Anime ABC’s – E Voting Round

Time Again to Vote!

Anime ABC’s E Voting Round. Vote Here! <—Click Me!

The survey is a touch longer than normal with an additional follow-up survey that is completely optional. This is just to help gauge some interest levels and to make sure I don’t need to make any changes to the existing ABC format.

Voting will be open from today until 2/5/17 at 11:59PM.

Remember to encourage others to vote for your choice. We had a smaller turn out than last time, but that was kind of expected since the voting took place around a holiday. Let’s try and get at least 50 people to vote this time!

Thanks for voting!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all are welcome to participate in determining what anime I’ll be reviewing next for this series. Each voting round cycles to the next letter in the alphabet, that means we are currently on our fith voting round. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety in options each time.

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, or The Devil is a Part-Timer by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Vote to help decide what I review next!

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‘Split’ Film Review

Grade: B+

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M. Night Shyamalan has gone through a rough patch in his filmmaking career, with flops like ‘The Happening’ and ‘The Last Airbender’ under his belt. Thankfully, the man has officially come back to form with last year’s ‘The Visit’, and ‘Split’; his newest film. Whenever we get the news of a new M. Night Shyamalan film, we have one of two reactions. One being of joy and anticipation of his newest twist ending, or disappointment and regret at how awful some of his executions are. Thankfully, ‘Split’ is more entertaining than terrible. This is a film that has a decent buildup with an amazing Oscar-worthy performance by James McAvoy.

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Anime ABC’s – D is for The Devil is a Part-Timer

Comedy That Transcends Cultural Barriers

The Devil is a Part-Timer or Hataraku Maou-sama!  is a rare type of comedy anime that manages to get Western humor right while still feeling Japanese. This is true of both the sub and the dub, but today I’m going to be just talking about the dub as that’s my general preference as most of you know by now. The Devil is a Part-Timer, or Devil as I’ll refer to it from now on, was one of the better shows to come out of the Spring season in 2013. Did the show leave me impressed by the end of its 13 episode run, or did it run out of steam for me?
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Where ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ Fits into the 2016 Presidential Election

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I have a fond love for ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ starring Neil Patrick Harris as the wannabe title villain with a dislike for society. But as I was watching with a friend, I came to the realization that Joss Whedon’s 42-minute musical has an eerie connection to last year’s election. As ridiculous as it seems, this analysis is pure speculation and fan theory. Today, I will talk about the three acts, the mini-series’ characters and how they connect to last year’s controversial presidential election (Now that Donald Trump is president anyway). Let’s get started!

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The Next Few Months – An Update 1/18/16

Hey Everybody

As promised, I wanted to update everybody on what will be going on the next few months here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Some of you may recall that I’m a marketing major attending University and this is the year that I’ll be finishing up and graduating (finally). Unfortunately, this is by far my busiest term and my most critical term thus far.

While I only have 3 classes this term, they are all pretty major. I’m having to retake a nightmare of a class that varies wildly in content and work load each time. The University hasn’t kept the same instructor for this course over the past 2 years and a lot of people fail it since it usually gets handed off to a brand new instructor who may or may not be qualified in the subject. As a result, the class is a lot harder than it should be. That being said, I should do alright this go around so long as I don’t slack off.

My second class is something like a senior project. I’m working with 3 other students to do a research project which we will publish by the end of the term. For now, this class is actually pretty easy and not a lot of work but in about 7 weeks, the work load for this course will explode and I basically won’t be doing anything else for weeks 7-10 this term. If I drop of the grid (which is likely at this point), that’s probably when that will happen and how long it’ll last. Upon conclusion, I can put up the paper we write on the site if people want to read it.

Lastly, I have a fairly straight forward class that is hardly worth mentioning in terms of having any impact on the site. It’s my one “easy” class despite how much work it is. I get to give a cool speech about something I’m passionate about though so I’m taking suggestions.

My classes follow a M/W schedule from 8am-2pm with an occasional Friday class for an hour at noon. This means that I’ll probably prep posts T/R about once a week depending on how much work there is to do. I have an ABC related post in the works that will likely drop next week. The next round of voting will also start soon for that as well, this time will be for the letter E. Jacob will still be around posting off and on as per the usual too.

Don’t forget, I also have a job and other stuff I have to do. Since this site is just for fun and I don’t do anything to raise money here in any way, the site does take a hit when my work load gets heavier. I’m hoping that there will be minimal impact though outside of those 3 weeks later in the term. If anybody has any questions about what’s going down just let me know in the comments.

-Jon Spencer

‘Selma’ Film Review

Grade: A

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Martin Luther King Jr. day is coming, so it only seemed right for the Pix Theater to show Ava DuVernay’s biopic of the amazing preacher/civil rights leader/public speaker, Martin Luther King Jr. Although it doesn’t show his life from birth (which thank God, it doesn’t), it still manages to capture a time in his life when racism was still relevant and people of color didn’t fully get the rights they needed, which lead Martin to fight for equal rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery with tons of people who joined in, making history with each step. They can vote now, but are still faced with prejudice and hate crimes, including violence. That alone makes ‘Selma’ relevant to today’s world of cinema. It came out in late 2014 (just in time for the 2015 Oscars), but its relevancy and social commentary still hold up today when crime and racial issues are heavily on the rise.

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‘Live By Night’ Film Review

Grade: C-

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As Batman in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and Christian Wolff in ‘The Accountant’, Ben Affleck has had a pretty good 2016; although, he hasn’t directed a film since ‘Argo’, which was a very funny and thrilling piece of work that earned 3 Oscars, including Best Picture (but no director nod for Affleck). Here, he has to balance both being behind and in front of the camera; the result is a rushed, squeezed-in gangster flick about adultery, the prohibition-era, and a bit of soul-searching. As a director, Affleck has it covered. The action scenes in this movie are well-handled as well as its costume design and beautiful cinematography. But that’s all ‘Live By Night’ has going for it.

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CG in Anime – A Brief History & Discussion

Love it or Hate it, We’re Stuck With 3D & CG Work in Anime

Since I took a look at Ajin‘s first season earlier this week I thought it might be interesting to explore my thoughts on the use of computer generated content and various 3D elements that are becoming ever present in the anime industry. Before all that though, let’s explore the history of CG in anime.

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Ajin Season 1 Review – The Full 3D CG Anime Experience

Normally Anime Isn’t Fully Digitally Animated & That’s Probably a Good Thing

79202lHowever, every now and then CG and 3D animation is necessary for budgeting, time, or practical reasons. In Ajin’s case, the show is fully done in this manner. While it isn’t always the prettiest in terms of animation, Ajin did manage to capture my attention with its intriguing cast and provocative narrative. Was Ajin a forgotten masterpiece of the 2016 Winter line up, or something that was rightfully passed over by most of the community? Continue reading “Ajin Season 1 Review – The Full 3D CG Anime Experience”

Train Valley Review – Real Time Puzzles, Now With Trains!

Train Valley is a Solid Real Time Puzzle & Micromanagement Game That is not Only Beautiful but Captivating

During the Steam Winter sale this year I picked up a handful of new games, among them was this little gem:  Train Valley. Enjoying both puzzle and train games, I figured I would enjoy a combination of the two, and I was not disappointed. With that being said, this game certainly isn’t for everyone, but it might be for you so consider what I have to say. Continue reading “Train Valley Review – Real Time Puzzles, Now With Trains!”