Twittering Birds Never Fly

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Twittering Birds Never Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the manga series
囀る鳥は羽ばたかない
(Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai)
GenreYaoi (boys' love)[1]
Manga
Written byKou Yoneda [ja]
Published byTaiyoh Tosho [ja]
English publisher
ImprintH&C Comics ihr HertZ Series
Magazine
  • HertZ
  • ihr HertZ
DemographicJosei
Original runMarch 2008 – present
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Audio drama
StudioFrontier Works
Original runOctober 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) – present
Anime film
Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Clouds Gather
Directed byKaori Makita
Produced byBlue Lynx
Written byHiroshi Seko [ja]
Music byH ZETTRIO [ja]
StudioGrizzly
Licensed by
ReleasedFebruary 15, 2020 (2020-02-15)
Runtime85 minutes
Original animation DVD
Don't Stay Gold
Directed byKaori Makita
Written byHiroshi Seko
Music byH ZETTRIO
StudioGrizzly
ReleasedMarch 1, 2021 (2021-03-01)
Anime film
Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Storm Breaks
StudioGrizzly
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
Anime film
Untitled film
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
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Twittering Birds Never Fly (Japanese: 囀る鳥は羽ばたかない, Hepburn: Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai) is a Japanese yaoi manga series written and illustrated by Kou Yoneda. A sequel to Yoneda's previous one-shot stories Don't Stay Gold and Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu, it has been serialized in the manga magazines HertZ and ihr HertZ since March 2008. The manga was adapted into an anime film trilogy produced by Blue Lynx and animated by Grizzly beginning in 2020.

Synopsis[edit]

The series follows Yashiro, a young, high-ranking yakuza boss and president of a front corporation. He is assigned a new bodyguard, Chikara Doumeki, who discovers that his employer is a hypersexual masochist. Yashiro develops an attraction to Doumeki, who rejects his advances. Yashiro later discovers that Doumeki is impotent and pursues a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

Characters[edit]

Yashiro (矢代)
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki [ja] (audio drama, film)[2][3]
A high-ranking yakuza boss. While outwardly demanding but cheerful, he is secretly a sadomasochist who was sexually abused as a child by his step-father. He has difficulty in maintaining close personal relationships with others.
Chikara Doumeki (百目鬼 力, Dōmeki Chikara)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Yashiro's personal bodyguard. Formerly a police officer, he was forced to leave after going to prison. He became Yashiro’s bodyguard to earn more money. He is handsome and stoic, but suffers from sexual impotence.
Kanji Kageyama (影山 莞爾, Kageyama Kanji)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Yashiro's childhood friend. A doctor, he runs his clinic as a legitimate business during the day and as a hospital for wounded yakuza at night.
Eishin Kuga (久我 瑛心, Kuga Eishin)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (audio drama, film)[2][3]
A former delinquent who grew up in an institution.
Takahito Misumi (三角 隆仁, Misumi Takahito)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Yashiro's boss, mentor, and former lover.
Atsushi Ryuuzaki (竜崎 篤士, Ryūzaki Atsushi)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (audio drama, film)[2][3]
The boss of the Matsubara yakuza.
Kazuaki Hirata (平田 和明, Hirata Kazuaki)
Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (audio drama, film)[2][3]
The boss of the Shinseikai yakuza.
Yuusuke Nanahara (七原 祐輔, Nanahara Yūsuke)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Yashiro's subordinate.
Hayato Sugimoto (杉本 隼人, Sugimoto Hayato)
Voiced by: Takahiro Miyake [ja] (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Yashiro's subordinate.
Shizuma Amou (天羽 静真, Amō Shizuma)
Voiced by: Takuya Satō (audio drama, film)[2][3]
Misumi's personal secretary.
Tsunakawa (綱川)
Voiced by: Yōji Ueda (audio drama)[2]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Twittering Birds Never Fly has been serialized in HertZ and ihr HertZ since March 2008.[1] The series has been collected into seven tankōbon volumes published by Taiyoh Tosho as of March 2021.[4] An English-language translation of the first three volumes of the series was published by Juné, the yaoi imprint of Digital Manga, from 2014 to 2017.[5][6][7] After a three year gap, the fourth volume was released digitally on December 4, 2020, and in print on January 12, 2021.[8][9] The fifth and sixth volumes will also be published by Juné in 2021.[9][10]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 30, 2013[11]978-4813030133September 24, 2014[6]978-1569703274
2 November 1, 2013[12]978-4813030348January 28, 2015[13]978-8861695429
3 June 1, 2015[14]978-4813030805March 21, 2017[7]978-1569703625
4 September 30, 2016[15][16]978-4813032199 (standard)
978-4813031277 (limited)
December 4, 2020 (digital)[9]
January 12, 2021 (print)[9]
978-1569703892
5 November 30, 2017[17]978-4813031680
6 May 1, 2019[18]978-4813032205
7 March 1, 2021[19][20]978-4813032786 (standard)
978-4813040248 (limited)

Audio drama[edit]

An audio drama adaptation of Twittering Birds Never Fly has been produced by Frontier Works, featuring Tarusuke Shingaki [ja] as the voice of Yashiro and Wataru Hatano as the voice of Doumeki.[1]

Title Release date
Twittering Birds Never Fly October 23, 2013[21]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 2 September 24, 2014[22]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 3 January 27, 2016[23]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 4 February 8, 2017[24]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 5 February 28, 2018[25]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 6 February 21, 2020[26]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 7 July 28, 2021[27]

Anime films[edit]

An anime film adaptation, Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Clouds Gather, was announced on April 26, 2019, and released on February 15, 2020. The film is animated by Grizzly and produced by Blue Lynx.[28][29] The film's primary production staff includes Kaori Makita as director and Hiroshi Seko as scriptwriter; the film's score is composed by piano trio band H ZETTRIO.[1][30] A sequel film, Twittering Birds Never Fly – The Storm Breaks, was announced on February 15, 2020.[31] An as-of-yet untitled third Twittering Birds Never Fly film has also been announced.[32]

The three films were licensed in English by Sentai Filmworks for a home video release, theater bookings, and virtual screenings in North America.[33]

Original anime DVD[edit]

An original anime DVD (OAD) adapting Don't Stay Gold was announced on February 15, 2020.[31] The DVD was packaged with a special edition of the seventh volume of the manga series on March 1, 2021.[34]

Reception[edit]

Over 1.5 million copies of Twittering Birds Never Fly are in print in Japan as of February 2020.[35]

In 2014, Twittering Birds Never Fly was listed as a top recommended yaoi title in a national survey of Japanese bookstore employees.[36] The manga was shortlisted for the Sugoi Japan Award 2016.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Pineda, Rafael Antonio (April 25, 2019). "Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Manga Gets Anime Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」公式サイト. Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 26, 2019). "Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Anime Film's New Trailer Reveals 8 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ 「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」7巻アニメDVD付き限定版発売、コラボカフェ&複製原画展も. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). March 1, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
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  6. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (September 24, 2014). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, September 21–27". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (March 21, 2017). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, March 19–25". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Hazra, Adriana (August 31, 2020). "DMP's Juné Imprint to Release Volume 4 of Twittering Birds Never Fly Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d Hazra, Adriana (March 15, 2021). "DMP's Juné Imprint to Release Volumes 5, 6 of Twittering Birds Never Fly Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
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  24. ^ ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第4巻. Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  25. ^ ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第5巻. Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  26. ^ ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第6巻. Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  27. ^ ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第7巻. Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved April 2, 2021.
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  29. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (December 6, 2019). "Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Visual, February 15 Opening". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
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  32. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 16, 2020). "Twittering Birds Never Fly Anime Listed With 3 60-Minute Installments". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  33. ^ "Sentai Acquires Twittering Birds Never Fly Feature Length Trilogy" (Press release). Sentai Filmworks. August 26, 2020. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
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  35. ^ BLアニメが避けて通れない「性描写」と「年齢制限」。フジテレビアニメ開発部の挑戦. Livedoor (in Japanese). February 15, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
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  37. ^ Miller, KK (March 30, 2016). "Sugoi Japan Award 2016 winners: The manga, anime, novels Japan thinks you should binge on". Sora News 24. Retrieved April 27, 2019.

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