Warning: this review contains spoilers of previous volumes.
Sakurakoji is winding the story down. Misao has chosen to skip out on college and a normal human life so that she can be with Kyo and have his baby. Kyo finds out that the possibility of her surviving the birth is slim. Naturally, he wants to get rid of the baby. Misao puts her foot down, which sends the Diatengu on a mission to find how she can survive the birth of a demon. The whole death-during-child-birth thing is actually kind of up in the air. There’s only one recorded instance of a demon marrying the Senka maiden. Most of the time, the demons devour her instead. Still, Kyo doesn’t want to risk it because she’s his whole life and all. I’m pretty proud of Misao for standing her ground. Her development throughout the series has been the best part. She was so shy and weak and the beginning and she’s really become a strong character who knows what she wants. To Kyo’s credit, he doesn’t push her very much. The down side is that this volume feels like a Twilight re-run. We’ve read this before in Breaking Dawn. The plot was really predictable. I can only hope that the conclusion won’t be as predictable. I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but Black Bird has really become a paranormal romance in manga form. I’m kind of hoping the next volume is the last. I’ve enjoyed my time with Kyo and Misao, for the most part, but it’s time to move on to something new.
I recommend this series to readers interested in romantic shojo manga, ages 16+ due to violence, adult themes, and sexual content.