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Black Bird Volume 8

June 15, 2011

Raiko, the demon hunter who has been staying at Misao’s house, is determined to save her–even if that’s the last thing she wants! Kyo won’t allow a threat to Misao to go unchecked and plans to take care of the problem in his own special way. Misao, however, hopes that she can broker a peace between Raiko and Kyo before things get out of hand. But when Raiko’s attempts to “free” Misao fall, he hatches a devious new plan that will use Misao’s bond with Kyo to destroy him!

By Kanoko Sakurakoji
Publisher: Viz Media-Shojo Beat
Age Rating: older Teen
Genre: Supernatural/Romance
Price: $9.99

This is it. The culmination of this volume leads to the moment fans have probably been dying for. But there’s still plenty of angst to get through before that act can finally happen.

The tables have turned from the beginning of the series as it’s now Misao who is begging Kyo to bed her. She fears so much what Raiko could and would do to Kyo, that she is willing to risk everything to give him the power he needs. It’s Kyo who is hesitant now, as he fears what would happen to Misao once he does take her. What Misao really wants is for Raiko to understand her feelings for Kyo and let them live in peace, but Raiko won’t do that. His hatred of demons are too deep and his own feeling for Misao too strong. The moment Misao finally realizes this is a real turning point for both Misao and and the volume. Kyo has an epiphany moment of his own as he comes to realize that he can’t fight his demon instincts. That, even though he doesn’t want to hurt Misao, he does want to live. He wants to live with her.

When these two finally come to these conclusions, taking the next step isn’t as hard as it seemed. But the road to get there was laid with some serious angst. Misao spends a lot of time worrying about what Raiko will do and how she can keep him from hurting Kyo. Kyo keeps worrying over what’s going to happen to Misao after they finally sleep together. It takes his near death at the hands of the rival demons, the Inugami, that he finally gets his head out of the angst and starts being himself again. Others may find the angst romantic, and Kyo sexier for it, but I sure don’t. I like the more confident and jerkier Kyo of volume 4 than the angst Kyo of this volume. Even Raiko has his moments of angst as he makes a last ditch effort to get Misao away from Kyo. His plan backfires though, as it just makes Misao hold tighter to Kyo. He continues to claim he is on the side of justice, but can not see that all he has done is drive Misao further away, and his path of good intensions will actual lead him to hell.

This volume ends with 40 pages of Misao and Kyo finally getting together. There’s nothing graphic, as most of the series has been. Just a lot of panels of flushed faces and silent cries. I think it’s a little drawn out, but then, I haven’t been waiting 8 volumes for this either.

Now that they are together, a whole new arc should be starting in Black Bird. No one will be able to take Misao away now that she and Kyo are together, body and soul. Now we should start seeing what happens to the Senka Maiden, and what effect it will have on her and Kyo’s relationship. I think the next volume is where this series will really start to get interesting. I just wish it didn’t have to take 8 volumes to get here.

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