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Demon Love Spell, Vol. 1

(Ayakashi Koi Emaki #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,659 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works—sort of—but now Kagura is after her!

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 25th 2009)
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Dear God this thing was hysterical!

Played straight, this would have been boring, perhaps a little creepy, and certainly not worth reading. Done the way it was, everything was so over-the-top you couldn't help but start laughing. Shinjo definitely succeeded in making a manga you can't help but crack up at.

Besides just laughs, "Demon Love Spell" also has an entertaining starring duo. I can't help but love Miko, who accidentally gets it right when she tries to seal a demon. Miko's got strong opinio
Rylee Richard
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somehow adorable AND semi-smutty! (Hey, it works.)
Amber Hetchler
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I've got to admit, this was hilarious. xD ...more
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This is a review of volumes 1-2 which I read together back to back. See the plot section for my thoughts on the individual volumes.

Miko's dad is a major player in the occult world... banishing spirits left and right! Miko so badly wants to belong to that world too... Then she meets Kagura!! An incubus who feeds himself off women's feelings of passion and love. When her school friends get their hearts broken Miko comes to
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, graphic
Given their levels of caution and intelligence it is amazing that this family survives their demon-destroying career.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I randomly decided to check this out and it's fine. To be honest, most books centered around a heterosexual romance bore me to tears. This one had an interesting premise but that was about where it stopped for me.

I like Kangura. I loved the parents bonding with him and making him cute little outfits and a house. A lot of it was surprisingly cute. However, I just... didn't really connect to the main character all that much. I didn't quite get the appeal of the constant "should I? I shouldn't" stu
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2018
I am so excited to finally be reading this series! I have wanted to read it for years and for some reason just never did. Now I am changing that! So this volume is about Miko, she's the oddball in her family, all of them can sense/see demons but her. She tries so hard but she just can't. When her friend comes running saying this guy was cheating on her, she runs after him thinking he's demon... she's right and she gets him. Now he's pretty much the size of a little doll and is forced to do whate ...more
Holly Letson
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I quite loved this manga. But, being as I love pretty much all Shinjo Mayu's mangas, that comes as no surprise.

Why, hello there, Saku---um, Kagura. Ms. Shinjo's main bishies are starting to pretty much look alike, though. She needs to start making them look different.


Miko's best friend's boyfriend is cheating on her. She comes to Miko about that, and joking makes the accusation that Kagura might be a demon incubus, since he is such a womanizer. Of course, Miko is a serious s
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads

Demon Love Spell was so cute! It's been awhile since I've read any manga, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. (This is my first manga review, by the way ^.^) It actually reminded me a LOT of Mugen Spiral, which is one of my favorites.

I love romance stories that start off as hatred. LOVE them. As far as romance goes, that's my favorite kind. I know, I'm weird. :p But I think that's why I enjoyed this one so much, because they were stuck with each other against thei
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this was wonderful!
Great story,funny characters and just great overall.
Even the ending had me laughing out loud, poor Miko!
And Kagura, God! This is why they say perfect boys only exist in books!
But I have to admit. I wish Miko would just realize that Kagura loved her, I mean it's obvious! But anyways great writing, beautiful art, a smexy hero and wonderful heroine, what more could you ask for! Definitely gonna read this series.
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I like the artwork in this series. The story arc is simple, fun and enjoyable. A demon falling for a priestess and the priestess falling for the demon.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I ended up liking this more than I thought and all I could think is: THIS NEEDS TO BE AN ANIME. It would be so hilarious
Laura (ローラ)
Demon Love Spell is a short 6 volume series by Mayu Shinjo.

The story follows Miko (a miko) and daughter to a famous Shinto priest who has abundant powers but no abilities to sense or see spirits... and Kagura (an incubus) the strongest demon from the demon world who gains his powers from the directed love and passion of women. Miko is surprised when she accidentally seals his powers, and they are both surprised when they begin falling in love with each other.

This story is so a-typical of Mayu S
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
So far this is one of Mayu Shinjo's more pure stories. It's not quite as smutty yet I think, the last volume will be quite a bit. This is also more along the lines of Love Celeb and Midnight Children both of which I loved, if you can't tell (haha)

Miko can't see spirits despite the fact that she's a shrine maiden, next in line to inherit her father's shrine. Because of that she's pretty damn lively when it comes a hint or whisper of spiritual activity. Then she meets the lust demon, Kagura a
Jillian -always aspiring-
2020 Read #13

No holds barred: this is probably the worst manga I’ve read in a long, long time. The art is subpar when compared to other shojo/josei manga, but the story itself is just bare bones and contains no depth whatsoever. I think I should have known there was going to be an issue simply because the heroine, a priestess, is named Miko, of all things! *facepalm* But the biggest plot hole is that the heroine is suddenly a target for demons — even though she had no power to see them prior and
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very silly. The plot and main characters were very predictable, but her parents were just hilarious. That little house! Goodness.

From a professional standpoint, this would be tough to recommend at the library: the main characters are an incubus and a high schooler, for goodness' sake. I wouldn't have batted an eye reading this as a teenager, but as an adult who works with teens I can't help but cringe. (For what it's worth, I have similar feelings about the relationship dynamic in the T
Daisy M.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, I ended up enjoying it more than I initially thought I would.
April Soos
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
So cute! Way funnier then I thought it was going to be. Insta-lovey but in a cute way I cannot wait to read more, I love little Kagura.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a cute, fun read! I can't wait to find volume 2. ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, smut
I've liked Shinjo's work in the past, although I'll admit that after a while some of her work just seemed to be a little bland, too much of a copy of Sensual Phrase. This was partially due to a publisher Shinjo had been working with, but for a while afterwards I just couldn't seem to get into the stuff she'd released even after she broke off with her old publisher. I'm officially digging her work with Demon Love Spell, though.

If you're wondering, the smut level in this actually isn't that bad wh
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shoujo manga lovers can look no further

These days I’m hard pressed to read a lot of manga as opposed to written novels, so Mayu Shinjo’s new series, Demon Love Spell, was a welcomed reprieve. Miko is a budding shrine maiden who is still developing her abilities to banish spirits, a skill and duty that has passed down from generation to generation in her family for centuries. She strives to keep her family’s tradition alive, but she has to get better. She sees one opportunity to do so when sh
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is about a shrine maiden named Miko who just can't seem to do her job. Both of her parents and even her grandparents expelled demons from the world. While she tries to expel demons from her shrine, she can't see the demons, so she doesn't even know if the spell went in the right direction or not! When her friend rushes to her telling Miko about this boy who must be possessed by a demon, since he is such a womanizer, Miko runs to the call of her friend and classmates. Of course, her fr ...more
This is the story of Miko, a girl trying to live up to her family's long tradition of ability of banishing demons. However, she's had very little luck sensing or vanquishing demons--at all. That is until one day, when she has an actual encounter with a demon, a really hot, smoldering demon, but that's not the point. According to her family, she must banish him. That is until Miko realizes she just took away all his powers and he is transformed into a cute chibi version of his former self. Now wi ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, manga-reviews
Warning! Contains content not meant for young children.

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A fun read with humor and romance and demons oh my! I love it when I read something that makes me laugh, so extra points for this one.

Miko, our leading female role, comes from a long line of priests and priestess' who can see and feel evil spirits and banish them. But Miko can't do either of those. Well... When her friend bursts in and starts complaining about her "boyfriend" Kagura kissing another girl
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute and quirky. Your average gratuitous romance manga with absolutely no substance beyond its sensual/"But...I love you" elements. So what the heck is up with the 3 stars? I'm giving it a whole 3 star because this manga isn't trying to pretend to be deep, significant, or driven by plot. It's proudly steamy and overly adorable. It doesn't want readers to be enlightened it wants them to be entertained! It's shoujo manga for crying out loud. I actually giggled a few times which took it up a notch. ...more
Chrysa Scofield
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This was my first time reading a manga and even though it was quite interesting and funny at some parts, it wasn't as good i expected it to be. It wasn't bad, it was okay. But i think that i will give it a secong chance and read the second volume.
My favorite character in "Demon Love Spell" was...... KANGURA. The hot guy who also appears to be a demon, and let me tell you that he's a very powerfull demon. There were plenty of funny scenes between Kangura and Miko, but the most laughable and funn
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
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Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, and well-drawn manga. I get the feeling that there will be romance involved further into the story in later volumes, but right now the love-hate relationship between Miko and Kagura is plenty to keep the story going. There is plenty of comic relief, but the mature content of him feeding off sexual energy would have me say this isn't for those under 14 or 15 years old. ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving this a three because insta-love is extremely childish. However, I did find this story to be extremely entertaining. The art is well done, the characters are adorable (and sexy at the same time) and the storyline itself is interesting. Definitely doesn't stand out from the large amount of Shojo Beat romance mangas out there.... But it's enjoyable nonetheless! ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
At first I thought I would dislike it because some of the cover art seems over the top in romance, but instead I found a funny and well-written story. Kagura actually reminds me a lot of Miroku from Inuyasha in how he treated all women and then Sango, so this was quite easy to relate and have a laugh to.
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Mayu Shinjo debuted in 1994 in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic with "Anata no Iro ni Somaritai". She continued writing for Shogakukan until 2007, with her works appearing in both Shōjo Comic and their other magazine Cheese!. She left the company to go freelance citing a dispute over working conditions and abusive treatment by her editor.

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