part 1, part 2, part 3
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!
ch15: Teru’s trying her best to be normal around Kurosaki and Daisy, but she’s terrified she’s going to slip up. she works herself into such a panic that she faints at school. Riko checks on her in the infirmary; they think she’s just anemic. turns out class pres is the one who called for help; she also calls Teru out for holding things in until it affects her health. she recommends that Teru talk to someone -but clearly not her, she’s too busy and important to speak with someone as lowly as Teru (this girl is a tsundere). Teru decides to talk to her best friend, Haruka -who we’ve seen from the start but now she has a name. class pres was also listening in. they basically suggest that Teru already knows what she must do?! it works because Teru’s able to get things back to normal with Kurosaki. Haruka also invites class pres to hang out, so hey! new friendships! though they have very different personalities xD (btw, class pres’s name is Rena. maybe I’ll remember it >.>;; )
ch16: Teru’s thinking about love a lot more seriously; does Kurosaki actually like her? how can she find out? what if he doesn’t? can she do something to make herself more appealing? Haruka tries to give her advice, and another of their friends invites Teru to a mixer with them. Teru agrees because she wants to learn how women attract men xD while doing work for the school, Kurosaki gets sick. he gets medicine from the infirmary and Ms. Mori’s a little too attached to him. he still gets sick, though, and Riko tells Teru so she can get some medicine after the mixer. Teru instead leaves the mixer to take care of Kurosaki. Haruka invites Rena to come to the mixer instead xD Kurosaki and Teru have an almost moment that goes awry, as usual (can I just say that I love his hair when it’s falling down a little and not quite so stylized? sooooo cute..!)
ch17: we learn a bit more about Soichiro this chapter ❤ everyone loved him, though they all saw different sides of him. Teru gets to tell Kurosaki and Riko about her silly, over the top, doting brother, and Riko gets to talk about the man and work partner she fell in love with ❤ Kurosaki can’t talk about him, though, since he’s never admitted to working with him. Daisy can, though, and he does a little. Teru asks Daisy if her brother gave him that name, but there’s a deeper history there… Before that, though, a 3rd year tries to harass Teru so he can smoke on the roof, but she refuses to comply. when Riko tries to step in, he uses his dad’s influence to threaten her position as a teacher. Kurosaki punches him and warns him about the future consequences for his continued behavior. Kurosaki then gets 5 days of house arrest and 3 months without pay for punching a student >.>; when Daisy finally answers Teru about his name, he reveals the not so great truth… back in the day, he’d given himself the name Daisy Cutter in reference to a destructive bomb, to reference the power of his cracking/hacking programs’ destructive power. later, he came to regret his name, but Soichiro wouldn’t let him forget it. Teru expresses her sympathy and empathy in a kind message to Daisy and also goes to find Kurosaki. she comforts him in that silly but heartfelt carefree way her brother used to comfort her while also being sneaky yet understanding like Kurosaki does
ch18: Kurosaki’s still on house arrest, so Teru watches scary stuff at his apartment -since Riko’s gone. lately, Kurosaki’s been making more jokes about leaving or being fired, and Teru’s not ok with it. back at school, a mysterious guy keeps appearing; he’s so scary and disheveled, everyone thinks it might be a ghost, but it’s even scarier if it’s a real person… also, cell phones are getting virus messages under the guise of Daisy. Teru’s ticked, but her friends try to cover up the she might know Daisy or any hackers at all (hacking’s a crime, after all -or “cracking” as this manga says). Teru gets a message from the fake Daisy telling her to meet him at a specific time and place, but the ghost -apparently the school director named Ando- appears and talks to her. Kurosaki also shows up and punches the ghost for not explaining himself correctly. Teru does not approve of her school’s director in any way xD Kurosaki’s given the job of watching Teru while Riko and Boss go to the meet up. the photography club’s there because they got a tip that “Daisy’s” partner would show up, so Teru was almost set up for blackmail or social ruin. on another note, turns out Kurosaki gets scared by horror stuff even more than Teru does xD
ch19: Teru’s being bullied again. it seems rumors about her knowing Daisy -even the fake one- have gotten around. all the school can do is post a notice about the e-mails and texts being fake; they won’t delete your data, but if your data was affected, please notify the school. Kurosaki wants to do more, but Andy (director Ando’s called Andy) and Riko tell him just to take care of Teru since Kurosaki may be the real target. he hates feeling so useless, though. he’s been feeling more tense around Teru and thinks he should end the relationship. Andy tells him to do it bluntly, and Riko comes back later to explain that if he’s too strained then he should change the relationship; reach out to Teru, confess to her, and she’ll accept him; Kurosaki’s the only one torturing himself and he doesn’t have to. elsewhere, the 3rd year from before corners Teru and gives her information about a dangerous website that students are being recruited to in order to make money; he says she better never reveal how she got this, but maybe it’ll help stop all the cell phone attacks lately. Miss Mori spots them and tells Teru that Kurosaki was looking for her. when Teru goes there, Kurosaki’s not there, but there’s a note on the ground. Kurosaki shows up just in time to knock Teru out of the way of a falling desk and chair, getting hit himself. he’s unconscious and bleeding when the chapter ends…
oh jeez; I wish I had the next volume with me to read it right now!! to keep reading my review, please click here