“This story is dedicated to all those otakus who fight against injustice and corruption every day of their lives”, opens Dog of Dracula 2. Don’t worry if you missed Dog of Dracula 1. The intro explains that after overthrowing the tyrant who banned condiments, most of the world is now jacked into the cyberbahn under megacorp monitoring. It ends: “2000 A.D. Nuevo Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E.”
Some of that might sound familiar. Dog of Dracula 2 is a free interactive novel bulging with references to anime, ’90s pop culture, junk food, video games, movies, and all that jazz. It’s funny, odd, and self-aware enough to make that work far better than it might sound.