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YMMV: Blackbird
  • Complete Monster: Kuzonoha Shuuhei. While all the male characters in Black Bird are a bunch of misogynist jerks, Shuuhei stands out among the whole bunch as the most cruel and depraved. Following a failed attempt to rape Misao, he severely wounds her to facilitate her abduction from Kyo's dojo. By his own admission, he has no qualms about injuring her as long as she is able to provide him with an heir that will consolidate his position as the head of his clan. Only a total bastard like this can make Kyo seem like a knight in shining armor to Misao by comparison.
  • Critical Dissonance: Was a New York Times bestseller but was utterly ravaged by manga critics.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Kensuke/Misao, anyone?
  • Love It or Hate It
  • Narm: Kyo's tengu form is rather... odd.
  • Squick:
    • The manga's treatment of non-consensual eroticized physical contact doesn't go over well with a lot of readers.
      • YMMV here; cheesecake cover-art aside, there's very few instances of anything that could be realistically called "abuse" within the manga, and the instances that do occur are perpetrated by villanous characters and portrayed as wrong. Sexy—BDSM themes are obviously present in the manga, after all—but wrong.
    • When a certain Jerk Ass Kyo's brother Sojo ties our heroine up, encases her behind a magic barrier, and then when Kyo breaks through, starts talking about how great it would be to rape, kill, and eat Misao in front of him (not even necessarily in that order!).
  • The Woobie: Poor Misao....

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