Last year I reviewed volume 1 of Dengeki Daisy. I highly recommended this series, and thought it was time to give an update on my opinion. Viz has done a good job pacing the releases, and I think it has a good following. The tension of this series winds you up tight until you are about to explode with frustration at the characters. I personally think that Motomi is very talented at writing that way. Some may find it annoying. I find it tantalizing. Seems like others are enjoying it as well, since it’s been on the New York Times manga bestseller list for 2 weeks now.
The Art: Motomi’s style is such a pleasure to read. It’s classic shojo toning, but Motomi really fits the art style to the mood of the scene. More abstract, chibi figures for those slapstick moments, and then finely detailed, close-ups for the more emotional scenes. I think one of the reasons I can withstand the character tension so well is due to the fact that in between chapters, Motomi inserts drawings of Teru and Kurosaki in poses that they might strike if they were actually dating. Some of these are really sweet. I enjoy the cover art, and it would be nice to see more of Motomi’s colored work in the future.
The Audience: Cuddly. Plenty of tension but not any action. I think most teens would be delighted with this series. It’s got intriguing characters, a storyline with some mystery thrown in, and plenty of beautiful art to enjoy.
The Media: Dengeki Daisy is available in the states from Viz media in 4 volumes. Volume 5 is expected to be released in July 2011.