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Black Bird, Vol. 1 (Black Bird #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  18,880 ratings  ·  328 reviews
He loves her blood, but does he love her?!

R to L (Japanese Style).


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.

All that changes...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2007)
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Good fun if you're twelve and think that love excuses everything. But once you get older, you'll start to realise that this isn't romantic. This isn't romantic at all. This is abuse and, as is sadly often the case, Japanese mangaka seem to be condoning it, because your boyfriend is controlling your life, and, well, isn't that just so gosh-darned sweet of him?

The only difference between the actions of Kyo and all the other men who target Misao is that Misao is in love with Kyo. The fact that she...more
The 'relationships' in this book are gross. The whole premise is that this girl is super-power for demons. If they eat her, drink or blood or marry her they get stronger.

She gets no power out of this. She is inept at anything and is constantly being hurt by even minor demons. She has no real power to stop the human looking heads of clans that come to marry her. One of the demons 'loves' her enough that he is protecting her and has not tried to force himself on her physically (much) but he comes...more
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Marie-Josee Larouche
This book was amazing! It entranced and pulled me in from beginning to end! I couldn't put the book down for a second! I just had to finish it! I am ecstatic and cannot wait to buy the second book and read more!

Black bird is about a demon boy (a Tengu), Kyo, trying to get the main character, Misao Harada, become his bride so his clan may prosper. For she is a special human with special blood, and every demon in all of Japan will do anything to have her.

Kyo and Misao were child hood friends and s...more
Lura (The Life of Serendipity)
Don't ask me why I love this manga, I just do. Every time I see that a new volume is out I have to get it and read it soon after! It's perverted- but sweet at the same time that you just have to love it...

Misao Harada is your average teenage girl- only she is the legendary Senka Maiden and demons from all over want 1. her flesh, 2. her blood, or 3. to make her their bride. And to make matters even worse her best friend from her childhood, her first love who moved away 10 years earlier, turns out...more
Plot: Although I feel like I have read something similar to this before, Black Bird definitely kept my attention. I absolutely loved that Sakurakoji mixes bits of violence, romance, and Japanese folk lore into this novel creating something that feels both authentic and fictional at the same time. The pacing of the novel is also something that really impressed me. The details of the novel are slowly revealed which allowed me to get to know the characters and understand each person's role in the o...more
I've read more than this one, but the series is just so... smutty. The main character seems to be incredibly dim and refuses to defend herself in any way, while the main male is so blatantly sexualized that everything he does can be seen as kinky. I got tired of this. Just peruse these comments from other reviewers:

"Anime News Network's Casey Brienza commends the English edition of the manga for being "amusing and sexy. Good if you want to put your critical sensibilities into neutral with someth...more
Well every time I went into the bookstore and I drifted toward the back where they keep the manga or as they call them graphic novels. I would see this series. I was hesitant to pick it up because of the cover. I don't know what I was thinking, but I digress. So on my latest excursion to the bookstore with my card in hand. I picked it up and let it be known that I did some damage that day. They didn't even have a big enough for all my purchases. But anyway, I brought my books home and arranged t...more
Never before have I wanted to give someone a hardcore, near-fatal wedgie as much as I do now.

Forgettable manga, and with horrible characters.
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Lex Marie
I didn't know what to expect with this manga at all. I knew I'd seen it in stores before but I didn't know the synopsis until I started reading it. This is unexpectedly now one of my all-time favorite mangas.
First off, the story is very entertaining and well thought out. I couldn't stop reading for the life of me - it was too compelling. The legend of the Tengu is a new twist on a love story that unfortunately seems to hold some similarities to that of Twilight (both in its portrayal of fatal co...more
worst book ever when i got later into the series it was exactly like twilight heres how and the main character is just like bella a totally selfish person! no exaggerations

*no glittering vampires instead the demons have bird beaks
*kaikoh is in jacobs part only he means well more than jacob but is treated worse and she misoa knows what he's going through and still criticizes him
*sho is like the varden so what if he saved you everyone elsa would have too yet you care for him even though he tried t...more
Misao is a girl that comes along only once in a hundred years - literally. She is a human who can see demons. And believe me Demons can see her...and hunt her. Because if they drink her blood it will give them a long life, if they eat her flesh it will give them eternal youth, and if they make her their bride it means prosperity for their clan. Only Misao knows none of this until she comes of age at 16 and it becomes open season on her.

This was a great start to a demon/human romance manga. Kyo...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Sep 14, 2010 CJ - Drop Dead Cute rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Midnight Secretary, Night of the Beasts and Her Majesty's Dog
This is another interesting story however, to me, it suffers from the aggressive Alpha Male with a soft side and the non-aggressive female who may or may not love him.

It incorporates the supernatural pretty well and it is a pretty 'sexy' manga.

Misao is a 16 year old high school girl who can see ghosts and demons and recently they've been plaguing her something awful, causing her to hurt herself by tripping, falling, 'being pushed' and just general non-goodness.

Her blood is special though. If a d...more
I'd forgotten how much I liked shoujo manga. Give me romance and drama any day! To be honest, if it wasn't for some glaring problems, I'd have given this book five stars.

The premise of Black Bird is a bit weird. Basically, 'Misao is the bride of prophecy whose blood gives power to the demon who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves - by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive...' There is also a demon called Kyo who was Misao's first love when they were sma...more
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Misao is like the elixir of life for demons. The more they devour her, the more power they gain. A taste is an energy boost. Eating her completely gives incredible power. Marrying her makes you the top dog demon.

Understandably, Misao is a hunted girl. It all started on her 16th birthday when her powers/tastiness came into effect. The volume sees Misao being attacked by one demon after another. From a guy who pretend to likes her to her best friend. Everyone is sucking up to Misao so they can de...more
Jan 29, 2013 Emma rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
This manga was entertaining enough and I zoomed through it, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. It was very easy to read, and I had been looking for a fantasy based in reality manga, so this one which is about demons and magical realms and draws from an old bird mythology (I don't remember and I've already returned it to the library) seemed to hit the mark. Unfortunately, none of the characters were really drawn out, and then we come to the much more problematic issue of consent. The main...more
A guilty pleasure manga if there ever is one (for me). A fantastical premise...Misao Harada has always seen spirits and creatures from other planes of existence. As a high school student, she just wants a normal life with a popular boyfriend. But the spirits are now starting to get aggressive and hurt her. And with the return of a childhood friend, Ryo - who we learn is a "tengu" (demon of sorts) - Misao learns that she is a "bride of prophecy" that promises to bring great power to whoever in th...more
I typically don't care for mangas in that they are often written for a 14 year old audience and the characters all seem to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder! I often find it comical how dramatic the characters are, especially with how quickly the female characters will go back and forth between two boys, creating drama and confusion at every turn. In my eyes this manga was a tiny bit more redeeming than most because it had some supernatural elements as Misao could see demons and ghosts...more
Maria D'Isidoro
A smuttier version of Twilight, where an abusive relationship is justified under the pretense of one party being supernatural. The heroine is defined by her frail human weaknesses; she's attractive only because of a deus ex machina whereby she's the "Bride of Prosperity" or some nonsense like that, which makes her irresistible to monsters in a raping, flesh eating sort of way. Her love interest constantly forces himself on her, but because he doesn't have sex with her, it's okay. His ability to...more
Bu bir nevi ilk manga okuyuşum. Çok eğlenceli ama tam olarak benlik bir şey mi? Emin olamadim.
I'm not one to reivew manga, although I'm a manga crazed person. I live, breath and draw manga, but for some reason this one wasn't up to par as some of the others I have read. The artwork is pretty enough, but I felt like I could have been reading a manga like version of Twilight, except with demons. Maybe there will be more to it...I've only read the 1st volume, and lately I haven't been in the mood for manga...sad I know.
I'm not gonna give up entirely on this series, but so far, I'm not impr...more
Yolanda Casica
I did not dislike this manga. Had it been a full-fledged textual book, then probably. However, I'm not a fan either. More could have been done with everything in it. It was okay, fine, safe. There just isn't anything particularly outstanding to remember or mention. I won't judge this whole series on only my impression of the first volume, despite it being a very underwhelming impression.

Misao Harada is an average (possibly below average it seems) high school student plagued with vague recollect...more
Went back and forth about reading this one, but found the first 2 volumes at my school library so going to give it a try :)

so the story goes:

Girl sees demons.
Demons either want to kill her or marry her.
Demon who wants to marry her saves her from demons who want to kill her.
Again, and again.
Demon then licks her wounds and tells her he wants her virginity.
Um, okay?
A random hot guy declares that you're meant to be? You were once childhood friends?! And waiiit there's more?! He's a demon... I just love how this author always put these guys in perverted situations. The sense of humor overrules the preposterous crazy storyline. Oh yes, the girl has powers of her own...she can see into other worlds...
I don't love the art...largely because I think one of the main characters looks like Michael Jackson (in his last, rather freaky years).

I like the concept and story enough, definitely will read the next volume. I'm not sure how long the author could draw this one out, though--hopefully it's a short series.
My first manga! ^_^ This was very cute and surprisingly easy to read. It was also good because I hadn't seen the anime of it (if there is one) so I could go into it without really knowing anything.

The series has a great concept and I love the idea of hot demons! (Did you see what I did there? XD)

I loved how Misao didn't cave into being his bride just because he was good-looking and protected her. However, I really want them to get together soon!!

I got really annoyed at Kyo whenever he tricked...more
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Oh, here we go. I thought I'm going to like this but, I got disappointed.
This is the type of the typical shoujo manga. So typical that I could tell you what's going to happen.
The plot had the tendency to make good manga but everything is so typically gathered that it made the whole just... not exciting.
First, and the most thing I hated is the main female character. She's so annoying that it downgraded a lot of the manga. She's so weak and a cry baby. Yup, she cries in every damn chapter even fo...more
Amy Gideon
Wow! This is really kind of twisted and messed up. I hate myself for liking it.

For my full series review on volumes 1-16 please visit http://perksofbeinganotakuwallflower....
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