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”

La Pucelle: Tactics


According to legend, the powers of light and darkness once collided in the form of the Dark Prince and the Maiden of Light, and although light was victorious, the threat of darkness still remains. At the Church of the Holy Maiden, the band of demon hunters known as La Pucelle spend their days exterminating the forces of darkness, but new member Sister Prier isn’t content to go after small fry forever- despite being feisty, outspoken and the most unlikely candidate for the job, she dreams of one day taking on the mantle of Maiden of Light for herself.

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Tuesday Rumble: November 13th

chibi-dii-blog.pngClub Prinny

Since most readers on here are above the age of ten, you may or may not be aware of Club Penguin, a children’s website which I admittedly visit once or twice a fortnight to mess around on. Nonetheless, Club Penguin feels lacking in something, and so it seems to me that we must update it for the anime and gaming generation, with an all-new spin on it entitled Club Prinny. On Club Prinny, one must input a number of sins in order to generate a damned soul, which is then sewn into a prinny. After customising your prinny, you can wander around the Netherworld performing tasks to atone for your sins, and generally serving Laharl and Etna. Special events include payday (once a year) and the night of the red moon, where prinnies who have atoned for their sins can finally leave the site. Continue reading “Tuesday Rumble: November 13th”

Sunday News Bites: October 14th

Hello and welcome to another edition of Sunday News Bites! This week we are joined in the newsroom by Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, who claims that Azure Flame has left him in despair! Let’s see if we can dissuade him from suicide attempts long enough to comment on the week’s news.

Not quite Sayonara for the hopeless sensei
Did the fact that Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei was a mere twelve episodes long leave you in despair? Then never fear, because come the start of 2008, a second season will be coming our way, promising more insanity and bleak humour from the depressive teacher and his class of misfits. Continue reading “Sunday News Bites: October 14th”

Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome

In his own words, Lord Zetta is the most badass freaking Overlord in the entire cosmos, and there’s no doubt he’d like to keep it that way. To that end, he’s prepared to do anything in his power to avoid the prophesied fall of his Netherworld, even going so far as to consult the Sacred Tome, an all-knowing book whose pages should contain the answer to everything. Unfortunately, when he reads a paragraph about his own stupidity, he burns the Tome in a fit of anger, causing the very destruction he was trying to avoid and forcing him to confine his own soul to the book in a bid to survive. Now, book-Zetta’s only hope of regaining his power is for his fellow Overlords to wish him up new worlds to conquer by writing in the Tome, but it seems more than likely that his power-hungry peers will try to slip in a few schemes of their own to trip him up.

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Tuesday Rumble: July 31st

(chibi-dii-blog.pngFor some reason, the anime blog scene has been overtaken with ideas about how to find love (in the 3D sense), and so I will impart a small bit of advice to the guys- go to dance lessons. I know you’ll now be thinking how much less appealing this is than some MANLY team sport, but let’s just think for a moment about which sounds more HARD GAY- getting into a close hold with a (hopefully) beautiful woman, or getting naked in the locker room showers with ten other guys?

Anyway, the advantages of attending dance lessons are as follows-

  • Women will always, always outnumber men at the lessons. That means you get your pick of single ladies (note: do not try to compete with the good looking male instructor).
  • Women will be impressed if you can dance, since it’s a rare skill among men.
  • If all goes well, you’ll know how to dance in plenty of time for your wedding.

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories

The planet Veldime was once a beautiful and peaceful place, at least until the powerful “God of all Overlords” Overlord Zenon arrived and placed it under a curse that started turning all of its human inhabitants into demons. As the only one who is immune to the curse, a young warrior named Adell decides he must summon Zenon and confront him, but when the summon spell goes wrong, he ends up with Zenon’s daughter Rozalin instead! Now bound together as reluctant allies, Adell and Rozalin must seek out Zenon before everyone Adell cares about is turned into a pack of heartless monsters. Continue reading “Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories”

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness


Following a somewhat lengthy two-year nap, demon prince Laharl awakens to find that his father has died, and that in the absence of any leader, the Netherworld has quite literally gone to hell. Determined to take his rightful place as the Netherworld’s Overlord and impose his will on the denizens of the underworld, Laharl- as aided by his not-so-loyal vassal Etna, angelic assassin Flonne and a squad of demonic penguins known as Prinnies- sets out on a quest to take back the throne.

The central title of the Nippon Ichi SRPG clan, Disgaea may have spawned a sequel game (and associated manga), alongside an anime series so poor that it was only recently ousted by Shining Tears X Wind as the Worst Anime Ever, but what exactly does the game itself have to offer? The only way to properly find out was to erase all memories of that awful pizza in the face ‘joke’ from the anime and go back to where it all began.

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Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure


Like many young women, Cornet dreams of the day when her Prince Charming will rush in to sweep her off her feet. In the meantime, her ability to talk to puppets, fairy friend Kururu and a horn with special powers are her best weapons in her quest to at least get the Prince’s attention, at least until she is called upon to step things up a notch and save him from the clutches of Marjoly the witch.

Before they came to prominence with their incredibly addictive SRPGs, Nippon Ichi brought us Rhapsody, a game that was to show only the very first hints of the greatness they would one day achieve. For gamers looking to take the first tentative step from regular RPG to SRPG, it might be a good primer, but as more experienced gamers will soon discover, it is far too easy to offer much in the way of longevity.

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Phantom Brave: you have to be brave to rely on a bunch of dead people in battle

In the world of Ivoire, thirteen year old Marona works as a Chroma (effectively a Hunter), earning the money she needs to pay for her home on Phantom Isle. Eight years ago, her parents were killed, and now their friend Ash watches over her as a Phantom- a being caught between the worlds of life and death. Unfortunately, thanks to Marona’s unique ability to communicate with Ash and other Phantoms, she is shunned as the ‘Possessed One’, but where a lesser person would have given up, Marona remains determined to help people in the hopes that they will one day accept her. And accept her they eventually must, for Marona and Ash may be the best defence Ivoire has against the Dark Lord Sulphur.

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