Monday, November 19, 2012

Manga Mondays #129: Dengeki Daisy vol. 10 by Kyouski Motomi

Manga Mondays Meme!

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 and a half years 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.

Vampire Knight vol. 14 by Matsuri Hino


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?

A powerful organization that was after Kurosaki’s “Jack Frost” virus suddenly falls apart, but Kurosaki can’t rest easy since Akira was somehow involved. Furthermore, Akira tells Kurosaki that Teru is still a target! Can Kurosaki protect Teru from Akira’s menacing schemes?(courtesy of Goodreads)

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 wonder if Motomi-san's contract requires her to make a manga series with a specific number of volumes. Probably not, but it feels like the series is stagnating. After so many volumes where the plot took important leaps forward, the last volume or two have been the same thing again and again.


Here Teru is worried about school. Kurosaki and the group are worried about Teru and *still* worried about the security of her phone. Akira is *still* after Teru. Teru is *still* trying to feel confident that Kurosaki likes her.

These plot elements are pleasant enough. I still laugh of Teru's antics. Somehow the "go bald" joke doesn't ever get old (well, I suppose it does a little). She's clueless about boys. She felt a little weak in this book - a little "needs to be rescued", but overall I'm pleased to see that she still holds her own against Kurosaki. It isn't in her nature to be a lovesick teenager and Kurosaki doesn't want her to be.

My favorite part of Dengeki Daisy remains the passionate scenes between Teru and Kurosaki. Motomi-san is somehow able to create feelings of endless passion with simple drawings of the characters looking at each other or embracing.

I'm getting a little frustrated with Dengeki Daisy, but it is a simple read. I'll definitely keep going back.

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12 comments:

  1. I'm not sure which is the last DD-volume I read, but I think it was about the tenth when I stopped. (I do plan to pick the manga up again once there are a few more tankobon out there) Like you, I found that the story got.. slower. But it kind of annoyed me to the point where I wanted to wait so I could read more chapters back-to-back.

    I assume that it's a little tricky to deal with, because a huge part of the story was that she didn't know who he was, or he that she knew, or she that he knew that she knew; and then there's the whole secrets-brothers-things-stuff going on..

    But I seriously hope that it will get more exciting in the next chapters. DD is one of the Shôjo manga I always felt were quite enjoyable, and, in comparison to eg. Arina Tanemura-san's stories, didn't stop making sense just to be more kawaii.

    BTW; now that you've mentioned the "Go bald!" stuff.. I actually really got this sort of comples when I read the manga, and constantly kept checking if I still had enough hair and whatnot. o.o

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  2. What is the "go bald" joke? Now I'm all curious! I read my first graphic novel over the weekend and while I know it's not the same as manga, it's along similar lines and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think maybe I'll need to give manga a try now!

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  3. Sounds like the author either isn't sure what to do next or how to end the series. Or it could be that these last two volumes that you read have been nothing but fan service. *Shrugs* I still find the overall premise to be really interesting. Let's hope the story picks up!

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  4. I read my first Manga last week!! I'm so excited to read more!

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  5. Like Patricia, I'm not quite sure which volume I stopped at when I stopped reading Dengeki Daisy (vol.5 maybe?) It seems to be going well and I'm interested in re-reading it!

    On a side note, isn't Dengeki Daisy licensed by Viz Media, not Tokyopop in the US?

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  6. I love Dengeki Daisy. Sadly, though, I am behind on most of my manga. There's just not enough time for books, manga, comics and everything else I've got going on. I have to catch up. You bring up the phone and now I can't remember if the phone issue was ever resolved. It seems to me like Teru's phone was mentioned a lot in the beginning and I know it's important, but then it seems like it was just dropped Do we find anything out? No, don't tell me. I'll catch up. I think I have four volumes to read or is it more now? Well, I better get cracking.
    Tammy @ http://bosbooknook.blogspot.com

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  7. Sorry to hear you are frustrated with the Degenki Daisy series but glad to hear you are still going to continue reading!

    I agree the "going bald" joke never gets tiring and it's very funny that Teru is clueless about guys!

    I really like the cover for this volume!

    Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your reading week!

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  8. I have read a bit of Dengeki Daisy. I did love it at first but I kind of got bored of it. The "go bald" joke is one of the things I remember most from this manga :)

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  9. I've seen this manga around, but never thought of trying it. I might thought.

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