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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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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 =\
I got to agree with KC271
I've completely lost interest in this manga. I've gotten to ch 13 and then dropped it completely. I mean, I really like the plot of this manga, and the fact that there's a human x non-human relationship, that's what made me stick to it for so long. BUT! Misao is just soooooooo weak. She is such a crybaby and all she does is cower behind Kyo. And why is she so scared of seeing those monsters? I would think she would have gotten use to it after seeing them her whole life. I honestly don't see what Kyo or anyone else likes in her. I find her completely annoying. She just has this so-called "special blood". If she is so special, why can't she do anything??
If Misao was a tougher and stronger heroine, I think that this manga would have been one of my favorites, but as it is now, it is at the bottom of my list.
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
misao's ability to cry in every single page is tremendous
and i admire her for that.. not. it's bloody annoying. seriously, is life really that pathetic? sigh.. but then again who am i to judge, heh? aside from that, the story and romance is not that bad. hardly 7 out of 10 then.
... Last updated on December 16th, 2012, 3:25pm
Good Story but Terrible Female Lead...
Misao is just weak and perverted. Pretty much cried in every chapter, and like some of the administrators who had stated below, she acts all pure and innocent and acts like she doesn't want kyo to touch her but lets him do what he wants with her anyway. The story is good, I just cant stand the female lead. Especially her perverted face sometimes.
Simple but cool
You'll need a better understanding of Japanese folklore (and at some points, Japanese global culture) to really appreciate this manga...that's all it takes to become a great reading! Sorry for my English btw...
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
You love it or you hate it. That's all i can say...
When i first read this manga, I already loved it and read all the way off up to the current chapter in vol 13. I still love it. I don't think It's the best nor the worst but I think that this book is the best that the author did so far if you read her series. When i say these opinion i must say I was just shock on reason why they love and hate this series which i found it a bit “Strange” yet “werid.” I like all the characters and the plot. I love the Artwork and the story. IF YOUR THE TYPE THAT NOT INTO FANSTAY 0R INTO DEMONS AND SUPERNATURAL THEN I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS SERIES FOR YOU!
But i must admit that it's really up to you and your tastes of what you like to read or not for this series.
As far as what “meniel” said, there is no brainwashing about this series being the worst but being called “creepy” or a “decent” Human being is just stupid. You either like it or you hate it. It's complete normal but this series is very popular indeed in japan, and it seems to be that this series and the author is making her money, so i must say that this series MUST be doing something right. But going to the fact that you have to be a “decent” human being is irrevent. You don't have to be “decent” to read this, if there's even such a thing as “decent” in the first place.
However I will say on thing that ticks me off just a little is that how kyo treats miaso. It feels like he controls her very being or i'd say uses her whenever he can, cause she is his bride and he holds her life in his hold as everybody tries to steal her away. However if you keep reading Kyo has change his way of loving her and to be honest Misao doesn't even mind it as she truly loves him. Maybe that's not real romance to some people but love can be share in many different ways. And basicaly this is normal.
After reading this series I myself love it and don't give a crap to what others think. This series has it pluses and negetive just like any other story you reading...and this is no different. I must say that this isn't the best I do recommend it if ur into the category i said from above. Or at least give it a chance by at least reading 3 vols not just one chapter.
black bird <3
i picked up this manga by accident and fell in love with it!!