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Thursday, March 17, 2005


NOTE: This section contains mild spoilers for the first volume.

D.N.ANGEL is a manga by Sugisaki Yukiru that, interestingly enough, features a "magical boy" as its main character. Sugisaki tells the tale of a middle school student named Niwa Daisuke, beginning on the day of Daisuke's 14th birthday when his life suddenly takes a rather odd turn.

Daisuke's day starts off badly when his crush, a girl named Harada Risa (who happens to be the younger of a pair of identical twins, along with her sister Harada Riku), rejects him after he confesses his feelings for her. This gives rise to a more-or-less emotionally intense day. It's when he gets home, however, that things get really strange.

As Daisuke is at home, brooding about the day's events, mostly on Risa and his rejection, he begins to get a very strange feeling as his body emanates heat.

"Karada ga atsui!!"

As it ends up, thinking about the girl he likes triggers a reaction in his DNA that causes Daisuke to become another "himself," a wild-maned bishounen character known as "Dark." This change is now possible because, upon his 14th birthday, he has become "of age." (As if normal puberty weren't difficult enough. Heh!) Frightened by the sudden transformation, Daisuke rushes into the kitchen downstairs to his mother (who finds Dark very attractive, by the way o_o). Daisuke's grandfather then explains to him that it's a trait that runs in their family. Gramps himself used to become Dark as well.

That's how the series starts. The rest of the series (so far) seems to revolve around the problems arising from Daisuke's unexpected transformations and a mysterious classmate of Daisuke's named Hiwatari Satoshi, who is hunting down Dark for some reason.

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