by Jason Young, Staff Editor, Inside AX- Anime Expo
If you haven’t heard, Apple’s iPhone is finally coming to America’s most reliable network on February 10. Yes, that means that users of the Big Red will finally be able to join the millions of existing AT&T iPhone users out there in creating the ultimate unproductive society! Bosses everywhere, beware. What does this mean for you though, our dearest Inside Anime Expo reader? Lots. For starters, here’s a list of the best and most recommended iPhone Apps for all of you anime and manga lovers out there.
Did you know that you can stream anime on your phone? Yah, it’s pretty awesome isn’t it? The only catch though is that you need to be connected to a wireless signal, which is pretty easy to find nowadays. The app is great if you’re one of those people who love anime but say, “I don’t have time to sit in front of a computer anymore!” No longer! Now you can stay completely unproductive in the work environment by downloading Crunchyroll’s anime app. Fully compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPad, streaming anime on your phone is a piece of cake. Now if they can just add a work-safe button.
Barcode Kanojo (free)
This one is for all of you bishoujo lovers out there. You know who you are, no need to hide it. With a simple scan of a barcode you can have your own personal girlfriend in your pocket! Visit her house, flirt, buy gifts and even steal girlfriends from other users. It’s just like having a real girlfriend, except for having to put up with any potential homicidal tendencies. Anything goes in Barcode Kanojo. Best of all it’s free!
Mirai Clock (free)
Bored of your ordinary drab office clock? Then Danny Choo has a present for you. Featuring his official mascot character Mirai at work, you will never feel lonely in the office again as long as you have this app open. No matter what time it is.
Mushihimesama Bug Panic ($4.99)
Developed by famed shmup CAVE, Mushihimesama Bug Panic is an exclusive shooter/top-down action game hybrid that will have you using seed bombs to bring peace to the insect kingdom. With game center achievements, multiple levels, intuitive controls and a difficulty that’s often on par with their other games, Bug Panic is one game that you won’t want to miss.
Kira Kira ($9.99)
Number two on my list of the top ten visual novels available commercially in English, Kira Kira tells the story about a group of high school teenagers who decide to form a band as part of their school’s cultural day. Like Antoine Dodson, the group becomes an instant hit overnight thanks to a Youtube-like website and begins to tour around Japan. With over forty hours of gameplay, it’s a must-own for any anime lover. Experience the drama and joys of living in an imperfect society with the power of rock and roll!
A short and sweet visual novel developed by indy game developer Ayu Sakata of sakevisual, Ripples is about a young energetic girl who meets a hard-headed man and their encounter in a park. It’s short, sweet and decent production values makes the game one of the better entrance gateways to the realm of English-produced visual novels.
and of course…
The Official Anime Expo App (free)
Are you planning on going to this year’s biggest anime convention Anime Expo in July? If you are, then you’re going to want to pay attention to this announcement. With better schedules, maps and a more user-friendly interface, Anime Expo’s app will be re-released for both the iPhone and Google Android later this year.