Monday, March 26, 2012

Manga Mondays Meme (95): Dengeki Daisy vol. 9 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. 9 by Kyousuke Motomi


Summary

After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help… Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?

As Teru comes to terms with Kurosaki’s past wrongdoings, Kurosaki searches for the culprit who is trying to resurrect the “Jack Frost” virus he created. But when he learns that Teru might be in danger, will he keep his promise to leave her alone, or will the two be reunited?(courtesy of Amazon)

Review

*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.

I forgot to mention in my review of volume 8 that it does not deal solely with Kurosaki's past. There are also several scenes of Kurosaki hunting for the people who have tried to put the Jack Frost virus back into distribution. We get to see the dangerous, tough guy side of Kurosaki.

On that note, we start Volume 9. Kurosaki is still out hunting and Teru is determined to reel him in. She has forgiven him - not that there was all that much to forgive, in my opinion - and wants him back in her life. She comes up with a rather ingenious scheme to get Kurosaki to run back to her.

Teru and Kurosaki are together and all is well. It's wonderful to see all the worries and tension disappear now that the walls between the two have fallen down. Not that everything is perfect. Teru and Kurosaki have to deal with Daisy. Does Daisy still exist now that everyone acknowledges him to be Kurosaki? If so, how will Daisy change?

Plot wise, this volume is a resolution of the series. But there are future volumes. It wasn't until the end of the volume that I realized there was anything left unresolved. I wonder whether Motomi thought that the series was going to end after Volume 9 and then added a few extra plot lines at the end when she got approval to extend the series. It feels that way.

Regardless, there is great humor between Teru and Kurosaki. We see Kurosaki at his best. Teru is also funny in a way of actually being funny, rather than annoying as she has a tendency to be. There are breath-taking, passionate romantic scenes between the two. Few mangakas know how to draw tender moments like Motomi. These pages alone make the series worth reading.

I wonder where Dengeki Daisy will go from here...

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4 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this volume of Dengeki Daisy!

    Really loving the interaction between Teru and Kurosaki!

    Have a great reading week!

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  2. Hm. Do you think it will be one of those cases where the future volumes seemed forced since things were mostly resolved in this one? I had that worry with the Mortal Instruments series but luckily I really enjoyed the 4th book:)

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  3. Love love love the romantic scenes in this volume. As for the resolution/more volumes thing...I felt the same as you at first, but the more I think about it, the more there seems to be left unresolved. Especially Akira - I feel like we haven't found out everything about him yet. Glad you enjoyed this volume! :)

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  4. Hrm..sounds like one story arc is done but there's another one on the horizon? I always get worried when series tend to stretch out longer than they need to be. Hope that doesn't happen with this one.

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