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1:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Review: Steins;Gate

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Stein...

Brittany Vincent


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2:00 PM on 03.18.2014

New videos of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax!

Arcade fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax has released in Japan, and we have a ton of videos to look at!  Developed by Ecole Software and French Bread, known for their work on the Melty Blood franchise, Dengeki...

Dae Lee

6:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Pick up Go! Go! Nippon on Steam

You certainly can't complain that there aren't enough ways to get your hands on OVERDRIVE's visual novel/Japan travel guide Go! Go! Nippon~My First Trip to Japan: you can download it from MangaGamer, we let you know...

Karen Mead



Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc photo
Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
by Chris Walden

I'll be honest with you. Before playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the first time, I had to dust off my PS Vita, charge it up for a few hours and install a stack of updates. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've gone through these motions in order to play a game on this handheld, as the software library just hasn't been that appealing to me. To give you some perspective, the last game I played was Persona 4: The Golden. According to my Backloggery page, I finished it on April 5th, 2013. 

Of course, this is just how I've fared, and I'm sure there are loads of games out there that many others have had a good time with. Saying that, there are a fair few titles coming out soon that have my interest, including Mind Zero, Project Diva F 2nd and of course, Danganronpa

But would this odd-looking bear and his devilish personality ultimately win me over, or would my Vita find itself banished back to a dark corner to patiently await the next game? You're just going to have to read on and find out.

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12:00 PM on 01.13.2014

JAST talks about difficulties with Starry Sky

Sometimes, the reality of business ruins the fun for everyone. This time around, that adage refers to the state of Starry Sky, a popular visual novel targeted to female audiences. Two years ago at Anime Expo, JAST expressed i...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 01.07.2014

Christine Love's next visual novel has the longest title

Indie game developer Christine Love is probably the best case for feeling positive about the increasing visibility of visual novels in western gaming culture. Her games, which include Digital: A Love Story, Analogue: A H...

Josh Tolentino



Final Impressions: Little Busters! Refrain photo
Final Impressions: Little Busters! Refrain
by Chris Walden

I commented several times that I didn't think that Little Busters! Refrain would wrap up completely within thirteen episodes. In fact, the midpoint of the series was moving at such a sluggish pace that it seemed all would be revealed in a movie sequel, or a few OVAs. Having not played the visual novel, I could only judge based on where I thought the show was going, and considering the twists and turns towards the end, there's no wonder I was proven wrong!

Indeed, Little Busters! Refrain wrapped up in the final episode, bringing the latest anime adaptation of a Key work to a close. I'm sure there are a lot of us already accustomed to Key's style of merging school kids, bad news and world-changing fantasy, and this was certainly not an exception to the formula. It all got quite crazy towards the end as the loose ends were tied up, so here's my attempt at making sense of it all. A word of warning to those of you that are yet to see this show: there will be spoilers aplenty! 

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6:00 PM on 12.27.2013

Golden Time: Vivid Memories to hit PS Vita in March

I'll admit it: I don't have an official list of "Anime that would make for awesome games," but even if I did, Golden Time wouldn't be on it. I enjoy the show, but I just don't feel this great urge to play as sensitive law stu...

Karen Mead

3:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Hard copies now available at MangaGamer

I know we're living in the future and virtually everything can be downloaded to your computer via streams of data, but sometimes, you just want a nice game box. Sometimes, you just want to have a physical product in your hand...

Karen Mead

10:00 PM on 12.02.2013

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 9

What do you all think about the supernatural and complex plot we've found ourselves in? You could say it was pretty obvious something like this would happen, what with Key's track record, but I'm not sure I've ever seen somet...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 11.26.2013

Nitroplus/5pb. announces Chaos;Child

I don't usually play visual novels, but if I did, I would play the "science adventure" series from Nitroplus/5pb. Not only do these games include stories with interesting food for thought that's above and beyond the usual "Da...

Karen Mead





9:00 AM on 11.26.2013

Annotated Anime: Little Busters!: Refrain Ep. 8

Tired of Kyousuke being miserable all the time? Not to worry, because he doesn't even turn up for this episode. Fine by me, but it means we are faced with cleaning up his mess instead, which proves to be a bigger problem than...

Chris Walden