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Symphonic Rain review

Popularized by works like Key’s Kanon and Air, as well as Circus’ Da Capo, nakige (meaning a “crying game”) is a common sub-genre in the visual novel medium. But despite the melodramatic moniker, there are ...

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NEKOPARA Vol. 3 review

Spend the day strolling through Akihabara, and you’ll inevitably be invited into a multitude of maid cafes, each promoting their own unique theme. Beyond the frilly French maid costumes at Maidreamin or the cosplay ninjas ...

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Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds review

2012’s Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Bloom was released at an unfortunate time, just as the PSP’s user base was beginning to erode. But those who did get an opportunity to play the Aksys-published title ...

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The Eden of Grisaia review

What is the concept? Following The Fruit of Grisaia’s (Gurizaia no Kajitsu) 2011 release in Japan, Sekai Project mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising nearly half a million dollars to fund an English localization for ...

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NEKO-NIN exHeart review

Purportedly influenced by nekomata, the feline-like yōkai present in Japanese mythology, cat-girls have a fairly extensive history. In the 1960s, manga like Hakaba no Kitarō (Kitarō of the Graveyard) began showcasing a young woman who ...

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Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness review

Production I.G’s 2012 crime-thriller, Psycho-Pass, was built upon a number of thematic elements that might be familiar to western audiences. Recalling the ‘pre-cognition’ motif of Minority Report, the anime transported viewers to a dystopian, futuristic ...

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The Silver Case review

While success can stimulate bigger budgets, and a push toward larger audiences, it’s an artist’s early efforts that can be remarkably revealing. Largely, that’s the case with The Silver Case, a title designed, directed, and ...

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Miniature Garden review

In Japan, fall is the time for bunkasai, (school festivals) which are usually festive affairs. Typically held on Saturdays or Sundays, it’s an opportunity for each class to show off some of the things they’ve ...

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Zero Escape: The Nonary Games review

Released stateside in 2010, Chunsoft’s 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was an experience ahead of its time. With the exception of the Ace Attorney series, visual novels were still a remarkably niche genre ...

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