Misao Harada has been able to see demons since she was a child and has vague memories of a boy who protected her from these troublesome creatures, vowing to come back for her someday. Now in high school, Misao wishes she could be normal and have a boyfriend. As she returns home one day, she notices a gorgeous stranger has moved in next door. To her surprise, he introduces himself as Kyou, her long-lost childhood friend and first love.
The next day, on her 16th birthday, Misao is suddenly wounded by a classmate. Exposed as a demon, he plans to eat her in order to gain eternal youth. When all hope seems lost, Kyou saves her, revealing himself as the leader of a Tengu clan. Since making Misao his bride will bring prosperity to his clan, he offers her a choice: sleep with him and become his bride, or endure more attacks from other demons drawn to the power of her blood.
Harada, Misao is a sixteen-year-old chick (16! Oh, what a surprise!), in highschool (two surprises already, I don't know how many more surprises I can take!) and can see freaky mumbo jumbo (spirits, demons, ghosts, you name it: she saw it) and then pops up Usui, Kyo who then becomes her teacher *SURPRISED gasp* (although this fact is forgotten later on in the story... Somehow) and tells her he's her childhood friend and that she has to marry him or risk getting eaten by fellow youkai.
"I thought I was having a nightmare" said main protagonist, you thought YOU were having a nightmare, I KNOW I was having a one. The story was rubbish, it was like sticking your head through a wood chipper; it was a make-out fest with villains that weren't really villains; more like friends who badly tried to act as villains. It was flat, it was a sickly sweet romance story that would make anyone barf. Seriously, how many "I am your childhood friend that you have forgotten about but I have never forgotten about you, now let's snog" stories does one have to get through to find a good story: a billion? Annoying doesn't seem to even begin to describe the book. It's all about saving the day from a main antagonist to the next, YAAAY! And then it goes from a miserably cheesy love story to talk of conspiracy, did I miss something?
Okay, here's the deal, the main character Misao or whatever her name is, is a major crybaby and that would be an insult to all crybabies out there. When she's sad, she cries; when she's happy, she cries; when she's making out, she cries; when she goes to the bathroom and realises there's no toilet paper, she cries. I swear with the amount of crying the characters do in this Manga, now, I know the real reason behind rising sea levels and it's not global warming. This girl needs therapy, she hangs out with her lover/childhood friend every damned second, and he's spying over her if she's anywhere than not by his side but hey, that isn't the problem here. It's the comeback of the ' does he love me? *blush* *blush* ' problem.
The art was the kind of art where if you find five pointy things coming out of an oval, you had to presume it was a hand. No details whatsoever. The fight scenes were like 'Kill Bill', it was like a blood fountain even if it was just a paper cut. And the fact that the characters and the story were awful, you kinda expect it to be this way but is there no hope for exquisite illustrations anymore?! I guess so; for every million books you read, you'll find 1.5 books that have good art. Why 1.5? Because my calculator says so.
Did I enjoy it? If you actually got to the wood chipper part of my review, you'd probably have thought no and your right. Throughout the Manga I was begging for someone to put me out of my misery, which no one obliged; so obviously a bucket of bloody wood chips down and a couple of thumbs too.read more
Black Bird is one of those manga that you love at one point but then hate when the chapters start going nowhere.
Black Bird is about teenage girl (Misao) who can see little spirits and things from the underworld. One day she comes across a demon man (Kyo). It turns out this man was the boy who once played with her when she was little. When they were children the man said he would marry her. Shortly after he disappeared. Now he's back and has come to claim what is his.
The story kicks off with your usual shoujo facotrs. Boy loves girl. Girl is creeped out by pervy boy. Boy pursues girl. Girl pushes him away. Boy shows true love (by means of protection, ect.) Girl starts falling for boy. I could go on and on.
When the main problem is solved of course other sub plots pop up. This is where the story either gets good or bad, depending on your opinion. At first it was okay. The girl would get attacked then the boy would save her. The girl was being chased and sexual harassed by other boys, and of course, the main boy would save her. This is all good and well if the author knows when to stop. It seems as if this is what happens in Black Bird with the boy and the girl dont have their lovey dovey moments. In my opinion I sometimes wish the author would just stop introducing more characters and focus on the main and supporting ones.
The art in this manga is very appealing. Kyo, Misao's love interest, is a very good looking man. His dark demeanor but also gentle face is a factor that gets most fangirls (such as myslef) squealing. The other boys/men in this manga are also good looking. Misao is very pretty, her round eyes give her an almost middle school innocent girl look.
The only reason I rated character a 7 is because the author is introducing way too many character in her sub plots. I can't keep up with all of them to be honest. The ones the she introduces end up not even being talked about in the next volume/chapter. This is another major flaw in Black Bird
I have to say I do love this manga. The romance and I guess cruel chivalry (if there is such a thing) of Kyo makes me squeal whenever he has a love scene with Misao. There are definitely some steamy parts in this manga, but nothing too graphic. I do not recommend this manga for people who are not used to seeing a lot of kissing, part nudity,sexual torture, and even blood at points.
If you're okay with all these factors then by all means, go for it! read more
Black Bird is a manga that on first sight is exciting and holds a lot of potential. The mysterious girl who can see things that no one else can see and is awaiting the return of her childhood friend, the only person she ever met who could see these "things" as well. I have to admit that the premis grabbed my attention right away. However, the male lead Kyo was less than a gentleman and the entire way through seemed to only be after one thing, that being to seduce Misao. Although intially she backs away from him and tells him off, eventually she decides that she loves him and must rely on him in all things. Black Bird premotes an unhealthy relationship between a girl and boy in which the man is a stalker and a pervert and yet the girl somehow loves him despite his distaisteful qualities.
If you like violence, sexual tension, and seductive deamon stalkers, then you would enjoy Black Bird. If you like honorable, intelligant characters and a less bloody and smuttish story, then Black Bird is definately not the manga for you.read more
Sexist garbage. I hate everything this manga stands for.
How can you enjoy reading a story about a woman being jerked around so badly by a man?
I stopped reading this manga after he yelled at her to watch him kill someone because it was her fault that it had to happen. She's a 16 year old girl, you monster.
It's hard for me to express all the problems here without really spoiling anything. If you are one of those women who likes the idea of having someone hiding in your trashcan at night, or who would find it romantic to one day come home and find that someone had put pictures of you all over the walls of your house (even though you locked the door that morning) than by all means, go read Black Bird.read more