The main character of the series is Maria Kawaii, a girl who transferred to Totsuka High School after being expelled from St. Katria for beating up a teacher. At the beginning of the series, she was misunderstood and bullied by many of her classmates. However, she was still able to make friends with Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.

The third story arc introduces a new character named Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman at school who has taken an interest in Maria. Maria does not reciprocate his feelings, but he keeps finding ways to try to hang around her. Maria is still in love with Shin, even if he doesn’t seem to be returning her feelings.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 10
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 6, 2013

This volume picks up after the misunderstanding that Shin has at the end of Volume Nine after seeing Maria and Yusuke hugging. When school starts back up again, Shin tries to keep his distance from Maria. Also, the time for the school festival is coming up, and the class decides to do a maid café with music. The class expresses a desire for Shin to accompany Maria on the piano while she sings.

After Maria and Shin get in a fight, Yusuke explains what happened on the night of Shin’s concert. Shin reveals that after the fight he had with Maria, he realizes that he’s in love with her. Shintaro decides he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Shin and Maria from being alone so Shin can’t confess his feelings to her.

While it looks like there might finally be a happy ending for Maria and Shin, it’s sadly not the case. Over the course of this volume, Maria begins regaining her memory of how her mother died. Shin’s worst fear is realized when he inadvertently reawakens Maria’s memory completely. Through this, the reader finally gets to see the whole story of Maria’s backstory. While there had been various hints placed throughout the series prior to this, the full story is finally revealed.

One word can describe this volume of A Devil and Her Love Song: intense. While the drama builds early on in Volume 10, it finally hits its stride at the point Maria’s memory comes back completely. As a reader, I didn’t want to put the volume down when I hit this point, because so much was coming so fast. I’m still debating with myself right now whether or not this volume is more intense than the early volumes of the series when Maria was dealing with the bullying in her class.

After this point, Shin is racked with so much guilt, and Tomori was really able to convey this guilt both through his dialogue and through her drawings of him later in the volume. There’s also some incredible looking closeup panels of Maria later in the volume as well that effectively show her anguish. The very last page of this volume has a rather ominous feel to it, so it makes me want to read Volume 11 to find out what happens next.

After all of that, I can say that if you’re a fan of A Devil and Her Love Song, you do not want to miss reading Volume 10. Fans of the series will be highly rewarded by what they read and learn in this volume.

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