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  • In Chapter 15, the cockroach that shows up makes a "JOHJ" sound in reference to the language of the Hyper-Evolved cockroaches from TerraforMARS.
  • The same chapter features Shirogane using what he calls the "Karma Akabane technique" of biting his tongue til it bleeds. In this case, it's used so he doesn't pass out when he sees an cockroach, rather than the pain not allowing him to be stunned like how Karma used it.
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  • Kaguya is holding Umaru's hamster hood at the beginning of chapter 17.
  • Fujiwara was playing Settlers of Catan in the beginning of chapter 29.
  • Fujiwara is playing Pokémon GO in chapter 30. The narration later in the chapter also references the lyrics of Mezase Pokémon Master.
  • The Fanservice-spoofing bonus chapters 64.5 and 84.5 are titled Kaguya-sama: Love is War Darkness.
  • In chapter 58, Kaguya mentions that Hayasaka watches videos of things being crushed in a hydraulic press.
  • Kaguya's gift to Shirogane references the story of Sang Weihan.
  • The saying that "the one who falls in love loses" seems to be a reference to the heroine of Special A, who said the same thing.
  • Miko's Catchphrase during the Election Arc was "Make Shuchi'in Great Again".
  • Shirogane and Ishigami are playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in chapter 72, with Shirogane playing as Link.
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  • Fujiwara's "Love Detective" hat is the same one that Sera wore in ib: Instant Bullet.
  • The introduction of Kaguya's doctor plays similar to Team Medical Dragon's "Daimyo Procession".
  • At the end of chapter 86, Mr. Shinomiya is referred to as "Karakai Jouzu no Otou-san".
  • The manga has a cameo of Nusret "Salt Bae" Gökçe during Chapter 96.
  • In Chapter 102, we see a LINE sticker of a bunny with a very Pop Team Epicesque vibe.
  • In chapter 109, Ishigami references the #MeToo movement.
  • After accidentally turning down Shirogane's offer for a date, Kaguya tells Hayasaka to find a way to turn back time. Hayasaka responds with "Who do think I am, Doraemon?"
  • Gigako wears a Spetsnaz Helmet in chapter 116.
  • Two of the girls in the cosplay cafe dress as Hatsune Miku and IA. Other cosplays during the event included Marisa Kirasame and Haruhi Suzumiya.
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  • The Phantom Thief who stole all the heart shaped balloons in chapter 129 left a calling card referring to themselves as Arsene. Of course, the name wasn't chosen because of the reference, but rather what it translated to.
  • In chapter 149, the cast is shown playing Scotland Yard.
  • When Osaragi is discussing different types of female otakus in chapter 158, furries are represented by Renamon. The Harry Potter franchise is also mentioned by name.

Doujin Edition

  • In Chapter 1, Ishigami uses hand signals to tell Fujiwara "Pantsu maru mieru" (I can see your panties), just like Jean Pierre Polnareff.
  • Fujiwara and her little sister get into a Turf War with some young kids in Chapter 2, complete with being drawn in a way that clearly resembles Inklings.


  • The anime adaptation of chapter 28 references, of all things, a Trivago ad.
  • When the narrator is talking about summer vacation plans in episode 10, a shot of some boys playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the Student Council as playable characters can be seen. An earlier scene also has a classic Batman (1966) scene transition, but with Fujiwara's head on a sunflower instead of the bat signal.
  • Episode 2 of the anime changes Shirogane's dialogue ever so slightly from the manga to sneak in a line from Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari.
  • Episode 8 adds in a reference to Joe's death scene from Ashita no Joe while Kaguya is helping Ishigami study.

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