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… »11/24/15 4:32pm11/24/15 4:32pm


RockmanDash Reviews: G-Senjou no Maou [Visual Novel]

While Visual Novels usually slow affairs with either meticulous writing or Slice of life, There’s always an exception to the rule, and now this exception to the rule has made it’s way to the west. With great pacing, a beautiful story and a tense tone that really makes it feel like a thriller, G-Senjou no Maou by… »11/21/15 2:30pm11/21/15 2:30pm

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… »11/15/15 7:13pm11/15/15 7:13pm

RockmanDash Reviews: Sound of Drop - fall into poison [Visual Novel]

How do you deal with lingering feelings, dripping into your soul like poison? Do you face them, or in your attempt to swim, do you sink? Sound of Drop - fall into poison is a mystery horror VN that deals with such themes, and does it’s best to make a great experience... but is it enough? »11/10/15 11:00pm11/10/15 11:00pm

Kara no Shojo - The Second Episode: The Kotaku Review

The original Kara no Shojo was one of the most violent and psychologically disturbing games I have ever played. And while the second is also full of brutal murder and complex mysteries, it never quite reaches the soul-crushing despair of the first. »11/10/15 12:22am11/10/15 12:22am

RockmanDash Reviews: Cursed Sight [Visual Novel]

There’s something rather interesting to see (or rather, not see) when it comes to deeper and darker stories. Cursed Sight is a Visual Novel that looks upon those concepts as it focuses on those who are cursed, from one with the curse of killing those with one look and the duty of controlling fate, to those being stuck… »11/06/15 7:30pm11/06/15 7:30pm

​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. »10/13/15 2:31am10/13/15 2:31am

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?… »10/05/15 10:53am10/05/15 10:53am

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… »9/29/15 3:29pm9/29/15 3:29pm

Charlotte: The AniTAY Review

When I first heard about Charlotte, I didn’t know what to think. For Key’s 15th anniversary, They decided to pair up with PA Works, which sounds good on paper, especially because they both make great works that work well together, but the last time they did that, we got Angel Beats!, a show that had feelz, but was… »9/28/15 1:35pm9/28/15 1:35pm

Xiaomi Mi4c - Midrange Beast with Flagship Features

Now the third largest phone manufacturer in the world and the leading smartphone manufacturer in china, Xiaomi’s been bringing amazing specs for extremely low prices, and with the Mi4C, they’ve one upped themselves once again, bringing flagship features to budget/midrange prices. »9/24/15 8:03pm9/24/15 8:03pm

Chuwi Hi8 Review: An Affordable, High-Quality Tablet for $100

This time we have a rather unusual device to review. While we usually review devices with official support, we have a tablet from China called the Chuwi Hi8 running Windows 8 with Bing (Upgradable to Windows 10 & Dual Boots to android). Also, For those Star Wars fans, you’re not the only ones who thought about it,… »9/24/15 4:53am9/24/15 4:53am

RockmanDash's Top 10 Non-Ghibli Anime Films

When you think about Anime, rarely do you think about Anime films. Almost all of the popular Anime are TV series, and even when you start thinking about Anime Films, most people go straight to Ghibli, for a reason... they make excellent films, and there aren’t a lot of alternatives out there. That being said, these… »9/21/15 3:29pm9/21/15 3:29pm

Castle Town Dandelion: The AniTAY Review

The Sakurada family is a pretty ordinary family of eleven people living in a solitary house. Except for one tiny little fact: their father is the king, and each of the children has special powers. Also, to ensure their safety and to help citizens decide the next king, the town is observed by more than 200 security… »9/19/15 9:32pm9/19/15 9:32pm

Introducing KMTech - News & Reviews about Interesting & Affordable Technology

Technology. It’s a field aiming for the best, always making leaps and bounds to push the boundaries, but along the disruption on the high end, there’s a much less talked about aspect that’s just as disruptive... the race to the bottom, where engineering pushes better tech cheaper and cheaper. This is KMTech, my new… »9/17/15 1:13am9/17/15 1:13am

The Rationality & Philosophy behind Taykōbon's Redesign

Design affects how we perceive everything we see, and if you look around the AniTAY community, you can really see that ethos around. I’ve been redesigning all of the assets from AniTAY itself to my blog and now Taykōbon, but unlike my blog and AniTAY itself, I actually have a story and rationality/philosophy to tell… »9/04/15 12:56am9/04/15 12:56am

If You're Into Visual Novels, Play Steins;Gate

If you were on the Internet in 2000, you may remember John Titor, a message board poster who said he had traveled back through time from a post-apocalyptic 2036, ravaged by World War III and the collapse of federal government. Titor, as it turned out, wasn’t real. But he stuck in people’s heads, and he makes a central… »8/26/15 5:06pm8/26/15 5:06pm

RockmanDash Reviews: Grisaia no Kaijitsu [Visual Novel]

There’s always that one work in which many people claim it’s one of the best in the medium. In the VN community, Grisaia no Kaijitsu by Frontwing was such a work, seen as amazing and loved by many. Now that I’m reviewing it, it begs the question: Is Grisaia no Kaijitsu truly the fantastic game as many fans say it is?
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Rockmandash Reviews: Ame no Marginal [Visual Novel]

Have you ever felt that your pain would never go away, continuing with no end in sight? This is the focus of Ame no Marginal, a Short VN by Stage-Nana, the creator of the absolutely fantastic Narcissu. Transported into a strange and mysterious world, where there is nothing but rain and sorrow, we see a moving tale… »8/04/15 8:50pm8/04/15 8:50pm