Book Description: Story & Art by Kanoko Sakurakouji
He loves her blood, but does he love her?!
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.
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
- Publication date: 8/4/2009
- Series: Black Bird Series, #1
- Edition description: Original
- Pages: 194
- Sales rank: 177,551
- Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)
High school is hard enough, even under the best of circumstances. Misao Harada would love a normal high school life, but she has been burdened with "the sight" since childhood-a gift that allows her to see a world of myth and magic that surrounds ours. Lonely and somewhat mournful, Misao finds her world turned upside down when she reconnects with her childhood friend and first love Kyo and finds out that he is the head of a demon clan. As luck would have it, Misao is the bride of prophecy whose blood gives power to the demon who claims her. While other demon clans target her intending to consume her power, Kyo gives her the choice to become his bride and enjoy his protection. The tension between the two characters as they stave off supernatural forces is intriguing, and readers will no doubt long for Misao to become Kyo's bride. Sakurakoji's art is very romantic and the characters are almost painfully beautiful; fans will have no difficulty falling for Kyo's good looks and charm. Winner of the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shojo manga. (Aug.)
I bought this copy from Barns and noble in store for $8.99 plus tax, it's priced the same online. Unless you would like it for a Nook I believe its $5.99. It is ranged for "Older teen 16+". The front cover artwork is absolutely stunning. The main colors are red and black. You see Misao being held by Kyo, in their lining of their bodies, especially their faces. Its complete exquisited. When you open the book, the artwork inside gets even better. Even the words are clearly placed in just enough space so that the picture doesn't look like its being diminished to make room for them.Their are also five chapters listed in this book besides a glossery.
In the beginning seven pages you have Misao introducing herself to you, and explaining her abilities. Besides sharing her memorizes of the past. I think that was what got my interest but the hook line an sinker was on the seventh page!!! She's on her way home from school, crowded by demons. She sees the front gate open to a neighboring house that should be empty. Plus saying this part is completely sad!! She believes that shes seeing a woman picking flowers!! She gets a closer look and nope its a man, Whom is Kyo.
He ever so politely calls her over and re-introduces himself, he shuusshhhsss away the demons by her. Plus gives her a big bouquet of freshly picked flowers. Besides saying "If you run into any trouble, call me." Now sorry but I'm a girl. YEH!!! completely a knight in shining armor complex he totally giving off!! Not so much as a hint that he is is actually a demon clan leader!! Till like another say five pages in. Plus his first "Damsel in distress act" of saving her. It beautifully drawn out! If only it were in color!! I Love the little like footnotes the author tosses in on different pages. Those are always a must have.
The storyline is wonderfully unique and its very different from what I have already read. Not many have thought of this yet from my knowledge, great humor, and not anything that can put you to sleep (known from experience). An with it being written for a less juvenile audience I think that's partially what makes it so amazingly wonderful.
Special Surprise!!! Since you were so kind to have read my posts this long! I found a link that will allow you to read the WHOLE first chapter. :)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Artwork: 10 Stars
Sadly there wasn't any poetry in this book so I went in search of more info on the series for you. I also listed the link below where I found this info. It goes more into depth their if you'd like to learn more about the meanings behind the Tengu, plus clan members Enjoy!
Black Bird: (ブラックバード Burakku Baado) is a Japanese supernatural shōjo manga written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji. It has been serialized by Shogakukan in their Betsucomi magazine since 2007. It depicts the life of a high school girl who can see supernatural beings. Black Bird received the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga.
In 2008, Viz Media announced they had licensed the series for an English release of the series in North America. The first chapter was previewed in their now-defunct Shōjo Beat magazine and the first volume of their version was released on August 4, 2009. According to ICv2, the series was the sixth best-selling manga series in the US for 2011. The series has been adapted into a drama CD as well as a light novel.