Jason Young

Jason Young

Former staff editor, occasional contributor to The-O Network. Part athlete, part avid gamer, 100% otaku certified.  

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Vita) Review stars

Culminating from over three years of work, Danganronpa V3 brings the murder-mystery series to its pinnacle after numerous game and anime releases, the most recent being the anime-exclusive Danganronpa 3. Although it does feature an entirely new cast of characters, V3 is definitely not for newbies to the series.

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (PS4) Review stars

As a love letter to horror fans, PQube’s localization of the 2015 HD remaster for ROIGame’s White Day: A Labyrinth Named School still stands as one of the definitive grandparents of the first-person “hide-and-seek simulation” horror genre. Although the game still feels archaic at times, especially when compared to more recent first-person horror games such as the Outlast series or Resident Evil 7, the developer’s original creative vision still manages to shine through with the game’s unique blend of school simulation, visual novel elements, hiding mechanics and, of course, creepy ambiance.

AOD 2017 Impressions stars

As one of the up-and-coming anime conventions in the Bay Area, AOD has treated incumbent attendees with a wealth of increase in terms of potential over the past few years since their humble beginnings in San Francisco. After last year’s convention at Santa Clara, which was considered a success to me, I was originally disappointed to see that they had moved from the convention center proper to the nearby Santa Clara Marriott when I first heard about it.

Steins;Gate 0 (PS4/Vita) Review stars

Obvious: spoilers for the first Steins;Gate game ahead!

Having first reviewed JAST USA’s PC release of Steins;Gate in 2014, I had originally thought that this well-told time-travel story was complete and had nowhere left to go. Sure, I’d watched the movie Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu but to me, the story of Okabe reaching the Steins Gate world line to save both Kurisu and Mayuri was complete though even that felt a bit superfluous. Now after hearing about, and having played, the “sequel/expansion pack” Steins;Gate 0 I’m glad I’ve never been so wrong.

Silent Siren "S" Album Review stars

As a whole, the four-female member band Silent Siren is an exemplary piece of the modern Japanese music puzzle. Although the members, Suu (Sumire Yoshida as Vo & Gt.), Hinanchu (Hinako Umemura on Dr.), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on Ba.), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on Key.), all started off as fashion models in Japan, their passion and talent for music has helped them gain attention from music lovers across the globe since their inception in 2012.

Muv-Luv Kickstarter Campaign is now Live! stars

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Earlier today, DEGICA and IXTL announced that the previously revealed Muv-Luv Kickstarter has gone live. Written by Koki Yoshimune in 2003, the campaign is hoping to raise $250,000.00 to by November 3rd bring the Muv-Luv universe to English shores. Additionally, the company announced that they will be inviting one lucky winner to Japan to meet the production team and hang out with them on an all-expenses paid trip for one week.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita) Review stars

As the latest entry into its ongoing saga, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls shelves away all of the trials, relationship building and evidence collecting from the main flagship titles and replaces them with an action-packed third person shooter (TPS) spinoff that focuses on Makoto Naegi’s sister Komaru and Toko from the first game. Considering that the game was taking away what many considered quintessential pieces of the series, many fans including myself, were worried that something would be lost in developing the spin-off as a TPS rather than as a full-fledged third adventure title.

J-POP Summit 2015 Impressions stars

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Celebrating the seventh year since their inception, J-POP Summit 2015 in San Francisco was simply a resounding success. Building upon their excellent traction in attendance from last year, this year's event would prove to be a defining crossroad for the annual festival as it was the first year that the organizers decided to charge for attendance in addition to moving it to a new centralized location; or as one of the event's organizers Erik Jansen put it, “it's a reboot of the entire event.”

Special Momoiro Clover Z Event To Be Held @ Anime Expo 2015 on Day 0! stars

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In preparation for their upcoming concert at Anime Expo 2015, there will be a special Momoiro Clover Z event at the JW Marriott/Platinum Ballroom on Day 0, Wednesday July 1 from 7-9PM. It will feature the proper steps and techniques so fans can learn about otagei and follow along with the lovely members of Momoiro Clover Z during their concert. Concert ticket holders will get priority seating. In addition, there appears to be a "special guest" at the screening too!

FanimeCon 2015 Impressions stars

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As the premiere anime convention in the San Francisco Bay Area, our expectations for FanimeCon 2015 were raised after their numerous improvements from last year over 2013. We were hoping that the hardworking staff would take the lessons they learned throughout the past two years and create a smoother, more efficient convention than ever before; much to our delight they did.

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