Black Bird 13
October 11, 2012
Kanoko Sakurakouji – Viz – 2012 – 16+ volumes
I was a couple volumes behind on this, so I thought I’d catch up. I forgot! Black Bird can be so infuriating!
My main point of contention deals with a major plot point in this volume, so I don’t want to spoil anything. But unfortunately, Misao finds herself in a position to end all the conflict. And she can’t do it. Not only that, she actually takes an action she knows will only escalate the conflict. Then cries about it later. I know this is pretty much Shoujo Manga 101, and I can’t really blame Black Bird for the fact that I’m becoming a cranky old woman, but man. It can still be headache-inducing.
And I’m sure there are those out there that will be willing to point out I had this coming to me, that Black Bird has been this way pretty much all along. And they’re probably right. The romance was what kept me coming back and had me absolutely addicted at first, but now that it’s more-or-less resolved, I’m starting to lose interest rapidly with the rest of what’s here. Admittedly, what Misao does shakes things up, and there’s still the matter of what happens to the Senka Maiden (it’s strongly hinted, of course, that she’s meant to be killed), but I doubt any of this will come to bear in a serious way. So we are left with the conflict between Kyo and his brother Sho, and the various attempts to stop Sho by members of Kyo’s entourage.
I believe this storyline will be coming to an end with one more volume, and I’ll finish it out and see what happens next. But really. I’m not sure if this can hold my interest much longer. I’m sorry, Black Bird.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.