Anime ABC’s N Results


One Tight Race

This round of Anime ABC’s had a lot of weirdness surrounding it. For starters, some long-time voters didn’t participate (I didn’t send it to them, what with everything going on and all) and the front runner changed almost every time somebody voted. In total we had 22 unique voters. At the end of the day though, only one title can reign supreme. Today, a champion emerges and that champion is…

Welcome to the NHK.

Having received a total of 8 votes this is our winner for the N round! Nichijou and No Game No Life were in second and third place respectively. Everything else was reasonably close behind.

I’ll be taking time to re-watch the series and have everything still going on (see this update if you don’t know already) so don’t expect this one to come very quickly. In the meantime I am going to try and schedule a few goodies for you all here-and-there between so I’m not totally dead during my absence. If you want to see me a bit more active, you can find me on Twitter @JS_Reviews.

Not enough for you? Will then be sure to check out the previous ABC article where I discuss Mob Psycho 100 and talk a bit about One Punch Man too. Of course, you can always see every review/discussion piece I ever did by clicking the header for the category on the main page or just clicking here for an alphabetized list.

As always, the full results of the vote are attached below. Did your pick win out or did end up falling short? Let me know your thoughts on this round of Anime ABC’s and the result. Until then, take it easy and I hope I can come back in full swing soon!



Other results:  Noragami, Neo Ranga, Nerawareta Gakuen/Psychic School Wars, Nana, and Naruto


An Unexpected Announcement – Really Important Update Regarding the Fate of Jon Spencer Reviews

Hello Everybody

The other day you may have seen a particular tweet of mine. If not, then here is the tweet in question. Today I will be addressing said tweet and informing you all of exactly what’s going on. Ultimately, based on your responses, Jon Spencer Reviews may cease to be something I personally involve myself in. However, there is still a chance that I don’t just walk away from this so please be sure to read this in full.

The Situation

Let’s start with what the tweet was actually about. I just refer to “bad news” which is really vague. I was specifically referring to the HUGE debt I incurred unknowingly. I have also missed payments on this debt I did not know about and my monthly payment amounts required exceed $1,000 per month. I simply can’t afford that. To make matters worse, my mother sprung this news on me completely out of the blue when I had company over and pretty much went into a blind panic. The loan people didn’t contact me at all, despite their claims to contact me since 2017.

Instead, they sent my mom exactly two emails. One advertising more loans to me for some reason and the other saying I owe a lot of money while additionally having late payments. At first I really thought this was a scam because I had thought I paid off my student loans. Turns out, I had another loan but nobody had bothered to tell me about it.

As it stands, I am $10,000’s in debt and it is only getting worse.

You see, I have an annuity from when my father died that has enough money to pay off all my debts and even provide a living wage to me for a few years. Sounds too good to be true right? Well it kind of is. I have limits on what I can draw and when. Unfortunately, I have the funds to pay off the debt but am not allowed to access them. I used my one-time graduation pull to pay off, what I thought, was all my debt already. So in that sense, I’m out of luck.

This whole problem is the result of a lack of communication from my government, my mother, and how silly my annuity is set up (it’s really more like a trust fund). Largely, I had no real control over this mess. Even now, I can only do so much.

Now I did call the loan people and think that I worked out a semi-solution where I won’t have the penalty for not paying anymore. They also said they would try and adjust my monthly payment amounts. However, I won’t know for certain about this until sometime next week (which is just too long to put off this update). If that happens, then it should become more manageable but I really don’t know.

So here’s the rest of the deal. I’m making $58 bucks, if I’m lucky, a month. That’s it. Money has now become my number one concern. If I’m not making money with something, I need to stop doing it. I can’t waste any time because (right now at least) the problem is looking really bad for me.

Some of you may know that I have a job developer and receive government assistance with finding a job as well. I was maybe going to get a job but seeing as I have yet to hear back about that, it is safe to say I didn’t get it. They needed to fill the position ASAP and it has already been nearly 5 days since I had my surprise interview. In all honesty though, that route has become an unrealistic option for me. I basically have to get a job in my home town because I can’t afford to live on my own AND pay off this debt.

As an alternative, I am trying to get disability-anything but that process is long and I’m not likely to be approved. I’m not missing limbs, in a wheelchair, or incapable of reading/writing so my odds are highly stacked against. I look “normal” and that’s the kind of person who doesn’t usually get government aid for disability in the US. Sucks, but that’s the truth.

How does the site fit into this all exactly?

As I mentioned before, I cannot afford to waste any time. I need money, and I need it now. Additionally, I need it consistently. The site just doesn’t provide me money. I have some Patreon supporters, and I really appreciate you guys, but it just isn’t enough. Unless the community has a solution or is willing to start paying me a living wage for my writing, and I really don’t think I’m good enough (I would have “made it” so-to-speak in writing if I were by now), then here’s what’s going to have to happen.

I’m going to have to stop participating in this site. All of my social media and the site itself would remain activated but I would personally be stepping away. Here’s what wouldn’t change. Jacob would likely still upload and I would update the menus as needed, Anime ABC’s current round would at least be finished out, I would still check in and respond to comments/emails/etc… every once in awhile. That’s it.

This would be permanent unless I found a job and was making enough money for me to be able to have free-time again. I’m cutting everything, not just this, because I can’t just idle and have the problem get worse. No more dance, weekly D&D, nothing. I have to work as much as possible, which I know isn’t healthy, but that is how bad the situation is.

With that I’m sorry to have worried you all, and I really don’t want to just up and drop everything, but that’s what it has come to.

-Jon Spencer

EDIT:  As suggested, I created a Ko-fi thing if you would like to help me out any. Please do not feel obligated to do so though.

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Anime ABC’s – N Voting Round

Time Once Again!

We are on the fourteenth Anime ABC’s voting round! How awesome is that?!? Last time the community decided I should watch and review Mob Psycho 100 which ended up being a pretty big surprise for many of you and myself. What’s going to win this time? We’ll just have to wait and find out! For now though, come vote and have your say in what anime I’ll be reviewing next!

Anime ABC’s M Voting Round Link <- Click Me!

Voting will remain open from today until 3/16/18 at 11:59PST.

A big thanks to all who take the time to vote and I’m excited to see what show will win out this time!

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 “N” round is the fourteenth 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 Grimgar, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, Joker Game, Kimi no Na wa, Little Witch Academiaor Mob Psycho 100. 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.


[Insert Title Here] – A Discussion on Creative Bankruptcy

We’ve All Been There

You Know the feeling where you don’t know what to write about despite the seemingly infinite amount of things you could be writing about? That’s me right now. Today I’ll be talking about feeling creatively spent, even when you still have plenty of ideas. Sorry for the lack of reviews on my part lately too, I guess I just have a lot of discussion lately. With that, let’s get to it. Continue reading “[Insert Title Here] – A Discussion on Creative Bankruptcy”


Crimson is Hosting the #JonsCreatorShowcase for March (So Let’s Get Those Submissions Rolling!)

It’s time again for the showcase, this time hosted by the fantastic Crimson! Not sure what this is all about? Be sure to read the full article and join in all the fun! 😀

Crimson Blogs

I’m back from the dead!!! Welcome to this little corner of the internet I call my home. If you’re here then chances are you A) were directed here by Auri or Jon, B) Know and/or have participated in this showcase, or C) You follow me? Huh, that doesn’t sound right…

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Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100

Always Strive to be a Better You

Image result for mob psycho 100After the great amount of success for ONE’s first webcomic to anime adaptation, One Punch Man, a lot of the anime community was clamoring for more. That show was fun, provided some commentary on the superhero genre, and was something a lot of people didn’t expect. Rather than be met with a second season like many had hoped, instead we were given another adaptation of a different ONE webcomic:  Mob Psycho 100. Did this follow up live up to the hype or should things have stopped while they were ahead? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100”


Reading, Writing & Awards – Trying to Keep up (but Failing)

Last Week I Saw a Tweet

In case you don’t know what tweet I’m talking about, take a second and look at it here. Arthifis explains that he is having a hard time keeping up with reading everyone’s posts. I can totally relate. Around the same time I was thinking of writing an article addressing why I haven’t been reading as much as I used to as well as responding to the (many) blog award nominations I receive. Seeing how this is an issue we probably all face, or will at some point, let’s have ourselves a discussion on the topic. Continue reading “Reading, Writing & Awards – Trying to Keep up (but Failing)”


Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool

Anime Teaching you Things?!?

Over the weekend I started collecting information for something that I will likely be trying in the near future. Just what may that be? Using anime to teach valuable life lessons, promote discussion, and encourage the exploration of different ideas/cultures that people may not have considered otherwise. This all started when Mrs. K, a friend of mine who I help run the Youth Group with at my church, suggested we watch some anime with the kids sometime. Today I’ll be sharing my discussion with people on Reddit while asking you, what anime would you suggest to a kid to watch and why? Continue reading “Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool”


Anime ABC’s M Results

An Unexpected Result!

From the beginning I thought for sure that the winner was either going to be Made in Abyss or March Comes in Like a Lion. To my surprise, and probably yours as well, neither took home first prize. We had a little less than usual for the turnout and those few missing votes probably made all the difference. Up until the very last minute we had a four-way tie between Made in Abyss, Mob Psycho 100, Mushishi, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

While I had expected two clear front-runners, you’ll see that only Made in Abyss even came close. Fan favorite Lion only had a total of 5 votes! Since I already let the cat out of the bag, we know that the winner can only be one of the other three. Let’s take a closer look at the candidates.

Mob Psycho 100 is a show I’ve seen before that was the follow up anime to the extremely popular One Punch Man. It has its own unique visual flavor with everything people had come to expect form a One adaptations. Certainly a solid choice out of our three contenders.

Mushishi is a show I have yet to watch. Heralded as a nice show to relax with among the ranks of Aria, this is one show that I just know I’ll enjoy. While I would take awhile to fully enjoy this series, thus making the final article take a bit longer, I know that the wait would be well deserved. Another great choice for our finalists.

Finally, a classic. Haruhi is just one of those shows that every anime fan makes their way around to eventually. Once a cutting-edge show that opened the floodgates for light novel adaptations in addition to the whacky follow-up series Lucky Star, this is one show that you can’t go wrong with. Of the three in this arbitrary suspense building summary, this is the one I am most knowledgeable about and would make for the most interesting article.

Enough With the Suspense!

Borrowing the “get to the point” gif from Raistlin

The winner for the M round of Anime ABC’s goes too… wait, this is far too boring of a way to tell you who the winner is. Hmm, I’ve already done a battle to the death so that’s no good. How about? No can’t do that… Ah! I know what we’ll do! A reveal with the OP. Ok folks here it comes in…




Let’s jam!

Shoot wrong show >.<

Ok, in all seriousness I’ll actually show you the video now.

That’s right, the winner is Mob Psycho 100!

As always, a breakdown of the votes is provided below. I’ll be working to get this review out within a few weeks so thanks to all who voted. This series is a lot of fun and I hope you are all enjoying it too!



Other votes:  Macross Frontier and Mazinkaiser 


Viewing Anime Alone & With Others – How do You Watch Anime?

I Got to Thinking…

When I sit down to watch some anime I often do it alone. However, as you may know, I still manage to see quite a bit of anime either with family or friends. For series like Anime ABC’s I usually end up watching the show in a group (especially if it’s one I’ve seen before) and the experience is often vastly different than when I watched the series alone. Today I ponder the differences in viewing anime alone VS with others and pose the question to you:  how do you view anime? Continue reading “Viewing Anime Alone & With Others – How do You Watch Anime?”