What Happened With #AnimeValentine? – Podcast and Links to Submissions

Heya Folks!

A quicker article today. I have a podcast called “Jon Talks” and it’s first episode just dropped titled, “Anime Valentine’s Fiasco”. It explains what went wrong on my end with the event but still gives thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you’ll give it a listen. You can find that here.

As for the submissions, let’s check ’em out:

#Animexchange – Mo Dao Zu Shi

Chinese Animation Measures Up

Image result for ma dao zu shi animeThis is the third 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. Today we’ll be looking at a Chinese animation called Mo Dao Zu Shi which was recommended by @YuAlexius. This isn’t my first Chinese show, but it certainly is the best one I’ve seen. Just how good is it? You’ll have to read on to find out!

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The Jon Spencer Coalition, Content Overhaul Initiative and Other Important Updates

Some Exciting Things on the Way!

I’ve been quietly toiling away at a few projects that are now finally ready for you to take a look at. It’s not just me either, because some of you have been in on these plans for awhile as well. No need to keep it a secret, let’s get loud! In this article I’m going to share it all and give you an update for some content scheduling shifts that will be necessary as a result. Continue reading “The Jon Spencer Coalition, Content Overhaul Initiative and Other Important Updates”

Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion

Kanon is a Weird Show

A long time ago I had planned to review and discuss each of the “big three” Key anime. Those being AirKanon (2006), and Clannad + After Story. Each a brain child of Jun Maeda, who would go on to make additional works that could easily be added to this initial list. However, I never got around to that article partially because I wasn’t sure how to convey just how radically different, while still being very much the same, each show was. Today I plan to retackle that very same article and explain the significance behind Kanon (2006). Continue reading “Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion”

Jon’s Creator Showcase – Third Anniversary Edition

Welcome to The Party!

Can you believe we’ve been at this for three years already? I’d like to thank every single one of you for continuing to support this project and allowing us all to discover some really cool stuff along the way! Today I have 32 submissions to share with you across multiple categories. So get comfortable with a nice warm beverage and enjoy everything we have to offer today. Continue reading “Jon’s Creator Showcase – Third Anniversary Edition”

#Anitwitwatches Season 11 – SSSS. GRIDMAN & Announcement

Welcome to the Eleventh #Anitwitwatches!

Kanon has come and gone, and while it ultimately wasn’t the strongest watch we’ve had, I think we all got something out of it. Now we are on the eleventh watch and we’ll be watching a show I haven’t seen, SSSS. GRIDMAN! It’s not something I’d normally watch so I’m looking forward to it. The watch begins 2/1/21.

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.


As is our norm, we’ll be taking a short one week break before starting GRIDMAN. This is to give folks a brief break before jumping into a new show. 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 GRIDMAN 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 6 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

#Animexchange – Time of Eve

Impressive, but not Perfect

This is the second in a series of reviews for the “Anime X-Change Project”. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. This time we are looking at a six episode ONA series, Time of Eve which was suggested by @nobIemonsters. I’ve been meaning to give this a look for some time now and this was the perfect excuse! With that, let’s dive right into my thoughts.

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The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!

Unexpectedly Good

If you don’t know by now I watch pretty much every father-daughter anime on the market so color me surprised when I discovered The Gymnastics Samurai was one such show, but not only that, it was SO MUCH more. After checking this out on a whim for the Fall 2020 season, I knew I had to stick with this one and I’m very glad that I did. Continue reading “The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!”

The Third Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase!

3 Years Already!?!

I never thought this project that almost died in 2018 would still be going strong three years later. Your support on this has been awesome and I’m excited to see what 2021 has in store for cool creative content! Hope you’ll join me for more Showcases and other fun events year-round!

The 2020 Complete Collection

Happen to miss out on any of the showcases last year? No problem (and not like I blame you, it was a year)! I’ve got your back, now you can read up here! You’ll find links to each host and their respective showcase along with other helpful information if you want to learn more about the program or help keep it going.

Reflecting on the Past Year

Last year we tried a lot of different things with The JCS with mixed results. We saw some truly innovative approaches to hosting that I’d love to see more of, one of them being a digital magazine! Super cool. Let’s look at a few other things I personally tried as a bit of a check in.

New promotional materials were largely received well and have been fully integrated. I’m pleased with this result. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the visual schedule. Since we had some people cancel, others change usernames, and other kinks means I won’t be doing that again this year as it’s too much effort for something that quickly becomes functionally useless if any changes happen at all. Plus, nobody used it.

The idea behind the visual schedule was a good one though. People always ask me who’s hosting next as opposed to just checking the schedule here. While I am the event organizer, this does get kind of annoying since the info is publicly available at all times, but it looks to be a necessary evil for now at least.

Hosting Schedule 2021

Speaking of the host schedule…

You can find the schedule here via the Doodle poll. We need folks for 2021 so please sign up and join #TheJCS to keep the community event going strong! This program is volunteer based so it doesn’t happen without folks like you. You can find more info here.

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I’m Hosting #TheJCS This Month!

Now on to the good stuff! I’m hosting this month so I want your AMAZING content from December of 2020. Anything from written posts, drawings, to videos and more! If you made it, are proud of it, and it’s creative we want to see it. Full instructions below:

Submissions are open from 1/4/21 until 1/22/21

  1. Share something YOU created, from December 2020. This can be anything from a blog post, piece of art, video, podcast, or anything you created! Do this by using #TheJCS on Twitter and preferably tag me @JS_Reviews if you don’t reply on the main thread. Alternatively, you can email me, reply here below, or hit me up on Discord. See my contacts page for that stuff.
  2. When putting your submission in, be sure to mention that we are looking for December 2020 content. These threads get long and people get confused by the 15th tag and have no idea what this is for. Build good habits and avoid the headache of needing to repeat yourself to people!
  3. Invite a few friends to join in on the fun! Do this by tagging (I suggest 3) friends when making your submission. It doesn’t matter if the person you are inviting only has a few followers or millions, if you think they are an AWESOME creator, please don’t hesitate to tag them!
  4. If you get asked a question like, “What’s this showcase thing all about?” please do your best to answer. You’ll find some useful resources below:
  5. Last, but certainly not least, explore the showcase and help promote it! Look over some of the submissions that came before you, retweet some that you enjoy, and maybe even follow a new creator or two! While it’s true that I’ll be compiling everything for a MASSIVE post at the end of the month, there’s no reason to wait on discovery amazing creators and interacting with each other.

Once again, I’d like to extend a warm “thank you!” to everybody who has participated in the project so far. Your support is greatly appreciated and I’m so glad that there are all these people who enjoy this community initiative of mine. Whether you’ve hosted, participated each time, or this is the first you are hearing of it, thank you so much!

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