Devil and Her Love Song 5

January 2, 2013

Miyoshi Tomori – Viz – 2012 – 13 volumes

I love this series! It’s a bit ridiculous how much I look forward to every volume of this, actually. The only reason I haven’t read the more recent volume 6 is because I haven’t written this one up yet. But I’m about to rectify that barrier.

This volume was pretty great, since it moved on from abuse in the classroom and changed the topic to misunderstandings among friends. Maria’s best friend from her old school, the one that drove her away in the end, re-appears in her life and wastes no time fitting in among Maria’s new friends. Anna can’t speak, and Maria still does an admirable job of interpreting for her. Strangely, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of conflict between them… but the whole volume, I was simply waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maria is a good judge of character, but this verged into some strange Papillon territory, where it became more about the students dissecting their relationships with one another and their motives for doing so. It’s hard to believe that Anna’s as pure-hearted as she seems.

Admittedly, part of the conflict is probably that both Anna and Maria have a crush on Shin, but neither seems to… really hold that against the other. Which is a little strange. But maybe that’s it? As much as I cannot pin down the exact motives behind Anna’s friendship, it also doesn’t really seem like she’s out to destroy Maria.

All the same, it was great to see her. New characters in this series are a lot of fun, and it was nice seeing the motherly, friendly side of Maria. Again, I was a little uncomfortable with Anna’s unclear motives throughout the volume, and I was a little disappointed that the melodrama (which I usually like in spades) seems to permeate even the best friendships Maria has. But I still loved this volume to pieces, and I’m picking up the 6th one as we speak.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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