Feb 122013
 

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and of course, not all of us have found that special someone to share it with (yet!). And sometimes, if you’re feeling just a little bit lonely when everyone else seems to be feeling the exact opposite, you just want to drown yourself in a different world. A new world, with a little guaranteed romance just for you. That’s where some wonderful shoujo manga kicks in! Sure, it’s for girls, but this week, anyone can enjoy some good ol’ shoujo. Just forget all that ails ‘ya and read a title or two on this list!

14-sai no Koi

14 sai no koi

This is an awkward, goofy, and adorably romantic little manga series. There isn’t much of it out yet, just about 2 volumes or so worth, but it’s quite good. The romance aspect is strong, and it’s very cute. Unlike a lot of standard shoujo series, which details the romance from start to finish (with many trials and tribulations along the way), 14-sai no Koi puts you right in the middle of two kids who are happily in love, living their high school life the best they can. Due to their school personas, they can’t quite interact all lovey-dovey at school, so they find time to meet up and act like a normal couple whenever they can. Of course, they’re each only 14 so they’re adorably innocent and cute and it’s just a barrel of lighthearted fun.

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Feb 122013
 

Hello Moar Powah readers! Every year around this time, men and women all around the world celebrate a day of love with their special someone. For those of us who have no one, well, we can always cuddle up with a work of fiction so that we can imagine that noxious cheesy bliss only people in relationships get to feel. But what about the fictional people who would make terrible significant others? Well, let’s look at the lads and ladies who’d you be better off not never being bed-fellows with.

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Feb 122013
 

More and more J-Pop is absorbing and re-appropriating the trends of K-Pop, because it is simply the strategy that works. Well, with the exception of AKB48 that is. Still, it’s brave to go off in such a direction when some of the fans are rebelling against this new trend. The ways of the cutesy, over the top pinkness that was once J-Pop may be dying, but something else is taking root. Some bold. Something fresh. Something techno!

…nah, who am I kidding, this is just a phase. I’ll believe in real change in the J-Pop industry when toes become sentient.

Let’s take a look at another trend-rider, and debut for member Oda Sakura, Morning Musume’s 52nd single, Help Me!!

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