Title: Black Bird Volume 6
Author: Kanoko Sakurakoji
Publisher: Shojo Beat
Publication Date: October 2010
Classification: 18+ Manga
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Barnes and Noble:
Misao and Kyo have traveled to the Tengu Village to end Sho’s claim on the leadership of the clan once and for all. Misao knows there will be bloodshed, and things will only get worse if the battle is drawn out.But her attempt to help is thwarted by a cunning trap. Locked in with Sho with little hope of rescue, Misao has a terrible choice to make—betray Kyo or die a horrible, painful death!
Volume 5 ended on a cliffhanger since Misao was going to confront Kyo’s older brother, Sho. When she actually gets there, even though Sho is imprisoned, he finds a way to trap her so that Kyo can not gain access to the building they are in for some time. During this time with Misao he basically lets her know that he plans to hand her off to a clan of demons that will eat her flesh so that they will become more powerful. She has but one other option, Sho tells her that if she leaves Kyo and sleeps with him then she need not die. Basically this is sibling rivalry at it finest.
During this time that Sho has Misao locked in the building with him he decides to go back over the past with her. The reader gets to experience flash backs from when Sho and Kyo were only about 6ish years old, this is the time when they first met Misao. Misao’s memories about that time have always been locked up and since Sho and Kyo looked so much alike when they were little Misao soon discovers that she doesn’t have a clue if it was Kyo of Sho who really made the biggest lasting impression on her. It might be possible that she has fallen for the wrong brother….
(Just a quick note here, I noticed that when I review manga novels it sounds more like a summary but I feel that what happens is a big part of manga novels. I do still try to give my opinion but it is normally at the end and I’m sorry if I give too much summary of the volume each time.)
Overall, I had my ups and downs with this volume. The beginning really started off strong but the flash backs had me a little confused. It reminded me of the first volume of this series where the scenes are choppy and don’t really fit together nicely, this is basically what happened while in the flash back stages. There were moments were Sho was an adult again then a second later he was a kid then the next second back when he was a kid there are adult chatting about how his rule might go. It is just a jumble of a lot of things that left me wanting a better smoother transtioning between the parts. I did enjoy learning more background information about Sho and Kyo and how that pertains to mating Misao. As far as mating her Kyo has still decided against that at this point and the reader is still in the dark about exactly what would happen if they did mate. In the mix of confusion and action, the ending left me really quite confused and upset because a higher demon (a prince) comes to demand something of Kyo that seems way out of bounds. I hope this will be cleared up in the 7th volume, so overall for the bumpy ride in this volume and the confusing parts it only sadly gets 3.5 hearts.