A review by emmajuned
Dandadan, Vol. 3 by Yukinobu Tatsu

adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This volume ties up the Acrobatic Silky arc in one of the most emotional moments of the entire series and begins the Serpos Return arc that is one of the more ridiculous and fun arcs of the early volumes, if you’ve loved Dandadan so far, this will probably be a favourite. 

 I’m giving this book a higher rating because this is where the series hits its regular stride. The pattern of plot has been established. Plus the addition of a new regular character adds some fun dynamics to the group. Some might accuse it of falling into the familiar trope of harem manga with every female character seemingly falling for the main male character inexplicably but I’d argue against that because the reasons feel genuine and heartfelt rather rather than a forced trope. And that’s one of the great strengths of this series: amidst all the wacky adventures and bizarre side characters and villains, the human relationships are so realistic and echo actual modern teenagers in a much more honest way than a lot of media. It also specifically undermines a number of other tropes so that tells me that this one is no accident either.

The creativity, art and comedic moments do not disappoint — i only wish I knew what song the Mantis guy is singing.

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