Book Promotion Special
Here at Azure Flame we like to keep you up to date with the latest developments in the anime world- everything from the Spice and Wolf trading game to the acclaimed crossover series “Mewsou Renkin”. Today, however, we’re here to advertise a new set of self-help books, written by some of the finest names in anime!
From Friendship to Marriage: A Guide to Relationships by Irie Naoki
Everyone’s favourite husband, Irie Naoki, takes us through relationships with the aid of his extensive personal experience. Learn how to impress the ladies and land that someone special with Naoki’s impeccable advice. Here are some extracts from this bestselling novel.
“Girls don’t appreciate affection, so act as coldly towards them as possible. Use their unrequited feelings for you to manipulate them into believing they’d never love anyone else, and then get married as quickly as possible. Don’t worry about the bonds of matrimony- you can treat wedlock as little more than casual dating.”
Top Class Dad by Oscar ‘Major Stork’ Whittington
The next book to hit the selves this summer is Oscar Whittington’s guide to being the perfect father- a must for all current and prospective dads!
“The best way to foster a relationship with your daughter is to abandon her at an early age and live the life of a cold-blooded murderer. When you are finally reunited with her, a simple birthday gift will be enough to mend any feelings of estrangement or dislike. The truly thoughtful dad will even go so far as to ask the love of her life to leave her for a life of undercover work.”
Love and Marriage: A Modern Perspective by Wil Schultz
A follow-up to Top Class Dad, Love and Marriage delves deeper into the process of raising a family.
“It is important not to casually say ‘I love you’ to your partner; save it for that moment when you get her pregnant and then leave her all alone. Fatherhood is enhanced by distance, so never admit to your child that you’re their parent; instead watch over them from a distance, maintaining a cool, professional relationship at all times.”
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: the lost chapters
Sensei enters the classroom at the beginning of another school day. He is looking particularly unkempt.
Chiri: Sensei, what happened?
[Meru: You can’t afford to look any worse than usual.]
Sensei: What’s the point of it all? Even if I bother to clean up, I’ll just get dirty again!
Kafka: So Sensei is just saving energy by not washing! How noble!
Chiri: Uh, I don’t think that’s it…
Maria: In Maria’s home country, we didn’t wash for years!
Matoi: I’ll love you no matter what, Sensei!
Sensei: Zetsubou shita! The society that places so much value on personal care has left me in despair!
- Having to wash when you’ll just get dirty again.
- Constantly needing haircuts because it keeps growing.
- Hair removal, manicures and other potentially painful processes.
- Anti-ageing creams that never work.
- Celebrities paying thousands for dodgy surgical processes.
- Getting dressed up nicely and then having to constantly get changed to do household jobs.
This hamster must have been the brush god that never made it into the final cut of Okami.
“…for the Pokemon battles!”
“That’s not playing fair and you know it!”
“…then you’re no good to HARD GAY!”
Toki shows extreme arrogance by calling his Liang “Master” during a Hyper Self Pleasure session.
Ignorance at its finest.
“He’s my lover!”
“Are you here for HARD GAY?”
“Sorry to disappoint, but I’ve gone STRAIGHT!”
“How could you abandon the ways of HARD GAY for mere STRAIGHT?”
“Just go and sleep with your new lover and stop bothering me!”
“Don’t turn to the STRAIGHT side!”
“Toki, you can only sleep with one person at a time.”
“Trying to sleep with everyone you meet will only end in tragedy.”
“I’m sorry- I just can’t seem to satisfy my raging libido!”
“Those days are over now that we’ve conceived the child you always wanted!”
“I won’t have you skipping out and leaving me to raise it all alone!”
Welcome to our regular feature based on the TV program of the same name, in which anime characters try to market their great idea to five fat cats of anime! President Aria made his fortune in the gondola industry of Neo Venezia, and is now CEO of a well-known company. Mikoto started her business in the capital of Wind Bloom, and is now a trusted advisor to the queen, with business partners scattered across the world. The Admiral’s first business venture was to invest in a Chinese restaurant, but a meteor threat to Earth saw her buy shares in ground and space based defence technology, which she currently administers with her protégé “The General” (aka Shogun). Mr Tibbs started his career as a tea cat for the bank, but his sound grasp of finance saw him rise up the ranks until he became one of their most prominent managers. Finally, The Cardinal is the world’s most powerful fat cat, with a wide range of business interests that ensure that he has a paw in every pie (often literally, depending on his appetite). These five cats represent some heavyweight investment clout in every sense of the word, but is any deal attractive enough to get them to roll off their backsides and shake paws with a budding entrepreneur?
Arriving in the Den this week is Mai-Otome’s John Smith, who is hoping that his range of Otome GEMs will whet the appetites of our feline investors. Mikoto already has previous experience in this field, but will he be able to catch her eye?
Smith: Hello Dragons, my name is John Smith and I’m here to represent Otome GEMs Limited. As I’m sure you know, the jewellery market is one that continues to thrive, and we’re here to introduce a brand new range to the discerning consumer. From our generic Coral and Pearl ranges to custom high-end pieces, each Gem can be set into an earring or ring, enabling the use of special powers!
Mikoto: Been there, done that- this isn’t a profitable business, so I’m out.
Mr Tibbs: I’m actually interested, but tell me, say I wanted to buy more than one Blue Sky Sapphire, for example- would that be at all possible?
Smith: So far we’ve only been able to source one pair of each type.
Admiral: How are you manufacturing these?
Smith: Uh, we just find them.
Admiral: So you’re just a reseller then? What’s to stop me finding some GEMs and selling them myself?
Smith: Well, nothing really- but we do have an exclusive product line of in-house Slave GEMs that can be worn as pendants! They even let you control giant monsters.
Mikoto: Why don’t you tell the other Dragons how you turn into green sparkles if your monster is defeated?
It’s a shocking revelation, and one that has certainly soured the mood in the Den. Will any Dragon want to invest after this?
Aria: Punyu! [I think this is a ridiculous idea that won’t generate any profit, and that’s why I’m out.]
Cardinal: To be honest, in the right hands the product could have potential, but your lazy approach to production means that you’ll run your company into the ground within months. I’d invest in the product, but not in you- and that’s why I’m out.
John Smith’s dreams of marketing Otome GEMs lie in tatters! Can anyone impress our jaded investors?
This Week in Anime
“Those apples may be more dangerous than they appear.”
“Oh no, they’re floating away and I’m powerless to stop it!”
“Captured- and tasted.”
“Hyper Self Pleasure in the sea is such a great feeling!”
“Our home was infested by apples.”
A trio of food critics decides to prepare dinner.
Unfortunately, there is some disagreement over preparation.
Aagh, a mechanical tomato! What has become of the world?
“He’s only interested in Liangs on his level.”
“We desperately need HARD GAY!”
“Given the size of your Ezo, I’ll won’t get my hopes up.”
“Alert! Alert! Rival detected!”
In golem competitions, it’s important to get your priorities straight.
“Swords are there to be used.”
“They really know how to do breast enlargements!”
“They fill me with dread! I can’t be in the same room as pies and cakes!”
Flash game review: Clay Kitten Shooting
We’ve all heard of clay pigeon shooting, but fewer of us have indulged in Clay Kitten Shooting; a cruel-sounding yet oddly amusing game in which one must shoot cartoon kittens as they fly across the screen. With a limited amount of shots and each level demanding more accuracy, the game is quick to become hard but highly addictive at the same time.
Harem of the week: Nozomu Futami (Futakoi)
Not content with just adding single girls to his harem, Futami specialised in attracting twins.
Kaoruko and Sumireko: The childhood friends with secret feelings for Nozomu.
Kira and Yura: The clueless rich girls who must slowly learn about normal life.
Rara and Ruru: The lolis with an open claim on Nozomu as their future husband.
Ui and Koi: The gentle animal lovers.
Ai and Mai: The seductive older women.
Sara and Sojyu: The sick girl and the tsundere.