Worst in Season – Spring 2021

Still Too Much Anime!

Alright, the Spring 2021 season was stacked, and after taking a closer look, I realized I watched a pretty big chunk of the shows. Rather than do a bunch of individual reviews, I thought it’d be fun to do a best and worst of list featuring five shows for their respective categories. Today I’m looking at the shows that left a bad taste in my mouth or otherwise missed their mark, along with why I thought this was the case. You’ll likely disagree with some of these, and if you do, that’s fine! I’m glad some folks enjoyed some of these shows, even if I don’t agree. Of course, just like last time, let me know what would have made your list in the comments below. Continue reading “Worst in Season – Spring 2021”

Best in Season – Spring 2021

Too Much Anime!

Alright, the Spring 2021 season was stacked, and after taking a closer look, I realized I watched a pretty big chunk of the shows. Rather than do a bunch of individual reviews, I thought it’d be fun to do a best and worst of list featuring five shows for their respective categories. Today I’m looking at the cream of the crop, along with why I thought they were great. Keep in mind some stuff I didn’t watch on purpose (looking at you Fruits Basket finale) or it just may not have interested me, so if your favorite show is missing that’s likely why. Let me know at the end of the article what would have made your list. Continue reading “Best in Season – Spring 2021”

A Visit to San Sibilia – Actual Play & Review

I Was Excited But…

Before I start, this is a sponsored post. The creator of the game, Peter Eijk contacted me asking if I would be interested in covering the game and after taking a quick look I enthusiastically said, “Yes!” as I tend to enjoy this kind of game. I don’t let the fact the game was given to me for this review get in the way of actual critique, but be sure to keep it in mind regardless.

What immediately stood out to me with A Visit to San Sibilia, henceforth just referred to as San Sibilia, was its artistic style. The game truly looks great, and since Peter’s goal is to get funding for a physical copy, at the very least I can confidently say this will look absolutely stunning on any gaming shelf or otherwise. Though the game is only a mere 14 pages, each of the pages that include art (most of them), do a great job of invoking a sense of the setting. So let’s take a journey together as we visit San Sibilia! Continue reading “A Visit to San Sibilia – Actual Play & Review”

Box of Goblins – Life is Like a…

Hear me Out for a Second

Imagine yourself asleep on a train, you were previously sitting alone. However, now that you awaken a man sits across from you holding a strange and ornate box. After a brief exchange, you hear the box coo at you. The man says, “Oh, you heard that?'” as he begins to pull on the tassels at the front of the box. The tiny doors open to reveal a young woman’s head surrounded by flowers. The man continues, “Yes, she is still alive.'” What follows is an elaborate tale concerning several murders and how the young woman came to be in the box.

The above is the opening moments of an anime that I am extremely excited to talk about today, Box of Goblins. It’s immediately weird, yet captivating. No doubt, you are sure to have several questions, and much like the man on the train can’t seem to pull himself away from this view, to forget the sight he saw, surely, neither will you.

Of course, at first glance the show doesn’t seem to be anything particularly special. If you compare my synopsis above to the official MAL synopsis here, you’ll see it doesn’t do much to sell itself:

The story follows a series of bizarre murders of schoolgirls who have been dismembered and stuffed into boxes. The private investigator hired by a missing daughter’s mother joins forces with an antique book seller and others to unravel the murder spree.

-The Box of Goblins MAL Page

If there’s one thing this synopsis has going for it, it’s that the subject matter is more unusual. How do all of these fairly different elements all converge into a cohesive product? I’ll admit, it was enough to get me to look into it, but the opening moments, what I’ve transcribed above and used as this post’s image, does more than mere words could ever do for the show. Now that I have your attention, let me explain to you why Box of Goblins is a hidden gem just waiting to be uncovered. Continue reading “Box of Goblins – Life is Like a…”

Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime

Recently I Gave Both of These a Watch and…

When it comes to reviewing Netflix “anime” adaptations, I’m no stranger. Housing some of the best titles I’ve ever watched right alongside some of the worst I’ve ever seen, their track record is spotty at best. That’s why these two recent titles, Yasuke and Trese are worth talking about. On the surface, both 6 episode series don’t have a lot in common. They are radically different stories, but at the end of the day, they share almost the exact same issues. They both avoid playing into their strengths, what make them unique, in favor of telling bland, straightforward stories. Continue reading “Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime”

#Anitwitwatches Season 13 – Astra Lost in Space & Announcement

Welcome to the Thirteenth #Anitwitwatches!

It was a longer one, but From the New World was certainly a pretty great watch the second time around for me. Based on the conversations, I’m pretty sure most of you had fun with it as well! However, it’s now time to say goodbye to that show and bring on our next one which will be Astra Lost in Space, a more recent title I reviewed back in 2019. Personally, I found this to be the right kind of sci-fi story the anime community hadn’t had in a long time. So strap in for some twists and turns as we welcome you to Season 13 of #Anitwitwatches!

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the thirteenth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

Astra Lost in Space Schedule

We will only be taking our usual one week break for this one, so the show begins later this June. Be sure to save the schedule so you can stay up to date with all the conversation.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Astra Lost in Space for free, and legally, by using reelgood.com. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each:

That’ll make this watch 8 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Blackjack Bounty – Has Your Luck Finally Run Out?

I Created Another Game!

Recently I had a conversation with one of my friends who also happens to dabble in game development about an idea for a dueling role-playing video game that centered on the mechanics of Blackjack similar to something like Puzzle Quest. However, he was struggling to see exactly how my idea would work given we were basically talking over the phone. That got the ol’ gears turning and I decided to create a solo experience that acted as a “prototype” of sorts for that while still being its own thing, and fun in its own right. Thus Blackjack Bounty was born! So what exactly is Blackjack Bounty and why might YOU want to give it a shot? Continue reading “Blackjack Bounty – Has Your Luck Finally Run Out?”

Disco Elysium – I am a Reviewer?

Recently I Finished Disco Elysium

Ever since its release mid-October 2019, I’ve had a keen interest in playing Disco Elysium, a cop-drama, RPG with a focus on philosophical and political quandaries. Recently, however, it got a big (FREE) update and the timing finally felt right; so I played it! You play a man with amnesia, he can’t even remember he’s a cop! And yet, you are tasked with solving an increasingly perplexing case in a town with a rich history and many secrets of its own. You are free to mold yourself how you will, approach every situation however you’d like, and hopefully, solve the mysteries the game has to offer with as few casualties as possible. So here I am, a reviewer of sorts, to tell you just what I think of Disco Elysium. Continue reading “Disco Elysium – I am a Reviewer?”

#Animexchange – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

A Decent Comedy

This is the fifth instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. A heads up, I’m putting a pause on these for a bit, possibly indefinitely, after this entry. The reason being my new computer is here and my content creation priorities have shifted. Today’s review is brought to you by @MechAnimeReview, or Scott. I held off on Nozaki-kun for awhile because comedy anime are pretty hit-or-miss for me. That begs the question, was this anime a “hit” or was it a “miss”?

Continue reading “#Animexchange – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun”