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Muv-Luv (Vita) Alternative

In contemporary media, commercial success and artistry are inescapably intertwined. Developing a lucrative, long-term property is just as important as the actual storytelling. As evidenced by the output of Hollywood, book publishers, and the game ...

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Muv Luv (Vita) review

Delve into the recent Vita release of Muv-Luv and you won’t immediately understand why the 2003 visual novel is often considered one of the medium’s most prodigious efforts. Split into two distinct arcs, Muv-Luv Extra ...

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Without Within 3 review

Although InvertMouse has a dedicated following, the visual novel director is undoubtedly deserving of ever greater recognition. With a body of work that encompasses eight titles crafted across the last three years, he’s also remarkably ...

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Steins;Gate 0 review

All too often, sequalization is motivated by money rather than any earnest attempt at artistic expression. Perhaps that’s seems like an excessively cynical perspective, but I’ve seen far too many follow-ups that either offer only ...

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Fatal Twelve review

Portrayals of teen deathmatches resonate with the public across a multitude of mediums. Both Koushun Takami’s Battle Royal and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games started as books, before being transformed into films, while the Danganronpa ...

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The 25th Ward: The Silver Case review

In film, auteur theory contends that the director is the primary ‘author’ of a motion picture, responsible for overseeing and uniting the entirety of a movie’s aural and visual elements. As such, a film symbolizes ...

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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms review

Although the conflict only lasted for four days, the Battle of Toba-Fushimi was a pivotal moment in Japanese history. Following the forced opening of the Hakodate and Shimoda ports by Commodore Matthew C. Parry, tensions ...

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Summon Night 6: Lost Borders review

Like Criminal Girls, the Summon Night series has outlived the studio who originally created the franchise. The inaugural entry, its three subsequent follow-ups, and several spin-offs were all crafted by Gifu-based Flight-Plan, which departed from ...

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony review

In one of Hollywood’s best meta-analyses, Scream 2 explained the difficulties of crafting a slasher film sequels. Identifying larger body counts, more elaborate and gruesome death scenes, and the apparent immortality of the franchise’s bad ...

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