Mega Post! – Update, Mini Reviews, & More!

How’s it Going Everybody?

I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately so here is a BIG post to make up for that. This post will cover the following in order:  An update regarding site activity and my life offline, Anime ABC update, some mini reviews, and cool things I’ve done/bought/to check out. It’ll be a bit of a longer post so jump to whatever sections interest you the most. Continue reading “Mega Post! – Update, Mini Reviews, & More!”

Want to Know Why I Have Been Putting Off My Erased Review?

I’ve Been Writing a Paper

Along with 3 other individuals, I had to write this really long paper for what is essentially a graduation project for my Marketing degree. I still have one term left, but it should be a lot more laid back than this term. I know the Erased article is long over due, but I promise it is going to come out ASAP now. I’m taking the day for myself to finish up bits and pieces for the very little that remains of my term but the Erased article is the first thing on the docket to finish up come tomorrow, no later than Friday (just going to depend on how long it ends up being, don’t want to rush it out for the sake of rushing). Any way, if you want to read the 20+ page report, you can do so below.

The Report:

A quick note about the paper itself. There are some minor problems that we probably missed and the Appendix has some improperly formatted tables but at this point I just said, “F*ck it!” and turned it in as is. The thing has lots of special formatting and is far too long to retype so you can download and review the report here:   Final Submission

Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members

You All Know the Terms:  Otaku, Moe, Hentai, ETC…

It’s a right of passage for us in the anime community to learn these words, and others, as we engage with the medium we love so much as well as each other. However, there has been recent discussion, particularly from YouTube’s Digibro, about how necessary any of this terminology is. Given that, I thought I’d throw my two cents out there and see what you all thought on the topic as well. Continue reading “Is Anime Jargon Necessary? – Inspired by Digi & Other Community Members”

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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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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Rightstuf Holiday Sale Buying Guide 2016 – Top 26-ish Picks

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Which means that I’m back with my annual Righstuf Holiday buying guide. This time of year is the ideal time to stock up on anime when the prices at Righstuf are unbelievably low. The best part is that whether you have a membership or not, the savings are the same for all so nobody has to miss out. Last year I detailed 35 picks, some are bound to make it back this year but first, here are some rules for this list:

  • Only anime DVD’s and Blu-rays will be featured on this list. I don’t really read manga and so I’m not all that well informed on what’s a good deal or even what titles people should really pick up.
  • No Mega Deals or Limited Offers will be featured since they have a time limit.
  • Has to be the best price I can find, if Amazon beats it then it doesn’t end up on the list.
  • Out of Stock items will not be on the main list but will probably get an honorable mention (they might come back into stock).
  • List is in no particular order.
  • Lastly, this list is only current as of 12/5/16. That means I’ve sifted through all 1,519 deals so far! More offers are added each day, so be sure to head over to Righstuf each day and see what new deals pop up.

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The Liebster Award

liebster2I Got Nominated!

Sublime Game Reviews gave me this nomination so a big thanks to him and I highly encourage you to go check out the site. The Liebster Award is a way for people to find out about cool sites they might not otherwise know about. Each nominee gets asked some questions and then is supposed to nominate other blogs. So let’s get to those questions. Continue reading “The Liebster Award”

Why I Don’t Have a Set Release Schedule

Hello Again!

Some of you guys might have noticed that I’ve been pretty prolific this week. I made a Halloween post, opened up voting for the C round of Anime ABC’s, updated everybody on some personal stuff (which was a major downer for me by the way), and announced my Twitch channel (which you should totally check out). That got me thinking, there’s something I’ve not yet talked about regarding how I run Jon Spencer Reviews, and that’s:  Why don’t I have a set release schedule? Continue reading “Why I Don’t Have a Set Release Schedule”

Spreadsheet of All Content

Hello!

This is for more my sanity and organization than anything but if you are interested you can checkout a spreadsheet of all site related content here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_qgSkxvMewlCr_rPiKV4Tkd2lVPSiWfGVW8-f_CEd6k/edit?usp=sharing

There are a few irrelevant items missing such as the “Why I Love…” series and any updates/musings such as this. I’ll be keeping this spreadsheet up to date but the site is even more organized than this list so I wouldn’t recommend using it as a de facto guide.

-Jon Spencer

 

Jacob’s Top Ten Musical Intros in Film

For every musical to work, there has to be some opening number worth listening to. As a person that grew up loving musical movies, there was always something that kept me glued to the screen, and that is: The intro (or Opening Number). Is it catchy? Does it set up the story as well as the tone it’s presenting? Only my Top Ten can determine which musical intros left the biggest impact on my movie-going experiences. Continue reading “Jacob’s Top Ten Musical Intros in Film”