Fourteen years ago Vivi, the demon, decided to leave the demon realm and come to the human world. There he found an abandoned baby and on a whim decided to keep it. Since then he lives together with Hana... but having a 14 year-old girl around you, is it really that simple?
EDIT: I just reread this manga for about the fourth time, and reading my original review made me realize I didn't give it the justice it deserves (and I never will be able to because I don't have that ultimate power). This series is one of the most beautiful and pure romance manga I have ever read.
You might say I'm crazy for giving this series a perfect score, a ten, but trust me when I say this series deservers even more. Could you imagine not wanting to touch the one you care about because you're scared you'll only do harm? Could you imagine knowing you will live while your loved one will eventually die? Could you imagine falling for someone you shouldn't have?
Hana to Akuma tells the tale of Vivi and Hana, a demon and a human. Vivi finds Hana alone in the snow as a baby and decides to take care of her "to pass the time". What Vivi didn't plan to do was become so attached to her. Throughout the entire manga you see their love for each other grow. They face obstacles in their journey, some trivial and simple, and other serious and life changing. One obstacle Vivi must face personally is a human boy fancying Hana, something I particularly enjoyed very much. A demon king also comes between the two, even going so far as to make Hana do something that results her experience pian in order to save Vivi's life.
The first couple chapters of Hana to Akuma are sweet and short one-shot like chapters that start to give you a taste of the relationship between Vivi and Hana. As the series moves on their relationship deepens and I know you will begin to understand why this series deserves a ten.
Hana to Akuma is full of sweet moments between the Viva and Hana, as well as very funny and witty comments exchanged from Vivi and his fellow demon friend Felton. True shoujo fans will not be disappointed by Hana to Akuma at all, and I believe those who just like a little bit of romance every now and then will find this to be worth their time.
And come on, have you seen Vivi? :D
ORIGINAL: Many people might see Hana to Akuma as your typical shoujo manga. However, I happen to enjoy this series very much. Granted the plot and story take a while to develop, but right now the manga is progressing fairly well. A big twist has just been revealed and I'm dying to know the ending.
The art of the manga isn't so bad either. I think the way the author draws Vivi at his different emotions really shows what kind of person he is. Hana is captured as a pure innocent happy-go-lucky girl. All the other character's appearances really do exemplify their nature.
The characters themselves are alright. Of course Hana and Vivi are my favorite because they are the lead roles. The other characters do have a chance to go through character development in the series, but sometimes I do get annoyed when they are dedicated a whole entire chapter. One of the hardest things to do in anime and manga is developing characters without over shadowing the main leads. Hana to Akuma is 'good' in developing characters, because I have seen worse.
Overall, this is one of my favorite manga series. I'm a shoujo fangirl period, and I feel like this manga shows a lot of shoujo characteristics. Vivi always ends up saving Hana. Hana yearns for Vivi, and later on he does too. Vivi tries do deny his feelings, as does Hana. They both get jealous when the other is with the opposite sex.. . and so on.
I recommend this manga to anyone who'd like to get a taste of shouja manga. It's a good way to start. Also, Vivi isn't half that bad XDread more
I really enjoyed this manga. It was very bittersweet, and was probably one of the best shoujos I've ever read. The art style took some getting use to, but I learned to really appreciate it over time.
It was a beautiful, bittersweet story. A demon comes to earth and raises an abandoned human child, and as she grows up they both really start to adore each other. The manga is about them overcoming their challenges to be together, and yes, while it was a romantic manga, the bond is very sweet, and goes beyond the typical shoujo relationship.
Like I said, I wasn't really in to the art at first, but I learned to appreciate it as it was. And it's not like it was bad, the mangaka's style was just a little bit different than most.
The characters really grew on me; Hana seemed like your typical shoujo lead, but she really wasn't. I really loved her, and she was a good protagonist for this kind of light-hearted manga. There was very minimal character growth in Hana, but that doesn't mean she was a bad character. The character growth was more in Vivi, as he learned to accept Hana for what she is and how to treat her.
I really, really loved this manga. I recommend it to anyone. It's a little sad, but it's very cute. I wasn't prepared for it to end, but everything has to end sometime.
Overall, you should probably go check out Hana to Akuma. I've been reading it since the very beginning, and I'm glad I stuck with it. It was really touching.read more
Hana to Akuma (or Flower and Devil, for those who prefer) dosn't stray much from the safty of a formulated manga. Having said this, I still like it. Not as much as many of my manga tops but it's very readble but I don't ache for the next chapter with my entire heart. Nor does it make me excited when the main romance is shown.
Fairly basic one character trying to belong where she does not and vice versa. There are many manga which have pulled this off admirably well, for instance Ouran Highshool Host Club and Special A, both manga/anime where a 'poor' girl is thrown into a rich world (one slightly more belivable than the other, only slightly). Hana to Akuma however concerns the human and demon world. While this is a common mix, Hana to Akuma seems a bit too common. The ideas, themes, basic structure for the entire of the two worlds seems a little too basic, it's almost as if the writer/artist chose the two settings for the sake of custome, which there is no end to.
The plot also follows the basics of all shoujo manga that hits big, but not that big. The same 'steps' if you will. But what bothers me most is the length of these 'steps' or sagas. Some last up to only a chapter! I would except this sort of short lived sagas for fillers, jokes even, but even the most serious of eras finds it's self cut short by two chapters.
Basic, sometimes flat. Alot of the time the artist seems to have no idea of dimensions, nor do the characters faces match emotion. The eyes have hardly any emotion to them where there should be nothing but. I also found it hard as to where specific characters where aiming their speech at, unless directly facing the other with their full body.
Again, basic. Main girl is somewhat ditzy, new to love, hits all sorts of pitfalls that her stupid smile seems to get through, simeply because logic fails her. The main guy is cool, aloof and nearly perfect. Elenor is your local snob, I could go on but you get the idea. All formulated characters.
Overall, I enjoy hana to akuma but there are some blaring problems I just can't miss.read more
I read Hana to Akuma because many people seemed to think it was a good series. I don't even remember how many chapters I read, only that every chapter seemed to be as cliched as the other and dreadful to read...
The story was one that has been over-used and already torn down to pieces. It's rather slow and filled with clichés. It seemed to me like the manga-ka just sew elements from different Shoujo series and turned into this series. Nothing about it is original at all, nor does it have any interesting twists.
I'd call this the saving point of the series. The art is above average and was really pleasing to the eye. Each character design is different and very good; not once did I mistake a character for another. Backgrounds were rather nice, simple but kept the attention mostly on the character which is what I'm pretty sure the manga-ka wanted.
One stereotype after another is what I felt as I looked at the characters on each panel. The main character, or "flower" of the series, is your typical childish girl for her age with overly exaggrated innoccense. We have the kind servants who adore the little girl, dot over her constantly, and are given no development at all. Then we have our male lead, which is also a very typical man for a shoujo series, with his attempts at being stoic but in fact he gushes over the girl every second. None of the characters are given much development, and this greatly disappoints me since this is a series that would actually be very good if it did.
I had to force myself to read every chapter I did read, since I was hoping this would get better. I could only read so far before my patience ran out. This series is now put on my "dropped list" and will continue to be so.
I don't know what people see in this series, because I can hardly handle reading this. But if you like a series that has stereotypical character, corny romance, and good art this is something I recommend for you. I, for one, did not enjoy this manga and will now proceed to avoid it like a plague...read more