Thursday, 13 August 2015

Manga Review : Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji




Title: Black Bird
Original Title: Black Bird 
Author: Kanoko Sakurakouji
Artist: Kanoko Sakurakouji

Year of Release: 2007-2012
Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, School Life, Shoujo, Smut, Supernatural

Status: Completed
Chapters (Translated in English): 72
Volumes & Chapters: 18

Volume 1 Chapters 1-5            Volume 7 Chapters 26-28             Volume 13 Chapters 48-51
Volume 2 Chapters 7-9            Volume 8 Chapters 29-32             Volume 14 Chapters 52-54
Volume 3 Chapters 10-13        Volume 9 Chapters 33-35             Volume 15 Chapters 55-59
Volume 4 Chapters 14-17        Volume 10 Chapters 36-39           Volume 16 Chapters 60-64
Volume 5 Chapters 18-21        Volume 11 Chapters 40-43           Volume 17 Chapters 65-69
Volume 6 Chapters 22-25        Volume 12 Chapters 44-47           Volume 18 Chapters 70-72.6


Summary


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 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo manga.


My Thoughts


Review covers 72.6 chapters 

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Katie’s Corner. What do I have for you today? Well, this was one of the first mangas that I’ve read when I started getting into the manga world. There are about 7 other mangas a bit similar to this one, and I will definitely cover them soon. They are in the category mature and smut (erotica), but they are still the best.

But let’s get back on track. This manga has absolutely everything, starting with comedy and ending with tragedy, having a lot of supernatural doesn’t seem bad too. You just can’t not love the main characters. Even the villains have your support. I mean it, some of the villains are really amazing. The story is about a young girl – Misao, who can see ayakashi. Let me explain, what ayakashi are, in plain English – demons, but take it a but further, Japanese culture demons. If you are not very common with them, do not worry, everything is explained, and maybe if you are like me a sucker for mythology, you’ll start researching about them.

The story is very interesting. I focused on love between Misao and Kou. Guess I forgot to tell you who Kou is. This guy is a demon and he’s head over heels in love with Misao. He’s a big pervert, but you just can’t hate him. What kind of demon is he? He is what is called a tengu, a demon with the wings of a raven. As I have already stated, the plot of this manga is very interesting. It has many twists and turns, and the characters are shown from both good and bad sides. The manga is full of romance, however, there are a lot of moments where you just can’t not cry. You find yourself laughing at many moments, but there will be a lot of tragic one too. The last 2-3 volumes will make you cry a lot.

You will love Misao a lot. She is a character, which makes you smile a lot. You feel her every emotion, her joy, her sorrow, her expectations. The last two volumes, where she finds that she is pregnant are amazing. They will just tear your heart out, and you can’t just side with one character. You understand both Kou’s POV as well as Misao’s the author tears open the hearts and minds of the characters and presents everything to us in a manner as if to say: What would you have done if you were them?

I hope you will find some time to read this manga. It is quite long, however, as soon as you start it, you won’t be able to stop. Enjoy it to its fullest. The art is really great especially when the author is drawing the guys. Yep, you’ll drool on them a lot. Find yourself engrossed in the world of ayakashi: a world full of love, betrayal, joy and sorrow. If you have already read this amazing manga or you are about to start, don’t forget to share your thoughts bellow! Stay tuned for more reviews and promos. Happy reading!

XOXO

Katie 

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