cornerofmadness (cornerofmadness) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

book 95

Black Bird, Vol. 1 (Black Bird, #1)Black Bird, Vol. 1 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wish there were more supernatural manga that wasn’t flat out shojo because way too much of that genre is far too stupid-romantic for me. I knew that going into this, but like always I held out hope. I have no idea why. This is a cookie cutter shojo paranormal romance with a heroine who spends all her time blushing and being rescued. Sigh. And it doesn’t help I’m reading at least three other manga with this same plot (though mostly sans the romance).

Misao Harada can see spirits. Naturally no one else in her high school can and they just think she’s a weird girl who falls over nothing and talks to herself. Harada had a friend when she was a child and she loved him and still wants to see him again. Sure enough, she gets attacked by spirits and she is saved by Kyo, her childhood friend.

It turns out that he’s a tengu, a spirit, who can heal her wounds with his tongue (okay now we all know why I bought this). Harada is a special girl. If a demon marries her, he’ll become super strong. Just eating her (or draining some of her energy as Kyo is doing when he licks her). Kyo, naturally isn’t just her long lost friend, he is determined to make her his bride.

The rest of the manga is her getting attacked, Kyo having to save her or his competition a Kitsune, does. Harada does a lot of blushing and we get a lot of pseudo-sexual scenes and a few potential rapists. I know there are a lot of readers who like the alpha male riding to the rescue type of stories. I’m not a big fan. Kyo is an interesting character but Harada does nothing for me so I’m probably not going further with this one.

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