Book Review: D.N.Angel Volume 1


As most of you probably know, there was a time when I stopped following the Detective Conan manga, because the latest chapters at the time were not that great and finding the volumes were quite difficult.

However there were two other titles that I had stopped following, mainly because they were difficult to find, especially after Borders went out of business.

Recently, I found out that they were license rescued and decided to see what the newer releases were like, by getting eight books from one of the series.

Today, I will be reviewing one of them, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 1 by Yukiru Sugisaki.

Every family has their issues, such as hereditary diseases and other ailments.

However, the Niwa family has one that is quite unusual.

On his 14th birthday, Daisuke Niwa finds out that there is another personality inside of him that is a master thief and unless he wants to continue to steal things under the persona, the one he loves must return his affection.

I kind of liked this. Although it has been a while since I read this volume, which was in an airport, before security was the pain it is now, though still after the September 2001 incident, since the page for the Tokyopop edition on Amazon says that this was originally released in 2004, I was still sucked right into the world from the first few pages. Seeing as this was one of my first experiences with manga, though the actual first manga series I read was DBZ, which was also my first anime, when I first read it, it sure is nice that it gave me the same experience as it did back then. The heists performed were kind of interesting as well, though I think that I would prefer to follow the heists that Kaito Kuroba does. Then again, Magic Kaito was published before D.N.Angel, according to Baka Updates Manga, so it would probably make more sense that Kaito’s heists are more interesting, other than the fact that I am a fan of Detective Conan and Kaito Kuroba is a genius like Jimmy Kudo, thus making things somewhat similar to a contemporary version of a Holmes vs. Lupin setup, when they do go head to head in both Magic Kaito and Detective Conan, whereas Daisuke is not quite as smart, but certainly not a complete idiot, seeing as he is able to do some interesting things. The characters themselves were pretty likable too. If they were not, I doubt that this would have such a huge following, even if it is not as large as the fanbase for series like Detective Conan. After all, it is kind of hard to get into a story that has characters that one does not like. Things also seemed to be fairly easy to follow. Like the characters, I do not think that that anyone would anyone would continue a series if the first book was hard to follow. Another nice thing about this release was there were not really any drastic changes. While you guys may be thinking that this is obvious, since it is probably cheaper to use the translations that were already done, which still makes more sense than some other official translations done today, like the translation of Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1, I still remember that Kodansha got rid of all the nice little extras that Del Rey Manga used to provide, such as an honorific definition list, when Kodansha decided to distribute most of their titles directly through an American branch, though Random House is still involved in the releases. In situations like this, it is actually a relief to see things left in. The things that I liked the most though were the funny scenes presents. The funniest however, the one that stood out was the pool incident. When Daisuke suddenly transforms into Dark, he gets worried about being found out and Wiz turns into Daisuke, in order to act as a diversion, but then almost drowns. While it does kind of happen in the anime, except for the fact that there were a ton of changes, such as the pool being indoors instead of outdoors, the real Daisuke was the one that almost drowned, not Wiz, and it seemed to happen later than here, I find it much funnier because it actually became a way that Satoshi Hiwatari, the commander of the police forces going after Dark, could find out who Dark was the next time Wiz tries to become Dark. The only thing that I can of think, where something funny became important a bit later on was the Mist Goblin case from Detective Conan, so it certainly does not happen too often. The fact that most of the things from the old Tokyopop edition were still present and that it sucked me into its world rather quickly made this a pretty decent book.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, only one thing really bugged me. While things were mostly the same as the Tokyopop edition, which were mostly good things to keep, there was one thing left unchanged that was annoying. Some text was cut off. Now, it is a common problem in printed books, since formatting books is pretty difficult, only made easier by saving a template of formatting that did work, from my own experiences of formatting my five books, but seeing as this is a digital release, and no print edition would be available, according to the announcement from Viz, things are not supposed to be cut off, as if a spine is still present. Thinking that there may be a problem with my reading application, I went through the trouble of unarchiving the eBook, since most of the Nook Comics I got have been distributed as EPUB, though they are not as easy to unarchive as other EPUB files, especially since the default unarchiving program of the operating system may just produce more archives instead of a folder, making a different unarchiving program necessary, and decided to look at the image itself. Unfortunately, even the image itself has the words cut off. This is unacceptable for a digital release, even if the page is just a useless afterword. Seeing as this how this issue occurs only on one page though, I am willing to overlook it. While there was only one issue, the fact that it happens only happens on an unimportant page negates the damage it would have done had it been part of the actual content.

Considering that there was not much to complain about, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of D.N.Angel who have not had the chance to get the volumes from Tokyopop, as well as those new to manga, since this series was one of the first manga I ever read. However, considering that things were not that different from the original Tokyopop release, I recommend those that already have the Tokyopop editions of D.N.Angel to wait for the release of volumes that they do not have. As for everyone else, this may be worth giving a shot, but Magic Kaito may be a better title, if you just want a good series focusing on heists.

What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 1? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that was not mentioned? Feel free to comment.

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