Found in Translation – A Discussion on Accessibility in Media

We’ve ALL Heard the Sub VS Dub Debate…

When it comes to anime, the conversation surrounding accessibility in the community is a weirdly contentious one. I don’t just mean the usual sub VS dub debate either, as the conversation goes well outside that but for several reasons, supposed “fans” of the medium are quick to dismiss these ideas all too often. The weird thing though, it’s not really an issue in live-action media. That’s why I’d like to take a moment to talk about two recent things I watched:  Amazon Prime’s Cinderella and Netflix’s Squid Game. What do these two experiences have in common when it comes to accessibility, and why anime licensors and distributors should be taking a page from their books? Well, you’ll have to read on to find that one out.

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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop – Review in Haiku (Sort of)

I Made Another Video!

Today’s video covers the recent Netflix film, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop. Originally, I wrote a series of Haiku upon watching the film that summarized the events and gave some slight impressions, but I expanded that into a full video. That’s not all though! I challenge you, especially if you are a #TheJCo member, to introduce a piece of media you enjoy using only Haiku (the rest can be a normal review/discussion). With that, here’s the video:

If you enjoyed this, please give me a like and subscribe. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film and video as well, either here or on the video’s page itself. Thanks for watching and see you next time!


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#Anitwitwatches Season 14 – RahXephon & Announcement

Welcome to the Fourteenth #Anitwitwatches!

It’s pretty safe to say that Astra Lost in Space, the 13th season of the #Anitwitwatches project was one of the most successful watches we’ve had since the project started! Everyone seemed to have an absolute blast and I appreciate everyone who participated in that one. However, it’s now time to say goodbye and welcome in our season 14 winner:  RahXephon.

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the fourteenth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

RahXephon Schedule

We will only be taking our usual one week break for this one, so meet back at the end of August to get started. Be sure to save the schedule so you can stay up to date with all the conversation.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch RahXephon for free, and legally, by using reelgood.com. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each:

That’ll make this watch 11 weeks long. Note some weeks are three episode weeks, so feel free to spread out your watching or do some early viewing and post your discussion notes later. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

#Anitwitwatches Season 13 – Astra Lost in Space & Announcement

Welcome to the Thirteenth #Anitwitwatches!

It was a longer one, but From the New World was certainly a pretty great watch the second time around for me. Based on the conversations, I’m pretty sure most of you had fun with it as well! However, it’s now time to say goodbye to that show and bring on our next one which will be Astra Lost in Space, a more recent title I reviewed back in 2019. Personally, I found this to be the right kind of sci-fi story the anime community hadn’t had in a long time. So strap in for some twists and turns as we welcome you to Season 13 of #Anitwitwatches!

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the thirteenth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

Astra Lost in Space Schedule

We will only be taking our usual one week break for this one, so the show begins later this June. Be sure to save the schedule so you can stay up to date with all the conversation.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Astra Lost in Space for free, and legally, by using reelgood.com. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each:

That’ll make this watch 8 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

#Anitwitwatches Season 12 – From the New World & Announcement

Welcome to the Twelfth #Anitwitwatches!

I can’t say I’m terribly sad to see SSSS.GRIDMAN go, but it was still a productive watch. Now on to our 12th season with From the New World! We’ll be starting this one in April due to some stuff I need to take care of in the real world. Join us 4/5/21 for the first two episodes!

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the tenth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

From the New World Schedule

As mentioned, we’ll be taking time off until April this time. This is to give folks a brief break before jumping into a new show. We will be keeping the Monday time slot for this watch after careful consideration and feedback.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch From the New World for free, and legally, by using because.moe. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each:

#Anitwitwatches Schedule Poster - From the New World

That’ll make this watch 11 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

SSSS.GRIDMAN & My Anime Watching Experience

GRIDMAN Highlights Something Interesting…

For the tenth season of #Anitwitwatches we watched SSSS.GRIDMAN, a Trigger anime from 2018 that simultaneously pays homage to, while modernizing, the tokusatsu shows of the Showa era. The anime is an exploration of depression and nostalgia that I wouldn’t call bad, but fails to fully realize itself thanks to flat characters and the inherent conflict of catering to fans of yore while trying to tell its modernized and more mature story. However, that’s hardly GRIDMAN’s most interesting talking point. Continue reading “SSSS.GRIDMAN & My Anime Watching Experience”

#Anitwitwatches Season 11 – SSSS. GRIDMAN & Announcement

Welcome to the Eleventh #Anitwitwatches!

Kanon has come and gone, and while it ultimately wasn’t the strongest watch we’ve had, I think we all got something out of it. Now we are on the eleventh watch and we’ll be watching a show I haven’t seen, SSSS. GRIDMAN! It’s not something I’d normally watch so I’m looking forward to it. The watch begins 2/1/21.

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the tenth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revisit old favorites and discover new shows. It’s meant to be something you can get as involved in as you want, there is no pressure to participate every week or every watch, but we’d love to have you to share in the experience and discuss the shows we are watching all the same!

I was inspired to do this after seeing the “rewatches” that people do over at Reddit in the r/anime sub. Since I interact with a lot of you guys on Twitter, I thought it would be the perfect place to do something similar! That said, even if you do not have a Twitter you can still join in by posting any content via WordPress, YouTube, or whatever suits your fancy. If you do, be sure to send me an email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com so I can share your wonderful creations!

For everyone else, simply watch the episodes for the week based on the schedule below. Make sure to use the hashtag, #anitwitwatches when you do, and that’s it! Discuss with the other folks participating, create content, and generally just have a fun time!

This next show was chosen based on YOUR votes, so let’s get to the watch schedule.

SSSS. GRIDMAN Schedule

As is our norm, we’ll be taking a short one week break before starting GRIDMAN. This is to give folks a brief break before jumping into a new show. We will be keeping the Monday time slot for this watch after careful consideration and feedback.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch GRIDMAN for free, and legally, by using because.moe. Unfortunately, I cannot realistically check all regions but I aimed to make this as accessible as possible. That said, I won’t stop you from doing what you need to in order to participate. The more the merrier!

Here are the dates (all Mondays) and the episodes for each:

That’ll make this watch 6 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Introducing the Anime X-Change Project!

Surprise!

You may remember that I ran a little thing called Anime ABC’s for over four years until it ended not too long ago. A lot of folks were hoping I’d continue the series, and while I still am working on a few things there, I would like to introduce the project that will be replacing that series for the time being. I hope you are excited, so read on for all the details! Continue reading “Introducing the Anime X-Change Project!”

Picking Your Battles – #Controversed Issue 4

Moderation & Conversation

Welcome to the final issue of the #Controversed series! Today’s issue will cover moderating your own space for discussion and knowing when to engage with critical discourse or give it a pass. This is the fourth article in in the series as part of an event I’m sponsoring with Moya of The Moyatorium. Be sure to check out the first issue, second issue, and third issue here. You can find the full information regarding #Controversed via the first issue if needed. Continue reading “Picking Your Battles – #Controversed Issue 4”