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From Viz: There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend.
But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!
Black Bird received the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo manga.
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I really like this manga. The characters are pretty good and the story is nice. I like Misao because, even if she's weak (can't help it, every shoujo female protagonist are super weak ¬¬) she isn't a crybaby who can't do anything, I mean, she's protected by Kyo, yes, but she wants to help him too, she wants to be useful, and that's not very common in shoujo mangas. The artwork is really wonderful too. I won't say that is the best manga neither that's the worst. There are a lot of different opinions and I recommend you to read it, that way you'll know if you like it or not.
I usually read the opinions because I like to know what others thinks, and I always respect that opinions, but this time I read one that shocked me. One of the things said in this opinion is this "I don't mind stories with super possessive/abusive boyfriends and weak submissive girlfriends, what I mind is when this sort of relationship is viewed as romantic. And in this case it is." Well, first of all I will say is that in my opinion this romance isn't creepy, and I don't think that I'm a creeper too ¬¬ (this goes for a comment made in this opinion too). Well, the thing is that in this manga the sex is rather 'important', Kyo wants to have sex (HE'S A MAN, YOU KNOW?) but, like in a lot of shoujo mangas, the female is 'scared' (she's the typical innocent protagonist). Throught the chapters we can see situations where he tries to do it but this doesn't mean that he treates her like an object (or so I think, or what, when you have a boyfriend you don't want to do it with him? I think that sex is a very normal thing in a relationship, and wanting to do it with the person you love is NORMAL too) But what shocked me the most is that don't minding "stories with super possessive/abusive boyfriends and weak submissive girlfriends" you criticize this romance, Kyo isn't abusive (possesive yes, like almost very male shoujo protagonist XD) and I don't thinks that Misao is submissive, if the guy you like touches you is normal to feel excited, even if you're scared.
I don't say all of this to argue with anyone, but sometimes when you read the opinions you are influenced by them (that's the purpose, ne?) and I wanted to give my thoughts to everyone. I highly recommend everyone who wants to read it to do so, maybe you don't like it, but maybe you do
Whyyyyy doesssssss everyoneeeeee loooooooveee this MANGA?? It's too quickly paced, it's too cheesy, the plot is confusing, it's extremely immature. Ugh! The main girl bugs the hell outta me, I want her to just.....not exist. I thought I'd like it....but I tried kicking my ass to finish but I can't, it's not good D: it's good if you are new at reading mangas and crap and haven't seen the WORLD OF BETTER MANGAS THAN THIS yet. >+<
The art is good but the nose on the man is tooooooooo up.....but thats the ONLY major flaw in the manga. The beginning is REALLY CUTE! The plot is getting more interesting as you read on!!! The romance is great!!! The comedy is great! i truly am enjoying this manga! i do reccomened this manga!
Read this if you love getting frustrated!
Sexually, that is!!! Man, even if you can't do the real thing, there is plenty of stuff you can do to satisfy the needs... I was getting bored by Vol5 and skipped till
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Vol 11 before they actually did it... then it didn't happen again until much later
, all the while the plot is extremely repetitive - different tribes attacking because of Misao, making a big deal of the last part of the scroll... it bores the hell out of me... No more, I can't stand it! It will stay in my unfinished list!
... Last updated on December 9th, 2010, 7:21pm
I wasn't a super huge fan of this manga at first but it's progressing much better. Misao is becoming a lot stronger and is not as much the "weak girl" figure she used to be, which makes me happy. She reminds me a bit of Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While she's never going to be as strong as the other protagonists she's beginning to figure herself out a bit more and figure out the areas where she can be useful to herself and the others around her. The story is also becoming a lot stronger. Not perfect but a good manga once you get into it.
If you are any kind of decent human being, you will regret reading this
Reading this manga literally makes me sick. The protagonist is a weak, senseless girl who allows her boyfriend to treat her like an object and his possession and feel her up whenever he wants, and this is supposed to be super romantic.
I don't mind stories with super possessive/abusive boyfriends and weak submissive girlfriends, what I mind is when this sort of relationship is viewed as romantic. And in this case it is.
Am I supposed to be impressed by the fact that he jerks her around and receives little to no resistance from her? Is it supposed to make me like this manga? It's just disgusting, this manga is. You start off reading it, thinking it might be okay, but after awhile, it just takes a dive and never surfaces (I was going to say resurfaces, but it wasn't very good to begin with, so . . .)
Unless you're a creeper who thinks that this sort of relationship is romantic (and if you are, then yes, I am judging you), stay away from this manga. What it won an award for is beyond me, but it is probably one of my two most hated mangas in the world, the other one being Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu , and while I rarely give ones, in this case, I believe this manga thoroughly deserves it.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2010, 11:04am
Stupid Female Lead
Misao's hopelessly stupid. All she does is cry. When someone captures her or whatever, she doesn't really even try to fight back. Even when she tries to be of some help, she still acts like a complete retard. She doesn't have any common sense whatsoever. I mean, if you know that your opponent is untrustworthy, why in the world would you not weigh the consequences first before diving in blind? She's the typical, weak, dumb "heroine" who never thinks. There's probably only about 5% of the entire series where she's not crying.
... Last updated on November 27th, 2012, 3:02pm
The beginning was good. It got tolerable as it progressed. I agree with Keneko though. Misao should really stop crying. She should try to find a way how to be strong and be of help to Kyo.
Took a second to warm up to it
Right only read the first volume, bought it today. But for god's sake woman! STOP CRYING! But it is good xD I love it, at first it was like "He has a beak!" but I quickly warmed up to it :] I do reccommend it :3
It's a fun read!
Shoujo, Smut mangas are generally cliched anyways - it's how interesting the plot goes, no?
It's not that bad - I actually like how the story's progressing. The artwork's more than decent and although there are cliches, it's still a good read!
It's much much better than Love Monster and most definitely worth your time. Something that's got a right mix of everything although... it could do well with more smutty scenes =P