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''Black Bird'' is a {{shoujo}} manga by Kanoko Sakuraouji. It tells the story of Misao Harada, an ordinary girl who can see ghosts, spirits and demons, and her relationship with Kyo, the head of a [[{{Youkai}} Tengu]] (bird demon) clan, who she befriended as a little child. Thanks to her DangerousSixteenthBirthday, if a demon makes Misao his bride (which is implied to have more to do with sex than it does with nuptials), their clan would become prosperous; on the other hand, if a demon eats her flesh, it will gain immortality. Poor Misao is therefore caught between Kyo, who wants to marry her (against her will, if necessary), and various other badnasties who want to ''eat'' her. Romance, uh, ensues.

NotToBeConfusedWith Music/TheBeatles song of the same name from the White Album.
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!!Tropes used in this work include:
* AllMenArePerverts: especially including Kyo, who thinks erotic ukiyo-e artwork, a book of 48 hot sex tips, and a laid-out futon is the best way to celebrate.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: "I, Misao Harada, can see spirits. When I was younger, people hated me because of it."
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Kyo's entire reason for everything he's done for the last ten years, all the destruction, death and rebellion to take over his clan, was quite simply so he could marry Misao, he doesn't really care about anything else. He will ''always'' save Misao.
* AmnesiacLover: Most of Misao's childhood memories of Kyo were sealed away by Sho before the story began. She still had enough to remember Kyo and be ''completely disappointed'' when he didn't meet her expectations and turned out to be a dirty pervert.
* {{Antihero}}: Kyo is ''not'' a good guy. He will kill, steal, lie and destroy his way through anyone if he has to for Misao.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Taro. He ''tries'', poor thing.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Misao and Kyo can bicker and fight to no end, but [[EveryoneCanSeeIt nobody is fooled by it]].
* AxCrazy: Sojo
* BarrierMaiden: Misao
* BastardBoyfriend: Kyo, whose 'love' is expressed by constant sexual harassment - up to taking secret photos of his, uh... beloved.
** There's also the time he lifted her up several stories and threatened to drop her, all so he could train her body to become dependent upon him.
*** That was less trying to make her dependent upon him than it was him trying to show her that if he does not protect her, she ''will'' be killed and eaten by some other demon. There were probably better methods with which to do it, but his intentions weren't malicious.
*** Really, YMMV. While Kyo is undisputedly a bit perverted, and hot tempered, he turns out to be far gentler to and protective of Misao than this trope would usually suggest. The cover art is misleading; the relationship between the two is far healthier and kinder than the vast majority of Shojou manga. The {{Fanservice}} definitely appeals to BDSM-fans, but the actual substance of the relationship tells a very different story. Note, too, that the examples above are from early in the series--the first couple of volumes. The relationship gets a bit better as the series goes on.
* BerserkButton: Don't touch Misao in front of Kyo. And only try to hurt her if you have a pretty sincere death wish which includes some fairly painful methods of dying.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Invoked in Chapter 27. Kyo calls Misao a Tsundere, and claims that he likes that. Then Misao reflects on their relationship, thinking about how "We argue over the littlest things" and "He does mean things to me" but they "laugh together and fall in love all over again."
* {{Bishonen}}: Pretty much every male character, but especially Kyo, whom Misao mistakes for a pretty girl upon seeing him as an adult.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shuuhei and Shojo seem like really nice people at first... [[spoiler: of course, they're both complete and utter bastards]]. Inverted with Kyo who can act like a real JerkAss, but is in fact incredibly caring and gentle (... not that this makes up [[BastardBoyfriend for some of the things he does]]).
* BlackMagic
* BoundAndGagged: Misao, when captured by [[spoiler: Sojo]].
* ButtMonkey: Misao comes up as this, and it's NOT PlayedForLaughs. She can see spirits, which is already scary enough, and used to be harrassed or hated because of that. Then, she gets caught in the wars of the Tengu and is under attack ''many'' times. And while some Tengus ''are'' sympathetic to her plight, the most powerful ally she has among them is... a BastardBoyfriend.
* ChekhovsGun: Kensuke gives [[spoiler:Misao]] a bottle of Whitesnakes' poison which comes in handy when [[spoiler:she's later trapped alone with Soujou.]]
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Which Kyo is determined to collect on.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: While discussing what would be a proper punishment if [[spoiler: Sojo]] rebelled again, Misao suggested keeping him away from women so he wouldn't have a family. The men expressed horror at this, as it would also deprive him of other carnal pleasures, [[AllMenArePerverts something men in this series value.]]
** In some translations she suggests to [[spoiler:castrate him]] - which would be way OOC, but would explain utter horror on their faces better.
* TheChewToy: the entire supernatural realm is gunning for Misao's flesh and blood, and they're not shy about it.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Kyo can slip into this at times.
* [[spoiler: DeathByChildbirth: Apparently the fate of Misao if she gives birth to her unborn child.]]
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Misao becomes the 'bride of prophecy' on this date. [[TheChewToy Poor girl.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: Subverted: Misao's classmates ''think'' she's one, but in reality she's always being tripped or bruised by invisible demons
* DisappearedDad: Kyo's father disappeared from the village after he unintentionally drove his wife, Kyo's mother to suicide.
* DuelToTheDeath - Kyo and [[spoiler: Sho]]
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler: Kyo has a nightmare of walking in on his yet unborn son ''eating Misao's corpse.'']]
* EroticEating: When Kyo buys an ice-cream cone for Misao he ends up getting some on his finger, and holds it up for her to lick. Ironically, the ladies watching the pair seem more interested.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Hoki, though he does open them on occasion.
* ForcedToWatch: Kyo is threatened with this more than once.
* FriendToAllChildren: Kyou, surprisingly. There's a ''reason'' why he and Tarou get along really well.
* GenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Misao's reason for going through with the birth that may very well kill her. If Kyo willingly kills his heir, the child in her, he will be kicked out of his position as clan leader and be forced to go on the run with Misao. Eventually, no matter how hard he fights, he will be defeated by the demons chasing them and Misao will be stolen, raped to produce a heir for a clan, or eaten alive.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Kyo can be an incredible Jerkass but he's the only thing standing between Misao and a messy death.
* [[spoiler: GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted. Misao's reason for not aborting her fetus is because doing so would likely set off events that would cause Kyo's death and her either rape at the hand of another clan, or being eaten alive.]]
* HairReboot: Justified in this case, as Misao gets hair extensions after [[TraumaticHaircut her close shave]] with [[spoiler: Sojo.]] Although she doesn't tell him, she does it because she notices Kyo looks sad everytime he sees her short hair.
* IllGirl: Ayame
* InterspeciesRomance: Demons and humans in love!
* IntimateHealing: Poor Misao keeps getting attacked by other demons, and Kyo heals her wounds by licking them erotically. She's not wild about this.
** On the other hand, Misao can recharge the energies of [[KissOfLife the person she kisses]], so she also gives this to Kyo more than once.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Misao is tied up and encased behind a magic barrier while an evil Tengu gloats about being able to ravish her.
* [[HeartwarmingOrphan Heartwarming Orphans]]: The orphans in the Tengu village, who absolutely love Misao.
* HotForStudent: Kyo gets a job as a teacher at Misao's school, the better to [[strike:harass]] protect her
* PerpetualMolt: Lampshaded: ''"Kyo's secret problem... He worries about losing his feathers..."''
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much every male character in the series.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kyo can be a complete and utter JerkAss.... However, he ''does'' loves Misao, is willing to [[HeroicSacrifice die for her]] and do anything to make her happy, [[PetTheDog and can be incredibly sweet and gentle to anyone smaller or weaker than himself]] (particularly [[FriendToAllChildren children]], which is why Tarou is so devoted to him).
* KickTheDog: A literal example: in his youth Sho beats a puppy to near death.
** Sho does a ''lot'' of [[KickTheDog Kicking The Dog]]. First off, Misao when she was a little girl, then Tarou and his brothers, then Misao ''again''...
* NiceGuy: Dojouji Kensuke. Despite being a snake demon, Kensuke is quite possibly the only gentleman in a cast full of misogynist assholes in that he never lets his physical attraction to Misao override his concern for her feelings. Ironically, this is the very reason why he has no chance in hell of becoming her primary suitor.
* NiceGuysFinishLast: Alas, poor Kensuke.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Kyo wears glasses when in disguise as a teacher.
* RealMenHateSugar: Kyo hates sweets to the point that he almost becomes nauseous from a taste of ice cream, but he still forces himself to eat the cake that Misao made.
* SiblingTriangle - Kyo, Misao and Sho. Kyo and Sho are brothers.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Kyo is a Misaosexual.
* SchmuckBait: Misao, they might as well be holding up a sign saying "THIS IS A TRAP" and you ''still'' [[TooDumbToLive fall for it!]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Misao. Not without reason.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Misao's blood and flesh, to demons.
* TooDumbToLive: Misao, you're the target of an entire realm of supernatural monsters and deities. So ''[[ObviousTrap stop blindly following powerful demons into isolated places just because you think they'll tell you something more about Kyo!]]''
* WifeHusbandry: Kyo's father met Kyo's mother when she was only seven... and he was eighteen. It's even creepier when you find out that she is essentially betrothed to him and is supposed to become his wife ten years later. Of course, the worst part is Kyo's father's thought: 'I couldn't wait for the child to become a woman.' Squick.
* WingedHumanoid: Kyo and the rest of his Tengu entourage.
* YouTasteDelicious: Several times, when Kyo kisses Misao or drinks her SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious blood. Also implied but not said when he licks a bit of ice cream from her mouth.
* {{Youkai}}: Demon clans featured so far include Tengu (crow), Kitsune (fox), and Shirohebi (snake). Naturally, they're all packed to the gills with ''{{Bishonen}}''.
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