Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song – Volume Eight by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Eight is a manga by Miyoshi Tomori, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2013. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
The main character of the series is Maria Kawaii, a girl who transferred to Totsuka High School after being expelled from St. Katria for beating up a teacher. At the beginning of the series, she was misunderstood and bullied by many of her classmates; however, she was still able to make friends with Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.
The second story arc of the series focused on Maria reuniting with Anna Mouri, a girl she considered her best friend while she was a student at St. Katria. As Tomori promised in her Author’s Note at the end of Volume Seven, this story arc resolves in Volume Eight; in fact, the resolution of this story arc is the very first section of Volume Eight. Personally, I was satisfied with how Tomori brought this story arc to a close; it was a realistic way to end that story, and she made sure she didn’t drag the conclusion out very long.
This volume sees Maria realizing that she’s still in love with Shin, even if he doesn’t seem to be returning her feelings. Unfortunately, Maria’s feelings become confused by the introduction of Shintaro Kurosu, a new freshman who has taken an interest in Maria. Shintaro is a loner and doesn’t really try to hang out with the other kids in his own grade level.
So Maria is now up to three potential love interests: Shin, Yusuke, and Shintaro. However, Volume Eight focuses more heavily on Shin and Shintaro, and not much on Yusuke. Unfortunately, Shintaro comes across as a stalker and acts rather possessive of Maria. I assume Tomori designed him this way intentionally, so the reader doesn’t want Shintaro and Maria to get together.
For me, Shintaro is such an unlikable character that I hope this story arc resolves sooner rather than later. I think Tomori’s whole point with this story arc is to open Shin’s eyes up to the fact that if he likes Maria that he’d better make his move before someone else takes her away. However, I think this can be accomplished rather quickly, so I’m hoping this storyline doesn’t go on for more than one more volume. Tomori ended Volume Eight with a cliffhanger, so if you want to know what happens next, you have to read Volume Nine.
While Volume Eight was a decent read, I didn’t think it was quite as strong as the previous seven volumes in the series. If you’ve enjoyed reading A Devil and Her Love Song prior to this volume, you’ll need to read Volume Eight to find out what happens next; however, you could potentially be a little disappointed by the new story arc introduced in Volume Eight.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Eight that I checked out through the King County Library System.