Time for an Update

Hello

I just wanted to write you all a quick update regarding this week’s scheduling. I will not be putting up any articles except for the Friday collab with Yomu. There are a few reasons for this so please allow me a moment to explain.

  1. Due to the weekend not shaking out as intended I did not have time to write, “Monday’s”, meaning today’s article in advance. I had intended to review Bunny Girl Senpai but that looks like it will have to wait until next week.
  2. Additionally, a friend of mine was discussing some stuff about his job (he’s an engineer) and I made some recommendations regarding the business he works for. As a result, I now have a temporary (and by that I mean very temporary) consulting job. I’m going to be busy assisting him in writing a business plan proposal. I could use the money obviously, and I am in no position to decline this. However, that means I do not have much extra time for writing this week.
  3. My third, and final, reason for this is that I need to prep the showcase. Submissions close next week on the 28th but I still have to read several submissions still and begin organizing what I have into a pleasant format. I am going to take this time off to focus on that in place of new content for the week. In my opinion, it is more important to have this ready than to rush content for the week and try to do this at the same time.

I thank you in advance for your understanding. Please enjoy your week and I look forward to resuming our regular schedule next week!

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Anime ABC’s, “Q” Results

One Title, One Chance at Redemption!

We had a lower turnout than usual, but despite this, it was a very tight race. It turns out when you pit all the fan-favorite shows against each other, folks have a hard time deciding which one should win. With a total of 21 unique voters, one show received 9 votes among them. The winner was none other than Cowboy Bebop!

The plan is to rewatch the series and get an article out. After that, I’ll be watching the film and producing a follow-up article for that as well. This is going to take me awhile because I’m losing my Amazon Prime account, so that means I need to finish a few shows they have that are still exclusive before anything else. After that, this’ll have my full attention though.

If you would like something to enjoy in the intern, you can read my article on Psycho-pass from the last voting round. Alternatively, check out my giant alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed/mentioned since the site’s creation. I’m sure you can find some great reading there.

As always, you can see the full results of the votes below. It was awful close so I’m sure you’ll be curious to see what titles almost won. Even my personal pick only managed second place (but what one could that be?).

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Anime ABC’s – Q Voting Round?

Welcome to Redemption!

This is the 17th voting round of the Anime ABC’s series and normally we’d be choosing between titles that begin with the letter, “Q” but this round is going to work a little differently. You see, there are not very many anime that start with this letter, and the few that I could feasibly watch, I have absolutely zero interest in. So instead, this is a redemption round where second place losers from the rounds prior get the chance to have their day in the sun!

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

Voting will remain open from today until 1/16/18 at 11:59 PM PST per the norm.

There were a few options where I more than one title was a previous runner up and in those cases I made a call or chose the title that hadn’t already been reviewed (as was the case in some instances). Including this in case you go back through each round and see how each round shook out because it wouldn’t line up exactly otherwise.

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 “P” round is the sixteenth 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, ErasedFlowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s), Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, Joker GameKimi no Na waLittle Witch Academia, Mob Psycho 100, NHK ni Youkoso!, Ouran High School Host Clubor Psycho-Pass. 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.

 

The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks to YOU and the efforts of the community Jon’s Creator Showcase is now celebrating its first successful year! To think, this project was almost completely shutdown after the first month of operation, and there was a bit of a rough patch towards the end, but everything worked out and it is now a fairly beloved staple in our community here. To every single person who has hosted, submitted, or promoted the project in any way:

THANK YOU!

Continue reading “The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update”

Hiatus Over! – Hiro’s Ascension (Please Play and Vote) & Update

Hello Everybody!

Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you wonderful folks! I’m back though and even have some content scheduled for ya next week. I finished up making my video game for the Indie Game Making Contest (IGMC) 2018 too! That said, there is still some junk going on so join me as I go over all the good, and bad, that’s happening right now.

Game Info

Hiro dreams of venturing off to the legendary city of Válor, a centuries old labyrinthine structure that people flock to in order to make a name for themselves. On the day of his 18th birthday he is finally able to leave his sleepy little village in pursuit of his dreams. Be it alone, or with the friends he may meet along the way, Hiro aims to join The Hallowed Hero’s Hall by exploring the many secrets held within Válor’s walls.

Everything you need to know about Hiro’s Ascension can be found on the game’s page (which is assailable via the competition entry page I’m linking to) here. I spent a LOT of time making this game so I would really love if you could play it and rate the game for the contest. Higher rankings mean I am more likely to have a chance at placing, or even winning! Really, I don’t expect to win at all but the prize money and getting a game published would be amazing. If you would like to review the game on your site as well, please feel free to do so.

Everything Else

While I am no longer on hiatus, I am still needing to deal with disability services. My claim was rejected so now I have to go to court. No clue when that is and I still have no idea if I have a lawyer for that or not yet either… As you can imagine, this is stressful and obnoxious because I NEED money and I still haven’t found any work.

A lot of you know by now that I make about $50 a month working at my church by providing childcare. Between that and my savings, I’ve been alright for a good two years. If there is one thing I am, it is frugal and responsible when it comes to money. Most of my monthly budget is necessities, but I do occasionally purchase stuff just like anybody else. Be that going to the movies, an anime, or what have you.

Sadly, I am down to just under $200 in savings. That’s it. I’ve barely managed to cover Christmas for people but it is nowhere near the level of fun and extravagance that I usually go for. In case you didn’t know, I am an excellent gift giver, and LOVE giving gifts! So usually I go all out for birthdays and Christmas, even though nobody really does that for me. This year, not so much.

Anyway, so why am I telling you this? I want you to have an idea of where I’m at. Truthfully, I hate asking for money and for people to consider donating. I wish I didn’t need to do that. However, that’s the reality. That said, I don’t expect everyone to just give me money either.

Here’s how you can help me out. As always, you can visit my Ko-fi page and donate that way. It is easy and convenient for me. I’ll even leave my button right below for ya. Otherwise feel free to contact me (jonspencerreviews@gmail.com) about a job. Things I can do include writing/proofing related tasks, survey creation and curation, promotion, etc…

Despite having a marketing degree and being able to help other folks out on that front, I’m terrible at employing these strategies for myself. At this point I’m mostly desperate and just want to figure out some way to generate any income, even if that was only an extra 10-20 bucks a month, that would be extremely helpful. I know that sounds ridiculous but that could allow me to actually break even, or even save a few dollars each month.

Other than that, I’m back and content should resume a fairly regular schedule. I may miss a day or two depending on what I find out for disability but that is still out of my hands. Going to see the doctor a few times next month again so those dates may be ones I don’t publish either. We’ll see.

Lastly, I plan to be reading your posts more so please accept my apologies for not having done so for so long. I know I’ve read a few, but it has been next to nothing. The goal is to read every other day at least so ya know.

Hope you all have been well and I’m glad to be back, though I wish circumstances were a little brighter.

-JS

Life & Stuff – Hiatus for the Month

I’m Just Too Busy

Starting today, until the end of the month, I am not going to publish anything else here on the site. I appreciate everybody who’s been reading but I haven’t been able to give this place 100% or really keep up with any of you guys. There is just too much going on. Let’s walk through all that stuff now.

Disability & Money

As you may know, I put in for disability awhile back and they denied my claim. This isn’t that unusual but that means I now have to go through the appeals process. I have to get a lawyer (again) and get people to come to a court hearing so I can hopefully get the aid. Personally, I’d rather work but nobody will higher me and the few times I did I quickly got laid off or had to leave for health reasons. It really put me in a bad mood. Money is a major concern for me and people are always hammering me for not doing enough.

I still have my job at my church but that has become pretty awful. Lately I’ve been getting angry church-goers tell me to keep the kids stock silent during church but that is really hard. They abolished our dedicated space to a small space behind the pews. I need the money but this has made me hate going to church and the job. Don’t get out much either so this is extra disappointing.

Indie Game Maker Competition 2018

You may have seen that I’m working on a game for the Indie Game Maker Competition 2018. I’ve been working really hard on my game, Hiro’s Ascension. It isn’t complete yet but you can play a demo of the game right now if you’d like, and for free too! Received some kind words from folks but also one comment about how my writing is bad. Don’t know what I’m doing well, just that the game isn’t good enough.

I’m gonna keep at it but I really didn’t need that comment right now. It isn’t that I can’t take criticism, I get it all the time, I just didn’t need it with everything else. I’ve been pouring a lot of effort into this dumb game because it is something to do. Never planned on winning either. There are enough people telling me I’m not good enough.

I do appreciate the feedback, and I recognize that the person is trying to be helpful. They do provide good points. It just comes off to me like I made a bad game, even when they said they thought it was a good first effort. Compounded with the last point, I’m feeling a lot less motivation for this project now…

Project

There is a project I’m working on with a ton of other bloggers, which is very exciting! I will be needing some time to give that more of my attention. Please look forward to this when more information becomes available.

The Site

That said, I just can’t do all the things. Either I do stuff for the site, or I work on the game. The project obviously isn’t going to be tabled either. Before writing this today, the game was the clear winner since I was having fun with it. Today, I’m just not as excited about it but I don’t want to give up on the thing either. When it comes to the site I just haven’t felt like writing much. There has been a lot less engagement with my writing, so maybe that’s a sign to take a break?

Been feeling bad because I can’t keep up with everybody else and their content either. I try but it is just too much. That probably plays into the engagement drop off too. Especially for my longer time readers.

Regardless, I’m gonna take a break until the end of the month. Thanks to those who have been sticking around and such but I do apologize for the abrupt break I’m taking.

What I’m Watching – Fall 2018 Anime

Heya Folks!

So today was supposed to be the next Anime ABC’s entry for Psycho-Pass but I really wasn’t feeling up to writing the rest of it. Don’t worry though, it is coming and I think you will like the direction I took things. I just want to take my time on it and not rush completion for the sake of an arbitrary release date. Additionally, I have a nifty surprise for the next round so look forward to that. You didn’t come here to hear about that though! No, you want to know what anime I’ll be watching this season and hear my quick thoughts on each as well. Continue reading “What I’m Watching – Fall 2018 Anime”

Mini Review Mondays – Formal Announcement

Howdy Folks!

You guys may remember that awhile back I announced I’d be doing these things called, “Mini Reviews” in this update. They are something I’ve done every Monday now for quite some time so I thought it was time I make Mini Review Monday official. I’m making this announcement today because last night I went to a ballroom dance and got back too late to have an actual review prepped BUT I really wanted to tell you guys this is going to be an official revision to the schedule anyway.

That’s really it. Every Monday I’ll be doing a Mini Review of something because they are not too difficult for me to create if I have a long weekend (and didn’t manage to get ahead on scheduling) and they allow me to cover things I don’t have a ton to say on. Since you guys seem to like them, I figured the permanent change to the posting schedule should be formally announced.

Let me know if you have a request for a Mini Review topic and what your thoughts on the Mini Reviews so far have been. If you would like to support my work on the site please hit the button below. Lastly, thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful rest of your day!

 

Three Year Blog-a-versary

Happy Birthday!

The site turned three yesterday so I thought I’d make a little post here as a thanks to everybody who has helped support the site over the years. I really appreciate everybody who stops by whether you are a long-time reader or somebody new, everybody who comes and supports the site makes it all the better!

With each passing year the site has grown and grown, becoming larger and larger with each passing month. We hit a lot of great milestones this year by consistently reaching 100+ views per day and exceeding 400 followers! Again, I really can’t overstate how awesome everybody has been to make the site so awesome.

Of course numbers aren’t the only thing that matters. Engagement with the stuff we post here has been excellent, which has lead to many wonderful discussions and friendships. I hope that we can continue to have more great times ahead!

This is the part where I would announce a giveaway or something else fun like that but I’m just not financially able to do that. There’s a lot of stuff going on, and has been going on, during these three years. Long-time readers will know that I’ve had troubles with health and employment which sometimes improves for a short time before going back downhill again. Sorry I couldn’t manage that because believe me, I really wish I could do something like that for you guys.

Let’s work hard together to make another great year for the site!

– Jon Spencer

Dr. Update & Other Stuff

Hey Everybody!

Hope you all are having an excellent day. Today is just a quick update post because yesterday I went to the Dr.’s office. So the news is mixed. On the one hand, certain aspects of the blood test revealed that I’m beyond healthy in some ways but on the other I’m, and this is a quote, “So deficient that nobody has ever heard of it being so low.”

First thing I have to do is take Floric Acid because I guess I am just slightly anemic. The other one is taking a boat load of vitamin D. Apparently I got an, “8” when normal is, “30.” The Dr. said that when it is typically never lower than, “20” and when they see people that low it is concerning. So mine being that low is very bad. He said that if I take the medicine that I should feel a lot better in a few weeks but we’d know for sure after we do the followup in three months.

What does this mean for content? Probably no change outside of minor restructuring this week since I have to do things like contact my job developer and the like. Friday should have something but I just don’t know what yet.

As for everything else. I’m working through the Psycho-Pass rewatch and polled everybody about how they wanted me to do that ABC Review. I may end up splitting it into parts because this is one of those shows that is really dense but I don’t know how much of what I might have to say is unique enough to warrant actually doing. I’ll keep folks posted on this.

Additionally, I have been going hard at the final Zero Escape game so that should be coming in the next 2 weeks or so if I continue at this pace. After that I’ll probably play the Psycho-Pass VN and a horror game in preparation for October. I want to do another Halloween month but I don’t know if I can fill a whole month with themed content again. I’ll look to that but if you have a suggestion for a show, film, or game please let me know.

Of course if you have any questions or concerns about anything please feel free to ask them here in the comments, on Twitter (DM or otherwise), or email me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com, whatever works for you. I’d appreciate any monetary support you can throw my way, so please click the button below if you’d like to do that. Otherwise, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here again soon!