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Kaguya Shinomiya is the main female protagonist and the title character of Aka Akasaka's manga and anime series Kaguya-sama: Love is War. In the story, she is the vice president of Shuchiin Academy's student council and a family member of the highly influential Shinomiya conglomerate. Kaguya secretly harbors a crush on the council's president Miyuki Shirogane, but like him, pride gets in the way of confessing their feelings to each other. Thus, they play all sorts of games to make their opponent surrender and reveal their feelings, with varying results.

Kaguya exhibits a personality of a cold, calculating, and intelligent student with little regard for other people. Her signature catchphrase is "How cute", which is how Shirogane imagines what she would say if she ever finds about his weaknesses. However, Kaguya's sheltered upbringing has isolated her from some activities considered normal for most people, such as walking to school and seeing the fireworks.

First released in Winter 2019, the Kaguya-sama anime became a sensation in many anime communities around the world because of its humor and romance. The series quickly established a dynastic presence in some of the wiki's recognized major saimoe tournaments. Kaguya was hyped as the hottest prospects after she posted dominant wins in both the Winter seasonal contests and the overall "Best Girl of the Year" award in both ISML and r/anime. She immediately fulfilled this promise of success in 2020 by pulling off an unprecedented r/anime Best Girl win in her first year of eligibility, which made her the first-ever top seed and manga character to become champion in the tournament's history.


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ISML record[]

ISML Profile Flavor Text
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All is fair in love and war, but for Shinomiya Kaguya, love is war.

As an exceptional general and a true practitioner of things romantic, Kaguya will do absolutely everything to make sure that the boy who she claims to have no interest in admits his romantic interests to her first. No tactic is out-of-bounds for her, who has all the wealth, knowledge, and connections needed for the sake of romantic victory.

For someone who claims to be a love expert, Kaguya’s idea of love is childish and innocent. Her knowledge on romance does not go beyond first base, and her ideas of love are akin to fairy tales. Oftentimes, other people are required to teach her various terminologies in order for her to grasp the romantic conversations students have.

Kaguya is just like any other high school girl, a hopeless romantic eager to understand what it is like to have a boyfriend. However, Kaguya will never admit that. Expressing her romantic interests to someone would mean admitting defeat, and her pride will never accept that. Call it a heart condition or an unnatural disease, but she will not say she is in love.

No matter how many romantic battles she loses, as long as she wins the war, it will be worth it. And Kaguya will win this love war.


Kaguya's massive popularity makes her a title candidate in the International Saimoe League, where she won 2 awards in 2019 - winter season and couples exhibition. She was the most successful contestant of ISML 2020's regular season, having posted a 34-1 record including wins against the much-hyped returning champion Mikoto Misaka and contest rival Mai Sakurajima. Her only loss came against Asuna during the 3rd group stage. However, Kaguya fell short in her rematch against Mikoto in the playoff semi-finals, and placed fourth overall after losing her second rematch against Mai-san in the consolations.

Being a powerhouse naturally makes Kaguya a regular necklace winner as well, and as a member of a strong voting faction she tends to win the gem round at the earlier periods - amethyst 3rd prd in 2020 and topaz 2nd prd in 2021.

In ISML 2021, Kaguya posted another 34-1 regular season record over three splits, only losing to Kurumi Tokisaki in Ruby 5 (split 3 round 10). Seeded at 3rd in the playoffs bracket, the vice-president encountered Ai Hayasaka yet again, before defeating her rival Mai to set up another semi-final against Misaka. However, their results against each other last year repeated itself: Kaguya beats Mikoto in the regular season, but the Railgun always beats her where it matters. Shinomiya finished 3rd overall after beating an in-form Mashiro Shiina in the consolations.

Kaguya will return in ISML 2022 as one of the top favourites as her anime's season 3 will air during that time, which will cover the climax of her "Ultra Romantic" relationship with Shirogane.


Main Tournament[]

Overall Record (as of ISML 2021 regular season)

ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and 1v1 consolations only.
Preliminaries, exhibitions, and any matches involving 3+ characters are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2020 Semi-finals 4th 36 3 34-1
ISML 2021 Semi-finals 3rd 37 2 34-1
ISML 2022
ISML 2023
ISML 2024
Total W-L-T: 73-5 Postseason: 5-3 RS Record: 68-2
Opponents played: 29 + 16


Match History:

ISML 2020
Direct Invite (Winter 2019 Winner)
Seedings R1 (Range): 44,363.4 - seed 2
Stage Rd Opponent Score W-L?
Split 1
Group B
1st (5W 0L)
Aqua 1 Holo Holo 3691 - 895 W
Aqua 2 Sora kasugano.png Sora Kasugano 4007 - 1471 W
Aqua 3 Ruiko.png Ruiko Saten 3964 - 2863 W
Aqua 4 Alice z.png Alice Zuberg 5227 - 1307 W
Aqua 5 Kei karuizawa.png Kei Karuizawa 3638 - 1378 W
Split 2
Group A
1st (15W 0L)
Tpz 1 Ai haibara.png Ai Haibara 2604 - 1360 W
Tpz 2 Miku.png Miku Nakano 2818 - 1223 W
Tpz 3 Jibril1.png Jibril 3176 - 1544 W
Tpz 4 Tohru dragon.png Tohru 3342 - 1453 W
Tpz 5 Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka 3586 - 2045 W
Amet 1 Utaha.png Utaha Kasumigaoka 3255 - 1579 W
Amet 2 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 2271 - 1492 W
Amet 3 Mei misaki.png Mei Misaki 4631 - 1027 W
Amet 4 Kaori.png Kaori Miyazono 3275 - 1556 W
Amet 5 Index.png Index 4857 - 1841 W
Sapp 1 Mirai.png Mirai Kuriyama 5136 - 2240 W
Sapp 2 Misaki 2.5.jpg Misaki Shokuhou 4243 - 2469 W
Sapp 3 Haruhi.png Haruhi Suzumiya 5171 - 2279 W
Sapp 4 Madoka.png Madoka Kaname 5054 - 2501 W
Sapp 5 Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina 3866 - 2939 W
Split 3
Group A
1st (14W 1L)
Eme 1 Sagiri.png Sagiri Izumi 5666 - 3789 W
Eme 2 Shiro1.png Shiro 3845 - 2305 W
Eme 3 Schwi.png Schwi Dola 4611 - 2493 W
Eme 4 Ruiko.png Ruiko Saten x2 4476 - 2743 W
Eme 5 Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima 4347 - 3382 W
Ruby 1 Iroha.png Iroha Isshiki 4584 - 3057 W
Ruby 2 Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka x2 3820 - 2789 W
Ruby 3 Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama 4212 - 3199 W
Ruby 4 Chino.png Chino Kafuu 4744 - 3039 W
Ruby 5 Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki 3615 - 4190 L
Dia 1 Kuroko.png Kuroko Shirai 5063 - 2684 W
Dia 2 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 5121 - 2794 W
Dia 3 Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise 4674 - 2555 W
Dia 4 Saber.png Saber 5374 - 2819 W
Dia 5 Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka 4964 - 4583 W
Playoffs
Seed A1
Ro16 (B8) Misaki 2.5.jpg Misaki Shokuhou x2 6069 - 4012 W
QF (A5) Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka x3 6177 - 4669 W
SF (A3) Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka x2 7651 - 7995 L
PO 5 Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima x2 8209 - 8779 L
Final position: 4th
ISML 2021
Direct Invite (2020 Amethyst necklace)
Preliminary R1 (Approval): 2652 votes (2nd)
Preliminary R2 (Limited to 3 votes): 2353 (1st)
Results: 6th / 72nd (ARP: 6, CVP: 2.660)
Stage Rd Opponent Score W-L?
Split 1
Group F
1st (5W 0L)
Aqua 1 Kaori.png Kaori Miyazono 2054 - 1061 W
Aqua 2 Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka 2439 - 1189 W
Aqua 3 Megumin.png Megumin 3116 - 1755 W
Aqua 4 Shiro1.png Shiro 3014 - 1858 W
Aqua 5 Kanna.png Kanna Kamui 2839 - 1631 W
Split 2
Group D
1st (15W 0L)
Tpz 1 Menma.png Meiko Honma 2165 - 826 W
Tpz 2 Azusa n.png Azusa Nakano 1497 - 937 W
Tpz 3 Isla1.png Isla 1347 - 834 W
Tpz 4 Mitsuha.png Mitsuha Miyamizu 1989 - 1116 W
Tpz 5 Kuroko.png Kuroko Shirai 2181 - 1323 W
Amet 1 Yoshino dal.png Yoshino 1564 - 1057 W
Amet 2 Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama 1321 - 897 W
Amet 3 Aqua.png Aqua 1778 - 920 W
Amet 4 Kanade.png Kanade Tachibana 2130 - 1600 W
Amet 5 Chika f.png Chika Fujiwara 2394 - 1731 W
Sapp 1 Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura 2054 - 1269 W
Sapp 2 Uiharu.png Kazari Uiharu 2742 - 1303 W
Sapp 3 Tamako.png Tamako Kitashirakawa 2080 - 1130 W
Sapp 4 Index.png Index 2313 - 1948 W
Sapp 5 Kurumi.png Kurumi Tokisaki 2223 - 2140 W
Split 3
Group A
3rd (14W 1L)
3-way tie for 1st
SCVPD: 6.513
Eme 1 Schwi.png Schwi Dola 1284 - 702 W
Eme 2 Ruiko.png Ruiko Saten 1673 - 869 W
Eme 3 Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka 1317 - 841 W
Eme 4 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 1395 - 925 W
Eme 5 Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi 1384 - 1247 W
Ruby 1 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 1427 - 1007 W
Ruby 2 Tohru dragon.png Tohru 1469 - 875 W
Ruby 3 Kanna.png Kanna Kamui x2 1613 - 806 W
Ruby 4 Chika f.png Chika Fujiwara x2 1602 - 922 W
Ruby 5 Kurumi.png Kurumi Tokisaki x2 1300 - 1413 L
Dia 1 Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka x2 1393 - 969 W
Dia 2 Iroha.png Iroha Isshiki 1495 - 955 W
Dia 3 Tsukasa tsu.png Tsukasa Tsukuyomi 1401 - 1108 W
Dia 4 Kuroko.png Kuroko Shirai x2 1634 - 1214 W
Dia 5 Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka 1868 - 1684 W
Playoffs
Seed 3
Wins: 34
CVP: 49.337
Ro16 (14) Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka x2 3190 - 1849 W
QF (6) Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima 3229 - 2973 W
SF (2) Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka x2 3841 - 4425 L
3rd-4th (4) Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina 11,299 - 9722 W
Final position: 3rd


Gem Record:

  • Wins: 2 Topaz Amethyst
  • Appearances:
    • 2020: Aquamarine - 3rd, Topaz - 5th, Amethyst - Winner
    • 2021: Aquamarine - 7th, Topaz - Winner


Seasonal & Exhibition[]

Seasonal Diadem - 2019 Winter:

  • Elim. round (Approval voting, Max 8): 14,084 - 1st / 24th, Advanced
  • Qf plate.png Hinata wataten.png Hinata Hoshino @ Wataten, 7529 - 3662
  • Sf plate.png Yotsuba.png Yotsuba Nakano @ 5-toubun, 7065 - 5067
  • Final plate.png Miku.png Miku Nakano @ 5-toubun, 8398 - 6395

Inter-seasonal exhibition

  • R1 plate.png (Spring) Fumino.png Fumino Furuhashi @ Bokuben, 13,096 - 4534
  • R2 plate.png (Summer) Gray.png Gray @ Fate/Lord El-Melloi II, 20,872 - 9217
  • R3 plate.png (Fall) Ishtar.png Ishtar @ Fate/Grand Order, 13,977 - 11,193


Couples/Ships I (2019) w/ Miyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane

  • T16 plate.png Yuuji.png Shana.png Yuuji x Shana @ Shakugan no Shana, 12,515 - 7163
  • Qf plate.png Mizore.png Nozomi hibike.png Mizore x Nozomi @ Euphonium, 12,357 - 6542
  • Sf plate.png Madoka.png Homura.png Madoka x Homura @ Madoka Magica, 11,774 - 9972
  • Final plate.png Houtarou.png Eru.png Oreki x Chitanda @ Hyouka, 9818 - 7781


Poster gallery[]

r/anime record[]

History[]

TBD


Main[]

Seasonal Salt: 2019 Winter - seed 1

  • T64 plate.png (64) Stella Shining @ The Price of Smiles, 2476 - 123
  • T32 plate.png (33) Nagi Kirima @ Boogiepop, 2574 - 280
  • T16 plate.png (16) Dororo.png Dororo @ Dororo, 2572 - '384
  • Qf plate.png (9) Yotsuba.png Yotsuba Nakano @ 5-toubun, 3198 - 920
  • Sf plate.png (4) Raphtalia.png Raphtalia @ Shield Hero, 3605 - 2732
  • Final plate.png (3) Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka @ Kaguya-sama, 4186 - 3501


Best Girl of 2019 - seed 1


Best Girl 7 - seed 1

  • T512 plate.png (512) Meteora.png Meteora Österreich @ Re:Creators, 3704 - 465
  • T256 plate.png (257) Akeno.png Akeno Himejima @ High School DxD, 3126 - 687
  • T128 plate.png (129) Kyouko s.png Kyouko Sakura @ Madoka Magica, 4342 - 1063
  • T64 plate.png (65) Rei ayanami.png Rei Ayanami @ Evangelion, 5334 - 1470
  • T32 plate.png (33) Yunyun.png Yunyun @ Konosuba, 4956 - 1703
  • T16 plate.png (16) Mayuri Shiina Mayuri Shiina @ Steins;Gate, 6384 - 2414
  • E8 plate.png (9) Emilia.png Emilia @ Re:Zero, 9867 - 4726
  • F4 plate.png (4) Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka @ Kaguya-sama, 8801 - 7168
  • Final plate.png (6) Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima @ Seishun Buta Yarou, 11,617 - 8961


Other[]

24-Hour Best Girl (2019, 1 mil. subscriber event) - seed 1

  • T256 plate.png (255) Sodachi.png Sodachi Oikura @ Monogatari, 331 - 135
  • T128 plate.png (127) Yuzuki s.png Yuzuki Shiraishi @ Sora Yori, 243 - 72
  • T64 plate.png (66) Azusa n.png Azusa Nakano @ K-On!, 34 - 28 [Note 1]
  • T32 plate.png (34) Yunyun.png Yunyun @ Konosuba, 499 - 278
  • T16 plate.png (15) Holo Holo @ Spice and Wolf, 489 - 442
  • Qf plate.png (7) Kurisu.png Kurisu Makise @ Steins;Gate, 684 - 662
  • Sf plate.png (6) Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka @ Kaguya-sama, 628 - 467
  • Final plate.png (5) Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima @ Seishun Buta Yarou, 546 - 606

[Note 1] (Mods mistakenly ended the round FAR too early)


24-Hour WORST Girl (April Fools 2020) - seed 1


Salty Sea VI w/ Miyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane (Summer 2020) - seed 1


Honours[]

Contest Wins[]

Total Wins : 9 (r/anime's Best Girl Winner)

  1. ISML 2019 Diadem of Winter
  2. r/anime Seasonal Salt - 2019 Winter
  3. r/anime's Best Girl of 2019
  4. r/anime Best Girl 7
  5. Facebook Favorite Tsundere 2020 (Image link)
  6. Anime Random 2.0 Torneo de waifus 2020 (FB image link)
  7. Mangahelpers Best Couple 2020 (ft. Miyuki Shirogane) (Mangehelpers link)
  8. Mi unica addicion: Para la best Frentona Ever (2021) (FB link 1), (FB link 2)
  9. Moe Moe World Battle of the Moe 2021 (FB link)


Non-Contest honours[]


Runner-up list[]

Runner-up finishes = 10

  1. Anitrendz Character Champions League
  2. r/anime's Salty Sea 2020 (w/ Miyuki Shirogane)
  3. r/anime's 24 hour Best Girl Contest 2019
  4. Baidu Nova Moe 2019
  5. Facebook Female Character of the Year 2020 (Image link)
  6. NightBreed AMM torneo de waifus 2020 (FB link)
  7. Anime Tsundere Waifu Tournament 2020 Vol.1 (FB link)
  8. Pekin University Yuanhuo Moe S2 (2021) (Image link)
  9. Anime Time Best Waifu 2021 (FB link)
  10. FACEBOOK Amor Por Animes BR アニメを愛する Best Student Waifu 2021 (FB link)


External Links[]

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r/anime's Seasonal Salt Winners
Bold Underlined names indicate Best Girl of (the Year) winner. Girls who won best girl of the year but not its seasonal are listed separately.
2017 (Summer & Fall only): Yuki m.png Yuki M.Moriko.png Moriko
2018 02.png Zero Two • Anzu1.png Anzu • Chisa.png Chisa • Maisan.png Mai-san
2019 Kaguya.png KaguyaBocchi.png BocchiShinobu kny.png Shinobu KRistarte.png Ristarte
2020 Maple.png MapleMiko.png IinoChizuru i.png ChizuruNobara.png Nobara • Tsukasa tsu.png Tsukasa
2021 Kyouko h.png HoriVivy.png Vivy • Saki saki.png Saki Saki • Mieruko.png Miko YLena.png Lena
2022 Marin.png Marin • Spring • Summer • Fall
2023
/r/anime Elite Eight
Major Character Champions
Best Girls Kurisu.png Kurisu MakiseYukino.png Yukino YukinoshitaMikoto.png Mikoto MisakaRin tohsaka.png Rin TohsakaRem.png RemAsuna.png Asuna YuukiKaguya.png Kaguya ShinomiyaMaisan.png Mai Sakurajima
Best Guys Lelouch.png Lelouch LamperougeKoyomi.png Koyomi AraragiSpike.png Spike SpiegelKoro.png Koro-senseiMob.png Shigeo KageyamaLevi.png Levi AckermanMiyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Best Chars. Roy.png Roy MustangHitagi.png Hitagi SenjougaharaShinobu Oshino Shinobu OshinoOkabe.png Rintarou OkabeEdward.png Edward Elric
Other characters
Bold indicates former runner-up
C - Also reached Elite Eight in Best Character
C2 - Finished runner-up in Best Character
Best Girl Ai HayasakaAquaChika FujiwaraCChiyo SakuraEmiliaEru ChitandaHoloHimeko InabaJibrilMayuri ShiinaMeguminC2Megumi TadokoroMikasa AckermanOchako UrarakaRyuuko MatoiCSaberCShouko NishimiyaCSuruga KanbaruTaiga AisakaTohruWinry RockbellYoko LittnerYui Yuigahama
Best Guy All MightAlphonse ElricArcherDeishuu KaikiErwin SmithCGintoki SakataCGutsHisoka MorowIzaya OriharaJoseph JoestarKaminaKazuma SatouCKillua ZoldyckKiritsugu EmiyaKraft LawrenceLight YagamiCReigen AratakaCRimuru TempestSaitamaCSakuta AzusagawaShouya IshidaSouma YukihiraSubaru NatsukiTanjiro KamadoYuu IshigamiC
Best Char. Eren YeagerHaruhi SuzumiyaHomura AkemiRider (Fate/Zero)
ISML Seasonal Diadem Winners
2012 Ririchiyo.png RirichiyoKyh.png KuroyukihimeAsuna.png AsunaRikka chuuni.png Rikka
2013 Kurousagi.png Black RabbitKurumi.png KurumiKyouko k.png KirigiriMirai.png Mirai
2014 Chitoge.png ChitogeShiro1.png ShiroChiyo s.png ChiyoIsuzu.png Isuzu
2015 Megumi k.png Megumi K.Isla1.png IslaNao.png NaoMitsuki.png MitsukiND, SEQ
2016 Megumin.png MeguminRem.png RemAoba.png AobaChitose.png Chitose
2017 Kanna.png KannaChtholly.png ChthollySuzune.png SuzuneNayuta.png Nayuta
2018 Violet.png VioletOchako.png UrarakaND, SEQPlatelet.png PlateletMaisan.png Mai-san
2019 Kaguya.png KaguyaFumino.png FuminoGray.png GrayIshtar.png Ishtar
2020 Kotoko.png KotokoKei s.png Kei S.SEQChizuru i.png ChizuruElaina.png Elaina
2021 Female Miku.png MikuND, SEQMiko.png IinoND, SEQKeke ll.png Keke DCRan.png RanND, SEQ
Male Tanjiro.png TanjiroSEQ, DCTakashi.png NatsumeSEQKimihiko ln.png KimihikoLugh.png Lugh
2022 Female
Male
ND - NOT a DEBUTANT; appeared in a seasonal contest beforehand
SEQ - Appeared in a SEQUEL installment
DC - Won inter-seasonal playoffs (Divine Circlet / Crown)
DCX - Won inter-seasonal playoffs but not a seasonal (listed last)
ISML Necklace Winners
First year of necklace win only. Circlets from 2012-2015 included (if applicable).
2008 Shana.png ShanaSetsuna s.png Setsuna S.Kagami.png KagamiKyou.png KyouHaruhi.png Haruhi
2009 Tomoyo.png Tomoyo S.Yuki n.png Yuki N.Suigintou.png SuigintouSuiseiseki.png SuiseisekiHinagiku1.png HinagikuShinku.png Shinku
2010 Mio kon.png MioTaiga.png TaigaMikoto.png Mikoto
2011 Kanade.png KanadeRuri Gokou RuriEwood.png Hellscythe
2012 No new winners.
2013 Mashiro.png MashiroRikka chuuni.png RikkaAsuna.png Asuna
2014 Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
2015 Yukino.png YukinoKosaki.png KosakiChitoge.png ChitogeChiyo s.png ChiyoAyase.png Ayase
2016 Nao.png NaoRin tohsaka.png TohsakaSaber.png SaberKurisu.png Kurisu
2017 Rem.png RemEmilia.png EmiliaMegumi k.png Katou
2018 Chtholly.png ChthollyAzusa n.png AzunyanKanna.png Kanna
2019 Violet.png VioletSagiri.png SagiriKurumi.png KurumiMaisan.png Mai-san
2020 Kaguya.png Kaguya
2021 Elaina.png Elaina
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