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29 April 2006 @ 07:21 pm
Innocent Bird...  

Has ended and what an end it was.  Breathtaking, beautiful...this is one of the best yaoi mangas I have EVER read.  I'll say that again.  One of the best I have EVER read.  It moved me to tears.  It also tapped into a fetish of mine- wings.  I've always been fascinated by birds and if I could have any one superhero power, I would want wings so that I could fly.   Psycho-analyze that all you want.  So, when I came across this gorgeous manga, I was immediately sucked in.  Hot guys with wings...how could I not?  I cannot rec this manga enough.  It was scantilated by Storm in Heaven and is available for direct download on there site http://www.storminheaven.net/sih/mtp/innocent_bird/index.htm  Now, a word of warning.  It does deal with relgious themes.  It's not preachy, nor does it bash, but I want to mention it.   I won't clutter my journal with spoilers or synopsis, but if you want to know what moves me, then check this out and see.

I'll even give you a preview.

Now doesn't that make you want to read?  Get going!
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
dmnutv_archer: Cuties - Winedmnutv_archer on April 30th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I had read the first chapter of this ages ago, but never followed up with the new chapters as they were released. I have just finished downloading the whole thing... Dare I admit I have not read a non-Yamane manga in months? A bit obsessed, huh? *lol* I am looking forward to this! If you recommend it, I know it is very worth reading. Shall I come back when I am finished so we can exchange thoughts? ^^
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 30th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Nah, you're not obsessed. We all love Yamane-sensei ^__^ Yes, definitely come back when you're finished. I would love to hear your thoughts.

btw...I love your icon. It sooooooo cute.
lycheelycheedreams on May 1st, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy vix, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 1st, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Because all good things must come to an end. I've re-read the last chapter 5 times...it's so...GAH! I love this manga!!! The hentai side of my brain is having trouble understanding why I liked it so much when there was no smut.
Franfranwi on May 1st, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Spoilerish Rambling
I liked the reveal of Koumori and the bird, B&S and their final battle, and Karasu's sacrifice for Shirasagi. It did remind me a bit of Wolf's Rain at the end - only much better, because although Shirasagi forgot the name of the most precious thing to him, they were reunited in a way that seems to promise Shirasagi's wish has been fulfilled. The emotions and feelings for each other were still there. The plot of the Seraphim pulling all the strings and trying to keep a balance to the universe by claiming their work as God's Law was pretty evil. But then in the end, their project seemed to be destroyed. Was it Shirasagi's vision of the future and his faith in a higher power, even if it was Karasu, that gave birth to an actual God? I'm sure there are many ways to interpret the ending. Even if I may not have gleamed the true message of the story, it was a beautiful manga! :) Thanks for posting the link!
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 1st, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilerish Rambling
I loved, loved, loved Koumori and his revelation. I think that was one of my favorite parts. I had suspected a chapter or two before that he really was Judas, but I still loved it all the same. This ending was waaaay better than the WTF? Wolf's Rain ending. I'm still trying to figure that one out ;) As for the Seraphim, I think them "acting" on behalf of God was their undoing. The way I interpreted things, is that on Koumori/Judas's request, Jesus retook the throne and reset the scales thus giving Karasu and Shirasagi what they truly wanted and what they, and everyone else, sacrificed everything for.

And you're welcome. I can't rec this manga enough. I guess I'm a sucker for a happy ending ^__^
dmnutv_archerdmnutv_archer on May 2nd, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was quite a story...
I too loved Judas. Early on I suspected it was him, though I am not sure how. Maybe those years I spent at Catholic school? ^^
This is a manga to be read a few times, and pondered over. The way religion was handled was well done, and as you noted, not preachy. Though I admit, even as a lapsed Catholic, I was a bit creeped out by the concept of the project. *shudders*

Sariel and Beelzebub. *tears* That is my favorite part of the story, and they actually made me cry.

Interesting reading this manga, then going back and reading the short demon/angel story I wrote for Fei and Antonio. When I wrote Halo, it had been just a silly idea for a PWP story, but grew into something more. Now, this makes me want to go back and expand on it. *sigh* If there was only more time in the day! ^^

Thanks for the nudge to download this. It is something I will no doubt read again and again.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 2nd, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, this is definitely one that needs to be analyzed over and over. I've read the whole thing at least 3 times since saturday.

I think part of my loving Kumori has to do with the recent discovery of the Gospel of Judas. I've always viewed him as a more sympathetic figure rather than the great betrayer of all time. I really loved him in this manga.

Sariel and Lucifer *sigh* "I've always wanted to kiss you like this." That line broke the dam. I cried a lot with this manga, though not as much as I did with Love Mode. Which is another awesome manga if you've never read. *hint hint* ^__^

And I'm a huge sucker for a happy ending. I'm glad it all worked out for everyone.
dmnutv_archer: Cuties - Winedmnutv_archer on May 3rd, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
I love happy endings too. Especially those that follow serious angst. (note to self: remember you said that!)
Love Mode. I have read it. At first I loved it, and still think the stories are very compelling. But I confess I grew uncomfortable with the underage characters. It's weird too... I barely thought twice about that when I first read it. Maybe because it was the one of the first yaoi stories I ever read I was so taken with what was happening I didn't really think about it? *shrugs*
Very odd how my skewed brain works. I long ago gave up trying to figure it out. *lol*
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on May 3rd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
I love happy endings too. Especially those that follow serious angst. (note to self: remember you said that!)

LOL! I should remember that too.

Love Mode was one of the first yaoi mangas for me as well. I, surprisingly, was not that put off by the two underaged characters. It was a little weird at first, but it seems to be a staple in yaoi so I guess I'm desensitized to it now. But Love Mode, that characters and the story were just so good that I got sucked in. Volume 3 was especially touching and meant a great deal to me...you can probably guess why.

But I gave up trying to figure out what goes on in my head long ago. Much easier that way. ^__^