Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 13

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 13 is a manga by Miysohi Tomori, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading the series, I would agree with this rating.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 13
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 4, 2014

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. Later, Maria gets to know Shintaro Kurosu, a young man who has a major crush on her. Ayu, one of Maria’s former bullies, also becomes friends with her.

In Volume 12, Shin leaves to go to America to get surgery for his injured tendon and go through rehab in the hopes of being able to play the piano again. Shin also says they should go their separate ways because he doesn’t want her to see the person he’s going to turn into.

At the end of Volume 12, Maria begins making music videos with her friends and posting them on the Internet, in the hope that Shin will see them and understand the feelings she’s trying to convey.

Yusuke is the one filming the videos, but he still has feelings for Maria. Ayu has feelings for Yusuke, and this becomes a point of contention at the beginning of Volume 13. Ayu becomes frustrated that Maria seems to be oblivious to Yusuke’s feelings. This escalates with a confrontation between the two in the girls’ bathroom at school. Fortunately, they’re ultimately able to work out their differences with some intervention from Tomoyo.

Maria is also feeling confused about her future, and Yusuke convinces her that she should look into a career in singing. Maria begins trying to get a demo out there. She is recognized from her videos, and is asked to sing. The critique she’s given is that it sounds like she’s singing to only one person instead of many. She’s told that when she can sound like she’s singing to everyone she can come back and try again. Maria feels defeated, but she receives a surprise when Shin returns from America on a surprise visit. When Shin asks Maria to return to America with him to go to music school, she has to make a choice…

While Volume 13 did bring A Devil and Her Love Song to an end, I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a satisfying ending. While Maria makes a choice, there’s really no closure. A side story was included at the end which shows something that happened early on in Yusuke’s and Shin’s friendship; personally, I would’ve rather seen those pages used as some kind of “afterword” to basically narrate what happens in the future and to bring a more definitive ending to the series.

The first four chapters in Volume 13 are told from different characters’ perspectives. The first chapter is from Yusuke’s point of view, the second chapter is from Ayu’s perspective, the third is told from Tomoyo’s point of view, and the fourth is from Shintaro’s perspective. On the one hand, it’s an interesting way to tell some of the story. On the other, though, it’s a bit jarring since only part of the volume is done in this manner, and this kind of storytelling really hadn’t been used in the earlier volumes of the series.

Overall, I really did enjoy the A Devil and Her Love Song manga series. It was very effective at drawing me in with the first volume with its subject matter and intensity, and it made me want to keep on reading. I looked forward to when I could read each volume in order to find out what would happen to Maria. I was very excited to read Volume 13, but in the end, I didn’t quite get the payoff that I was hoping for.

If you decide to read A Devil and Her Love Song, just know that there’s a chance that you’ll fall in love with the series but that you probably won’t get a truly satisfying conclusion at the end of the series.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 13 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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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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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 11

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 11 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 11
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 1, 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.

The third story arc introduces a new character named Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman at school 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.

During Volume 10, Maria lost her voice after being hugged by Shin and having the memories of what happened with her mother flood back into her. At the same time, one of Shin’s hands in injured. The end of Volume 10 also saw Shin and Maria officially becoming a couple.

At the beginning of Volume 11, the relationship for Shin and Maria is a little rocky, because Maria is unable to communicate what she means due to losing her voice. When she’s at Shin’s house, she finds the copy of the newspaper article about her mother’s rape in his things, and she decides to return to Yokosuka in order to piece everything together in an attempt to get her voice back.

When Maria buys a ticket to go to Yokosuka, Shintaro is also there. It turns out he lives in Yokosuka and offers to take her around. Shin and Yusuke arrive, and they also buy tickets to go to Yokosuka.

After getting to Yokosuka, Maria starts getting pieces of information, which culminates with some very unexpected things occurring. By the end of this volume, Maria goes through quite a bit of character development.

Wow, this volume of A Devil and Her Love Song was very intense! I found myself getting so wrapped up in what was going on that I didn’t want to put it down. And I admit that by the end of the volume, I found myself almost crying a couple of times.

This volume also finally fits all the puzzle pieces of Maria’s backstory into place through her visit to Yokosuka. During her time in Yokosuka, we also got to meet characters that are connected to her past that I personally thought we would never meet.

Now that Maria has finally found the answers she’s been seeking, it looks like the focus of Volume 12 will be on Shin and the injury he sustained on his hand. We did see a little bit of a focus on the injury in this volume, and it was enough to raise concerns for the reader. I suspect that we’ll find out what exactly is going on with the injury in Volume 12, and how that answer  could affect Shin and his relationship with Maria.

If you’re a fan of A Devil and Her Love Song, you do not want to miss reading Volume 11. Fans of the series will be highly rewarded by what they read and learn in this volume.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 10

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

The third story arc introduces a new character named Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman at school 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.

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 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 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.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Nine

Article first published as Manga Review: ‘A Devil and Her Love Song’ Volume Nine by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Nine 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 I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 9
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 4, 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.

The third story arc introduces a new character named Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman at school 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.

This volume begins with a weekend trip to Shin’s family’s beach house; along for the trip are Maria, Shin, Yusuke, Tomoyo, Ayu, and Shintaro. Right at the end of Volume Eight, Shintaro tried to kiss Maria. Volume Nine sees Shin intervening and punching Shintaro in the face. Maria defends Sjintaro, but Shin still asks him to leave. Shintaro hides nearby, and he actually helps out when an emergency arises at the house. On the trip home, Shin realizes that he’s in love with Maria.

Back at school, Shintaro sets up bamboo for the Tanabata festival, and he asks everyone to write on slips of paper what they wish for. Amongst those wishes is one that Maria wrote down, wishing she could hear Shin perform on the piano in a concert hall. Shin, meanwhile, stands up to his father and demands to audition for a showcase his father is putting on that centers on the song “Ave Maria.”

Shin manages to secure a spot in the showcase, and gives Maria a ticket; he wants her to hear him play “Ave Maria.” On the day of the concert, Maria dresses up and gets her hair done, but something happens that causes her not to make it inside the concert hall. Near the end of the volume, Maria also begins to remember what happened when her mother died.

Volume Nine of A Devil and Her Love Song is actually a very powerful volume for the series. Shin goes through a couple of major changes, but they feel natural when you consider what’s happened over the past couple of volumes in the series. And having Maria finally beginning to remember what happened with her mother was very powerful, and this is due in large part to Tomori’s execution of the scene.

I don’t want to say what happens right at the end, because that would wander into major “spoiler” territory, but what I will say is that when I reached that part, I almost wanted to scream, “No, Maria! Don’t do that! No, no, no!” This ending is such a cliffhanger, and I hate having to wait until I can read Volume 10 to find out what will happen.

The weakest part of this arc is the character of Shintaro. While I understand that he was necessary in order for Shin to understand his feelings for Maria, I find him to be a rather annoying and weak character.

After being a little disappointed with Volume Eight, Volume Nine really makes up for that disappointment. I think I can safely say that if you’ve been faithfully reading A Devil and Her Love Song up to this point, you’ll really enjoy reading Volume Nine of the series.

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

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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Eight

Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song – Volume Eight by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Eight 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 8
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 2, 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.

The second story arc of the series focused on Maria reuniting with Anna Mouri, a girl she considered her best friend while she was a student at St. Katria. As Tomori promised in her Author’s Note at the end of Volume Seven, this story arc resolves in Volume Eight; in fact, the resolution of this story arc is the very first section of Volume Eight. Personally, I was satisfied with how Tomori brought this story arc to a close; it was a realistic way to end that story, and she made sure she didn’t drag the conclusion out very long.

This volume sees Maria realizing that she’s still in love with Shin, even if he doesn’t seem to be returning her feelings. Unfortunately, Maria’s feelings become confused by the introduction of Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman who has taken an interest in Maria. Shintaro is a loner and doesn’t really try to hang out with the other kids in his own grade level.

So Maria is now up to three potential love interests: Shin, Yusuke, and Shintaro. However, Volume Eight focuses more heavily on Shin and Shintaro, and not much on Yusuke. Unfortunately, Shintaro comes across as a stalker and acts rather possessive of Maria. I assume Tomori designed him this way intentionally, so the reader doesn’t want Shintaro and Maria to get together.

For me, Shintaro is such an unlikable character that I hope this story arc resolves sooner rather than later. I think Tomori’s whole point with this story arc is to open Shin’s eyes up to the fact that if he likes Maria that he’d better make his move before someone else takes her away. However, I think this can be accomplished rather quickly, so I’m hoping this storyline doesn’t go on for more than one more volume. Tomori ended Volume Eight with a cliffhanger, so if you want to know what happens next, you have to read Volume Nine.

While Volume Eight was a decent read, I didn’t think it was quite as strong as the previous seven volumes in the series. If you’ve enjoyed reading A Devil and Her Love Song prior to this volume, you’ll need to read Volume Eight to find out what happens next; however, you could potentially be a little disappointed by the new story arc introduced in Volume Eight.

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

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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Seven

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
Publisher: Shueisha
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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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six

Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six 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 6
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 4, 2012

At the beginning of the series, Maria Kawaii transferred into 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; however, she did manage to make friends with three of her peers: Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.

In Volume Five, Maria realizes that she’s fallen in love with Shin. Unfortunately, the situation becomes complicated with Maria’s old friend from St. Katria, Anna Mouri, enters the story. Anna meets Shin at the music school they both attend, and Anna develops feelings for Shin.

There’s a lot of emotional tension that takes place over the course of Volume Six. There’s also a big revelation about Maria that Anna shares with Shin, but as a reader, I’m left wondering if what she shared is really true or something she’s trying to use to keep Maria and Shin from getting together. It will be interesting to see how Tomori moves forward with this particular plot point.

As a reader, I felt really bad for Shin. We know that he’s in love with Maria, but it’s obvious that’s he being torn in several different directions due to Anna’s actions. I’m really rooting for Shin and Maria to be able to work through this setback and find a way to become a couple. While Anna may not make me quite as angry as the girls who were bullying Maria in the first four volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song, I still find myself frustrated with Anna and her meddling.

Overall, I found Volume Six of A Devil and Her Love Song to be as riveting of a read as the previous five volumes. I was so interested in what was happening in the story that I found myself not wanting to put this manga volume down.

Just like in the previous volumes of the series, Tomori included several effective close-up panels of the characters during very pivotal and emotional scenes. Tomori definitely seems to have a talent and knack for knowing how to use these close-ups and when to use these close-ups. These close-up panels also utilize some of Tomori’s best use of detail.

If you’re a fan of the A Devil and Her Love Song manga series, then I think you will be satisfied with how Volume Six continues the story.

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

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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Five

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
Publisher: Sheuisha
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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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Four

Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Four by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Four 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; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 4
Written by: Miyoshi Tomori
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 7, 2012

Maria Kawaii, a new transfer student at Totsuka High School, has a tendency to be blunt. After she admitted to being expelled from St. Katria for beating up a teacher, some of the girls in her new class begin to bully and humiliate her. If they’re not doing that, then they’re encouraging other class members to not acknowledge Maria’s presence. However, Maria has managed to make three friends in the class: Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.

The focus of Volume Four is on the choral competition. The story in this volume is even more intense than it had been in the previous three volumes; this is really saying something, because I thought the story leading up to Volume Four had been rather intense. Over the course of this volume, several truths are revealed, and some of these truths create awkward situations for Maria.

The bullying storyline that had made up quite a bit of the story in the first four volumes of this series is resolved at the end of this volume. While it’s not necessarily a perfect ending to Maria’s bullying, she sees it as a start. As a reader, I’m really wondering where the story will go from here since the bullying storyline seems to have come to an end. I can only guess that Tomori will be shifting the focus of the story from the bullying to a blossoming relationship between Maria and one of the male characters, and how this development could potentially affect their friendship.

When it comes to the art, I noticed that Tomori relied very heavily on character close-ups in the panels. Perhaps these close-ups, in addition to the story that was told in this volume, contributed to the really intense feel I was sensing as I read Volume Four. Tomori’s art style really complements the story she’s telling, and I believe it’s one of the defining characteristics of this manga series.

If you’ve read the previous three volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song and enjoyed them, I think you’ll also enjoy Volume Four. I especially think you will enjoy how Volume Four ends.

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

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