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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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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).
I picked up this manhwa about 2 years ago.
The plot started light with the typical shoujo-ish plot. I found it very charming when the devil lord kiss Rell's foot, taking her sarcasm literally. The irregular releases turned me off because I need to go back to read the chapters before to be able to understand the new release. Then, I put it on hold but glad I decided to throw it back to my reading list as the plot is thickening and diverge from the regular shoujo into something better. It may be a bit slow in the middle (where I decided to put it on hold) but afterwards, it promises you a gripping story. It may be a bit confusing with words filling up the bubble conversation so I skim it through.
As others have said, the first seven chapters are really an introduction - they're light and airy and nothing too serious happens. The panneling is sometimes imaginative and the mini-stories don't flow well into one another but the art is a lot better than some mangas and the storylines are fine for their length. After that, however, the story deepens and becomes darker. There are some holes, but I think that's because the author didn't know which direction they wanted to take the story in. There is a love triangle, which is interesting because
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I changed my mind half way through about who I was rooting for. The magician dude (Rell's guardian) was my first choice, but he's been way too jealous and stiffling. So even though the Demon Lord did all that stuff to Rell, I can't help feeling a bit sorry for him
The character development in the story is good, and characters aren't just forgotten about. The plot is thickening and developing, the art is...unique but nice; lots of attention to detail.
... Last updated on March 27th, 2011, 2:47am
rell bores me but the story itself makes up for the boring heroine
i'm not gonna go into a rant of why rell is boring. i really hate heroines like her but like what i said the story makes up for her. the flow of the story keeps you looking forward for the next chapter and the it doesn't drag. i hate it when authors do that, they spend freaking 5-10 chapters on just one issue in the story.
I enjoy reading it
Love it!! So far, it's been kind of boring but in the last few chapters I read, it's getting more exciting. I want more action! Although I heard that towards the middle of the manhwa, things get fired up a bit, I can't wait.This is definitely something you would want to try. The artwork is amazing and the humans there are really different there.
EDIT: Wow, I finally finished reading Masca after all these years LOL (TOOK ME 3 YRS) I really hated the ending. WTF BUTTTTT I have high hopes for the sequel..
... Last updated on June 2nd, 2013, 9:43pm
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
An overlooked series =,(
This comment is based on what's translated so far.
It's REALLY too bad that many people have not tried this series. The summary makes this series sound mediocre when in reality, it is amazing! Do not judge this series for it's artwork. I did not like it much at first, but I gradually got used to it (it DOES get better as the story goes on---now I can't get enough of it!).
I definitely agree with one commenter Celinae who said, "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. ^^"
Of course artwork is very important to most people but the most crucial part of any series has to be the Plot and Characters. Volume one of this series is very light and would easily appeal to many "shoujo" readers. We are introduced to the main character Asarella who is very young but fearless. She is the "strong" female lead that many readers "look for" when they try new series. Asarella is very courageous so she does not fear anything; including the nefarious Demon King! The Demon King has become apathetic since he has lived for so long and is bored with life; nothing is "interesting" anymore and simply living a day-to-day routine is dreary. Little does he know, someone was going to change all of that! However, it is only an Introduction to a serious story later on. After Volume one, there are many plot twists and we get to see many "dark sides" to the characters and their lives. That is why it is the "mature" genre. Just give this series a try!
Thank you Evil Flowers for picking this up XD
... Last updated on January 10th, 2010, 9:19am
aaa... i love the art...but i just got bored and dropped it :/ nothing much to say to that...
editk... 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
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 volumes....it'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....
Interesting yesh yesh~
The art at times reminded me of Saki Hiwatari, mangaka of Please Save My Earth, and the clothes of Kaori Yuki, author of Angel Sanctuary etc.
The story looks pretty interesting, and I would love updates, but the second volume did nothing for me (last chapter excluded), since the romantic tension was missing ;d