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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.23: Flight 023 - Advance
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin A day ago
Vol.5 Ch.22: Flight 022 - Distance
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 2 weeks ago
Vol.5 Ch.21: Flight 021 - Monster
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 3 weeks ago
Vol.5 Ch.20: Flight 020 - Transform
Hollow Generation Team AleTheSennin 4 weeks ago
Ch.25: Hero Interview
Jaimini's~box~ Omerlife 2 weeks ago
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327 Comments

Some thoughts about classes.

 

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I predict it's more science-y than just his imagination. Perhaps the Eden scientists are tapping into the mental communication abilities of their experiments. 

 

Ninja scientists would be way cooler, but figments of his imagination are more likely.

 

Actually it was confirmed in last chap. (25) page 23. "Being two-faced don't work on me" and if it wasn;t obvious enough we have her sarcastic (actually she is serious. Joke on my part.) comment "He's completely different from you". All these guys are his "faces".

Ninja scientists would be way cooler, but figments of his imagination are more likely.

I predict it's more science-y than just his imagination. Perhaps the Eden scientists are tapping into the mental communication abilities of their experiments. 

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I realy like this idea that they are vanguard of (soon to be) dead race and that the process repeat itself from time to time.

 

Oh and I was curious if these guys were figments of his imaginations or some ninja scientist. Hard to decide which is cooler, so it's nice to have it answered.

 

Ninja scientists would be way cooler, but figments of his imagination are more likely.

No idea when, but I'm calling it right now:  "Kamoda" meeting "Angel"  = INSTANTLY LOVE-STRUCK
She IS exactly his type, after all! XD

I wouldn't be so optimistic. Their professor friend and the people at Eden have made it pretty clear that the Birdmen are a separate species, which means Birdmen and humans are incapable of producing viable offspring.

 

I think Karasuma's sudden absence of interest in Plain Jane B and all the other girls (and boys) in his class is supposed to be strongly indicative of how far they've moved away from humanity. After all, it's a major theme of this manga how they are all progressively becoming more and more distant from humans, physically, mentally, emotionally, and genetically too.

 

That's why Karasuma (and possibly also Kamoda) suddenly has eyes for Umino, because she's the only female member of their species around.

Awesome points here. Karasuma's attraction to Umino seems very typical of a teenage boy (and it is) but juxtaposed to his reaction to Miss Samezu from the field trip and suddenly the crush is very species specific. I just hope the reproduction/ attraction aspect of their distancing is address. I was initially surprised it was mentioned even offhandedly considering the age of the cast and the general sequence of priorities for an evolving group of fifteen-year olds. 

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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.

 

I wouldn't be so optimistic. Their professor friend and the people at Eden have made it pretty clear that the Birdmen are a separate species, which means Birdmen and humans are incapable of producing viable offspring.

 

I think Karasuma's sudden absence of interest in Plain Jane B and all the other girls (and boys) in his class is supposed to be strongly indicative of how far they've moved away from humanity. After all, it's a major theme of this manga how they are all progressively becoming more and more distant from humans, physically, mentally, emotionally, and genetically too.

 

That's why Karasuma (and possibly also Kamoda) suddenly has eyes for Umino, because she's the only female member of their species around.

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I realy like this idea that they are vanguard of (soon to be) dead race and that the process repeat itself from time to time.

 

Oh and I was curious if these guys were figments of his imaginations or some ninja scientist. Hard to decide which is cooler, so it's nice to have it answered.

And a villain is born. "little wing" sounds inocent enough to be a name of a monster. They handled him like a puppy.

Want to see all Birdmen assemble in a same place and talk.

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


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