I’m trying something new to select manga. I put everything recommended to me or that interested me in a list and used a random number generator to decide!
And the winner is….! *drumroll* Dengeki Daisy!
I actually own this one (that’s how it made the list) xD I’ll try to stay impartial, but spoiler alert, I really liked this series! Not sure how it’ll rate because it’s been a few years since I’ve read it, but we’ll find out together!
The back cover reads:
“After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she 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. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help. Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?
One day at school, Teru accidentally breaks a window and agrees to pay for it by helping Kurosaki with chores around school. Kurosaki is an impossible taskmaster though, and he also seems to be hiding something important from Teru…”
I am going to be doing shorthand as I read. These descriptions are really more of a reminder to myself about what all I have been able to read so far. Sorry if this bothers anyone! I will do a full description on the final review page of each series I read.
Every post past this point will be a spoiler, so please read ahead with caution!
ch10: in which Riko trolls everyone xD (btw, I’ve been reading the chapters and then doing a recap after) Teru’s about to move out, and she wants to get a thank-you present for Kurosaki for letting her stay with him. her friends suggest many things, but a good meal seems like the best idea. Kurosaki asks Riko where they’re moving, and Riko says you can’t get there in just a few minutes by car; she warns Kurosaki that he better be sure this is what he wants. when Teru asks her, Riko still won’t say. Teru wanted to make pot stickers for their final meal, but packing her old place takes too long. turns out Kurosaki can cook, though, so he made the food, and he’s being nice to her, and it finally hits home that this easy time with him is ending. she runs out crying, and he comforts her by saying she can come back to clean and work for him whenever she wants xD it works, and she feels better. the next day, Teru moves out… and moves in right next door 8D
ch11: Teru hates the rain because that’s when her brother died. her friend from middle school comes to check on her, and he’s just a super friendly guy but his gf gets jealous of Teru. of course it’s raining. the next day he asks her to manage the kendo club because their normal manager is out sick. she wants to get out of it, but Kurosaki releases her for the day since he has Kiyoshi as a servant, so she agrees. she does a really good job! but the friend’s gf decides to bully Teru, and Teru’s just done with it. she tries to fight back, but Kurosaki shows up and stops her. he also low key threatens the other girls so they leave Teru alone. he scolds Teru and when she runs out, Kiyoshi tries to advice Kurosaki before realizing he’s extra mean so Daisy can be extra nice (Kiyoshi also knows that Kurosaki is Daisy). when Teru complains to Daisy, he’s very kind to her, and she feels better. she goes to Kurosaki later to apologize for her behavior and says she thinks she’ll start to appreciate rainy days thanks to Daisy. she also remarks that bad memories can become fond ones thanks to those around you which resonates strongly with Kurosaki who keeps remembering Soichiro’s death but Teru’s starting to make those memories better
ch12: Riko wants a cheesecake, so she makes Kurosaki buy it when he loses mahjong. he makes Teru come with him since she’s his servant. they get separated when Takeda appears. Teru’s phone dies, and Takeda leaves a cryptic message to Kurosaki on purpose. he also offers to charge Teru’s phone, and she lets him but she also calls him out on searching it for her brother’s software. he tries to deny it, but she knows how sometimes you have to do bad to get far in business; that doesn’t make you bad, though. he finally admits that she’s right and that after his search, her phone is clean. Kurosaki finally shows up and after a quick talk, Kurosaki starts to take Teru back to Riko. when Takeda tells her he won’t approach her again, she tells him to take her with him to another cafe sometime because she’d like to still see him. she saved him from his own darkness. he also warns Kurosaki about others wanting Soichiro’s program, so turns out he’s not a totally bad guy. he also teased Teru about who Daisy might be which leads her to start hoping that it might be Kurosaki, but she’s not ready to find out yet.
ch13: Teru and her friends are going on a study trip to the beach! since she doesn’t have a swimsuit other than her school-issued middle school one, Kurosaki buys her one, and on the shopping trip, she learns the name of a song that Kurosaki likes (I wonder if the Japanese version of the manga uses the same song titles =O they’re very western). Teru invites Kurosaki to the beach, but he refuses because he doesn’t want to hang out with a bunch of teenagers. Riko goes in his place and trolls him some more xD Teru buys a music box -with the song Kurosaki liked- for Daisy and Riko gives it to him when she heads home early for work. there’re a typhoon coming soon, so the teens have to figure out if they should leave early. Teru doesn’t want her money to go to waste, but she’s nervous about the storm. she calls Kurosaki to ask, and he makes up the excuse for wanting to eat curry so she better come home and make it for him xD so she goes home. on the trip, two of her friends get together! everyone else is happy and salty about it x’D btw, Daisy sent Teru a picture of the music box she’d sent him. Kurosaki leaves his window open when he goes to buy groceries, and the papers under the music box shift so it goes airborne. Teru’s at the apartment when it happens -dun, dun, dunnnnn…!
ch14: the music box opens, and Teru hears the song. she knows Kurosaki told her not to enter that room, but she wants to know. so she enters, and the room’s just full of books and papers and computer equipment. she finds the music box she sent Daisy and closes it. Kurosaki calls her then, but she can’t face him, so she runs back to her place after closing the room back. when Kurosaki gets home, he’s drenched xD Teru’s making tea in the kitchen. she makes a comment about running home because she left her window open, and after calling her stupid, Kurosaki realizes he did the same thing xD he finds the music box safely closed on the floor and thinks he dodged a bullet, but a lot of his papers are ruined. Teru’s trying to act normal, but she’s strained and he notices. the power goes out when lightning strikes, and Teru breaks a cup and cuts her finger when trying to clean it up. Kurosaki treats her cut and comforts her, thinking it’s the rain that has her out of sorts. she cries herself to sleep and prays that Kurosaki never finds out that she knows; she just wants to keep Daisy forever, no matter what.
And that’s it for volume 3! to read about volume 4, click here.