Book Review: D.N.Angel Volume 3

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Things seem to be going fairly well, though distractions do crop up from time to time.

Anyway, during the last few weeks of July, I got eight books to see how the licenses that were rescued by Viz were handled, and two have been covered so far.

Today, I will be reviewing one of the remaining six, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 3 by Yukiru Sugisaki.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

It is St. White’s Day and Azumano, Daisuke’s school, is getting things ready before the fun can begin.

However, on a day where guys are to express their feelings to the one they like, Daisuke’s life becomes hectic when Dark attracts unwanted attention from celebrities and Daisuke himself disappears.

I kind of liked this volume. While I was annoyed, and I still kind of am, by the fact that Daisuke seemed to change his mind about who he liked so quickly in the previous volume, it seemed to sit much better with me here in this volume. The reason for this is because of what had happened early on in the volume, when the St. White’s Day festival took. During that point in time, Daisuke disappears and Dark has complete control of Daisuke’s body right up to the point where he is alone with Riku, so Daisuke refuses to acknowledge that he has expressed feelings for Riku, but when Dark goes to get him, Dark chastises Daisuke, telling him that his first love must be the only one. I am not sure about you guys, but there are definitely people that need to be reminded that the feelings people have changes. This is probably why we should just admit our feelings, instead of waiting for the other person to do it himself or herself. Unfortunately, we are still in a society where girls think that the guy they like should confess to them first, while there are men that are afraid of rejection and do not confess. As I said in my review of Detective Conan episode 6, when I still covered the anime, the one that should be confessing their feelings is the one with the strong feelings, no matter whether it is guy or the girl, because guys will not pick up on signals right away, though they will probably note that something is weird, and girls just want to hear how the guy feels outright. Speaking of which, both Daisuke and Riku do confess their feelings to each other, with Riku being the first one, even though Daisuke did not seem to be well at the time. Maybe if things were more like this, I would be more comfortable actually being with people than just typing things out on a blog, though it will not completely go away because of the kinds of expectations of my female peers that have been beaten into me during my K-12 days, which will take time to undo. I also liked the funny scenes occurred in this volume. The thing that stood out the most though was Daisuke experiencing the beginning of what many would call sexual assault. Now, I am not saying that sexual assault is funny, since the victims are traumatized by the events, but the mere fact that Daisuke is on the receiving end of a man doing this did make me chuckle. What made it even funnier was that the guy doing all this only wanted Daisuke to change his clothes. However, if Daisuke did become a victim of sexual assault, I probably would have been more disgusted by this than what Kuroko did in A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 3 and the manga itself would not have a target audience of young girls. After all, Holy Land, which focuses on the struggles of a boy that was essentially a recluse his whole life find a place where he belongs, deals with stuff that is too serious for young males in my country and is aimed towards older males in Japan, according to Baka Updates Manga. Outside of those things, nothing really jumped out at me. The fact that Dark chastising Daisuke made his sudden change in feelings for which girl he liked more satisfying, though still not completely satisfied, and that Riku did something that hardly any girl in our society would do and be the first one to confess, as well as the fact that Daisuke’s situation with a celebrity made me laugh, made this volume pretty enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there were some issues. First, the words from the author were quite annoying. If the situation with the Jinchuu arc of the Rurouni Kenshin manga was not bad enough, though things did improve there, this volume was a whole lot worse. For example, after only a few panels into the start of the last chapter in the volume, Yukiru starts talking about herself and explains why she wears a rabbit mask. Really? Is there something that screams that I want to hear from Yukiru right now? I want to read the chapter, not be interrupted, especially in a place where online scans usually place summaries. By placing something like this only a few panels into the new chapter, it really ruins the flow of the book. Unfortunately, things do not stop there. After the shooting of the commercial and Dark’s newest heist, which took place in the same night, Yukiru decides to interrupt once again and talk about what she listens to when drawing D.N.Angel. This is beginning to feel like those annoying commercial interruptions that plague television and the places that can legally stream shows in the US. I want to read a book without any interruptions. If the author wants to say anything, it should be reserved for the very beginning or very end of a book, not be placed so that it feels like annoying commercial breaks. Another thing that bugged me was that yet again words were cut off, as there was a spine. Even though I found this issue to not be a big deal in the previous volumes, mainly because it happened in the extras and not the actual content, this time the actual content of the volume suffers from this issue. Honestly, I should not be made to decipher what is being said when I am reading a digital product. I should just be glad that this happens where a spine really does exist in the Tokyopop edition, otherwise Things would be a whole lot worse than they are. However, I am still disappointed that Viz does not seem to be using a full-sized version of the page. Other those items, nothing else really annoyed me enough to mention. While there was not a whole lot to complain about, the problems that did occur, such as the words from Yukiru feeling like commercial interruptions due to placement and the fact that words that were actually part of the content, and not just volume extras, were cut off by a nonexistent spine, hurt the quality of the book a bit.

Despite the issues that were present, the good outweighed it enough to make it good enough to kill time. I recommend this to fans of D.N.Angel, though it seems like it would be more worth it at this point to try and order the Tokyopop editions, which are the only print releases in the US, because Viz is not bothering to give us full images, instead of images that seemed to have been scanned right out of the volume. As for everyone else, it might be worth giving a try, but like the D.N.Angel fans, I think it would be more satisfying to get the Tokyopop editions, since only one of my two annoyances seem to exist in the print edition, as the other is an understandable issue.

What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 3? Did you like it or hate? Were there things that you liked or hated about the book that you think should have been mentioned? Feel free to comment.

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