Annual Round-Up 2007


A normal day at Azure Flame.

It’s been a year of ups and downs, of anime gems and utter disappointments- a year when I’ve alternated between craving more and feeling utterly fed up with the continuing deluge of episodes that take no account of the fact that people might have other things to do than stay in and watch all day. Nonetheless, in true years-end tradition, we must review all the new series in an Annual Round-Up, a project which I meant to periodically update through the year but ended up writing at the last minute again.

As always, red titles are those which were dropped, and blues are the picks of the year. Come back on Tuesday for the New Year Rumble, in which we take a look at the year in the life of Azure Flame.

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Tuesday Rumble: August 28th

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Writers’ meeting to discuss Iroha finale

It’s been a few months now, but the ridiculousness of the Iroha finale has caused it to cycle back into the limelight as we try to imagine just what was going through the writers’ heads as they plotted out the last few episodes.

Head Writer: Okay guys, we’ve got to finish up this series about the Lord’s Head- any ideas?

Writer 1: Well, why don’t we stall for time by including cameos of lots of historical characters?

Writer 2: Yeah, that’ll give those history buffs a real kick- seeing their heroes flash on and off screen for about two seconds. Continue reading “Tuesday Rumble: August 28th”

Tuesday Rumble: July 24th

emember a few months ago when Amazon recommended me a book on genetics just because I once bought Tokyo Mew Mew? Well, it’s happened again.

“We’ve noticed that customers who have expressed interest in “Tokyo Mew Mew Vol. 2: v. 2 (Tokyo Mew-Mew)” by Mia Ikumi have also ordered “Essentials of Genetic Engineering” by S.K. Jain. For this reason, you might like to know that this book is now available. You can order yours for just £51.94″

I wonder, do people who buy the same manga as me get recommendations for physics textbooks?

Soutetsu no Aquarion

Welcome to a brand new anime fusion, one that sees Soutetsu Ibaragi of Iroha take over as commander of the Aquarion team. Obsessed with finding the perfect gattai, Soutetsu invites the bishiest looking teenagers to ride on the Aquarion, but who will be worthy of “riding” with him? Continue reading “Tuesday Rumble: July 24th”

Tuesday Rumble: July 10th

I was going to give you some amusing spam e-mails in this introduction, but after the copying and pasting resulted in an immense block of text I decided to scrap it for something even funnier- this little gem. I never noticed any referrals from it before, but now, nine months after the fact, I have to laugh at how the readers of this forum believed that my fake School Rumble info was actually real…and then laugh some more.

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Tuesday Rumble: July 3rd

chibi-dii-blog.pngWe begin this week with some shameless self-indulgence, as I list the figures I would like to get.

  • Kureha: despite the unfortunate association with Shining Wind, I cannot help but want this.
  • Himawari: I didn’t want this at first and it’s not normally the style of figure I like, but she’s just so brightly coloured, cute and energetic.
  • Shenhua: the big ears are distracting but I love the costume and pose.
  • Fasalina: Okay, so the boobs are totally unrealistic but I must have it- nothing shall come between me and getting this figure.

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Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 26 [end]

The troupe gathers around Kotoha’s bed as Ryouun tends her.

Ryouun: Well, it looks like she isn’t dead- in fact, you could say this whole side story about her getting attacked was rather pointless.

Shiranui goes outside.

Shiranui: Why is my storyline given so little priority? Why wasn’t I the lead? More importantly, why is there a giant Lord’s Head in the sky?

Using the power of HARD GAY, Akidzuki penetrates the BI barrier protecting Final Boss Castle. From his boss chamber, Soutetsu watches.

Soutetsu: Excellent, the final level has begun! Now I will eradicate the last remnants of HARD GAY and usher in a BI future! Continue reading “Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 26 [end]”

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 25

Akidzuki and Kanna commence their Pleasure- Akidzuki using HARD GAY Sword, whilst Kanna relies on BI Gun.

Kanna: I am finally free! Kakunojo has cleansed me of my hatred of BI and need for outdated HARD GAY, and so I am finally free to experience heights of Pleasure I never knew before!

(Akidzuki: You fool, your Gun will never be a match for my Sword!)

Their intense session continues, with both men wounding each other. They fall into the sea. Continue reading “Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 25”

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 24

Hijikata has his photograph taken.

(Hijikata: By placing a personals ad, I might actually find a man who is interested in good old HARD GAY.)

Hijikata: Hey, Tetsunosuke, wouldn’t you like your photo taken too?

Tetsunosuke: Sir, placing an ad is just too embarrassing.

Hijikata: Hmm, well I suppose you don’t need a new partner anyway, since you already have me.

Hijikata goes inside to see Akidzuki. Continue reading “Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 24”

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 23

On a British ship, Parkes berates the chess piece team.

Parkes: Your BI is awful- simply awful! And as for you, Kanna- I should have never let you handle my Liang! I’m thoroughly disappointed in all of you!

On deck, Kanna contemplates his watch, whilst Queen gets drunk.

(Kanna: How dare Parkes say such things about me? My Liang is far more Zhuge than his!) Continue reading “Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 23”

Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 22

Hijikata has brought Akidzuki back to Ezo.

Hijikata: Akidzuki, I must thank you for giving me some good old HARD GAY, but I’m not sure if bringing you here was the right idea. This is a land of BI and Ezos, neither of which are to your tastes.

Akidzuki: Don’t worry about me- there’s always Hyper Self Pleasure to fall back on. Just promise me that you won’t try to make me have BI with you. Continue reading “Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto parody episode 22”