The Devil Within Vol 1 by Ryo Takagi Manga Review

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Title:  The Devil Within Vol 1

Author:  Ryo Takagi

Publisher:  Go! Comi

ISBN:  9781933617220

May Contain Spoilers

When she was a young child, little Rion stumbled into her father’s study and found a video.  This pornographic masterpiece about devils that possess angelic little boys who attack women left a lasting impression on the girl.  Rion hates men and thinks they are all devils.  Instead, she’s developed a shota complex, and she only finds young boys attractive.  When her father, the biggest Satan of them all, presents her with three finances, she refuses to have anything to do with the lot of them.  After all, she’s just fallen in love with Tenshi, the kid who lives downstairs.  Will she be able to win his love while fighting off the attentions of the three devils?

Yuck!  I just could not get past Rion’s infatuation with little boys.  Ok, so maybe Tenshi is really a 15 year old stuck in a 5 year old body, but, geez, yuck!  If the thought of fondling young boys’ almost hairless limbs doesn’t cause a feeling of revulsion, you might find this book funny.

Also annoying was Rion’s constant comparison of men to devils.  Sure, she’s allowed to have her own opinion, but do we have to be reminded of it every fricking page?  Yes, yes, men are devils, but give it a rest once in a while.  I’m not asking much, just to have twenty or so panels in a row without the word “devil.”

For hating men so much, Rion yo-yos on her dislike of her prospective fiances an awful lot.  First, she thinks that Somi isn’t such a bad guy, and then he tries to strangle her!  Then she thinks that Koki might be a decent, upstanding kind of guy, until he tosses her off of a building.  Maybe she’s just a bad judge of character; after all, she’s overcome with lust for a little brat who smokes (maybe this is the reason his growth is so stunted??) and who tells her what an idiot she is every time they meet. 

None of Rion’s suitors are likeable.  They’re only going along with her father’s plan because whoever marries Rion will be set for life.  Money and power – it’s all there for the taking.  All they have to do is produce an heir with Rion.  Candidates for Prince Charming, they’re not. 

It was a little intriguing when the three displayed their wings and showed Rion that they aren’t really devils – they are, in fact, angels.  It’s Rion who has a devilish side, and I’m a little curious to see what that’s all about.  Tenshi shows that he, too, has a hidden side, and that had me wondering, too.  But Rion’s icky preoccupation with little boys makes it hard for me to work up any kind of enthusiasm for this title. 

Grade:  D+

Rated for 16+

Review copy provided by Go! Comi

4 thoughts on “The Devil Within Vol 1 by Ryo Takagi Manga Review

  • September 26, 2007 at 5:07 pm
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    My friend loaned me this manga one day because I had nothing to read, and I have to admit as far a shoujo goes it wasn’t too ove the top.  It wasn’t all that great either.  I actually liked the little mini story in the back much more than the actuall plot of the book.

  • August 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm
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    Hmm, i was just at my local bookstore today and picked up the first volume, i thought that it did contain too much "devil" mentions but overall i think it was really good, i cant wait to keep reading.

  • August 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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    to bad its only 2 volumes. i really liked it T~T i wish it had a longer storyline :/

  • November 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm
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    I bought the manga because it looked interesting and i fell in love with it! ^-^ not as much as other manga i read or anime i watch but i enjoyed the books. Now i can’t get them because they were taken off of the bookstore’s order roll.

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