Dr. Update & Other Stuff

Hey Everybody!

Hope you all are having an excellent day. Today is just a quick update post because yesterday I went to the Dr.’s office. So the news is mixed. On the one hand, certain aspects of the blood test revealed that I’m beyond healthy in some ways but on the other I’m, and this is a quote, “So deficient that nobody has ever heard of it being so low.”

First thing I have to do is take Floric Acid because I guess I am just slightly anemic. The other one is taking a boat load of vitamin D. Apparently I got an, “8” when normal is, “30.” The Dr. said that when it is typically never lower than, “20” and when they see people that low it is concerning. So mine being that low is very bad. He said that if I take the medicine that I should feel a lot better in a few weeks but we’d know for sure after we do the followup in three months.

What does this mean for content? Probably no change outside of minor restructuring this week since I have to do things like contact my job developer and the like. Friday should have something but I just don’t know what yet.

As for everything else. I’m working through the Psycho-Pass rewatch and polled everybody about how they wanted me to do that ABC Review. I may end up splitting it into parts because this is one of those shows that is really dense but I don’t know how much of what I might have to say is unique enough to warrant actually doing. I’ll keep folks posted on this.

Additionally, I have been going hard at the final Zero Escape game so that should be coming in the next 2 weeks or so if I continue at this pace. After that I’ll probably play the Psycho-Pass VN and a horror game in preparation for October. I want to do another Halloween month but I don’t know if I can fill a whole month with themed content again. I’ll look to that but if you have a suggestion for a show, film, or game please let me know.

Of course if you have any questions or concerns about anything please feel free to ask them here in the comments, on Twitter (DM or otherwise), or email me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com, whatever works for you. I’d appreciate any monetary support you can throw my way, so please click the button below if you’d like to do that. Otherwise, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here again soon!

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One Punch Man – Mini Review

An Everyday Hero

Image result for one punch manYou may remember that I reviewed Mob Psycho 100 awhile back for Anime ABC’s. In that review I talk a lot about this series, One Punch Man, due to the fact that it was created by the person known as, “One.” Today I’ll be doing a brief review on One Punch Man, specifically focusing on my favorite part of the show, The Deep Sea King arc.

A quick overview of the show for those unfamiliar, OPM follows Saitama who is the strongest superhero ever. He is so strong that he can beat every bad guy with a single punch. Largely being a parody of other superpower shonen battle series like Dragon Ball Z, it is fairly comedy focused with some pretty awesome fights sprinkled in for good measure. The premise may make this sound boring, but it is a pretty solid experience across 12 episodes in season one.

However, I don’t love OPM for any of these reasons and think it is a comparatively weaker show to its counterpart, Mob Psycho 100, but with one major exception. That’s right, The Deep Sea King arc.

In this arc a terrible monster from the sea comes and tries to take over the surface. It is dominating heroes left and right. Everything seems pretty bleak with almost no hope left for the citizens of the town. Then, riding on his bicycle, Mumen Rider shows up (think Kamen Rider but just a normal dude) filling the people with hope.

Mumen Rider is just a normal person with no special powers, yet in the show he is often shown to be highly praised for doing basic good deeds around the city. In the world of OPM, he’s given many opportunities to advance higher in the hero hierarchy but refuses to because that isn’t the point of being a hero to him. His message is about how you should always step in and act because even a small effort can result in being the hero for someone else.

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If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s a video made by Mother’s Basement that explains what I’m talking about here in more detail.

Naturally he gets beat pretty badly by The Deep Sea King and Saitama swoops in to save the day. However, Saitama recognizes the validity in Mumen Rider’s actions and decides to give him credit for the victory by implying the combined efforts of the other heroes and, mostly, Mumen Rider is why he was able to win. This ends up making people kind of hate Saitama but Mumen is well aware of what Saitama did for him.

For me, this is a powerful moment in the show that makes the entire thing worth it. I was genuinely moved by the futile attempts to save the day that Mumen Rider made, even on repeat viewings. If you haven’t seen the show, I do recommend it but not for the reasons most people do. Sure, it’s a funny show and there are cool fights sometimes, but this hard-hitting moment about what it means to truly be a hero is what makes this worth watching.


What are your thoughts on One Punch Man? Do you agree with me about Mumen Rider or was this show more about the comedy for you? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. Here’s the part where I ask for money, nobody ever cares about this part. Click the button below I guess if you actually read this section; that’s how you give me money so I can do stuff. Lastly, I do appreciate you stopping by and giving this a read. Hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito – There Was a Sequel Film the Whole Time?!?

A Proper Sequel or Flashback Fodder?

Image result for planetarian filmIt’s no secret that I loved the short ONA series Planetarian when I first watched and wrote about it September 2017. When it FINALLY got a Blu-ray and DVD release from Funimation earlier this year I absolutely had to purchase it. That’s when I learned this little gem had a sequel film the whole time! Obviously, I had to watch this film and determine if this properly followed things up or was absolutely unnecessary. Continue reading “Planetarian: Hoshi no Hito – There Was a Sequel Film the Whole Time?!?”

Quick Update – New PC, Dr. Stuff, & Misc.

Hello Everybody!

Today is just a quick update post because I didn’t really have enough time for a proper post and I have a lot going on for the next couple days anyhow. As you may know, I also got a new computer recently (and it is awesome… mostly) which meant I lost a lot of time I would normally use for post making and such to getting it all setup.

The PC

New computer is a monster that runs lightning fast. I love that! The only drawback is that the graphics card is kind of not so great. Supposedly I can’t run a lot of games but I’m finding that I can skirt around that issue due to the pure power level of the computer in all other aspects. However, I am now incapable of playing some of my favorite games with friends which is very sad. At least I have Hearthstone though!

I’ve been suggested an external GPU case and to just upgrade it that way but that’s out of my budget. That’d run me at least three to four hundred bucks which is just too much on my ~$60 a month income. For now this’ll have to do. The computer was a great price and is perfect in all other aspects, just kind of a letdown that the graphics card is so crummy comparatively.

The reason I needed to buy a new computer is that my old one was running really hot and was definitely going to die sooner rather than later if I kept using it for everything I want and need to use a computer for. I gave the old one to my brother because he needed a computer for school and it can manage YouTube and Google Drive perfectly fine at least. He doesn’t seem to be that enthusiastic though because it runs a little slow. Guess no good deed goes unpunished… 

Dr. Stuff

I have to go to the Dr. tomorrow so they can take my blood and run tests on it. Then I go in next week to have them tell me all about the results. You may remember that I left my last job because of health reasons so maybe we will get some answers here? I definitely need to figure something out because I need money to live. No offense to the ~$60 but that isn’t exactly enough.

Dr. visits will impact content creation just because I don’t know how long they will take or how I’ll be feeling afterwards. I’d say that this week it shouldn’t be a big deal since it is just blood but next week I’ll probably do another update post about the results.

Misc.

Other than that, I plan starting my rewatch of Psycho-Pass soon as well as working some more on V2.0 of my game. I haven’t really gotten a ton of feedback but hopefully I’ll get some more soon. The goal with that version is to have a fully fleshed out concept demo with 3-5 levels of content, some story, and more, “final” assets. A composer reached out to me and is doing some music for free (which I just can’t believe) so at the very least V2.0 is going to have a killer soundtrack!


Hope everybody is having a good one and I’ll see you back here for something on Friday (I’m not sure what yet). If you’d like to give me a little help financially hit the button below, I’d really appreciate with everything going on, but don’t feel like you have to. Lastly, thanks for taking the time to read today!

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san – Mini Review

Will This Guy Ever Get a Clue?

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What kind of trick could Takagi be up to here?

Awhile back I watched Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, or just, Takagi-san for short, with my mom and we both really enjoyed it. The plot follows Nishikata’s exploits to successfully tease his classmate Takagi, who is always teasing him. Is Takagi just mean or does she have another motive behind her teasing of Nishikata? Today I’ll share with you three reasons why you might enjoy the show as well!

1. It’s Funny!

I’m reminded of a show titled, “Tonari no Seki-kun:  The Master of Killing Time” when it comes to Takagi-sanWhile I haven’t seen much of the former, this anime seems to be a longer form version of it with a gender-bent take. Just how exactly is Takagi going to tease Nishikata today and how exactly will his attempts to tease her blow up in his face?

Not only that but there are some good running jokes and some supporting cast that adds a bit of extra levity and jokes to the mix. This also helps the story from becoming too much of the same thing by not focusing solely on Nishikata and Takagi.

2. The Will-They-Won’t-They

Besides the comedy, you’ll be getting your regular dose of romantic tension with Takagi-san. Why get so invested in this relationship between two middle schoolers and if it’ll happen? Beats me but I can can tell you that it is more compelling than it reasonably ought to be.

Nishikata is an idiot. He’s so laser focused on teasing Takagi that he misses out on her fairly obvious attempts at advancement. She wants to know if he likes her but is too afraid to take a direct approach, hence all the teasing. It’s something that is bound to be easily relatable for a lot of folks watching. So the big question, does Nishikata ever catch on? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

3. Lighthearted Fun

Lastly, this anime is just a good time. You don’t have to focus too hard on it and since it is available dubbed or subbed it is perfect for when you want a fairly casual viewing experience. Takagi-san ended up having some nice messages and made me feel good while watching it; just managed to put a smile on my face.

BONUS!

Takgi has a killer design, it is actually what drew me into the show initially. Even with my open love of loli characters, forehead lolis usually just aren’t cute but she is. Not to mention they put the characters in various outfits so visually this won’t be a dull experience either.


Have you seen Takagi-san or read any of the manga adaptations? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoy reading my stuff hit the button below to send a few bucks my way so I can afford to continue existence. Lastly, thanks so much for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review

Grade: C

Melissa McCarthy and Dorien Davies in The Happytime Murders (2018)

The idea of puppets doing shocking things is not new in the entertainment industry; before ‘The Happytime Murders’, there were ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Team America: World Police’, and ‘Meet the Feebles’ have all surprised, offended, and tickled the funny bones of audiences looking for some raunchy puppet entertainment. The thing is, ‘The Happytime Murders’ was brought to you by Brian Henson, who has stepped into his late father, Jim Henson’s shoes with films like ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ and ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’. Now, he has strayed away from the sweetness that is ‘The Muppets’ into a gritty, offensive, and socially relevant world of ‘The Happytime Murders’.

Continue reading “‘The Happytime Murders’ Film Review”

Anime ABC’s P Results

All-Time High!

Congratulations everybody, we pulled together to achieve the greatest voting turnout so far with 31 unique voters! This is only 2 more than the previous record but I’m still really happy that we beat it all the same. So, what title won the coveted position of getting reviewed this time?

Having received 13 total votes is Psycho-Pass! This one is a popular show that I’ve considered covering a few times in the past so it is definitely long overdue. There is a lot of excellent content covering the series (especially here in the aniblogging sphere) as is so I’ll have to think hard about how I want to cover it for sure. I’m really excited to watch this one again and finally take a look at it!

In the meantime be sure to check out the previous ABC’s article where I review Ouran High School Host ClubI really struggled with that one and tried a lot of new stuff with that article with fairly mixed results. That’s alright though because, in case you haven’t noticed, the Anime ABC’s series is a place where I experiment and try something new every single time!

Need more content? Of course you can check out my alphabetized list of every anime I’ve ever reviewed or discussed here on the site. Other than that, I have all my other content available from the various menus located at the top of the page (including the stuff I linked here too). Consider staying awhile, catching up, and sharing your thoughts with me while you’re here.

Lastly, below is a complete breakdown of the total results from the voting. Notice that I included a new feature this time in the forms of links to each show’s synopsis. Only 2 people used ’em but a lot of folks want me to keep them. I think we’ll try this at least one more time but if folks don’t need them I’ll stop doing it because it is a tedious process for me.

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Other:  Peach Girl , Polar Bear Cafe, Paranoia Agent (I can’t believe I forgot to include that in the original vote), & Patapata Hikousen no Bouken/Secret of Cerulean Sand
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SRPG Studio – I Made a Game!

Well… More Like a Concept Demo

Recently I decided to fiddle around with the newly released English version of SRPG Studio that launched on Steam. For those unfamiliar, it is the engine used to make games akin to Fire Emblem, meaning you can make tactics based RPG’s with it. Even the creator of Fire Emblem, ‎Shouzou Kaga uses the software for doujin games. I made a full concept demo using just the free demo version in under 24 hours. Let’s dive into that experience and review the software some. Continue reading “SRPG Studio – I Made a Game!”

But Wait, There’s More! – Mini Review

Hey, Jon Spencer Here!

Today I’d like to tell you about this exciting board game called, “But Wait, There’s More!” a game that can be experienced with 3-10 players! Imagine yourself as one of those infomercial people having to sell products like a hammer or key. Not just any ol’ hammer or key though, oh no sir! Your hammer may be able to solve all your night-time worries or expand on command. Did I mention you were being timed? You have to give your spiel fast or risk those pesky viewers from changing the channel on you. Sounds exciting right? But wait, there’s more! As you pitch your idea you have to include an on-the-fly feature making for one wacky experience. So what are you waiting for?!? Grab your copy of, “But Wait, There’s More” for just… wait, this game is out of print now?

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The blue cards are products, the pink cards are features

That’s pretty much an example of the game right there. it’s very similar to another game called Snake Oil but I love this one a lot more! Unfortunately, as I was writing this I learned that the game is unavailable right now. If you do manage to find a copy of this one for cheap someplace pick it up because it is one of the most fun party games I have. It’s always a huge hit!

To see the game in action and get a second opinion, check out The Dice Tower’s review of the game which I’ve posted below:

Tom recommends this too!


What are your thoughts on games that are primarily about talking and improv? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you want to support me here, just hit the button below to toss a few bucks my way. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

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Btooom! & Problematic Protagonists

I’m Supposed to Root for This Guy, Right?

Have you ever been watching a show and everything is enjoyable enough and then you dive into the main character’s backstory and beliefs only to discover that they are a deplorable human and just abjectly horrible? To make things worse, the show wants this character to WIN and you are supposed to want them to. This is exactly how I felt watching Btooom! and its protagonist Sakamoto. Continue reading “Btooom! & Problematic Protagonists”