Sunday, August 12, 2012

Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song, Vol. 3 [Paperback]

I've finished "A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 3" by Miyoshi Tomori.

Product Description

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen.

Meet Maria Kawai — she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace ...

Hana Ibuki, a cheerful soul, waltzes into Maria’s life and befriends her right away. She even convinces wary classmates to join Maria’s choral group. There’s something suspicious about Hana’s help, however, especially since misconceptions about Maria occur every time Hana is involved. Is Hana really a friend or actually a foe?

About the Author

Miyoshi Tomori made her debut as a manga creator in 2001, and her previous titles include Hatsukare (First Boyfriend), Tongari Root (Square Root), and Brass Love!! Her current series, A Devil and Her Love Song, is running in Margaret magazine.

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (June 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421541661
ISBN-13: 978-1421541662

My Review:

In this volume Maria is still dealing with her mean and nasty classmates.   A girl named Hana has come back to school after two weeks which we saw in the last volume.  Everyone seems to love her and she's the exact opposite of Maria (she's nice, friendly and likes everyone to get along).  At the beginning she takes Maria's necklace which the the teacher took in the previous volume.  Maria doesn't want to make a big deal about it but the others ask her about it and Hana plays the victim and starts crying.  Hana is nice to Maria and makes everyone get along with everyone since she doesn't like people fighting and divided.  Maria feels uneasy about Hana and doesn't believe all the nice things that are said about her.

Hana and Maria have a misunderstanding and have a falling out with Hana setting up Maria.  It was nice that Maria wants some kind of friendship with Hana and announces they are frenemies.  Hana doesn't quite know how to take Maria's blunt sayings and indifferent behavior.

The volume ends with Maria agreeing to appear on a TV show recording their classmates song "Amazing Grace" which Maria hums to herself alot.  We find out that Hana's plan was to come out looking like an angel making up with Devil Maria.

We even have short story showing us how Shin and Yusake first met and started hanging out together.

This manga is refreshing with a lead female character with a blunt personality who deals with situations in her own way.  She keeps her feelings inside and doesn't show it even when she is upset.  There was a situation with Hana which made her very upset but she keeps it inside of herself.  Shin, Yusake and Tomoyo go check on her and let her know they are all friends.  She is very happy and more calm when she realizes she has friends for the first time.  You can see how Shin and Yusake have feelings for Maria especially Shin when he pulls her into his arms and lets her cry against his chest.  He becomes flustered and blushes and wondering what is wrong with him/he's doing what he wants.


Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!


Cindy said...

This one sounds fun! I like how the main character, Maria, sounds. Great review :)

Courtney Ann said...

This is such a great manga, I'm so glad I found someone else who had read it :) Wonderful review.

Rywn said...

Oooh Devil and Her Love song is such a good manga - have to agree that it's refreshing to have a main female lead who isn't known for being a ditz and/or the sweetest girl 'like ever!'.

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Bo said...

I just got volume 4 in today and can't wait to read it! This series is definitely twisted. Which is one of the reasons I think I like it. But doesn't she know any song other than Amazing Grace?
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