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Akuma to Love Song  
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Description
Akuma to Love Song revolves around an unusual girl, Kawai Maria who was expelled from her previous school, St. Katria Girls' School, and soon transfers to Touzuka High School, a public school with low standards. Her sharp tongue and straightforward personality leads everyone to hate her with the exception of two handsome boys who eventually get involved with her. With a devil's aura like hers and an arrogant facade to pair it up with, it's just too hard to be understood. And so Maria needs to deal with bullying, adjusting, fitting in and romance. Just how will a devil like her cope with all these predicaments?

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
悪魔とラブソング
惡魔變奏曲
บทเพลงรักยายตัวร้าย (Thai)
악마와 러브송
Ác quỷ và bản tình ca
A Devil and Her Love Song
Devil and her Love Song
How Lovely Her Song Is!

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.80 by Akuma Love Scans (20d ago)
v.12 c.79 by Akuma Love Scans (90d ago)
v.12 c.77-78 by Akuma Love Scans (150d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
Akuma to Love Song by PrincessVera

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3 topics, 11 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1245 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 5th 2014, 12:24pm PST

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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #371 increased(+11)
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Should Akuma to love song be adapted to... 1337 days, 23 hours, 33 minutes ago
Kawaii Maria's personality according to MBIT 1664 days, 2 hours, 11 minutes ago
Does anyone know when/if this title will be licensed in America? 2051 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes ago

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Great Start   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Shellsan
November 5th, 2014, 5:56am
To start off with this series is really good. The characters all have this air of suspense that makes them interesting and unique, especially Maria.
However as the manga progresses things become more and more dramatic and as things are revealed I feel as if it starts to go a little cliche.
The story behind Maria's birth is great and I loved the way that it linked up to her hatred of physical contact but I feel as though that hatred of physical contact shouldn't have disappeared as fast.
I also feel as though the way in which Maria simply forgave the man who raped her mother -regardless of love or other feelings- was too unrealistic.
I enjoy the mangas that i read to be a little more realistic then what i've been reading now. When reading through the parts involving things like the suicide and self hatred i find that to be even more unrealistic. It would have had more impact had the artist made it more realistic because after an experience like that, people shouting at you wouldn't help and the way it was handled was honestly not up to par.
Also, in the beginning i felt that Meguro was the type of guy who was laid back but as the story progressed he became more cliche and he lost the restraint that he should have had towards Maria and the way Maria began to act towards him was way too fast for my liking.
Overall this starts off as a great read but as you continue things become less interesting and unrealistic making it slightly irritating to read. It also loses a lot of the suspense that the characters were great for and the personalities of them, for kanda yuusuke and Erosu this is especially true. Finally I feel as though Maria's unique personality diminishes a little too much during the character development and she starts to look like a normal everyday girl.
This was a great manga and although it has its down i believe it's still worth the read for those who are looking for some romance and drama.
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Okay so far..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tipz
September 24th, 2014, 1:54pm
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I like the girl herself. She's spunky and sweet at the same time she has a dark complex to her. Which is pretty cool. I also like how bold she is with her choices in life. It's the people around her that are pretty annoying. It makes school girls look like scary criminals. And the guys are just all over the place. They want her but don't want her. They make a move but don't make a move. They have her but they can't deal with themselves. So annoying. And the repetitative ave Maria stuff is getting old too. Maguro injures his hand.. It seems like he won't be able to play agin.. He has to move for rehab.. So he bring kawaii on a date and breaks up with her. They end up at his house and she wants to give herself to him to make him see her love. But he won't let her.. She then requests for him to play the piano for her.. It ends up sounding tragic and she sings.. He wants to go to her again but she does what is needed and pushes him away.. He understands this and they hug the final goodbye?!


... Last updated on November 15th, 2014, 3:05am
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Unrealistic   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MaZzAx
June 29th, 2014, 2:57pm
I was originally really intrigued by this story, the characters were appealing and I was interested to see how the romance progressed. But it just seemed to me that the Mangaka was trying to make things too dramatic and thus ended up failing on the realism.
The kinds of emotions the characters were feeling and the problems they were experiencing were often utterly unbelievable, either that or they made no sense whatsoever. There was way too much angst, the bullying was completely unrealistic, the teacher's behaviour was ridiculous.
Everything just started to feel forced, forced so each chapter would have lots of action to keep the reader's attention.
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Started well, faltered, righted itself, than sank   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
May 13th, 2014, 8:57pm
The first few volumes are quite enjoyable and while the middle volumes do stray from what seemed to be the series' premise (and ratchet up the melodrama) they werent terrible, just something of a departure. But then
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they decide to introduce the rapist of a 14 year old girl as a sympathetic character, who receives no punishment for his crime, who is forgiven by everyone and who goes on about how he loved his victim. The forgiveness angle would have been bad enough if he had to work for it, but the entire package and the way its presented just makes it feel not only vile but entirely, laughably actually, false and artifical. It shatters any suspension of disbelief and really ruined the series I think.


... Last updated on May 13th, 2014, 8:58pm
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Misunderstanding Archetype   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Roaku
February 23rd, 2014, 5:15am
As a lot of commentators have said, this manga is pretty good up until the Anna Arc.

I fully got to enjoy Maria and her gang of misfits (which turns out to be pretty much everyone~). The only character that was furiously unrealistic was the teacher (who would have long been fired). But even with that, the sappiness was somewhat, really heartfelt. I don't usually (stand) like shoujo manga, but this Maria up until the arc, got me to...really like her.

What happens afterwards, well as many say, it deteriorates into mediocre. Its not bad per-se, in fact to an avid shoujo fan, maybe it is up-par. I donnu? But to me, it fell into the many plot devices, cliches and terribly executed misunderstandings (I still don't get why some supposed childhood trauma means you should avoid the persons feelings and your own).

The characters further on do a few changes, and although some might be happy, I found they became more superficial rather then the original deep. Even further along, it grows to a point where you might expect Maria to suddenly cry from getting a pat from Meguro. The whole "we can't communicate" becomes a strain on the readers mind. I still braved through till chapter 74. I'm not sure if I'll brave through further, but by now (at last) the two have finally gotten their feelings across, and finally got to the point of accepting her childhood trauma with her mother and the priest.

So my thoughts on this? I'd recommend most people to read up until her Anna friend comes along, and if you are still keen, maybe until Meguro rejects Maria on christmas. But reading further, that is only for someone who is much more of an avid romantic woes-be-me attitude lover.

I'm not going to complement on the plot. And some, if you wish (or believe otherwise) can disregard this review, as to be honest, after the whole big misunderstanding with Maria's trauma, I skipped about 2/3 of the chapters. Ha ha ....
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Got too boring   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by smily_lois
December 14th, 2013, 9:42pm
I had to stop reading due to a wave of sickening boredom radiating from this manga. God, it was so disappointing. Akuma to Love-song started off great - Maria was a badass chick who doesn't take s**t from anybody, the supporting cast was also well-rounded. For a psychological drama, they all had interesting backstories...well, except for..dun DUN...Meguro is the dullest love interest I've ever seen in shoujo manga.

Okay, maybe not, but seriously, when standing next to Maria (or the others) he's like a fish out of water. I didn't like their romance at all, it was bland, uninteresting - A Major Turn-off. But then the mangaka had to make a "revelation" that Maria is actually a shallow girl. -_- (trying hard not to rage)

Anyways, PLOT! Wait, was there any to begin with? I mean, was THERE a major plot going on? 'Cause I sure as hell don't see any. It's all over the place - a huge clusterf**k of random teenaged woes desperately trying to create a decent story, but fails miserably. I get that they're supposed to have traumas and stuff, but come on, the melodrama gets really old. Plus the dragging storyline isn't helping one bit.

*sigh* Now I really should stop before I go into Super Saiyan mode.
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Pretty nice for a while   
Rating: N/A
by MatrixM
November 22nd, 2013, 2:19pm
First off, the art is fantastic. I've been reading the VIZ translations from my library and seeing the printed art, especially the cover art for the tankouban and chapters, it's simply beautiful.
After reading the comments here, I decided to just read it til the Anna arc so I asked Suxxinn who told me that it started in volume 5 and was alright at first and got progressively worse.
After reading the first 4 volumes, I left the series very satisfied.
The main characters are pretty fantastic. Maria sees through everyone's bullshit but has a terrible social life because she reacts to people's true thoughts and intentions rather than their facade and false words. The two male characters try to teach her otherwise.
Shin reacts to people's bullshit by simply interacting with others to the bare minimum but being tolerant of it enough that he isn't hated. Thus he's an outcast, though nowhere near as much as Maria.
Yuusuke kind of embraces people's bullshit. While at first he seemed like an incredibly annoying character, it's all an act to cover up how much he despises his true nature and, from his point of view, the neccessity of putting on a mask at all times.
Really the whole series seemed to be about how our physical appearance is almost totally unrelated to who we really are. I really liked that.
This can be best seen with Yuusuke early on, and then Tomoyo.

Then a couple of months later I saw volume 5 in the library and thought to myself 'Why did I stop reading this again?'. So I grabbed volumes 5 & 6.
More ont hat later, gtg to work bigrazz
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Pretty much bad translations/readers, not story   
Rating: N/A
by eternalight
August 19th, 2013, 1:29am
A person's experience is pretty much defined by how a manga is presented to them, and this is basically the case of either bland translation or just straight up shallow interpretation. Either the translating doesn't communicate the cultural differences very efficiently, or some people didnt fully understand Maria at all, and honestly it looks like a lot of both.

At first Maria seems like the ultimate heroine taking no bullshit from anyone. She's able to stand her ground so strongly against otherwise nauseatingly mean and bigotted classmates, an angel among a slothy pit of hell that is a peer-pressure-filled high school.

Akuma to Love Song is a refreshing change of pace for any shoujo reader, and it has a deliciously ambient tone illustrating the darkness and insanity high school IS, remeniscent of Life to be specific.

But c'mon, how can it be that hard to relate to this manga when the majority religion in almost every English speaking country is Catholic. Devil Maria, an unfitting nickname? Did no one understand how these Japanese student bullies used a Catholic reference against her to triple the blow or has no one seen a bully apply meaningful religious vocabulary to their social life these days and couldn't believe it could happen? Need i mention the irony of it all (referring to my angel comment).

Sure, if you're looking for a manga that surprises you and 'breaks cliche', try it out to see why we all say "the beginning was good." But you'll drop it like a brick like the rest of them being so seduced by that honestly pathetic idea. If you're so 'great' that nearly nothing surprises you, good luck trying to find decent stories that 'satisfy' you, because decent stories are gunna pass right over you and you won't even know it. Every story out there has a trope, you can't avoid them completely, and you'll have better luck finding the manga you're looking for by making the manga yourself, if you're so revolutionary. Needless to say, if you're the type of person who would dismiss Maria crying her heart out as 'cliche', Maria actually smiling because she was genuinely happy as 'predictable shoujo', you don't understand how REAL people develop at all and your manga is probably gunna suck.

That said, I've been reading the scanlation and the translation is pretty redundant and stiff sometimes. Maybe that has something to do with it and you should try the Viz version in your local library. (I haven't done it but I'm going to). But I focus on the story when i read and try to forgive the mishaps, and if the story can shine through so clearly among all the bad translating, well, that says at least something.

Let me talk about how i felt about this series for a second. The execution of this manga for a shoujo genre is nearly flawless. There are so many great elements incorporated here, like self-image (worrying about what others see in you), beliefs (personal religion or method of socializing), conformity (following the crowd instead of developing individuality)... but my favorite is the reoccuring play on sheer irony. How no one is who they make themselves out to be and (what became of) the real them is damn right UGLY. Akuma to Love Song unapologetically explores this.

They even make it ACCEPTABLE somehow.

This manga will make you angry at people. Embarrassed for people. Question why they're even friends with Maria in the first place yet don't we all know people we don't like but who are friends with those we do like?

In a word, the series is raw. Maria can attract readers for being an ideal feminist-appealing trope, but underneath that, the series is about Maria finding how to live WITH pretenders and liars, not against them. She helps show people who they really are and in doing so, she makes true friends, each one of them flawed and fake, which is pretty damn realistic from my experience (cliches stem from truth, but don't get them mixed up.) This is how leaders are born and rise above the rest, and Maria proves that not all leaders have to be men.

Admittedly i stopped reading the series for a while, but i found myself pick it up every ten chapters, and whenever i finished what was out so far, I'd totally want the rest. Maybe it was Anna's arc that drove me to stop following it so closely (i remember how embarrassed i felt for Anna, nothing was going nicely (cough like how i expect a story to go cough)) but that has PASSED in my book and I'm eagerly awaiting Maria to overcome her character flaw, have her love requited, and lead an actual healthy life.

AtLS could totally start a cult following because not everyone can "get" it ("it's not for everyone") but for the people who do, they'd probably love it as well as i do and more. It completely deserved the thirteen volume run it got.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2013, 1:52am
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Its a bad read   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Nosa
April 1st, 2013, 6:26am
This is one bad shoujo manga.

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the main character is so infuriaiting and shallow. she started off supposedly interesting. but her blunt specialty soon got frustrating and cliche. Meguro is also extremely uninteresting and un-challenging. The only one who had the potential to be interesting was Yuusuke and his "kindness" theme to mask his real unpleasant side. It was touched on briefly and died very quickly and unconvincingly because the author decided he should play the selfless friend who cheers on his 2 best friends in their quest for love.


... Last updated on April 1st, 2013, 6:29am
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Interesting then goes down hill...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
March 16th, 2013, 9:58pm
I think the story should have stopped after the first arc with Maria singing. It felt like a good stopping point. Like other people have commented it starts strong and then when it begins the Ana arc it declines. Maria is an interesting character and has some interesting challenges at her new school which was the best part of the manga. Then it becomes a sloppy melodramatic emo-fest. More characters are added on, but it feels more like tacked on and the story gets stretched out. The love triangles were not working for me because character development was weak. Throw some typical cliches on top of the whole thing and it then became a disappointment. I like Maria and I like some of the art but I feel the story wasn't handled the best way which is a shame because I did like the beginning a lot.
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