The storytelling is getting more solid. That’s a good thing.
Story: Mayu Shinjo
Art: Mayu Shinjo
Translation/Adaptation: Tetsuchiro Miyaki
What They Say
Kagura and Miko ask her father for permission to move out of the shrine and live together on their own. Surprisingly, Miko’s father readily agrees, but just what has this powerful priest done to Kagura?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Kagura and Miko have come to the decision that it is time they move in together. When her father agrees without much of a fight, something seems odd. But he lets the two of them go with a smile on his face. When they are alone, they realize that they can finally follow through on the desires they have been holding in check. However, it is at that point that they discover that Miko’s father has placed a curse on Kagura that renders him unable to have sex. He has accepted Kagura enough to accept the incubus’s presence around his daughter but not enough to fully trust him.
The other issue they are running into is lack of money. While Kagura only needs Miko’s love to live, she needs to eat, so she takes a series of jobs that leave her exhausted. So Kagura uses his natural appeal to find work as a male idol. But with the hordes of female fans throwing themselves at Kagura and Miko’s boss openly desiring her, their worlds start drifting apart.
This is only the second volume of the series that I have checked out, and the first since volume 2. My first experience left me a little frustrated as I felt that the stories were rushed. Mayu Shinjo, the artist and author, openly admitted that she had issues with long-term planning, and it showed. There was a lot of potential lost because the stories weren’t allowed to breathe. By this volume, that issue seems to have been solved. The story has slowed down some, and she is allowing the plot to develop fully before following through on them. Rather than try to tell two complete stories in a single volume, this one opens up with essentially a short story before embarking on a plot arc that takes the rest of the volume to complete.
It works out a lot better, and I hope she keeps that sort of pacing up. The relationship between Miko and Kagura is starting to get to that next level, and I’m finding it compelling. They really act as foils for one another. As an incubus, Kagura is driven by his natural instincts towards lust, and he finds the emotional attachment he has to Miko confusing. For Miko, it is the opposite: she has a strong emotional attachment to him that is natural and which she loves, but she also finds herself physically drawn to him, and as an inexperienced young woman, those pulls are confusing. It really works well, and the way the story is being allowed to breathe is helping their dynamic develop properly as well.
Demon Love Story seems to be settling into a groove now. The abbreviated storytelling that bothered me before is gone now, and the story is progressing at a better, more developed pace. Mayu Shinjo still seems to be taking it volume-by-volume, but she has enough faith in the story now to let it breath, and it’s telling. There’s a lot of heart in this piece, and it’s starting to get good. Recommended.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013