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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1421527673
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Bird

Black Bird Vol. #04

Black Bird Vol. #04 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     May 28, 2010
Release Date: May 04, 2010

Black Bird Vol. #04
© Viz Media

Another series of twists and turns confront Misao and Kyo in this intriguing fourth volume.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kanoko Sakurakoji
Translation: JN Productions
Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
Despite the constant danger Misao finds herself in, she's determined to stay by Kyo's side no matter what happens. But a chance meeting with one of Kyo's best friends shows her just how hard a human-demon relationship can be.Tadanobu, heir to the Kitsune clan, gave up everything to be with his human girlfriend. But now he is being forced to take on the clan leadership and abandon his love--and it's all Kyo's fault!

The Review!

After a quick indulgence in naughtiness, we find Misao and Kyo rejoining their new acquaintance, Dojoji, divulges the contents of the first half of the Senka Roku to them.  At first, it appears to be nothing but good news, showing that there will be no problems in the relationship between Misao and Kyo (nor with them having intercourse, as Kyo is quick to point out.)  Dojoji leaves, realizing he is no match for Kyo, and even leaves Misao a gift in the form of a case containing medicine.  
Soon, we meet Tadanobu, Kyo’s good friend and new leader of the Kuzunoha clan (not to mention elder brother of Shuehei, who Kyo killed in the previous volume).  We then discover that a conflict will be forced between the two, as Shuehei will be forced to try to obtain Misao as the new head of his clan, even though his love lies elsewhere.  Misao soon meets his love, a young woman named Renko who can also see spirits, in a chance encounter at her father’s work.  Kyo and Misao manage to go on a quick date, but that happiness can’t last for long, as the two sets of lovers are quickly thrown into a tragic confrontation that neither side wants, yet neither can avoid.  
In Summary: 
This volume in some ways slows down a little from the previous volume, with the only true conflict occurring at the end of the book.  However, unlike before, you can’t help but worry for all parties involved, as there are no real agitators here or anyone truly to blame, only victims of fate.  Watching these characters interact and slowly move towards the climax of the book proves interesting, and should definitely keep fans of the series entertained.  Hopefully the next volume will be every bit as engrossing as this one.  


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