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Black Bird, Vol. 01 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
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Apr 25, 2012

it was ok
Read in April, 2012

Misao is a high school girl with the ability to see demons (yokai and the like). She's considered clumsy by her friends, as the demons like to trip her, make her drop her books, etc., but when she was a little girl, she had a good friend, Kyo, whom she loved. He protected her, and they played together, but he's been gone for a very long time.

When Misao comes home one evening, she realizes the house next door, where Kyo used to live, appears to be occupied again - and an attractive young man appears and offers her flowers. It is, of course, Kyo, returning to make her his bride.

There's just a few problems with that - Kyo is a demon himself, a tengu - a crow demon (hence the title of the series), and tells Misao that now that she's sixteen, she/her blood have become catnip to demons, and the power of her blood could make a demon clan invincible.

The art is very pretty, and I'm interested in the various yokai shown in the background of the series. The characters seem pretty typical shojo characters to me, the innocent girl and older male character, as well as a rival for the girl's interest (a kitsune - fox demon - also takes up the challenge of marrying Misao).

For light reading, it isn't bad, but the sexualized poses that Misao and Kyo wind up in could be offputting to some people.
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