Dengeki Daisy Volume One is a manga by Kyousuke Motomi, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in 2010. The series is rated “T+” for older teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.
The main character of the series is Teru Kurebayashi. She is an orphan after the death of her older brother, who had been serving as Teru’s guardian. Before his death, he let her know that a friend of his who goes by the online name of Daisy will help her out, and she can contact Daisy through text messaging if needed. Teru has never met Daisy; their only interactions have been through the text messages.
Teru goes to school through a scholarship and is picked on by the student council officers. One day she gets so angry that she throws a tennis ball; however, instead of hitting someone, the ball crashes through one the school’s windows. A custodian tracks Teru down and says she has to work off the cost of the window through doing custodial work for the school. It turns out there’s more to the custodian than Teru realizes.
As I read this manga volume, I was able to figure out the custodian’s secret well before it was actually revealed in the story. In that respect, this did make the story a little on the predictable side. The overall concept of having someone who Teru only knows through text messaging being able to help her out was kind of interesting; however, I think Teru trusts Daisy a little too blindly. Yes, I know that Daisy is supposed to be her brother’s friend, but wouldn’t she have wanted to meet Daisy before her brother died? I ultimately came to the conclusion that while I like the characters in the story and what happens to them, the initial setup in order for this story to happen is a little on the unbelievable side.
When it comes to the art in this volume of Dengeki Daisy, there is the occasional panel that appears to have had more effort and detail put into it. However, most of the art tends to come across as the “typical shojo art style.” While the art isn’t bad, there just isn’t a lot to make it stand out from the look of other shojo manga series.
Dengeki Daisy is a decent enough read if you’re looking for something that’s quick and easy to read and doesn’t take a lot of thought. This is a series that will probably be best enjoyed by the teenage girls who typically make up the market for shojo manga.