You may have noticed by now that all my posts contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned.
As you also may have read in the previous post, I was completely dissatisfied with my current manga choices. So I did something I don’t usually do: I searched for something in MAL’s Top Manga poll. And my eye fell on Dengeki Daisy. I though ‘OK, if there’s a shoujo manga ranked here, it oughta be something special’. And I gave it a shot, regardless the fact that it’s not completed yet (something I usually avoid – the stress of waiting for new chapters kills me).
Kubayashi Teru is attending middle-school when her computer-genius of a brother is hospitalized. Before passing away, he hands her a cellphone and tells her to contact DAISY if she ever feels lonely. That DAISY will always be there for her. A couple of years later she is a scholarship highschool girl with a tendency for being bullied. She still relies a lot on DAISY, who has never yet failed her. One day, after escaping from some bullies, she accidentally breaks a mirror. This is witnessed by the blond-thug-looking school janitor, Kurosaki Tasuku who makes her work for him in return for keeping her secret (while he slacks off playing mahjong). The relationship between the two is a bit rocky at first, but we can immediately see that there’s some chemistry there – where it came from, we do not know. Yet. Maybe the janitor is not at all what he seems to be…
The story develops with a healthy mix of suspense, damsel in distress moments, huge doses of tenderness, a bit of tragedy and lots and lots of comedy. Being the sister of a computer genius, Teru often finds herself the target of other geeks who want to get their hands on her brother’s secrets, believing them to be hidden in Teru’s cellphone. She’s always saved by Kurosaki until she finally connects the dots and realizes who he really is.. And the way she deals with it is just… It’s natural. It’s simple. Mature. It’s one of the things I liked the most about this manga, because usually when one of the big revelations is made the heroine gets all weepy and sulky and it’s like the end of the world. Not here. If anything, it’s convenient.
I think the drama itself hasn’t really began yet. Kurosaki still has to make the biggest revelation of all, and I still don’t have a clue about the outcome… although I’m afraid it will be quite heavy, since Teru is not your usual heroine. Speaking of Teru, she absolutely rocks my world right now. She’s in a close tie with Fujioka Haruhi. She’s funny, witty, mature, strong, kind. I really had a laugh with her antics with Kurosaki. So yes, we’ll see what happens from now on. Personally, I can’t wait.
Given the fact that this series isn’t completed yet, I won’t rate it. Yet.