Book Review: D.N.Angel Volume 5


With my event for the Bloodcurdling Blowout over, I guess that I should keep my promise of keeping the break from my trip down memory lane short and continue on with it.

As I mentioned quite a few times already, after seeing that Viz rescued two titles I had been following before, I decided to see how one of those titles were treated by getting eight volumes of the series.

So far, half of those volumes have been covered, and as should be obvious, only four remain.

Today, I be reviewing one of the remaining four, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 5 by Yukiru Sugisaki.

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

After surviving an attack from Krad and being separated from Dark, Daisuke is determined to rescue Dark.

However, when Daisuke does find him in the mirror world, with some help, Daisuke learns that his memories were lost and they must be gathered in the form of black feathers if Daisuke wants to have any chance of escaping.

I kind of liked this volume. While not too much happened, nothing really felt pointless like Emiko’s past that was featured in a bonus chapter of the previous volume. This certainly an improvement, but it is not enough to make up for the damage done with previous volumes, such as Daisuke suddenly liking Riku instead of Risa after only one volume and no signs to such a change of heart being present prior to that and the lack of anything big happening in previous volume, which was only one volume away from being a third of the way through. I also liked how Daisuke’s nightmare from the previous volume played a part in how Daisuke figured out the answer to his predicament. In the last volume, after Dark took the Sage of Sleep, which is where things got harder for Dark, Daisuke had a nightmare where he was running from something and Dark had been captured. Then, in this volume, when Daisuke was chasing Dark and recognized a similarity with his nightmare, he realized that he was not in Dark’s dream world, but his very own. If the series was more like this, then maybe I would be as excited to see what happens next as I am with Pandora Hearts, which will end in its 23rd volume, according to Anime News Network. Then again, human beings would have to be perfect in order to never have any boring stories, such as The Book Thief and The Great Gatsby. It was also nice seeing that yet again no words were cut off, as if there were a spine. It seems that Viz has indeed learned their lesson in that only full-sized images for the pages should be used in a digital comic, but I still have my doubts that they truly learned that this is supposed to be how they need to release all of their titles, so I have to see if the remaining three are consistent in this department. Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that nothing felt as pointless as Emiko’s past from the previous volume and that Daisuke’s nightmare played an important part, as well as the fact that Viz seems to have learned that they cannot use images that seem like pages were scanned right from the Tokyopop volumes, makes me feel like things did improve a bit.

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues. However, since nothing really annoyed me, especially looking through the Tokyopop edition, which is the penultimate volume I got before these volumes became more rare than the Detective Conan volumes have become in my area, I have will say to that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was not to much to hate about this volume, I will say that this might be worth reading, though there is not enough improvement to keep following this series. I recommend this only to fans of D.N.Angel, because they might be the only ones who will find this enjoyable, unless things improvement even more during the second third of the series. As for everyone else, if you hated the previous four volumes, there is no reason to continue on with this series, since very little happened in this volume, though there was more than the last one.

What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 5? Did you enjoy it or hate it? If you did not like the previous volumes and decided to give this volume a chance anyway, was there anything that convinced you to not drop the series entirely? Feel free to comment.

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