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He loves her blood, but does her 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 one day when Misao is attacked by a demo
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Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kat Stark


I deserve a reward for actually finishing this series. I have never skimmed a manga, this was the exception.

Look this is all well and good in the fantasy realm, but I wouldn’t want young girls to read this and go…”Oh look, this is so romantic. These two beautiful demon guys are forcing this girl to marry them through manipulation and violence! He bleeds for her! He heals her! He puts his hand up her skirt whenever he gets the chance!” Um...no. Weak heroine with several men chasing after her beca
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Katy
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
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Natalie
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Megan
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
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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
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Mike
I honestly don't know how to review this manga. I want to say it's the worst I've ever read, but that would be disingenuous - certain elements are the worst I've ever read, but certain elements are quite good. Perhaps I could say that I wanted to like this, but that certain elements prevented me. But that wouldn't be quite right either. Quite frankly, this book looks like it would be a stupid romance - I have no idea why I bought it. Truly, the nature of this book prevents me from introducing it ...more
Mistress Cee
Thanks to Kat Stark for her review!

For years, I've been looking for this manga ever since an old friend introduced me to the series and it's not because I want to read it again, but because of the soft porn and the silly characters were worth discussing with my sister. She loves reading manga, so I thought she might have read this, but it didn't jog any memories for her.

All in all, Black Bird was definitely one of those guilty-pleasure reads and I only made it up to Vol. 6 before I gave up. I wo
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Tasia
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
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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
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 One Curvy Blogger
Dear Readers,

Recently, I took a trip to the library for the first time in ages, and kind sorta went nuts in the manga section . . . I just never figured our public library would have such expensive books, but boy was I wrong! They have a huge selection, especially in the adult section. At first I was confused why they had teen books in the adult section, but by the time I finished this one, I totally knew why.

Fifteen-year-old Misao Harada has been able to see demons since she was a child. After
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Cornerofmadness
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Kate
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
Bodea
Note: This review is for the entire series. I’ll only do individual reviews for a series when it has 5 volumes or less or I've received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Black Bird ended up just being an okay series for me that I think could have been told in less than 18 volumes. There was a lot of potential with the demon and senka maiden mythology, but it just never quite lived up to my expectations. I wanted more action, but instead I got more mushy, over sexed romance.

I liked the dem
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Destiny
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
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
Cheyenne
Jan 17, 2015 Cheyenne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Love Monster
Shelves: manga, manga-reviews
"Once every hundred years, a human like you will be born. When a monster drinks your blood, he lives longer. If he eats your flesh, he will obtain eternal youth. If he marries you, you will bring prosperity to his family."

Misao is that human. Her entire life she's been burdened with the ability to see the monsters that most are unable too, and the burden of keeping it a secret. When she turns 16 things become much more serious. Suddenly monsters of all types are coming out of the wood works who
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Hannah
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.
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
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Kaitlin
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
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Bry
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
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CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Sep 14, 2010 CJ - So, you wanna play with magic? 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
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Faye, la Patata
Despite being overly predictable, having seen many of the story's elements used in other paranormal smut mangas, I found myself enjoying this as I read it for the second time. The first time I read it, I was using the fan translations, which honestly were very subpar. Maybe it's because I haven't read any mangas for a while, or I'm looking for a light read and this fell under that category (and got lucky since I was in a generous mood); either way, it doesn't change the fact that I was highly en ...more
Courtney
Misao Harada is in many ways your average teen girl - except for one difference: she's always been able to see the spirits and demons around her, when most people don't have any awareness of them.

The day before her sixteenth birthday, Misao finds that the house next door, which has been vacant for years, is now inhabited. The new neighbour is revealed the next day to be Kyo, Misao's childhood friend and first love, when he saves her from a demon-possessed boy who is trying to kill her.

It turns
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Emy
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
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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
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Emma
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
Joseph Young
Still a better love story than Twilight? Our protagonist has some sort of ability to see demons, and as such becomes hunted by them starting on her 16th birthday (eg, puberty). Now she relies on an old demon friend, whom wants to claim her, to protect her. He heals wounds caused by other demons by licking her wounds. Other demons fight to claim her, both physically and psychologically. Could be okay? Worth trying a second volume.
Nicole
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
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
This is a re-read.

I love the art and Kyo's flirty behavior. When I was younger I thought this was hot stuff. Now that I'm older I wonder if it's not too damn pushy. Reminds me of everything mom's complained about with Twilight...lol
Tya
Feb 04, 2015 Tya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: trc2015
I loved this! I would absolutely refer it to an OLDER TEEN. One that specifically asked for sexy scenes that aren't too sexy. The subject matter is a wee bit racy :) But, yes, definitely some teens I would rec this too.
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