Dengeki Daisy (Shoujo) by Motomi Kyousuke – Rating 7/10
Synopsis: Dengeki Daisy is a touching, romantic comedy between two individuals of completely opposite temperaments. Teru Kurebayashi plays the role of a gentle and altruistic protagonist who is left destitute at the demise of her parents and then, sadly, her brother. However, her brother, Souichirou, entrusted her with a cellular phone which she could use to keep in contact with his evasive friend, a man benevolent of character, who is codenamed Daisy… Therefore, throughout her near solitary existence, Teru confides in Daisy through e-mail and the two become closely attached. Then, as an average looking A-cup and high school student, the sixteen year old encounters a violent, intolerable and ridiculously good-looking janitor named Tasuku Kurosaki, who manipulates her into becoming his servant after accidently breaking a school window. Kurosaki’s shady past begins to intrigue Teru as the story progresses, as well as the cellular phone that her deceased brother, who was a brilliant computer engineer, left in her care.
Mood/Artwork: This on-going manga of twenty nine chapters transcends the archetypal school-life romance. After the first two chapters I was hopelessly interested in the mysteries surrounding the plot as well as the relationships between Teru, Kurosaki and Daisy. Their expressive and clashing personalities are highly entertaining as well as the drama that unfolds with each chapter. The combination of Kurosaki’s hilarious, near Gestapo tendencies and Teru’s gentle grace and naivety makes this shoujo a very interesting read. You can’t go wrong with this one. The only thing you might find annoying is the time it takes for a new chapter to come out. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth the wait. The artwork for this manga is moderately simple but clean from the onset. This improves in the later chapters. The mangaka would sometimes pay attention to detail when drawing the characters’ faces and hair. In addition, the female characters’ bodies are not insanely voluptuous but normal. Also, their expressions are drawn well enough to evoke feelings of pity, warmth and hilarity from the readers.
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mu§e: 7/10 “Amazing and touching. Not your typical shoujo. Some real shizzes does go down. I really like the dark feel to it all. I get sick and tired of wide eyed cry-y shoujo -_-. Teru is hilarious and Kurosaki is just a big grumpy teddy bear that needs to stop being emo…”
Status: Ongoing. 29 chapters to date. Usually updated monthly (sometimes with several chapters at once)
Age Rating: 13+
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
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