Monday, December 31, 2012

Manga Review: Demon Love Spell, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

I've finished "Demon Love Spell Vol. 1" by Mayu Shinjo.

Product Description

By the creator of Ai Ore! and Sensual Phrase

Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works — sort of — but now Kagura is after her!

Reads R to L (Japanese style) for teen plus audiences.

About the Author

Mayu Shinjo was born on January 26. She is a prolific writer of shojo manga, including the series Sensual Phrase. Her current series include Ai-Ore! and Ayakashi Koi Emaki. Her hobbies are cars, shopping and taking baths. Shinjo likes The Prodigy, Nirvana, U2 and Glay.

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (December 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 142154945X
ISBN-13: 978-1421549453

My Review:

Miko is a shrine maiden who can't see or sense any evil spirits though her family can.  Instead she has studied extremely hard to recognize and banish demons.  She is very dedicated to her family and her duties as a shrine maiden.

Kagura is an incubus that has preyed on Miko's fellow peers at her high school and she has sealed his powers and shrunk him to a tiny little chibi demon form.  Kagura was once the most powerful demon now he is powerless against stronger demons then him and can't turn back into his tall and handsome young self a lady killer.  Now that he is sealed in his tiny demon self all of the demons want to kill him and eat Miko to gather her strength and power.  Miko can't see their enemies unless she is holding chibi Kagura.  Even worse she can't remember the spell she used to seal Kagura's powers to transform him back to his former self.

When Miko is sleeping Kagura enters her dreams and seduces her to gain some strength back but Miko doesn't remember anything that has happened when she wakes up.  She is exhausted but is embarrassed for some reason she can't quite figure out.  She refers to Kagura as a pervy demon and thinks he has put a spell over her to make her fall in love with him.  She doesn't quite trust him even though he vows to protect her.

I would recommend this book for the 18+ group because of the sexual themes, violence, pervy thoughts and comments, kissing, etc.

This manga had beautiful artwork, the guys are gorgeous as usual, fast paced and the characters were very interesting and we got to see the real emotions of the characters too. 

I loved how Kagura has more than one characteristic and shows his softer side towards Miko but he also loves to annoy her in his chibi form.


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

Manga in series:

1.  Demon Love Spell Vol. 1
2.  Demon Love Spell Vol. 2 - March 5, 2013
3.  Demon Love Spell Vol. 3 - June 4, 2013
4.  Demon Love Spell Vol. 4 - September 3, 2013 

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