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Black Bird
Black Bird Vol 1.jpg
First English edition of Black Bird as published by Viz Media
(Burakku Baado)
Genre Romantic comedy, Supernatural
Author Kanoko Sakurakoji
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
English publisher Canada United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Betsucomi
English magazine Shojo Beat
Original run January 26, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 9 (ongoing)
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Black Bird (ブラックバード Burakku Baado ?) is a Japanese supernatural shojo manga written and illustrated by Kanoko Sakurakoji. It has been serialized by Shogakukan in their Betsucomi magazine since 2007. It depicts the life of a high school girl who can see supernatural beings. Black Bird received the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga.[1]

In 2008, Viz Media announced they had licensed the series for an English release of the series in North America. The first chapter was previewed in their now-defunct Shojo Beat magazine and the first volume of their version was released on August 4, 2009.

The series has been adapted into a drama CD.[2]



From Viz:

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada can see these magical realms and frankly, she wants nothing to do with it. She'd just as soon ignore her special gift in favor of having a normal high school life and maybe getting a boyfriend. One day, Misao is attacked by a demon, and her childhood friend Kyo suddenly re-appears to save her and tend to her cuts - with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves - by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive... and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds


Misao Harada (Harada Misao)
A high school girl plagued with the ability to see spirits. The spirits were harmless until her sixteenth birthday, when they started chasing her for her blood. Kyo, is one such demon, although he targets her for a different reason; he wants to marry her. Misao believes that this is because her blood can grant prosperity to his clan, but it turns out that Kyo is indeed in love with her. Misao has confessed to only loving Kyo.
Kyo Usui (Usui Kyo)
A perverted but powerful Tengu with black wings. Kyo met Misao during their childhood. His older brother, Sojo, was supposed to be clan leader, but Kyo surpassed him for Misao's sake (as only a clan leader may seek her as their bride). In order to stay close to Misao, he moved back to his house next door to her's and took a job as a math teacher at her school. He is always protecting her and healing her wounds. In his demon form, his hair grows longer and he wears a mask that looks like a crow's beak. Kyo took Taro under his wings to train him and make him stronger after Taro was abused by Sojo. He is about 20 years old.
Taro (Taro)
A six year old Tengu who helps keep house and trains under Kyo. he has two younger brothers and is constantly bullied by Kyo. He has an undying devotion to Kyo and thinks nothing of Kyo's cruelty. He frequently sobs when Misao rejects his food or Kyo tells him Misao hates his food. Taro has a tendency to walk into private moments between Kyo and Misao, irritating Kyo severely. He does his best to make Kyo happy. He calls Misao "My Lady" anticipating her marriage to Kyo one day.



Shogakukan released the first of the series' bound volumes on January 26, 2007.[3] As of November 26, 2009 there are 9 volumes, but the series is still running in Betsucomi.[4] The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media as part of their Shojo Beat imprint.[5] It is also licensed in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing.[6]

Volume listing

No. Japan North America
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 January 26, 2007[3] ISBN 978-4-091-30837-5 August 4, 2009[7] ISBN 978-1-421-52764-2
2 June 26, 2007[8] ISBN 978-4-091-31085-9 November 4, 2009[9] ISBN 978-1-421-52765-9
3 October 26, 2007[10] ISBN 978-4-091-31300-3 February 2, 2010[11] ISBN 978-1-421-52766-6
4 February 26, 2008[12] ISBN 978-4-091-31437-6 May 4, 2010[13] ISBN 978-1-421-52767-3
5 June 26, 2008[14] ISBN 978-4-091-31649-3 August 3, 2010[15] ISBN 978-1-421-52768-0
6 October 24, 2008[16] ISBN 978-4-091-32130-5
7 January 26, 2009[17] ISBN 978-4-091-32208-1
8 May 26, 2009[18] ISBN 978-4-091-32374-3
9 November 26, 2009[4] ISBN 978-4-091-32728-4
10 March 26, 2010[19] ISBN 978-4-091-32728-4

Drama CD

Columbia Music Entertainment released Black Bird drama CD on the January 21, 2009.[2] Artists on the drama CD include Kouki Miyata, Kishō Taniyama, Akira Ishida, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Takahiro Sakurai, Yuko Kagata, Takehito Koyasu, Kyoko Hikami and Mikako Takahashi.[20]


The sixth volume of Black Bird was ranked 12th on the Japanese Comic Rankings between October 28 and November 3, 2008.[21] The seventh volume was ranked 4th.[22] The eighth volume was ranked 3rd[23] and 27th.[24] The first volume was ranked 4th on the manga section of the New York Times Best Seller list on September 3, 2009.[25] The second volume was ranked 7th on November 26, 2009, 9th on December 3, 2009 and 8th on January 7, 2010.[26][27][28] It was awarded the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga.[1] Anime News Network's Casey Brienza commends the English edition of the manga for being "amusing and sexy. Good if you want to put your critical sensibilities into neutral with something trashy" however he criticises the manga with the comment "its creative horizons are that of a bodice ripper. Don't expect the next modern manga masterpiece."[29] Katherine Dacey writing for The Manga Critic criticises Misao for not defending herself even as "demons slash her throat, poison her, push her off rooftops, and slam her against walls". Dacey comments that "younger readers may find him sexy, but older readers will see him for what he is: a wolf in knight’s clothing, posing as Misao’s savior while manipulating her for his own selfish interests."[30]


  1. ^ a b "54th Shogakukan Manga Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 20 January, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "ドラマCD" (in Japanese). Columbia Music Entertainment. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "BLACK BIRD 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b "BLACK BIRD 9" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Ōoku, Detroit Metal City, More New Manga Listed for Viz". Anime News Network. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  6. ^ "黑鳥戀人 ~ BLACK BIRD ~ 1" (in Chinese). Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Black Bird, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  8. ^ "BLACK BIRD 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Black Bird, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  10. ^ "BLACK BIRD 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Black Bird, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  12. ^ "BLACK BIRD 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  13. ^ "Black Bird, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  14. ^ "BLACK BIRD 5" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  15. ^ "Black Bird, Vol. 5". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  16. ^ "BLACK BIRD 6" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  17. ^ "BLACK BIRD 7" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  18. ^ "BLACK BIRD 8" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  19. ^ "BLACK BIRD 10 (10) (フラワーコミックス) (コミック)" (in Japanese). 
  20. ^ "Black Bird Drama CD". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  21. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 28-November 3". Anime News Network. 6 November, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  22. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, January 27-February 2". Anime News Network. 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 25-31 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 1-7 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  25. ^ "Graphic Books". The New York Times. September 3, 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  26. ^ "Graphic Books". The New York Times. November 26, 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "Graphic Books". The New York Times. December 3, 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  28. ^ "Graphic Books". The New York Times. January 7, 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  29. ^ Brienza, Casey (July 1, 2009). "Black Bird GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  30. ^ Dacey, Katherine (July 21, 2009). "Black Bird, Vol. 1". The Manga Critic. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 

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