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From CPM:
The Devil's Castle was a dark and somber place, until the good-hearted apprentice ASARELLA stumbled on it in a goodwill mission, against her master's wishes--the archmage ELIWHO. Things sour quickly, as Asarella was bound with a blood pact to the Devil, KAINEN. Little did she know, the mage harbors a secret love for her that will only complicate her training for the upcoming apocalyptic battle. This sets up the most unusual love triangle of all space and time.


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Associated Names
Masca-Câu chuyện nàng tiểu pháp sư
Masca: The Tale of the Great Mage of Hessed

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.5-9 (end) by Evil Flowers (1739d ago)
v.12 c.4 by Evil Flowers (1742d ago)
v.12 c.3 by Evil Flowers (1746d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

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2 topics, 18 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (373 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 25th 2016, 4:35am PST



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Weekly Pos #836 increased(+32)
Monthly Pos #1496 increased(+111)
3 Month Pos #1594 increased(+34)
6 Month Pos #1702 decreased(-97)

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On 785 reading lists
On 712 wish lists
On 567 completed lists
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End of Masca 1515 days, 18 hours, 43 minutes ago
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by celinae
September 16th, 2007, 1:53pm
Don't let the first volume deceive you--this manhwa is actually incredibly messed up. XD Like the first commenter said in his/her title,"sinister" describes it really well, but it's not a horror manhwa; at least, not exactly. Judging from the raws, it seems more of a tragedy, though I don't understand Korean, so I can't be sure. But there's a lot going on behind this asides from "weird Demon King" and "Asrella, the mage-girl." (And Elihue... btw, what is up with CPM's weird spelling of his name, anyway? >>;;)

It's not a typical shoujo manhwa where everything is set and predictable, defined in overdone, cliched stereotypes--the plot keeps twisting and writhing around (I should say that the timeline does, too..). This overarching sense of angst/tragedy on top of the strange and intriguing storyline is part of the reason why I really like this manhwa (though I have this unsettling feeling of DOOM whenever I read it.. XD;;)

The character designs are really good; this manhwa-ga actually put thought into what an immortal being would be like, and it shows. Asarella is intriguing as well, and the drawing in general is really good, with masterful usage of tones and an interesting style that's an aesthetically pleasing mix between shoujo and shounen. The universe beyond the plot is rather complex, leading a definitely fantastical air to it, but thankfully the manhwa-ga doesn't "tell" too much (unlike CLAMP, with truthfully always puts me off their series..).

Masca is worth reading, if only to check out the Demon Lord (who is definitely one of the hottest things I've seen on paper). But I think that the plot will definitely suck you in, as it did me. ^^

... Last updated on September 16th, 2007, 2:00pm
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by weronique
August 23rd, 2008, 1:27pm
aaa... i love the art...but i just got bored and dropped it :/ nothing much to say to that...

editembarrassedk... i dropped it before, got too confusing and i guess i was just really focused on romance part of the story... sigh... here and now, few years later, i am thinking of re-reading (and finishing) since i am older.

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 4:02pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Cerulean
August 18th, 2008, 10:39am
nice, light, airy in the first couple of volumes...and should've stayed that way...

however, once past volume 6, the story turned into a direction that strongly reminisced me of angel sanctuary, rg veda, & seimaden together....i read the raws, so i had no idea what they were talking about, but i was able to get the gist of the story through the pictures....the ending was ok....i expected better & more involvement in the relationship of the kainen & rell, and there were hints, but still.....

art is amazing after the first couple of volumes....the last volumes have strong, graphical gore & nudity....don't let it fool you as just another shoujo because of the first's like a different author had worked on this manga on the last volumes because of the direction that its genre has gone too....

recommend it for the people who can handle a bit of blood & ecchi, since the female protagonist was likable enough to root for....
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by aquaura
April 8th, 2008, 9:38pm
I love the theme! About a demon lord that falls in love with a half Masca!!! Awesome!!! I can't wait for more to come out... if more is going coming out. If not, ill cry T-T
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This is kind of amazing.   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by moonmystery
April 22nd, 2014, 4:46am
Let's just say I find the love between the demon lord and our main character to be intoxicating, somewhat unhealthy, and strangely fitting given their respective situations. This is a compliment. smile

The demon lord, first off, is an seemingly all-powerful being with the curse of immortality. (He spends his time killing himself due to how boring/depressing life gets) Because of his immortal body, no one cares about the pain he feels and all the complicated things he goes through. Nobody sees and treats him as a fellow human being, despite his drop dead gorgeous human body.

Then enter our heroine, a clever girl who has enough IQ to think up solutions for herself when she gets into problems.... Except, she usually is the cause of her own misfortunes because she runs willingly into situations without fully considering the consequences (and she's not scared of that makes her all the more willing to be in compromising situations).... It's too bad sincce she's the first female character to use her brain frequently and not rely on one tool.

She gets herself into the WORST possible situations, to the point that readers may just give up on trying to figure out how she would get herself out of trouble. And the demon lord becomes her free ticket to survival. This is where i disapproved of their relationship: Every time the girl is in trouble, the demon lord would come to her rescue even when the girl adamantly refuses his help. Eventually, they got themselves into so much trouble that even the demon lord's supposedly immortal body was at risk.

Instead of this type of rough love based on survival, I personally would've appreciated more moments where they just look cute together joking or flirting. But the author still did a spectacular job, considering how I held on until the very last chapter without a single break. (god my neck is stiff)

I also had a slight problem with the beautiful as every page was, I couldn't tell the blonde guys from each other towards the end of the series since EVERY ONE OF THEM LOOKED THE SAME. The scenes also could've used more variation, and more focus on the couples in question would've been nice as well. ((Masca stretched itself a lil too thin with all the ifghting, conspiracies, and side characters)

BUT people, I highly recommend giving this manga a try. Despite all my criticisms, truth is this story is worthy of attention. After all, reading this made me fantasize about getting myself a loving demon lord. wink

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 2:04am
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A for effort   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by djenna
October 15th, 2013, 5:46pm
Masca is pretty.

It has a captivating hook, and an interesting universe...

But it lacks depth, the plot is full of holes, the characters are almost incomprehensible at times.

I read it to the end -- so good was the starting hook and pretty art I suppose -- but I would not recommend it, except as a how-not-to tell a story and something to spark the imagination.
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by kuroXin
January 17th, 2012, 10:17pm
The series started out great, but gradually nosedived towards the end. The way the series ended left many questions unanswered.
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For example, there was an all-out war between different races in the end and the manga didn't explain why the war started. And, who exactly is that masked guy (with the feathers)? Why is he important and who are his parents? And, I still don't understand why Kainen is dying. Is he dying because he loves Asarella way too much????!!!! Is love forbidden for Belliars?

There were many loose ends in the story, and I'm hoping the sequel will patch them up. I thought the manga will end with 1 or more characters dying because of the tragedy genre, but it didn't end as horribly as I expected:
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Hint: Asarella did NOT end up with Elihue, which is a relief. I hope Asarella will find true freedom in the sequel.

Character development wasn't as extensive as, say, Pandora Hearts. Asarella's indecisiveness can get quite annoying but it's understandable because she's only 18 and just a child (in the Mascan point of view).
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At first   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
September 18th, 2009, 3:45pm
When I first started reading this manga I thought that it was not well thought out. The characters had no depth and the "love" circumstances were just plain laughable. The art was very well done, but that was it. After reading more into the series I'm looking forward to the end. Imagination was good and the story was enjoyable

... Last updated on December 10th, 2011, 11:03pm
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love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by darra23
June 13th, 2008, 7:24pm
this is such an awesome manhwa!!! but its as if they discontinued scanlating the remaining chapters.... the last chapter available is ch.19! i really want more!!! thats why i dont understand wy people have this in their completed lists.. pm me if there is an available place to read it! (sorry mods). this really is a must-read manhwa!
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Love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jenny19
December 1st, 2007, 6:14am
This is one of my favourits it is such a wonderful story and i love the characters. I brought the first volume from amazon and it got me hooked straight a way. Sadly the second volume doesn't come out till march so i'm so happy that KM are translating it and i really hope they do carry on till the end because i really would like 2 what happens in this manga and who Rell will pick ? i'm hoping the demon lord i love his character and i think he goes well with Rell.
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