Before Teru’s brother died, he gave her a special cellphone connected to "Daisy", a boy who would be there to look out for her whenever she needs someone. One year later and Teru continues to send mails to the mysterious Daisy, but she still has no idea who he actually is. One day, after accidentally breaking a window at school, Teru meets the rude school janitor, Tasuku Kurosaki, who insists she work off the cost of repairing the damage. But there’s more to this grouchy caretaker than meets the eye as in reality he is the Daisy who has been watching over Teru for all this time! With no intention of letting the lonely girl know his true identity, Tasuku must attempt to help Teru without being discovered, but can he really keep up the act, and just why is he taking care of her in the first place?
Dengeki Daisy; (light spoiler alert!) One of the few manga's who actually had me shedding tears. I have to admit, it is "just another shoujo manga," but there are several elements in it, that kept me hooked. I read through it all, in just two sittings. Even if their age difference is bigger than most readers enjoy (though to me, that makes things more interesting), it has a challenging plot. Teru, a girl who's brother left her a cellphone before he died, gets in touch with this person called "Daisy." Who helps her through her daily life, gives advice and is the virtual shoulder she cries on whenever she needs it most. At school, strange things happen when she meets the Janitor Kurosaki. Through an unexpected incident, she has to work with him. She unconsciously gets closer to him and opens up towards him. She tells him all about Daisy, but little does she know.. All kinds of incidents happen ever since they met and Daisy seems the only one who can fix things. Whilst Kurosaki tries to keep his secret hidden from Teru, he also tries to get closer to her. It is a rather interesting manga, it does not get boring as it involves romance, hacking, kidnapping and loads more. I suggest you read it. To those who've read Taiyou No Le, Switch Girl, Ao Haru Ride, Ookami Shoujo To Kuro Ouji and/or Sukitte Ii Na Yo, I recommend it. It's a lovely manga that gets you on the edge of your seat, longing for more chapters!
So I read some of this for Secret Santa and made through volume 8. For a shoujo, it's actually pretty good and, despite using a lot of typical shoujo tropes, doesn't feel as forced or as midly creepy as most shoujo tend to. I couldn't entirely get into it because I'm not a fan of the demographic usually, and I got sidetracked with other things going on, but I didn't hate it. Teru is a very refreshing protagonist. She's actually capable of things, knows what she wants, and has a good amount of character development. She's held back by trauma but in a realistic way, and gradually learns how to cope with it and how to move on. I wasn't a fan of Kurosaki, but at least he wanted to make sure Teru was okay with what he was doing and he genuinely cared about her and her wellbeing. I can see the age gap putting people off, but he's a nice guy. Could do without the jokes about him being a pervert/lolicon, even if they're harmless, but that's probably just me, lol. Once the story got to the hacking stuff in volume 8, I started to lose interest. The first part of the manga had a lot of development, and I appreciated that the characters were actually talking about things and trying to address problems that in most shoujo wouldn't even be brought up until the last arc. But once certain things were resolved, I feel like it started to drag on. It's also not helped by the hacking side of things being extremely unrealistic and outdated -- although I'm aware that that's the least important part of the story in the end. One of my main issues was that I couldn't find a character I liked enough to keep going, and to me, characters are the most important part of fiction. I liked Teru, but I still didn't get attached to her that much. If you're a fan of shoujo and romance you'll probably really like this, and I totally get why it has high ratings and why people enjoy it. It's not my thing, but if you can look past the inaccurate hacking parts, I'd definitely recommend it. I think if I was in a different mindset I would've liked it more, maybe. Overall, it's not bad, it's just not for me. Still one of the better shoujos I've tried, though! Secret Santa Review
This story is about a highschool girl (Teru) whose brother has passed away and left her under the care of the mysterious Daisy who she only talks through with longgggg text messages XD. Seriously though, why does japan refer to them as emails? Stahp. So anywho press the fast forward button and Daisy and Teru have met and know that each other knows that he's daisy (its suppose to be a secret). And honestly things get a little dumb cause the conflict jumping in and ruining things for our otp. The good thing about Teru is that she excels at going against the stereotypical highschool anime girl. Really great stuff. So thanks to Teru being a bad butt Daisy and Teru are reunited (I keep calling him Daisy to leave y'all in suspense muaha..ha...) and we watch them kick butt together. This is as vague as I can get without spoiling a lot XD. Really enjoyable series. I was pleased with all of it. The humor was top notch and the romance was satisfying. It would've been even better if there was a bonus chapter of Teru grown up and getting married. Eeepppp that idea makes my heart sing. Its not a masterpiece but it is definitely a good read and will make you happy with the ending.
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