Bad boy/good girl love stories are popular in shojo manga, and for those who enjoy a dash of cyber intrigue in their romances, Kyousuke Motomi’s Dengeki Daisy is worth checking out. Volume 9 has recently been released, and you can read on for the review. (Also, for those who are interested, you can click here for my reviews of earlier volumes).
The story centers on orphan Teru Kurebayashi, who, after the death of her beloved older brother, finds solace in the messages she exchanges with Daisy, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. One day, she accidentally breaks a window at school, and as a result winds up becoming a servant for Kurosaki, the delinquent school custodian. Although brusque and rude, he somehow always shows up in her time of need, and Teru finds herself increasingly drawn to him.
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As Teru comes to terms with Kurosaki’s past wrongdoings, Kurosaki searches for the culprit who is trying to resurrect the “Jack Frost” virus he created. But when he learns that Teru might be in danger, will he keep his promise to leave her alone, or will the two be reunited?
This volume comes to a climax for Teru/Kurosaki fans. After putting our couple through the emotional wringer for several chapters, they are finally reunited. Their meeting isn’t quite what you’d expect it to be; Motomi-sensei builds up all this dramatic anticipation, making the story look like it’s going to go one way and then shifts it wildly in the other direction. Still, the “low handed” manner in which Teru gets her man back is definitely keeping in character for our couple, and the close of Chapter 41 should be fluffy enough to satisfy the romantics.
Motomi-sensei plays a similar tactic in Chapter 42 with both Teru and Kurosaki falling for a fast one. To be honest, their friends’ actions come across as perplexing, especially given Riko’s strongly negative response to Kurosaki’s question about “the sacred rite between a man and a woman.” Part of me feels as if Motomi-sensei inserted the scene just for the shock of Kurosaki seeing Teru in a bathrobe. At any rate, the chapter extends the fluffiness just a little longer before our cast returns to the regular world.
After all the talk in Chapter 42 about Kurosaki having to go into hiding, it feels anticlimactic to have Kurosaki and Teru back in a normal school setting. Once they had their reunion and heart-to-heart, I honestly thought the series would wrap up. But it continues on, with the scheming Akira as the last bit of unresolved business. But so much has already been settled with Kurosaki’s secrets and our main couple’s feelings for one another, Akira almost doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Motomi-sensei’s going to have to shake things up a bit to keep things interesting for this title.
The story builds to a climax with Teru doing all in her power to reunite with Kurosaki. Romantics should be pleased once everything comes to a head, but so much gets resolved that the series feels as if it should conclude here instead of continuing with another volume.
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