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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 54th Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo manga.
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I tried to read this manga until chapter 17 but I dropped it because I hate the main character's personality. She's a weak character who always cry and she rely on the main guy to rescue her.
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.
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
I love it, but....
I really like this series, but I completely understand why so many people do NOT. Main female character is constantly crying and trying to "not cause problems", but usually ends up doing just that. Main male character is often rude (bordering on mean) and sometimes lacks the ability to say what he's really feeling. However, I have come to expect this from Manga. Japanese culture usually favors non-emotional men and women who "magically" understand how they feel by a look or a stance. Get used to it. Just chalk it up to a cultural difference. I'll never be that girl, but I don't mind reading about them too much. She's still not quite as whiny as Bella from Twilight (LOL)! Overall, this is NOT a story I would recommend for younger teens or girls with lower self-esteem. Too much emphasis is giving on her virginity. As in many Japanese stories, pushy men seem to get the better of a "weak female" in the end and make her "be with them". Not realistic, but again a cultural thing. Get over personal differences about female-male politics, and its a story about two childhood sweethearts - very nice idea.
Some unwarranted harsh comments
Okay, rape is defined as being forced to have sex against your will and without your consent. Therefore, if Misao, however stupidly, offered to have sex with Kyou then it is not rape. Secondly, characters - and that includes women - have done much, much worse things in (shoujo) manga than have sex with someone they love to save said person from death. I'm not advocating it, I'm just saying that there are worse things shoujo heroines have done in order to "save the person they love"...like having sex with the person they don't love, but that's a different matter. A lot of people describe Misao as weak and relying on Kyou. This is true; but how else is a perfectly normal girl supposed to survive demon attacks etc. if she has no powers? Isn't it kind of impossible for her to do anything but rely on Kyou and his bodyguard people in order to survive? The plot is okay - it's there, there is an end point which the mangaka is getting to in a roundabout convoluted, way (nevertheless, though, she's getting there). I, for one, am quite curious about the prophecy and what could be so terrible about it.
In short, I feel like a lot of these negative reviews are a bit harsh. Most shoujo is, unfortunately, like this. The fact that Misao is not a super innocent, super naive heroine, and that she doesn't freak out when her boyfriend kisses her, is kind of a plus.
... Last updated on July 25th, 2012, 12:03pm
No. Just no.
Worst manga ever.
Girl is passive and is a disgrace to females all over. there is very little character development with her. first, she's weak against attacks against demons. then she does nothing about it. doesn't learn exorcism or anything to protect herself, instead she just relies on the bishonen kyo all the time to save her. does she have no shame? i mean, she could learn some self defence courses and even get someone to help her learn some exorcisms so she can live without kyo around!
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she willingly lets kyo pretty much date rape her every time she sees him. she's all, no i don' twant to do this! but lets him anyway.
you know how the picture of her on the front of the book normally looks like some bondage/rape scene? the whole story's like that.
it's horribly sexist. if you came looking for a decent heroine, LEAVE NOW! the girls is stupid and naive and not so innocent. it's not even formulaic shojo! i nice shojo wouldn't show
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date rape scenes! date rape by the way can be defined as sexual assault by someone you know that's not consential. kyo goes around kissing misao in.... places.... and she says no, i don't want this but he just continues and she lets him. stand up for yourself girl! and at the end of chapter 25 or whatever, when kyo's about to be killed- SHE OFFERS TO HAVE SEX WITH HIM TO SAVE HIS LIFE. IN FRONT OF A CROWD PRETTY MUCH WTH?
well. at least that was what it implied by the cliff hanger. i stopped reading after that.
i'm not sure why this got an award and everything.it's an embarassment to manga and an embarasment to women.
... Last updated on July 27th, 2012, 1:46am
Its not like i hate it but, i thought that the characters personality was horrible. The girl is stupid, weak and cries all the time. The boy is just handsome, jerk and pervert, his harassment is totally annoying. The plot is interesting, its not new but it could be a good manga. The girl could along with the history learn how to figh the demons, she would become strong. I prefer the type cool for the boy, he would come back to her just to make her his bride and be the most powerful tengu, but slowly he would see that she is not the average girl she got a strong personality and then he fall in love with her and she with him. My history wasnt original either but i would rather read it than the history from this author. Her art is great, and the plot for me is interesting, i like demon x human relationships, but unfortunately she messed up with this one. (My english is not that great, but i guess this comment is ok to read. )
dropped after few chapters..
the start of this manga seems rather original, so i went on with it. I decided to drop it after realising that the female lead is rather weak.
If you're into weak clingy crying female leads.. then this manga is for you =\
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.
This manga is bogged down with cliches..... but in a way that works! Yes, there is the whole teacher-student thing, and the lead seems to make everyone fall in love with her, but somehow it's not so bad! I like all of the characters so far. I have only read to chapter five, but from what I can see, Black Bird seems pretty promising. I just wish scans would come out sooner !