Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto – Mini Review

I Laughed a LOT

79468Back in 2016, Sakamoto was my favorite show of the season hands down. It was extremely funny and fun to watch. I eagerly awaited each new episode every week and just couldn’t get enough of this fantastic show. What’s even more surprising? It’s a Studio Dean production.

Each episode follows cool guy Sakamoto during his everyday life as a high school student. Usually, somebody tries to make him look bad in each episode, but by the end they only manage to make him look cooler. Some episodes are just short gags and there were 2 full episodes that were more story focused in the series.

I recently had the pleasure of watching this again (for the third time!) with my younger brother and I can confidently say that Sakamoto holds up with each rewatch. Each episode was very funny and never got repetitive. My fan theory that he is an alien only gets more and more reinforced as well. There is just too much evidence! I mean, how else does he do all this stuff?

There was one episode that was pretty poor compared to the others part way through on first viewing, but it was an extremely necessary episode that setup the show’s conclusion rather well. On a rewatch, I hardly noticed this. I don’t want to say much else, because this is a show that I think is a must-see for any anime fan. Sakamoto is definitely a must-watch series!


What did you think of Sakamoto? Did it have you laughing or was it a major dud for you? Also, do you think Sakamoto is an alien? Let me know in the comments below. If you like my writing and want to help me out some financially just hit the button below to throw a couple bucks my way. As always, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

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Tsuritama – Perfectly Portraying Anxiety

Anxiety Sucks

Image result for TsuritamaI don’t think it is any secret that I don’t exactly handle stress well. Anxiety simply isn’t a fun time even if you don’t have any anxiety disorders or anything. It’s something we’ve all experienced at least once or twice. Not too long ago I accidentally purchased an anime titled Tsuritama which is about a group of high school boys who fish together. It’s also about aliens and saving the world but, that’s anime for you. What really stuck out for me though was how they portrayed the main character’s anxiety in the early episodes. Continue reading “Tsuritama – Perfectly Portraying Anxiety”

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Review & Series Retrospective

WIXOSS is a Great Series

As you guys probably know, I did a whole collaboration with two other amazing bloggers, Ayano and Leth (you should totally check ’em out by the way), covering each episode of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS. You can read up on all those hereAs such, I don’t have a ton to say in terms of an overall review of the season so I’ll also be discussing my thoughts on the series as a whole and a quick rundown on the entire franchise. Let’s kick things off with my quick thoughts on this season!
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‘Incredibles 2’ Film Review

Grade: A

Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Brad Bird, and Huck Milner in Incredibles 2 (2018)

It has been (almost) fourteen years since ‘The Incredibles’ was released in theaters; I say “almost”, because the first film was released sometime in November, whereas, this sequel was released in June. However, since superhero movies have been the new “Summer Blockbuster”,  last month was a perfect way to ring in the summer. Let me just tell you that ‘Incredibles 2’ is a delight from start to finish. Not only does the animation look as clean and fresh as ever, but the film is pretty darn entertaining, both as a superhero movie, and as a family comedy!

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Megalo Box – Mini Review

It’s About the Journey, not the Destination

Image result for megalo boxThis is something I wholly believe in, but the thing is, the journey has to be interesting. Megalo Box fails to provide a compelling journey, in fact, I’d go as far to say that the destination isn’t all that great either. Despite the heaps of praise this anime received I couldn’t help but feel like watching this one was a chore each week. That said, I don’t think the show isn’t worthwhile or even bad in a technical sense but let me explain the three major reasons that killed it for me at least.

1. Overbearing Symbolism

From the moment the opening song drops you better have figured out that Joe is represented by a dog, specifically a scared up stray. Yuri is also a dog, Nanbu is a scorpion, etc… I like symbolism, motifs, and metaphor in storytelling but Megalo Box just kept beating its audience over the head with it. You would have to be an incredible moron (or just not paying attention) not to be able to pick up on this stuff here.

2. Boring Protagonist

Joe is boring. He is a flat character that I just don’t care about. I get that he has real boxing skill and should be doing better than fixed underground matches but… That’s as far as his character goes. The rest of the cast is a little better off but largely they are still pretty flat. The exception to this being Aragaki (and to a lesser extent Nanbu by association), a military veteran who gets more fleshed out than the main character. I’d honestly have rather watched a story about him.

3. Predictability/The Ending

Obviously, this show is supposed to be about the journey and not the destination. I get that, but the storytelling took all the stakes away from several of its situations by falling into repetitive patterns. For example, Joe would go down nearly every match around round 2 or 3, get up on the count of 9, and then proceed to win in the next round while on his last leg. This kept the matches from ever feeling exciting or interesting. There were two exceptions to this where the fights were battles of ideology, but still, they were somewhat lacking.

Furthermore, the ending for Megalo Box went in the single most boring direction possible. To explain what I mean, let’s jump back to the past with Ashita no Joe an anime which began its run in 1970 and was the inspiration for this anime. The end to that show results in Joe’s death. A lot of folks watching Megalo Box who knew this predicted that it would also end in a similar fashion. Instead, it went the least interesting route possible. Nothing really happens with the ending, Joe wins as expected and everybody is all the better for it. The only character who really loses something is Yukiko but that’s something that is kind of dumb. Not going to get into that but my point is, both the journey and destination are uninteresting.

You may be thinking, “Surely you dislike boxing in real life Jon, how else could you dislike this show?” Well guess what, wrong. While it isn’t my favorite thing to watch or anything, I grew up with boxing and am pretty familiar with it. Megalo Box just wasn’t a show for me.

Still, I do want to point out what I thought the show did well. From a technical standpoint the animation is great, the style of older anime was captured well, and outside of the opening, the music was enjoyable. Aragaki’s story was very good from a writing perspective. There is definitely something here with Megalo Box, but unfortunately the good was buried by the bad, at least for me.


Pretty positive that most of you enjoyed this one, so tell me why in the comments below. Did you happen to agree with me? Then I’d love to hear your thoughts below as well. If you enjoy my content then hit the button below and donate a few bucks via my Ko-fi account. I greatly appreciate the support! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope to see you back here again at Jon Spencer Reviews soon!

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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – The Epic Conclusion Episodes 11 & 12

Our Collaboration is Coming to a Close

It was a lot of fun and a ton of stuff happened throughout this wild WIXOSS collaboration adventure. Leth got married, I started and quit a job, and Ayano has been up to all sorts of new, interesting ideas over on her site. Not only that, but the show itself has been a pretty crazy ride itself! Today we’ll be looking at the last two episodes of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS and what we all thought of them.
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Celebrating the 4th – What Are Your Favorite Firework Scenes in Anime?

It’s the 4th and I’m Feeling Lazy!

Going to shoot straight with you guys, I was getting to work on all those mini reviews you all wanted while getting some bigger articles I started a few weeks ago topped off when I decided I didn’t really want to do much today. Plus, I also don’t want to flood you guys with a ton of mini reviews. Lastly, I still have the WIXOSS collab to finish up but that is looking to be later this week anyhow. Ultimately, I decided to ask you all what your favorite firework scenes in anime were. Here are a few of mine! Continue reading “Celebrating the 4th – What Are Your Favorite Firework Scenes in Anime?”

Caligula – Mini Review

Great Music, Ok Anime

Image result for caligula animeYou may recall a show that aired not too long ago, 18if which explored dreams and did that cool different director each episode thing, but wasn’t all that great in the end. Caligula is definitely one of those shows. While I enjoyed both, this one more than 18if, I felt more cheated after this one. The reason? Caligula has great music and a nice sense of style (at least when it wants to).

The first half of the anime is totally fine. Protagonist Ritsu is living an ordinary high school life until he realizes something isn’t quite right. Soon after this realization famed vocalist µ appears and begins to sing, turning (most of) his classmates into monsters that begin to pursue him. He then learns that he is trapped in the world of Mobius, a dream world of µ‘s creation, so that everyone can be happy.

Ok, the plot sounds dumb on paper, and it kind of is, but it was actually pretty compelling for me. Not only that, but it had one of my most FAVORITE THINGS EVER in it:  Idol singing and battles at the same time. A quick nod to Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE for sparking this before unrealized enjoyment in me. Boy, does the music deliver!

Borrowing this from Ace (check him out); listen to my anime here. It’s fantastic!

Featured in episode six (which unfortunately is the height of the series), “Tir na nOg” is my favorite song. I really love the anime specific version as voice actress Reina Ueda’s performance is top tier stuff. Not just in this episode either, µ‘s character is the reason to watch this show in general.

The other song that stuck out to me the song µ uses most often, “Peterpan Syndrome.” While not as heartfelt as the previous one I can’t help but get caught up in the music for this song as well. Really though, all of the songs are beyond good, but I don’t want to just give you hours of music, so we’ll call it with these two.

While you certainly won’t be impressed by the plot or characters in Caligula the music did make this worthwhile for me. If you are looking with some general action flair with occasionally interesting ideas and great music than I encourage you to give this one a watch, or at least the first six episodes (really, show was pretty on-point up to there). For an anime based on a game that shot for the stars and fell flat, I can say the anime did better at least.


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‘Hereditary’ Film Review

Grade: A

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

 

 

I have never been so blown away by a horror movie quite like ‘Hereditary’; it is the most intense, disturbing, well-acted and directed movie I have seen since ‘A Quiet Place’. While both movies rely on suspense and tension, there is something unnerving about this movie. With its score and direction, every scene is enough to keep you on your toes, as you expect terror around every corner. It may not rely on jump scares, but it does not need to; ‘Hereditary’ succeeds in just about every aspect. It is reminiscent of old horror classics and makes you remember what made those movies terrifying in the first place.

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My 5 Favorite Anime Memes – Just Something Fun

I LOVE Memes!

Since I’m back in action I wanted to ease back into my schedule with something fun! Today we’ll be looking at my 5 favorite anime memes (in no particular order). Additionally, we’ll be taking a look at some of YOUR favorite memes too! Let’s get to it. Continue reading “My 5 Favorite Anime Memes – Just Something Fun”