As the name ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’ suggests, it is a psychological rom-com series. Kaguya Shinomiya is the only daughter of the Shinomiya family. She is also an accomplished lady in her own right, and she is also the vice-president of the student council of the Shuiichin academy. Kaguya and the president of the student council, Miyuki Shirogane, are both engaged in a psychological battle to make the other confess their feelings. As she is from a wealthy conglomerate family, she often uses her money to make certain schemes for Miyuki to confess his feelings. However, she often gets flustered when Miyuki does something unexpected. Kaguya Shinomiya is a typical rich girl who can spend lavishly without getting the ire of her parents as they tend to not care about her life details that much. So, here we shall look at some characters who are like Kaguya Shinomiya.
‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War’ is getting its third season this year ‘Kaguya-sama: Love is War Ultra Romantic’. Aka Akasaka’s manga series started serializing in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Miracle Jump in May 2015. In March 2016, it was transferred to Weekly Young Jump magazine. As of February 2022, the series has two seasons of anime, an OVA episode, and a live-action film. Hayato Kawai directed the live-action film.
Here, in this article, we are making a list of characters who are similar to Kaguya Shinomiya.
Here are the characters who are similar to Kaguya Shinomiya:
1. Yukino Yukinoshita
Yukino Yukinoshita from My Romantic comedy SNAFU is a certified ice queen in her school. Although that’s not all there is to her character, she is a strong, intelligent, and independent girl who has her own sense of justice. But she is also caring and highly sensible. She keeps her distance from others as she herself realizes how different she is and has a bit of trouble making real friends. You will have to dig through layers and layers of snow to understand the truth of her character. This is very similar to the way Kaguya hides her true feelings from Shirogane. Their overall personalities do differ from each other. But both have an unapproachable cold aura around them and are total tsundere when it comes to love. And they both love cats.
2. Daisuke Kambe
Daisuke Kambe is the billionaire detective from Fugou Keiji: Balance Unlimited. He has a calm and collected personality type, staying unfazed even while others are shouting at him or hurling abuses. Being a billionaire, he throws his money around whenever possible to get his way while solving cases. In only the first episode, he crashes into civilian cars, pays for the expenses, insults the Arabian prince, buys his 3 million yen car for 1 billion, and drives off. We also get to see Daisuke giving a suspect a large sum of cash to get him to divulge information about his drug dealers. In a similar way, Kaguya uses her money to bring a lavish bento box to make Miyuki ask for food from her. She also makes various far-fetched schemes like making Fujiwara win movie tickets or reserving a private beach for their holiday.
Bulma from Dragon Ball Z is one of the finest scientists on Earth and the only daughter of the Capsule Corporation’s founder Dr. Brief. She is a technological genius and also learned out Alien technology easily. Her inventions always help Vegeta and Goku’s team. The most noteworthy invention she ever made was the Dragon Radar, a tracking device for the dragon balls. Although Dragon Ball Z is a shounen anime with a story vastly different from Kaguya-sama, Bulma’s heritage makes her quite similar to Kaguya Shinomiya. However, their personalities are very different, with Bulma always taking charge in her relationship with Vegeta.
4. Umetaro Nozaki
In ‘Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun’, Umetaro Nozaki gets confessed to by Chiyo Sakura. He misinterpreted the whole situation really badly and invited her to become his assistant. He thought she just appreciated his work as a manga artist. Although we know that Chiyo loves him, Nozaki doesn’t really show his feelings upfront. He has subtle ways of showing he cares about her company. Although the situation started a bit differently than Kaguya-sama’s story, it is still the same. Both of the couples here are hiding their true feelings from each other. Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun is a comedic take on the typical shoujo manga tropes, so the author doesn’t really focus that much on relationships. But it’s definitely a good watch if you’re looking for something new to watch.
Takagi is the female protagonist of the series Teasing master Takagi-san and is a middle school student. She secretly harbors feelings for Nishikata, a boy in her class. However, Takagi spends most of her time teasing him and trying to make him get flustered. She is sweet and caring yet fearless and strong with or without Nishikata’s presence. Her teasing techniques are something Kaguya could take cues from if she wants Miyuki to crack any time soon. Usually, Takagi always wins against Nishikata, something Kaguya would definitely like about her.
6. Misaki Ayuzawa
Misaki is the main character of the popular shoujo anime series, Maid-sama. In Maid-sama, Misaki is the president of the student council at her school, fiercely dedicated to her studies and presidential duties. She always looks out for her fellow classmates, especially female students. She hates boys because of her father leaving their family. However, throughout the series, we see her slowly opening up to everyone and falling for the school’s heartthrob Usui Takumi. However, till the end, she is very secretive about her feelings, calling Usui a pervert whenever he comes close to her. Kaguya also hides her true feelings from Miyuki just to make him confess his first.
7. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Francis is the newest leader of the American Organisation, aka the Guild in the anime Bungou Stray Dogs. His ability is called ‘The Great Fitzgerald’ after the famous American author from the 1930s. His power lets him gain more physical prowess according to the money he spent. He can also spend others’ money or use ornaments to activate his powers. Now Bungou Stray Dogs is a supernatural action series, and the story cannot be compared to Kaguya-sama: Love is War. However, Francis’s affinity to spending wealth, looking at everything with a capitalist lens, and putting a price on everything can be compared to Kaguya’s initial way of doing things.
8. Shizuku Mizutani
Shizuku Mizutani is the main protagonist of My Little Monster. She spends most of her time studying as she wants to impress her workaholic mother. She also can be very apathetic and candid to the point of being rude to her classmates. At the beginning of the series, she has trouble defining her relationship with Haru and cannot understand that what she feels for him is ‘love’. Her upbringing and past experiences have been so that she cannot even understand her feelings. She is similar to Kaguya in the way that both their parents don’t really fuss over them as much. Both were raised in a sort of unemotional way, always having to stay in the path picked out for them.
9. Hikari Hanazono
Special A is rom-com anime revolving around Hikari Hanazono and Kei Takashima, who are childhood friends as well as rivals. Although Hikari comes from an ordinary family, she has always strived for excellence. She once lost to Kei in a wrestling match as a child, and since then, she has declared him her biggest rival. Hikari was always her father’s best student, so when she lost to Kei, she didn’t like it one bit. She is very hardworking and encouraging to others but a bit slow on matters of love. Hikari is unaware of the fact that Kei is slowly falling for her. Here, rather than having a competition of love like Kaguya and Miyuki, Hikari and Kei are engaged in a real competition. Similar to Kaguya, this girl never gives up even after losing to Kei most of the time.
10. Akira Ono
Akira Ono is the female protagonist of Hi Score Girl. She is the heir of Ono Zaibatsu, a very wealthy family. Akira is a typical rich girl who is good at everything she does, be it academics, drawing, music, or just making friends. She has long purple hair and an intimidating aura but is thought of as beautiful by everyone. Akira also has very good manners as she is from an elite family.
Her overall disposition is very similar to Kaguya Shinomiya. Although in Hi Score Girl, Akira is the main protagonist, Yaguchi Haruo’s gaming rival. Their battlefield is that of 90s popular video games like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, or Tekken.