Friday, September 3, 2010

Black Bird 5 - Sanctuary

The title of the special feature, "Sanctuary", is seiiki in Japanese. The scenes were to be the same as the ones I used in the special feature I did in volume 4, but they weren't exactly the same. I'm sorry...

As the series continues to lengthen, characters that were not scheduled to appear and scenes that were never meant to be featured are making their appearance. I am very grateful for this.

Also, it seems this manga is being read by people of all ages. (The age range of people who have sent me letters and email spans 40 years!) This is completely unexpected, and I must say, I am very fortunate indeed.

The main story will continue in a more serious vein for a while longer. I hope you continue to follow the story.♡

I give my deepest thanks to all those who have had anything to do with me.♡♡

An auspicious day, April 2008
Kanoko Sakurakoji
桜小路 かのこ

Chapter 21 (English)

I didn't officially post about releasing Chapter 21, but seems like hundreds of readers have already downloaded it from my MediaFire folder.

I re-uploaded Chapter 21. Because of this page →

I'm too lazy to edit this part... It's actually saying, "I WAS FAR AWAY... ONLY REFLECTED IN THE COLD WATER, BUT NOW... I AM HERE. IT'S LIKE HE'S MAKING SURE."

Oookay, you can download Chapter 21 now. Hope you enjoy~

New Characters in Volume 5

Introduction of new characters.

Ayame Usui
(烏水 あやめ)

Age: 23
Height: 162 cm

When I planned the characters, Sagami was supposed to be a married man. From time to time I made mention of someone back home being unwell and he was sent home periodically. Here, for the first time, I've been able to bring his wife into the story.

I enjoy drawing characters as honest as Ayame. Of course, there are those who said it was a surprise that she was Sagami's wife, but I love this sort of couple.

There were some who noticed that the two shared a pair of earrings. Thank you very much.

Renko Jonouchi
(城ノ内 蓮子)

Age: 19
Height: 168 cm

She has a name like a Japanese enka singer's. I wanted to create a girl who is in a similar position as Misao but who is her opposite in many ways.

On a previous page (p76), Tadanobu says something that makes him sound like a masochist. But actually, it's Renko who is the extreme masochist, and she, along with extreme sadist Tadanobu, have learned the allure of the other side...

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Day in the Life of Taro

This is an extra page of Volume 5. I absolutely love the mangaka's sense of humor and her little characters! She never fails to bring a smile to my face.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Author's Note (Vol. 5)

Hello. It's me, Sakurakoji.
Black Bird has already reached volume 5 because of all of you, my readers!
Thank you very much! ღ

It's fun drawing the kids in costume. Or rather, just drawing the kids is fun.
That reminds me–except for Taro, I haven't done character introductions for the kiddies, or the others in the Eight Daitengu either.
I've completely missed my opportunity. I gave you their ages and heights, but is that enough...?

To tell you the truth, I often forget to draw in the ring that Misao gave Kyo... If you should happen to find a panel like that, I wish you'd think of it as a "Find the Errors" game that I have provided for your enjoyment!! There are also panels with missing earrings or ones where the bloody clothes from the previous frame have been bleached clean... And the reason why Kyo's mansion looks a little different each time it appears is that it belongs to demons!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Black Bird 7 Cover + Summary (English)


English version of Black Bird 7 is coming out on February 1, 2011.


Misao knows her relationship with Kyo is dangerous, but she's used to being the one in peril! Will she be able to stand it when the tables are turned and Kyo is threatened? As leader of the tengu clan and boyfriend of the Senka Maiden, Kyo gets a lot of attention in the demon world, and very little of it is good. From the wrath of a reincarnated dragon to the hatred of a demon hunter, Misao must face the fact that she isn't the only one at risk in the relationship. But how can she just stand by while Kyo is threatened?!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Volume 5 Is Out

Black Bird 5 is out and on the market. I just came back from my vacation (I went to Switzerland) and bought the book. It's a bit late..

This volume contains chapters 18 through 21, plus a bonus chapter - Sanctuary. Kanoko sensei has been drawing illustrations that fans requested since volume 3 and I saw a couple new illustration requests in this volume. It is always fun to read them. :)
You can read the author's sidebar comments and new character introduction from volume 5. I haven't finished the book yet, but will share with you here sometime soon.


Misao can see spirits and demons, and her childhood sweetheart Kyo has been protecting her since she was little.

"Someday I'll come for you, I promise."
Kyo reappears the day before Misao's 16th birthday to tell her, "Your 16th birthday marks 'open season' on you." She is the Senka Maiden, and if a demon drinks her blood, he is granted a long life. If he eats her flesh, he gains eternal youth. And if he makes his bride, his clan will prosper...

Misao discovers that Kyo is a tengu, a crow demon, with his sights firmly set on her. But Kyo's older brother Sho who was denied the leadership of the Usui clan because of his cruelty, schemes to take Misao for himself. Kyo protects Misao from his brother's machinations and imprisons Sho. Now that his leadership is secure, Kyo's advisors encourage him to bed Misao quickly. But no one knows what the consequences will be if Misao, a human, has sex with a demon... and the answer can only be found in the Senka Roku, a secret record held by the Kuzunoha kitsune clan.

Unfortunately, the Senka Roku is stolen by unknown demons during a battle between Tadanobu, the new leader of the Kuzunoha, and Kyo. Tadanobu warns, "If you want to spend the rest of your life with that girl... you must never have sex with her."

What will Kyo do?!

The next volume, Black Bird 6, is coming in October, 2010!