Aug 18, 2023
After 15 years I decided to come back to Akuma de Soro out of pure nostalgia.
I had initially read it in high school, during a time when social media didn’t exist, and you had to use magazines to find people to talk about anything.
Going back to this manga felt like jumping back in time, and it reminded me of so many things, first and foremost Hyde, the famous celebrity that way too early took his life, which Takeru (one of the main characters) was inspired from. It’s weird how some of these incredible artists can live on in time through different media. Gone but
I thought that reading it now, Akuma de Soro wouldn’t have stood the test of time. It is a Shojo manga, and as so I thought that it was going to be drawn out, cringe and way too sappy at times, but it did the complete opposite for me. It spoke about a variety of different topics, family and love first and foremost, and in an intelligent way, that never felt boring. On top of that it is a story that truly brought me to tears. There will be a lot of times in our life, moments where (even as adults) we have to make choices and, regardless of the outcome, we just have to do our best.
Takeru is an incredibly well developed male character, with a multifaceted personality and the wardrobe of a millionaire! I mean, he does come from a wealthy family.
Kayano starts off a little weak but ends up strong and confident and I highly enjoyed how she is the only one who could stand up to Takeru.
But I gotta give it to Mamoru, Takeru’s father. The love he has for his family and his son is so geniune that it brought a smile to my face.
All in all this is an extremely wholesome story that I would recommend to anyone who loves shoujo manga. Yes, some of the topics might be a little outlandish but it’s all treated with respect, and most importantly it works for this story.
I would love to give it more stars but I’m giving it an 8.5 just because it didn’t give me the same catharsis as other stories I’ve read. Still, an excellent read.
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