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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 54th Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo manga.
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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
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 !
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
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. )
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.
At first I thought "Not ANOTHER one like this..." but the plot has picked up and it is starting to become more than a romance. So intense, hot and badass. I don't actually mind that she' s a tad weak, as every once in awhile I like to see a manga where the girl needs to be saved by her dark knight. Personally, I think he is such an awesome male lead that he makes up for her weakness. I see why this is so popular and I highly recommend it. Also an update: Sh** just got amazing! Seriously, near chapter 55 it begins to get intense!!!
... Last updated on April 28th, 2013, 2:53pm
Boring and predictable in equal measure
Pathetic lead female, completely average "bad-boy" alpha male lead with his host club of minions who all love him so very much. I can only recommend it for people who absolutely adore formulaic shoujo manga.
The only reason I read as far as I did was stubbornness.
To be fair, I have not read Black Bird in its entirety. I did, however, read the first six volumes. The premise was interesting, but the characters kept me from actually enjoying it. Misao, the protagonist, is passive to the point where it's obnoxious. There's a reason nearly every tankouban cover is a picture of her crying, while Kyou looks either pleased by this, or annoyed. Also, there are flowers. Misao has gotten slightly better over the course of the series, but not by much; she's moved up from just crying to crying while buying herself some time in a bad situation, but still being ridiculously naive, and still pretty weak-willed. Kyou, the main romantic interest, is a jerk. He doesn't really seem to care about Misao's feelings, or the word 'no'. But he's all that's keeping her from being eaten by somebody else, and he's suuuuuper pretty, so Misao forgives him. The other demons that want to marry Misao would happily settle for raping her.
Basically, the fact that nearly all the male characters are horribly misogynistic and that this is considered okay because they're good looking really bugs me. And it's not just other characters forgiving them, it's the tone of the story itself. The relationship between Kyou and Misao is really, really dysfunctional.
Overall: decent art, so-so story, horrible characters. I don't recommend it unless you have a fetish for good-looking guys with terrible personalities.
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 =\