Review: Black Bird vol. 9-11 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Black Bird vol. 9 by Kanoko SakurakojiHow did I get it: The library.

Why did I read it: I really enjoyed volumes 1-8.

How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.

Summary: (For volume 9:)

Misao and Kyo finally go all the way, and Misao can’t regret the new levels of intimacy, even though all the other demons seem to be able to tell that they are now lovers. But does Kyo feel the same way? Instead of bringing them closer, their new status seems to make him turn away from Misao. Is that just the nature of guys, be they human or demon? Or is there something darker behind Kyo’s sudden lack of warmth?

Review: I went into these books a little nervous that there just wouldn’t be anything left to happen, but a surprising amount did and all of it was engaging. So engaging that I have to admit that I liked these latest 3 volumes more than the previous 8. The storylines as well as backstories for minor characters like Jiro and Taro as well as Kyo and Sho’s father kept unfolding in really neat, unexpected ways. There’s also a lot of creepiness both in regards to the menacing villains are finally starting to put plans into action and just the way in which demon clans regard Misao as either a meal as well as a magical healing elixir. Both of which helped considerably with momentum.

I won’t lie and say that the ridiculous back-and-forthing hot-cold yes-no conversations were enjoyable. Or that I’m a fan of Misao throwing copious amounts of pity parties. But at least both Misao and Kyo are tackling real issues together and apart. In these three volumes, their attachment to one another becomes a lot more grounded in solid emotional and the countless ways in which they protected each other was very touching. I also appreciated Misao remembering she had a spine on a regular basis. So while part of me occasionally was sympathetic to crazy evil brother Sho and his issues, I cared a lot for Kyo and Misao.

In conclusion, very good. Instead of wishing the series would just wrap up already, I’m eager for more manga volumes and more developments in the near future. I can’t wait to read what happens next!

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About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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