Dengeki Daisy vol. 1 Story and Art by Kyousuke Motomi
Teru has many troubles to deal with from being dirt poor to being constantly harassed by the student council. The only bright spot in 16 year old orphan Teru’s life is the text she shares with a person only known as Daisy. Not long after shattering a window (by accident) with a baseball; bad boy janitor Kurosaki Tasuku claims her as his “slave.”
Serialized in Betsucomi shojo (girl’s) comic anthology in Japan, Dengeki Daisy is a breath of fresh air in the genre. The heroine is a moralistic character and as a result easy to sympathize with. Though the entire orphan concept has been done time and time again it’s treated exceptionally well here.
Another positive about the protagonist is she isn’t one to angst. Meanwhile her 24 year old romantic interest, Kurosaki, assists her quietly from the shadows and the romance is slow to develop. This having been said the romance itself is more than a little unsettling. Teru is at a much different point in life (she’s only in high school) than Kurosaki.
The series also stretches suspension of disbelief at times… there are limits to a person’s density. By volume’s end she still has not figured out who Daisy is even though the author has basically done everything short of telling her (and the reader) Daisy’s real identity. Ultimately, Dengeki Daisy is a refreshing change of pace and while it has its flaws it is still a standout in the shojo genre.
Dengeki Daisy is available in both print and digital formats from Viz Media.