Dengeki Daisy 8
February 25, 2012
Kyousuke Motomi – Viz – 2012 – 9+ volumes
Oh, Dengeki Daisy. I like you because you make me laugh. And yet, you’ve gotten so serious. Not just that, but the unveiling of Kurosaki’s backstory is all about sad government deals and technical computer stuff and betrayals and death. It’s neither sad nor romantic. I’ve wished for it for awhile, and it’s nice to get it out of the way… but it’s way more long and involved than I thought it would be, and Kurosaki isn’t around while we learn about it. Also, it commits the sin of “I totally murdered him, except I didn’t actually cause his death but I still feel bad sob sob sob.” I hate that plot device. On the other hand, I knew it was coming, so it’s not that bad.
There are still moments of funny scattered throughout. As long as Teru’s around, there’s bound to be. Her dream conscience always appears as her brother, and when she has dream conversations with him, she argues that she can look however she wants in dreams, and makes herself have big breasts, appear as a samurai, her brother as a maid, et cetera. I was hoping the flashbacks with her brother would be humorous, that he would have the same personality as her, but alas. There’s no room for mirth in those flashbacks.
So yes. After a chapter or so where Teru gets over the shock of Kurosaki leaving, the adults in her life see fit to let her in on just what is happening. And then the rest of the book is spent explaining the links between all the characters, as well as Teru’s brother, and how all of this has led up to the current situation. It’s a necessary story, and it would have to be quite involved in order to be as big as it needs to be… but it’s also about computer programming and hacking. It lost me a couple times. And it’s soooo long.
But, as always, Kyousuke Motomi makes up for it somewhat with her hilarious side notes. Before, I commented that I couldn’t believe she implied that Kurosaki masturbated to thoughts of Teru. This time around, she published a few side sketches, and one of them is Kurosaki scoping out Teru’s breasts over her shoulder when she’s looking down into her swimsuit top to shake some sand out. It’s terrible and completely out-of-place in a nice shoujo manga. But I’m so happy that Kurosaki is that kind of guy.
I still love this series. I really do. That it can still make me laugh with a story this serious is a testament to how good it really is with its funny characters. And again, the events in this volume have been foreshadowed since volume one, so it had to happen sometime. The story carries over into volume 9, and I really hope that it concludes, and we can get back to our regularly scheduled manga after that.
Two things, though. One is that Kurosaki’s super-serious hacking software is called “Jack Frost.” You really can’t call it that. Too many people already know what Jack Frost really looks like.
The other is that, at one point, Kurosaki remembers his childhood and begins singing the song “Daisy Bell.”
I WILL HAVE THAT STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR THE NEXT MONTH. I WILL THINK OF THAT SONG WHENEVER I SEE THE TITLE OF DENGEKI DAISY ANYWHERE, AND THAT SONG WILL COME BACK. PLEASE, NO.
And that’s why I love Dengeki Daisy.