Monday, December 5, 2011

Manga Review: Black Bird, Volume 11, by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Goodreads Synopsis: 

 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 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 wounds.

Sho has miraculously returned to the tengu village, and while he seems content to live quietly on the outskirts, Kyo has learned the hard way not to trust his brother. To make matters worse, the villagers are resentful that Kyo won't share the restorative power of the Senka Maiden with them. But most demons don't possess Kyo's willpower, and one taste of Misao's blood would send them into a frenzy. Is it possible for Kyo be a good leader and a good husband?


I do like this series, but it's not my favorite. It's just so full of drama, which sometimes gets a little tiring. And sometimes a little confusing.
A lot of this volume focuses on Misao's blood, and Sho trying to cause chaos. Now that she's in Kyo's town, and she's going to visit the children at the orphanage (who are adorable and love her), and she's seeing how the people are reacting to her. They aren't reacting very well, and they want her to share her blood with them, being very greedy about it. They're violent about it, and it's almost like a drug to them. She doesn't want to give it to them, but she feels bad about it, and Kyo doesn't think it's a good idea either. There's a scene where they're asking out front for it for someone, and Kyo is saying no, and they're blaming him, so she does something a little awesome to get the hate on her instead. And Sho does a spell (or whatever) to give Misao her memories back, which are cute. Sho is a big jerk otherwise, as he causes trouble, and gives out pieces of this cloth with Misao's blood on it and causes a war between them and some other villages. Kaede just helps him, while also having her own agenda. And she causes trouble for Misao at the orphanage, which is terrible. Misao gets closer to Ayame, who is sweet, but still cries a lot. And she talks to Sho some, which doesn't help anything.
Kaede, the daughter of someone who helped Sho, is now also helping Sho. She's trying to get at Misao, and she likes Kyo. I don't like her much, but I don't like Sho, either. He's trouble, and I don't like all of the ways he's trying to ruin everything.
I do like Kyo, even if he is rough and demanding. Misao is okay. She's kind of just someone to view things through. And she cries way too easily, and I want her to get stronger, and I really hope that she does, so I can actually like her. There's several cute scenes and romantic scenes between them, like there usually are, and they were nice, like they always are. There's also a scene for both of them, talking about how they feel about each other, like they're on a path, and are expecting the other to leave them. That was also nice, seeing how they view each other, and sweet. But I'm also hoping that their relationship grows stronger as well, as they need to become confident in each other and themselves.
I also like the Tengu (or whatever,) that help Kyo and Misao. I especially like Taro. And now that we're seeing more of Ayame, I'm liking her quite a bit as well. She's fun, and not stupid, and it's good that Misao actually has a friend, because we usually we only see her reacting to Kyo and the others.
The book ends with Sho and Kaede talking, and it's obvious that they are going to be doing something. I don't like it, and I don't like the direction they are going either. This part of the story needs to end, soon. Sho's part is kind of getting dragged on, and I'm hoping that it comes to a close soon. Not all of the story, though, because I want to see more Misao and Kyo, but I would understand, and it would make sense, for it all to end when Sho does. But whatever.
I did actually enjoy this, and am looking forward to the next one, even if not fully for the plot.

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