Sure, I love Kaichou wa Maid-sama, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Ao Haru Ride, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji, etc. but Dengeki Daisy is different.
The art isn’t perfect, some proportions are off every now and again, but the plot. I love the plot so much. It’s the most elaborate shoujo manga I’ve read.
All shoujo manga are about love and friendship and blah blah blah. All the manga listed above fall into that, the love story between two high school students, often where the heroine has some type of fatal flaw that makes her unique and unable to properly integrate into society.
But Dengeki Daisy is different. It’s controversial for one thing. A 24-year old lolicon going after a 16-year-old (17 after chapter 68)? That’s an 8 year age gap. Not to mention it kinda condones hacking/illegal methods of solving problems. Hella controversial.
Teru doesn’t really have a fatal flaw. She’s poor, but that doesn’t really hinder anything. She’s top of the class, she doesn’t have some complex of hating guys, mistrusting people, etc. She’s not even unrealistically perfect, forgiving everyone around her and always thinking happy thoughts. She isn’t obsessed with love nor is she socially awkward.
And then the plot. The plot is confusing and elaborate and wonderful. It’s not the slice of life stuff where you deal with personal conflict and how to overcome your fatal flaw and the focus isn’t even on “getting the guy.” There is a perfect twist of romance and comedy in with the elaborate plot of Akira and M’s Testament. It’s mysterious, suspenseful, and even a little frightening when you see the brush head (Anthra)’s face.
Overall, Dengeki Daisy is definitely the most interesting shoujo manga.