Manga Review: “A Devil and Her Love Song” Volume 12

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 12 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, I would agree with this rating.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 12
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 3, 2013

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.

Maria has gotten her voice back, but Shin really doesn’t want to open up about the injury to his hand to Maria. It culminates into an awkward date. After spending some time together at an amusement park, Shin tells Maria that he has an injured tendon and needs to get it operated on as soon as possible and rehab will take a long time. He also says he thinks they should go their separate ways because he doesn’t want her to see the person he’s going to turn into.

At this point, the volume becomes very emotional and dramatic. Yusuke tries to help the two of them out by taking Maria to the airport, but they end up missing him. However, Shin has left a voice mail message for Maria on her phone, singing “Ave Maria.” She sings along, and Yusuke records it on his phone and uploads the video to YouTube. Maria’s friends find the video and see that it’s popular and getting comments. They come up with an idea to work together on a music video.

Poor Maria goes through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout Volume 12, and I found myself feeling very sorry for her. Fortunately, she’s found some good friends over the course of the series, so they’re there for her to help her after Shin leaves. I’m really hoping that somehow, Shin and Maria will be able to make it through this obstacle and ultimately end up together.

I really like some of the art in this volume, especially many of the drawings of Maria. Tomori really captures Maria’s emotions in the dramatic scenes in this volume.

Tomori mentions in her author’s note at the end that the next volume will be the final volume of the series. On the one hand, I could feel the series is coming to an end, but on the other, I’m sad to see the series is ending. I’ve really enjoyed A Devil and Her Love Song, and at this point, I would have to say that it’s one of best shojo manga series that I’ve read at the time I’m writing this review. I’m looking forward to reading the next volume of A Devil and Her Love Song in order to find out how the story will be coming to an end.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 12 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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