#Anitwitwatches Season 7 – Rolling Girls & Announcement

Welcome to the Seventh #Anitwitwatches!

After losing its spot on the poll, the community rallied to see this entry be granted just one more chance. That’s right, it’s the winner of the S7 poll, Rolling Girls! I’ve actually been pretty excited to watch this one for the series as I suspect we’ll all have a good time with it. While the anime is far from a favorite, it’s extraordinarily unique and should provide some decent conversation, or at the very least, cool screenshots. I hope you’ll be joining us for the watch starting 7/13/20!

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

Rolling Girls Schedule

We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 7/6/20. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. 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 Rolling Girls 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 7 weeks long with the usual break at the start. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Anime ABC’s Y Results

Yuri Nation Rise Up!

Taking the gold finish after receiving 9 votes out of the 18 total unique voters, is Yuri!!! on Ice. I did watch this back when it was airing but I never actually reviewed it here so that’s why you saw it on the poll. Not going to lie, this was the show I wanted to win the least, simply because the waves it made aren’t really a secret in the community and my thoughts on it overall are rather plain. However, a rewatch may prove to yield some new opinions or interesting angels for discussion.

I wanted to mention a few interesting takeaways from the final standings for the “Y” round since I got some pretty unexpected results. The biggest one was that every show received at least 1 vote except for Yowamushi Pedal, a cycling anime. I don’t usually review sports shows so I thought this might actually do better.

The other surprises were how many of you really wanted me to review Laid Back Camp. Coming in just one vote shy of tying the overall winner, you guys almost got your wish. In some ways, this isn’t too big of a twist since I know several of you are big fans, but still, I am somewhat surprised.

Now all that’s left is for me to watch the winner and get to reviewing! While you wait for this review consider checking out the previous winner, xxxHOLiC or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed. As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below.

 

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Other Votes: Your Lie in April (I spaced this on the poll… whoops), Yakusoku no Nebārando (reviewed, please be sure to actually see what I’ve reviewed before doing write-ins), Yuyushiki, and Yuru Yuri

Saying Goodbye to The Perfect Insider – Concluding our Sixth #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches! For our sixth season of the watch we finally decided on The Perfect Insider. A lot of speculation, intrigue, and fun discussion has been had for this short mystery series. This genre seems to be a fan-favorite but for the next poll, we are really mixing things up! Below I’ll leave a link to our vote on Twitter where you can help decide what we’ll be watching next. Keep an eye out as we’ll be announcing the winner alongside the concluding thoughts for The Perfect Insider on 6/29/20.

I’ll be reviewing The Perfect shortly after the watch concludes, so please look forward to that as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a community initiative I started a few months ago where we get together and collectively watch an anime. Then, we talk about it on Twitter using the hashtag #anitwitwatches. The first ever watch was for Tonari no Seki-kun which was a lot of fun. You can view more information on the watch, as well as my review on Seki-kun here.

Here’s a complete list of every show watched and reviewed based on what season of the watch they were featured in:

  1. Tonari no Seki-kun
  2. Rampo Kitan
  3. School Days
  4. Girls’ Last Tour
  5. Wandering Son
  6. The Perfect insider – Review coming soon!

Why is X Show on the Poll?

As I mentioned last time, each show was carefully considered using a series of criteria to ensure that this activity remains fun and varied each time. This time around I kept the #anitwitwatches poll largely the same as what we had before with only 1 new edition. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Ride BackA Patron pick thanks to Yon.Nyaan! They describe the show as:  Great low-key sci-fi with some political elements I feel are relevant to an extent in today’s climate. Also, it’s a visually beautiful series.
  2. SSSS.Gridman – Hey, another Patron pick! This time we have Scott to thank. He describes this one as:  An anime that starts on the premise of robot men vs Monsters but with a twist. Ride the wave of mystery as Yuta Hibiki & friends fight mysterious monsters for the right to exist.
  3. Rolling Girls – The people really demanded this one get one more chance, so who am I to stop ’em? This show has a little bit of everything and would be really fun to watch together. Visually unique, inventive, and FUN!
  4. The Devil is a Part-Timer!A reverse Isekai show that’s not only funny, but has heart too. The series that many strive to be but fail to achieve. Been a bit since we watched a comedy too.

A Note About Patrons

You’ll notice that two of the options were provided by Patrons this time around. One of the benefits to being a Patron of mine is having a say on community projects like this along with several other perks, like an extra vote on this poll. This will be a new feature of this series moving forward where at least one option on every poll will be a Patron pick.

Why should you become a Patron? Beyond the perks, the main reason to pledge your support for what I do here is to help me keep programs like this going. Eventually, I’d love to give away a copy of every show we watch for this series to lucky participants. Plus, your support helps pay the bills, which is kind of important! So please consider learning more about the Jon Spencer Reviews Patreon by clicking the button below.

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Join in the Fun!

So get to voting! I hope to see you for the next watch and would love to hear about shows you’d like to see added to the poll in the future. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be more than happy to answer!

Anime ABC’s – Y Voting Round

The Penultimate Vote!

It’s been a long journey these past 4 years, but we are sadly coming to a close on this rotation of Anime ABC’s. I’ve had a ton of fun on this project and am eagerly awaiting to see what the final two shows are for the series. As for what comes after, you’ll just have to wait and see 😉

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

Voting is open from today until 6/22/20 11:59 PM as usual.

Remember, if a show is missing from the list, be sure to consult my alphabetized list of everything I’ve ever discussed here. If you don’t see it there, go ahead and vote for it using the “Other” option. Encourage other folks to vote for it as well, it could always win!

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 “Y” round is the twenty fifth 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:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

What are you waiting for? VOTE NOW!

 

#Anitwitwatches Season 6 – The Perfect Insider Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Sixth #Anitwitwatches!

One of the things I’m mindful of each watch is show variety, and right now I can tell you guys really needed a shakeup. That’s why I’m not surprised today’s pick, The Perfect Insider is what we’ll be watching for season 6 of #anitwitwatches. We are technically revisiting a genre we had a good time before, the mystery genre, though unlike Rampo Kitan, this series is a more traditional locked room murder mystery.

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

The Perfect Insider Schedule

We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 5/18/20. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. 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 The Perfect Insider 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 with the usual break at the start. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Anime ABC’s – X Voting Round & Results

Special Circumstances

I hope you all enjoyed my review of Witch Hunter Robin the other day and are excited to see what will come next for Anime ABC’s. As you may imagine, “X” is a letter that simply does not have a lot of anime to choose from. After doing my cursory look, I found exactly 2 shows that would qualify for the poll which were:

While I would normally put this to a vote regardless, I personally would really like to watch xxxHOLiC for this series. As such, I am making an executive decision to forgo the vote and simply declare it the “winner” for this round. For the the remaining two letters (Y & Z), it will be business as usual as we will have a healthy selection for both letters.

I know that some of you may be disappointed that I’m not holding a vote or giving “X” an opportunity for a second “redemption” round like I did for “Q”, but the choice I made comes with a few advantages the other does not. Let me explain those real quick:

  • Turnaround – The most obvious advantage is that this speeds things up on my end, which in turn means you’ll get the review faster. That’s a win for both of us as setting up these polls are actually a lot of effort. It is not unusual for me to spend 2-4 hours setting up a poll depending on the number of choices, and even then I often miss a show or two regardless. Then of course, I have to wait for the voting period to pass before I can even start watching as the polls are almost always extremely close for at least 2 options.
  • No Tie – Speaking of closeness, this eliminates the chance for a tie. If that were to occur in this case, I’d end up choosing this same outcome anyway so nothing changes there, just speeds things up again.
  • Passion – Finally, the biggest advantage to this choice is that I actually really want to watch this show. It’s not that I don’t typically feel like whatever show you guys send my way, but out of these two options, I’m really only interested in this one. The other is probably fine, but xxxHOLiC has been sitting in my PTW queue for some time now. This means you’ll get a better end product, a win for us both.

Hopefully this brings clarity to the current round and you’ll understand the unique circumstances for this individual letter. As I said, we’ll be business as usual next time so be sure to start thinking about what “Y” and “Z” anime you’d like to vote for (even feel free to make a suggestion for the poll in the comments here). I suspect that this one will take me about a month to watch and review, so please bear with me in the meantime as some other fun things come out during the wait. Of course there’s always my big alphabetized list of anime reviews here if you’d like to catch up!

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 “X” round is the twenty fourth 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:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

Saying Goodbye to Wandering Son – Concluding our Fifth #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches! For our fifth season of the watch we finally decided on Wandering Son. This one has been on the poll since we started this, so it’s been a long time coming! Though like all good things, this season is about to come to a close. With that, it’s time to get ready for the sixth season of the watch! Below I’ll leave a link to our vote on Twitter where you can help decide what we’ll be watching next. Keep an eye out as we’ll be announcing the winner alongside the concluding thoughts for Wandering Son on 5/11/20.

I’ll be reviewing Wandering Son shortly after the watch concludes, so please look forward to that as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a community initiative I started a few months ago where we get together and collectively watch an anime. Then, we talk about it on Twitter using the hashtag #anitwitwatches. The first ever watch was for Tonari no Seki-kun which was a lot of fun. You can view more information on the watch, as well as my review on Seki-kun here.

Our second watch was for Rampo Kitan which I had already written about previously, so that review won’t mention the watch at all. However, you can find all of the threads about any previous watch by searching the hashtag on Twitter or by clicking the linked #anitwitwatches right here.

For our third watch we got a bit crazy with the infamous School Days! It wen’t over really well and has even lead others to watching the show some time after the watch has concluded.

Of course, last time we watched Girls’ Last Tour, which was a tiny bit disappointing when all said and done, but still quite enjoyable. With the times as they are, it was an appropriate feeling watch to say the least (even if all this stuff didn’t hit until we were about finished).

Why is X Show on the Poll?

As I mentioned last time, each show was carefully considered using a series of criteria to ensure that this activity remains fun and varied each time. This time around I kept the #anitwitwatches poll largely the same as what we had before with only 1 new edition. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Rolling GirlsA CGDCT show with just enough depth to be interesting week-to-week. Very colorful and fun!
  2. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou – This is a story about failure, but learning to push on even in the face of adversity. For creatives like us, it’s perfect! The show is a 24 episode one, but don’t let that worry you. It’ll work just fine 😉
  3. Death Parade – I still really just want to watch this show again. Due to the nature of the show, it’s ripe for discussion and is easily digestible in large or small chunks. Stories range from heartwarming to tragic. A bit of mystery in here as well.
  4. The Perfect Insider – A short  locked room murder mystery series that has a few quirks. I don’t know if I’d call this “good”, but it is assuredly interesting. Your mileage will largely depend on how quickly you figure out the answer to the mystery. Regardless, I am confident that it would make for a fun watch.

Join in the Fun!

So get to voting! I hope to see you for the next watch and would love to hear about shows you’d like to see added to the poll in the future. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be more than happy to answer!

Anime ABC’s W Results

Legitimately Surprised!

Every round I put a couple of shows that I really want to review, even though I know they have next to no hope in winning. This voting round had Wataten! An Angel Flew Down to Me, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, and today’s winner.

With 14 unique voters, Witch Hunter Robin barely took the lead with 5 votes.

Right behind with 4 votes was Wolf’s Rain and WorldEnd (the one with the stupidly long title). In all honesty, I am glad Wolf’s Rain didn’t manage to win as I’ve seen it before, and while it is good, I am in no hurry to watch it again. WorldEnd I was interested in alongside the ones listed above, but I can’t really complain.

All said, I’m very excited to watch Witch Hunter Robin. It’s been out of print until just a year or two ago even though it aired in 2002. This one may take me a few weeks to go through with everything going on, but I should get this reviewed a lot faster than last round’s winner.

While you wait for this review consider checking out the previous winner, Versailles no Bara or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed. As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below.

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Other Votes: Weathering With You (note from Jon, this was purposefully left off of the vote proper as I can’t rewatch the film to give a good review but I have seen it), Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Working, and Wake Up Girls!

#Anitwitwatches Season 5 – Wandering Son Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Fifth #Anitwitwatches!

We all know that anime can be goofy, action-packed, and a way to escape. However, this season of the watch we are watching a series called Wandering Son, an anime that explores real-world issues in a respectful and meaningful way. If you are LGBT, or even if you aren’t, this is going to be one watch you don’t want to miss!

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

Wandering Son Watch Schedule

We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 3/23/20. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. 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 Wandering Son 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 7 weeks long with the usual break at the start. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Anime ABC’s – W Voting Round

Just a Few Rounds Left!

With The Rose of Versailles reviewed, even if it was a fair wait for you folks, I’m ready to once again embark on the Anime ABC’s journey! That review was a tricky one for a lot of reasons so I hope you’ll go and give it a look if you haven’t already. With that said, it’s time to get this show on the road!

Remember, if a show is missing from the list, be sure to consult my alphabetized list of everything I’ve ever discussed here. If you don’t see it there, go ahead and vote for it using the “Other” option. Encourage other folks to vote for it as well, it could always win!

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

Voting is open from today until 3/25/20 11:59 PM as usual.

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 “W” round is the twenty third 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:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

What are you waiting for? Vote now and have your say in what anime I review next!