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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: DrMaster
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-59796-044-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Stray Little Devil Vol. #02

By Michelle Ramonetti     January 24, 2007
Release Date: September 01, 2006

Stray Little Devil Vol.#02
© DrMaster

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kotaro Mori
Translated by:Misato Sakamoto
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo

What They Say
What awaits Pam as she starts her new life at the devil academy? New friendship, a cool spell or two, or maybe a cute boyfriend? Au contraire, Pam has a friendship in jeopardy, bullies to fend off, and a part-time job to work her tail off! And when will the Successor of Aureole, Linfa, understand Pam's sincere feelings? Is there any way for a devil to get along with an angel? It's not easy being a devil "-especially when you've just turned into a Stray Little Devil!

The Review
Like a decent stone in a more intricate setting, Stray Little Devil's second volume attracts the reader chiefly through its cover art, paper quality, and subtly translated sound effects. Just holding this DrMaster manga and leafing through it makes me gasp with amazement and glee. A glossy image of the angel Linfa leaps into the midst of lilies before a matte, pastel background; within the cover are cream colored, beautifully textured pages; every sound effect is kept in the original Japanese with translations that are just large enough to read.

The plot and characters of Stray Little Devil are not extraordinary, but still offer good entertainment. This volume joins Pam in some new adventures, especially concerning her relationships with her new devil companions, Raim and Vine. Paired in a race with Raim, a devil who's particularly irritated with and jealous of her, Pam struggles to use her weak powers and rather unruly familiar against two devil brothers; in the course of the fight, Pam manages to prove herself to Raim by an act of self sacrifice which, though not unusual in manga and anime, still warms the heart. After this is a brief episode about Pam's continued fight to control her familiar, and then comes an exploration of the sweet Vine's difficult background and this world's only legend about human beings "-explaining why people cannot believe Pam is really a human. The darker tone at the end of this episode shifts abruptly into a raucous cooking battle between an angel and the devil who is Pam's only shot at a part time job. But perhaps the best part of this volume's conclusion is a glimpse into the character of Linfa, who Pam still considers a dear friend.

Not having read the first volume, this second volume is still easy to follow and offers much to draw a first time reader into the story, especially in the way of kind or testy characters. If Stray Little Devil has any flaw, however, it lies in its mediocrity; it is interesting, but not suspenseful, and it touches the heart, but does not make it throb. Though this might be too early a conclusion for the second volume, Stray needs to pick up some steam. The forging of friendships maintains its importance in any story, but the episodic plot feels a bit disjointed and distracted. Even the artwork is so busy that it can throw off the reader, despite the wonderful print quality. Still, in the end, this is enjoyable enough of a read that I look forward to future volumes and learning the destinies of these characters.


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