Black Bird 12
June 12, 2012
Kanoko Sakurakouji – Viz – 2012 – 15+ volumes
This series… hm. As much as I enjoyed it as a terrible guilty pleasure initially, that was for the bodice-ripping romance between Misao and Kyo. But now that they’re together, the story is now about politics in the tengu realm. That… is unfortunately not it’s strong suit. A lot of the minor characters are developed in side stories that tie in to the main plot, but I feel like there are too many minor characters to begin with (Kyo has, like, 9 guards, which are all technically secondary characters). I just can’t get into these stories. Admittedly, this volume was more interesting than the past couple, though.
After an initial attack on the village by Sho that locks Misao and some kids in an alternate dimension, the story shifts focus over to two minor characters, Hoki and Zenki. Hoki is Ryo’s younger brother, and a broody little guy that foreshadows what happens later in the book. Except, then it doesn’t! Admittedly, I wasn’t expecting a double-twist like that, but not even a little surprise could get me wound up in the story. Basically, we find out backstories for Hoki and Zenki, Sho takes them hostage, and action scenes play out when everyone finally understands what’s going on. One of them leads into the next volume, but…
Again, I feel like I can’t be bothered. I don’t really care about Hoki, I want to hear more about Kyo and Misao. There’s not really more to tell about them without ending the series, though, and Misao isn’t really fighting in the war that seems to have overtaken the plot. There’s still a little romance, but… it just isn’t grabbing me the way it was initially. Bah. But I’ll keep reading anyway. I’ve got a couple more volumes, I think. We’re nearly caught up to Japan, so the releases will slow down anyway, and then maybe I’ll forget about the beginning and just read for the war parts.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.