Monday, March 12, 2012

Manga Mondays Meme (93): Dengeki Daisy vol. 7 by Kyousuke Motomi

New Manga Mondays Meme!

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. 7 by Kyousuke Motomi


Kurosaki decides that he needs to tell Teru the truth, but little does he know that an unsettling fellow called Akira has other ideas. What is Akira scheming, and how will his actions irrevocably affect Teru's relationship with Kurosaki?(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.

This volume is a turning point for the Dengeki Daisy series. A lot happens that sets up the plot for future books, but I never had the feeling that it was simply a place holder.

Kurosaki can't take the secrecy anymore. He wants to tell Teru not only that he's Daisy but that he loves her (he doesn't say this outright, but that was my impression). He is becoming increasingly protective of Teru and doesn't have as many rude janitor/master moments with her. I missed some of this, but their relationship is growing into a sarcastic bantering one rather than an over the top faux worship and hatred one.

In anticipation of the big reveal, Kurosaki invites Teru out on their "first date." Teru gets to pick where they go. I loved all the choices she contemplated - including painting kokeshi dolls - weird ideas for a first date. She settles on an amusement park. It's hilarious seeing Kurosaki make his way through an amusement park. It doesn't feel like his place.

But alas, evil Akira comes to tear apart the happy couple just before things start getting really good. The volume ends with a huge, heart breaking cliffhanger. I'm sure things will work out in the end, but my heart ached for both Teru and Kurosaki.

On the bright side, there is an incredibly passionate moment between Teru and Kurosaki midway through the volume. I love how drawings of characters just looking at each other can feel much more intimate and passionate than kissing. A big squeal moment.

Another good Dengeki Daisy volume!

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  1. I think it's beautiful when insinuations of love and caring and compassion are stronger than actual intimate details. Lovely to hear it's the same in Manga! Great review, Alison :)

  2. I just started reading this series a few days ago, great review.

  3. I'm so glad that this volume is not a place holder and things are going to be shaken up a bit. There's nothing more boring to read a filler book. :)

  4. Uh oh. Huge heart-breaking cliffhanger does not sound good! I can hardly deal with those anymore. My poor, fragile heart can't handle it. I get so stressed out! Hopefully everything will go better in the next volume:)

  5. Aaaah, you make me want to re-read the whole series! I love every single chapter, and I think that, too -- the author does an amazing job with the characterization and single glances between the main characters are the best! <3

    I might pick it up this evening...

  6. I'd never seen this one before, but as soon as I spotted the cover, I immediately went off in search of an anime. I have a bad habit of assuming that every manga has anime counterpart, and so, alas, I was so disappointed to see that there wasn't one.

    I would love to read the manga series! But, unfortuantely, it would put a major dent in my measly earnings as a seventeen-year-old babysitter :(

    I hate heartbreaking cliffhangers, so that would KILL me! Fabulous review, I don't think it was spoilery at all :D


  7. While I'm not a manga fan myself, I have a bunch of students who adore it and I'm working with my media specialist to get some manga in the library. I told her to read your reviews--you know your stuff!

  8. Thanks again for the great manga review!

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this volume!


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