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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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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
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.
Could have been better
Black Bird ended up just being an okay series for me that I think could have been told in less than 18 volumes. There was a lot of potential with the demon and senka maiden mythology, but it just never quite lived up to my expectations. I wanted more action, but instead I got more mushy, over sexed romance.
I liked the demon clans. Those characters were somewhat interesting, but I really couldn't bring myself to muster much affection for our MC's. Misao was whiny and had no life outside of Kyo. What's the point of the senka maiden if she can't do anything other than obsess over Kyo? I was just completely disappointed with the direction her story went in. Kyo was only slightly better. He had that whole demon clan leader thing going on, but...meh.
All in all, the plot for this was weak. It never really goes anywhere and the ending was a let down. I thought it was such a cop out for the writer to go back on everything stated about the senka maiden and certain circumstances in previous volumes. Perhaps if more effort had been put into it, I could have bought into it.
black bird <3
i picked up this manga by accident and fell in love with it!!
I've read until vol 5... i can say it's quite decent. nothing too great but it's still nice. i think the beginning was a lot better... i'm looking forward for the next chapters. =)
The art is good but the nose on the man is tooooooooo up.....but thats the ONLY major flaw in the manga. The beginning is REALLY CUTE! The plot is getting more interesting as you read on!!! The romance is great!!! The comedy is great! i truly am enjoying this manga! i do reccomened this manga!
On again off again
I really like the intensity that the story had, I did not like how the story would drag on for 7 chapters of the same thing pretty much. Art was beautiful.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
starts with a girl that is stuck with spirits always wanting to come after her. She then gets saved by a tengu. This tengu is her next door neighbour and he starts to protect her. He then proceeds to tell her that she is his. And that is when the story unfolds and drags on. It starts small with demons here and there making trouble and trying to eat her. Then it widens to his brother trying to kill if not sacrifice everyone for revenge. Then it switches to their love life not being proper. And even though it's awesome he won't embrace her. Then they do and it becomes this big then. Then people are fighting for her blood. She gets kidnapped. The others get kidnapped. The boyfriend saves a friend that almost goes crazy. The brother is killed. Then she get pregnant and all he'll breaks loose. The baby is struggling to survive because the father wants him dead cause it is said she will die if she gives birth. Then they have the kid. She dies.. Or does she? Nope. No wedding scene either. so all the wedding stuff chapters were for nothing
Not Great, but Not Bad
Honestly its not that bad, if you can get past the heroine been so, I don't really know how to describe, but weak would be best for a lack of a better word. She's there to support the main lead, and serves her purpose well, I think. At first I was excited reading it, but she does start getting annoying, and somehow manages to ruin the story. In all honestly the only reason I believe there even is a story is because of Shou, and its the only thing that keeps me reading it, cause he causes the story to go in all kinds of directions whether directly or indirectly.
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
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)