Motivation & Inspiration
When Run with the Wind first aired back in the Fall 2018 season I almost gave it a pass without a second thought. That is, until I learned that it was based on a novel of the same title by author, Shion Miura. Why is that important? It’s important because I had watched an anime called The Great Passage which I had loved! Can you see where this is going? Yup, that’s right, it is also based on a novel by Shion Miura. I sat down and started giving it a watch only to put it on hold, the season was just TOO packed, until this series got chosen for the Anime ABC’s article series. So after the long wait, was it worth it? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s R is for Run with the Wind”
A Little Context
For those of you out of the loop, Anime ABC’s is a series where I review an anime for each letter of the alphabet in order. Typically these are longer-form essays where I try something unique/different each time. This round should be Q, but instead I hosted a redemption round since there just aren’t a ton of Q anime. The winner of that vote was the famed Cowboy Bebop. Now that you know what’s going on, let’s dive right into the review. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s Q is(n’t) for Cowboy Bebop”
Living in a “Perfect” World
Imagine a world where you have the most ideal job for you. In this world you have access to incredible health care, especially in regards to your mental well-being. This is a world where everyone truly belongs, a utopia, if you will. Well… at least for most people. Sure, some folks fall through the cracks but society didn’t really need them any way. No big loss. Welcome to the world of Psycho-Pass.
Continue reading “Anime ABC’s P is for Psycho-Pass”
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
The original idea for this review was to discusses why you shouldn’t always judge a book, or in this case, anime by its cover and branch out into new territory if you are one of those folks who watches only one or two genres. Unfortunately, that version of the review came out poorly and fairly condescending so rather than make the entire review about that, it’ll just be a part of it with the main focuses being why Ouran High School Host Club is well worth your time. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s O is for Ouran High School Host Club”
Welcome to the Depression
For this entry in the Anime ABC’s series I’m taking a look at NHK ni Youkoso!, or Welcome to the NHK as it’s known in English. It’s a depressing story that has a positive spin in the end but man is it a long journey. This 2006 adaptation of the novel of the same title is one that offers a unique story that shouldn’t be missed by more serious anime viewers. For some, Welcome to the NHK is going to hit pretty close to home but for others it offers an interesting look into the world of hikikomoris and the dangers of social isolation taken to extremes. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s N is for NHK ni Youkoso!”
Always Strive to be a Better You
After the great amount of success for ONE’s first webcomic to anime adaptation, One Punch Man, a lot of the anime community was clamoring for more. That show was fun, provided some commentary on the superhero genre, and was something a lot of people didn’t expect. Rather than be met with a second season like many had hoped, instead we were given another adaptation of a different ONE webcomic: Mob Psycho 100. Did this follow up live up to the hype or should things have stopped while they were ahead? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s M is for Mob Psycho 100”
Believing in Yourself is Your Magic!
Little Witch Academia is an anime that came out of Studio Trigger after the release of two popular OVA’s. Announced during the airing of Space Patrol Luluco (I recommend that by the way) back in Spring 2016, I was pretty excited for a full series. The OVA’s were very fun and the world of witches seemed inviting. Did the TV anime manage to woo me with its magic and positive messages or was it a disappointment? Read on to find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s L is for Little Witch Academia”
It’s no Secret that I Enjoyed This Film
Kimi no Na wa, or Your Name, is a film that I’ve talked about once before on Jon Spencer Reviews. I did a quick reaction/reflection on the film immediately after having seen it in theaters when it came stateside. Needless to say, I had a wonderful experience. That being said, I saw the film subbed then and my writing on the experience was hardly an in-depth piece on my opinion of the film. Today I’ll be talking in more detail about why I enjoyed Your Name so much and my thoughts on the dub this go around. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – K is for Kimi no Na wa”
I Spy a Good Show?
This isn’t actually the first time I’ve talked about Joker Game on the site. I actually took a look way back in Spring 2016 when the show was actually airing. At the time, I was only partially through and was watching it in Japanese. You can read my thoughts on it from then here (I’ll be referring to some of my thoughts there so you may want to read it). This time I decided to watch the show dubbed via VRV to see if my thoughts changed.
With that, did Joker Game manage to be a good show in the end? Did the English voice acting improve its quality? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – J is for Joker Game”
Simple & Short
I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, or Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakarani Ken as it’s known in Japanese, is a short anime that spans across two thirteen episode seasons. Each episode is about three minutes long so you can easily blow through this show in one or two sittings. They say good things come in small packages, so the same must apply to short-form anime… right? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – I is for I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying”