Picking Your Battles – #Controversed Issue 4

Moderation & Conversation

Welcome to the final issue of the #Controversed series! Today’s issue will cover moderating your own space for discussion and knowing when to engage with critical discourse or give it a pass. This is the fourth article in in the series as part of an event I’m sponsoring with Moya of The Moyatorium. Be sure to check out the first issue, second issue, and third issue here. You can find the full information regarding #Controversed via the first issue if needed. Continue reading “Picking Your Battles – #Controversed Issue 4”

Looking for Meaning – #Controversed Issue 3

New to #Controversed?

In case you’ve missed the past two weeks, #Controversed is a weekly article series exploring critical writing that I’m doing for the month of November. Today I will explore the “all art is political” debate and how you can find meaning in anything. This is the third article in in the series as part of an event I’m sponsoring with Moya of The Moyatorium. Be sure to check out the first issue and second issue here. You can find the full information regarding #Controversed via the first issue if needed. Continue reading “Looking for Meaning – #Controversed Issue 3”

Finding Balance – #Controversed Issue 2

Last Time on #Controversed…

Previously I gave a brief introduction to talking about controversy and introduced the month-long article series I’ll be doing here each week. The big focus of that article was finding balance in your approach, and today’s issue is going to continue that conversation. This is the second article in said weekly series called, #Controversed, as part of an event I’m sponsoring with Moya of The Moyatorium. Be sure to check out the first issue to learn more about the event. Continue reading “Finding Balance – #Controversed Issue 2”

Call to Action & YOUR Input Needed!

Heya Folks!

I’m writing you all today with some important questions. In some ways this is a check-in with folks, but also a call to action. As many of you know, I run a myriad of activities, post blog articles, and a whole lot more! That’s why I’m hoping you’ll hear me out and consider improving what I can offer you in exchange for more consistent support. Let’s jump right into the details. Continue reading “Call to Action & YOUR Input Needed!”

#Anitwitwatches Season 10 – Kanon (2006) & Announcement

Welcome to the Tenth #Anitwitwatches!

As winter comes into view and we move closer to the end of the year, it feels fitting that the 10th watch will be bringing us there! Not only that, but to my surprise, you all picked a winter themed anime:  Kanon (2006). Hope you are ready for some tears, but don’t worry, like most Key stories things tend to have a positive spin by the end. I hope you’ll look forward to this (often overlooked) show! The watch begins 11/16/20.

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the tenth 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.

Kanon (2006) Schedule

As is our norm, we’ll be taking a short one week break before starting Kanon (2006). This is to give folks a brief break before jumping into a new show. I checked dates and there was no reason to take time off for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so there will be no additional breaks in this period. We will be keeping the Monday time slot for this watch after careful consideration and feedback.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Kanon (2006) for free, and legally, by using because.moe. 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 10 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Talking Controversy – #Controversed Issue 1 & Announcement

I’m no Stranger to Controversy

Whether it’s Goblin Slayer or Uzaki-chan, there seems to be no shortage of controversy when it comes to the anime community. Hell, even outside of it the internet always seems to have something it’s worked up over. Navigating these kinds of topics can be a bit of a challenge, but I’d like to share my perspective on how to approach them. This is the first article in a weekly series called, #Controversed, as part of an event I’m sponsoring with Moya of The Moyatorium. More information will be provided at the end of the article. Continue reading “Talking Controversy – #Controversed Issue 1 & Announcement”

English Eerie – Review & Play Reports

Rural Horror at its Finest

You may recall that for the month of October I ran an event for my Discord server where people were tasked with writing spooky stories using the English Eerie role-playing system. Here I’ll be giving my thoughts on the game and sharing the various stories that were created. Continue reading “English Eerie – Review & Play Reports”

The Song of Saya – A Continued Look at Gen Urobuchi’s Earlier Work

A Disgustingly Beautiful Visual Novel

In the world of anime Gen Urobuchi is someone who needs no introduction. You might recognize him for such titles as Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass, but his career actually goes a lot deeper than this. Last year I spent a ton of time researching and familiarizing myself with his creations for a review of Phantom: Requiem for a Phantom (which I recommend you give a look as I don’t want to retread that same information here), upon doing so, I was reminded of today’s focal point:  The Song of Saya. Continue reading “The Song of Saya – A Continued Look at Gen Urobuchi’s Earlier Work”

The Skull Man – A Slow Burn Mystery

Who is The Skull Man?

A rumor about a masked killer in Otomo City, a corrupt district of Japan where conspiracy and death are all too familiar, grabs the attention of a Tokyo reporter, Minagami Hayato. He’s soon joined by a young photographer, Kiriko Mamiya. At first, this seems like a fruitless effort but slowly the pieces begin to come into place and a deep conspiracy is revealed, but by then, it just may be too late. Continue reading “The Skull Man – A Slow Burn Mystery”

English Eerie Campfire Tales – Event Announcement!

Gather ‘Round the Fire…

It’s time to start October off right! Welcome everyone to the announcement of the English Eerie Campfire Tales event. Through the month of October I’ll be hosting an event where you’ll have a chance to submit a spooky story that will be read in my Discord for our Halloween get-together on October 30th. Let’s dive right in to how all of this is going to work.

What You Need to Do

Everyone who wants to participate is tasked with writing a short story using either version of the role-playing game, English Eerie. Don’t worry, the game itself is designed for doing this and it’s a very simple process that may be done over several smaller sessions or in one larger session that takes a few hours. Here’s all the info you need on the game:

  • English Eerie (free version) – This version of the game is everything you need. It’s technically pay what you want, but you may enter zero for the amount and get it for free. This ensures everyone is able to participate in the event. You’ll find 5 scenarios to pick from and are welcome to use any of them for the base of your story. Additionally, if you decide to get the second edition of the game, you may use these scenarios still. Download the game here.
  • English Eerie (Second Edition) – If you think this game sounds really awesome, the second edition of the game has 10 scenarios and supports play with more people. It’s very similar to the free version with just a few updates on how things are played. By no means do you need this version as their is a cost of just under $8 for this. I have each version and find both to be solid products, they have my recommendation. You can download this version here.

You have from now until October 29th, 11:59 PM PST to write and submit your story. This doesn’t have to be your first play of the game either, so feel free to take your time with this. Then on October 30th, 7 PM PST a dramatic reading of all submissions will be held in my Discord. You may choose to read your story during this event or I’ll read it for you, that way there’s no pressure. Of course, when you submit your story you may always opt out of having it read aloud.

How to Submit

To submit your story you may do one of three things:

  1. Join my Discord and submit a link to your story in the #submissions tab
  2. Tweet your submission using the hashtag #EnglishEerie and tagging me (@JS_Reviews)
  3. If for some reason you don’t have access to either of these two platforms, you may always email me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

Your submission should only be the story but I would like for you to include what scenario was used along with a title. Optionally, you may include an additional second version where you explain the decisions you made based on the game’s mechanics but it is not required. I find that interesting and I’m sure others will as well, but again, it’s completely optional.