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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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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.
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!
First volumes of this manhwa were so interesting, I just couldn't stop reading(and I have to say I was hungry as hell), but after 6th volume I just looked at pictures - basically I lost interest in story(I don't do that often). It left many unanswered questions, but once sequel is finished I'll give it second try
I gave 9 to this series mainly because of art -ehm...devil lord Kainen. SO SEXY!!! His eyes...kyaaaa. Piercied ears, Pierced lip, PIERCED NIPPLE!!!!.....KYAAAAa....gugggle...major nosebleed
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
Subtle lampshading at the end cancelled out 80% of the content of the manga.
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Kainen said something like "I don't need to be with you, perhaps I wasn't so much in love with you, as I was infatuated with gaining these human emotions" to reject Ms.Mary Sue.
I fucking busted a lung. It all came together when I read that. See, usually I hate many of the manwha I read because of their insentient self-important heroine-centric relationship dynamics, one touch away from an 18+ otome game with a 5some ending. But for some reason, I just could never feel any sort of NTR/jealousy vibes from Kainen's POV. It was a single tiny section of text in the corner of a single page, and never elaborated upon. It even may have been an unintentional lampshading by the author. A sentence that sounded poetic but they didn't really think out the ramifications. Or maybe it was just their subconcious bleeding through about how there is no possible way that someone as based as Kainen would give a genuine shit about our Stockholm syndrome headcase heroine(whose only non-physical asset seems to be a apathy/ignorance that stems from living an empty shell of an existence, raised as some magic guy's dutch wife).
In synopsis: Asarella was a smoking hot babe that sold crack (aka human emotions) to Kainen; but Kainen couldn't differentiate between the pusher and the drug itself, so in a deluded stupor convinced himself he was in love with some slut whose SUPER RARE MAGICAL power seemed to be the ability to naturally read human facial cues. ... ... ... You know, like we all can.
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
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
I really had high hopes for this. I wanted to like it so much but even rereading it again I can't give it more than a 5 star rating. There were so many things that didn't add up about the heroine, certain circumstances and some mysterious past (I'm not going to spoil it here since I don't know how to explain things without blurting everything out). But that'snot even the main issue I had with this manhwa. It felt so forced sometimes. Like there were choices she or he or even the other side (barely noticeable characters that just wants to make things more complicated) they could have made but of course...we must have plot! Which would have been okay if it wasn't so...clumsily executed.
Then again, recently I've found myself asking more from the manga/manhwa genre. And I've been rereading and (sometimes) reconsidering the scores I've given in the past.
There's a sequel, I hear, and maybe that will explain this one. The art is gorgeous. I still enjoyed it a bit amidst the hairpulling and the headscratching...oh, and sometimes the facepalming. But I'll give this a 5 for now. (Plus sometimes I had to push myself to finish...when that happens. Shit's happening that's just not alright)