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My love for Falcom Games, or How Falcom Shaped My Experience with JRPGs

During the early years in gaming, JRPGs were one of the few ways of getting a good, meaningful story in games, but as much as fans of the genre adore them, JRPGs have their fair share of problems. The story of the genre hasn’t been the smoothest, and many people’s experiences reflect that, my own included. This is a…

If you liked Zero Escape, Definitely Check Out Root Double - Before Crime * After Days

Visual Novels in the west have changed a lot recently, but what hasn’t changed is the writing quality, shown to myself and many by the Zero Escape series. It’s going to be a little while before we get Zero Time Dilemma, but if you need something to fill that gap, Takumi Nakazawa’s Root Double will definitely do the…

RockmanDash Rambles - 2015's Importance for Visual Novels in the West

It’s the end of 2015, and of course, like everyone, I’ve been reminiscing about what occurred over the year, thinking about making lists like everyone else and like I did with anime, but when I was thinking about visual novels, I about how much that happened this year. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of visual…

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC: The TAY Review

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of the Sky SC (Second Chapter) is truly remarkable. This JRPG by Nihon Falcom and XSEED had fans waiting 4 long years for the localization as it went through development hell, but SC totally lives up to the wait that anyone had to endure for the game: it’s the perfect swan song for the…

Rockmandash Reviews: Clannad [Visual Novel & Anime]

It’s only once in a blue moon that you’ll run into a story that fundamentally changes who you are. Clannad is a show that changed how I viewed the world, and how I treat others. I love it for what it did, and for what it is, and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews, and today…

Rockmandash Rambles: An Explanation on my Review System (Updated 11/15/2015)

If you’ve read any of my reviews and wanted to know why I did them the way I do, here’s an explaination of them, for those who came here from said review, or someone around TAY that sees them every now and then. Since my review system deviates a bit from the TAY and Ani-TAY review systems that it’s surrounded by, and…

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​Rockmandash Reviews: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya [Anime & Manga]

When the first thing you think of when you hear about a series is “Why does it exist?” you know you are for a confusing ride. This is a series that baffled me, then broke my baffled expectations. Today, we have a review for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya; a spinoff that is better than you probably think it is.

Rockmandash’s Top 5 Anime of Summer 2015

Everyone has their own preferences, tastes, etc. While the Anime Worth Watching articles do a great representation of shows that the people in AniTAY would recommend, It doesn’t exactly represent personal preferences, which I always like to keep in mind when some form of discussion happens, like writing. My solution?…

What are Huawei Phones like? Nexus 6P & P8 Family Comparison

The Google Nexus line has always been prided on solid hardware with great software support, but one with the 6p, they Google teamed up with Huawei, a chinese brand that’s relatively unknown in the states. So now that Huawei’s the newest member of the nexus OEM family, the question is, is their hardware any good, and…