Slowly, but surely, I have been reviewing some books that I first read when I was just getting into manga, and while the journey through the volumes was not always that great, an end is finally in sight.
Out of the eight volumes that make up this trip down memory lane, six and been covered and only two remain.
Today, I will be reviewing one of those two, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 7 by Yukiru Sugisaki.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After coming into contact with the elusive Second Hand of Time, Daisuke becomes trapped in a world that he feels is familiar with.
However, unknown to him at the time he was taken in, The Second Hand of Time has plans of its own for Daisuke’s world, which begins the search behind the real story of Ice and Snow.
I am not too sure about this volume. While my interest in this series did kind of go up because of what had happened in the previous volume, I cannot really say that I got that feeling from this volume. However, before I get to what I did not like that much, I guess I should talk about what I did enjoy. I really enjoyed the funny scenes. The funniest of which happened when the world where The Second Hand of Time was located. After discovering that the artwork utilized Daisuke’s painting, Dark and Riku enter the world via the painting to rescue Daisuke and the two of them get captured without a fight. What this especially funny was that Riku called Dark’s manhood into question because they were captured. While our society does expect men to protect both women and children, that does not mean that men should start fights in order to get what they want, but still, seeing that Riku was expecting him to do unnecessary work, as Dark noted it was, to get to they needed to be did make me chuckle a bit. I also liked how it is also revealed that the connection between the artwork and the legend that everyone in the series universe knew was real. In my review of the previous volume, I was wondering if the legend was true, and after reading this volume, it looks like it was confirmed twice that the legend was somewhat real, but not the way the characters seem to be familiar with. This is similar to how history is for us in our day and age. For many years of our lives that we spend in school, we learn about events that happened in the past of our country, but later on, we find out that not everything was the way that we thought they were. For example, schools in the US taught that African Americans got their Civil Rights from a president who belonged to the Democrat party. After a while, I learned that the people who really deserve the credit are the congressmen who served at that time. Unfortunately, the with the way things are in the US, the citizens tend to give credit or put blame on the president for the things that happen, except with current events, of course, where Democrats blame their opponents for everything being wrong when they have done their fair share of mischief. Here, in this volume, this contradiction between what the people are familiar with and the real story behind the artwork, this creates a new mystery of what exactly is going on and what the real story itself is. After all, Daisuke’s father says that there is something about the story that somebody wanted to hide from the public. Likewise, when Dark finally meets up with Daisuke and they try to escape the world of the painting, Daisuke tells Darks that he needs to talk with the men of the Niwa family and find out what Freedert, who seems to be The Second Hand of Time, is really looking for. This makes me really interested in finding out the truth of the whole matter, which I do not know if it is like the way things were presented in the anime or not. The thing that really caught my interest though was what Satoshi was doing behind the scenes. While Dark and Riku were off to rescue Daisuke, we see Satoshi walking through a dark corridor, where he comes across something called Black Wings and says that it is the beginning of the eternal nightmare. I wonder if he means that this was where the curse of the Hikaris and Niwas begins, much like it was stated in the anime. Then again, I never really got that far in the manga to find out, even when I regularly followed this series. Outside of those things, nothing really stood out to me. The fact that questions from the previous volume were answered and new ones crop up, as well as the fact that there were things that made me laugh, make this fairly decent.
Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues. However, only one thing really bugs. Practically nothing happens this volume. While the characters do learn some things, such as the fact that the real story behind the artwork that Dark was trying to take was itself being hidden, and others, like Satoshi, may be up something, nobody really does anything worthwhile. I could definitely be wrong and something did happen, which might not be obvious until the next volume, but I think the problem is caused by two smaller problems with how this series is being handled. First, there is practically nothing tying these events together. Once each arc finishes in this series, it is on to a new arc for some unknown reason. Now, while I do read other series where this seems to be the trend, such as Detective Conan, but even in series like Detective Conan, there are things that happen prior to cases that have anything to do with the plot. In fact, the Railgun manga does a really good job of connecting many of its arcs together. For example, as I mentioned in my review of A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 3, when the Level Upper incident is resolved, Kiyama mentions that the idea for the Level Upper came from information on Misaka herself. Later, during the Sisters Arc, we learn that the Misaka clones share memories via a network that is similar to the Level Upper in some ways, which made me wonder if Kiyama knew about the clones. Unfortunately, things are not really connected like that in D.N.Angel, though it might have been had this series gone beyond 15 volumes. The other thing that makes it feel like nothing really happened was the fact that this arc was the only thing featured in this volume. Yes, Railgun does focus on a single arc for entire volumes, but it sure does not feel like nothing happened. Honestly, we should have found out the real story behind The Second Hand of Time and Daisuke should have left the painting to end it all, but the fact that the characters practically do nothing after meeting up with Daisuke just ruins the whole excitement that I had for this series, especially because I am only three volumes away from the two thirds mark. Maybe, I would be more comfortable with this too if D.N.Angel were longer than it is. Other than that, I cannot really think of anything else that really bugged me. While there was only one main issue with the volume, the things that caused the issue really hurt my enjoyment of the series overall and does not make me want to deal with this series beyond the eight volumes I got of it.
Despite the fact that new mystery arose as old questions were answering, the negative outweighed the good enough to make this somewhat a waste of time. I only recommend this to fans of D.N.Angel.
What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 7? Were you as disappointed as I was or did you like it? Was there anything that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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