Cannon Busters – It Was a Show

Waste of Time, Wouldn’t Recommend

Netflix is back with another anime that I decided to give a try. This one was featured in their “documentary”, Enter the Anime, so I was already a bit weary coming into it. Cannon Busters is actually an adaptation of an American work that people have been waiting to see more of since it first began its run as a comic in 2014. A pilot for the anime would first be Kickstarted in the same year, and later released in 2016. That brings us to today, where the project finally got a proper adaptation in 2019. The only thing is, was this even worthwhile? Continue reading “Cannon Busters – It Was a Show”

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Hero Mask Part 2 – The King Returns!

I Guess Hero Mask Read my 7 Seeds Review…

Not too terribly long ago, I reviewed the first “season” of 7 Seedsin which I said:

I’ll save you the trouble, yes, 7 Seeds was a worse Netflix show than Hero Mask was. That’s really saying something, and a massive disappointment because this show is based on a very well regarded manga that is extremely interesting! This adaptation does have the intrigue, but it fails on almost every level to execute on any of it.

-My 7 Seeds review

It seems that Hero Mask has returned to reclaim its rightful place as the worst “original” anime on Netflix. Guess the series was none to happy to have a rival, especially one that was so ready to out do it. Let’s get into it, this was… an experience. Continue reading “Hero Mask Part 2 – The King Returns!”

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time – Mini Review

What Will Seki-kun do Next?

Here’s a show I wasn’t expecting to watch this season, one from Winter 2014, but I am really glad that I did. Up front, this show is a 10/10 great time, and if you haven’t seen Tonari no Seki-kun I highly recommend it. In case you haven’t heard, I watched this alongside several folks on here and Twitter under a new initiative of mine, #anitwitwatches. You can read up on the program and what we are watching next here.

If you want to get my weekly reactions (which were blind and live), you can do so by hopping into this Twitter thread. They are in reverse chronological order though.

In fact, Seki-kun had very few “dud” episodes. I say “dud” because even those were still funny, they just weren’t to my taste. It seems we all had one or two of those, but it didn’t reduce my feelings toward the anime at all.

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I loved the robot family! I’d watch a short based on them too XD

There were several excellent moments in the series, but what surprised me the most was how much character and story they actually managed to put into this. Now, it isn’t anything super deep, but it was more than it needed to do. This resulted in a better experience as there are other characters beyond the titular Seki and his neighbor in class, Rumi.

In the Twitter thread I linked above, I talk a lot about the unique aspects of the show like how the OP has Seki making the OP, acting as a pseudo episode in and of itself. There was a lot of great discussion that just won’t fit here so I really do encourage you to check it out.

Even my mom jumped in on this! I recently helped her make a MAL account (don’t be afraid to send her a friend invite) to get recommendations and keep track of stuff, but now that she has it, she’s been using it a fair bit. My mom had commentary about the school system and different teaching methods which she provided some comments on in my thread as well (I posted in proxy).

With that, I think I’ve made my case. Seki-kun was really funny and it brought a lot of people together. My only regret in all this is that I slept on the anime for so long. I’ve had it on my shelf for about 4 years now, but it certainly deserved to be watched far sooner than now. I can only hope that Rampo Kitan is received just as well for the next one!


A big thank you to everybody who joined in on the watch! If you have seen Seki-kun I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you were a part of the watch and write a review yourself, be sure to let me know so I can share it! Enjoy my writing? Then consider a donation by utilizing my ko-fi button below. Finally, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon!

#Anitwitwatches 2 – Rampo Kitan Watch Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Second #Anitwitwatches!

In this article I’ll be explaining what this is for those of you who missed out on our first watch, Tonari no Seki-kun, as well as providing all the info you need on the next show the community voted on to watch, Rampo Kitan. This project has been a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to revisiting a show that inspired me a lot the first time around. Even if you didn’t join in on the first one, have seen the show like myself, or don’t have a Twitter, don’t be afraid to join in because I’m sure you’ll have a blast watching and discussing Rampo Kitan with everybody as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revist 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.

Rampo Kitan Watch Schedule

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We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 9/9/19. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. 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 Rampo Kitan 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:

  • 9/16/19 – Episodes 1-2
  • 9/23/19 – Episode 3
  • 9/30/19 – Episode 4
  • 10/7/19 – Episode 5
  • 10/14/19 – Episode 6
  • 10/21/19 – Episodes 7-8
  • 10/28/19 – Episode 9
  • 11/4/19 – Episodes 10-11

This means we’ll have 8 weeks of Rampo Kitan. I carefully split the episodes up in the most logical way I could based on the content in order to create a fun viewing experience. I hope to see you for the watch!

Saying Goodbye to Seki-kun – An Update Regarding #Anitwitwatches & Deciding what to Watch Next!

First of All, Thank You!

A fair number of people have chosen to participate in our first ever #anitwitwatches and I am very glad for it. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, you can find all of the information here. In short, a bunch of us get together during the week to watch some anime, discuss it, and in some cases make articles or other content relating to the series as we go along as well. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time has been an excellent watch with everybody, offering more than I think most of us really expected it to. However, it is coming to a close so we need to decide what to watch next! Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Seki-kun – An Update Regarding #Anitwitwatches & Deciding what to Watch Next!”

My Hero Academia the Movie: Two Heroes – Mini Review

A Fun, but Flawed Film

Image result for my hero academia two heroesWith My Hero Academia about to enter its fourth season later this year, I thought it’d be fun to finally get around to watching the film that was released last year in 2018. It was a nice way to get excited for season four that felt like watching an extended episode of the show. However, I can’t help but feel the film had a lot of issues which I’d like to discuss today.

First and foremost, this was a good movie. If all you are looking for is a recommendation, then you’ve got it. I have to spoil some of the movie to talk about some of the things I’d like to, so you’ve been warned.

In case you need a refresher, the film sees Deku and All Might going to “I-Island” in order to visit an old friend of All Might’s, David Shield. The island is known for the technological research that’s conducted there and a big event is also going to be held during the visit. Additionally, the island is very safe, so naturally, nothing will go wrong… right?

I do want to say that it was really nice to see some more backstory on All Might and the time he spent with David Shield during his visit in America when he was younger. The two were a good team, and you can see that All Might really inspired David. Unfortunately, this is also one of my biggest complaints with the film

David is such a big character, along with his daughter, Melissa (who spends a lot of time with Deku) that it is weird for them to not play any roll outside of this movie. This film takes place between S2 and S3 events, yet it is never mentioned in the series cannon, despite being, well, cannon.

Everything that happens in Two Heroes is because David is worried about All Might losing his power, and thus, having the world lose its symbol of peace. Really though, he’s worried about losing this figure that he looks up to. While this makes for a great story beat, it was weird that David’s consequences are not at all explored.

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Melissa Shield

Then there is Melissa. She hits it off with Deku and they really seem to be a great team, mirroring what we see with her father and All Might. To not have her influence things in later seasons of the show felt unnatural and clunky with retrospect. If you hadn’t seen the film, then that works, but if you had…

This is most noticeable in the support item that Melissa gives Deku. It’s basically a power glove that lets Deku use 100% of his power without injuring himself. It had me wondering just how they would explain that away since he couldn’t take it off and it was capable of “withstanding 3x the power of Uncle Might’s punches”. The solution was to just have Deku punch so hard it evaporates, which was kind of lame.

Another thing that bothered me was my chief complaint about My Hero Academia as a series, and that would be the amount of recap it has. The film recaps a LOT, which does hurt the runtime, inflating that 1 hour and 36 minutes.

To the film’s credit, this did make the movie watchable if you had seen none of the show before. A movie should be able to stand on its own, and to that effect, it was successful. It just wasn’t great to have so much recap. Really, there’s probably close to a little over an hour of actual film here, which is basically two regular episodes.

At one point I even jokingly mentioned how there was a spot where the credits felt like they should play, because it was an obvious break where an “end of episode” ED would go. This really could have just been a two-part episode set for the series proper.

Finally, the film had to contrive a way to get a lot of its cast to I-Island, which made some things feel kind of forced. I almost rolled my eyes at how some of it was executed. It does make sense for some characters like Momo, Iida, or Todoroki to attend this important conference, but beyond that everyone else is just kind of there.

Past that, everything is solid. The animation, music, and story is a great time. What I’d like to see moving forward, especially with the announcement of a second film, is having these mean more to the series. I’d like to see more of the Shield family, and the additional world details play a more active role in the story proper. This was a nice holdover until season four finally comes out, and I’m really looking forward to spending more time with Deku and friends!


What were your thoughts on Two Heroes? Did you agree with my complaints? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. If you enjoy my writing, please consider a small donation by pressing the Ko-fi button below. Thanks you once again for reading and I hope to see you again soon!

Anime ABC’s U Results

Surprise, Surprise, ANOTHER Tie…

Alright guys, we managed to once again have a tie on the vote. I shouldn’t be that surprised, as this has happened more often than it hasn’t. Out of our 20 unique voters, these two anime received 7 votes apiece:

  • Usagi Drop/Bunny Drop
  • Uchouten Kazoku/Eccentric Family, The S1

That’s when I decided I’d turn things back over to YOU to break the tie on Twitter. I won’t lie, you had me worried a bit because both titles were neck-and-neck until the very last minute. So let’s see the results below!

That’s right, I’ll be reviewing The Eccentric Family (S1). I may review the second season shortly after in a separate article as well, but it may not be right away. Speaking of, it will take me a little time to get to this review since my Mom also wants to watch this and we are both in the middle of watching K-On! right now (rewatch for me, first time for her).

Until then consider checking out the previous winner, Tokyo Godfathers or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed. As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below. The “Other” category saw some legitimate representation in this round, being tied with the bottom core list shows for one title. Note, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 received a third vote outside of the poll offline and I just didn’t get around to manually adding it to the digital version.

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Other – Ushio & Tora, UraBoku/The Betrayal Knows My Name, Utakata, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199/Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (x3), Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Urusei Yatsura, and Utawarerumono

 

Children of the Whales – Another Stop on the Netflix Journey

Enter a Storybook World…

Image result for children of the whalesOn an endless sea of sand floats a lone island known as the Mud Whale. It’s like something out of a story book, the villagers there living peaceful lives. Chakuro is one such person, he is a young record keeper for the Mud Whale. One day, a new island floats by and Chakuro is among those who go to scout it. There he makes a startling discovery, a lone girl named Lykos. However, with her discovery, the Mud Whale would soon lose their peaceful existence. Continue reading “Children of the Whales – Another Stop on the Netflix Journey”

Domestic Girlfriend – The Right Kind of “Trashy”

Y’all Know I Love School Days, Right?

Well if you didn’t, you certainly do now. That’s why when the Winter 2019 season had a show called, Domestic Girlfriend, I would have to watch it. Took awhile for me to get to, but here I am. Today I’ll be exploring what sets this apart from the sea of trash that masquerades as something similar. Continue reading “Domestic Girlfriend – The Right Kind of “Trashy””

Anime ABC’s – U Voting Round

A Quick Turnaround!

I got to my review of Tokyo Godfathers from the last round very quickly. Being a film helped a lot of course. So we are having another voting round right away! This’ll be the 21st round, meaning we are on the letter “U” this time. It’s a pretty small pool, unsurprisingly, so I’m expecting a very tight race.

Remember, if a show is missing from the list, be sure to consult my alphabetized list of everything I’ve ever discussed here. If you don’t see it there, go ahead and vote for it using the “Other” option. Encourage other folks to vote for it as well, it could always win!

Anime ABC’s S Voting Round Link <- Click Me!

Voting is open from today until 8/21/19 11:59 PM as usual.

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 “U” round is the twenty first 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:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

 

What are you waiting for? Vote now and have your say in what anime I review next!