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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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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
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.
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
I am truly happy with this story. I was worried on how they where going to end it and day after day I waited for when a new chapter would be released. For it to be completed and for how they ended it it couldn't of been better. They wrapped up the story nicely and though Im a bit sad to see it finished im glad that I read this story and seen it through to the end.
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...
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!!!