The official end of the series wraps up quickly in this volume, the rest of the volume taken up by a few short side stories of the Dengeki Daisy castThe official end of the series wraps up quickly in this volume, the rest of the volume taken up by a few short side stories of the Dengeki Daisy cast and the mangaka's debut - presumably a one-shot - "No-Good Cupid."
Dengeki Daisy has been fizzling these last few volumes, getting bogged down in the final ultra dramatic (wanting to be more dramatic than it really was) arc centering around Akira and M's last testament. The focus of the story was no longer Teru's and Kurosaki's awkward adorable romance, and I think that it suffered for it. I wish I could say that Dengeki Daisy ends on a high note, and while it does have a few cute moments in these final pages, it doesn't have the charm of the earlier volumes. Still recommended, just not as enthusiastically as before....more
I love Dengeki Daisy. But, I'm not in love with this M's Last Testament Arc and Akira. I've felt that the last several volumes have gotten bogged downI love Dengeki Daisy. But, I'm not in love with this M's Last Testament Arc and Akira. I've felt that the last several volumes have gotten bogged down with unnecessary drama, and this volume is no different. With only one volume left, it's hard to imagine Dengeki Daisy getting back to the kind of storytelling that made me fall in love with it in the first place....more
I am not reading Dengeki Daisy for the computer hacking and espionage. I truly don't care about any of that. All I care about is Teru's and Kurosaki'sI am not reading Dengeki Daisy for the computer hacking and espionage. I truly don't care about any of that. All I care about is Teru's and Kurosaki's relationship.
So, it goes without saying that the first third(?) of the volume with its talk-heavy "M's Last Testament" mumbo jumbo bored me to tears. I love this series - I truly do - but it can get a little mired down in all the talky talky.
However, then some really good stuff goes down and can I just say: finally!!!? Finally....more
Dengeki Daisy is a fun shojo read, but it's starting to feel a little repetitive. As much as I like Riko, I can only take so much of her preaching, esDengeki Daisy is a fun shojo read, but it's starting to feel a little repetitive. As much as I like Riko, I can only take so much of her preaching, especially when she knows as little about what's going on as anyone else. Besides being a little too "talky" for my tastes, the last couple of chapters were just weird. They were funny, and, I suppose, go along with what we know of Soichiro, but seriously, it's hard for me to believe that he would spend what time he had left crafting such a complicated message instead of spending that time with the people he loved in person. It seems to be a case of misplaced priorities or the mangaka chose to go with humor over substance.
I really hope we can wrap up this arc soon. The story is overly dramatic and I feel like the characters are lost in the jumble of trying to fabricate some mystery with M's last testament and tying up loose ends with some of the different characters. I want to see the mangaka get back to what she does best - the humor and sweetness of Teru and Kurosaki's awkward romance. (And where is the kiss??? Geez...still waiting...)...more
In this volume, we're wrapping up the current arc of Rena's kidnapping rescue, which of course, in Dengeki Daisy style includes a few conspiracies andIn this volume, we're wrapping up the current arc of Rena's kidnapping rescue, which of course, in Dengeki Daisy style includes a few conspiracies and some mad computer hacking skills. This is story-telling at Motomi's best, with great action that moves the plot forward, but also some quiet moments that continue to reveal Kurosaki's vulnerability and why Teru truly is his strength.
Dengeki Daisy really is in a league all its own in the current offerings of shoujo manga these days. Every time I pick up a new volume, I am reminded of how fun and good shoujo manga really can be, especially when you have a mangaka who can move beyond the tired cliches and offer the reader something refreshing and smart. Recommended. ...more
Kyousuke Motomi described her chapters in this volume best: "There were a lot of places where it was slow-going with segments that seemed preachy." SoKyousuke Motomi described her chapters in this volume best: "There were a lot of places where it was slow-going with segments that seemed preachy." Sometimes this works okay, such as in volume 8 when Teru comes to understand and accept Kurosaki's ignominious history. But lately, I'm so tired of Riko handing out her advice left and right. I wish she'd let Teru find her own way on things.
This volume also feels a bit repetitive. Kidnapping, abusive men who want world domination (okay, maybe not that grand a scale, but they certainly don't lack hubris)...we've seen this before, and not all that long ago. I'd like to see more variety when it comes to plot, but I don't think I'm going to get that, so I'll have to settle with enjoying the strengths of this story.
What never gets old is the relationship between Teru and Kurosaki. It hasn't exactly progressed beyond the first few volumes, and resetting it after Daisy's identity was officially revealed didn't help it move forward much, either. But, somehow Motomi is able to pull this non-progressing love story off. Teru and Kurosaki can go from goofing off to an unexpected moment of intensity and chemistry with a simple handhold or look. I love romantic tension, so Motomi, keep this up. It's fun.
Overall, Dengeki Daisy continues to be a fun read. It's had some really great moments, and I expect some more great moments to come in future volumes. Just have to wait 'till May for the next installment (this last wait was since last July - that was painful).
I love this series - it's so much fun. My only complaint is that sometimes the supporting cast can get a little bit talky about the same things over aI love this series - it's so much fun. My only complaint is that sometimes the supporting cast can get a little bit talky about the same things over and over. My other complaint (I guess I have two, ha) is please, please, Motomi-sensei, stop with the teasers! It's killing me. That, and the next volume doesn't come out until January!!! Gosh. Okay, just had to get that out of my system. Seriously, though, this is a really fun read. Go read it! Now!!...more
The last few volumes of Dengeki Daisy have been hovering treacherously close to too much melodrama and angst. I like angst in a story, don't get me wrThe last few volumes of Dengeki Daisy have been hovering treacherously close to too much melodrama and angst. I like angst in a story, don't get me wrong. It has its place. But not as the driving force in a story. Thankfully, in volume 9, Dengeki Daisy gets back to what it excels at best - humor with near perfect comedic timing, great spicy characters, and a sweet romance between two people who really do need each other and complete each other. *happy* *happy*...more
I was nervous to read this volume. Dengeki Daisy is at a crucial point in the story where we finally get an answer we've been waiting for since the veI was nervous to read this volume. Dengeki Daisy is at a crucial point in the story where we finally get an answer we've been waiting for since the very first volume. What, exactly, did Kurosaki do to Teru's brother? By now, the reader should have been able to piece together the general gist of what happened, but in these chapters, we're given the final pieces. The emotional intricacies of the characters laid out in these chapters saves the day from the cop-out explanation that I was fearing.
There was a lot of talking in this volume. I would have preferred less reliance on wordy explanations and more reliance on the art to tell the story. Granted, Dengeki Daisy covers tricky subjects to use art to convey a large portion of the story - computer hacking and government intrigue - but I know it can be done. After all, I love graphic novels so much because the art often says more than words ever can. Thus, when words are used too much, not enough story is being told in my opinion, if that makes sense.
Next volume better get us back to the cute quirky romance of the story, though. Just sayin'...
Dengeki Daisy has everything that I love about the shoujo genre in it - a fun plot, great characters, believable romance, and a little bit of angst. TDengeki Daisy has everything that I love about the shoujo genre in it - a fun plot, great characters, believable romance, and a little bit of angst. The balance is just about perfect (I might ask for a little bit more on plot if I had my way - the computer hacking aspect of the plot is too interesting not to develop further, but I think that we'll get more on this as the story unfolds, so I'll be patient).
Our heroine, Teru, especially shines in this volume. We're told how smart she is (top of her class), and we see how much Kurosaki adores her, but the story backs this up, which is so refreshing. Time after time, Teru proves her intelligence and her spunk (I love how spirited she is), and its obvious why Kurosaki is drawn to her.
Kurosaki is probably my favorite because I'm always interested in broken characters with a past. I like to see what they will do - if they will let their past drag them down or if they will find a way to free themselves and move forward. I feel like we're hitting a turning point for him, and I'm anxious to see which way he'll choose.
I can't wait for the next volume. I purposefully held off on reading this volume (it's been out for some time now) because I knew waiting for the next volume would be a slow torture. It's going to be. But, worth the wait! Yay. Love it when I hit upon a series I can't get enough of. *happy*...more
The librarian at my library forced me to check this series out. She literally went to the bookshelf and came back with the first three volumes of theThe librarian at my library forced me to check this series out. She literally went to the bookshelf and came back with the first three volumes of the series. Talk about being assertive!
That said, I wasn't as keen to check it out, so it's probably a good thing that someone did it for me or I might never have given the story a chance - the reason being that the cover art bugs me. I told my husband that and he asked me what series cover art do I actually like and that made me pause for a moment. Out of the nearly 40 series that I've read, only a few came to mind. Anyway, talk about not judging a book by its cover...it's just that when it comes to manga, you do judge a story by its art and if the cover art bugs me then, well, enough on that. I chose to make my review on volume 4 because out of the 5 volumes out now, I can tolerate volume 4 the best.
So, Dengeki Daisy. As with a lot of (okay, most of) shoujo manga, Dengeki Daisy is peppered with cliche after cliche. I actually don't mind the cliches so long as the characters are likeable and there's an actual plot that actually goes somewhere. In this cliche set up, we've got Teru, who is an orphan. Before he died, Teru's older brother left her a person that she can contact when she needs someone to talk to. This person is DAISY. Teru is able to contact DAISY through text messages on her phone. By talking to this person electronically (dengeki could probably be translated as electric), Teru finds the emotional support to help her through bullying and loneliness as she navigates high school life on her own.
What follows is a cute romantic comedy that has some tragic undertones. Dengeki Daisy might be considered a high school version of "You've Got Mail" which was a modern day version of "The Shop Around the Corner". The humor is witty, the characters are extremely likeable (especially our spunky heroine, which is an absolute must), and the art is nice and clean. This series is pure fun - no deep philosophies about life found here - but that's its intent and it does it well. Recommended for those who have a weakness for cute romantic comedies....more