Mangaka Aka Akasaka, Kaguya-sama’s author, retires from being an illustrator in the Manga industry. On November 2nd, Chapter 271 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War was published. This new chapter is additionally the finale of the manga that initially began in 2015. After this seven-year exertion, mangaka Aka Akasaka made a significant declaration of his retirement as an artist.

That’s right, before your panic, it is just a retirement from the art/illustration side of manga creation. Akasaka will keep filling in as a writer for any new series.

Why is Aka Akasaka retiring?

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War by aka akasaka
Courtesy of Alphacoders

His Tweet roughly translates as:

Thanks to the support of people, “Kaguya-sama” has been serialized for seven and a half years.

Weekly Serialization didn’t go as planned, and many things made me realize how weak I am as a manga artist.

But, because of that, I had a lot of happy memories and I can look back now and wonder if I made the people around me a little happier.

Thank you very much for 7 and a half years.”

On Akasaka’s future, the author says

As for my future, Akasaka as a manga artist is thinking of retiring after this work.

Even though I’m retiring, I would like to end my activities as a “manga artist who draws” and focus on creating stories from now on, so I would like to continue working as an original author.

As for painting, I intend to continue it loosely as a hobby.

In the end,

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 possible way. I will try not to make it a meandering story, so, I’d be happy if you could take your time and look forward to it.

And G3 Ida-sensei.

Thank you for running alongside me for four long years. He has been reassuring and encouraging. I hope you will support him in future endeavors, as he is a very talented person. So, that’s the complete end of the manga “Kaguya-sama”. I‘m truly thankful to everyone.

Akasaka was not fit for an industrial schedule

It seems Akasaka couldn’t deal with the rushed daily schedule of a manga artist whose work gets serialized week by week. Fulfilling time constraints and all that pressure was a lot for him, in this way, he has now chosen to be a story-writing mangaka.

He likewise said thanks to G3 Ida, who upheld him in drawing Kaguya-sama and requested that his fans support Ida-sensei in his future ventures.

Is there any hint for a new project?

oshi no ko character by kaguya sama author
via Datosjam

In the above tweet, he claims to have abandoned something in Kaguya-sama that he is at present chipping away at. For all we know, this could mean an epilogue light novel. He also describes that he is more centered around writing stories now and will not be doing any official illustrations for any manga.

More about Aka Akasaka

Aka akasaka mangaka
via Twitter @akasaka_aka

Akasaka Also began his manga career in 2011 when the first manga named “Sayonara Piano Sonata” began airing. In which he filled in as an artist. What put him on the map was being the author of his unique work “Kaguya-sama: Love is War” which began in 2015 and stays one of the most amazing Rom-Com manga ever. Kaguya-sama: Love is War ended on 2nd November 2022 with its chapter no. 281.

It has also some anime adaptations and live-action adaptations coming.

What is he working on currently?

Oshi no ko manga
via MangaPlus

Currently, he is working on the “Oshi no Ko” manga series as a creator with the manga being illustrated by Yokoyari Mengo (popular for outlining the manga series “Scum’s Wish”).

Conclusion

oshi no ko
Courtesy of Bounding Into Comics

Fans are not sure if Oshi no Ko manga is getting an anime adaptation or not. And we know very little as to where the anime currently is in terms of production. With respect to the studio behind the movement, it is affirmed that Studio Doga Kobo will vivify!

Here’s the official synopsis of the manga, by Manga Plus:

“In the world of showbiz, lies are weapons.” Goro works as an OB-GYN in the countryside, a life far removed from the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, his favorite idol, Ai Hoshino, has begun her climb to stardom. The two meet in the “worst possible way,” setting the gears of fate in motion! The amazing Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari team up to depict the world of showbiz from a completely new perspective in this shocking series!”


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Madhumoy is a high school understudy at Don Bosco High School, Tinsukia, Assam. He doesn't like to claim himself as a writer, but you can always find him somewhere jotting down his thoughts and turning them into art in their own right. When Madhumoy isn't writing, he's most likely watching other TV shows, watching anime, reading non-fiction or experiencing other paths and systems. Madhumoy lives with his grandparents and parents and a little hope.