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Black Bird, Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
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Feb 25, 11

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Read in February, 2011

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 consequences and sexual abstinence and tension). It is a bit unfortunate that, like most sappy love stories, our main female character is helpless without her supernatural significant other to come and save her, but it is, in the same sense, the perfect indulgent guilty-pleasure. However, the twists keep you guessing, the cliffhangers are intense and there wasn't a moment where I wasn't craving more.
Other than Kyo occasionally looking cross-eyed, (even though he's not), the artwork is beautiful. The action scenes aren't necessarily intense, but they are fast paced. The steamy love scenes are a total heartthrob, which makes you wonder just when our leading lady, Misao, will make her decisions.
I honestly have to say after reading this one, there are very few mangas that have measured up to this entertainment value for me. The characters and the plot are just too impressively built. The overall series is astounding for a love story and I couldn't be more impressed.
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