Devil and Her Love Song 4

August 13, 2012

Miyoshi Tomori – Viz – 2012 – 13 volumes

Ooh, I love this series so much! It’s become one of my new favorites, right up there with Skip Beat. It’s not even a good mix of comedy and drama, my usual shoujo flavors. It’s sort of bittersweet, but not in a very heavy way. Maria is definitely in a bad situation, but it’s never hopeless, and you get the idea she never really gives up, even during the worst case scenarios.

The choral performance rages on in this volume. Lots of things happen. More and more classmates begin speaking their minds to each other’s faces. Former opponents of Maria begin to see that they are being manipulated by Hana, and then by the teacher. Things go back and forth several times before the actual performance. But perform they do, though not before one last lousy thing happens to Maria before she steps out in front of the cameras.

Again, the whole thing is touching. People keep spreading bad rumors about Maria, and her bluntness does her no favors, but she never stops trying to make friends. No matter what happens, she just makes the best of a bad situation. It’s a lot nicer than most of the usual trashy shoujo I read, since it can be a bit inspirational, too, and I like that about it. Plus, I love Maria’s bluntness. There’s not much comedy here, but the way Maria simply speaks her mind no matter what can be very funny.

One interesting thing about the series, I wonder where it can go from here? There’s only so much drama that you can do in the classroom setting. The class is either going to love Maria or hate her, but it’s not going to be very realistic if they go back and forth for another 9 volumes. So I wonder what form the story will take after this? Maybe Maria will join a club? Maybe the rest of the school will be treated to her barbed opinions?

Or maybe it’ll be more of a romance? I still like that either of the two potential romance candidates is likely at this point. That’s a little unusual too, since it’s always obvious who the lead character will wind up with. There are only hints of romance thus far, but maybe it’ll focus more on Maria interacting with the two boys after this. I’m an absolute sucker for romance comics, so I’d love to see that.

But I can’t get over how much I love this series! It’s really quite different from your usual shoujo manga, depressing and uplifting at the same time. And Maria is really easy to root for, despite her somewhat mean disposition. I’ll be happy to be past the choir performance and on to something else next time, and I can’t wait to see what it’ll be.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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