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No One But You Review

Sometimes, it’s great to sit down and play a game or experience a visual novel in short bursts and No One But You, developed by new studio Unwonted Studios, is a very enjoyable visual novel with an interesting story and twists and turns worth knowing about. It stars Hideaki, a high school student moving back to his childhood hometown. The visual novel is quite a solid experience. It’s characters is interesting, the art work is nice to look at and the soundtrack is nice to hear. Of course, expect some bugs that should be patched up as soon as possible. Aside of that, it was a pleasant surprise to see a story with a focus on romance be a very … Continue reading

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Sword Art Online II Part 2 Review (Bluray)

It gets more and more exciting for another release of the Sword Art Online anime series. This steady release of the second season only heightens the excitement for more Sword Art Online. Alas, all good things must come to an end and Sword Art Online II Part 2 is the conclusion of one of the more exciting VRMMOs in the world, Gun Gal Online. Kirito and Sinon are part of the final of the Bullet of Bullets tournament. As they progress, they finally encounter Death Gun, who has been killing the real life counterparts of the in game avatars. With exciting action sequences, an excellent continuation of the plot, great animation and great visuals, the second part of this first … Continue reading

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Gahkthun of the Golden Lightning Review [Adult Content Warning]

There are times where, after a long day at work, the only thought flooding your mind is to sit down in a nice chair, grab the controller (or keyboard and mouse) and just enjoy some video gaming R&R. Sometimes, a visual novel is all it takes to wind you down. In order to experience such a feeling, there must be a compelling story, with interesting characters and excellent dialogue and writing. Beautiful visuals and an inspiring soundtrack are also a must. For Gakhthun of the Golden Lightning, written by Sakurai Hikaru, developed by Lair Soft and published in English by MangaGamer, it seems it’s a big mash up of great moments mixed in with dull and boring moments. The writing … Continue reading

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euphoria Review [Adult Content Warning]

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You awaken alone in a dark room with a collar wrapped around your neck. Urged on by nothing but a door with a green light, you move forward. This is the opening moment of the Visual Novel ‘euphoria’, published by MangaGamer. The horror story focuses on a young “over 18” year old man and his “over 18” year old female classmates as they have to undertake sexual rituals in order to unlock their way out of a sadistic and torturous death game. ‘euphoria’ is definitely a game for the sexual fetishists out there, but it also offers a rather interesting story for those that might not be so inclined. Keisuke Katakou is an 18 years old or older student that … Continue reading

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Nodame Cantabile Review

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Nodame Cantabile follows the story of a couple of students at a musical university, called the Momogaoka College of Music, and tells the story of their relationship with each other. As a slice-of-life comedy drama anime, it may not seem like it would appeal to the usual anime demographics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is bad. It’s actually a rather enjoyable story with rather interesting characters persuing the things that they love in life. The series is released by Siren Visual here in Australia and is animated by J.C. Staff in Japan. It was dubbed by Animax into English. The story in Nodame Cantabile focuses on the life of a musical student named Chiaki Shinichi. Chiaki is an arrogant … Continue reading

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Steel Strider Review

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Steel Strider is the latest side-scrolling mecha shooter from Nyu Media, as developed by Astro Port. The game is a successor to the previous Astro Port title, Gigantic Army, also released by Nyu Media. In Steel Strider, player take control of a humanoid mech as they battle their way through armies of opposing mechas to eventually save the Earth. Much like previous Astro Port games, the difficulty is learning the enemy spawns as you progress. Steel Strider might be the side-scrolling, Contra-like, game that fans of the arcade will want to check out. The story of Steel Strider follows the player as a pilot for a manned Gemini Class Manned Combat Robot, or MCR, as they take down new threats … Continue reading

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Persona 4 The Golden Animation Review

If you’re expecting the full Persona 4 story repackaged with extra content, then this isn’t what you’re looking for. Instead, it is purely focused on the content found in Persona 4 Golden, focusing on the social links of new character Marie and adding extra character development to Tohru Adachi, Dojima’s assistant/lackey. It also includes episodes based on scenes only found in the Vita port of the original game Persona 4 Golden. Despite the disjointed nature of the narrative and a few problems of Marie’s character, this was a enjoyable anime series to watch. The nice art style, character design and voice acting really added to an enjoyable experience. The extra character development to Adachi also provides a more complex layer … Continue reading

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