Dengeki Daisy

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Dengeki Daisy
Dengeki Daisy vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Dengeki Daisy featuring Tasuku Kurosaki (top) and Teru Kurebayashi (bottom)
電撃デイジー meaning, electric shock daisy
Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama
Manga
Written by Kyousuke Motomi
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Betsucomi
Original run October 26, 2007October 12, 2013
Volumes 16
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Dengeki Daisy (電撃デイジー?) is a shōjo romantic comedy manga by Kyousuke Motomi. It is published in Kyoto, Japan in Betsucomi magazine and has been published into sixteen tankōbon. The series is licensed for English release in North America by Viz Media, with the first volume published on July 6, 2010.[1]

Plot[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Main Characters[edit]

Teru Kurebayashi (紅林 照 Kurebayashi Teru?)
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.
Tasuku Kurosaki (黒崎 祐 Kurosaki Tasuku?)
A 24-year-old young 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.

Supporting characters[edit]

Master
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 (鬼塚 理子 Onizuka Riko?)
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 Hasegawa (長谷川 清 Hasegawa Kiyoshi?)
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.
Kazumasa Andou (安藤 数正 Andō Kazumasa?)
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.
Rena Ichinose ( 一之瀬 玲奈 Ichinose Rena?)
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.
Haruka Sawaguchi (沢口 遥 Sawaguchi Haruka?)
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.
Masumi Takeda (竹田 真澄 Takeda Masumi?)
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.

Others[edit]

Souichirou Kurebayashi (紅林 奏一郎 Kurebayashi Sōichirō?)
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.
Tetsuya Arai (新井 哲也 Arai Tetsuya?)
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.
Chiharu Mori (森 千春 Mori Chiharu?)
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.
Akira (アキラ?)
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 a man named "Antler" in order to obtain M's Testament.
Teru's friends
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.

Manga[edit]

The series is written and illustrated by Kyousuke Motomi and was serialized in Shogakukan's monthly shōjo manga magazine, Betsucomi. The individual chapters have been collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes by publisher Shogakukan.

The series is licensed for regional releases in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing[2] and France by Kaze Manga.[3] In February 2010, Amazon.com listed the first volume for English release in June 2010 in North America, with Viz Media as publisher.[4]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN North America release date North America ISBN
1 October 26, 2007[5] ISBN 9784091308542 July 6, 2010[1] ISBN 1-4215-3727-3
Contains chapters 1-4 + one short bonus chapter
2 March 26, 2008[6] ISBN 9784091314550 October 2010[7] ISBN 1-4215-3728-1
Contains chapters 5-9
3 August 26, 2008[8] ISBN 9784091320070 December 28, 2010[9] ISBN 1-4215-3729-X
Contains chapters 10-14
4 January 26, 2009[10] ISBN 9784091322104 April 5, 2011[11] ISBN 1-4215-3730-3
Contains chapters 15-19
5 June 26, 2009[12] ISBN 9784091323958 July 5, 2011[13] ISBN 1-4215-3739-7
Contains chapters 20-24
6 February 26, 2010[14] ISBN 9784091327741 September 6, 2011[15] ISBN 1-4215-3826-1
Contains chapters 25-29 + two short bonus chapters
7 July 26, 2010[16] ISBN 9784091333841 November 1, 2011[17] ISBN 1-4215-3941-1
Contains chapters 30-34
8 October 26, 2010[18] ISBN 9784091334794 January 3, 2012[19] ISBN 1-4215-3997-7
Contains chapters 35-39
9 April 26, 2011[20] ISBN 9784091337900 March 6, 2012[21] ISBN 1-4215-4176-9
Contains chapters 40-44
10 September 26, 2011[22] ISBN 9784091340375 July 3, 2012 ISBN 1-4215-4267-6
Contains chapters 45-49
11 March 26, 2012 ISBN 9784091343161 January 1, 2013 ISBN 9781421550602
Contains chapters 50-54
12 June 26, 2012 ISBN 9784091345530 May 7, 2013 ISBN 9781421552422
Contains chapters 55-59
13 January 25, 2013 ISBN 9784091350800 December 3, 2013 ISBN 9781421559667
Contains chapters 60-64
14 June 26, 2013 ISBN 9784091352675 June 3, 2014 ISBN 9781421569444
Contains chapters 65-69
15 October 25, 2013 ISBN 9784091356505 November 4, 2014 ISBN 9781421573434
Contains chapters 70-74
16 February 26, 2014 ISBN 9784091357601 -- ISBN --
Contains chapters 75-78 + one short bonus story (No Good Cupid)

Reception[edit]

The series was voted as the best new shojo manga of 2010 by North American fans in the 2011 About.com Manga Readers' Choice Awards.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "愛情接合器.最富恭介" (in Chinese). Ever Glory Publishing. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nouveautés Kazé Manga" (in French). Animeland. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dengeki Daisy Shōjo Romance Manga Listed by Amazon". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "電撃デイジー / 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ "電撃デイジー / 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ "電撃デイジー / 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "電撃デイジー / 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "電撃デイジー / 5" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 5". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ "電撃デイジー / 6" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 6". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ "電撃デイジー / 7" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 7". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  18. ^ "電撃デイジー / 8" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 8". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ "電撃デイジー / 9" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 9". Viz Media. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  22. ^ "電撃デイジー / 10" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  23. ^ http://manga.about.com/od/2011_Best_Manga_Awards/ss/2011-Manga-Readers-Choice-Awards-Best-Manga-of-2010_6.htm

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