Welcome to the Ballroom – Mini Review

A Look From a Dancer’s Perspective

Image result for welcome to the ballroomAwhile back you may remember I released an article titled, “Welcome to the Ballroom – My Biggest Disappointment with the 2017 Summer Anime Season” where I discussed my disappointment with the fact that I couldn’t watch the show at the time it was airing due to the, now defunct, Anime Strike that Amazon tried out.

Some of you may also remember that I am big into ballroom dancing and familiar with the competition scene. Welcome to the Ballroom was a show I just had to watch but I was a bit worried because so many people complained about its quality when it was airing. Were these complaints warranted or was the show actually pretty good? Well, from a dancer’s perspective at least, the show was pretty decent but it definitively could have been better.

Let’s start with what the show does well. The characters are fairly well constructed with only a few moments where the writing drops the ball and undermines, what would otherwise be, a pretty consistent cast. When they do bother to animate the dancing, it looks good and is actually reasonably accurate (animating dancing is really difficult to sync up properly and have it look smooth, I’ve never really seen it done that well) which was a big plus. Furthermore, it was engaging not only because I was invested in the topic, but because the story didn’t follow the traditional shonen formula.

That said, the pacing wasn’t always the greatest. The main character gets really good at all the dances crazy quickly, which I could accept, but at one point they tell you in the show that his teachers didn’t even bother teaching him about frame until about 2/3rds of the way into the story. This is a fundamental basic so that was so beyond stupid I couldn’t believe it. Really, Welcome to the Ballroom does a terrible job at explaining how and why things work the way they do. This takes away from the appeal of dancing, and as somebody who thinks more people should give it a try, this is disheartening because if you aren’t already interested in dance then this will almost definitely not get you into it.

I mentioned above that Welcome to the Ballroom has a tendency to undermine its characters, specifically some of the female cast, which really knocked things down a peg. This was very unnecessary and not at all funny like the show was obviously aiming to be with these moments. Lastly, the story had a little too much needless drama towards the end.

In the end, I can see the community’s complaints and can kind of agree. This wasn’t the best series out their, especially not for the Summer 2017 season, but it is still one I recommend. Largely, the anime does a decent job at portraying dance well, but skimps out on capturing its entire appeal and inner workings. As long as you can get past the giraffe necks (had to sneak that one in here at least once, but really the necks loot to exaggerate the proper head position on dancers) and you have access, I would encourage at least giving this a shot. The second half improves dramatically but the first half has a few stunning moments itself.

Have you seen Welcome to the Ballroom? What special topics do you wish would be explored more in anime, fishing, sumo, or something else? Let me know your thoughts on both this and the series in the comments below. If you enjoy my content than please consider donating to my Ko-fi by clicking the button below. Hope to see you back around here soon, and as always, thanks for reading!

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One More Update – Left the Job & What That Means for the Site Pt. 3

I Have Some Explain’ to do

You guys might remember my previous update where I discussed some doubts about the job I had. Unfortunately, I had to quit. I was sleeping way too much when I wasn’t at work, barely eating (and when I did it took ages because I was so tired), and ultimately felt like my health was at serious risk if I pushed myself too much further.

As promised, I said if I quit the job that I would go see a Dr. Good news, already have the appointment made. Bad news, it is in August. My leaving was very cordial and I’m welcome to reapply there if my Dr. gives the ok. To my surprise, Assurant made a lot of concessions to me and were more than happy to work with me on this front. They want me to be healthy and totally understood. We discussed some other options but ultimately I had to just quit since I was unsure how long it would take me to get an appointment (at first I was getting told September if I was lucky). A big part of this, and I am going to totally brag here for a second, is that I was the single highest performing person in the company. Not just our site, across all the sites! That blew my mind. Needless to say, they would very much like me back so long as my health permits. I liked it there too, so I’m not against that.

As for the site, I’m going to take this week off but things should resume starting next week. I have a few things planned and I think you’ll enjoy them. I haven’t forgotten about Anime ABC’s, so that is also on the list of things to get done but will probably be a few weeks out since more work goes into those articles.

If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them here or contact me on the socials. Of course, you are more than welcome to email me if you’d prefer that. Can’t wait to get to writing and finally reading some of your guys’ content as well!

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration: Episode 10 with Jon Spencer Reviews and FINALLY Lethargic Ramblings.

Enjoy 🙂 Leth is here too!


No my pandas, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. A wild Leth has appeared and it’s a rare opportunity to catch him. You better bust out your Poké balls…no…Great balls in order to catch him. Maybe throw some berries or a Pokéblock in order to get him to stay.

All jokes aside Jon, Leth and I are here to bring you guys another play by play of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS. This time we are diving into episode 10! Yes, I know episode 11 is out now…buuut this is progress for the boys! I mean…Leth is getting married in like a week and I am surprised he can even join us for this episode review/thoughts. Say it with me guys, “GO LETH, GO!” Leth has also made progress on his own blog and brought us an awesome post on why My Anime List is important. If you want to check…

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Another Update – My New(ish) Job & What That Means for the Site Pt. 2

Better Late Than Never…

Sorry I have been so inactive both on WordPress and Twitter. I try to check in but most of my free time is spent doing paperwork for the government or sleeping now… When I’m not doing that I’ve been at work. It’s almost been a full month there now! Can you believe it? Pretty crazy to think if you ask me.

Any way, I just wanted to check in with you guys like I said I would in my last post on this subject (even it is just a tad bit late on my part). With that, let’s start off by talking about the job so far.

The Job so Far

I’m heading into my fourth week at Assurant and I have to say that everybody there is so nice and supportive. My first two weeks were spent in a computer lab learning the systems we use, practicing some phone scripting, and learning various legal procedures we have to follow. The best part of the first two weeks of the training was that it was really easy and we got paid for it too! We even got a bonus since part of our training is on the weekend!

This last week the training shifted to being a lot more intense. Where I had taken a few calls during the first two weeks, this third week was almost all calls for the full 8 hour shift. This is closer to what the job is actually going to be like. At one point in time I had an anxiety attack brought on by the phone volume and background noise in the office which was really unfun. I wanted to quit after that but I came back and did my best.

From there I found that I was getting more and more tired each day as the third week progressed as we spent more and more time on the phones. I have some serious doubts about working here long term. I reached out to my job developer and government job lady but was first met with a lot of complaining and, “suck it up” type responses. Still, I talked to my supervisor about my concerns.

He said that this can be normal for some people and encouraged me. I also explained that I have to decide fairly quickly if this is a, “forever” job for me which has been added pressure. Eventually my job developer got on board with my concerns since I explained that even if the job had a million wonderful things about it, I was concerned about my health because I was continually exhausted. I was sleeping over 12 hours a day sometimes. Not only that, but I had almost zero apatite all of the time. This all started after a week or so into the job, so it felt job related.

We came up with a plan and my supervisor granted me some special accommodations for the third week. Basically, I am allowed to take extra paid breaks between calls (just a minute or two to get water or sit in the quiet room) but once I leave the training period that accommodation goes away. I don’t use it much but on days where I’m particularly exhausted I do use it for the first few hours off and on. From there, we decided that I’d try and stick out the full first month and if no improvement on the health front was made that I would quit.

The justification to this is to see if it is just my brain and body trying to process all of this new information and acclimate to being on the phone so much (a task that is an, “always on” type job for me. Meaning I get really drained doing it). Some of you may recall I have a disability and some medical conditions attached to that so this is a serious concern for me. Everybody believes I can do the job, myself included, but nobody wants me to pay a huge price just to please everyone either.

My thoughts after this third week is things did improve up until Sunday where I was hit pretty hard with exhaustion and really still haven’t shook it even today (Monday evening) as I’m witting this. Next week is going to only be more challenging and that has me worried. My prediction is that I will likely quit but at the same time I absolutely don’t want to do that. I’m pretty torn about it.

A big reason for this is because I’m the highest performing member in our training course. I have consistently gotten the second highest mark possible on every call they have reviewed for me. Not only that, my supervisor is contesting one of those marks to get me a perfect instead. Our group in general is very high performing (some people who started with low marks have even gotten a perfect already. Those are beyond rare I’m told) so that speaks to how well we’ve been trained and the level of encouragement we are getting. They even gave some of us special rewards for exceeding performance expectations!

TL;DR the job is great but my health isn’t. I think it is job related and if I don’t see improvement I’ll end up quitting. I enjoy the job, love the people, pay + perks are great, but it isn’t worth working myself to death. So we shall see how week four goes and I’ll keep you all posted best I can on Twitter. I’ll also try and write another update either way as well.

Site Expectations

I just can’t do both right now. Still focusing on trying to make the job work. I have the WIXOSS collab going but honestly that is even a little too much. Expect some stuff from Jacob when he can but otherwise I’ll be pretty quite for at least another week or two. I really apologize about that but it is just how things need to be for me right now.

That’s About it

With that I’ll wish you all a wonderful day. For those concerned about my health, please don’t be too worried either. I plan to see a Dr. ASAP if things don’t improve for me. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. You can do so by commenting below, hitting me up on Twitter, or emailing me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

Have a great day!


Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration: Episodes 8 + 9 with Jon Spencer Reviews and Lethargic Ramblings…Well…Mainly Myself Because The Boys Are Super Busy With Their Personal Lives & We Are Way Behind On This Collab #sorrynotsorry

Life has been busy. My new job is requiring a lot of effort on my part. I haven’t had a lot of time to write. Mostly been sleeping…

Here’s our long due collab for the newest WIXOSS season though!


Sorry for the very long and very extensive title! Yes, the boys have been super busy with their personal lives. If you didn’t already know Leth is getting married in just a few short weeks and Jon just started a new job not too long ago. I know they both have been very very busy IRL. With that said, I decided to take it upon myself to get our episode thoughts out to you all. Well…at least Jon’s and mines thoughts anyways XD

Leth you totally get a free pass because you’ve been planning a wedding…but don’t think you can get away with all this freeloading in the future good sir! Ayano-senpai collects her debts when they are due! Hahaha…all jokes aside I wanted to get something out for our followers because episode 10 just aired today and I didn’t want to get even further behind. I think we would…

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke, and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The ‘Star Wars’ train keeps running with ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. Taking place between the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘Rogue One’, ‘Solo’ feels like a long time coming. If you know that George Lucas scrapped Han Solo’s origin story in ‘Revenge of the Sith’, you would probably feel it fair that the beloved smuggler get a story of his own. Who knew that there would be production problems in the process? From reports of Alden Ehrenreich’s dismal acting to the firing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to the hiring of Ron Howard as eventual director, it seemed that fans and I were skeptical about how it could play out. A 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes revealed that there was some hope, but I had to see for myself to see how it fared.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Film Review

Grade: A

Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, Leslie Uggams, Morena Baccarin, Lewis Tan, Stefan Kapicic, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, and Brianna Hildebrand in Deadpool 2 (2018)

I have never had so much fun watching ‘Deadpool 2’. What the first feature lacked, David Leitch’s sequel gains — in terms of fast-paced, non-stop action, and jokes that actually hit me. In case you did not know already, I thought the first ‘Deadpool’ was okay. I was expecting it to be a great superhero movie, but its uneven structure really bothered me; of course, that may have been its intention, and it actually proved to be more enjoyable on its second viewing. I just really loved ‘Deadpool 2’. Not a dull moment flew past me as I sat through explosions, profanity, gore, and fourth-wall breaks. The character of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is a gift from Marvel heaven, though he has yet to make his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Disney/Fox merger happened in 2017). We might as well enjoy these cinematic offerings while they are hot, naughty, and R-rated.

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‘Blockers’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Blockers (2018)

It is easy to describe ‘Blockers’ as ‘American Pie’ meets ‘Neighbors’; not only was it produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of ‘Neighbors’, but its concept is very similar to ‘American Pie’; teens want to lose their virginity on prom night. The only twist? It is from the perspective of some worried parents desperate to stop the fun and debauchery from happening. What follows is some hilarity, and a surprisingly heartfelt look at accepting your kids as they grow up.

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Important Update – My New Job & What That Means for the Site

Hello Everybody!

A lot of you know already, but I got a job! I even got it all by myself without any help from the government programs I’m in (that are supposed to be helping me). It’s been nearly a full year since I’ve had steady employment, though I had that Target job for a very short time around Christmas last year. So here’s what’s going on with both the job and exactly how the site will be impacted by this.

The Job

I am working for a place called, “Assurant.” It’s an insurance-like company that handles a lot of things from Amazon purchases to cellphones. My job is to talk on the phone and help people by filling claims for them. In theory, this is a good job for me but I’ve only been there two days so I really can’t say if it is a good fit or not.

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Both my government aid worker and job developer think I’m making a huge mistake and are mad that I took this job without their permission (and yes, I am definitely not supposed to act on my own for some reason). However, I won’t know if I like, or can do this job, without trying it. They offered me this position so I’m going to give it my best, and I really have been doing that these past couple days.

The company has been excellent outside of a few comments I’ve heard from management that is only slightly concerning to me long term. That being said, they have given all of us new hires very fair and reasonable expectations, as well as outs if we need them.

To start, the first two weeks are just practicing stuff on computers and helping each other learn. I’m really good at this. I’ve already mastered most of the software and can do almost all of the paperwork stuff in my sleep. Moving into weeks 3-4, the nature of the job changes as we begin doing live work unassisted (though we have heavy support and handle a lot less work than normal) and this is where a lot of new hires quit. I don’t plan on quitting at this juncture but, I have marked it as a time to evaluate and see if this is something I can see myself doing long term.

Why is this step important? Well, I basically have less than 3 months to determine if this job is a forever career. Once three months goes by, I lose any and all government support for basically ever. I need to be nearly 100% certain that I both like this job, and can do it in the long run.

After the training period is over I’ll be moved into a regular schedule and things are only going to get more intense than they will be in weeks 3 and 4. I’m coming on during the super crazy busy time. I have no clue if I can sustain the level of work required of me, especially long term, once this happens. I have this down as another evaluation point.

If I can make it through both the training and second month, then I plan to make this a permanent job. In the event that things don’t work out, I learn some valuable lessons. 1. I don’t like that work/can’t do it, and 2. I get some money, which I really need. However, if things work out, that’s all for the better!

The Site

With this, I will have to make changes to how I do stuff here at the site. First, I simply won’t be posting at all starting today after this post moving through to about June 11th 2018. This period I will be wholly devoted to my training and doing my best to succeed at this job. There will be an three exceptions to this however. First, I am doing a collab on WIXOSS‘s latest season that will continue as expected. The second being another update a around the week 3 mark. The other in the event that I quit.

You’ll also notice that I haven’t been very active online during the past few days. Expect this. I cannot use my cellphone AT ALL while at work. It is illegal for me to do so and I’ll be fired if I do. Once I’m home I’ll try and catch up with folks some, but my time to do so will vary day-to-day. Please know that I am not ignoring you all or anything.

Once we move into June, I will start posing again. I’m not sure what the schedule will be or if I will make questions. This will need some reviewing from myself based on how I’m doing at the company and when I come home.

Lastly, I will still be active on Twitter and Jacob should post off-and-on still. If you have any questions or concerns please be sure to contact me or leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP!

‘The Greatest Showman’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Skylar Dunn, Cameron Seely, and Sam Humphrey in The Greatest Showman (2017)

‘The Greatest Showman’ may be out on Blu-Ray and DVD, but being that it is a cultural phenomenon, a review is still in order. In all seriousness though, I actually got to witness this film on the big screen just a few weeks ago, which I count myself lucky to have experienced. Though it is not the greatest musical (or movie) I have seen, it still goes out on a high note. 

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