Project Diva F 2nd is More of the Same (And That's Not a Bad Thing)

It's no exaggeration to say that Hatsune Miku is the most popular virtual idol in the world; so it's not surprising that a new iteration of Project Diva was recently released in Japan. And while Project Diva F 2nd isn't vastly different from its predecessors, it is a welcome addition for anyone who enjoys music games. » 4/22/14 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Dating Sims Improved My Japanese

When I announced my intention to date a virtual girl in the newest iteration of Love Plus by asking all of you to help me choose which romantic foil to go after, I noted that it would not be my first dating sim. Moreover, I mentioned that dating sims are the best tool I know of for expanding your Japanese ability. » 4/22/14 5:00am Tuesday 5:00am

Help Me Choose Which Virtual Girl to Date

Dear readers, I am about to embark on an experience unlike any other in my 30 years of life: I’m going to date a virtual girl in New Love Plus+, the newest game in the (in)famous Japanese dating-sim series. But even before I start, I find myself at an impasse. Which of the game’s romantic foils should I date? » 4/18/14 8:00am Friday 8:00am

Silver Spoon Is an Amazing Slice-of-Life Tale That Transcends Its Genre

I generally hate slice-of-life stories. I find them meandering and pointless. But Silver Spoon stands at the pinnacle of the genre and weaves a tale so full of life lessons, deep characters, and thematic exploration that even I can’t help but love it. » 4/15/14 8:00am 4/15/14 8:00am

Nagi no Asukara is Emotionally Heart-wrenching and Thematically Deep

When I heard there was another anime by the creator of Anohana called Nagi no Asukara in the works, I braced for another round of emotional masochism. But while still a story of loss and love, I was treated to a world under the sea that was as beautiful as it was thematically deep. » 4/11/14 6:40am 4/11/14 6:40am

Fans Take Steins;Gate Audio Drama and Turn It into a Movie

I love the time travel adventure Steins;Gate in all its forms and am always left wanting more. Luckily for me, there are plenty of spin-off games, manga, and light novels out there. There are also several audio dramas—one of which has been turned into an hour-long movie by fans. » 4/11/14 6:00am 4/11/14 6:00am