The Marble Olympics – Something Cool I Found & Had to Share

You’ll Want to Check This Out!

For today I’ll be talking about something totally different than usual, I’m going to be recommending you a YouTube channel I stumbled across earlier this week. What do you get when you combine marble courses, sports commentary, and excellent production? You’d end up with the channel, “Jelle’s Marble Runs” which is filled with all sorts of cool marble videos, most notably, the annual MarbleLympics. Trust me, this is one satisfying experience with a bit more to it than you might expect. Continue reading “The Marble Olympics – Something Cool I Found & Had to Share”

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Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma – Reviewing Them All Part 3

The Final Part of one Crazy Trilogy

With three games, the Zero Escape trilogy was something I was excited to embark on. I already took a look at the first game, 999, and the second game, Virtue’s Last Reward (VLR for short), which was a lot of fun to do. If you haven’t read those already, I highly recommend doing so since I’ll be referring back to the other games in this look at the final game, Zero Escape:  Zero Time Dilemma (ZTD for short). Even if you haven’t played the other games don’t worry, I will have a brief section of the review for newcomers of the franchise and if this series is for you. With that, there will be three sections:  a section on this game as a standalone work, a spoiler-free look at ZTD that will refer back to the previous game, and a more detailed look at ZTD with spoilers. Let’s dive in! Continue reading “Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma – Reviewing Them All Part 3”

Three Year Blog-a-versary

Happy Birthday!

The site turned three yesterday so I thought I’d make a little post here as a thanks to everybody who has helped support the site over the years. I really appreciate everybody who stops by whether you are a long-time reader or somebody new, everybody who comes and supports the site makes it all the better!

With each passing year the site has grown and grown, becoming larger and larger with each passing month. We hit a lot of great milestones this year by consistently reaching 100+ views per day and exceeding 400 followers! Again, I really can’t overstate how awesome everybody has been to make the site so awesome.

Of course numbers aren’t the only thing that matters. Engagement with the stuff we post here has been excellent, which has lead to many wonderful discussions and friendships. I hope that we can continue to have more great times ahead!

This is the part where I would announce a giveaway or something else fun like that but I’m just not financially able to do that. There’s a lot of stuff going on, and has been going on, during these three years. Long-time readers will know that I’ve had troubles with health and employment which sometimes improves for a short time before going back downhill again. Sorry I couldn’t manage that because believe me, I really wish I could do something like that for you guys.

Let’s work hard together to make another great year for the site!

– Jon Spencer

Re-Kan! – Mini Review

Jaw-Dropping Backgrounds

Image result for re-kanFor no particular reason I ended up watching Re-Kan! over an extended period of time. It’s a little comedy about a girl who can see and talk to ghosts that is actually a lot more heart-felt than you might expect at first glance. Re-Kan! is a cute 13 episode show from 2015 that won’t be the next best thing you’ve watched but a good showing if you like fairly straight-forward stories about helping ghosts centered around a group of high school friends. The biggest hurdle for most viewers, however, is the, “unique” backgrounds.

I mentioned I’m not sure why I started watching the show but the reason I stayed was for the backgrounds (plus the first couple of stories were fairly funny and cute). You all thought Hand Shakers and Gonzo productions were bad at times? Man, Re-Kan! is something else. Here’s just a few samples:

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This was just what I could find online with a Google search but watch episode one, be sure to pay special attention to the car in that episode, and you’ll see what I mean. Normally the show looks great but the backgrounds were a huge clash. Considering most of the locations are heavily reused and there isn’t a ton to animate in most scenes, it is such a bizarre choice to have your most used locations look so ugly.

I can’t help but love them though. They always brought a smile to my face and since everything else was a good time it was easy to overlook (well, not exactly easy but I was happy to do it). My personal favorite episodes come toward the end as they become more emotionally weighted. I liked the episodes with the little ghost girl and the main character’s mom the most.

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Unfortunately, in the early episodes especially, their is a pretty awful cat character that likes looking at women’s panties (more like young girls…) so I wasn’t a big fan of that. This being said, there is almost no fanservice in this show which I enjoyed since the cast is mostly female and the genre category is comedy.

Last thing to mention, and this doesn’t have much to do with my previous points, for some reason the OP sounds very similar to the Ghost Stories OP which leads to some unfortunate moments when it is used as sad music in the background. If you haven’t seen Ghost Stories you should definitely check that out too.

Re-Kan! isn’t going to be for everybody but I hope you’ll decide to give it a shot. In the midst of all the new shows that come out each year it can be fun to go back and try random shows you may have missed. Sometimes, you may just be glad you did!


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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Film Review

Grade: A

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

I have never seen a film that is quite as relevant as Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’; based on a true story of how black police officer Ron Stallworth managed to infiltrate the upcoming Ku Klux Klan with the help of a surrogate white officer filling in his shoes. The story is supposedly said to have been “outrageous”, albeit “incredible”; there is no other time for a movie like this to be made, or even seen. Very few may call this propaganda, when in reality, it is a wake-up call to the world dealing with the uprising of white supremacy and the Trump presidency; a thought-provoking commentary on racial tensions if ever there was one!

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‘The Meg’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Jason Statham in The Meg (2018)

With the way ‘The Meg’ was marketed, you would not expect anything more than an action B-movie starring Jason Statham, yet surprisingly, a lot of effort and care has been taken to make sure Jon Turteltaub’s adaptation of Steve Alten’s science-fiction horror novel ‘Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror’ was as thrilling of a shark movie as it could be. Despite having humorous moments, audiences expecting B-movie fun will either be disappointed, or find themselves enjoying what they came for; depending on how they see it. As much of a B-movie lover I am, I walked in expecting nothing more than an entertaining, albeit disposable, bad shark movie fit for the SyFy channel, yet instead walked out of something much more. In fact, I could say that ‘The Meg’ is one of the best shark movies since ‘Jaws’!

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Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works

Hold Up, Something’s Not Right!

You are probably thinking that I’m off my rocker here, “Jon how can a critique not be critical?” and that’s a totally fair question. When I say this I am not saying that a critique of something can’t criticize something, but instead mean that a critique does not always have to be negative. There’s a general misconception that these two things must always come hand-in-hand but do they really? I’d argue, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Continue reading “Critique ≠ Being Critical – A General Discussion on Reviews & Analytical Works”

Dr. Update & Other Stuff

Hey Everybody!

Hope you all are having an excellent day. Today is just a quick update post because yesterday I went to the Dr.’s office. So the news is mixed. On the one hand, certain aspects of the blood test revealed that I’m beyond healthy in some ways but on the other I’m, and this is a quote, “So deficient that nobody has ever heard of it being so low.”

First thing I have to do is take Floric Acid because I guess I am just slightly anemic. The other one is taking a boat load of vitamin D. Apparently I got an, “8” when normal is, “30.” The Dr. said that when it is typically never lower than, “20” and when they see people that low it is concerning. So mine being that low is very bad. He said that if I take the medicine that I should feel a lot better in a few weeks but we’d know for sure after we do the followup in three months.

What does this mean for content? Probably no change outside of minor restructuring this week since I have to do things like contact my job developer and the like. Friday should have something but I just don’t know what yet.

As for everything else. I’m working through the Psycho-Pass rewatch and polled everybody about how they wanted me to do that ABC Review. I may end up splitting it into parts because this is one of those shows that is really dense but I don’t know how much of what I might have to say is unique enough to warrant actually doing. I’ll keep folks posted on this.

Additionally, I have been going hard at the final Zero Escape game so that should be coming in the next 2 weeks or so if I continue at this pace. After that I’ll probably play the Psycho-Pass VN and a horror game in preparation for October. I want to do another Halloween month but I don’t know if I can fill a whole month with themed content again. I’ll look to that but if you have a suggestion for a show, film, or game please let me know.

Of course if you have any questions or concerns about anything please feel free to ask them here in the comments, on Twitter (DM or otherwise), or email me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com, whatever works for you. I’d appreciate any monetary support you can throw my way, so please click the button below if you’d like to do that. Otherwise, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here again soon!

One Punch Man – Mini Review

An Everyday Hero

Image result for one punch manYou may remember that I reviewed Mob Psycho 100 awhile back for Anime ABC’s. In that review I talk a lot about this series, One Punch Man, due to the fact that it was created by the person known as, “One.” Today I’ll be doing a brief review on One Punch Man, specifically focusing on my favorite part of the show, The Deep Sea King arc.

A quick overview of the show for those unfamiliar, OPM follows Saitama who is the strongest superhero ever. He is so strong that he can beat every bad guy with a single punch. Largely being a parody of other superpower shonen battle series like Dragon Ball Z, it is fairly comedy focused with some pretty awesome fights sprinkled in for good measure. The premise may make this sound boring, but it is a pretty solid experience across 12 episodes in season one.

However, I don’t love OPM for any of these reasons and think it is a comparatively weaker show to its counterpart, Mob Psycho 100, but with one major exception. That’s right, The Deep Sea King arc.

In this arc a terrible monster from the sea comes and tries to take over the surface. It is dominating heroes left and right. Everything seems pretty bleak with almost no hope left for the citizens of the town. Then, riding on his bicycle, Mumen Rider shows up (think Kamen Rider but just a normal dude) filling the people with hope.

Mumen Rider is just a normal person with no special powers, yet in the show he is often shown to be highly praised for doing basic good deeds around the city. In the world of OPM, he’s given many opportunities to advance higher in the hero hierarchy but refuses to because that isn’t the point of being a hero to him. His message is about how you should always step in and act because even a small effort can result in being the hero for someone else.

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If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s a video made by Mother’s Basement that explains what I’m talking about here in more detail.

Naturally he gets beat pretty badly by The Deep Sea King and Saitama swoops in to save the day. However, Saitama recognizes the validity in Mumen Rider’s actions and decides to give him credit for the victory by implying the combined efforts of the other heroes and, mostly, Mumen Rider is why he was able to win. This ends up making people kind of hate Saitama but Mumen is well aware of what Saitama did for him.

For me, this is a powerful moment in the show that makes the entire thing worth it. I was genuinely moved by the futile attempts to save the day that Mumen Rider made, even on repeat viewings. If you haven’t seen the show, I do recommend it but not for the reasons most people do. Sure, it’s a funny show and there are cool fights sometimes, but this hard-hitting moment about what it means to truly be a hero is what makes this worth watching.


What are your thoughts on One Punch Man? Do you agree with me about Mumen Rider or was this show more about the comedy for you? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. Here’s the part where I ask for money, nobody ever cares about this part. Click the button below I guess if you actually read this section; that’s how you give me money so I can do stuff. Lastly, I do appreciate you stopping by and giving this a read. Hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito – There Was a Sequel Film the Whole Time?!?

A Proper Sequel or Flashback Fodder?

Image result for planetarian filmIt’s no secret that I loved the short ONA series Planetarian when I first watched and wrote about it September 2017. When it FINALLY got a Blu-ray and DVD release from Funimation earlier this year I absolutely had to purchase it. That’s when I learned this little gem had a sequel film the whole time! Obviously, I had to watch this film and determine if this properly followed things up or was absolutely unnecessary. Continue reading “Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito – There Was a Sequel Film the Whole Time?!?”