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The Devil Does Exist, Volume 1

(Akuma de Sourou #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,262 ratings  ·  57 reviews
High school is difficult for most kids. But for Kayano, a shy girl whose single mother seems to work all the time, it's even worse than usual. She's so afraid of drawing attention to herself, in fact, that she can't tell the handsome Kamijo how much she loves him-until one day she finally gets up the courage to write him a letter confessing her feelings. But her plans go a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published January 19th 2004)
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Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gahhh!! I LOVED THIS! I might be a bit biased though in my opinion. I watched the taiwanese drama of this 'Devil Beside You' a couple of years ago and I fell in love instantly. I suggest anyone who likes this manga should watch the drama. This manga is good, but the drama is like five billion times better! I remember watching fan translations of it online and ended up buying it online for like $50. So worth it! All I have to say is MIKE AND RAINIE <3. I swear I will never fangirl any other pairi ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I debated between 2 and 3 stars for this one, but rounded up for the sake of nostalgia. I used to LOVE this manga, so much so that I've actually read the thing four times now. It was never my favorite, but I had all these feels from it and I would turn to it to deal with my frustration that Takanashi's other series wasn't finished yet.

I mean, I still think it's okay, but it's got a lot of the typical problems. The protective guy who always gets his way and the girl who cries a lot. Plus, the pre
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Somewhere between a 2.5 and a 3. Maybe a 2.75? I didn't hate this, I just wasn't too impressed. It's really hard for me to judge a manga on just one volume, so I will be hunting down the second volume soon. Then we will decide whether or not I actually like this.
Solace Winter
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I forgot how much I love this novel. I read it a loooong time ago, but I never finished the series, and it had been so long since I read the first few I decided to start over, and actually finish it this time.
Anna Aurora
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sick in bed this past week(stupid fever) and the only thing my brain can understand are mangas.So I decided to reread one of my all time favorite and of course I loved it !I have reread it like 4 or 5 times already and it never gets boring or old.Beautiful story!
5/5 stars
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The Devil Does Exist is one of the rarer examples of a "forbidden step sibling romance" being executed just about as perfectly as it can be. Most stories that try for this angle usually end up just trying to romanticize incest because they make them have too much of a family relationship and write it off as "there's no blood so they're good!" when in reality, viewing someone as a sibling and having that type of relationship, regardless of blood, is a major reason why incest is so socially unacce ...more
Kayano has a crush on Yuichi, the cute basketball team captain, but when she tries to give him a note telling him how she feels, it ends up in the hands of Takeru. Kayano learns Takeru is the son of the school's principal, and gets everything he wants, and it seems he has decided he wants Kayano. Then Kayano's mother marries Takeru's father and Kayano discovers it is not as easy to stay away from Takeru as she believed it would be.

This initially reminded me of Honey Mustard, in that the girl had
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read this one multiple times and my love for it never wavers. One of the things that I definitely liked was that all the chracters grow and mature throughout the whole series.

Kayano is a shy girl who has a crush on Kamijo the basketball team captain. When she's waiting to give Kamijo her confession letter she messes up and it's Takeru she confronts. Mortified she drops her letter without thinking and runs away. She soon realises that Takeru has her letter. Takeru is the Principle's all-but
Jul 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Read this series with my daughter. Then watched the hilarious Taiwanese drama (Mike He & Rainie) based on the story with her, as well. Should mother and daughter be bonding over this, really? Reeeally? ^__^;; Too funny. ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This series just gets better as it goes along! The two main characters are well portrayed and become more lovable and developed as it moves along. Shoujo/Shojo series. If you are looking for a drama/romance series that is a good length,then I recommend this 11 book series to you.
Sarah Evans
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it
The story was fine (a pretty normal shojo plot), but the illustration style irritated me for some reason.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an older manga, so it was a little bit hard to get into the punk gothic art style and the character's hairstyles. I thought about dropping it because of the artwork a couple chapters in, but I thought the story was decent enough so I stuck with it, and by the end it stopped bothering me.

The romance here isn't forbidden per se, but it's definitely not normal for two people to fall in love with each other after their single parents decide to get re-married. I wish there had been more devel
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, manga-read
Between a 2 and 3*. I like all the changing hairstyles but the plot has been done before and it's not super funny.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, manga
I love, love the artwork in this series. Loved re-reading this
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Rare for me to say but the drama adaptation is better.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one of the oldies are goldies case!
A must read, for those who haven't!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
a problematic fave
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t read it. But I watched taiwanese drama based on this manga it's an OK story not fun for me but I know for most of romantic movie drama lovers it would be worth watching or reading.
Laura (ローラ)
Mitsuba Takanashi is one of my favourite character fashion artists. Every day the characters have a new look, a new hairdo, a new style... even the boys. This just proves to me what a great artist she is. That she can actually vary a characters appearance but still not confuse the reader. There are some artists who just do not have the skill to pull this off.

The other thing that's great about Takanashi is that she seems to have a great handle on human-nature. Her angsty series seem to actually c
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shoujo
This is a re-read since I vaguely recall liking this series the first time I read it. I'm not going to talk about plot or anything in this review. I'm going to focus on the illustration instead - simply because others are complaining that it's horrible. IT'S NOT!
In fact, I love it. It suits the storyline and the writing style. The characters speak "realistically" (or maybe because I'm American that the direct way of their speaking style feels more genuine that what I normally read in shoujo). Th
Snarky Hatter
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
...I'm not sure what to say or how to feel about this volume/series.

It's pretty messed up, but depending on how the series goes I might be able to enjoy it if I turn off my brain. Granted, that's going to be hard to do when characters like Haru chew out Kayano for not being happy about being trapped in a closet with a boy who is obviously not happy with Kayano and puts her in a questionable position. Also, if Takeru keeps being a manipulative jerk I'll eventually put the series down.

Though kudo
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Confessing to the person you like is never easy, having the attention seeking Edogawa Tekeru know who you like is even worse. Kayano thought high school was going to be hard enough but take on running errands for Takeru and it is almost unbearable especially when their parents are getting married and they have to move in with one another.

I loved the storyline development and growth of the characters. This is a series that I was really excited about reading. The romance does not start at the begi
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
This was monstrously bad. I thought I was just being grumpy when I started this, and maybe I was a little. I don't understand the definition of "nice" that they used in this. Standing up for yourself does not equal mean, nor does it mean you should renege when someone else is clearly in the wrong and claims that your actions are self-centered. Forbidden Kiss has the exact same premise and is frankly better in every way. Artistry, characters, plot, every single way. I got through volume 2, which ...more
Naj G
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, manga
I give it 5 stars. I read this back when I was a teen and it was my first shoujo manga , actually It was more like the first Manga I have ever read that happened to be shoujo :D !. The plot Is cute and classic with the the teenage romance drama element of course. It is clean so anyone under 18 can read it. I remember sometimes I wanted to punch the heroine but not as much as I wanted to slap Anastasia from 50 shades or that twilight girl like any manga enjoy it but don't let it be your ma ...more
Miss Susan
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
you know the whole 'and now: siblings!' plot works surprisingly well for this book because takeru is a little shit in a way that screams bratty little brother

like the start of the volume did not incline me to view him favourably and then principal came in to explain him via the marriage plot and it was as though a light had dawned on me

ahh. he's a little shit

is it bad that i want kayano to pat him on the head and generally win by being kind yet obnoxiously condescending?

3 stars
Jade West
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
*******2 stars********
This book was not as good as I expected. The character were confusing and the plotline was odd. The main female character didn't seem to have as good as a complex personality. The relationships were odd, as well as the age difference.
I didn't have a desire to read in deeper, instead I just sped through the pages.
The art work was odd, it is hard to tell if some characters are male or female, and a male character was giving mixed signals of being gay or straight, it seemed bi
Lydia Presley
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, young-adult, manga
Okay.. I admit it. I'm fascinated with manga at this point (thanks Danielle!) What other books can fulfill my need for drama and angst all wrapped up in a neat, hilarious, teenage package?

I'm not going to write a full review on this series volume by volume - so I'll fill in more here once I've finished it, but so far.. it's been hilarious and fun to read. Definitely recommending to my sister.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I grabbed this accidentally when looking for a book with similar title. It has promise, but it follows a standard high school manga trope of bad boy is actually misunderstood and happens to be a decent guy. Hints of Marmalade Boy where there's the possibility of two families coming together with some attraction causing problems. I might give it a try if I'm avoiding other more serious books I have in my pile.
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