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Manga Review: A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Two by Miyoshi Tomori

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A Devil and Her Love Song Volume Two is a manga by Miyoshi Tomori, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2012. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

In this volume of A Devil and Her Love Song, there’s a very strong emphasis on the character of Yusuke Kanda, one of the potential love interests for Maria Kawai, the protagonist of the series. At one point in the volume, Yusuke publicly proclaims that he likes Maria; however, with some of Yusuke’s actions throughout this volume, it’s hard for me to truly tell if he likes her more than a friend or not. Yusuke’s interactions and attitudes keep changing so much in this volume, it’s hard to tell how he truly feels.

In Volume One, Shin Meguro was established as being a second potential love interest for Maria; however, for most of Volume Two, Shin is more of a background character. It’s not until near the end of this volume that Shin starts becoming important to the story again. I wonder if Volume Three will be putting more of an emphasis on Shin.

The bullying that Maria endures continues in this volume. A girl named Ayu Nakamura is the ringleader, and most of the class follows her lead. If the bullying Maria endures from her classmates isn’t bad enough, Maria’s teacher actually joins in the bullying instead of trying to stop it from happening. Maria’s teacher, along with other staff members, is prejudiced against Maria due to the fact that she had been expelled from her previous school for beating up a teacher. When an incident takes place in the classroom before his arrival, he automatically sides with the other students involved instead of trying to find out what happened; to him, Maria is automatically guilty due to her past.

To make matters worse, the teacher decides to try to bully Maria into leading the class for the schoolwide choral competition that’s coming up. Maria decides to do it, but not because the teacher tried to bully her into it. Now Maria has the insurmountable task of trying to work with the classmates who bully her in order to get something together for the competition.

Once again, Tomori was able to depict Maria’s bullies in such a way that it almost literally made my blood boil. I especially was frustrated with the teacher, since he comes across as a major jerk for how he treats Maria. Instead of being an authority figure that should be protecting his student from the bullying, he ends up becoming a bully himself.

As I read more of A Devil and Her Love Song, I think there would be the potential for this manga to be part of some kind of anti-bullying curriculum or campaign. With how much emphasis is being placed on teenage bullying in the United States, it seems that A Devil and Her Love Song is being released in North America at a perfect time. I would highly recommend this series for teenage readers; there’s a very strong message about bullying here, and I think this story should be read by as many teenagers as possible.

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