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Akuma to Love Song is one of my favorite mangas. Something about the heroine -- Kawai Maria -- a tsundere, tough gal just draws me in. She may seem like a "beautiful devil" on the outside, a woman with a poison tongue. But on the inside, she is not quite the devil woman she is thought to be. Still, inside lies a beautiful heart.

Akuma to Love Song
Song 49

Maria picks up an eraser that Meguro dropped. Their fingers touch as Meguro quickly retrieves his eraser and looking disinterested afterwards. Maria wonders since when was it that Meguro started avoiding her. Normally, there was no problem when they had close contact, but if it was by accident, she would feel the distance between them. Maria glances Meguro's way and when Meguro notices her, he mouths "idiot" to which Maria blushes. Meguro goes back to looking disinterested.

In the meantime, the teacher announces that the first year students' last event is a marathon and nobody is allowed to skip. Later, Tomoyo complains about  marathons and she doesn't feel like doing it even more because of their teacher. Maria inserts, "It would be good to run until you reach the goal, don't you think?" "What's up with this elementary question?" Tomoyo asks. Maria admits that she has never ran in a marathon.

Ayu comes along and suggests that the girls run together to reach the goal all at the same time. It would be embarrassing after all to take last place. The other girls agree. "That's right. Ranking doesn't matter," says one of the girl.. Maria rejects the idea. "If getting a rank doesn't matter, it's alright to be last place, isn't it? I'll be running with all my might," Maria asserts. Ayu gets mad with Maria for ruining the mood. One of the boys thinks that Ayu is stupid as well and that it's useless to only ask Maria. Meguro just silently listens to the conversation.

akurabu ch49 p08
Along the corridor, Meguro calls on Maria who is together with Tomoyo.
"You shouldn't 'run with all your might'. Go slowly. If you overdo it, you might fall down."
"What? Are you worried?"   
"No, I--"
"You too. Will you be alright? You're always skipping P.E.. If somebody falls, that would be yo--"
Meguro jerks away before Maria can even touch Meguro's shoulder. "Well, be careful."

akurabu ch49 p09   akurabu ch49 p10
"Kousaka, do you think it would have been better if I hadn't confessed?"
"Ah, I knew it. You've been refused by Meguro-kun, haven't you? I thought so because there seems to be no development between the two of you. But, Kawai-san looks normal. As if you don't want to show your shock at disappointed love?"
"It doesn't really matter, I thought, because we can still be friends."
"Really? I didn't notice. Kawai-san, right now, you're lying."
I'm lying. Is that so? Then, the truth is...
'Kousaka's properly observing me, isn't she?"

akurabu ch49 p11     
I completely don't think that it's okay to be friends.
"It's about to start soon."
"You're right. Did you see Megu?"
"I didn't."
"I knew it. Is he planning to skip?"
"I can't imagine Meguro wearing a P.E. uniform."
"Megu hasn't ever appeared during P.E.. There's no reason for him to come--"
"Who are you saying has no reason to come?"
"Whoa. The jersey doesn't suit you, Megu."
"Shut up."
"Drink this or else you might fall."

Kanda calls Meguro, leaving Maria with the bottle of water. Then, Tomoyo comes greeting Maria. She tells Maria that she's feeling nervous and if she could have a drink of water. Maria takes away the bottle. "Eh!? I can't? Oh? Your face..." Maria's face is very red.
The truth is. I'm not thinking of being friends. I want him to look this way. I want him to care. Just me.
I'm a liar.

Maria dashes ahead of the group to everyone's surprise.
I can't pretend that we are friends. The distance that I feel, I blamed it all on Meguro.
Maria soon runs out of breath and lags behind. She tells Kanda and Tomoyo to go ahead.

Maria says Meguro's name out loud and to her surprise, the person himself comes up from behind. "What is it?"
"You went ahead and did it, didn't you? Running recklessly."
Meguro denies that he was watching Maria's back, that he was only running normally. He tells Maria that he's tired, so he will be resting for a bit."You can stay too, since it's uncool to be alone," he adds.

"Please don't avoid me. My stomach hurts, so please lend me your back. There's no other meaning to it. But, my heart is pounding like crazy it makes me happy."
"Is that so? If it's like that, then that's good."
"Eh? What do you mean?"
"You know. Right now, I think my heart's pounding a little too. If you need a back to lean on, I can always lend mine, idiot."
"Well then. Let's go slowly. The pain has already gone, hasn't it?"
"My hand...Will you pull my hand?"
"It can't be helped."

I can't lie to myself anymore. I like Meguro. I really like him.


Geez. It seems that I always fall for the love that is frustratingly mutual yet has to undergo a rollercoaster first. What I mean by that is, guy likes girl and girl likes guy, but they can't express their feelings clearly because of unspeakable turmoils of the heart, interference from another gal or guy, etc., etc. Furthermore, I am guaranteed to like the pairing if the girl and guy are both tsunderes.

I took photos of the whole chapter and uploaded them here.

The quality is bad, but it's still readable. I couldn't bring myself to flatten and scan the pages one by one. >.<
Gallery for online viewing here.

I also have volumes 5, 6, and chapter 48, but I can't scan the whole thing, so I might just take pictures and summarize the chapters in the coming days.


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May. 3rd, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
>> Geez. It seems that I always fall for the love that is frustratingly mutual yet have to undergo a rollercoaster first. What I mean by that is, guy likes girl and girl likes guy, but they can't express their feelings clearly because of unspeakable turmoils of the heart, interference from another gal or guy, etc., etc. Furthermore, I am guaranteed to like the pairing if the girl and guy are both tsunderes.

Wait, so do you mean ルルカレ or メグマリ? ;p

Gah, this made me SO happy. I got your comment on AS last time I visited, I just haven't had a chance to pick up Akurabu. Now that I know it gets better, I'll go buy them again. But I gotta ask, what happened to stupid bitchy friend?

Doujin is still in good standing, I think I'm adding more just because I feel bad about the super long and ridiculous wait.
May. 3rd, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Both? Haha. This was what I was hinting about in my comment. Well, the next Akurabu chapter is in the May 20 issue, if you're planning to buy Margaret. I'm not quite clear on what happened to Anna, but from what few lines I've read in the previous chapter, it seems that Anna left for America. I don't know think that Anna and Maria ever became good friends then, but it seems that they've "settled" something. When I was reading random chapters, with no coherent idea about where the story was leading to, I was so frustrated for Maria and Meguro. But I read volumes 5 and 6 in their entirety and didn't feel so. Anna was the one who told Meguro not to be more than friends with Maria.

I really want that doujinshi after this fiasco about hints of Kagino in PD9. >.
May. 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Buying/subscribing to Margaret is so expensive, so I'll keep waiting on the tankoubons! Guh, she left rather than died... that means she'll be coming back, knowing shoujo. I hope they don't drag the story on for too long.. shoujo usually doesn't last -that- long! I want them to hook up already.

Wait, people thought there was Ginokare in PD9?!
May. 3rd, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I see. Then, I was lucky to get last month's Margaret while I was in Japan and the two chapters I got so happens to be the end of the Anna arc and more megumari development. I think volume 7 will be out by June or July, but that part of the story is all about Anna.

Something about Kallen being tsundere to Gino. I haven't been keeping up with CG that much myself, so I don't know what people are discussing.

Oh, have you seen the HD/BR version of the Turn 22 chuu? dec says that it's much better in full motion.

May. 3rd, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Augh, all Anna?! I'll have to wait until volume 8 to bother reading 7 then. Thanks for the heads up!

(BTW, how was the Japan trip? No wonder you've been MIA!)

lol, Kallen being tsundere to Gino? I'll believe it if she actually gets deredere at him. Do people even know the meaning of being a tsundere anymore?

I have! It is indeed a bit better. I'm still slightly annoyed that they didn't fix the faces as much as I expected/hoped, but ah well. If only the staff/animators shipped LxK as much as they fancied LxC2 - we might've actually had a bone thrown at us once in a while (art-wise).

Also, I was doodling Maria earlier tonight and realized: If Kallen's hair is really supposed to be wavy/unruly, wouldn't it be more like Maria's than spiky and looking like she belongs in old shounen anime?
May. 4th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
But I think volume 5 is worth buying. That's before Anna interferes. There were quite some cute Maria scenes in it.

Japan trip was fun! I did a lot more in a month than in one semester of school. I was planning to put up pictures on my lj. But maybe it'll take me a while, because I'm going on another vacation again. This time, to my mom's hometown.

Anytime Kallen wards off a certain blonde guy with criticism, it means she really has the hots for him and is only being shy. =_=

Well, they're hanging the bone on a stick and waving it in front of us again and again...Kimutaka might not have wanted to change much, because I believe he leans towards rurushi artwise or otherwise.

I was thinking that about Kallen's hair too. If she grew it out, it'd be wavy like Milly's, I imagine. (Btw, can I see your Maria doodle? heh) Which reminds me, while I was in Japan, the static from the weather made my hair stick out. I've always lived in a tropical country with only dry and wet seasons, so it was the first time my hair went so ぴんぴん like Kallen's hair was described in one of the Bokura no Hibi stories. ^^
May. 5th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
I've volume 5. I really love the bit where she indirectly confesses to Meguro, saying that she wants to see the various faces of the person she likes. <3 But... yeah, doesn't end on a nice note. That's why I knew to skip 6 >_<

Ahh, have a safe trip to your mother's hometown! I heard the weather is a bit crazy over there right now, so stay hydrated and healthy. I can't wait to see your vacation pictures~ I want to live vicariously!

I can always count on Majiko to even out the unfairness with Rurushi at least! Which reminds me, I didn't realize Volume 6 had already reached tankoubon form! I should order that as well...

Yeah, I think I'm going to redraw any scenes where I drew Kallen's hair spiky and just draw her like Maria, LOL (http://art.monki.net/2009/0501s.jpg). The humidity sounded especially bad in Japan recently -- my buddy who lives there right now said it felt sooo gross. I'm not a fan of humidity, so I'm waiting until winter to finally go and visit!
May. 5th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'd say vol.5 is my favorite for now, but knowing what happens later...
I have like a 1000+ pictures to upload, lol.
Thanks. Yup, it's hot but it's raining here.
I'm kind of disappointed with the CG manga recently, because there hasn't been much Kallen and more of Rolo. I do like Rolo, but he seems to get lots more attention than Kallen and C.C. combined.
Oh, that doodle is lovely. Is that Meguro beside her?
May. 10th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
1000+ pictures! You should get some kind of photo software to manage them all easily. I found that it makes editing/uploading a lot less painful!

Gah, is that so? I should have figured when I saw Rolo prominently featured on the latest cover. Perhaps Majiko likes shota... haha. I asked my friend in Japan to help me get the CG novels so I can collect toi8's delicious illustrations. I can't wait to see them all!
Yup, Meguro. I can't draw him well no matter what (it always comes out wrong), so I've all but given up. These are just daily doodles I do to keep myself drawing outside of finishing the doujin. I might wait until you get back to share that ;x
May. 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Awww I read a few chapters of this a while ago... it was super cute. :)) I think you might also wanna check out Kimi ni Todoke; it has a similar concept and is also pretty cute.
May. 4th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm also reading that. Read up to volume 4 or so and the latest chapter. It seems that the manga is going on a hiatus though.

Up to what part of akurabu are you? I think by reading this, I've spoiled you big ^^
May. 4th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh cool! :D Don't worry, I sorta just skimmed through your entry.
May. 5th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
That reminds me, I kind of drew similarities between Kimi ni Todoke and Akurabu too. Although Sawako isn't like Maria, her social akwardness is kind of similar to Maria, don't you think?

How are you, btw? Still doodling Lelouch/Kallen?
May. 6th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think so too! They're both stand pretty differently but Sawako and Maria both innately wish to be normal and have friends. :)

Hmmm trying to get some Artist Alley stuff done for Fanime! I may do some Lelouch/Kallen for that although I'm sure the fans for that pairing are few and far in between. :/
May. 9th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
I hope you do draw Lelouch/Kallen.
It is kind of sad that there are few fans. But you know, the little fanbase that there is, is still going strong. We still discuss things on the animesuki fanclub.
May. 4th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Hum, actually have never heard of it. Before i wiki it, i assume there is not english-counter part yet, right?
I love the art already btw and welcome back from Japan i guess too? 8D
May. 4th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Hi! Yup, just got back last Monday. Back from Paris?

No, it hasn't been licensed, if that's what you mean? Do try reading it. I don't know if you remember, but it was the girl from this manga that I requested you to color before. The color pages are gorgeous. See for yourself:

By the way, do you know the Five Lifetimes One Love (FLOL) ichihime forum? My friend's been talking about it to me and says you might want to join, if you haven't. There's like a 1000 members already.
May. 4th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yep, seems like we are both back. 8)
Oh, wait, that does ring a bell. You are right, and jfkdsf. I forgot to color it? You should have reminded me.

Yeah, i can see. I really do like the art and i have no idea what is going on, but my shallow-appearance-shipping, already ships that girl with that black-haired guy. 8DD //might try to look more into it.

Hum, yeah, i do know the forum. I do prefer to lurk though {i mean, if i joined that one too, i would not have time to bomb asuki, so yeah |D} but thanks for taking the time to tell me nonetheless. 8D
May. 5th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Well, when I get on live, I hope to hear more about your Paris trip!

That's funny, I actually thought you colored one for me, but now that I remember, it was the rurukare one that you did. Oh, it's alright. I'll have to learn how to color manga myself, lol.

Lol, I think I spoiled you big time, because a lot of things are supposed to happen first, before you fall in love for real with this pairing, haha. I hope you do get to read what few scanlations are out there right now. I have a feeling you'll like it as much as roon did, when I introduced it.

I see. You have your fort to hold in AS. I heard how hard it has been to defend ichihime here and there.
May. 5th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
You mean online? 8D

Ah yeah, it was a RuRukare, but lately i have learnt to color way better {hai, i am not modest 8D} If you need anything, just tell me. I'll be more than glad, to do it for you.

Aha, so i chose the right pairing again? 8)

Well, actually, i have stopped going to the AS Bleach section much, seeing as the last, resulting in my banning. I am just defending Kalulu now, but then again, that does not need defending anymore. 8D
May. 9th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Okay thanks.
Yeah, I meant online. I'm going out of town again, so I may be torn away from internet for at least two weeks.
You take care okay?
May. 9th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
Quite the traveller, aren't you? 8D
You take care too, and i hope we will talk soon ~
Jun. 6th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
kmcksmc this is so epic! Thank you so much for sharing ♥
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
thx for translating
thanks a lot!
waiting for the next chapt.
Nov. 25th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
so interesting.Thanks
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