Book Review: D.N.Angel Volume 8


It looks like things are coming to an end, though I was hoping to end it sooner.

Back in July, I got eight volumes of a series that Viz had rescued after Tokyopop dropped many of their titles.

One by one, each of those eight have covered until only one remains.

Today, I will be reviewing that last volume, which is called D.N.Angel Volume 8 by Yukiru Sugisaki.

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

After Dark leaves Daisuke behind, the search for the actual story behind the artwork really begins, and it must be found before Daisuke is permanently trapped in his own painting.

I kind of liked this volume. As much as I have to dislike this old favorite of mine, with the problems that came about in the first third of the series, and how nothing really happened in two of the seven previous volumes, it was nice to see that this arc is finally coming to an end. If it was stretched out any longer, I probably would have ended up hating this series even more, to the point where I would have just stopped covering it just before reaching the finish line, like I had wanted to do with Detective Conan, when I was reviewing FUNimation’s five seasons. After all, D.N.Angel is one of those series where I prefer the anime to the manga, unlike my views of the Detective Conan manga being way better than its anime. Writers, including myself, sometimes have no idea how terrible things become when they are dragged out for way too long. I liked how The Second Hand of Time was not as heartless as she first seemed to be, asking for Daisuke’s time. If she did not have a kind nature, she probably would not have stayed with Freedert when the end was near, nor would she have allowed Freedert to have second thoughts about brining Daisuke into the world. I also liked how the real story behind Ice and Snow was finally revealed, though it did not seem to be as sad as I remember it being in the anime. The thing that I liked the most though was that it was somewhat confirmed that the Black Wings was the artwork that gave birth to both Dark and Krad, though anyone who has watched the anime would already know that much, even with how different things are between the two versions. It at least explains a few things of what have been encountered and such in the last volume, such as what Satoshi meant by the beginning of the nightmare. Outside of that, I cannot really think of much else that I particularly liked. The fact an arc that seemed to have gone on for way too long finally ended and a few things from the last volume were explained made this somewhat enjoyable.

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues. However, as a fear for this arc did not come in fruition, as well as the fact that I do not have the print editions for anything after volume 6, nothing really comes to my mind that irritated me. As a result, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that I could not think of anything particularly wrong in this volume, this was definitely worth reading, though more for the arc finally be ending, if anything. I only recommend this to fans of D.N.Angel.

What are your thoughts on D.N.Angel Volume 8? Were you just as glad as I was that the Second Hand of Time arc ended or did you want it to continue? Was there anything you liked or hated about this volume that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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