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...
With 12 great episodes, awesome bonus features, and super-cute packaging — how could you resist Honey and Clover DVD Box Set 3? Based on the popular manga by Chica Umino which has sold over 10 million copies in Japan, Honey and Clover is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who try to find their way. Here are 5 reasons to go out and get Box Set 3 right now!
• 12 dramatic, dubbed uncut episodes that take you to Spain and show you a dramatic, potentially life-changing accident! (OK, no more hints.)
• A glossary of cultural references: Do you know how to play "Katanuki"?
• Voice acting karaoke! Practice Hagu's and Takemoto's lines.
• See gorgeous production art: Morita! Unicorns! More!
• Clean versions (with no credits) of the opening and ending songs.
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.
Check out Shojo Beat's free iTunes bonus! Buy the Honey and Clover, Season 1, Vol. 2 pass and get episode F as a free download. That's the 13th episode free when you buy the 12 dubbed episodes in Season 1, Vol. 2. Picking up where Honey and Clover, Season 1, Vol. 1 left off, your favorite art-school students are back for more adventures. Shinobu heads to America. Takumi becomes obsessed with Nomiya's and Ayumi's relationship, and Yuta goes on the ride of his life. There's lots more. Watch all 13 episodes with the Season 1, Vol. 2 pass.
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