I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 18 months ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Dengeki Daisy vol. 4 by Kyousuke Motomi
Teru and Kurosaki continue to investigate the fake DAISY incident and are on the verge of solving the case when Teru gets kidnapped! What does the kidnapper want with her, and will Kutosaki be able to rescue her in time?!(courtesy of Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Anytime I see the word "kidnapping" in a plot summary, I think "drama." And drama is indeed the best way to describe volume 6 of Dengeki Daisy. I was surprised that the kidnapping was not the main subject of the volume. It infused the entire plot, but it happened early on and a lot more happened after it was resolved.
The plot keeps getting more and more complicated. A little silly, I suppose, but this isn't the type of manga that you expect to be particularly realistic. I do like how all the characters have layers. The bad guys aren't purely bad and the good guys aren't purely good.
I loved the way the kidnapping went down. It was the perfect romantic solution. Teru had to use her smarts, bravery, and humor to get herself out of the problem, but Kurosaki still had the chance to come in and play hero. They both emerged stronger. I do love how strong a character Teru is consistently throughout all the volumes. Kurosaki is there to protect her, but she is capable of caring for herself. Kurosaki is good moral and romantic support.
There wasn't enough romance in this book for me. I love romantic tension, but the tease can start to be overdrawn. And that's what I'm worried that Dengeki Daisy is becoming. I want to see Teru and Kurosaki really be together. I want more romantic scenes that Motomi is so good at drawing.
I'm curious to see where the series goes from here. Hopefully I can read volumes 7 and 8 soon.