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:

After careful consideration and feedback, we’ll be keeping the Monday dates once again. 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!

Saying Goodbye to Girls’ Last Tour – Concluding our Fourth #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches. For our fourth watch we settled on Girls’ Last Tour for a change of pace after School Days. Don’t fret though! We’ll be preparing to move on to a new show after next week. That’s where you come in! 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 Girls’ Last Tour on 3/16/20.

I’ll be reviewing Girls’ Last Tour 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.

As mentioned above, our third watch was for 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. You can find those thoughts linked above and via the hashtag mentioned in the previous paragraph as well.

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. Due to some oversight with the last voting round on my end and the heavy nature of School Days, I’ve elected to largely mix up the poll for this new season of #anitwitwatches. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Wandering SonThis is a carryover from our very first watch, it just keeps almost winning! There seems to be a lot of interest in it and I’m all for watching it. This  made my Top 20 Anime of the Decade list awhile back if you wants some quick thoughts.
  2. Rolling GirlsA CGDCT show with just enough depth to be interesting week-to-week. Very colorful and fun!
  3. 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 😉
  4. Death Parade – Lately this show has been at the forefront of discussion in various circles of mine. This has me itching to watch it, and I’ve wanted to put it on the poll anyway.

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!

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Jon’s Creator Showcase – Second Anniversary Edition & Best of the Decade

Welcome to The Party!

This is the first showcase of the year as well as the decade, and if this is any indication of what’s to come, then we are in for one fantastic year for this program! Today we are celebrating the second anniversary of Jon’s Creator Showcase along with 50 other wonderful individuals who decided to participate this moth. Along with the usual posts, you’ll also be seeing some “best of the decade” submissions from several folks. With that, let’s dive in! Continue reading “Jon’s Creator Showcase – Second Anniversary Edition & Best of the Decade”

Weekly Anime Music Quiz Night

Heya Folks!

I wanted to tell you all about a weekly community event I’ve been hosting for awhile now. Each week on Thursday several of us from the community get together to play a game called Anime Music Quiz, or AMQ for short. So what is this and how can you join in on all the fun?

What is AMQ?

Anime music Quiz is a free game where you try to guess what anime a song belongs to after hearing a short sample of it. Despite how simple and easy this may sound, it’s actually far from it! Don’t worry though, even if you haven’t seen a ton of anime, the event is fairly casual. It’s mostly a way to hang out for awhile, chat, and learn about some anime (as well as each other) along the way.

How do I Join?

It’s really easy to join the event. First, sign up for a free account by following the link hereThen link your anime list (if you have one, it’s not required). After that, just wait until the scheduled time and hop right in. It really is that simple!

When is AMQ Night?

Each game occurs weekly on Thursdays at 7:30 PM PST. I tweet the game out each week so you shouldn’t miss it! To stay up to date with any changes in the schedule I recommend following me on Twitter (@JS_Reviews) and/or joining my Discord.

I know that this time is not ideal for everybody throughout the community, but for right now this time has been what’s proved to work best for most people. Plans to expand this program are in place, so if you want to see a second time slot added be sure to support this initiative!

How Can I Provide Support?

The easiest way to help this program out and show your support is by sharing the weekly tweets. After that, simply get involved and come play! As this program grows, I’ll need additional hosts to run games in tandem with mine, plus we always need another player or two anyway.

Lastly, consider becoming a Patron or making a one-time donation via my Ko-fi. This money helps me with living expenses, which in turns allows me to expand these initiatives, provide more content, and a whole host of other things. To learn more or to make a donation, simply click the corresponding button below.

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#Anitwitwatches 4 – Girls’ Last Tour Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Fourth #Anitwitwatches!

After the contentious School DaysI decided to mix up the poll considerably since that show was a trial for some folks, even if everybody seemed to largely enjoy the experience. Of these shows, only one of them has escaped my viewing before but I put it on the poll with the thought it had no chance. Wouldn’t you know it though, Girls’ Last Tour took home the gold!

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

Girls’ Last Tour Watch Schedule

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We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 1/26/20. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. Plus I need to wrap up the showcase stuff for the end of that week. 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 School Days 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:

  • 1/27/20 – Break
  • 2/3/20 – Episodes 1 & 2
  • 2/10/20 – Episodes 3 & 4
  • 2/17/20 – Episodes 5 & 6
  • 2/24/20 – Episodes 7 & 8
  • 3/2/20 – Episodes 9 & 10
  • 3/9/20 – Episode 11
  • 3/16/20 – Episode 12

Since I haven’t actually seen this show, I did the best I could based on the episode descriptions (doing my best to avoid spoilers). It seemed to me that doing doubles for all but the last 2 episodes would suit the show nicely sans the final 2 episodes. 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!

Saying Goodbye to School Days – Concluding our Third #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another fantastic #anitwitwatches. For our third watch we settled on the infamous School Days but we will be preparing to move on to a new show after next week. That’s where you come in! 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 School Days on 1/20/20.

I’ll be reviewing School Days 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.

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. Due to some oversight with the last voting round on my end and the heavy nature of School Days, I’ve elected to largely mix up the poll for this new season of #anitwitwatches. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Wandering SonThis is a carryover from our very first watch. There seems to be a lot of interest in it and I’m all for watching it! This recently made my Top 20 Anime of the Decade list if you wants some quick thoughts.
  2. Rolling GirlsA CGDCT show with just enough depth to be interesting week-to-week. Very colorful and fun!
  3. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou – After School Days, I thought something positive with a hint of romance might be in order. It’s a story about failure, but learning to push on even in the face of adversity. For creatives like us, it’s perfect!
  4. Girls’ Last Tour – Lets explore a world together! I have been wanting to finish this and the watch would be the perfect excuse. Each week would have something for us to contemplate as well.

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!

The Second Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase & Best of The Decade!

2 Whole Years!?!

I seriously can’t believe that #TheJCS has grown to become as large as it has been. It’s thanks to all of you that the project has become as successful as it has, to which I am truly grateful. Here’s to another excellent year of the showcase as we look back over 2019 and see what 2020 has in store for us!

The 2019 Complete Collection

Happen to miss out on any of the showcases last year? No problem! 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 I had several goals for Jon’s Creator Showcase, let’s look back on those and see what went well, and what didn’t:

Goal:  More participation outside of the anime community. I love the anime community and we have had a good amount of participation outside of it before, but I’d love to see other hobbies and interests represented EVEN MORE. This could be travel, board games, film, literature, or anything really!

Result:  This was a rousing success! It took a little doing, but the showcase has really branched out over the past year. We’ve gotten videos, artwork, book reviews, and a whole lot more! The topics have seen an uptick in variety as well, which is also great! I don’t see this stopping anytime soon as the program gains more traction in the community.

Goal:  Post type variety. Unsurprisingly nearly all of the content featured in our monthly issues are text posts. That’s awesome but wouldn’t it be cool if we had image posts showcasing art, video, and even podcasts? It think so too! I want to encourage more content creators to participate beyond the blogging community.

Result:  I pretty much covered this in the last point, but we did manage this. All of the things I listed above were featured at least once throughout 2019. So, goal achieved!

Goal:  Personally, I’d love it if just one person with a big following participated this year. They often get linked but ignore joining. The showcase is for everyone, big or small, and we want to celebrate the wonderful creations that YOU are putting so much effort into creation. Don’t think you are ever too big or too small for this project, because, you aren’t.

Result:  I’m going to say we achieved this one as well! Some of you guys have actually become pretty big yourselves! That’s great! While we still haven’t penetrated to the masses, I am still happy with the level of reach we managed to achieve in just one year’s time. Here’s to continued growth!

Goal:  On the same side of the coin, I’d like to see a hand extended to smaller creators trying to get off the ground. It’s hard to get recognition so be mindful of who you nominate in this next year.

Result:  Would you look at that, all goals hit! We could still be a bit better about this, but in general the mix of large and small creators has been very healthy. Several new faces emerged across 2019, which was awesome!

Image Overhaul & New Promotional Material

I’ve been really excited about this one! Recently I’ve been working on rebranding my personal image, but I thought the showcase could also use a bit of a makeover. While the old material was great, it used the old hashtag and just didn’t fit what the showcase ultimately became over the past year. Here’s all the cool images I’ve made for the showcase which you can use to promote the showcase yourself!

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New banner!

A new cover poster!

New informational poster!

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A new promotional image! Thank you to everybody who OK’ed me using their images for this.

Hosting Schedule 2020

Like always, you can find the schedule here via the Doodle poll, but I also made a visual schedule for convenience. The tweet below has the image and all of the hosts tagged in order, just in case you are unfamiliar with any of them. Be sure to say “Hi!” while you are there!

I’m Hosting #TheJCS This Month, With a Twist!

Since the decade has come to a close, I have a special twist for this month’s hosting! You may choose to optionally submit ANY creation of yours from the past decade (2010-2019), regardless of if you have shared it for a showcase before or not. This is a special one-time deal, so feel free to take advantage! Of course, I’ll personally read/watch/review anything you send my way so long as you follow the instructions below:

Submissions are open from 1/3/20 until 1/30/20

  1. Share something YOU created, either from December 2019 or the past decade (2010-2019). 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 it is ANY content from the past decade this time, not just the usual December 2019 submissions (though that’s fine too of course). There’s always a little confusion on this, so let’s start making good habits this year by mentioning the desired date range.
  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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