Dengeki Daisy 5Posted: August 14, 2011
Kyousuke Motomi – Viz – 2011 – 10+ volumes
Let’s see… lots of things happen! There was a terrible cliffhanger last volume that resulted in Kurosaki taking a massive blow to the head. Teru feels guilty, and even guiltier when the person who did it blames her for innocent people getting hurt. Because it’s Kurosaki, Teru feels ten times worse, and there are about a million adorable scenes between them at the hospital. Somewhere in here too, there’s a lengthy chapter where Teru has to stay with Kurosaki, and there’s a nice and very awkward/funny gift exchange that’s one of my favorite scenes so far. Anyway. Of course, Kurosaki and company have to figure out just who it is that’s targeting Teru, and Kurosaki is very serious now that they’ve tried to harm her, so he’s willing to use his hacker skills again. Teru is trying her own strategies, including sniffing around school and following up old leads on the former Student Council Advisor, Mr. Arai. Ms. Mori, the suspicious health teacher, also gets caught up in things. But the investigation doesn’t get very far here, and it looks like this plot will resolve itself next time.
Again, it’s not really the plot of the series that interests me, but I suppose the characters have to do something. It’s the amazing chemistry between Teru and Tasuku that makes this so much fun to read. Friendly, funny, affectionate, romantic… a nice mix of just about everything nice. Motomi pegs the main characters absolutely perfect, and it’s an absolute joy to read.
Since the big secret was revealed to Teru a couple volumes ago, the remaining question is how long she can pretend everything is the same. It becomes clear in this volume that it’s not possible, but the dynamic is still interesting (and leads to a lot of hilariously awkward situations). Now, though, there is still some tension surrounding the secret, mostly just about when the air will be cleared. But that would advance things, and this being a shoujo manga, that needs to be put off as long as possible.
Even at its darkest moments, the humor and levity and general niceness surrounding the characters is quite bracing. It’s like Kimi ni Todoke in that it’s impossible to read a volume and not be in a good mood afterwards. It’s definitely high-quality shoujo, and it’s one of my current favorites. It’s a must for anyone who loves shoujo.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.