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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-16 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 3
Black Bird, Vol. 3 - Kanoko Sakurakouji On the third volume, I still do not see a lot of improvement. Misao's character still hasn't grown. The only thing that grows is her love for Kyo. Besides her feelings of Kyo, she still cries a lot and falls for the demons' traps. By this point of the series, I expected Misao to wisen up and not blindly trust other demons. But nope she still listens to what the other demons say and gets into danger. She doesn't feel like an actual character but rather a glorified plot device. Kyo still is a perverted jerk. Though in this volume, it seems like his horny antics are toned down, but I still his behavior annoying. I like Kensuke because I found his personality to be interesting compared to Kyo or Misao. I chuckled a bit when he accidentally revealed himself to be a demon to Misao.

There was one part that I liked at the beginning with Misao hanging out with her friends. I was happy when that happened because I finally got to see Misao hanging out with other people besides Kyo. I was hoping to see more of Misao's friendship with Mana and Kana this volume because I wanted to see more sides of Misao besides the "Kyo!" part of her. Unfortunately, those moments ended as quickly as it started. I am disappointed at what could have been a chance to develop Misao's character more and give her some other hobby besides thinking about Kyo.

It was this volume that I decided to give up on this series. This series has some interesting ideas and beautiful artwork. Unfortunately, it's wasted on some terribly written romance.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-15 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 1
Black Bird, Vol. 1 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

I bought three volumes of this manga several years ago because I wanted to read more shojo manga. I haven't got the chance to read them because I was busy with other activities. Since I had nothing to do for a few days, I decided to read them to pass some time.

After I read all three volumes, I wondered what my high school senior self was thinking when purchasing these books.

The first volume introduces the main characters and sets up the story. This first installment was formulaic. Every chapter in the first volume either has one or all of these three things happening: Misao running into dangerous situations, Kyo saving Misao from danger, and Kyo being a pervert. I understand the first volume being strictly formula because the author is trying to figure out what direction should the series go.

Anyway, I found Kyo's behavior annoying. I found Misao to be an uninteresting character for me. She spends most of the time crying. I understand why she cries a lot but it got annoying for me.

Moving on, I like the artwork and the tidbits on Japanese mythology.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-15 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 2
Black Bird, Vol. 2 - Kanoko Sakurakoji After I read the first volume, I read the second volume. The second volume introduces some new characters. I found Kyo's vassals to be interesting characters. I was fond of the dynamics between them, and their designs are distinct and have personality.

There is some movement in the plot. For example, there was a flashback scene showing how Misao met Kyo when they were young. It was one of my favorite parts of this manga because I thought it was well-paced and it was genuinely heartwarming. I was sad that scene ended because after that, it was back to the less stellar stuff. Most of the thing that happens in this volume is a repeat of the previous entry.

The artwork is still lovely.
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review 2017-09-16 00:00
Black Bird of the Gallows
Black Bird of the Gallows - Meg Kassel I wish I would have liked this better than I ended up doing.
It took me a while to read this, and then another while to work out what I didn't really like about it.
In fact I love the idea behind it.
The world building is imaginative and I loved the beekeepers and harbinger of death bits.
The story line left me divided. I loved the first half. The first bit of romance. But I wasn't a huge fan of the second part of the romance. It felt too fast too much and suddenly their attraction felt too melodramatic too put on.
Same goes for the plot. I was intrigued in the beginning, then about 60%in I kinda lost interest. I knew where it was going and frankly some of the turns felt too convenient and way too neat.

The writing style was ok. It's a bit too simplistic at times for my taste and some of the dialogues felt a bit generic.
Last but not least, the character building. Again, I felt that the first part was done better than the second part. I liked Angie and her friends. I got her insecurities, liked her relationship with her father and her friends. I loved Reece. The cast in general was interesting, even if there were a few generic support cast members thrown in. In the second part, however I felt less and less connected to the characters. I think partly this is due to the plot taking over. There was loads happening, one calamity after the other. But somehow, I found Angie, less relatable as well. It was too fast of a shift of emotions, it felt a bit unreal.

So while I think this is a really neat idea and though I did like the end, a lot. I found myself not quite convinced. It's somewhere between ok and good. So 2.5 Stars. But because I loved the first half and I adore the cover.. I rounded it up.
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review 2017-09-16 00:00
Black Bird of the Gallows
Black Bird of the Gallows - Meg Kassel I wish I would have liked this better than I ended up doing.
It took me a while to read this, and then another while to work out what I didn't really like about it.
In fact I love the idea behind it.
The world building is imaginative and I loved the beekeepers and harbinger of death bits.
The story line left me divided. I loved the first half. The first bit of romance. But I wasn't a huge fan of the second part of the romance. It felt too fast too much and suddenly their attraction felt too melodramatic too put on.
Same goes for the plot. I was intrigued in the beginning, then about 60%in I kinda lost interest. I knew where it was going and frankly some of the turns felt too convenient and way too neat.

The writing style was ok. It's a bit too simplistic at times for my taste and some of the dialogues felt a bit generic.
Last but not least, the character building. Again, I felt that the first part was done better than the second part. I liked Angie and her friends. I got her insecurities, liked her relationship with her father and her friends. I loved Reece. The cast in general was interesting, even if there were a few generic support cast members thrown in. In the second part, however I felt less and less connected to the characters. I think partly this is due to the plot taking over. There was loads happening, one calamity after the other. But somehow, I found Angie, less relatable as well. It was too fast of a shift of emotions, it felt a bit unreal.

So while I think this is a really neat idea and though I did like the end, a lot. I found myself not quite convinced. It's somewhere between ok and good. So 2.5 Stars. But because I loved the first half and I adore the cover.. I rounded it up.
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