The Devil Does Exist

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The Devil Does Exist
(Akuma de Sōrō)
Genre Romance
Written by Mitsuba Takanashi
Published by Shueisha
English publisher United States CMX Manga
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Bessatsu Margaret
Original run January 1999August 2002
Volumes 11
Television drama
Devil Beside You
Directed by Lin He Long
Network China Television
Original run 26 June 2005 (2005-06-26)18 September 2005 (2005-09-18)
Episodes 20
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The Devil Does Exist (悪魔で候 Akuma de Sōrō?) is a shōjo romance manga based on school life written by Mitsuba Takanashi, it consists of 11 volumes.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

High school is difficult for most kids. But for Kayano, a shy girl whose single mother seems to work all the time, it's even worse than usual. She's so afraid of drawing attention to herself that she can't tell the handsome Kamijo how much she loves him-until one day she finally gets up the courage to write him a letter confessing her feelings.

But her plans go awry when the letter falls into the hands of the school's most notorious student, Edogawa Takeru. To Kayano, Takeru seems to be Satan himself. Not only is he devilishly handsome, he is the son of the school's principal. To make things worse, her mother comes home to announce she's getting principal Edogawa! Now Kayano will have to live with this devil Takeru 24/7!

But, in an unexpected twist, Kayano and Takeru gradually begin to grow feelings for each other the more they interact, but many obstacles gets in their way, but the biggest one of all was to face their parents who are soon to be married and come clean about their true feelings for each will their parents react? What will happen to the soon-to-be family?


Kayano Saitou
Kayano is a shy second year student in high school who lives with her widowed mother. Kayano has a kind heart and can be stubborn sometimes, despite her shy appearance. She learned to grow stronger as the story progresses. The most important characteristic about Kayano is her endless compassion for others. She hates hurting others and tries to bring happiness into people's lives, even if it makes her unhappy. At last, she also get what she always wanted.(LOVE)
Takeru Edogawa
He is a first year student. The bad boy of the school and the principal's son. He is first seen as a good-looking delinquent who like to cause trouble, but as the story progresses, we see a softer side of Takeru. He is very mature for his age and is protective of people he cares about, often blaming himself if anything bad happens to them. He is a year younger than Kayano. He is not nice even to the people he cares about most. He says things really mean in order to cover up his feelings. He was inspired by a former X JAPAN member - Hideto Matsumoto - who died in 1998.
Rika Moroboshi
One of Takeru's childhood friend who is in love with him.
Takeru's childhood friend who harbors a crush on Rika. He is very fond of Kayano. Youhei stays with Takeru despite Takeru's attitude because Takeru stood up for him in the past when they were kids
Kamijou Yuucihi
Captain of the basketball team, Kayano has liked him since the beginning until she met Takeru. Kamijou develops a short crush on Kayano when he finds out she likes him however they both decide to remain friends,and he develops feelings for Harukawa and dates her later in the manga
Harukawa Kyoko
One of Kayano's best friends who encourages her to do many things. She is outgoing, strong-willed, and confident. She later becomes Kamijou's girlfriend.
One of Kayano's best friends.
Takeru's little brother who went to live with their mother in Europe when they were young. He is introduced as a junior high student towards the middle of the story.
Shin Fujita
Kayano's childhood crush. He shows up in the story as a teacher. He is a good and gentle guy, always cheer up Kayako when she was still young.


The series was published in Shueisha monthly shōjo Bessatsu Margaret magazine and the serial chapters collected into 11 tankōbon. The series was re-released in a 7 bunkoban edition in 2008.[1]

Outside Japan, the series is licensed by Panini Comics in France,[2] by Tong Li Publishing in Taiwan,[3] and CMX Manga in North America.[4] The series was formerly licensed by Star Comics in Italy.[5]


Carla Cino in the French Animeland described the series as a perfect read between two trains as its neither give headache nor is transcending. Its problem laying to not be much something as numerous manga with similar plot have been read. The "fashion" aspect of the characters and Takeru's pervy side giving a semblance of novelty.[6]

Live-action drama[edit]

Further information: Devil Beside You

The manga was adapted into a 20 episode Taiwanese drama titled (Chinese: 惡魔在身邊; pinyin: Èmó zài shēnbiān) starring Mike He, Rainie Yang and Kingone Wang. It was directed by Lin He Long (林合隆) and was broadcast on free-to-air China Television (CTV) (中視) from 26 June to 18 September 2005 and cable TV Eastern Television (ETTV) (東森) for 20 episodes.


  1. ^ 悪魔で候 / 1 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "LOVELY DEVIL 1" (in French). Panini Comics. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ 惡魔在身邊 (in Chinese). Tong Li Publishing. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "THE DEVIL DOES EXIST VOL. 1". CMX Manga. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ "LUI, IL DIAVOLO – AKUMA DE SORO - 1" (in Italian). Star Comics. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ Cino, Carlo (September 5, 2008). "Lovely devil Vol5" (in French). Animeland. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 

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