Before he died, Kurebayashi Teru's brother gave her only a cell phone, telling her to contact "Daisy" if she ever needs someone to talk to. Now, even though she lives alone and without relatives, Teru never feels lonely because Daisy is her constant confidant and supporter.
In order to pay off a debt, Teru finds herself needing to work for the rude, inconsiderate, and abusive (not to mention quite handsome) school janitor, Kurosaki Tasuku. While her predicament seems on the opposite spectrum of her relationship with Daisy, maybe Teru's two different worlds are more closely connected than she thought?
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Volume 16: Hetakuso Cupid (The Hopeless Cupid)
EDIT: This was my first review, and it wasn't well-executed, at that. If you want a truly good, informative review, please refer to the one below me. I definitely recommend that one. :)
At first, I believed this was going to be the typical manga where the female protagonist is whiny, child-like, dependent, and –overall– someone who doesn't stand up for herself. I thought this would be that one story with the pair of infamous main leads: the girl who's constantly a damsel in distress and the guy who's just a bit too perfect and arrogant for his own good. However, this manga is
different. The story is quite original and it wasn't as cliché or predictable when compared to most other manga.
I wasn't expecting Dengeki Daisy to take a sudden, serious turn when it came to discussing criminal/investigative topics. I am a sucker for mystery and this one is most definitely one of my favorites. The plot twists are fantastic. The drama is not the sickening type. It is the kind of story that makes you want to read the whole thing in a day.
On a different note, the author is astoundingly interactive and friendly with her readers (if you read the author's notes, that is). I absolutely love how she dedicates time to her audience.
It was nice and appealing. Of course, there are your everyday mistakes and such, but these are often minuscule. Personally, it's not my favourite art style, but it's still enjoyable nonetheless.
The main female character started off pretty normal, yet she takes a turn for the best and continues to better throughout the story until the very end. The male lead shines through as well with time, and almost all the characters –both the supporting cast and protagonists– developed beautifully –some of them you could say were unusual and went through some equally unexpected changes. I did, however, which we could've had more insight or time with the supporting cast. Though –seeing as the manga is eighty chapters long– I believe this was for the best, as extending a story too much would've taken away Dengeki Daisy's charm.
It's a story that doesn't bore you; it doesn't prolong too much nor too little. Like I said before, it's a story that makes you want to keep on reading 'till the very end.
Even though it seems Dengeki Daisy's off to a cliché beginning, it all progresses well and it becomes an enjoyable and satisfiying story until the very end. I recommend this manga for any person who is 13+, male or female.
Let me start with what I loved the most about this manga. (And this is going to be a long list...)
There's no place for a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu) in Dengeki Daisy. No one is perfect. You cannot just use a blanket descriptor like "kind" or "sweet" for any of them.
Especially the two main characters, Teru and Kurosaki. Dear lord, these two. They're real people - when you finish the manga, you feel like you've known them forever. You understand the things that worry them, the things that make them happy, the things that MAKE them. Their past, their feelings, everything defines and
Teru could be just another shoujo heroine - there's a real danger of that, considering Dengeki Daisy is a shoujo manga. There are a lot of situations where the mangaka could've taken the easier way out and just labeled Teru to be an absolutely helpless angel who just needs Kurosaki's protection and can't do something on her own. But Teru isn't just another shoujo manga heroine. She's not only strong, independent and unmelodramatic unlike most shoujo girls, she's also very believable. Her reasons for choosing things are sound.
Kurosaki. (If I had to count the number of ways I love him, sigh.) It's been a while since I fell head over heels in love with an imaginary character. But he doesn't even feel imaginary, that's the best part. He's a real man, he isn't just wildly strong or wildly good-looking or wildly successful. He's just a normal guy with a normal job, and he has fears and apprehensions. He's not invincible, he's very human.
The secondary characters aren't far behind in development. They aren't just for show. Each character serves its purpose. From Riko to Rena to even the deceased Souichiro, each character has a job and they all do it splendidly. When a character appears, you know what to expect from them. It feels like you spent several hours just hanging out with all these folks at Master's restaurant.
2. Chemistry and Romance.
Teru x Kurosaki. Early on in the manga (like in the very first chapter - actually, in the first 2-3 pages) you start shipping this couple. And then you never stop.
The chemistry between these two is the kind of stuff that could make your breath catch. He's an adult, she's still a child, and he's very, very mindful of that. With just one look, one word, one action, they show they love each other very much and they crave each other's contact very much. You really wish you could read a chapter from the future where Teru's all grown up and ready to handle the man that Kurosaki is, but nope. This is a shoujo manga of a high school girl called Teru and you have to take a cold shower at the end of the "hot" scenes (and not hot because they're explicit - the author calls this a "lukewarm" manga, but I feel like the characters are enough to set the pages on fire; no need for sexual tension at all) just like Kurosaki is going to have to.
The love doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't happen because Kurosaki's hot or because Teru's sexy. The love builds on top of (in spite of, as a result of) several trials both the characters go through. Their bond gets stronger with each interaction they have and you can feel it. The romance is very, very satisfying. When you finish the manga, you sigh and wish that there were a couple more chapters after all the JF drama where they both just love and fall deeper in love.
Though this is a shoujo romance manga, it doesn't neglect the other relationships. The chemistry between the MCs and the secondary characters are also tended to with TLC. Teru's relationship develops over time with the rest of the people. She makes new friends, she forgives an old friend, and all of that strengthens the bonds she has with all these people. Kurosaki matures as a character and so do his relationships with the people around him. The friendships feel real and warm.
3. Humor and Drama.
The main thing I love about this manga is, I lost count of the number of times I laughed till my tummy ached and cried till my heart ached throughout the story.
Things may seem like they're taking a turn for serious, and suddenly there's an extremely humorous comment or dialogue that makes you laugh out loud (ugh, the number of times I made a fool of myself in public!). And just when it all looks hilarious, there's one dialogue or just one statement that could make you long for a love like that or a friend like that or something that makes you feel sorry for even the bad guy.
Fantastic. Detailed, beautiful, emotive, meaningful (and I have more adjectives, but I'll stop here).
As for cuteness...
Chibi Teru. Period.
Bonus: Author notes.
I LOVED reading Motomi-sensei's notes and the Q&A sections. Hilarious and extremely cute. Reading the sections has the added benefit of making you feel like you've gotten a bit closer to the characters.
What I don't like about the manga:
Just the rushed ending. That's all. Really can't think of anything else.
The story isn't this manga's strongest point, but it's not the weakest either, it's still pretty detailed. In such a believable manga, some scenes are way too flashy, but it's difficult to nitpick too much when it's all heartfelt and leaves you a molten mass of fuzz.
Give it a try, just because it's addictive and fun, like the best rollercoaster ride you've ever had. It may not be a masterpiece or classic, but it's still one of the best shoujo mangas ever written (and drawn).
This manga, is amazing.
Ever since i finished this manga, I kinda find it hard to read other ones because there just not as good as this one.
Everything about it just perfect.. no. More then perfect.
The two main characters in this Manga are really lovable, even the main woman character is lovable. And for me, liking the main woman character never happens.
The love between them is just amazing as well.
There is no sex, there might be a shirtless guy, but as far as I know, this manga is not really a mature one.
Even though its not mature this is definitely
a Must Read for me and a lot others.
If you didn't read this manga yet, then your missing out.
Please read it.
You won't regret it.
And if you do, then you either don't like anything interesting or you don't like manga's.
I this is my first review, so bear with me, please.
Dengeki Daisy is an amazing story. It truly captures shoujo in its own way. This story has beautiful characters that shine in their own way. Of course, this story has its flaws, but (as of late) I cannot find any. I liked this manga so much because the characters were definitely not ordinary. Each character had a past that intertwines with everyone's. The story itself is sad, enchanting, funny. It made me laugh, cry, and cheer for the main character's romance. Understand, I cannot even express how much I love this manga. Do not get
me wrong, this manga is not for everyone. If you do not like manga that incorporates the past into the present, or patience with the romance, do not read this! Although, I encourage you to because there are hilarious scenes that would suck to miss.
Overall, the reason I like this manga and why I recommend it is because of the emotions it will pull out and the fantastic character development.
Dengeki Daisy is a unique shoujo manga with a complex, heart-warming story, as well as a ton of comedy! Need a quick laugh? This list of 20 of the funniest quotes from the manga will surely do the trick!