Final Thoughts: Clannad After Story

Azure Flame is now over three years old! Wish us luck as we become older and ever more behind the pulse of current anime.


Nagisa and Tomoya are finally together, but there are still many more obstacles for them to face. Whilst Nagisa continues to battle with her illness, Tomoya must grow up fast as he takes responsibility for supporting himself and his partner. Will they be able to overcome everything and live happily ever after, or is this one tale that must inevitably end in tragedy? Continue reading “Final Thoughts: Clannad After Story”

Autumn 2008 preview: clearing out the mediocrity to make room for…more mediocrity?

I must admit that around half of the series I’m watching at the moment are rather forgettable- if I’d know in advance how poor they would be, I would never have even started them in the first place. Of course, once you make headway into a series, it becomes very difficult to drop it, but in a few weeks’ time I should be released from the chaff in time to sample the best (and most likely the worst) of the autumn season. Continue reading “Autumn 2008 preview: clearing out the mediocrity to make room for…more mediocrity?”

Weekly Round-Up: August 8th

Backlog catch-up is a myth.

Reviewed this week: Amatsuki 12-13, Antique Bakery 3-4, Blade of the Immortal 2, Chi’s Sweet Home 53-68, Detroit Metal City 1, Eve no Jikan 1, Himawari!! 6, Itazura na Kiss 17, Kaiba 11-12, Koihime Musou 4, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki 12, Otome S.ifr 2, Nabari no Ou 17-18, Natsume Yuujinchou 4-5, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 4, Persona Trinity Soul 22-6, Real Drive 13, Ryoko’s Case File 4, Someday’s Dreamers ~Summer Skies~ 4, Soul Eater 16-18, Telepathy Shoujo Ran 6-7, Wagaya no Oinari-sama 14-15, Xam’D 3

…and in manga: .hack//Link 3, Caramel Espresso 1-2, Clannad 6-8, Claymore 82, Elfen Lied 89-101, FMA 85, MariMite 25-7, Minami-ke 34-5, Nodame 121, Rose of Versailles 9-10, Sketchbook 13-16, Slayers Aqualord 1, Slayers Revolution 3, Tsubasa 194, Wagaya no Oinari-sama 1, xxxHOLiC 159-161, Yotsuba&! 55 Continue reading “Weekly Round-Up: August 8th”

Weekly Round-Up: July 26th

Reviewed this week: Amatsuki 10-11, Clannad Tomoyo Edition, Itazura na Kiss 15, Koihime Musou 3, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki 11, Mnemosyne 6, Nabari no Ou 15, Natsume Yuujinchou 3, Persona 18-20, Slayers Revolution 3, Someday’s Dreamers ~Summer Skies~ 3, Soul Eater 15, Telepathy Shoujo Ran 5, World Destruction 2, xxxHOLiC Kei 12-13

…and in manga: too lazy to read any! Continue reading “Weekly Round-Up: July 26th”

Final Thoughts: Clannad

Get up, go to school, go home- day in, day out, this is the sum of Okazaki Tomoya’s existence, a dull routine broken only by the occasional practical joke. But when he meets Furukawa Nagisa, a senior who has to repeat a year due to illness, everything slowly changes. Despite the hurdles in her way, Nagisa is determined to revive the defunct Theatre Club, and despite his stated indifference to it all, Tomoya finds herself slowly drawn into her life and goals. Continue reading “Final Thoughts: Clannad”

Weekly Round-Up: April 4th

Reviewed this week: Aria the Origination 13, Chi’s Sweet Home 1-4, Clannad 23, Clannad the movie, Mokke 24+special, Shigofumi 12, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s 1

…and in manga: Chokotto Sister 51, Gunslinger Girl 33-50, Nodame 109-113, Someday’s Dreamers ~Summer Skies~ 1, Tsubasa 186, Yotsuba&! 54 Continue reading “Weekly Round-Up: April 4th”

Sunday News Bites: March 30th

Clannad After Story confirmed
Can’t get enough Clannad? Then fear not, for an After Story sequel has inevitably been confirmed, and although a release date has not been announced, you can tickle your taste buds with this 18 second trailer (actually about 12 seconds of content and 6 of a still screen entitled “After Story”).
Entertainment correspondent Aria: Punyu. [This was an inevitable announcement, really, and whilst it will probably be decent enough, it’s undoubtedly going to be filled with sadness and depression.] Continue reading “Sunday News Bites: March 30th”

Weekly Round-Up: March 28th


Reviewed this week: Aria the Origination 12, Clannad 21-2, Darker than Black 26, Himawari!! 3, Kaiji 24, KgNE Next Season 2, Minami-ke Okawari 10-12, Mokke 19-23, Moyashimon Microbe Theatre Deluxe 1, Shigofumi 11, Spice and Wolf 13, Zoku SZS 6-7

…and in manga: Busou Renkin 39, HxH 274, Twin Spica vol 2 flashback 1

Continue reading “Weekly Round-Up: March 28th”

Weekly Round-Up: March 23rd- Happy Easter edition

Actually, this post has nothing to do with Easter- I was just too lazy to get it finished on Friday.

Reviewed this week: Aria the Origination 11, Clannad 20, Kaiji 23, Spice and Wolf 11-12, Tsubasa OVA 3, Zoku SZS 5

…and in manga: Hunter X Hunter 273, Minami-ke 22, Shion no Ou 13-16, Tsubasa 185 Continue reading “Weekly Round-Up: March 23rd- Happy Easter edition”

Sunday News Bites: March 9th

School Rumble Sangakki
According to its official site, a third season of School Rumble has been given the go-ahead, with two episodes of this new “Third Term” to be released with the first editions of manga volumes 21-22 (we assume there will be more to the series than these two episodes).
Entertainment correspondent Aria: Punyu. [Here at Azure Flame, we had serious issues with the basic crappiness of the second season, and having read ahead in the manga and found little of interest, we no longer care enough about School Rumble to watch it.] Continue reading “Sunday News Bites: March 9th”