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Birdmen


Alt Names: alt バードメン
Author: Tanabe Yellow
Artist: Tanabe Yellow
Genres: Action ActionComedy ComedyDrama DramaMystery MysterySchool Life School LifeSci-fi Sci-fiShounen ShounenSupernatural Supernatural
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Eishi Karasuma is a loner with a monotone life and his only friend is Mikisada Kamoda. One day they venture together while skipping class and they meet Tsubame, a very energetic girl, and Rei Sagisawa, a pretty boy that attends the same middle school. On their way back to school a sudden event happens. A mysterious boy with wings will come to help.
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.5 Ch.20: Flight 020 - Transform
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin A day ago
Vol.5 Ch.19: Flight 019 - New World
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 2 weeks ago
Vol.4 Ch.18: Flight 018 - Scramble
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 3 weeks ago
Vol.4 Ch.17: Sly
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 4 weeks ago
Vol.4 Ch.16: Team
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 4 weeks ago
Ch.24: Minority Report (V2)
Jaimini's~box~ Omerlife 3 days ago
Ch.23: Advance
Jaimini's~box~ Omerlife A week ago
Ch.22: Distance
Jaimini's~box~ Jaimini626 2 weeks ago
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The new chapters are great!  Thanks for the releases!

Ohhhh I get it!

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Nah, same species probably allows it. They still possess the necessary appendeges and it hasn't actually been proven yet, he just thinks they cant.

Ohhhh I get it!
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While I admit the ending resolved a lot compared to many others, the MC kind of was just along for the ride. What did he accomplish?  Wasn't he supposed to save the boy?  Something like "I'll save you and show you the world"?  Yes and he failed, hard.  Not only did he not do it, he helped in locking him into another sealed world with no chance of rescue and his own mother gave her life to do just that.  Honestly, that seems like a crappy way to end things if you ask me.
 
I must admit though, I could never determine if that manga got the axe, but if it didn't, I have my reservations about this manga ending on a good note.


I totally get what you mean about it feeling unsatisfying but I found it to be a pretty interesting subversion of the main character as in none of his training for to sealing in the last arc really amounted to anything cuz his mom need up doing the sealing
Yet at the same time he was the only one able to actually connect with Karasumori and get him closer to his dad
Plus it also gave Tokine a chance to shine
Yaay

Keikkaishi was great, ending as well but the only thing missing was an omake or two where we see who hooks up with who, maybe some kids and what sort of personalities the children would have, as all those with keikkashi powers had weird and interesting personalities.(a bit like the main characters from this manga)

While I admit the ending resolved a lot compared to many others, the MC kind of was just along for the ride. What did he accomplish?  Wasn't he supposed to save the boy?  Something like "I'll save you and show you the world"?  Yes and he failed, hard.  Not only did he not do it, he helped in locking him into another sealed world with no chance of rescue and his own mother gave her life to do just that.  Honestly, that seems like a crappy way to end things if you ask me.

 

I must admit though, I could never determine if that manga got the axe, but if it didn't, I have my reservations about this manga ending on a good note.

Considering the latest blackout is Karasuma's and consists of a draconic machine with a jet engine for a head and oh so many wings, I'd say that his theme is definitely flight, planes, and machinery. Can't forget the symbolism where he orders them to tear off all the wings and ground it.

 

Really, Karasuma's whole character arc so far has been about his relationship to the wings, flight, the freedom to escape the life and suffocating expectations he's lived under so far...

 

Don't forget his absentee father who's a pilot and all of those model planes.

Considering the latest blackout is Karasuma's and consists of a draconic machine with a jet engine for a head and oh so many wings, I'd say that his theme is definitely flight, planes, and machinery. Can't forget the symbolism where he orders them to tear off all the wings and ground it.

 

Really, Karasuma's whole character arc so far has been about his relationship to the wings, flight, the freedom to escape the life and suffocating expectations he's lived under so far...

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In an earlier chapter, Karasuma mentioned which blackouts belonged to whom. The airplane is definitely Karasuma's.


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Doubt this will have an anime, Kekkaishi was one of the best manga at that time, but it still got like 25 episodes before it stopped and they weren't very good as well.

All Tanabe's works are awesome, but are largely underrated and thus fail to get good studios for an adaptation.

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In an earlier chapter, Karasuma mentioned which blackouts belonged to whom. The airplane is definitely Karasuma's.

Well, that's quite sad...

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The first Blackout we saw was actually Uminos. It looked like a dog creature thing-- her theme is presumably stuffed animals so it works. I thought the planes should be Takayama's too, but then I remember Eishi's got a fascination with planes because his father is a pilot. 

 

The themes go as follows:

Eishi- planes/machinery

Kamoda- Buddist imagery/ basketball

Umino- stuffed animals/ dolls(?)

Rei- puppets

Takayama- insects

 

I thought coffin-plane belonged to Takayama. He lost his parents due to plane crash so flaying coffin would make sense for him.

it seems that takayama's blackout should be the airplane, since he had that plane crash when he was little. so now i'm wondering whose blackout it was at the beginning. karasuma's really concerned about losing his humanity so maybe the monstrous one belongs to him.

 

but also looking at it another way, the blackouts could be interchangeable. karasuma was really self conscious about being the last one to fly, so the airplane represents that. also his struggle being a birdman. and takayama probably knows that his personality is abnormal, which is why he skips class, to avoid other people. since he's so disconnected, he could be feeling less human more monstrous. 

 

or if it was just umino being afraid of spiders lol

The first Blackout we saw was actually Uminos. It looked like a dog creature thing-- her theme is presumably stuffed animals so it works. I thought the planes should be Takayama's too, but then I remember Eishi's got a fascination with planes because his father is a pilot. 

 

The themes go as follows:

Eishi- planes/machinery

Kamoda- Buddist imagery/ basketball

Umino- stuffed animals/ dolls(?)

Rei- puppets

Takayama- insects

it seems that takayama's blackout should be the airplane, since he had that plane crash when he was little. so now i'm wondering whose blackout it was at the beginning. karasuma's really concerned about losing his humanity so maybe the monstrous one belongs to him.

 

but also looking at it another way, the blackouts could be interchangeable. karasuma was really self conscious about being the last one to fly, so the airplane represents that. also his struggle being a birdman. and takayama probably knows that his personality is abnormal, which is why he skips class, to avoid other people. since he's so disconnected, he could be feeling less human more monstrous. 

 

or if it was just umino being afraid of spiders lol

The eyes. Dammit Tanabe, you and your hideously amazing eyes.

 

Ah well, suppose I may as well enjoy Karasuma's latest freakout.

Well, that's quite sad...

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they can still do the deed just no permanent results is all. I hope they can still enjoy it though

Well, that's quite sad...

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 Tanabe sure knows how to draw expressions, both Takayama and Eishi were amazing this chapter.

 

 Thank you for another translation, Ale!

I'm kinda afraid they will screw animization. Not even the graphics, or cutting the strory but the feeling it gives. Lately every ch. is giving me shivers (teenegers are scary. Really) and Im afraid they will try to hard to show it.

Like with OnePunchMan. His one puch and the fact he can kill everything with one hit just like that was one of the main points of story and in anime it was over dramatised and im scared that something similiar will happen with these childrens behavior.

I can alredy hear this dramatic pause in music, see how Schichirou (whatever they may call him here he is Schichirou. He may still be far less epic than reall Schichirou but his is growing up and let's be honest. One does not easily reach Schichirou level. Exept for Schichirou himself, thats one of the things that makes him so awesome) makes an epic turn of his head and says his line from last ch. maybe we will be spared special efects in his eyes when he says it? One can only hope.

 

I know I sound kinda sour but Birdmen is currently one of two mangas that i find interesting enough to read and I really would like to see anime that would do it honor it deserves.

I echo the same worries. And while the tone (and pacing) is the easiest to destroy and the lifeline of the manga, there is something undeniable about animating flight that I don't think a self-respecting animation studio would be able to tarnish. It's a big draw, much like the ODM Gear from Snk gave Wit Studios amazing clips of high quality motion. Alongside a great musical score and voice acting, an anime would do just enough to accentuate the series in it's obvious strengths. Yet in the end, nothing beats the original manga. 

 

We can only hope for a great director and studio if ever an anime arises. 

This here, will be an amazing Anime! So much potential!

 

I'm kinda afraid they will screw animization. Not even the graphics, or cutting the strory but the feeling it gives. Lately every ch. is giving me shivers (teenegers are scary. Really) and Im afraid they will try to hard to show it.

Like with OnePunchMan. His one puch and the fact he can kill everything with one hit just like that was one of the main points of story and in anime it was over dramatised and im scared that something similiar will happen with these childrens behavior.

I can alredy hear this dramatic pause in music, see how Schichirou (whatever they may call him here he is Schichirou. He may still be far less epic than reall Schichirou but his is growing up and let's be honest. One does not easily reach Schichirou level. Exept for Schichirou himself, thats one of the things that makes him so awesome) makes an epic turn of his head and says his line from last ch. maybe we will be spared special efects in his eyes when he says it? One can only hope.

 

I know I sound kinda sour but Birdmen is currently one of two mangas that i find interesting enough to read and I really would like to see anime that would do it honor it deserves.

This here, will be an amazing Anime! So much potential!

god i love you tanabe yellow. 

We have caught up with the raws?

Nope. Raws are at Chapters 30+

Next chapter will be out on the 22nd of this month. 

 

We have caught up with the raws?


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