While things may have not been as good I had hoped for this walk down memory lane, I am in a spot where even though I do kind of want to drop this title, which will likely happen if Viz does not publish the remaining volumes that Tokyopop did not release, I have would be stop when I am nearing the finish line.
Out of the eight volumes I got, five have been covered and only three remain.
Today, I be reviewing one of those three, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 6 by Yukiru Sugisaki.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
With the events of the class trip coming to an end, Dark and Krad engage in a fight that may end up hurting both their tamers.
However, the scuffle between two similar beings is not the only thing that needs to be dealt when Dark goes after an elusive work of art that has connections to a legend about two characters in a play that Daisuke’s class will be performing.
While I am still kind of disappointed in this series, I kind of liked this volume. Unlike the chapter where Emiko took her own trip down memory lane, which was featured in volume 4, and like the previous volume, there was not really that felt absolutely pointless. For example, the bonus chapter featured in this volume seemed to hint that the incident that Riku experienced in her past was the reason that she developed feelings for Daisuke. Seeing how Riku obviously had strong feelings for Daisuke in the early chapters, since she did have an attitude that suggested that she was trying to get rid of feelings that she had for quite some, I was wondering what triggered those feeling that she had. While it still was not brought up during the story, whereas questions in Pandora Hearts do get brought up during the story, this is how I wish the series revealed things, because her attitude about Daisuke liking her sister did suggest that she had such feelings for some time. This alone makes the bonus chapter more enjoyable than the one focused on Emiko. I also liked the funny scenes that occurred in this volume. The funniest of which was how the Niwa family handled Riku when Dark revealed that he and Daisuke were the same person. Of course, what made it funny was how Daisuke’s grandfather had no problem with admitting that he drugged Riku and how Daisuke’s father was the one who suggested, at least implied, due to the fact that we never hear his idea, taking Riku back to her room when the she was about to wake up. I sure am glad that I do not have to deal with situations like these regular, or even at all, but definitely made me chuckle a bit. The thing that is on my mind though is whether or not the legend behind the artwork of The Second Hand of Time is actually true, as well as if the legend is talking about Daisuke’s hometown. What makes brought up this question was because Satoshi’s thought confirmed that The Second Hand of Time did exist and the legend itself involve somebody named Freedert and another person named Elliot, who are also two of the characters in a play that Daisuke’s class decided to perform. Now, it is not unusual for plays to be based on real events or have characters named after people who actually lived, but the fact that the artwork seems to have a connection to two characters of a play does seem to suggest that the two actually lived a long time ago in the series universe. While the anime counterpart of this portion of the story, which corresponds to episodes 21-24, does confirm that Freedert and Elliot really did live in the D.N.Angel universe, I cannot really say that it is the case here, because there are more differences between the manga and anime versions of D.N.Angel than there are for Detective Conan, though none of the differences really create big plot holes like those found in the latter’s anime, and I sure have not read every chapter of this series. Outside of those things, the only thing that I quite liked is that for third time in a row, Viz used the actuall full sized pages for this release, instead of those with words cut off that suggested that they just scanned in the old Tokyopop volumes. The fact that a question that I at least cared to have an answer for was answered and the fact that for the first time questions started popping up about the story behind some artwork targeted by Dark, as well as the funny scenes, made this book rather enjoyable.
Although I liked the volume, there are some issues. However, when comparing the digital edition with the print edition, which is the final volume I got of the Tokyopop edition, the thing that I thought was a big problem turned out to not be an issue. As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that things have improved quite a bit from the travesty that was volume 4, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of D.N.Angel, even those that were disappointed by the quality of volume 4, but that still does not mean that second third of the series will make up for how bad things were in the first five volumes. As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but it might be better to read through the previous volumes, even if one of them was terribly handled.
What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 6? Did you like or hate it? If you hated the other volumes, but read this anyway, did it change your mind as to whether or not you would stop following the series as a whole? Feel free to comment.
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