Monday, February 15, 2010

Madness Manga Mondays (5)

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Black Bird Volumes 1 and 2
By Kanoko Sakurakoji
Number of Volumes: 6, but 3 in the United States Currently
Publisher: US Publisher Shojo Beat

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects outs, 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 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!
Kanoko Sakurakoji was born in downtown Tokyo, and her hobbies include reading, watching plays, traveling and shopping. Her debut titles, Raibu ga hanetara, ran in Bessatsu Shojo Comic (currently called Betsucomi) in 2000, and her 2004 Bestucomi title Backstage Prine was serialized in VIZ Media's Shogo Beat magazine. She won 54th Shogakukan Manga award for Black Bird.

(Just a warning this might have some spoilers because its hard to explain with out giving some stuff away.)

So I really like Black Bird, I received the first two volumes for Christmas and loved it. I need to get the next volume which was released at the beginning of the month. But never mind my needs you read this for a review. Black Bird is interesting to say the least. Its about Misao, a teenage girl that wants a normal life but can't get one because, guess what she sees demons all around her! And can't escape them until, her friend from when she was young Kyo comes back. We found out one thing he's a demon, that wants to marry Misao so bad he fought his brother for the head place of his demon clan the Tengu, half crow demons. Kyo is horny and a funny character, that becomes a teacher at Misao's school so he can protect her from the other demons trying to eat her to gain immortality. Misao is the cute girl, the has a strong heart and would do anything to protect herself from these demons.

This manga series is interesting, and reminds me a little bit of Backstage Prince which I read awhile ago. Its interesting and keeps the readers interest, while also give the reader some romance. Just so everyone know this is rated for Older Teen by VIZ Media, and might not be suitable for some younger teens just because of some of the scenes. But never mind the rating, I love this series and it means I needed to get the next volume. The one wish I have is that the school library would get manga, because it would be so much cheaper for me to get books.

(This last one is in Japanese so you will have to use a translator, but is Kanoko's offical site.)

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Check here for a review on Volume 3 of Black Bird.

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