The Devil Does Exist #10 by Mitsuba Takanashi Manga Review



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Title:  The Devil Does Exist #10

Author:  Mitsuba Takanashi

Publisher:  CMX

ISBN:  9781401210243

May Contain Spoilers

Kayano feels a sense of dread after the meeting with Takeru’s mother.  Since that day, he’s been unusually quiet, and spends most of his time working at his new job.  He’s conflicted by his mother’s words, and the truth he’s been lead to believe in.  Did she really abandon him, or was he wrestled from her loving arms?  As Takeru tries to solve this emotional puzzle, Kayano throws herself into studying for her college entrance exams.  Unsure of how to help him, she instead gives him space.  When he decides to go with his mother and brother to Italy, Kayano is devastated.  If he loved her, why didn’t he choose to stay with her?

Warning!!  Extreme angst ahead!!

Hearing the news that he’s moving to Italy from her mother, Kayano seeks out Takeru, to hear it from him.  He confirms his decision, and his reason for going; he just wants to start over.  He wants to end the cycle of disappointment with his mother, and sees that as the way to do it.  He makes no promise to return, and tells her to do whatever she wants to do when he’s gone.  If I was Kayano, his words would have hurt so badly.  Did their relationship mean so little that he had to distance himself from it and start over again?  Or was his turmoil over his mother so great that he had to go with her to work out their relationship before it twisted the rest of his life?

I felt so bad for Kayano.  She was struggling to tell Takeru how she was really feeling, and how much his words hurt her.  He seemed so indifferent to how their separation would effect her, and Kayano just doesn’t have it in her to have a confrontation with him.  When she’s asked out by Ren, she’s hesitant to go with him and his friends, but when Takeru nonchalantly mentions that he’s going to a goodbye party with his classmates (and doesn’t even ask her to go? Ouch!), she changes her mind.  When Kayano and Ren run into Takeru and his  group of friends, it’s like Kayano’s worst nightmare come to life.  Even though they’re standing next to each other, there’s a void stretched between.  Considering the way Takeru treated her for most of this volume, I have feeling that she may just be better off with him living in Italy!

Grade:  B

Rated for 16+

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9 thoughts on “The Devil Does Exist #10 by Mitsuba Takanashi Manga Review

  • April 21, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Takeru = love :3 I should buy this series already, but the lack of fatness in my wallet prevents me from doing so… ;A;

  • January 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    this really is a lovely series…
    and lenners is right…Takeru = love

  • February 22, 2008 at 1:49 am

    This was actualy a great series!!!!!

  • February 24, 2008 at 8:18 am

    While I didn’t like the 1st volume, I enjoy the last, so I have been meaning to backtrack and read them all.

  • March 5, 2008 at 7:06 am

    wat happened at the end. did takeru go to italy and did they meet after that

  • April 8, 2008 at 10:52 am

    This is the first manga I have ever read and I am now addicted to it!! Love this series to death! Keep the good stuff coming!
    and yes Takeru=Love?

  • April 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    this is the first manga i have ever read and i am now addicted to it!! i love love love this series!!! keep the good stuff coming please!
    and yes Takeru=Love

  • September 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    this manga is so awesome! if you really want to know takeru goes to italy but after 5 years he returns and marry with kayano! during that time they have a relationship. altought i think that he shouldn’t gone to italy and leave kayano…i love the firts chapter of this manga!i almost fall in love for takeru. ih ih ih.
    good blog.
    ps: i’m from portugal.

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