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.
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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

Kairosoft Stole All My Free Time Again with Anime Studio Story

I thought that I'd never be sucked back in like I have been before... but I was wrong. Very wrong. Following the steps of it's predecessor Game Dev Story and Shirobako, Kairosoft is back for world domination with another new title, Anime Studio Story, and... I've put more time into this game then I'd like to admit. » 2/12/15 9:30pm 2/12/15 9:30pm

FuwaFM Podcast Review: G-Senjou no Maou

Remember that time when I shared that podcast about Ever 17 where I used a really snarky transition from title to text? Sorry, no such transition here, but I do have a podcast to share! This is the FuwaFM Podcast review of G-Senjou no Maou, so if you didn't get enough of me talking/not talking in the AniTAY… » 2/09/15 8:58pm 2/09/15 8:58pm

Ani-TAY Reviews: eden* - They were only two, on the planet

Dexomega: Hi guys. Today Rockmandash and I are talking about a visual novel together (a first for us!). This particular VN is eden* by minori and published by Mangagamer in English. Those familiar with minori know that it shares a lot of literary similarities to Makoto Shinkai's work. eden* is no different. » 2/03/15 1:33am 2/03/15 1:33am

Rockmandash Reviews: Narcissu 1st & 2nd [Visual Novel]

I spend a lot of time talking about being attached to a story and why it’s important. Today on Rockmandash Reviews, we have Narcissu, an indie Visual Novel that is a great example of this; It’s a short but powerful VN which focuses on the story of those who’s only future is death, moving the player in ways they would… » 12/31/14 12:00pm 12/31/14 12:00pm