Welcome to Vampire Knight, the latest shojo anime series here on VIZ Anime. Watch the first five episodes right now, and prepare for a new episode every other Friday. Comment on the episodes so we know what you think!
Bloody, sexy, romantic, contentious, and dramatic — this series has everything that an anime fan could want. At the center of the drama is Cross Academy, a school where vampires (the Night Class) co-exist with humans (the Day Class). Of course, the humans have no idea they're living amongst vampires. They just think that the gorgeous Night Class'ers are dreamy, and unfortunately out of reach.
Two students know the real deal. Yuki Cross and her childhood friend Zero Kiryu are tasked with the difficult challenge of keeping the Day Class away from the Night Class, which is led by aristocratic president Kaname Kuran. But Kaname, Yuki, and Zero are intertwined in a social and political web that spins much deeper than school grounds. You'll have to watch to find out.
Wedged between May Day and Cinco de Mayo, we've hit May's installment of Shojo Tuesday. This happy recurring holiday marks the first Tuesday of the month, when VIZ Media releases new Shojo Beat manga. And this month, we're chock full of goodness.
Flower in a Storm
Check out the new series Flower in a Storm, the debut graphic novel by Shigeyoshi Takagi. The story of this imaginative romantic comedy stars Riko Kunimi, who is trying to lead a normal high school life when Ran Tachibana bursts into her classroom carrying a gun and tells her that her life is now his. Ran, the richest, most powerful 17-year-old in Japan wants her as his wife, and he's not taking no for an answer!
If Ran can't capture her by five o'clock the next day, he'll give up on her, but he has all that money can buy at his disposal. However, Riko has one trick up her sleeve--she has superpowers!
More Shojo Beat Volumes
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You saw me at that club last night
And then you got into a fight.
I tried to make it up to you
But suddenly things aren't all right.
I didn't even want to go
And now I hurt more than you know.
You really want to say we're through?
Please tell me that the answer's no!
Despite the constant danger Misao finds herself in, she's determined to stay by Kyo's side no matter what happens. But a chance meeting with one of Kyo's best friends shows her just how hard a human-demon relationship can be.
Tadanobu, heir to the Kitsune clan, gave up everything to be with his human girlfriend. But now he is being forced to take on the clan leadership and abandon his love--and it's all Kyo's fault!
With Hisayoshi as her tutor, Rima attempts to enroll in prestigious Hakuô High. Although Hisayoshi's feelings for her are distracting, Rima needs his help if she's ever going to pass the entrance exam. And when he lands his first job in a commercial, she realizes that he's got the potential to be a star...one bigger than herself!
Princess Fuji informs Akane that the Eight Guardians must find the Four Sacred Talismans if they ever hope to control the Four Gods. That's going to be difficult since the location of these sacred objects is secret. Akane's got to be quick, however--Shirin and Sefle are looking for them too.
Kurumi's got it all--looks, popularity and friends. But underneath Kurumi's friendly exterior is a manipulative girl who'll do anything to get what she wants! And she wants Kazehaya! Will Kurumi's plotting drive Kazehaya and Sawako apart, or will it instead draw them even closer together?
Asuka's protégé Yamato has fallen in love with a girl and needs help winning her over. He pleads with Asuka to go on a practice date with him--and play the role of the girl! Practice makes perfect, but will that be the case for Yamato?
Revisiting scenes and people from earlier days drives Ann to an impulsive act of desperation. Who will stand by her now? And will she ever make peace with her past...and herself?
Do everything you can while you still have the chance.
That's what I think it means...
...to have a "happy heart."
We launched another update of the vizanime.com site over this past weekend, with improvements in user comment displays, and a new poll function. Stay tuned because we're going to have fun with this new poll system over the next few months. And if you haven't caught up with the One Piece anime, our most recent addition to the site, now's the perfect time as episodes 1-114 are now up, and we continue with the current Impel Down storyline with episode 448 this week. This month also brings some exciting series into the fold, so stay tuned for those as well...
This month, read the free preview of Cactus's Secret. Prickly Miku Yamada has a serious crush on her classmate Kyohei, but he's far too oblivious to pick up on her signals. How will Miku find her way out of such a thorny situation? And if you like the preview, Cactus's Secret volume 1 is in stores now!
And are you in the mood for a gender-bending romp with a group of uber-wealthy prep-schoolers that happen to be in a Host Club? Then kick back with the complete Ouran High School Host Club anime series, all packaged up and pretty in a DVD box set. The series is out on Blu-ray Disc too. Read more about it on shojobeat.com.
Are you basking in the glow of a happy Valentine's Day gone by or are you still picking yourself up off the floor? Or, did you conscientiously object to the event all together?
Whatever your take, there's a manga to support your stance. To help you out, members of our trusty Shojo Beat team offered up some reading recommendations.
From Pancha Diaz, Nana editor
High School Debut is very pro-Valentine's. It's about the sweetness of new love.
Nana is totally anti-Valentine's. It's all about how romantic relationships let you down, and how friends are the ones who are really there for you. (Nana vol. 1 to 7 are rated T+. Subsequent volumes of Nana are rated Mature.)
From Annette Roman, Sand Chronicles editor
Sand Chronicles is pro-Valentine's Day, yet realistic and sane. Grown women at VIZ Media can still relate to it! It's about really loving and being loved, not just crushing out on each other…
Compare your love life to Honey and Clover ... No matter how bad it seems, I bet it's not as complicated, convoluted, and unrequited!....
From Amy Mar, marketing coordinator
Anti Valentine's: Skip•Beat. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Kyoko will do anything for sweet revenge on the man who threw her away like a used tissue.
Valentine's: Ouran High School Host Club. Why limit yourself to one man when you can have a whole Host Club at your service?
From Amy Yu, Monkey High editor
Check out Monkey High vol. 3 if you want to read about Haruna and Macharu's crazy V-Day!
From Julie Behn, sales and marketing department
Love•Com vol. 2. Risa Koizumi is completely pro-Valentine's Day, but when she really wants to give chocolates to that annoying shrimp Atsushi Otani, who always teases her, ...she wishes she wasn't!
Otomen. Of course Asuka Masamune is pro-Valentine's Day! It's the perfect excuse to make lots of cute stuffed animals, bake cakes, and watch romantic movies!! And did he mention all the flowers!
Sand Chronicles vol. 4. Daigo Kitamura used to be a true romantic, but after breaking up with his childhood sweetheart, there's no reason to pretend Valentine's Day is fun anymore. Put him on the anti-Valentine's Day list because if that love didn't last, how could anyone's?
From Lex Scheuble, online marketing manager
Ouran High School Host Club, because I'm so Haruhi. It's got the best of both worlds: you get that warm mushy feeling when you see people get together, but then you look at the actual host club characters themselves and how yes, they're sorta love dysfunctional, and I just want them to soooooo work... Oh...Shojo. I want my own host club.
I also like Crimson Hero for Valentine's Day. Volleyball and kimonos rock.
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