Aka Akasaka, the author of Kaguya-Sama: Love is War manga, put out a statement on his official twitter account on the day the final chapter of the manga released, saying that he would be retiring from the role of a manga illustrator.
The author said that, in the seven and half years he serialized Kaguya-Sama: Love is War manga, he realized how incompetent he was as an artist.
Akasaka added that he would only be retiring from illustrating manga, however, he would continue to concentrate of creating stories.
“Thanks to the support of many people, Kaguya Sama: Love is War has been serialized for seven and a half years. I realized how incompetent I was as a cartoonist. However, I had a lot of happy memories, and now I can look back and wonder if I was able to make the people around me happy. Thank you very much for seven and a half years,” Akasaka said.
“As for my future activities…I have decided to retire as a manga author after this work. I mean that I am going to retire from being a cartoonist who draws pictures, and I would like to concentrate on creating stories from now on,” he added.
The author said that he would continue drawing as a hobby.
As for the ending of Kaguya Sama, Akasaka said that there is a big hint/foreshadowing left in the manga.
“Even though the story is over, there is still a big foreshadowing left in Kaguya-sama, which I am trying to deliver to you in the best possible way,” Akasaka wrote in the statement.
Aka Akasaka is already with with artist Mengo Yokoyari on Oshi no Ko, which has been serialized since April 2020 in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump. He is also holding a contest to find an artist for a new manga, which he will be writing.
Aka Akasaka’s first noticeable work came when he contributed to the background assets of the visual novel Subarashiki Hibi, released in Japan in 2010.
The author gained fame with his work, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, which started serialization in 2015. It was the 9th best selling manga in Japan in 2019, with over 4 million copies sold.
Starting from April 2020, his work Oshi no Ko, which is illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari, began serializing on Weekly Young Jump, making it his second active series on the magazine at the same time.