After eight volumes of fretting over where, when and in what position they should consummate their relationship, Kyo and Misao have finally done the deed. Because Kyo is a tengu (a crow demon), he and Misao were afraid of what would happen to her if they slept together and she got pregnant, but in volume eight, Kyo gets poisoned and he can only be cured through sex. Of course. Black Bird isn’t exactly the most thought-provoking manga, but volume eight of Viz’s release of the series definitely crystallizes just how guilty I feel at the enjoyment I get from reading this manga. I guess I should praise Kanako Sakurakoji for managing to make Kyo and Misao’s union such a climatic event despite the fact that all of the couple’s problems could easily be resolved by using a condom. This was also the longest sex scene I’ve ever read in a manga, coming (haha) in at a length of 29 pages. Black Bird was already full of body-licking flirtation and chocolate-covered foreplay, so I shouldn’t have expected that a sex scene in this series would be demure. Instead of describing this less-than-coy scene, I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
I’m sure there are longer sex scenes out there. I’m sure there are less tasteful sex scenes out there. But for a series that seems to take itself pretty seriously, it’s hard to see Black Bird as more than just a smut manga. But at least it does smut well, and that’s why I’m still reading it.