One of my new manga series is Demon Love Spell by Mayu Shinjo. The story follows a powerful demon named Kagura, who is an incubus – a type of demon that preys on women by arousing them and gathering energy from their sexual feelings. But after priestess-in-training Miko accidentally seals his powers, he ends up staying with her – and falling in love. What's more, she (eventually) returns his affections! It takes most of the series for her to come to terms with her feelings for a demon, but they do finally make love and make a life together.
What stood out to me about this series was not the plot but the overall concept behind it. The story itself was pretty straightforward without very many twists or surprises – even the ending, short as it was, simply indicated that they were married and had a child. But the idea behind the story was what caught my eye. Kagura, as an incubus, needs to seduce women in order to survive. Sex is literally a matter of life and death for his kind. And yet he chose a love relationship (with a priestess, of all people – someone devoted to purifying demons) over endless sex. To me, that says something about what's really important, albeit in a roundabout way :-).
I still wasn't terribly impressed with the rest of the story; there were a few holes in the plot I felt should have been addressed, details that were mentioned but never bore fruit, etc. The "happy ending" itself was almost too quick to really make up for all the trust issues they struggled with throughout the rest of the series. (Plus, this manga is rated for "older teens," so there's a bit more fan service than I generally prefer.) But that nugget of truth – that love is more important than sex – gave the story its redeeming quality. And it's little things like that, those nuggets of truth and wisdom, that I like to work into my own books. Some are general ideas: love, loyalty, friendship, etc. Others are more specific – the truth of God, the hope of eternal salvation found in Christ, and so on. Look for them, and discover the lessons I've learned for yourself. After all, the tidbits I include have meaning for me, and I weave them in with the goal of reminding us all what's truly important ;-).
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