Twittering Birds Never Fly

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Twittering Birds Never Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly.jpg
Cover to the first volume of the manga series.
囀る鳥は羽ばたかない
(Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai)
GenreYaoi
Manga
Written byKou Yoneda
Published byTaiyoh Tosho
English publisherJuné (Digital Manga)
DemographicJosei
MagazineHertZ
ihr HertZ
Original runMarch 2008 – present
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Audio drama
StudioFrontier Works
Original runOctober 2013 – present
Anime film
Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai – The Clouds Gather
Directed byKaori Makita
Written byHiroshi Seiko
Music byH ZETTRIO
StudioGRIZZLY
ReleasedFebruary 15, 2020 (2020-02-15)
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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. An anime film adaptation, Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai – The Clouds Gather, will be released by GRIZZLY in February 15, 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 Dōmeki, who discovers that his employer is a hypersexual masochist. Yashiro develops an attraction to Dōmeki, who rejects his advances. Yashiro later discovers that Dōmeki is impotent, and begins to pursue a sadomasochistic relationship with him.

Characters[edit]

Yashiro (矢代)
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (audio drama, film)[1]
A high-ranking yakuza boss. While outwardly demanding but cheerful, he is secretly a sadomasochist who was sexually abused as a child. He has difficulty in maintaining close personal relationships with others.
Chikara Dōmeki (百目鬼力, Dōmeki Chikara)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (audio drama, film)[1]
Yashiro's personal bodyguard. Formerly a police officer, he left the job 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)[1]
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.
Akira Kuga (久我瑛心, Kuga Akira)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (audio drama, film)[1]
A juvenile delinquent.
Misumi (ミスミ, Misumi)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (audio drama, film)[1]
Yashiro's boss, mentor, and lover.
Atsushi Ryūzaki (竜崎篤士, Ryūzaki Atsushi)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (audio drama, film)[1]
The boss of the Matsubara yakuza.
Kazuaki Hirata (平田和明, Hirata Kazuaki)
Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase (film)[1]
Yūsuke Nanahara (七原祐輔, Nanahara Yūsuke)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (audio drama, film)[1]
Yashiro's subordinate.
Shizuma Ageya (天羽静真, Ageya Shizuma)
Voiced by: Takuya Satō (film)[1]
Hayato Sugimoto (杉本隼人, Sugimoto Hayato)
Voiced by: Takahiro Miyake (film)[1]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Twittering Birds Never Fly has been serialized in HertZ and ihr HertZ since March 2008.[2] The series has been collected into six tankōbon published by Taiyoh Tosho. An English-language translation has been published by Juné, the yaoi imprint of Digital Manga.[3]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 January 30, 2013[4]ISBN 978-4813030133October 7, 2014[5]ISBN 978-1569703274
2 November 1, 2013[6]ISBN 978-4813030348July 21, 2015[7]ISBN 978-8861695429
3 June 1, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4813030805March 21, 2017[9]ISBN 978-1569703625
4 September 30, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4813031277
5 November 30, 2017[11]ISBN 978-4813031680
6 May 1, 2019[12]ISBN 978-4813032205

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 Chikara.[2]

Title Release date
Twittering Birds Never Fly October 10, 2013[13]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 2 September 24, 2014[14]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 3 January 27, 2016[15]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 4 February 8, 2017[16]
Twittering Birds Never Fly Volume 5 February 28, 2018[17]

Anime film[edit]

An anime film adaptation, Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai – The Clouds Gather, was announced on April 26, 2019. Slated to be released in February 15, 2020, the film will be animated by GRIZZLY and produced by Blue Lynx.[18][19] The film's primary production staff includes Kaori Makita as director and Hiroshi Seko as scriptwriter; jazz band H ZETTRIO will compose the film's music.[2][20]

Reception[edit]

In 2014, Twittering Birds Never Fly was listed as a top recommended yaoi title in a national survey of Japanese bookstore employees.[21] The manga was shortlisted for the Sugoi Japan Award 2016.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hodgkins, Crystalyn. "Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Anime Film's New Trailer Reveals 8 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Pineda, Rafael Antonio. "Kou Yoneda's Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Manga Gets Anime Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Digital Manga Licenses Kou Yoneda's Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai". Anime News Network. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 1". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Twittering Birds Never Fly Vol. 1". Juné. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 2". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Twittering Birds Never Fly Vol. 2". Juné. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  8. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 3". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Twittering Birds Never Fly Vol. 3". Juné. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  10. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 4". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  11. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 5". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  12. ^ "囀る鳥は羽ばたかない 6". Amazon JP. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  13. ^ "ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」". Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  14. ^ "ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第2巻". Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  15. ^ "ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第3巻". Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  16. ^ "ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第4巻". Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  17. ^ "ドラマCD「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」第5巻". Frontier Works (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  18. ^ Loo, Egan. "Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Film's Promo Video Unveils Cast, February Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  19. ^ Sherman, Jennifer. "Twittering Birds Never Fly Boys-Love Anime Film Reveals Visual, February 15 Opening". Anime News Network. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  20. ^ "ヨネダコウ「囀る鳥は羽ばたかない」劇場アニメ化!フジテレビの新BLレーベルより". Comic Natalie. April 25, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  21. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (6 March 2014). "Japan's Bookstore Employees Rank Top Boys-Love Manga of 2014". Anime News Network. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  22. ^ Miller, KK (30 March 2016). "Sugoi Japan Award 2016 winners: The manga, anime, novels Japan thinks you should binge on". Sora News 24. Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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