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.
Intially, the plot of Black Bird sounds great! But the execution of said plot is disturbing and disappointing to say the least.
Am I the only one that's a little bothered by the fact that crying women are plastered on the front of all Black Bird covers and that alone just screams 'rape culture' ?
For those of you who don't know --- Rape culture is a concept which links rape and sexual violence to the culture of a society, and in which prevalent attitudes and practices normalize, excuse, tolerate, or even condone rape.
Black Bird and its' popularity makes me very unconfortable because it's true, the male
protagonists are not gentlemanly at all and although they seem like 'true and protective' most of their actions are manipulative and their only interest is the power they receive when the drink the female protagonist's blood. The female protagonist is weak, stupid, and bends easily to all the male characters. This is not what I want my teenage daughter to be reading. Women should be offended because it portrays us as stupid weak sex-lusting ditzs. Men should be offended because it portrays them as unable to control themselves and all perverts.
TL;DR : It's like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer only in Japan and manga form.
If you want respectable characters and respectable plot though, please skip this.
I really thought this manga was just a silly romance manga with little to no story that I would just read in order to pass time. Well honestly the story is actually pretty cool and unique. The supernatural aspect mixed with romance was well structured and captivating. Yes, it tends to be very sexual and kinda throws the topic of rape in their a lot, but they mix it in the story where it doesn't seem forced (plus if there's a guy and a girl in love, their most likely going to have sex and make out a lot and not just a few
times like in other romance manga). If the story was more of a shounen and built on more, it really would have been very engrossing even more so and more mature (mature not only in the sense of sex and stuff).
The art was really nice and the artist rarely or ever got lazy in chapters. It was vibrant and detailed enough sort of like a shoujo and shounen manga's art put together if you know what I mean.
I loved pretty much all of the characters in this manga, especially the main characters. Well the female protagonist, Misao, was very annoying and whinny and cried way to much, but she redeemed herself in many ways and its actually hard to completely hate her, because she's like a lovable puppy (kinda like Nana Komatsu). All the important characters were built on well and all had their own background stories shown (even if it was just briefly). Every character in this series has their own funny and/or honorable trait to them that it just makes it to hard to despise them.
I do have complaints about this manga, but I really enjoyed it. It was a fun read that had quite unexpected plot twist that keeps you on edge. It's a manga I'm truly glad I read and has a special place on my future manga bookshelf.
I came across Black Bird after I finished reading Hana to Akuma. Being a fan of youkai(s) and stuff (because they are somewhat gorgeous lol), this manga caught my interest. Initially, I really love the plot of the story. The manga was good, it is entertaining. However, there are downsides to it as well. I somewhat find Misao kinda annoying the way she wails and stuff and that she always cries. I love how Kyo acts sometimes, though. The way he gives off that mysterious aura is a plus points for me. However, I did not like the ending of this manga because basically, how
can he even hate his own son. I mean, it's his own flesh and blood, and he acts so cold and like a jerk towards the kid. It was really annoying. Over all, it was worth a read, it may not be the best but it's worth it.
Looking at the other reviews I decided to post my own. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this manga!!!!!! I spend most of my spare time reading, and with the unlimited amount of manga on the internet, I've never really wanted to reread one. However, Black Bird is my one exception.
The art is beautifully drawn. I base my initial interest on a manga by the art, and this one got my attention immediately.
The story is amazing. The love between Misao and Kyo grabs you right in the feels. It's not just another superficial "girl falls for hot guy" shoujo. The characters are all extremely deep and
well detailed. A biggie for me is that the story all wraps up in the end and Black Bird definitely met that qualification. I would highly recommend this manga, as well as other works by Kanoko Sakurakouji.