Anime ABC’s – J Voting Round

 

Come One, Come All & Cast Your Vote!

After the insanely fast pace I got the previous rounds’ winner out, it’s already time for another voting round. As usual, be sure to encourage others to vote so your picks have a higher chance at winning. Let’s try to avoid a tie this time too 😉

Anime ABC J Voting Round [LINK] <- Click Me!

Voting will remain open from today until 10/26/17 11:59 PM PST.

Thank you again for voting as this series couldn’t be done without you. I look forward to seeing which title will win this time around!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community focused event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all people can participate in this event, even if you know nothing about anime! So how exactly does this all work? It’s simple! Just follow the link above and vote for as many of the listed shows (or provide your own) that seem interesting to you. Each round moves to the next letter in the alphabet, so the current “J” round is the tenth anime ABC’s. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety with each passing round.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for:  Anohana, Bacanno!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Erased, Flowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s), Hai to Gensou no Grimgaror I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now and be sure to come back next week to see which show ended up winning this round.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?

Mixed Feelings

First impressions for Rei are not good. The first episode is a forced fanservice episode that doubles as a pool episode. It’s meant to be funny, and to some degree it is, but that’s not why you’re here. Rei is meant to tie up the few loose ends that Kai had in its conclusion. So does it deliver on that front? Let’s dive in and find out! Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?”

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (Season 2) – Some Much Deserved Answers

Fight for a Perfect World

If you haven’t read my review of season one, you should take a moment to do that. I’m going to assume you have some knowledge of season one in this review, so there will be some spoilers in this post. Kai is the follow up to Higurashi’s first season that delivers some much needed answers. Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai (Season 2) – Some Much Deserved Answers”

Just Something About LynLyn Nominated Me For The Unique Blogger Award

Wow, Haven’t Done a Blogger Chain in a LONG Time!

This time I’ve been nominated for The Unique Blogger Award by Lyn over at Just Something About LynLyn. She’s super amazing and you should definitely check out both her site and post for this chain as well! Lyn covers all sorts of stuff from Korean drama, anime, manga, and books. Thanks again for the nomination! 🙂

The Rules:

#1 – Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

#2 – Answer the questions.

#3 – In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.

#4 – Ask them 3 questions

Lyn’s Questions

1. If you could create a national holiday, what would it be and why?

This is a tricky question. I really have no idea. Maybe something to do with honoring exemplary media such as films, TV, books, etc… That would be cool. No clue what to call that though.

2. Do you listen to Kpop? Who is your favorite artist and why?

I listen to a wide variety of music, which does include Kpop. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a favorite artist because it isn’t something that I listen to a lot and don’t really know any artists. Sorry my answer is so boring haha.

3. What’s your current song obsession?

Ah, this one is easier! Lately, I have been finding this song to be quite enjoyable:

I heard this song through my “Discover Weekly” playlist. It always has such interesting music but this is the one I’ve enjoyed most recently. ‘The Willow Maid’ tells a story and has that Celtic sound that I tend to enjoy. A bit on the longer side but if you like this sort of thing that isn’t a bad thing.

My Nominees:

I never really know who’s been nominated for these things or not so sorry for any repeats if there are any.

I know it’s not a lot but the other people who came to mind I know for sure were nominated recently.

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite board game and why?
  2. Which horror anime is your go-to pick for Halloween?
  3. What trope do you think is most overused in anime?

Thanks again Lyn for the nomination and I hope everybody has fun with this 🙂

‘Battle of the Sexes’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Looking back on ‘Battle of the Sexes’ – based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs – I realize that it is a true product of its time; from the 70’s-style version of the Fox Searchlight Pictures logo, and its fuzzy, yet dim, VHS cassette tape look, to its timely look at sexuality and equal rights. Everything about this biographical sports drama – directed by the husband-and-wife duo of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘Ruby Sparks’) – was made to be put into a time capsule for the Academy to view nearly 45 years later, but not before letting the world view what was inside. It is a fascinating spectacle that manages to be entertaining, charming, and triumphant!

One cannot see ‘Battle of the Sexes’ and not feel a glimmer of Emma Stone’s toothy smile and determined nature in her turn as King; who was a champion tennis player, as well as an advocate for equal rights; (The role was played by Holly Hunter in Jane Anderson’s 2001 film ‘When Billie Beat Bobby’) the same could be said for Steve Carell’s portrayal of Riggs, (Portrayed by Ron Silver in ‘When Billie Beat Bobby’) where he yuks it up during practice sessions where he hits the balls with a frying pan while jokingly saying “I’m cooking!”, or by dressing up as Little Bo Peep, whose sheep are running rampant on the court. All this makes him more of an entertainer than the “male chauvinist pig” he claims to be. Both Stone and Carell are entertaining to watch. As King and Riggs, they are as immersed as you expect them to be. I expect both to get nominations in the acting categories for next year’s Oscars; and I would not be surprised if ‘Battle of the Sexes’ gets a shot at fitting in the ‘Best Picture’ category as well. 

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?

Murder is Better with Friends

I’ve been really excited for this week of the October Review Fest because I get to talk about one of my favorite anime series, Higurashi. This was a series I watched not too far into my anime journey and I loved every minute of it. I’ve since seen the show a couple times over and it is still cemented as one of my favorites. Here’s my look at the first season and why you should watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?”

Outlast – A Found Footage Game you Can Play

It’s no Secret that I Love Horror Games

Given the time of year, I thought this was the perfect time to talk about Outlast. This game from Red Barrels takes the premise of a found footage horror film and puts you in the role of the camera man. You play as a reporter looking into a tip about an insane asylum. Pretty cliché in that department, but the game is a great time. Continue reading “Outlast – A Found Footage Game you Can Play”

Mysterium – Is This Your Card?

Welcome to a Gathering of the World’s Best Spiritualists

Your purpose is to channel the spirit of a murdered man and determine who the culprit is. Mysterium is a lot like Clue, except way better. If you’ve ever played Dixit before, then you should also feel at home with how the game works. You’ll be transfixed by the hauntingly beautiful artwork and murder mystery that is set before you. Can you solve the murder before it’s too late? Continue reading “Mysterium – Is This Your Card?”

Music Review: Thy Art is Murder – This Hole is not Deep Enough for the Twelve of You/Infinite Death (Demo and EP review)

Brutality, controversy and the beginnings of a genre 

It’s the early 2000’s and for many years the metal world has been gradually growing into more genres than you can count! One of the genres to grow from the Extreme Death Metal family was Deathcore, a blend of Death Metal and Grindcore; which is fast, heavy and abrasive. Today we’ll be taking a look into the beginnings of arguably one of the most popular early Deathcore bands still around; Thy Art is Murder.

Warning: The contents of this article contain song titles, and themes that are not suitable for everybody. They contain, violent, anti-religious and misogynistic themes. 

I do not support the views present in these songs I just enjoy the music.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Film Review

Grade: A

In 1982, a filmmaker named Ridley Scott (‘Alien’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Martian’) took us to a world never before imagined by the human mind. In this world lied breathtaking sights, new and innovative technology, and ideas that would shape life as we know it for the future. No matter how many times this world has been revisited, it still manages to captivate all who visit it to this day, remaining a cultural phenomenon and an experience to witness; it was the world of ‘Blade Runner’! Now, 35 years later, Director Denis Villeneuve (‘Arrival’, ‘Sicario’) takes us back to that same world; only this time, almost everything has changed. The sights we saw have evolved into colorful giants of virtuality and 3-dimensional realism; and while some of the technology remained the same, the world itself has expanded into a bigger, fully realized city of danger and possibilities; The year is now 2049!

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