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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

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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.79 by Akuma Love Scans (56d ago)
v.12 c.77-78 by Akuma Love Scans (117d ago)
v.11 c.76 by Akuma Love Scans (117d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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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 (1242 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.17 / 10.0
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September 11th 2014, 9:46pm 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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #534 increased(+47)
Monthly Pos #677 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #454 decreased(-27)
6 Month Pos #347 increased(+14)

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On 1295 wish lists
On 213 completed lists
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Should Akuma to love song be adapted to... 1304 days, 16 hours, 55 minutes ago
Kawaii Maria's personality according to MBIT 1630 days, 19 hours, 33 minutes ago
Does anyone know when/if this title will be licensed in America? 2018 days, 13 hours, 49 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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I used to like it...   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by theLettuceGarden04
August 3rd, 2012, 8:58pm
I like characters like her, but I loathe love triangles, especially if it involves 2 girls and 1 guy- it turns this into more of a 'typical' shoujo. Beforehand, it was a fine read- in fact I would prefer it this only had SUBTLE romance lol (maybe, wait, definitely because I personally didn't like the love triangle). As everyone else had say, the art is cool and Maria is especially pretty and a bit dull...

Edit: I read it again, and I seriously loved the beginning, but yet again, it disappointed me again with her I love Megu phase. It got interesting with another new character though, therefore I will keep reading, hoping for the impossible... (I hate cliche stuff, gawd, I should take a break from manga)

... Last updated on August 29th, 2012, 11:40pm
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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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meh   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by xdeLiiRiOus
March 29th, 2012, 8:32pm
I've only read the first couple of chapters scanlated by serenus-dreamers and what struck out at me the most were how polarized the minor characters were (such as the side students and teachers). it felt really unrealistic to me because no one is that one-sided. almost everyone is marvelling at what an awesome kawaii maria is but I don't like her simply because I found her hard to relate to and unrealistic sometimes.

it was boring and exagerrated. anyways i read about 13 chapters and then dropped it.

I'd recommend this to those who hate the typical shoujo heroines cause kawaii maria is a complete 180 of those. this manga has all the same cliche plot devices that make us love and hate shoujo.

... Last updated on March 29th, 2012, 8:33pm
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Errrr   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Bebe~
March 20th, 2012, 8:39pm
When I first starting reading it, I thought it was a nice opening and I thought it had a lot of potential. Up until the latest volume (vol 8)..With the whole Anna arc.. after that, i found some raws to check out and the story plot just plummeted I did not like the ending at all! Not much character development either -_-.
I don't think I'll pick it back up again even when it's completely translated.

... Last updated on March 20th, 2012, 8:40pm
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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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It's okay   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by PriAya
October 22nd, 2011, 10:38pm
So I found something that's actually much more annoying than cliches...stoic female leads. I understand how people are drawn to strong personalities much better than stereotypes,but this is nothing realistic at all.
What do you expect? It's fiction,I get it,but to think that the whole bullying part was a bit too exaggerated to make it believable makes it even more annoying.

Maria...how should I say it? She's a very strong character yet she lacks expression and depth. She's basically lacking everything,so she's also very dull.I couldn't see anything interesting in her at all.
The plot seems interesting at first look,but upon examining the rest,it gets boring and cliched. I really did not see the point in dragging this at all.
Most of the characters were drawn beautifully,so i guess that's the only thing that seemed convincing to me.
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Couldn't stop reading   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 1122shadows
October 10th, 2011, 12:32pm
Maria is so brutally honest that she's everyone's reality check, which is why people can't hide who they really are, and also why everyone hates her. On the other hand, she's completely able to handle the situation and solve her problems. She's a tough character and someone everyone is attracted to. There are lots of side characters that you'll love to hate and some that you'll hate to love. But this isn't a manga with any romantic moments, rather it's something more about gaining redemption and obtaining cardio fortitude.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2011, 12:39pm
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so disappointed   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by transcend89
July 20th, 2011, 6:24pm
a big letdown to a good beginning...somewhere along the way the manga lost what was good about it and after looking at the raws for the final chapter man was I even more disappointed and pissed.
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Lately I find it boring   
Rating: N/A
by lamansonbleue
May 27th, 2011, 4:35pm
- how corny it can be sometimes
- those musical things (not interested at all)
- Yuusuke, I hate monkey-like guys
- Anna, I find her annoying too.
- Nippochi is trying too much to be some kind of heavy metalist?
or how should I say it, she keeps babbling about how skulls and black are so cool
etc. that doesn't make her cool if she's surrounded by skulls. oldy 6th graders
think like that.
+ Maria x Megumi
+ Marias personality
+ Elvis Presley - Amazing Grace
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