Project Hydra Attends a Corpse Party for Tortured Souls

Welcome to the second article of Project Hydra, the review series where random AniTAY members review random episodes of a show. Today, we have the 4 episode OVA anime adaptation of a PSP horror game, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. » 12/15/14 2:55pm Monday 2:55pm

OP/ED A Day Example Format

Last month, FruityDrinks (of AniTAY Podcast Fame) pitched an idea called OP/ED A Day, where we would post one article a day on AniTAY where we'd share an OP or ED then talk about it. Some members of our OP/ED A Day Battalion were asking for a format, so I decided I'd make a sample format. Keep in mind that using this… » 12/14/14 7:35pm Sunday 7:35pm

Rockmandash Reviews: Higanbana no Saku Yoru Ni [Visual Novel & Manga]

Every now and then, I'll run into works made by groups that are well known, but the works themselves aren't. From Canaan, which was written by Type-Moon, to Rewrite, which was made by Key, its fun to see these works that are nobody's heard of and be pleasantly surprised by them. Today on Rockmandash Reviews, we have… » 12/08/14 10:25pm 12/08/14 10:25pm

Rockmandash Reviews: Infinity & Zero Escape Marathon [WIP]

I'm pretty well known around here for being a Fate/fanboy, but if there's one thing that I love more than fate, it's Kotarou Uchikoshi works. He's probably my favorite writer, and I started doing reviews because of his works, so I kinda have to do a review marathon of the works he wrote (that I can read). With the… » 11/30/14 8:53pm 11/30/14 8:53pm

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire: The TAY Review

I'm sure that a lot of people also say this, but Pokémon was an essential part of my childhood. When I was in the 3rd grade, I was obsessed with the Pokémon TCG (3rd Gen), and when I finally was able to play the games, I started with DPPT, and soon played RSE after. The third generation was interesting to me; I liked… » 11/26/14 10:45pm 11/26/14 10:45pm

Some Rambling about Serial Experiments Lain

There are 2 things that I can tell you about Lain that I have a concrete opinion on: I like it, and you should watch it. I don't think that I can objectively watch Serial Experiments Lain, and making a review of Lain is something that I find absurd and completely out of the table. I just can't do it... and I'm… » 11/25/14 4:39pm 11/25/14 4:39pm

1984 Review

In my english class, I had the opportunity to re-read one of my favorite books, 1984. I got an assignment that stated that I had to do a speech in newspeak, the fake language in the story... so I sat there trying to figure out what I'd write, until I came up with the brilliant idea that I would do a review of 1984.… » 11/17/14 8:05pm 11/17/14 8:05pm

Music in Media Part 1: Influencing your Experiences

I believe that there is an inherent flaw in the way we typically talk about music in Video Games, or media in general. In reviews or discussions, people tend to gloss over the sound, and on the occasion they discuss it, that discussion is usually composed about if it sounds good or not. The issue is that music in… » 11/11/14 3:45am 11/11/14 3:45am

"Dark & Serious" Anime - A Paradigm of Disappointment

If you've seen an anime in the recent years, you've probably ran into some works that many call "Dark". While many praise these shows as a way to get out of the moe type show that has been prevalent in the past few years, I groan. Throughout my experiences, these "dark" shows have been a consistent cycle of failure… » 11/05/14 10:54pm 11/05/14 10:54pm

Rockmandash's Checklist for Reviews [1.01]

When I write up a review, there are aspects of the work that I try to cover, and the best reviews in my opinion cover all of these. I decided to make a checklist of aspects that need to be covered in reviews, and I thought I might as well share it. Keep in mind that these are just things I think that should be… » 11/04/14 2:33am 11/04/14 2:33am

Rockmandash Reviews+: Ever 17: The Out of Infinity [Visual Novel]

Have you ever played a game that had a strong impression that it started to influence your judgements on everything else? Have you played a game that blew your mind, but barely anybody's ever heard of it? Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews, and this is my review+ of such a game: Ever 17: The Out of Infinity, a visual… » 11/03/14 9:30pm 11/03/14 9:30pm

Apparently making Otome games about YouTubers is a thing now.

This is a thing, and it has popular youtubers like JonTron and PBG.... Why is this a thing. I'm trying to say words but they are not coming out of my mouth. I'd say that I'd buy it to support the western VN community, but I'm not sure if I should get this... For those interested..... LINKU HEREEEEE » 10/31/14 7:10pm 10/31/14 7:10pm

Lucid9 is Promising, but Unpolished

While there are tons of indie games being made out there, it's not that often that you'll find one being made by the Western Visual Novel community. These tend to vary in quality, from the well regarded Katawa Shoujo, to not so great games like Always The Same Blue Sky. When the head of this project asked me to give… » 10/26/14 9:00pm 10/26/14 9:00pm

Rockmandash Reviews: ef - a fairy tale of the two [Visual Novel & Anime]

When I first saw ef - a fairy tale of the two, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The game had the visuals of a Makoto Shinkai film, and I heard almost nothing but praise regarding the story of it. Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews, and today, we have a review of what is one of the most beautiful games I've had… » 10/23/14 10:20pm 10/23/14 10:20pm

Ani-TAY Summer 2014 Seasonal Overview

Every season, we here on Ani-TAY do a list of Anime that You Should be Watching around the middle of the season, an article type that we blatantly stole from Richard Eisenbeis. While this article is an awesome collaboration and it's a great help for those people interested in the currently airing anime, it's not… » 10/13/14 12:00pm 10/13/14 12:00pm