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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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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.77-78 by Akuma Love Scans (54d ago)
v.11 c.76 by Akuma Love Scans (54d ago)
v.11 c.75 by Akuma Love Scans (163d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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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 (1238 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.17 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 20th 2014, 9:05am 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 #559 decreased(-41)
Monthly Pos #571 decreased(-64)
3 Month Pos #329 increased(+14)
6 Month Pos #355 decreased(-66)

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On 4404 reading lists
On 1291 wish lists
On 209 completed lists
On 315 unfinished lists
On 556 custom lists

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Should Akuma to love song be adapted to... 1241 days, 8 hours, 16 minutes ago
Kawaii Maria's personality according to MBIT 1567 days, 10 hours, 53 minutes ago
Does anyone know when/if this title will be licensed in America? 1955 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Lovely!   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by littleyellowdress
June 19th, 2008, 12:08pm
I found this one pretty intriguing, and unlike any shoujo manga I've ever read before. The female protagonist is also unlike anyone I've ever seen before, but what she says always sort of strikes a chord within me.

Although she wants to be accepted and redeemed in the eyes of society, she doesn't try to project a desirable / agreeable image of herself that would enable her to get socially assimilated. Instead, she faces people straight on without pretenses and inadvertently forces people to confront their own negative qualities which they would rather be oblivious to. She also voices out bluntly many underlying truths beneath social interactions and relationships which people would prefer to leave hidden and unsaid, hence making her a rather unpopular figure. In doing so, she preserves her identity and sense of self, yet paradoxically condemns herself to her malicious social image ("devil") at the same time.

I guess I can't judge whether this manga will live up to its potential based on only a few chapters, but it seems quite promising though!

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2008, 7:38am
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stunning manga!   
Rating: N/A
by hematitecrow
May 1st, 2008, 5:32am
i really hated the girl in the beginning, but as i continued reading, i found the whole story so amazing! it's just so deep, not like other manga that are pretty shallow sometimes. this is something deeper, and it's amazing. when Kawai started singing the song, Amazing Grace, it really rang in my ears. amazing manga, two thumbs up!!!!!!!
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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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Wow~   
Rating: N/A
by MangomyTango
April 1st, 2011, 6:48pm
Maria's past is quite scary and it's like a violent roller coaster when I first read it.
This manga is generally dramatic...what else?
However, the storyline and the characters is quite enjoyable. I like things that are slightly dramatic/or should I say over-dramatic xD because I like over-fluffy shoujo that has a bland story wave.

It may not suit everyone's taste, but it certainly suited mine xD
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akuma   
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by sissydaredevil
September 21st, 2009, 10:35pm
Wow i just totally love this girl, i hate it in manga when the girl always has to be rescude, i mean once or twice is kinda romantic but maria dosent usually need rescuing, i love watching the bullies squirm around her, amagine if she actually tried to intimidate somone, they would die of freight, she usually dosent stick up for herself, but she dosent show any emostions which works better because she cant be intimidated, shes straitforward and blunt, and strong, my favorite manga herion.
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Definitely one of my favourites   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ez3
June 29th, 2008, 4:30am
I'm completely hooked to Akuma to Love Song. It's a great manga, and Kawai Maria is an extremely unique character that I have to admit to being attracted to. Though, of course, not in that way. The art is beautifully drawn, and, even though the plot is not very original (the plot, not the character. Take note, take note), the characters are amazing.

There are the few characters that are somewhat 'typical', which contrasts Maria and makes her stand out even more. She's special, and that's what makes me love this manga so much more than I do already. Although I mostly go for cliches, this has been hooked. I keep waiting for the moment for her to break down, yet I dread it. Akuma to Love Song has got me contradicting myself, but I think that that's a good thing.

All in all, this is a masterpiece. It's a must-read, and I definitely recommend it.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2008, 4:31am
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Different   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sAsAk1
June 26th, 2008, 1:43pm
I really don't know what to think of her! She's very unique. I haven'tmet a single character like her~ You should read it it's really refreshing for some reason. But I can understand that this is a manga you either hate or love. Just try it and find out. I love it so far biggrin
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extremely unique   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by argymay
April 12th, 2008, 11:34pm
although this may appear similar to any typical shoujo storyline at surface glance: pretty female protagonist draws the interest of two good-looking male protagonists, and foreshadowing of an inevitable love triangle between the three -- thus far -- this manga has shown that it is anything but.

The main lead, Maria, is an extremely strong, perceptive, and intelligent female. The two main male leads, Yuusuke and Meguro serve as foils for one another, amplifying the dichotomy between their characters (but they may not be as different as they first appear). The first few chapters have done an excellent job setting up the rest of the series by revealing just enough character-development to hint at an angst-filled background for all three characters -- but not too much -- keeping the mystery intact.

It took me a long time to finally start reading this manga and I'm really glad that I've picked it up. If you like strong female leads and a storyline that doesn't just involve: girl likes boy, boy likes girl, girl and boy get together, you should definitely try this out!

... Last updated on April 12th, 2008, 11:37pm
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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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Loving it!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kebi
March 16th, 2009, 1:57am
I read this before when there were just 2 chapters, I got impatient for the next release so I dropped it and never really got to read it when the third chapter was released. I was thinking of picking it up again but there were some comments about it being unrealistic and how everyone was so "devil-ized". I hesitated but did read it again and wow, I am surprised. I loved it and think it really is good. I love how the characters are dissected (in a good way), how Maria analyzes everyone, it just seems so true. The setting of the story, japanese high school, might not actually fit the characters in a way that high school kids can't be that bad or mature or whatever but it reflects real life in its own amazing way and I can really relate to that. There's character development, laughter and romance in it that I really really like.

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I seriously adore Megu. There is just something about Yuusuke that just seem like he won't be able to keep up with our wild Maria. We're still on the early chapters but I think that Yuusuke is kinda weak. Might be too early to say that, let's just see later.


... Last updated on March 16th, 2009, 1:59am
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