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Black Bird, Vol. 8 - Kanoko Sakurakoji 'Misao is the bride of prophecy whose blood gives power to the demon who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves - by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive...'

This volume was the second half of the Raikoh plot arc, though I'm pretty sure he'll be around for a while longer. :)

The reason why this volume doesn't get five stars from me is that it was rather slow-paced, even though it should have been tense and dramatic. I mean, I was even able to put it down for a couple of hours in order to make collections on my Kindle! Also, I think I was kind of expecting an epic battle or showdown and this just didn't happen. I suppose because it's shoujo, but still. It was a bit of a disappointment.

Aside from that, I loved it. I mean, Kyo and Misao were really forced to make a hard decision in this volume and I thought that it was handled wonderfully. It was logical, practical and heart-wrenching. However, I dislike the whole idea that Misao would rather die than live without Kyo. I mean, I get that it's a love story and this is 'young love', but really... blech. Cliché and melodramatic.

But... they finally made love! Wooo! The art was just stunning in the last chapter of the volume, and I don't think it could have been any better. I loved every page of that. Just... beautiful. <3<br/>
I think there's going to be quite a big shift in the manga from now on. I'm looking forward to seeing how all the other characters handle the events that happened in this one. Weirdly, I'd usually expect this to be the end... but I'm really glad it isn't. :)