Anime ABC’s – I is for I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying

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”

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Anime ABC’s I Results

Guys, Another Tie?

I think we need to have an intervention. We had a great number of votes, just shy of the all-time record of 27 unique votes at 22 votes, but still we ended up with a tie. I’m going to have to come in again and arbitrarily decide what show is the winner. I would just use gladiatorial combat like last time but my lawyers have since advised against that after all the medical expenses I had to foot (not to mention the restraining order).

The two anime that managed to get the most votes, 9 in total each, were I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying/Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken and Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The. So which show will win? First let me set the mood correctly with this video:

I’m kidding of course, finding out the answer is always really exciting. You would understand why this was anti-climatic if you knew my dirty secret. I actually messed up when I created this voting round. I know what you all are thinking, “Impossible! You would NEVER do that. Simply unthinkable!” and to that I would agree 100%. However, this one time I did manage to screw up a bit.

Normally, when I set this up I pick all the shows that I have on my watch list, own, or think would be interesting to review here. Obviously, I can’t always include every title (because that is just too many options) sometimes a show is out of print or is so obscure literally nobody would care about it. It’s strictly for practical reasons and a bit of the behind-the-scenes magic. However, this time I included Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The which is a show I absolutely want to watch. What I didn’t realize, is that I can’t stream the show like I thought I could.

There is, what seems to be, a spin-off series on Crunchyroll but that’s it. I really should have checked to be sure. Still, this wouldn’t even be an issue since I could purchase the series from Rightstuf. Here’s the rub though, I don’t have a job and I make basically no money. So from the start, I was going to have to disqualify this show if it ended up winning.

Fortunately, there really wasn’t a negative consequence this time but I do want to issue a formal apology about that because this is a community event. Without you having taken the time to vote, this series would not exist. Your opinion matters to me and I really do want to go with the option that most people voted for. I will do my best to ensure that this does not ever happen again in a future round.

That’s why the winner is I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying/Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken. Since this is pretty short I should be able to watch and review this pretty quickly so expect to see the review hit sooner rather than later. I’ve got a little something special planned for October so this will NOT release on a MWF, but instead on a Thursday at the usual time.

Ok, real talk for a minute. You remember when I talked about my basically no money? Yeah, me neither because honestly who read all that garbage any way, I mean you just want to know who won right? Well if you were a weirdo who did bother reading this whole thing please consider supporting me on Patreon. Every dollar helps a lot and it does add up. I’ve noticed people looking, but not many people are willing to take the dive. Not only do you get to feel good for helping, but there are some benefits that you get too.

I’ll be releasing a special Patron only post on 10/7/17 at the usual time that will never be made publicly available to non-patrons. It’s an article series that explores my unfinished drafts. It’s a lot more interesting than you might think since I talk about why I started writing each piece, the reason I stopped, and you get to read the whole draft out unedited. The first one is about Black Mirror and was a post that, at one point, was over 10,000 words. I ended up cutting it down before scrapping it but the point is that these aren’t just some lazy posts.

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As always, here are the results in full detail for your viewing pleasure:

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Other votes:  Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, Invader! Squid Girl, Isshūkan Friends, Isekai Shokudō, Infinite Stratos, One Week Friends/Isshuukan Friends, & Itazura na Kiss/Naughty Kiss

Anime ABC’s – I Voting Round

It’s That Time Again!

After a record breaking amount of votes for the previous round, I’m excited to see how many votes we can muster this time for the I round. Please remember to encourage people to vote by sharing this article or the link to the survey; it’s a real help!

Anime ABC I Voting Round [Link] <- Click Me!

Voting will be open from today until 8/29/17 at 11:59PM PST.

Again, thanks so much for your contributions on this series. I couldn’t do this one without all of you! I hope we can continue to grow the series and our community with each new round as well. As always, thanks for voting!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community focused event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all people can participate in this event, even if you know nothing about anime! So how exactly does this all work? It’s simple! Just follow the link above and vote for as many of the listed shows (or provide your own) that seem interesting to you. Each round moves to the next letter in the alphabet, so the current “I” round is the ninth anime ABC’s. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety with each passing round.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for:  Anohana, Bacanno!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Erased, Flowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s)or Hai to Gensou no Grimgar by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now and be sure to come back next week to see which show ended up winning this round.

Anime ABC’s – H is for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar

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At least that’s what I would have said before giving it another shot. I really hated this show the first time around but this seems to be a community favorite so maybe I was just missing something. I decided to give it a second chance. So did my opinion improve or did this anime manage to win me over? Let’s dive into my look at the eighth community pick for the ABC review series, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – H is for Hai to Gensou no Grimgar”

Anime ABC’s H Results

The Best Turn Out Yet!

Wow! We’ve had a big surge in interaction on the site lately and the voting for this round of Anime ABC’s was no exception. We had a total of 25 votes cast this go around, smashing the previous record of 14. Thanks for helping this series get even bigger! This round’s winner is…

A tie?!? AGAIN?!?

This time we had a tie between Hunter x Hunter (2011) and crowd favorite Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. I’ll be deciding this tie with a battle to the death! Ready challengers? Begin!

Grimgar gingerly steps into the arena but is welcomed by a thunderous applause from the crowd! Hunter x Hunter strides confidently into the arena and is met with almost equal fervor. Tension is high in the air until Hunter x Hunter makes the opening move. Dashing toward Grimgar, Hunter x Hunter lands in early strike but things are just getting started folks!

Grimgar stagers but quickly realizes that this is a life-or-death struggle and manages to gather itself. However, Grimgar isn’t quite fast enough to land any of its next few attacks with its dagger. Thinking quickly, Grimgar switches tactics to archery. Hunter x Hunter continues to dash in and out with frightening ability, landing hit after hit. Grimgar just isn’t giving up though! Firing a mad volley of arrows, Grimgar manages to cripple Hunter x Hunter with a critical strike to the leg! Now on more equal footing, the true fight begins!

Both sides are starting to feel a bit tired but continue to exchange physical and verbal blows. “Your recap episodes are stupid!” Grimgar shouts at Hunter x Hunter as it jabs its dagger into Hunter x Hunter’s side. “Oh yeah, well at least I’m higher rated on MAL!” Hunter x Hunter retorts, spitting some blood from its mouth. It’s nearly over.

Taking advantage of the primal struggle, Grimgar emerges victorious as it plows its dagger one last time into Hunter x Hunter. The crowd explodes as the announcer relays, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new champion tonight-Grimgar!

I don’t really know why I did that, hopefully you though it was kind of silly or amusing. Thought it was a bit more fun than just saying, “Grimgar wins.” I’d be a real dummy not to pick that one given I gave the tie breaker to Gunslinger Girl last time.

This will take me a little bit to get to. I need to rewatch Grimgar and take specific notes about certain events in the show that I want to talk about. In the meantime, look forward to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday release schedule as well as my new contributor Frank’s Tuesday music review releases. Of course, check out the backlog of ABC reviews if you haven’t already or consider looking around at the other reviews and discussions we’ve done here at Jon Spencer Reviews.

Like always, here is an in-depth look at how the votes turned out:

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Other:  Hyoka & Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan/ Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom 

I also asked a few other questions for my benefit, but I thought I’d share the most interesting result with you here. This graph displays how many time people have participated in voting for Anime ABC’s during each of the 8 times thus far. Unsurprisingly, we had a lot of new people and a fair amount of constant voters. The middle groups were about as expected. This is how we want to see this graph looking 🙂

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Anime ABC’s – H Voting Round

Can You Believe it? Round Eight Already?!?

This article series has been a real blast! Let’s keep up the fun with our eighth voting round to determine what anime I’ll be viewing and reviewing next. Please remember to encourage people to vote by sharing this article or the link to the survey; it’s a real help!

Anime ABC G Voting Round [Link] <- Click Me!

Voting will be open from today until 8/9/17 at 11:59PM PST.

Again, thanks so much for your contributions on this series. I couldn’t do this one without all of you! I hope we can continue to grow the series and our community with each new round as well. As always, thanks for voting!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community focused event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all people can participate in this event, even if you know nothing about anime! So how exactly does this all work? It’s simple! Just follow the link above and vote for as many of the listed shows (or provide your own) that seem interesting to you. Each round moves to the next letter in the alphabet, so the current “H” round is the eighth anime ABC’s. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety with each passing round.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for:  Anohana, Bacanno!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Erased, Flowers of Evil, or Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s) by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.

So what are you waiting for? Vote now and be sure to come back next week to see which show ended up winning this round.

Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)

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AKA Lolis with Guns

Gunslinger Girl was introduced to me as “lolis with guns.” I was immediately interested by this description and knew that I would be watching this anime. Up until now, the opportunity hadn’t arisen. I had started it up with some friends awhile back, but we never got around to finishing it. Fortunately, Anime ABC’s is just the opportunity that I was looking for to finish this show. I’ll be taking a look at both seasons of the show and the OVA’s in this review, so let’s get started! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)”

Top 25 Anime Openings

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I know it’s been awhile since I’ve personally put an actual article up on here. So I thought I’d get back into the swing of things by celebrating some of my favorite anime openings. I’ve seen a couple hundred anime, so this list took some careful consideration to whittle down to just 25.

The list is in no particular order and the only rule is that the opening has to have come from a show I’ve seen. Other than that, no repeats for stuff I’ve reviewed outside of honorable mentions. Obviously this is just my personal taste, so if an OP you love isn’t on the list I probably didn’t see the show or just didn’t like the opening that much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Continue reading “Top 25 Anime Openings”

Anime ABC’s G Results

Drum Roll Please… A Tie!

The two contenders coming in with 5 votes a piece are Gunslinger Girl and Grimgar. Having a total of 13 voters this go around, the results were pretty varied. However, these two managed to be the front runners for the entire voting period! Each one would attempt to overtake the other, but in the end it all comes down to me. The deciding vote, for all the marbles, and the winner is?

Gunslinger Girl!

For those wondering, this title wins out since Grimgar’s Japanese title starts with an “h” and will have a second shot in the next round. Plus, I was secretly hoping Gunslinger Girl would win :p

Any way, great job guys! We managed to bring the vote up to 13 from last time’s 9. I’d obviously love to have even more people vote, but I’m glad that 13 people took the time to vote this time. Let’s aim to do even better in future rounds! Thanks again for voting 🙂

I’ve got things in the works outside of this so expect to see some content from me very soon. You all would have seen something a bit sooner but WordPress and my internet haven’t exactly been playing along T.T One article should be coming fairly soon after this one and of course we’ll have whatever Jacob cooks up. Past that, I aim to have Gunslinger Girl watched and reviewed by the end of the month. In addition to this, I’m reading a book for another article that is in the works and hope that you’ll enjoy it once its ready!

While you wait consider checking out my previous ABC article on Flowers of Evil. A lot of effort went into that review and I tried something a bit different by focusing specifically on how its story is told through music. I’d love to hear what you all think, so stop by if you have the chance.

Of course, feel free to view the results of this voting round in full below.

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Other results:  Ghost Stories & Gourmet Girl Graffiti

 

 

Anime ABC’s – G Voting Round

Time Again to Vote Folks!

Anime ABC G Voting Round [Link] <— Click Me!

Voting will be open from today until 6/30/17 at 11:59PM.

I know I’ve been gone for a bit due to Uni, but now that I have officially graduated with a degree in Marketing (Yay!) let this be the first marker of my return to the blogging realm! Please note that the survey isn’t going to look quite as great as it did in previous rounds. I had to downgrade to a free account since I can no longer use my school one. Other than no longer looking extra pretty, the survey is functionally the same as the others.

Remember to encourage others to vote for your choice. Let’s shoot for a new high score on number of votes this go around, I know we can do it!

Thanks again for voting!

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all are welcome to participate in determining what anime I’ll be reviewing next for this series. Each voting round cycles to the next letter in the alphabet, that means we are currently on our seventh voting round. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety in options each time.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for Anohana, Bacanno!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, Erased, or Flowers of Evil by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.