Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV) is beautiful yet flawed

As I was watching through this show, I was confused. Confused by the fact it feels so alien to me, yet so familiar. Confused by the fact that it show can be unbelievably amazing, yet so mediocre at the same time. Confused by the fact that it can be so similar, yet so different. Animated by Ufotable, Fate/stay night:… » 6/27/15 4:00pm 6/27/15 4:00pm

Punch Line: The Ani-TAY Review

With a tagline of “If he sees underwear, humanity will be destroyed!?”, what would you expect? Well, Whatever you are thinking, throw it out of the window: With Punch Line, Kotarou Uchikoshi and MAPPA have made something that is totally different than what anyone would expect.
» 6/25/15 6:23pm 6/25/15 6:23pm

The Disappointment that is AMD

With the launch of the Radeon Fury X, If you’re a PC gamer, you’re probably feeling a pretty familiar feeling right now. Once again, the hype train steams by, only to deliver something that could never match those expectations. We hoped for the best, but reality decided that the best was too much for us. This is what… » 6/25/15 1:22am 6/25/15 1:22am

Why I Love 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors So Much

When trapped in a do or die situation, how do you react? How do you change when faced with a situation that forces you to evolve, and pushes you to to your absolute limits? What do you do when the darkness of death is encroaching you, and all you have is just a glimmer of hope? This is what you are faced with this in… » 6/23/15 10:19am 6/23/15 10:19am

The Outsiders Looking In.

Who am I? A person. Who are you? another person. This is a form of media. That is a form of media. Too many times though, If we don’t really know what something is about, or what others are like, we demonize them, we lay down stereotypes hoping that we can understand them but in fact, we are only distancing ourselves… » 6/11/15 7:27pm 6/11/15 7:27pm

Rockmandash Reviews: Love at First Sight [Visual Novel]

I didn’t really know what to expect when I first saw Love at First Sight: a nice, short kinetic novel published by Sekai project. It’s exactly what it says on the tin, but with a twist: it’s a love story about a guy who falls in love with a girl at first sight, it just happens that the girl that our MC falls in love… » 6/01/15 10:00am 6/01/15 10:00am

Chihayafuru: The Ani-TAY Review

On the surface, Chihayafuru doesn’t seem to be anything special. A card game? About poetry?! Who’d ever want to watch that? I’ve never been so wrong, or so glad that I was wrong.
» 5/17/15 5:36am 5/17/15 5:36am

Rockmandash's Top 10 Favorite Visual Novels

Visual Novels. It’s a medium that many don’t really have much experience with, but it’s certainly an important part of life, something near and dear to my heart. Looking in that personal viewpoint, and because some asked me about this, I thought it would be interesting if I shared the Visual Novels I think about when… » 5/11/15 7:00pm 5/11/15 7:00pm

Teclast X98 Air II Review: An Interesting Dual Booting Chinese Tablet

Confession time: I’m an idiot who carries two tablets. I have my Android tablet because it’s great at doing tablet stuff like media consumption, but Windows tablets are quite a bit better for productivity and the windows exclusive programs out there are great. Enter the Teclast X98 Air II, a dual booting Chinese… » 4/29/15 6:00pm 4/29/15 6:00pm

Rockmandash Reviews: Never 7: The End of Infinity [Visual Novel]

Have you ever experienced something well regarded and great, then looked back to see what the creator has made before, only to be disappointed by the results? Today on Rockmandash Reviews, I’m reviewing the beginning of the Infinity series, Never 7: The End of Infinity, a game that’s remarkably average on almost every… » 3/17/15 12:30am 3/17/15 12:30am

A Laptop Ahead of it's Time, but Stuck in the Past

We've seen this before.
A laptop that is unbelievably thin, is missing a ton of stuff everyone uses like ports, and comes with an extremely under-powered chip for it's price point... where have I heard this again? In 2008, Steve Jobs announced the Macbook Air, and like the air, the new Macbook is riddled with… » 3/10/15 5:01am 3/10/15 5:01am

Rockmandash Rambles: My Personal Biases in Reviewing

Nobody is objective. As hard as you try, there will always be something that influences the way you view something, what makes you who you are. Knowing this set of biases is heavily important when reading one's review, and after seeing Wrongeverytime's bias articles that was shared over the AniTAY chatroom (which you… » 3/08/15 10:30pm 3/08/15 10:30pm

Rockmandash Reviews+: Remember 11: The Age of Infinity [Visual Novel]

Have you ever played a game that you loved, so much so that it was on its way to become one of your favorites, only to have it crashing down? Have you ever seen an ending so disappointing, so frustrating that you wanted to disown it, making you despair and rage? No, I'm not talking about Mass Effect 3, but something… » 2/23/15 3:40am 2/23/15 3:40am

VN Blip: Fuwanovel Domain transfer + End of Support for Torrents

Fuwanovel, a Visual Novel community and the place I always link to when I do reviews, is changing domains (.Org to .Net), and decided they would get rid of it's torrents, so you'll have to look elsewhere for unlicensed VNs. Click the link for more info, as it's a bit more than that.... » 2/19/15 9:21pm 2/19/15 9:21pm

Rockmandash's Guide to Visual Novels on the Go

When I first got into the Visual Novel genre, there was something that struck me as odd about it: the lack of mobility. I know I prefer to read when I’m around and about, so I thought... What are some ways that we can consume Visual Novels on the go, in a more natural way? How can we read them in similar fashion to… » 2/17/15 12:45pm 2/17/15 12:45pm

How This War of Mine Helped Me Understand My Refugee Mom

I'm sneaking through a dingy building, ducking to the side whenever anyone passes. My hands scrape through piles of scrap, searching for anything useful. Each time I dig through the trash I find nothing but dirt and rubbish. I curse as my hands shake. I need to get medicine or else Anton will die. » 2/13/15 7:26pm 2/13/15 7:26pm