Devil’s Bride 1

April 7, 2008

I bought this one despite being kind of frustrated and unimpressed with Seyoung Kim’s other series, Boy Princess.  The plot sounded very good, and I thought if it was a later series, some of the problems I had with the art (mostly with the characters looking EXACTLY THE SAME) would have worked themselves out.  I’m glad I took the leap of faith, because I do like this series much better so far.

The plot is that a powerful devil decides he doesn’t want to do devil-like things anymore and goes out to live among the humans, advertising for a human bride to come and live with him.  There is another devil who disagrees with him that appears briefly a couple times, but he’s the one that lets us know about the demonic powers of the main character (that the main character needs to be a devil/feed on humans to survive, basically, and that he’s a lot more powerful than an average devil).  Because he can’t hide his appearance from the humans (he has red eyes), he only winds up getting a bridal candidate when he offers a monetary reward for his bride.

The person who answers the ad is a little girl and her father, the father is basically willing to sell the little girl to pay for his debts and the little girl basically says that they’ll keep tearing down his ads until he agrees to their conditions.  The creepiness of the little girl with the devil is abated when the devil totally rejects the idea of her as a wife and decides that they’ll basically just be companions.

I was impressed that the series was relatively bl-free save for a kiss with the other devil, but we quickly find out that the little girl is actually a boy.  This doesn’t make any sense to me, because the two don’t have a romantic relationship anyway and it seems like it’s solely a tactic to pander to a BL audience.  Maybe the little boy will grow up in future volumes though… I’m willing to believe that.

Things happen, and the devil winds up having to use his powers rather extensively on the little boy.  The story then jumps to a different place, where a blind prince is offered up as a daily prize to the soldier exterminating the most thieves from the lands of an extremely impoverished kingdom.  The prince and his attendant have an unspoken bond, and it’s implied that one or the other might have need to see the devil.

The art is definitely a lot better than it was in Boy Princess.  I am still a little put off by the extremely long heads the characters have in some panels, but they all have different enough designs that there’s no question about who’s who or what’s going on as far as which character is involved with what.

The story is somewhat fragmented at this point (the link between the prince story at the end of the volume and the main story isn’t clear until the very end of the book), but I like the idea that the devil is trying to give up his powers and uses them anyway, and I also like the Faustian twist we get, with the promise that there might be many such twists in the future.  There’s a few other things I don’t want to mention in this review that I like.  I’m willing to forgive some of the flaws if the plot stays interesting.  I also just finished Master and Margarita and liked it immensely, so I’m probably especially interested in the Faust stuff because of that at the moment.