Sunday, December 16, 2012

Manga Review: Black Bird, Volume 14, by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: VIZ Media (Shojo Beat)
Spoilers?: Somewhat Minor
Volumes: 17+

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. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!

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I read this volume, like, forever ago. And I really should have reviewed it then, but I didn’t. I’m doing it now, now that the next volume is out. This was a very good volume, however.
So the big fight scene between Sho and Kyo was brought to a close in this volume. And it was a bit surprising, and intense, and Misao had to cry and hug Sho, because ugh. I don’t really dislike Misao, but she is a very sensitive person, and I want her to toughen up. I’m not going to say any more about that, though, so as not to spoil any of it.
The volume continued with another chapter, starting another story arch (apparently the final arch; what!?). Misao is now back home, where no one knows how long she was gone. Misao and Kyo are back at school, with Kyo teaching. They have a talk about the whole Senka Maiden thing, and how they need to find out more about it as well as how for them to be together without her getting hurt; and Misao is reassured that he’s not going to push her away. Also, there’s a plot about how Misao’s scent is getting stronger, attracting more men to her, but Kyo knows why that is. Oh, and this guy gets hurt, his arm is all bloody, and Misao helps him rather calmly, which I found rather interesting. It shows that she’s getting a bit stronger, after all that she’s been through, and I like that.
The volume ended with something coming up to attack Misao, but when she flinches back and screams, it vanished, I think was killed. But it doesn't show us if someone else came up and killed it at the last minute, or if maybe she did it somehow? I'm thinking someone else came up and did it somehow, but I'll find out next volume, I guess?
There were also a couple short/snipet stories, and they were very cute. One about the group of boys meeting up with Misao including a little thing with the three little guys, which was sweet and funny. Another about Sagami and Ayame, which was very cute, and the last in which Kyo interacts with Misao’s dad, while looking at some of her baby pictures, with was sweet.
Overall, this was a good volume, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

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