The famous romance series’ 3rd season has finally come to an end with a 1-hour long TV special last June 25, 2022. Its final arc for the season once again delivered a balance of romance, comedy, and mystery as the main couple of the series, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, finally took a huge step in their relationship – confessing their feelings for one another, kind of?
This all happened when their university, Shuchiin Academy, started making preparations for “The Devoted Hearts Festival.” The name was derived from the “Legend of the Devoted Heart” wherein a man offers his heart to cure the princess that he loves from a terrible illness. Because of the legend, it became a tradition for the students so that when one receives a heart-shaped present during the culture festival – they will receive eternal love. Kaguya having heard of this, wanted to give Miyuki a heart-shaped necklace during the festival but of course – she was still reluctant to make the first move.
You see the main premise of the series has always been about Miyuki and Kaguya liking each other, but not wanting to be the first to confess. So instead, they battle it out in a duel of wits, brains, and cunningness to try and make the other person confess before them – hence the name “Love is War.” The 3rd season stayed true to that premise and made sure that the confession did not come easily.
During the culture festival, Kaguya still did not give Miyuki the heart-shaped necklace and instead tried to trick him into giving her a heart-shaped present. She came up with a plan to make Miyuki give her a heart balloon since Miyuki’s class held a balloon art sale during the festival. Kaguya did not want to tell Miyuki directly that she wants a heart-shaped balloon from him since that would be the same as confessing. Using her wit, Kaguya ruled out all other possible balloon gifts by describing what she likes and hates until only the heart balloon was left. Miyuki was ready to give her the heart balloon, but it turns out that it costs 1 heart in exchange. Kaguya was about to give the heart-shaped necklace as payment until she stormed out due to her embarrassment. But their romance does not stop there.
Miyuki suddenly asks Kaguya to explore the culture festival with him wherein Kaguya agrees. Despite the possible rumors that may come due to them being together, they still chose to be with one another. After they explored the festival, they returned to the student council room where Miyuki gives Kaguya a letter telling her to read it. It was his acceptance letter to Stanford, which means that this was Miyuki’s last culture festival at Shuchiin Academy.
Kaguya, while masking her sadness, showed support for Miyuki but she still had to leave the room to process the news. She turns to Ai Hayasaka, her childhood friend and family maid, and they both agreed that if there was any time to confess – it had to be during the culture festival. Hayasaka came up with a plan where she will find a front-row seat for Miyuki to Kaguya’s performance wherein she will shoot a flaming arrow to light the culture festival torch. However, during the performance, Miyuki was nowhere to be found.
After Kaguya’s archery, a certain “Phantom Thief” who has been stealing every heart balloon in the festival strikes again. The Phantom Thief left a clue that made everyone baffled except for Kaguya. She knew exactly what it meant. She proceeds to go to the only place where the Phantom Thief can be – the clock tower. As she opens the door to the top floor of the clock tower, the Phantom Thief reveals themselves. Not even surprised, she knew it was Miyuki.
After a little flirting, Miyuki finally reveals his culture festival gift to Kaguya. With a push of a button, suddenly a bunch of heart-shaped balloons flew over the clock tower as Miyuki says “Shinomiya, this is how I feel about you.” He took all of the heart balloons in the festival to give them all to Kaguya as a sign of his love for her. But that is not all, he proceeds to ask a favor from Kaguya that may change their life forever. He asked her to come with him to Stanford, to which Kaguya wholeheartedly said yes. And to top it off, Kaguya returns the favor and gives her own gesture of her love for Miyuki, a kiss. The day after the festival, they ended the season with Miyuki and Kaguya in the student council room, holding hands together. A perfect ending if I do say so myself.
Overall, the 3rd season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War was a heartwarming romance to experience. Three seasons of build-up all led to this moment, and fans rejoiced as they finally see their relationship blossom. After all the back-and-forths and trying to get the other person to confess, they each stepped up and expressed their feelings to each other. Kaguya also agreed to join Miyuki at Stanford, which took their relationship way beyond the next level. Due to the 3rd season’s success, it was also able to take the top spot in MyAnimeList as the “Most Top-Rated Anime of All-Time” and dethrone Full Metal Alchemist.
Despite everything that happened during the culture festival, not one of them directly said the words “I love you” so there is still no official confession. That would be something to look forward to in season 4, which was also announced the same day as the season finale got released. There is still a lot of material to cover, so expect another season of laughs and love coming soon. You can also find and stream all seasons of Kaguya-sama: Love is War on Crunchyroll. With season 3 ending, what were your favorite parts of the season? Who was your favorite character while watching? Are you excited for the next season? What do you think will happen to their relationship?