Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Five by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Five is a manga by Miyoshi Tomori, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 5
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 2, 2012
When I finished Volume Four, I was very curious as to where the story would go, since the bullying story that made up the first four volumes of the series had essentially been resolved. It turns out that Volume Five makes a very natural progression in the story from where Volume Four left off.
Maria has come to realize that she’s in love with Shin, but just doesn’t know how to express this to him. Shin, meanwhile, has started taking classes at a nearby music school in order to improve his skills at playing the piano.
In the earlier volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song, Maria has mentioned a friend she had hurt at St. Katria, her former school. Her friend, Anna Mouri, actually makes an appearance in Volume Five. The reader first meets her when she encounters Shin at the music school. After Anna learns that Shin and Maria know each other, she begins coming to their school at lunchtime and spends time with Maria, Shin, and their friends.
Of course, this wouldn’t be A Devil and Her Love Song without some kind of conflict. It turns out that while Anna is trying to make it seem she’s trying to rekindle her friendship with Maria, she actually has an ulterior motive. This ulterior motive is revealed near the end of Volume Five, and the layers this has the potential to add to the story makes me want to read Volume Six in order to see if this potential is utilized by Tomori.
While the bullying aspect that defined the first four volumes is essentially gone in Volume Five, new drama and tension has entered the story. The drama and tension in this volume make it just as riveting of a read as the previous four volumes.
Volume Five has quite a few panels that utilize close-ups of characters. However, these close-ups are necessary, due to the drama and tension that is prevalent in this volume. Tomori’s art style continues to complement the story she’s telling, and it’s very effective in conveying the drama and tension in the story.
If you’ve read the previous volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song, I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume Five.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Five that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.
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