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?
"Devil and Her Love Song" 's a refreshing shoujo manga because it escapes the usual stereotypes you can find in this genre. The main character, Maria Kawai, is quite original for a shoujo heroine. She's brutally honest, has no tact whatsoever, and is usually so serious she tends to be scary. She also seems harsh and rude. She was expelled from the exclusive St. Katrina's school (she claims it's because she beat up her teacher) and ends up in a regular high school where her bad reputation precedes her.
That's the surface, but this manga obviously invites the readers to dig a little deeper in their characters. The really insteresting aspect of Maria is her apparently lack of understanding of how the world works... She's actually so transparent, that she fails to act acordingly to what's socially acceptable. And just as layered as she is, you'll find that the other main characters are equally complex: a guy called Yuusuke who seems nice and cheerful but seems to hide a different character beneath; Megumu, the rude, antisocial loner who, despite himself, can't help but get tangled with Maria... At least in the first two volumes, you only catch a glimpse of the true characters hiding beneath the exterior, and this proves to be very interesting: nothing is that obvious nor predictable, as it often happens in this sort of stories.
This is not your average "bad girl/boy who is actually nice" plot. I'm curious to see where the story will go, but be warned that this (at least for now) is a character driven plot. There's not much going on in matters of action or conflict. So far is mostly about showing the true nature of its characters, and that is done in a beautiful way, with gorgeous art to boost. It's a very enjoyable read and promises even more entertainment in what's to come.read more
'Akuma to Love Song' or 'The Devil and her Love Song' is a refreshing manga that, as of yet, hasn't fallen into the grips of typical shoujo cliches. Something admirable, since shoujo is a narrow genre rather unforgiving to an unoriginal plot.
The manga is based around the story of Kawai Maria, a girl expelled from the prestigious St. Katria's school for violence and transferred to a very low performing public school. Once there, her sharp tongue, blunt personality and honesty - not to mention her beauty and arrogance, cause her to immediately come to blows with most of the class. Apart from two boys, Meguro and Yuusuke, who befriend this devilish girl, who has a secret for singing beautifully.
Often the mangaka can focus too much on the story and not enough on the art, or vice versa, but Toumori Miyoshi has it spot-on. The art style is one of my very favourites - close ups of the characters leaving me in awe of her work. She has a way of making every character portray exactly what she wants them too in every scene, almost like a movie, setting the mood with just a few body language changes, something rare to find (from what I've seen) in a manga.
The way it's written is poetry in itself. The story unfolds very slowly, but not so slowly you're tapping your foot waiting impatiently for it to unravel. It's so masterfully done you don't realise your being given the background, rather than the character stating it outright - it being forcefed down your throat in one steady go, you are fed bits of information until you can piece together the whole image.
The storyline is incredibly inventive and original, so you are left guessing to the twists and turns it takes. You are introduced to Kousaka 'Nippachi' Tomoyo, Ibuki Hana, Ayuuchi Nakamura and Anna Mouri, all of whom will pose problems to Maria (watch out for Anna, I will be surprised if you don't hate her as much as I did).
Maria as a character is one of the most original and most easy to empathize for, a girl who's past has caused her so much pain and trouble she just wants to wash her hands of it. She's blunt and speaks her mind, but hurts and loves like any other. Yuusuke's attempts at a "Lovely Transformation" for her will make you laugh, and at other times she will make you cry.
Meguro and Yuusuke both pose as love interests, though, as of yet (chapter 42), it is undecided exactly whom she will end up with. I like the fact the mangaka doesn't force the character into a relationship with either one suddenly, for I fear it would kill stone-dead the brilliant chemistry between them all.
Altogether, I sincerely recommend this manga to you, as one which will appeal to anyone. It has comedy, romance, slice-of-life and school stories all unravelling slowly through the story, and I swear you will eat this brilliant manga up avidly. (I check the mangascans twice a day to see if the new chapter has come out)read more
At first, i wasn't reading the manga seriously; thiking that it was just another dark story but the protagonist was a very interesting character.
After reading all available chapters, i think that it was a philosophical story. It is philosophical in a way that it reveals the ugly side of human nature. One that we, as human beings, strive hard to conceal.
I like the manga because it presents a new kind of heroine. One that everyone hates and one that is still being hated as the plot thickens.
The character, although i doubt there really is someone that oblivous and insensitive towards the feelings of others, was for me, a representation of all the humans fear.
The reactions of everyone around Maria, the protagonist, is very realistic and makes one wonder if one had been in the same position, would one react the same way? read more
In all the manga I have read I have yet to find another Maria. No heroine I have read about has ever been called or known as arrogant and 'the devil," and not because she's mischievous. She is complex. In her own words, "I can only be myself." She's the part of you you keep hidden inside. Out of reach from anyone because you're afraid they won't accept. At least in my opinion. She just wants to be saved, to feel worthy of being saved. She doesn't understand kindness or friendship and to someone like her, it feels like suffocating.
"To me, Kawai-san is like a mirror. A mirror that reflects all the bad parts about you. A devil like mirror that contaminates your heart."
Meguro notices her, not because of her beauty, though she is known for it. But because of her 'darkness.' He sees to her core sometimes, to the part she doesn't know she has. He likes her for everything she is, even the part of her others hate.
Yuusuke, he's the one that has the "Lovely Transformation" down to as science. I could honestly say that he's the character most curious about her. He believes that underneath the 'beautiful devil' her true intentions will resurface. He wants to know her, probably because she's the one that saw through his cheerful mask...
Something that caught my attention about the characters was that they all served a purpose for the story. All throughout, even in the parts they were just in the background. This manga has a lot of antagonists, and if were to ask Maria, she'd say she was one of them. What makes it so unique was that all the people feel emotions besides love in this manga. There's love, not much but some. But you could taste the hatred. throughout the manga you'll see a glimpse of most of their minds and what they feel is hidden behind the mask they wear.
The art was lovely. Maria was drawn beautifully and her expressions and posture, everything she does, matches her elegant character perfectly. Like with all the other characters. I have to say it, but if you can make tears look 3D and the characters expression give you goosebumps, for me that wins you point. Not all points but more than most.
In life, to really succeed and be true to yourself and the person you want to become, you need honest people that push you. Everyday they change you and help mold you into the person you'll be tomorrow. If you have someone like that, or you are someone like that, you'll enjoy meeting Maria Kawai and her "friends."
I know it's just a manga. Most of the time I read just for fun, but sometimes along with the fun you get a glimpse at life.
Summary: The story is about Maria, who is notorious and known by students all over the place. Upon getting expelled from a top school because of "violence against a teacher," Maria transfers to a new low grade school. She doesn't make friends easily. Better said, she doesn't care for it and they don't care for her. Most of them, they all feel that Maria looks down on them. The other half, are jealous of her looks. Being picked on and pranks, she takes them all with an aloof personality, saying, "It seems that I'm hated." She is honest and speaks her mind, all the time. Everyone hates her, or do they? Can anyone get close enough to find out her truth?read more