The new April issue of Shojo Beat magazine spotlights shojo anime, and there's lots of tantalizing news here, including a preview of the new Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time anime series, from Bandai Visual USA.
Another anime worth looking out for is Vampire Knight from STUDIO DEEN Co., the creative forces behind the Fruits Basket and Full Moon anime series. Also previewed were the anime versions of Ai Yazawa's Nana and Chica Umino's Honey and Clover, both of which should be pretty interesting to see and compare with the live-action movie movie versions.
The Haruka DVD is due out in stores on April 22, but no dates were announced for the Vampire Knight, Nana and Honey and Clover anime DVDs.
Other tasty tidbits in this month's issue:
- Preview of Fairy Cube – A new series by Kaori Yuki, the creator of Gothic tales such as Godchild and The Cain Saga. While the title might lead you to think otherwise, Fairy Cube is not all sweetness and pixie dust – Yuki delivers a twisted tale of mysterious murders, dysfunctional families and fairies that don't exactly make your wishes come true.
- New Shojo Beat Series, Gaba Kawa – Another new series from a familiar Shojo Beat creator, Gaba Kawa is the latest from Rie Takada, who last brought us Punch! This time it's not fairies, but demons who are the magical stars of the show, but in a kind of kooky contrast to Fairy Cube where the fairies are kind of scary, the demon girls in Gaba Kawa are mischievous, love-sick teens.
- Sand Chronicles Movie Preview – Joining Nana, Love*Com and Honey and Clover in the manga movie club, Hinako Ashihara's Sand Chronicles was made into a live action movie too. We get to see the actors playing Fuji, Shika, Ann and Daigo as kids, and the actors who play Daigo and Ann as adults – but what we don't get is a U.S. release date, word if this'll be a straight to DVD release (like Love*Com) or if it'll see a limited theatrical release (like Nana).
- Anime Cons Contest – Win passes to Anime Central (in Rosemont, Illinois), Fanime (in San Jose, California) or Anime North (in Toronto Canada).
Pick up your issue of Shojo Beat at your local bookshop or newsstand on March 18, 2008.
Image credit: © Hinako Ashihara / VIZ Media LLC