Touzuka High School is a public school with a pretty low grade point average. One day, a girl who has been expelled from the state's top class St.Katria Girls School transfers in.... Her name is Kawai Maria. The reason of her expulsion was "violence against the teacher." Because of her non-adorned, straight comments, Maria starts to become isolated from her class....What is hidden in her past and what will happen to her?
Akuma to Love Song was published in English as A Devil and Her Love Song by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from February 7, 2012 to February 4, 2014. The series has also been published in Spanish by Editorial Ivrea from April 2012 to January 2015.
The art of this series is gorgeous, especially the way Maria is drawn. If you value the aesthetic beauty of a series, I would recommend it for that alone.
The story started out as really original, starring a multifaceted heroine and several other complex characters. I was always moved reading the series, feeling deeply for Maria in everything she went through, and I loved how Maria kept fighting through everything.
At some point, a few volumes before the end of the series, it suddenly felt like I was reading a completely different story. After some struggling to put my finger on exactly why, I've come up with
a few possible reasons: It felt like the change in mood and character development was too abrupt to really be believable. Whereas things before had always seemed thought out, suddenly plot holes appeared, and some coincidences that felt too unbelievable. The story sent some, uh, "dubious" messages about consent in my opinion, whereas before I had felt like it had a pretty good moral compass (framing harmful actions as being as harmful as they are).
I enjoyed most of the series so much. Unfortunately, I felt disappointed by the ending. If you can bear with that possibility, I would absolutely recommend it.
I didn't have the highest expectations when I started reading this manga, but I was already completely hooked after the first chapter. The characters are not some flat boring stereotypes, I found all of them interesting, even the ones I disliked. For the first 50 chapters or so, I thought this was one of them best mangas I ever read..
Unfortunately after that there was a few things that made me seriously pissed off. First I was slightly annoyed at how Maria's personality changes, without spoiling too much, I think she gets too caught up in her feelings and become less independent, which I found
a bit annoying.
But what really ruined it for me was something that happened around chapter 70, it made me so angry I went from reading the manga constantly, to ignoring it for weeks.. I did consider giving it a lower score, but up until that point I would have given this manga a 10..
I would still recommed it, because it was so great up until this point.
The art is beautiful and most importantly, the characters were easy to tell apart :P. I think in a lot of mangas the characters look exactly the same, this wasn't the case here.
I would say, try reading the first chapter, if this manga is for you, you will know after reading that one chapter. :)