What Happened With #AnimeValentine? – Podcast and Links to Submissions

Heya Folks!

A quicker article today. I have a podcast called “Jon Talks” and it’s first episode just dropped titled, “Anime Valentine’s Fiasco”. It explains what went wrong on my end with the event but still gives thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you’ll give it a listen. You can find that here.

As for the submissions, let’s check ’em out:

#Animexchange – Mo Dao Zu Shi

Chinese Animation Measures Up

Image result for ma dao zu shi animeThis is the third instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. Today we’ll be looking at a Chinese animation called Mo Dao Zu Shi which was recommended by @YuAlexius. This isn’t my first Chinese show, but it certainly is the best one I’ve seen. Just how good is it? You’ll have to read on to find out!

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Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion

Kanon is a Weird Show

A long time ago I had planned to review and discuss each of the “big three” Key anime. Those being AirKanon (2006), and Clannad + After Story. Each a brain child of Jun Maeda, who would go on to make additional works that could easily be added to this initial list. However, I never got around to that article partially because I wasn’t sure how to convey just how radically different, while still being very much the same, each show was. Today I plan to retackle that very same article and explain the significance behind Kanon (2006). Continue reading “Key in Transition – Kanon (2006) Review & Discussion”

#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!

#Animexchange – Time of Eve

Impressive, but not Perfect

This is the second in a series of reviews for the “Anime X-Change Project”. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. This time we are looking at a six episode ONA series, Time of Eve which was suggested by @nobIemonsters. I’ve been meaning to give this a look for some time now and this was the perfect excuse! With that, let’s dive right into my thoughts.

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The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!

Unexpectedly Good

If you don’t know by now I watch pretty much every father-daughter anime on the market so color me surprised when I discovered The Gymnastics Samurai was one such show, but not only that, it was SO MUCH more. After checking this out on a whim for the Fall 2020 season, I knew I had to stick with this one and I’m very glad that I did. Continue reading “The Gymnastics Samurai – A Surprise Seasonal Hit!”

#Animexchange – White Album 2

Hitting (Almost) all the Right Notes

Before we dive into the review, this is the first in a series of reviews for the “Anime X-Change Project”. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. My partner, @Animated_Andy recommended me White Album 2, which despite its name, is not actually a sequel. In his own words:

So let’s see just how on the money he happened to be!

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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!”

Great Pretender – International Crime Capers

Netflix Has a Winner

“You should always try to do the right thing, become a benefit to society, and earn the respect of every person you meet.”

-Edamura

We all strive to become a benefit to society… that’s why I write reviews on the internet, and I do so with confidence. Welcome, it’s your #1 (self-proclaimed) confidence reviewer Jon Spencer! Today, we’ll be discussing Great Pretender, and let me tell ya “This baby can hold so much thematic depth that it’s even a detriment at times”. *Slaps keyboard* gzdfb; send review. Continue reading “Great Pretender – International Crime Capers”

Anime ABC’s Z is for Zankyou no Terror

The End of a Saga

Ever since the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan, 1945 the country has never been the same. It’s an event that has left a permanent scar that permeated the culture, which is why nuclear disaster is such a prevalent theme in Japanese media, especially anime. Today’s final ABC review explores the impact of the bombings and offers a whole lot more to say on rather divisive subjects. From the brilliant mind of Shinichiro Watanabe, I present to you Zankyou no Terror. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s Z is for Zankyou no Terror”