Black Bird 10

September 28, 2011

Kanoko Sakurakoji – Viz – 2011 – 14+ volumes

As much as I’ve liked this series all along, this volume made me realize I’m starting to grow a little tired of it.

The story is still… okay. Misao and Kyo are still in peril. Sho, Kyo’s evil brother, is back. He does something that… I can’t tell if it’s to gain support of the Tengu clan, or if he did it because he’s a psychopath. There’s also a subplot about the Tengu clan going to war.

The main event in this volume is the flashback we see about Kyo’s past, though. Kyo’s father, Yoh, reappears. There’s a strain in Kyo and Yoh’s relationship, and Misao sticks her nose in until Yoh tells all. There’s a sad story about the past, one of those stories where you’re lead to believe the character is a criminal, but they didn’t actually do anything and their “criminal” activity is the result of their conscious. I tend to hate stories like this for having cop-out endings. As you can imagine, the story between Kyo’s parents is both romantic and as drama-tastic as possible. And afterwards, back in the present, there’s lots of semi-terrible scenes where Misao tries to get Kyo to admit he loves his dad.

Maybe it’s because the main relationship is resolved now, but I feel like the veil has been lifted and the drama-tastic lens that the series uses to view everything is becoming increasingly apparent. Everything happens for maximum tragedy, and it’s just not working for me anymore. Or maybe I’m just seeing the rest of the series for itself, since there’s not a whole lot of Kyo/Misao scenes in this volume.

Either way. I’ll continue to buy new volumes, but this volume has made me slightly wearier of things to come.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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