Book Review: “The Demon Girl Next Door, Volume 2” by Izumo Ito

Cover of "The Demon Girl Next Door, Volume 2" by Izumo Ito
Cover of “The Demon Girl Next Door, Volume 2” by Izumo Ito

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing the manga “The Demon Girl Next Door, Volume 2” by Izumo Ito! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first volume, so I figured I might as well read more and see how this story goes. Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“Yoshida Yuko was living a perfectly normal (if poverty-stricken) life, but at the age of fifteen, she suddenly sprouts demon horns and a tail! Her mother explains that she’s actually a demon named Shadow Mistress Yuko, once sealed away and cursed so that her family would remain poor for generations. Now Yuko can break that very curse if she defeats Chiyoda Momo, a magical girl who goes to her school…but Momo is stronger than she is, knows how to manage magical powers, and is so freaking nice that she’s actually helping Yuko out of scrapes! Yuko’s too weak and uncoordinated to straight-up kill Momo, even if she wanted to, but she can’t just be buddies with this generous magical girl, either–she has to break the curse on her family somehow. What’s a demon girl to do?”

Plot Development: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading more of this manga. The worldbuilding went hand-in-hand with the developing, underlying main plots of this volume. Not only does the reader get to meet a new magical girl in Mikan, who is cursed to have “minor inconveniences” occur whenever she gets too nervous.

More fun lore also revealed how Yuko’s family was cursed, to begin with, and that was fun to read and understand. There is also more information given on Yuko’s father and why he’s currently absent. I wish I could say more about this, but I would be giving away some major spoilers. It was amusing to read Yuko and Momo bonding with each other despite being a demon girl and a magical girl, and watching it conflict with the supposed conflict they are supposed to have with each other.

Worldbuilding Development: 4 out of 5 stars

As I mentioned in the earlier section, the worldbuilding development went hugely hand-in-hand with the main plot development. I can’t say much about what made it so good because of that. However,I am curious to see whether more demon girls and magical girls will show up later on.

There is the addition of a new magical girl appearing in Mikan, but will more demon girls appear? Will there be other magical beings that also appear, and what impact will they have on the main two characters and their shared story? I look forward to finding out more.

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading more of Yuko and Momo’s individual development, as well as their developing friendship with each other. I also enjoyed reading Mikan being introduced, as well as Yuko’s mom also getting involved in the main story. I wonder if Momo’s own parents will be introduced at some point in the future, if not the next volume, and as I mentioned earlier in the worldbuilding section, I’m curious to learn about whether more magical girls and demon girls will appear.

Overall, I’m rating this manga out 4.5 of 5 stars!

This was a fun second volume to read in the series, and I look forward to reading the next installment!

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