Foreign Friday: D.N. Angel

“Well, now it’s your turn to inherit that identity, Daisuke…I mean Dark.” – D.N. Angel

This week’s Foreign Friday entry is D.N. Angel by Yukiru Sugisaki.

The Story

Daisuke Niwa is an ordinary middle school student with an extraordinary genetic “condition.” Whenever he starts longing for the girl of his dreams, he transforms into the legendary Phantom Thief, Dark! The only way to lift the curse? To have his love returned, of course. But how can Daisuke win the heart of a girl he can’t even romance?

The Characters

Daisuke Niwa may be the cutest 8th grader I’ve ever read (or seen, for that matter). Sweet, gentle and kind, he’s also clumsy and shy, especially his crush. Dark, the entity that dwells within his DNA and takes over his body when he feels romatic, is smart, savvy and a master theif. Together they face off against Daisuke’s classmate Satoshi, a child genius in charge of capturing the Phantom Thief, as well as Krad, Dark’s other half. Both Daisuke and Dark have to deal with their feelings for the Harada twins. Outgoing and girly Risa has Daisuke enthralled, and athletic and practical Riku immediately capture’s Dark’s attention…

What I Thought

D.N. Angel is a fun, entertaining story full of adventure and young love. What makes it unique is it’s take on the power of artwork and the artists who create them. The magical element to the artworks that Dark is determined to steal, along with Dark and Krad’s strange existences adds a fascinating element to a thief’s story. The characters are well developed, giving the story four lenses to view the action. The plot arcs satisfactorily until the irritatingly abrupt end where the series went on hiatus and hasn’t come back. I have no idea if it will ever be finished, which is a shame. The series is available in 13 volumes in English in the US.

An anime adaptation was made, which roughly follows the manga. It is enjoyable in it’s own right, and for those of us who want to see an ending, it gives satisfactory one.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patrick
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 06:01:19

    What is your favorite manga?


    • Jennifer Mandelas
      Sep 20, 2011 @ 01:13:01

      That’s like asking what my favorite color is. It changes depending on my mood and what the genre is. There are a lot of great series out there, depending on what you feel like reading. For action, probably Fullmetal Alchemist. For “deep,” xxxHolic. For “reflective” Natsume’s Book of Friends….


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