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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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Dropped within the first few chapters
I dropped this within the first few chapters. I really had high hopes for this manga. The plot seemed original, I read many descriptions and I thought it was going to be really good. It wasn't. The art was alright and the plot didn't appeal to me. I just knew that they were going to fall in love. The random creatures every where annoyed me. The characters got on my nerves. So yeah I dropped it. I don't know how people could find this appealing.
this manga is splendid! The story is well structured, the design is great and the characters well-tested and well-balanced with personality and feelings. Having started reading this story I could not stop me. I highly recommend it because it is a masterpiece of its kind, so far there aren't weaknesses in the story and as the story goes on longer, it become more interesting and engaging!!! I hope it continues for very long because it gets better and better... i have really come to enjoy it in every sense!!! I recommend it to anyone who likes this kind of manga!
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.
Why this manga got an award? Why this manga got a high rating while other manga with similar quality got a low rating? Why this manga run for so long while other manga with similar concept but better quality cough*Mugen Spiral*cough ended early (yeah, I'm biased but only in this sentence alone)?
Romance: really, I don't get why the main couple fell in love with each other at all. Everything seems so convenient. Not to mention the 'love' they build is childish and superficial. Drama: they are cliches. And while cliches are fine if they are enjoyable, but here is not. They're just... cliches. Character: It's HARD to like any of them, especially the main characters (for the reason mentioned at other comments), while the rest just cliche, unmemorable, and indifferent. Plot: unoriginal, averagely executed Comedy: It can make you chuckle but it's far from enough to make you read more
I should say if you just got into shoujo manga world, or a shoujo lover, then you might be able to enjoy this so I won't say I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. And I dropped it at vol 3, so maybe things do get better like they said (but no, I won't read anymore of this). It's not THAT horrible, but it's not good at any aspect at all, average at best, except for the art.
... Last updated on February 1st, 2012, 11:26pm
Similar, yet not so much...
@person below me: Clearly, you didn't read further than chapter 7, because in 8 it clearly shows why he wants to make her his bride, and it has nothing to do with her blood. Furthermore, it's stated by the author that she THOUGHT to make him 20 yrs. old, but realized later it wouldn't work, therefore he is not.
The early volumes have an almost eerie similarity to Love Monster. While this story is more complex and i dare say dramatic, the characters are not as superficial as LM. The smut is the same though, as is the heroine's insecurities, lack of judgement and even clumsiness. They are pretty much the same character, but with less friends? The hero here is better IMHO, not perfect of course. While the hero in LM was more arrogant, this one is not like that at all.
Don't get me wrong, none of these are complains, because i have enjoyed the series thus far, even with all those cliches. I can understand why the heroines are bubbly and almost helpless; these kind of heroes are perfect for them. I just wished they would make the heroine a little stronger, to at least not be a hindrance, and more honest with her feelings from the beginning. My other only niggle, is the love triangles. I get that some readers like it and it makes the story more "livelier" for some; but i much rather have more slice of life.
... Last updated on January 2nd, 2012, 11:10pm
I personally like it, but that is only because I like shojo. Unless you love shojo (when I say love I mnean love not like) don't read this. Yeah, It has cliches and yeah the main girl is sometimes too stupid to live but hey it is a SHOJO.
Gotta be honest, I started reading this manga when only the 1st volume had been translated. The plot seemed really typical & corny, which kinda ruined the sexy parts of it, so I stopped reading. But now (a few years later) that almost 10 volumes have been translated, I decided to pick it up again and see what it's all about. I totally skipped to volume 5, and hey, it's not that bad! Plot has gotten a bit more complex and interesting, so the romantic relationship between the 2 main characters doesn't seem so superficial anymore. Plus the characters develop & reveal more about their personalities/past. Of course lots of the shoujo manga lovey dovey cheese is still there (-_-), but I turn out to anticipate and quite enjoy them instead of getting as sick of them as before. So I'm going to continue reading this from now on ^^ I'm going to recommend it to other people too, if you're reading mainly for the smutttt. (I think even if you skip the first few volumes, you won't get too lost in what's going on, lol)
... Last updated on November 17th, 2011, 5:07pm
I remembered I picked up this manga because it was rated so high on the list but later dropped it for various reasons. This manga is like a "Japanese Twilight" with a completely weak and dependent heroine, a dominant male, guys fighting over the heroine's blood, etc. Blood is like this captivating substance that both tengus and vampires die for.
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Misao later drops out of high school because she unexpectedly became pregnant. Very reminiscent of Twilight. What a great example Misao is setting for teenage girls who are reading this manga. Why didn't they use condoms and protection in this manga? Also, Misao always depends on others to save her while wishing that she would not be a burden to others. If she really wants to help and protect others around her, why didn't she learn martial arts or learn spells on how to ward off demons and bad spirits?
I just can't read the manga any further after this. The smutty scenes didn't help much either.
... Last updated on November 6th, 2011, 11:05am
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. )
Depends on what you like...
Overall i don't think this manga is bad or great either.
My reasons for saying that it is "bad" in a sense is because the female protagonist is very repetitive. In almost every chapter she cries (due to EXTREME happiness or EXTREME sadness or just because). I'm not sure if this is suppose to be her selling point as a very overly emotional person, or if she is suppose to be a very apathetic person. Personally, in my eyes, she is too overly emotional. I mean, you can cry here and there, but the amount of tears she has shed through the whole manga could probably fill a pool by now.
The male protagonists Kyo and Shou are alright. They aren't annoying, I like Kyo because he's hilariously perverted ( but that's just my preference ^^) and Shou is pretty cool too just because he's mysterious, you just want to read more about him to know what is on his mind.
The other side characters are alright, i can't really say because rarely does the author focus on them, they might have a small chunk of a chapter, but other than that they seem to me as bishies to fill the page with. with the exception of the little kids, those kids are sooo cute...
Overall this manga is average. It's got some flaws mostly relating to the characters themselves, the plot had potential the be really interesting, but ended up being muddled up, even i'm not sure whats happening anymore.The art is so and so, i mean it's good, but its nothing special or very detailed.
But what wiill probably keep me reading is ofcourse the desire to get things cleared up and secretly hoping something mind blowingly awesome might happen.(you never know)