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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?

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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.77-78 by Akuma Love Scans (33d ago)
v.11 c.76 by Akuma Love Scans (33d ago)
v.11 c.75 by Akuma Love Scans (142d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Akuma to Love Song by PrincessVera

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1236 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.17 / 10.0
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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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Monthly Pos #476 decreased(-277)
3 Month Pos #303 increased(+40)
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Should Akuma to love song be adapted to... 1220 days, 11 hours, 8 minutes ago
Kawaii Maria's personality according to MBIT 1546 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes ago
Does anyone know when/if this title will be licensed in America? 1934 days, 8 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Begins great but deteriorates   
Rating: N/A
by Suxinn
August 6th, 2012, 9:06pm
Akuma to Love Song begins excellently, and then, like many other unfortunate shoujo romance manga, it begins going downhill.

Maria certainly falls under the typical "misunderstood protagonist" archetype, but the saving grace is the mangaka's execution--she really knew how to pull off Maria's personality without it seeming too forced. The side characters are also immensely satisfying--rather than the typical caricatures, they are real people with different facets to their personality. The antagonists are also approached in a similar manner. Their worries and insecurities are explored, and their personality is fleshed out enough to make them understandable, if not sympathetic.

However, Akuma to Love Song soon becomes yet another shoujo that overstays its welcome. With the onset of the Anna arc, the manga seems to have devolved into an angst-fest, and the characters' misunderstandings and dilemmas have become tiring, rather than invigorating. The romance, too, has slowed to such a crawl, with such wangst involved, that I feel more like facepalming than cheering the male lead on.

The problem is that Akuma to Love Song is currently using misunderstandings to further its plot (or lack thereof, in this case). And, although there are rare instances where misunderstandings are done well, this is not one of those instances. The fact is that every single issue in the manga right now can be resolved through open communication between the two main characters, but one of them refuses to communicate with the other, and the reason given for that is flimsy at best.

It's really a shame. Akuma to Love Song could've been a great shoujo romance. There is definitely a plethora of cliches but, at first, they were executed in an interesting and compelling manner. But, unfortunately, after the initial volumes, it seems clear that the mangaka suffers from overstretching and lack of planning, with the later volumes an enormous step down.

Not precisely worth a read, but the art is beautiful, if it's any consolation... though it doesn't entirely make up for the massive amounts of headbang in the recent chapters.

edit: OK, now, as of volume nine, I am seriously considering dropping this. (The only thing that is stopping me is that there's only a few more volumes left. I CAN DO THIS.) It seems that every time Meguro and Maria's relationship moves the slightest bit forward, it always has to move MANY STEPS BACK right afterwards.

And, while before the misunderstandings can at least be (flimsily) justified, the mangaka has really gone too far now. She's basically relying on a totally ridiculous misunderstanding (that can just be resolved by the two main characters HAVING A CONVERSATION, with WORDS) to delay the already trainwreck'd plot. Um. No. Just. No. I've never been fond of misunderstandings, but the one at the end of volume nine just takes the cake for one of the worst ever I've ever had the misfortune to see. Seriously displeased. :I

edit2: OK, volume 12 now, and it hasn't gotten any better. If anything, it has gotten even worse. It's the second to last volume, so I'm going to stick this out, but at this point, any affection I have for this series is completely down the drain. I have nothing left for you, Akuma to Love Song, for you have soundly defeated me.

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Namely, what I have the biggest problem with in the recent developments is that the mangaka is actually making Maria FORGIVE HER MOTHER'S RAPIST. And she's also pulling the "It's OK because he was in love with your mother all along" card which I hope I don't need to remind everyone is super, super gross. Her mother committed suicide because of this man! And now the author wants to write him a redemption narrative? Uh, no. All my respect for the mangaka has been lost, starting now.

Like, I can maybe kind of understand this decision from a narrative standpoint. The mangaka needs Maria to move on and grow to love herself and the people around her, and this love has always been colored by her mother's rape. So the redemption narrative might've felt like the obvious route to her.

That doesn't excuse the fact that it is wholly offensive and, frankly, a cheap narrative device in order to tie this manga into a neat little bow for the finish. Rather than sticking to the (mostly) realistic touch of the early chapters, the mangaka instead decides to go the route of soap opera dramas and colored perceptions of society that could be actively harmful to those experiencing these same instances in reality.


It's a shame because the earlier chapters of this manga promised so much more. It promised resistance and challenge and a unique narrative. But, in the end, the mangaka chooses to take the easy way out by defaulting to offensive tropes and problematic storytelling. More than the Anna arc, more than the misunderstandings, that is what makes me lose respect for the mangaka.

Akuma to Love Song, you could've been a great manga, but, unfortunately, your mangaka doesn't know how to write nuanced stories, and this arc will always color my perceptions of you, not as "what could've been" but as "complete shit."

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 6:21pm
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Uncomfortable truths   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Kevadu
September 17th, 2009, 8:34pm
Akuma to Love Song is a manga about the uglier side of human nature. It realistically portrays jealousy, pride, bullying, and petty revenge. This is definitely a unique read and I can recommend it to people looking for something a little different.

It can be hard to believe this is a shoujo manga at times. It's not a happy-fun read. There are times when the actions of some of the characters piss me off so much that I want to stop reading entirely. But I don't, and I'm better off for it. Confronting these kind of feelings head-on helps us recognize the ugliness in ourselves and that alone makes this a manga worth reading.

It's hard to say whether Maria is clever or stupid. On one hand she is insightful enough to see right through the masks people wear in their daily lives, but on the other hand she seems totally incapable of wearing a mask of her own. She always says what she thinks and that puts her in some awkward positions. It also makes a lot of enemies but you can't help but admire her character and root for her. It's a tough fight, though.

Edit: That's what you get for reviewing something early. While I liked the early chapters very much, this manga becomes complete melodramatic crap halfway through. Revising my rating...

... Last updated on May 11th, 2013, 1:10pm
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It started off really great...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by shoujo22
August 6th, 2010, 7:09am
...then quickly degenerated to a heavy, gloomy, overly dramatic story saturated with the most annoying shoujo clichés on the face of the earth (i.e. crying every five minutes, love rivals with a huge vendetta against the main character, random comedic moments thrown into random sequences in an attempt to lighten the mood BECAUSE OF all the drama, etc.).


As far as the bullying goes, I'd like to just throw a few things out there. The likelihood of an entire class plus the teacher turning against one student is pretty non-existent. Many of things that were said and done to Maria, however, are actually pretty spot on when compared to some of the actual bullying that goes on in the Japanese school system. That's not to say that Japanese students are horrible, because bullies are bullies no matter where they come from. However, group conformity and cultural homogeneity are both very important aspects of the Japanese culture (which actually isn't a bad thing majority of the time), so standing out too much or being 'different' can result in some pretty severe treatment. Bullying there is on an entirely different level than anything that most people are used to--and becoming progressively worse as of late. Than mangaka did a really good job with this aspect of the manga. The bullying that she suffers is a bit on the light side when compared to the real deal. I'm dead serious...

Also, Maria's odd mindset and questionable tolerance towards mental, verbal, and physical abuse basically stem from some serious trauma that she suffered as a child. I've been reading the releases in Margaret magazine, so at least that much makes sense to me now. What's killing me is that the author totally could have used all those events to her advantage and made for an exceptional story--had she stuck with her original formula. But she instead opted to take the standard shoujo drama route and put a damper on Maria's unique demeanor and outlook on life. How disappointing...

... Last updated on September 7th, 2010, 6:54am
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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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Intriguing ^^   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tingster7
November 27th, 2008, 10:53pm
WOW. That's all I have to say. Well, not really.
The plot is very deep, such as the thing about Maria. She's not a devil, people just see her as one because she is so beautiful, but she speaks her mind, and can see everyone's hearts (kinda...) I like how Maria "is a mirror that makes others see their bad sides". It's a wonderful story, and very different from other stories.
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Interesting.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Jeshia
July 4th, 2012, 3:50pm
Really, I think the author did a poor job pulling off what she was trying to do. If I were to rate this manga on execution of her goal, this manga would probably get a 1. None of the character personalities are realistic, and that's fine, but please mangaka, don't make an expectation for it. If you're going to give us characters as ridiculous as monkey boy and Maria, don't try to make the plot so serious. It's like a dark parody gone extremely wrong.

The plot is mediocre at best. Really, the main character is what makes it anything of interest, but the way the manga-ka manipulates the events around her makes even Maria irritating after awhile, despite the fact that she is, by all accounts, a bland character. Unlike previous reviewers, I didn't find her perceptiveness to be a turn-off. It was realistic considering the (pretty ridiculous) background story, and frankly, I'd prefer an omniscient narrator that refuses to tell me things than an idiotic shoujo girl who walks around picking up hot guys by some godly intervention. That being said, the manga shifts viewpoints, yet another reason to be annoyed by this manga. I understood the effect she was trying to create, but the jumbling together of everything just made it more annoying.

Ugh.

I just don't know what to say. It wasn't great. But it also wasn't horrible considering the ridiculous plot. The bullying theme worked horribly with this manga. At first, the theme seems to work well as some sort of warped justice-heroine thing with a dark (and occasionally comedic) twist to it, but by the time the subplots sink in, you're left feeling overwhelmed, if not irritated.

The pacing is okay I suppose though, for the majority of the manga. Personally, what would have saved this manga for me is if she didn't write THIRTEEN volumes of it. Considering the absolutely horrific job she did with character development (clunky, without much reason, and entirely event driven with occasion side comments from Maria's perspective), she should have ended it while she was ahead.

Preferably skipping the subplot catastrophes and love triangle mess. I thought the development of Maria was going to be thoughtful and entertaining, yet somehow enticing, but I was shown extremely wrong. I believe I received this impression within the first volume or so. The male leads are so poorly characterized that it made the manga-ka's lack of ability to do so obvious.

I may be a little more critical than is wise for a shoujo manga of this caliber, but I don't believe I've written anything out of line. I read an astounding amount of shoujo, yet there was nothing about this manga that wanted me to like it despite the astronomical amount of cliches, "hidden" backgrounds (read: DRAMA), and ridiculous event progressions.

Actually, if I were to be so cruel, I would probably say that this manga has a penchant for pissing anyone with an ounce of awareness of what they're reading (i.e. seeing BEYOND the art and supposedly original main character) off.

I'll give it a 4. It could have done better, but with the first volume like it was, I didn't expect it to become so. I'm just disappointed it lasted as long as it did.

Note: I read the original, untranslated version for about half of the manga.

... Last updated on July 4th, 2012, 3:53pm
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Not too bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
December 23rd, 2010, 10:51pm
This series drew me in quickly at first. The art is good, and the main character Maria's personality isn't like a normal heroine's. She is extremely perceptive of other people's motives, blunt in her expression of what she thinks, and hates herself. She is also strong and appears to be a good person, despite this. Her personality gives the series a comedic and dramatic element simultaneously.

The plotline itself is a fairly typical slow shoujo romance plotline and the drama is interspersed with some pretty funny comedy (Maria's "Lovely Transformation" and her like of frilly things). The series shows some (sadly very typical) Japanese school bullying, eventually develops a love polygon between most of the main characters and their friends, delves into Maria's traumatic childhood, introduces new characters as antagonists, and starts a musical subplot.

It is the unfortunate and well-documented case that most of the things happening in this series--tearing up uniforms, stealing things, messing with someone's shoes, shunning, causing mild injuries, inviting a person out and forcing them to pay for everyone's meals--are all things that happen on a regular basis in Japanese schools. Teachers do turn a blind eye or blame and punish the victim because it is better than causing a public disturbance and calling attention to. However, the series is not really about bullying, but about a smart but emotionally inept girl trying to form close relationships and to be true to her instinct for honesty and forthrightness, despite having an odd personality and a traumatic past. Bullying is just one obstacle she has to overcome, and she does it with "amazing grace."

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2010, 10:53pm
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I feel.....   
Rating: N/A
by Iiwi
August 30th, 2012, 9:07am
That maria is a good character, and is a strong and smart type of lead, being a misunderstood isn't really a bad thing but makes it bad is that here you have a good character but then she is thrown into a cliche, world that does nothing for her. It really could have become a much better series and overall story if it wasn't so much the other characters where 1D and fake. I also don't like how they kept referring to maria as a devil when she did no such traits, I could see if she pushed people down stairs or something but she never even did things like this the only thing she does is be a very blunt but truthful person.
Wow..such a devil!
But anyway, this story could have been better, I read the first volume, I really love maria but it's a pure shame to be thrown into such a lacking story like this that leaves alot to be desired, I don't like the male lead interests at all. The fact that these boys are shallow and just follow what everyone else say is pretty much showing they have no backbone for understanding the truth themselves but follow rumors, I don't like that.
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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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It's good at first   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Mi Ho
December 13th, 2011, 12:32pm
but somehow after the whole 'I love megu' things I couldn't keep up with it. It got sort of disappointing and boring so I couldn't help but dropped it. I like Maria's character and the others too. Although Megu's character is the typical cold guy,I found it interesting since he's not the cool-bastard-jerk type. Also Yuusuke is cute and I love Tomoya too. The characters are interesting but like I said,the story got kinda boring and I stopped reading it.

Art : 9/10
Plot : 6/10
Character : 8/10
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