When Teru's older brother died, she was left with little more than a cell phone containing the text-address of an elusive character named DAISY, who Teru's brother had told her would "support her when he was no longer able to." DAISY became Teru's pillar of strength, over the next few years as he sent her encouraging words through his phone, whether inspiring or mere chatter, as she faces her life alone.
One afternoon, after bullies from the student council are mysteriously driven away, Teru accidentally breaks a school window, which results in her working for the grouchy, cruel school janitor named Tasuku Kurosaki. As Teru begins working for the unlikable school janitor, her feelings begin to surpass that of master and servant and she begins to question DAISY's true identity. Thus begins an unlikely friendship between a 16-year-old high school girl and a sly but smart 24-year-old man.
A 16-year-old high school student, Teru is a strong-willed and kind girl who is alone after her older brother dies. She is left only with a cell phone that her brother gave her connects her to DAISY, who becomes Teru's source of encouragement and protects her from afar with email messages and occasionally through physical acts. Despite never meeting him face-to-face, Teru has absolute trust in him (although she doesn't have romantic feelings for him). When she accidentally breaks a window, Teru is forced to become the "servant" of the school janitor, Kurosaki Tasuku, to pay it off. As the manga progresses, Teru's once negative feelings towards Kurosaki grow into something more romantic. However, she becomes suspicious that Kurosaki is in fact DAISY and that the phone her brother left her might be more than it appears.
A 24-year-old young blond man working as the school janitor. Kurosaki is often depicted smoking his favorite brand Philip Morris, drinking, and participating in violent acts. Despite his unpleasant attitude, he cares deeply for Teru, acting toward her with genuine kindness, and is extremely protective of her. Teru is initially unaware that Kurosaki is also DAISY, a computer hacker who worked with her brother, Souichirou, and has been entrusted with looking after her. He is described by Teru's friends to be very attractive, though he does not generally display his emotions. Much to his chagrin, he is often jokingly described as a pervert and a lolicon by his friends, as it is established among his closer companions that he has strong romantic feelings for Teru. Kurosaki has made it his mission to care for Teru on the request of his dying friend, Souichirou, though recently he has chosen to protect her as his true self also. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kurosaki believes that he has no right to love Teru as he is "the one that led her brother to his death." Throughout the manga he struggles between his feelings towards her and his own conflicting memories regarding his complicated past as a hacker.
Masuda(増田?) is the manager of Ohanabatake, a Western style tea house, often seen wearing a bandana and apron. Both Kurosaki, Riko, and a number of characters refer to him as "Master" ("Masutaa" as a play on words). Despite his cordial demeanor and tendency to tease Kurosaki about his relationship with Teru, the Master can be surprisingly frightening; Kurosaki admits that the Master is far scarier than he is. He is fully aware of Kurosaki's activities as DAISY and has watched over Kurosaki, even before either of them became acquainted with Souichirou Kurebayashi.
Riko Onizuka was a member of the design team Teru's brother led as well as his girlfriend. As a result, she regards Teru as a younger sister and they live together as housemates and Kurosaki's neighbours. Riko is friends with Kurosaki and often subtly serves as his adviser on his situation with Teru, frequently teasing him or acting violently toward him if she thinks he has acted inappropriately towards Teru. She is also the school counselor at Teru's high school. Riko is 30 years old.
Kiyoshi is Teru's best friend and a classmate, as well as scholarship student. He attempted to find out more regarding why Teru was left so impoverished after her brother's death, despite Souichirou's reputation as a brilliant engineer. However, he ended up endangering both himself and Teru, until he is saved by Kurosaki. An intelligent boy who is able to exercise discretion, the Master reveals to Kiyoshi DAISY's true identity as a gesture of trust. Afterwards, Kurosaki employs Kiyoshi as a second "servant" and another set of eyes to protect Teru, though Kiyoshi does not hesitate to poke fun at Kurosaki's affection for Teru.
The Chairman of Teru and Kurosaki's high school, Andou is a former colleague of DAISY and Teru's brother. He initially appears as the substitute janitor for Kurosaki. While he appears as a comic character who often appears from odd, small, and dark places like vents and garbage cans and enjoys being beaten up, Andou is serious whenever matters concerning DAISY arise and acts as the group's leader during investigations. His nickname, Andy, came from Souichirou.
The Student Council President, an attractive girl who leads the student council to bully scholarship students like Teru and Kiyoshi and privatize school facilities and has a tendency to enter bad relationships with unsavory men. Thanks to Teru's kindness, she gradually stops bullying and entering bad relationships. Though Rena does not admit it, Teru becomes one of her first true friends, and she indirectly tries to help Teru develop her relationship with Kurosaki. It is hinted that she later has feelings for Kiyoshi.
One of Teru's classmates and friends, Haruka acts as the leader of sorts in Teru's group of friends and encourages Teru's relationship with Kurosaki. She is the first friend that Teru confides in with her knowledge that she is aware that Kurosaki and DAISY are the same person. Haruka is frequently the first to come to Teru's defense at school, often leading their other friends to join suit. She is a member of the school's art club, track team, and ghost club.
One of DAISY's former co-workers, described as persistent, but not terribly cunning. He comes to Teru's school as the new PC instructor and administrator for information management, but in truth hopes to get close to Teru to obtain her cell phone, believing it contains unreleased software Souchirou had been designing before his death. While his first attempt is thwarted by Kurosaki, Takeda chooses to stop harassing Teru because of her resolve and kindness after his second attempt. He subsequently becomes an infrequent ally to DAISY.
Souichirou Kurebayashi is the deceased brother of Teru Kurebayashi. Respected and admired as a very talented computer engineer, he led a team of engineers that included Tasuku Kurosaki and Riko Onizuka. Little is known about him, though he has been alternately shown as comically affectionate towards his sister and those he cares about to being serious and empathetic. Before his death, Souichirou supposedly developed software that was to sell for a very high price, but mysteriously disappeared. He forced the role of DAISY onto his friend Kurosaki. It is eventually revealed that Souichirou died of stomach cancer; instead of receiving treatment, Souichirou had invested his remaining time into solving the virus code Kurosaki had been forced to reproduce in order save Kurosaki. Though Souichirou had died of illness, Kurosaki is heavily burdened with the belief that he indirectly caused his friend's death.
The former information technology teacher and the system administrator of the school's information network. He was involved in a relationship with Rena and was adviser to the Student Council. However, he used his position to embezzle funds from the school's budget until Teru solicits DAISY's help in order expose Arai's corruption. Arai is fired soon afterward, but is forced to become a pawn in a series of illegal activities targeting DAISY. Out of concern for Rena's safety, he approaches Teru to disclose information that would expose the organization coercing him.
Initially introduced as the attractive school nurse, Mori appears to be air-headed woman who often makes blunt thinly-veiled insults against Teru. However, Kurosaki gradually becomes suspicious of what Mori is capable of when she tries to use Teru to expose DAISY. In reality, she is actually the true culprit behind various attacks on Teru and Kurosaki, all to obtain information regarding a dangerous project that Kurosaki had been responsible for creating. Because she had been hired by Andou's predecessor as chairman of the school, her background is unknown. When her true identity is exposed, she disappears from the school and remains at large.
A mysterious and eerie boy with an uncanny passing resemblance to Teru's older brother, Souichirou, and has a wide grin that makes him appear maniacal. To conceal his appearance, he wears a hoodie and he usually carries a yo-yo around. His behavior is erratic and seemingly remorseless, though he is exceptionally attached and affectionate towards Chiharu Mori, whom he works with as an accomplice. Though he is later identified as a gifted hacker, Akira is a very poor operative due to his childish emotional state resulting from the special treatment he received until that point. Akira displays a vindictive interest in Teru and enjoys hurting her to try and upset Kurosaki, whom he blames for unknown reasons relating to his past. It's later revealed that he had been working for Anthra in order to obtain M's Testament.
Teru's other friends include a helmet-hair girl (Kako カコ) and buck-teeth boy (Ken ケン) who like each other, an overweight boy (Yoshi 良), and a girl who pulls her bangs back and wears a ponytail (Mei メイ). A comical group who support one another, they look to Teru as their leader and are very loyal to her and to each other.
The series is licensed for regional releases in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing and France by Kaze Manga. In February 2010, Amazon.com listed the first volume for English release in June 2010 in North America, with Viz Media as publisher. As of New Year's Day 2013, eleven volumes have been released in the U.S. and Canada.
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...
When Teru's home gets burglarized, she ends up staying at Kurosaki's apartment. The close quarters lead to tension, but things get even more complicated when a woman named Riko Onizuka shows up, bringing up a past that involves Kurosaki...
Teru decides to move out of Kurosaki's apartment, but she wonders if Kurosaki is actually relieved that she's leaving. As she settles in at her new place, trouble comes knocking when an old business acquaintance of her brother appears...
Discovering DAISY's true identity not only shocks Teru but makes things more confusing for her as well. Meanwhile someone pretending to be DAISY threatens to spread a computer virus at school! But who's the true target of this attack?
While trying to uncover who the fake DAISY is, Kurosaki gets injured protecting Teru from an attack! The near-fatal incident leaves Teru shaken, and she vows to stay close to Kurosaki. But is proximity just going to hurt them both with the truth still veiled?
Contains chapters 25 - 29 + two short bonus chapters
Teru and Kurosaki continue to investigate the fake DAISY incident and are on the verge of solving the case when Teru gets kidnapped! What does the kidnapper want with her, and will Kurosaki be able to rescue her in time?!
Kurosaki decides that he needs to tell Teru the truth, but little does he know that an unsettling fellow called Akira has other ideas. What is Akira scheming, and how will his actions irrevocably affect Teru's relationship with Kurosaki?
When Teru mistakenly tells Kurosaki to disappear from her life, she gets consumed by guilt because he actually vanishes. In order to get him back, she'll have to uncover his past relationship with her brother along with the exact details of his crime...
As Teru comes to terms with Kurosaki’s past wrongdoings, Kurosaki searches for the culprit who is trying to resurrect the “Jack Frost” virus he created. But when he learns that Teru might be in danger, will he keep his promise to leave her alone, or will the two be reunited?
A powerful organization that was after Kurosaki’s “Jack Frost” virus suddenly falls apart, but Kurosaki can’t rest easy since Akira was somehow involved. Furthermore, Akira tells Kurosaki that Teru is still a target! Can Kurosaki protect Teru from Akira’s menacing schemes?
Teru’s friend Rena reveals doubts about her engagement to successful businessman Kazuki Morizono—and for good reason! He seems to be in cahoots with nemeses Akira and Chiharu, with a hidden agenda involving DAISY’s “Jack Frost” virus! How will Teru and Kurosaki deal with this newfound threat?
Teru and her friends sneak aboard a yacht in order to save Rena and foil Morizono's plan to sell the new "Jack Frost" virus. The rescue mission turns out to be more than anyone bargained for, however, when Kurosaki runs into a man who makes his blood turn cold…
The past continues to haunt Teru and Kurosaki when they’re given a chance to find the mysterious “M’s Last Testament.” Unfortunately, their savage nemesis Akira has his eyes set on finding it too! Will Akira beat them to the punch? Or does Teru have something up her sleeve?