Article first published as Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six by Miyoshi Tomori on Blogcritics.
A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six is a manga by Miyoshi Tomori, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
At the beginning of the series, Maria Kawaii transferred into Totsuka High School after being expelled from St. Katria for beating up a teacher. During the first four volumes of the series, Maria was misunderstood and bullied by many of her classmates; however, she did manage to make friends with three of her peers: Yusuke Kanda, Shin Meguro, and Tomoyo Kousaka.
In Volume Five, Maria realizes that she’s fallen in love with Shin. Unfortunately, the situation becomes complicated with Maria’s old friend from St. Katria, Anna Mouri, enters the story. Anna meets Shin at the music school they both attend, and Anna develops feelings for Shin.
There’s a lot of emotional tension that takes place over the course of Volume Six. There’s also a big revelation about Maria that Anna shares with Shin, but as a reader, I’m left wondering if what she shared is really true or something she’s trying to use to keep Maria and Shin from getting together. It will be interesting to see how Tomori moves forward with this particular plot point.
As a reader, I felt really bad for Shin. We know that he’s in love with Maria, but it’s obvious that’s he being torn in several different directions due to Anna’s actions. I’m really rooting for Shin and Maria to be able to work through this setback and find a way to become a couple. While Anna may not make me quite as angry as the girls who were bullying Maria in the first four volumes of A Devil and Her Love Song, I still find myself frustrated with Anna and her meddling.
Overall, I found Volume Six of A Devil and Her Love Song to be as riveting of a read as the previous five volumes. I was so interested in what was happening in the story that I found myself not wanting to put this manga volume down.
Just like in the previous volumes of the series, Tomori included several effective close-up panels of the characters during very pivotal and emotional scenes. Tomori definitely seems to have a talent and knack for knowing how to use these close-ups and when to use these close-ups. These close-up panels also utilize some of Tomori’s best use of detail.
If you’re a fan of the A Devil and Her Love Song manga series, then I think you will be satisfied with how Volume Six continues the story.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Six that I checked out through the King County Library System.