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Unmei no Tori  
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A series of slice of life oneshots involving families and relationships. One story is about a man who can see birds around unfortunate people.


Related Series
Takahashi Rumiko Gekijou (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Birds of Fate
Takahashi Rumiko Kessakushu

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by Roselia Scanlations over 4 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Roselia Scanlations over 4 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Dark Murmur & Roselia Scanlations over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (68 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.15 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 22nd 2013, 3:32pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #641 increased(+183)
Monthly Pos #1693 increased(+9)
3 Month Pos #3133 increased(+521)
6 Month Pos #3607 increased(+1389)
Year Pos #6032 increased(+1550)

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On 83 reading lists
On 121 wish lists
On 177 completed lists
On 9 unfinished lists
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Beatiful art, vapid content   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Divina=^.^=
April 27th, 2017, 10:59am
As is expected of Rumiko Takahashi, the art is impeccable and that's what makes you really wanna keep going when picking up this volume. However, unlike other Takahashi works, these fail to portray female characters as having found their own voice and power. The content is often subtly sexist and its failure to find adequate solutions for the female lives it portrays renders it vapid.
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An OK collection of short stories   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by takitogr
March 8th, 2015, 9:50am
The highlights in this volume are the 1st story and the last one. The first story stresses the importance of appreciating a housewife's work and not taking her for granted. The last story was my favourite and it portrayed misunderstandings in a family and how they can escalate in a masterful way. Even though it's only 30-odd pages, all the family members feel real. Rumiko Takahashi's experience with life and the medium does show in this short piece. It's dead funny in places as well.
I didn't care much for the other stories but I did find the story titled birds of fate to be OK.

... Last updated on March 8th, 2015, 9:53am
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Happiness threatening worries   
Rating: 8.3 / 10.0
by Hell_Clues
May 22nd, 2013, 7:51pm
The subject matter is almost scary or gives a feeling of worry as you read. That gives it some tension throughout the short stories. The third story had me quite fooled. I thought some gangster jerk had deceived a girl, and then the moral of the story seemed to be that men ruined women's lives, and then the story slaps you in the face for judging people based on looks and the misconception I built as I read the story. Assuming that there was someone causing misfortune or that the birds meant that really gets turned on its head. The meaning of the birds doesn't change but how we perceive it does. In the end, the people are generally decent, good people, as are the endings so far.

To talk about the other two stories a bit. The first is about a couple, the husband loves his wife and appreciates her but he has a hard time expressing it. The wife is a really good person though it's hard to tell if she gets carried away easily or if she's having some success. She seems well liked in a cooking class and she gets two recipes printed in a magazine. The husband is really scared of his wife leaving because he loves her but he's aware that he doesn't show his appreciation.

The second is about a type of couple that are easily misunderstood as not loving. The wife has already died, and we're only aware that the husband loved her a third of the way into the story. The wife on the other hand was previously engaged and her first fiancee ran off with another woman. It's not hard to imagine that'd affect someone and she tends to spin the story of how she got married pessimistically
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only later do we realize the possibility she might be indicating that's the reason the man married her or that she'd wanted a proper proposal
. The husband really likes her but he also has some misconceptions, meanwhile it seems he's being fooled by a woman that he's showering with gifts. At the end, everything is shown, the man's repressed feelings and how it's been expressed throughout the story, and the wife's, in this well crafted story (It's technically bittersweet but it doesn't feel that way).

I wasn't going to post so early but the only review is ridiculous all around. These(3) are a nice bunch of stories.
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What do I think...?   
Rating: 5.4 / 10.0
by Zoro
December 4th, 2011, 6:41pm
Rumiko Takahashi, known for some of her favourite contributions like InuYasha, Ranma and probably her best series, Maison Ikkoku. Although, this fixed and simple 'idea' she interprets into Birds of Fate would've been able to carry this One-Shot, the lack of anything important, such as characters and plot, kills this story and buries itself where it will stay buried forever.

I can't imagine Rumiko rushing her stories after reading her previous works, but despite her hasty techniques her imagination stands strong even without the demanding delivery we wanted to expect.

A flicker of hope isn't enough to save this story. Sorry to say, but as an accomplished author, Rumiko must preserve her prestige in the face of her fans. Even if it means less experimental works.

... Last updated on December 4th, 2011, 6:43pm
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