been so far. It feels like we are on the verge of the bodice-ripper for which we have been waiting, and Kaguya-sama is at its best.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of sitcom-type manga will want to read the Shonen Jump title, Kaguya-sama: Love is War.