Currently Diamond Cuts Diamond (or DCD for short) has just released its 18th chapter with English translations. Therefore, this review will either be replaced or updated as more chapters come out.
Diamond Cuts Diamond is truly fantastic. It blends one of my favorite genres, murder mystery, with a supernatural tale of Espers. Just to clarify, an Esper is a person with an abnormal ability. The premise for this manga is that 7 years after a show about young Espers presenting their talents called "Esper Shounen" was cancelled, the cast members are being hunted down by a mysterious killer named "Anti".
Our protagonist, Kurosu Kiesuke, a member of the cast who was gifted with the ability to link up with another person's 5 senses, must solve the mystery of who the assailant is in order to end the killing spree.
Frankly, I'm loving this manga. We're given a great scenario that has been playing out very well with the killer hunting members of the cast at random points and we're not aware of who it is. However, this isn't the type of ignorance that is frustrating. Personally, I do have a theory but regardless, it's this kind of confusion that helps keep this story alive. As I read through all 18 chapters, I was constantly given twists and was forced to eliminate or re-examine suspects.
Another great part of the manga is Kurosu's relationship to our other protagonist, Yami. She was a fellow actor on the set of "Esper Shounen". While the manga plays their relationship up for laps sometimes due to her large breasts intimidating our hero, it's very clear that their relationship is very valuable to each other and they both hold real weight in the other's life. This makes suspenseful scenes all the more dramatic because of how you really care about these two. At the time of this review it has yet to be confirmed if their relationship involves romantic feelings for one another or if it's platonic (Personally I ship them all the way).
Another great part of the series is that I think not many people will be alienated. While a murder mystery, the series does channel that Shounen action you'd expect in a manga about children with special powers.
I highly recommend this manga, it's one of the few I've read that while serious at times is just a pure joy to read. read more