Title: Cute Devil
Author: Hiro Madarame
May Contain Spoilers
Akiyoshi Tohru is the picture of an ideal student. Not only does he have perfect attendance and top grades, but he’s the student council president of his all-boys school. But the school ‘princess’, Naruse Futa, takes a shining to Akiyoshi and a princess always gets what he wants. Will Akiyoshi be able to escape Naruse’s sadistic clutches?
When I first sat down with Cute Devil, I have to say that I wasn’t overly thrilled. The art looked a little creepy, especially Fuuta’s character design. He looks like a porcelain doll come to life, with dewy eyes and rosebud lips and tousled locks that really need to get to know the caress of a comb and brush. Animated dolls are creepy! Fuuta is supposedly so pretty that he overshadows the girls at school, and he has a long line of male admirers. When he turns his long lashed eyes on the class president, Akiyoshi is helplessly caught. Kind of like a doomed fly caught in a spider’s web. Yeah, that’s an apt comparison, because Fuuta, despite his looks, is anything but angelic. Heaven help the hapless Akiyoshi.
I enjoyed this romp once things got rolling. Even the art grew on me, especially after Fuuta’s transformation. The tone is light and the story doesn’t take itself seriously, and it kept me smiling throughout my journey with Akiyoshi as he traveled into his own little Fuuta-themed hell. Akiyoshi is a self-righteous prig with an ego the size of Texas, and he is no match for the devilish Fuuta. Fuuta has everyone fooled into thinking he is weak and helpless, and he plays his good looks to get everything he wants. When that doesn’t work, he resorts to his true personality; this guy is evil to the core, and he always gets what he wants. Right now, what he wants is Akiyoshi. Ha!
Cute Devil is a humorous, fast read, and even if the leads aren’t always very likable, they are always entertaining.
Review copy provided by publisher