MANGA REVIEW: Love Monster


Japanese Title: Rabu Monsutā
Author: Miyagi Riko
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo & Supernatural
Themes: Love, Jealousy, Relationships & Demons.

Available Forms: Manga

Hiyo Osora failed the entrance exam to the high school she chose, but somehow she receives a strange acceptance letter to SM Academy (Saint Monster Academy) which she hadn’t even applied to. Thinking that her father, an alumnus of the school, must have sent in a reference letter for her, she decides to go to the school. When she first arrives there, while being distracted by the flowers and green nature around her, two hooded people snatch her and bring her to the school president, Kurou Tenma. Fortunately, all that was simply a type of hazing for all new members of the school.

She is surprised to find the school crawling with people who are actually monsters in disguise! The next big shock is being told by Kurou himself that she is his! She is so shocked she faints. She then wakes up and finds out that Kurou has gone as far as having her room connected to his. The only way she can get out is in his arms with his wings or as we discover later on, a trap door down an enormous amount of stairs (since his room is located in a tower).

This was such an enjoyable read (as you all know I am obsessed with demon manga), it is particularly something I would recommend to those who love Black Bird or Rosario + Vampire as there are some string parallels between them – mainly in terms of themes and the personalities of the main characters. Like Black Bird the male lead character is a Black Tengu who is wildly in love with a highly sought after female (Hiyo) however they are both school students who attend a school for monsters – similar to the concept in Rosario + Vampire.

Hiyo’s journey of self discovery and learning to adapt to her new life as a student at Saint Monster Academy is highly entertaining and heartwarming; her relationship with Kurou also can’t help but warm your heart. This is the sort of manga that you could read numerous times and still enjoy.

Rating: 9/10


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