Juuni Taisen – A Nihilistic Battle Royale

Started With a Bang…

As you may recall, my initial impressions of Juuni Taisen (Zodiac Wars) were actually quite positive. Twelve characters enter this war to end all wars, only one will leave alive. Sounds pretty good right? While I certainly had a good time in general, this anime ended up letting me down when all said and done. Now, Everybody clap your hands! Continue reading “Juuni Taisen – A Nihilistic Battle Royale”

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A Sister’s All You Need – Not What You Think

It’s Good?

Riding the waves of Eromanga

Wait.

I did that intro already in my Fall 2017 anime impressions article which you should totally check out. Despite what things may first appear, what A Sister’s All You Need ends up being is a hodgepodge of romance, comedy, meta-narrative, drama… thing. I’ve heard a lot about how it is just baseless pandering and repetitive jokes with an overly sexual focus but coming from a guy who is pretty quickly turned off by stuff like that I actually found myself enjoying this. A lot. Continue reading “A Sister’s All You Need – Not What You Think”

‘Downsizing’ Film Review

Grade: D-

Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ is a film that has so much potential; a seemingly original premise, social commentary, and promising visuals. A surefire contender for the Oscars! Payne (who also did ‘Election’, ‘Sideways’, and ‘The Descendants’) even tries his damnedest to get the look and feel of a world this small right; yet sadly, there are so many missed opportunities, making it seem like your average everyday drama about breathing in life, and enjoying the little moments before they are gone forever. (No pun intended on the “little”.) 

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Music Review: Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

The Album the Whole World Heard

Today we look at Nirvana’s most popular and best selling album; Nevermind.

An album so famous that very few people haven’t heard at least one song from it in their lifetime and one that is often considered a gold standard for 90’s music.
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The Creator Showcase & How it Works

Happy New Year!

I wanted to start 2018 off by doing something special. I know everybody loves those tagging games both on here and on Twitter so I came up with something similar called, “The Creator Showcase.” Just what is that, and how does it work?

The Creator Showcase will be something I host every month for 2018. It will highlight the AMAZING works that the community creates over the course of a month. Any creation may be submitted by its creator be that a blog post, YouTube video, podcast, fan art, etc… All are welcome to participate! At the end of the month I’ll feature some of the submissions on the site here, and yes, I will read/look at/watch/etc… everything submitted.

So how will this all work? Here are the rules:

  1. Be sure to follow both here at Jon Spencer Reviews and my Twitter @JS_Reviews so that you can keep up to date on both The Creator Showcase and all the happenings here.
  2. Like this post and each month’s tweet that will house submissions*.
  3. Share your favorite thing that you created in the previous month.
  4. Tag at least one other creator and encourage them to post with the #CreatorShowcase
  5. Be sure to check out the other submissions by creatives like you!

That’s it! We’ll be kicking things off starting today (1/1/18) so be sure to spread the word, even if you don’t have something to submit. This month’s showcase will be about your favorite creation from December 2017. Remember, it can be anything as long as you created it! I hope this ends up being a huge success and people have fun too 🙂

*Unfortunately, I will only be accepting submissions on Twitter. The reason for this is that a lot of folks are already using it and it is both a convenient and central location to keep track of everybody’s posts.

Top 10 Anime I Watched in 2017

Exactly What it Says on the Tin

I actually remembered to do one of these this year! Here are the top ten shows I watched in 2017. The only rules are that I can only mention shows I finished for the first time during 2017 and they have to be complete. No ongoing stuff (sorry Magus Bride) I watched a lot of shows (78~) this year so it was a tough choice for some of these. Let’s get this party started with the number ten spot! Continue reading “Top 10 Anime I Watched in 2017”

OneShot – You Only Get One

Well Sort of at Least

After greatly enjoying Doki Doki Literature Club, I was quickly recommended to check out the game that I’m looking at today:  OneShot. Made with RPGMaker, and clearly a lot of love, OneShot is a metanarrative experience that attempts to twist what you may expect with a game like this. Did OneShot live up to the hype or did it fail to deliver? Let’s dive in and find out! Continue reading “OneShot – You Only Get One”

King’s Game & The 7 Stages of Grief

Dearly Beloved…

For my initial thoughts, take a look at when I did my first impressions article for the Fall 2017 anime season.

I had high hopes for King’s Game but was ultimately let down. Watching this was akin to watching a death, so with that let us all morn together and walk through the seven stages of grief. May this anime rest its weary soul in peace, torn to shreds by the internet (I actually kind of low-key liked it though…). Continue reading “King’s Game & The 7 Stages of Grief”

Anime ABC’s L Results

Hello Everybody!

I’m excited to say that we once again had a wonderful turnout for this voting round, matching the previous record of 29 responses. To my surprise, the “other” category was a real contender this go around but it ultimately didn’t win out. There was just too much back and forth between Little Witch Academia (TV) and Chunibyo. However, there can only be one winner and when the dust finally settled Little Witch took the day with 11 votes!

While I certainly didn’t expect this title to win, I really thought Chunibyo or Log Horizon would ultimately win, I’m very pleased with the results. I haven’t seen Little Witch yet but I liked the OVA’s well enough to want to get around to it eventually. So thanks for the opportunity everybody!

There will be a little bit of a delay getting this review out, but don’t worry it won’t be a terribly long wait. That being said, it won’t be done before the start of the new year. This is due to Christmas and my current work schedule. Furthermore, a friend of mine who moved out to California (and is an avid Patreon supporter of mine) is home for a visit these next few weeks and I’ll be hanging out with him some. The important part, is that he requested (if this title won out) to watch and participate in the reviewing process this time around. Hopefully the delay will be worth it.

As always, here is a breakdown of the votes (Other was really interesting):

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Other:  Library Wars, Love Live (x3), The Littl’ Bits, Laputa:  Castle in the Sky, Love Hina, Love Lab, (A) Lull in the Sea, Laughing Under the Clouds/Donten ni Warau, Lost Universe, and Locodol

Recovery of an MMO Junkie – A Charming (Yet Predictable) Experience

Sometimes, That’s All You Need

Kicking off my look at Fall 2017, is Recovery of an MMO Junkie which is a series that had me invested from the very start. I won’t be rehashing anything from my first impressions so go ahead and read that here if you’d like. While most people found the aspect of blossoming online relationships displayed in this series, today I’ll be discussing why I enjoyed a narrative that was largely on rails. Recovery of an MMO Junkie is fairly predictable, and really pretty average, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time because it absolutely is.  Continue reading “Recovery of an MMO Junkie – A Charming (Yet Predictable) Experience”