Black Bird Vol. #07 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Warner
Review Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Release Date: Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Can Kyo and Misao’s relationship withstand the pressure of a powerful prince and the presence of a persistent demon hunter?

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Writer/Artist: Kanoko Sakurakoji

What They Say

Misao knows her relationship with Kyo is dangerous, but she's used to being the one in peril! Will she be able to stand it when the tables are turned and Kyo is threatened? As leader of the tengu clan and boyfriend of the Senka Maiden, Kyo gets a lot of attention in the demon world, and very little of it is good. From the wrath of a reincarnated dragon to the hatred of a demon hunter, Misao must face the fact that she isn't the only one at risk in the relationship. But how can she just stand by while Kyo is threatened?!

The Review!
As the volume begins, we find Kyo and Misao trying to deal with the offer of the Prince of the Dragons, who wants Kyo to sleep with his sister in order to help heal her illness, by way of Misao’s powers. As the dragons have offered to use their abilities to retrieve the Senka Roku if Kyo agrees, and because the dragons are an immensely powerful clan, the decision proves difficult. After much confusion and heartache, Misao declares that she couldn’t bear to have Kyo sleep with anyone else, and it is revealed that Kyo had another plan prepared all along.

Afterwards, Kyo and Misao spend a good chunk of time fooling around in Misao’s home while her father is away due to illness, despite the fact that they cannot currently have relations. Eventually, Misao’s father returns with a man by the name of Raikoh Watanabe, the son of the head priest of a nearby temple. As it turns out, Raikoh not only possesses the ability to see demons, but also harbors a deep grudge against them, as he was given a rather hideous scar by a demon attack at the age of eight. Because of this, he feels that Kyo is possessing Misao and spiriting her away, and offers an ultimatum: leave Kyo, or have him kill Kyo using the sword passed down through his family. Due to Kyo’s resolve not to kill humans, Raikoh would most certainly win the battle, leaving the pair in quite a perilous situation.

In the bonus chapters, we first see the love story of young man named Chiharu and a member of the tengu clan named Sumire. We are then treated to the back story of Sagami and Ayame’s love.

In Summary:
The first part of this book definitely feels more than a bit awkward, showing our main characters blatantly ignoring the situations around them in favor of their own problems. When asked to save someone’s life in an awkward way, Misao is shown being only torn between her love for Kyo and what is “right for the clan,” ignoring entirely the life of the person in question. While this isn’t terribly written per-se, it certainly feels a little out of character and perhaps even a little cruel of the characters, even if things work out okay in the end. Luckily, the back half goes a long way in making up for this, presenting the characters with a dangerous foe and an issue that seemed dropped a while back: the gap between demons and humans. Hopefully the next volume will be able to take this premise and run with it, as it is certainly a promising set-up.



Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translation Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781421533117
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Black Bird