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 Yesterday 4:39pm

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

Rockmandash Reviews: Hanasaku Iroha [Anime]

Even though I write a lot of reviews on anime, there are so many shows I haven't seen. When Dex put Hanasaku Iroha in the Also Recommended section of the end card for our Glasslip review and I saw how much people liked it in the comments, I thought now would be a good time to check it out. Welcome to Rockmandash… » 10/09/14 4:00pm 10/09/14 4:00pm

Rockmandash Rambles: Fate/stay night Hype!

Over the past few months, I've been writing about everything related to Fate/stay night, and everything in the Type Moon universe, in anticipation for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. While I have a review on Fate/stay night, it covers my thoughts on how good I think it is, it only has brief description on my… » 9/28/14 9:00pm 9/28/14 9:00pm

Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?: Rockmandash's Ani-TAY Review

Whenever I see a comedy harem show, I immediately think it's one of two things: An enjoyable yet really stupid show that I can't help but love, or a show that's executed poorly. Today, we have Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?, a comedy harem adapted by Silver Link that just so happens to be the latter, but has hints of… » 9/27/14 7:44pm 9/27/14 7:44pm

Rockmandash Rambles: Fate/Zero Revisited

In preparation for Fate/stay night, and because I felt like marathoning something with decent storytelling and an interesting world, I decided I'd rewatch Fate/zero. I've never been the biggest fan of Urobucher stuff, and I hated Aoki's directing in Aldnoah.Zero, but looking back, was I wrong about Fate/Zero? » 9/23/14 7:45pm 9/23/14 7:45pm

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun: Rockmandash's Ani-TAY Review

I love a good Shoujo from time to time, and I'm sure you've probably enjoyed some too. They are entertaining, comedic and touch your heart. But what exactly goes into making such a work? Welcome to this review of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun, a comedy series about the production of a Shoujo manga. » 9/21/14 6:00pm 9/21/14 6:00pm