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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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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
A for effort
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.
Interesting world, but bad romance
The world is fairly interesting, the non-romance part of the plot is pretty neat, and the art is gorgeous. The first volume is light, funny, and happy, but after that things get serious pretty abruptly. You're in for some major mood whiplash.
I didn't like the romance parts.
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One love interest is very controlling. The other is all right, up until the point when things get very... rape-y. Poor Rell spends an awful lot of time crying and having her love interests making her feel terrible in various ways.
With a situation like that, unless it's portrayed in a very specific way, it stops being interesting, and just gets uncomfortable.
I don't know if I'd read it again or not. I may have just not been in the right mood for reading it. Overall though, reading it just felt... iffy.
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.
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
This is kind of amazing.
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.
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 death....so 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 artstyle....as 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.
... Last updated on April 22nd, 2014, 3:43pm
This story is great! At first I read a few pages and I thought it was horribly drawn and stupid but then I gave it another chance and I came to realize that its such a great story! I loved the fearlessness of the heroine and I hope that she always keeps that trait. The art also gets considerably better as the story moves on. This is a story about fantasy, magic and love. The world building is pretty good. The romance is messy but its still a great story
Started off cute, then it went on too long, to much soap opera
I don't typically like shoujo manga, or love triangles (what am I saying it's practically a harem) for that matter, but I started reading it and it was kind of cute. But I stopped around the time that that happened at volume 6. Seriously!
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'You were in heat so it's totally okay that you wanted to bang that guy.' Lines like that make a stupid situation even worse.
It's also my biggest pet peeve when everyone and their brother want to bang the main character. I definitely think Azarella starting to tread into Mary Sue territories.
Then as I was about to drop it, I thought I'd read the end see who she end up with and even that disappointed me.
BTW am I the only one who preferred Elihue for her? They seem cute together. And Kainen isn't that hot, people, he kind of reminds me of Satan from Angel Santuary except not hot. [/IMHO] Anyway, I don't like him.
Thus ends my not helpful, overly opinionated rant.. i mean review.
... Last updated on January 27th, 2014, 5:55pm
What I at first believed to be a decent manga is nothing more than a jumbled mess of fantasy, melodrama and mindless gore. I read the story to completion for no reason other than to answer my ever-growing list of questions, only to find it ending so abruptly I literally felt in shock. Did the author think about any of these things at all? Did s/he just throw new things in every once in a while without a care for how it affected plot? Apparently.
Spoiler: None of your questions will be answered. There's apparently a sequel, but I don't have hope for it answering any of them.
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She doesn't even picked a damned love interest in the end. Way to make essentially the entire plot of the story pointless!
I'll start where I left off...with my imaginaiton
I really have nothing more to say because much of the stuff I wanted to put down in my comment was already said by other members and readers like the confusion about many things being unanswered in the end, but hopefully I'll find the answers in the sequel which I intend to read next, and perhaps in the prequel which is also worth reading as an intro to the whole story. I hope the story will come to its real culmination eventually and that the resolution of the story will be satisfactory. I won't even try with listing all the adjetives, atributes and epithets that I was able to acquire towards the art, the plot and especilly the characters and the setting, while reading the story. The list will be longer than a Chinese wall and anyway, I can't really describe it with words, to be honest. Maybe Im under the impression right now, but still, story is just too epically utopian, magical, full of fantasy and visions of Neverland...It allowed me, or better, it made me keep dreaming again, it made me feel like an imagination can go real, even in the boundaries of someone's head. It's powerful, just like that : ) Highly-recommended!