Dengeki Daisy 9

March 28, 2012

Kyousuke Motomi – Viz – 2012 – 9+ volumes

Like Blue Exorcist, I think Dengeki Daisy is caught up to the Japanese volumes, and we’ll have to wait a while before the next one. Also like Blue Exorcist, this is one of my favorite series. Unlike Blue Exorcist, Dengeki Daisy has reached a good stopping place.

After the ridiculously long flashback and explanation last volume, the story catches back up to the present. In a hilarious panel that admits the problem, the characters mention that it seems like it took forever, like, four whole months, to tell (which is probably how long it took the chapters to run in the original magazine). I forgave it a little for that.

I could see the reunion between Teru and Kurosaki coming. It happens. I was a little worried about this, because Dengeki Daisy… it’s better at humor, and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about an overly sentimental reunion between Kurosaki and Teru. But there was no other way I could see, because… you know. They both knew everything, and both now realized how much they like each other, so it was bound to be mushy.

Then Dengeki Daisy proved me wrong. The plan to get Kurosaki back.

It wasn’t at all the dramatic storyline it was made out to be. In fact, it was perfectly suited to Dengeki Daisy.

Then. The way Teru broke the tension between the two. It was perfect. Utterly perfect. And hilarious.

I’m sorry, Dengeki Daisy, for ever doubting you. The slow volume of flashbacks was worth it for everything in this volume. I ate it up.

Weirdly, there’s… almost a smutty scene here. Everyone seems to be all about this, and it… seemed like that’s where it was going. It’s side-stepped a little clumsily, and I can’t figure out why after all that lead-up. But still. Uh. I was not prepared for that. Again, though, I love that Kurosaki is a little dirty here. The guys are always such white knights in shoujo manga, and I’m happy that a little seinen dirty old man creeps into Kurosaki at times. It makes him feel more like a regular person.

And the story leaves off in an unexpectedly good place, as well. Without giving too much away, the treat is nearly neutralized, and most of what the characters worry about vanishes. It feels a little unreal, and it’s almost certain that things are not settled, but it does seem like the story might move on to something else for the time being.

Ah, but Dengeki Daisy. I love you so much. Teru and Kurosaki together is a little more serious than I’d like, but they’re slowly getting more comfortable around each other, and it seems like the kinks are slowly being worked out in favor of the funny for later. I can’t wait to see how good that gets later. Alas, that will be some time away, but I’m ready to wait. Dengeki Daisy is worth it.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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