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Manga Shelf: Dengeki Daisy

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Manga artist Motomi Kyosuke spun quite the remarkable tale with the manga Dengeki Daisy. The story isn’t something that we haven’t seen before but what makes it different is the way Kyosuke tells the story. She is most definitely a great storyteller and it shows in her work.

The story of the manga unfolds in a simple and effective way. The events all collect into a bigger plot that is just as enjoyable on their own as they are together. The story with its predictable nature is told so well that you aren’t frustrated with not being surprised. It’s weird to say but you don’t care knowing because it’s that well written and you’re still incredibly invested.

The story is believable and nicely paced. It does take some time tell the tale of Teru and Kurosaki and it feels natural. Perhaps this is why the storytelling works so well. You’ll be squeeing seeing the two get together. On top of this, you also have an interesting take on the romance between people who have a noticeable age gap.

There’s also a nice sense of humor within the story. The comical timing of many of the jokes comes off very strong. Part of the charm also comes from how the manga is very aware of the fact that it’s a shoujo manga and therefore poking fun at itself. Some of their interactions are down right hilarious as you’ll see them engage in dialogue and then out of no where break the fourth wall.

Another place the manga does well is in the character development department of the two main characters. The focus on them works well to establish them, and we get why they did it, however, we did feel a bit bad for the secondary characters that are rather interesting when they finally have a chance to shine.

Teru is very much your ideal shoujo manga protagonist (think Fruits Basket). She has had her share of problems in the past, enough to make her a tragic character however she keeps her tragical past in the past and focuses on keeping positive. But she isn’t overtly positive and overbearingly naïve and helpless. She’s independent and stands on her own.

Kurosaki is very much the tsundere we all know and love. He is stand offish and comes off rather rough from the beginning. He smokes a lot, he’s a loud mouth, and is rather rude. His saving grace comes from his intelligent nature. Also part of the story’s joy comes from seeing him slowly open up and become warm and familiar.

We can’t recommend Dengeki Daisy enough to shoujo manga fans who are ready to be swooned by one of the most self conscious and well told shoujo manga’s we’ve read in a while.

Dengeki Daisy - Manga - Volume 1 Cover