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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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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.
Better than "Love Monster"
As the subject says, Black Bird is far better than Love Monster (which I stopped reading after chapter 45). While the protagonist, Misao, is somewhat frustrating, I truly enjoy reading this. Also, if there wasn't some sort of conflict
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Misao's insistent refusal comes to mind
, then it wouldn't be very interesting at all. I think people who complain about characters whose actions annoy them or characters who don't act typically or necessarily with common sense should remember that (and not just with this manga; with others as well).
people might say that it's like Love Monster and i agree but in this case the heorine is stronger, the plot is better, and there's more dangers and suspense. and i love how the guy becomes her teacher. =] the art is amazing. and soo much better then Love Monster. I really wish the next chapter would come out soon though cause this series hasn't been updated in a while.
totally recommend for people who like Love Monster and wish for something better.
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!
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)
... Last updated on April 14th, 2012, 6:06pm
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.
Art and Story= LOTS OF SMILIES!!!!!!
The story and art are great! I have read the first three books 15 times each(those are the ones I own)! I love the way the drama flows with the characters personalities, and how it shows readers the real fiction and some beliefs of Japan, while adding some comedy to it.
The half points off is that the author always resorts to the "damsel in distress" detail. I know some of us girls to cry a lot to show feelings, like Misao from the above description. But I know we girls are proud and strong, I and I feel that we can do better than Misao, right? Even though the author is a woman.
A great manga, and I think an anime should be brought out to those who are allowed to watch!!