Article first published as Manga Review: Miyoshi Tomori’s A Devil and Her Love Song – Volume Seven on Blogcritics.
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Seven is a manga by Miyoshi Tomori, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2013. 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 7
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Maria Kawaii transferred to Totsuka High School after being expelled from St. Katria for beating up a teacher. During the first four volumes of the series, Maria was misunderstood and bullied by many of her classmates; but even with that, she still was able to make friends with Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.
In more recent volumes, Maria has reunited her Anna Mouri, a girl she considered to be her best friend at St. Katria. At the same time, Maria came to realization that she had fallen in love with Shin. Anna fell for Shin as well, and was trying to find ways to keep the two of them from getting together. Near the end of Volume Six, Anna shared some information with Shin in regards to Maria, which has made Shin question whether he wants to get closer to her or not.
Back in my review for Volume One of the series, I had commented that it seemed like there was a setup being established for Shin and Yusuke to both become love interests for Maria. This aspect was really scaled back during Volumes Two through Six. However, Yusuke has made it plain in Volume Seven that he is in love with Maria. Maria now finds herself conflicted. While she likes Shin, she sees that he’s becoming more distant from her. Yusuke, meanwhile, is being kind to her and is trying to get closer to her.
I really appreciated how Tomori has advanced the story from the end of Volume Six. While the inevitable love triangle has come to pass, there’s also some very interesting backstory that is revealed for both Maria and Anna in this volume. I also appreciated how Maria has also come to the realization about what the true dynamics in her friendship with Anna are.
The music school is also becoming an integral part of the storyline, so it’s not simply a device that helped bring Anna into the storyline. It also appears that one of the teachers at the music school is going to become an integral character; however, from what I’ve seen of him at this point, I’m not sure that I entirely trust him.
In an author’s note at the back of Volume Seven, Tomori mentions that the story arc with Anna is going to be resolved in Volume Eight, and that a new story arc will be starting. I can’t wait to see how Tomori brings this story arc with Anna to a close, and I’m also very curious as to where Tomori will take the story next. If I had to guess, I would say that the next story arc will probably focus on the love triangle that has formed between Maria, Shin, and Yusuke.
If you’re a fan of the A Devil and Her Love Song manga series and have enjoyed the story arc that features Anna, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with how to story progresses in Volume Seven.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Seven that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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