cover image Black Bird, Vol. 1

Black Bird, Vol. 1

Kanoko Sakurakoji, . . Viz, $8.99 (194pp) ISBN 978-1-4215-2764-2

High school is hard enough, even under the best of circumstances. Misao Harada would love a normal high school life, but she has been burdened with “the sight” since childhood—a gift that allows her to see a world of myth and magic that surrounds ours. Lonely and somewhat mournful, Misao finds her world turned upside down when she reconnects with her childhood friend and first love Kyo and finds out that he is the head of a demon clan. As luck would have it, Misao is the bride of prophecy whose blood gives power to the demon who claims her. While other demon clans target her intending to consume her power, Kyo gives her the choice to become his bride and enjoy his protection. The tension between the two characters as they stave off supernatural forces is intriguing, and readers will no doubt long for Misao to become Kyo’s bride. Sakurakoji’s art is very romantic and the characters are almost painfully beautiful; fans will have no difficulty falling for Kyo’s good looks and charm. Winner of the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shojo manga. (Aug.)