Black Bird Vol. 1

BLACKBIRD01What’s on the back: 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 the 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 demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts – with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her.

But most demons want to keep her power for themselves – by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive…and decide if she likes it when kyo licks her wound.

Review: This was an interesting read. Definitely, not a book you can read on the bus…which I found out too late. It’s probably one of the first series in the Shojo Beat line to have some softcore smut in it. Not that it takes away from the story or anything. This was definitely an unusual but somewhat fun read.

Misao has a curse where she is able to see monsters and various creatures from the magical realms. Many people often see her as a crazy person, simply because she sometimes trip on air, and stare into space. What they don’t know is that she is harrassed on a daily basis by demons of all sorts. Misao only has one dream though: she simply wants to live a normal life, and maybe have a boyfriend.

We get to see various flashbacks of Misao memories of her childhood friend Kyo. We later learn that he was her first love. Ten years ago, he moved away, but promised Misao that one day he would come back to marry her. And just like you guess it, he did. Except now,he is a dashing young man, with a secret. He’s a tengu!

Apparently, when Misao turn 16 years old, the whole magical realm will try to capture her. Her flesh would provide eternal youth, her blood immortality, and by marrying her, the demon’s clan would prosper. After learning that Kyo is actually a demon, she refuses to accept his proposal. She wants nothing to do with demons of any sorts.

But of course, Kyo is not the only one that wants her. She is consistantly attacked by demons who are out to get her. With Kyo’s presence, most demons stay away from Misao. But the moment he disappear, there’s no stopping the demons from trying to eat/possess her.

Kyo is not the only one who wants to marry her, Kuzunoha, an heir for the Kitsune (fox demon) clan, also would like to marry Misao. But in my opinion, his intentions are not as clear, as Kyo. As of now, we do not know if Kyo is genuine or not. But it seems like, he might actually like Misao!

So the basis plot of Blackbird turns out to be a bit unique. It was fun read, there were no draggy bits. What I don’t get is, why does Misao spill her blood every chapter? I mean, come on she been living with demons who has harrassed and bothered her, her whole life. So shouldn’t she be able to come up with a system to battle these monsters? Don’t say that it became more aggressive because of her birthday. To me, it’s just an excuse to look weak.

An interesting bit of the story is that a demon’s lick (or maybe saliva) can heal any wounds. But I can’t help but feel sorry for Misao, even though her wounds are getting healed. The places Kyo licks, aren’t exactly places where you want people to see. lol. Poor girl, either way it doesn’t matter if she is shedding blood, or getting healed, the girl is getting abused from every direction she takes.

I didn’t realize that Sakurakoji-sensei also wrote backstage prince. The art isn’t similar at all! The plots are totally opposite! I don’t remember backstage prince as naughty as black bird is. Still, it’s a great read! I expect a lot out of Black bird, since it won an award. I hope it doesn’t let me down, but just in case, I’m going to lower my expectations. Maybe by next volume, we will see some more developments in terms of the plot.

Final Thoughts: Not a lot of people are into smut. I don’t mind it actually. If you’re mature, why not? The smut isn’t even heavy in this manga. Many people also complain about the abusiveness. You got to keep in mind, that this is a manga, not a real life story. If this happened in reality, of course I would feel sorry for Misao. But this is a manga, which should be read with an open mind. Would I reccommend this for others? Yes, because it seems like an interesting story. Plus, a lot of people are into vampires nowadays, so why not tengus? lol.

Overall Grade: B+