Black Bird 18
June 28, 2015
Kanoko Sakurakouji – Viz – 2014 – 18 volumes
“I love you, Kyo!”
“I love you, Misao!”
“No, I love YOU, Kyo!”
“Misao, I LOVE YOU.”
That’s pretty much the last three volumes of this series. Interesting that it sets up for a big, dramatic storyline, then becomes more about the two main characters enjoying the pleasure of each other’s company as a deadline looms. It’s super-cute, and none cuter than this final volume. And, to be fair, Kyo never tells Misao he loves her before this, so that was a big deal (and to be even fairer, I didn’t notice until Misao pointed that out… but few shoujo manga love interests are as sappy as Kyo, so I wouldn’t have noticed).
It actually goes out of its way to avoid drama. A potential storyline about Misao’s parents/mom is avoided handily early on, in favor of Misao and Kyo being cute together.
It was a refreshing ending to a drama-packed series. I enjoyed the whole thing way more than I should have, but I was happy to see it end like this after so many years.