Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool

Anime Teaching you Things?!?

Over the weekend I started collecting information for something that I will likely be trying in the near future. Just what may that be? Using anime to teach valuable life lessons, promote discussion, and encourage the exploration of different ideas/cultures that people may not have considered otherwise. This all started when Mrs. K, a friend of mine who I help run the Youth Group with at my church, suggested we watch some anime with the kids sometime. Today I’ll be sharing my discussion with people on Reddit while asking you, what anime would you suggest to a kid to watch and why? Continue reading “Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool”


Viewing Anime Alone & With Others – How do You Watch Anime?

I Got to Thinking…

When I sit down to watch some anime I often do it alone. However, as you may know, I still manage to see quite a bit of anime either with family or friends. For series like Anime ABC’s I usually end up watching the show in a group (especially if it’s one I’ve seen before) and the experience is often vastly different than when I watched the series alone. Today I ponder the differences in viewing anime alone VS with others and pose the question to you:  how do you view anime? Continue reading “Viewing Anime Alone & With Others – How do You Watch Anime?”

Watching Anime on Amazon – Any Good?

Now That Strike is Gone…

As many of you already know, Amazon has gotten rid of their additional pay wall for anime and everything has reverted back to Prime members. That’s great news for me, Strike was something just riddled with problems. I’m not here to complain about that though, instead I’ll be talking about my thoughts on their streaming service and if it may be something you might want to use. Continue reading “Watching Anime on Amazon – Any Good?”


Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds

Doing Something a bit Different

Today I felt like talking about my desktop backgrounds and my thought process behind how and why I choose the ones I have. This article is a good way to get to know me some more and an opportunity for folks to share some cool images with each other. This isn’t really meant to be in-depth or anything, just for fun. I know this is something fairly atypical of me but I hope you’ll indulge me a bit and enjoy 🙂  Continue reading “Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds”


Reviewing Fall 2017 – Preview

Hello Everybody!

I have something exciting planned for you all. For the first time EVER I’m going to be reviewing every Fall 2017 show I watched. As you may well know, I typically watch very little seasonal anime but this time I decided to watch quite a bit. You may recall my first impressions article I did awhile back, boy did some of my thoughts change! Any way, here’s a look at the review order:

  1. Recovery of an MMO Junkie – This series is actually finished and I know a lot of folks already talked about it but I have something different planned than the angle everybody else took. Expect this one out next week!
  2. King’s Game – I’m pretty sure everybody knows this show isn’t that good but I will end up completing this one. Consider it an obligatory review but one we can all have lots of fun with. Expect this reasonably fast once the season is up.
  3. A Sister’s All You Need – Now we enter the territory where these reviews will take a little longer to get out. I aim to have this release one week after the King’s Game review.
  4. Juuni Taisen – If I plan well, this will release just a few days after the last review.
  5. Ancient Magus’ BrideMid-season review. Since this series will still be continuing into the next season, I’ll just be doing another impressions article on my thoughts so far (spoilers, I am loving it!).
  6. Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – This will take the longest to get out. I’m watching the simul-dub for this one. I aim to review season one during the waiting time.

That’s the plan folks! Of course, I will still be doing other content sprinkled between but I hope you will look forward to this review lineup. I have some ideas I’ll be trying out here that I think you’ll really enjoy. Until then!


Doki Doki Literature Club – Why so Popular?

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover


Recently I took the time to play Doki Doki Literature Club. I had been hearing mad hype about the game, even from people I know in real life who have zero interest in a dating sim/visual novel. After completing all routes of the game, I can’t help but feel a little let down. Still, the game is worth checking out and the developer obviously put a lot of love into this one so let’s dive in and take a closer look. Continue reading “Doki Doki Literature Club – Why so Popular?”


Anime Blogging Party & Update

Hey There!

Sorry for getting today’s article out late but I had some extra stuff to do this week that I wasn’t expecting. Any way, I wanted to tell you about this super amazing thing that Arthifis is putting on called the Anime Blogging Party. It’s a Facebook group for anime bloggers, YouTubers, or anybody who just wants to talk about anime. Anybody is welcome! I hope you’ll join us if you haven’t already because it is already pretty cool and it just started out.

I’ll be following everybody in the group and look forward to meeting you all too 🙂

Next up I wanted to let you know the plan for the week. It’s Thanksgiving holiday and I totally forgot. On top of that I have my DHS meeting too. That means I’m going to try and get the Joker Game review up Wednesday (it’s on track so should be good to go) as well as a new voting round for “K” up Friday. Past that the site is kind of in limbo again. I hate to break my MWF schedule I’ve been trying so hard to keep (again) but it really seems like that’s what I’m going to have to do moving forward. We’ll see though and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

That’s it for today, and as always, thanks for reading!

-Jon Spencer


Fall Anime 2017 Impressions – I’m Actually Doing One of These?!?

Usually, I don’t, but This Season I’m Watching Quite a Bit

Other than watching more than usual this season, I thought this would be a pleasant surprise after my short leave of absence. More than a few people have been wanting to know what I was watching this season and my thoughts so, by popular demand, I thought I’d finally do one of these things! I’ll walk through each show, my progress so far, and general thoughts. If a title you were hoping I’d cover is missing, it means I’m either not watching it or just don’t have access (it’s more likely to be the latter). Continue reading “Fall Anime 2017 Impressions – I’m Actually Doing One of These?!?”


Barakamon, Sweetness & Lightning, and Usagi Drop – What’s the Appeal?

What’s the Appeal & Why do I Love these Anime so Much?

I was watching Sweetness & Lightning with my mother awhile back and we had an excellent time watching it. It reminded me of Barakamon and Usagi Drop, two shows that have some commonalities with Sweetness & Lightning. This got me thinking, “Why exactly do shows like these appeal so much to me?” Join me as I discuss why anime like these are so impactful to me and why they have such innate appeal. Continue reading “Barakamon, Sweetness & Lightning, and Usagi Drop – What’s the Appeal?”


The Importance of Tone – A Look at Death Parade & Little Busters!

Picture This:

Panicked, you rush out the door and hop into your car. You are late… again. Today is the most important meeting of your life, you are supposed to be pitching your company’s “next big thing” to a big fish client. Scrambled, you try and call ahead, the meeting is just about to start and you are at least thirty minutes away. No luck! With no regard to your self, you begin racing to the office as fast as your car will allow. A sense of dread hangs in the air as you finally arrive at the office. You enter, head down, ashamed. Clearly, your boss isn’t happy because you do have a history of pushing your luck, but you have never messed up so badly before. Can you guess what happens next?

The above paragraph is an example of tone in an everyday, although extreme, scenario. Without me telling you how the story ends, you were probably able to figure it out given context clues provided by the tone of the narrative. We don’t often actively think about this sort of thing as we go about our busy lives, but you are more likely to clue into the importance of tone in books, TV, film, and yes, especially anime. Today I take a look at two shows that handle tone very differently:  Death Parade and Little Busters! Continue reading “The Importance of Tone – A Look at Death Parade & Little Busters!”