Anime Fans & Children’s Media – A Look at Muteking the Dancing Hero

Uso’s Getting his Money’s Worth!

Well, in a figurative sense at least. Before we begin, today’s article is sponsored by Uso, or as you may know him on Twitter as @obamasnowToo. Having won the New Year’s AMQ special event, I awarded him my $15 Patreon tier where you can suggest just about anything for me to take a look at and cover in some capacity. In keeping with the New Year spirit, he gave me a few suggestions from the 2021 anime lineup to choose from and I ended up selecting Muteking the Dancing Hero. He knows that I’m a fan of Tribe Cool Crew and Brave Beats, so this was something I had some interest in anyway, but thanks to him I had a nice excuse to watch the whole show. With all this preamble out of the way, today I want to talk about anime fans and children’s media, why so many fans seem drawn to it, and what exactly it can bring to the table while looking at this Muteking reboot along the way. Continue reading “Anime Fans & Children’s Media – A Look at Muteking the Dancing Hero”

Fruits Basket – Old or New?

Did Fruits Basket get the FMA Treatment?

Awhile back I watched the original 2001 version of Fruits Basket which is a slightly dated, partial adaptation of the source material of the same name. I enjoyed it, but didn’t have enough to say to write a full piece. Now I’ve had the chance to watch through the first season of the 2019 version, and it begs the question:  Did this receive the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood treatment? By which I mean, is the old one worth watching, and by extension, do you need to watch the first season of the new one afterwards? Today I aim to answer these questions and walk you through exactly what’s been improved upon, and what hasn’t. Continue reading “Fruits Basket – Old or New?”

#Anitwitwatches Season 15 – Fate/Stay Night & Another Announcement!

Welcome to the Fifteenth #Anitwitwatches!

After a bit of a hiccup with RahXephonit’s time to say goodbye and welcome in our newest watch:  Fate/Stay Night (2006)Not only am I super excited to finally be diving into a long-beloved franchise but with this watch comes some exciting news as well. This will be the FIRST of many Fate related content streams coming your way here at Jon Spencer Reviews. You may remember my Hunter x Hunter and JoJo retrospectives, and if you do, then you have an idea of what to expect. The biggest difference is that for the first installment I’ll be joined with friends as we discuss the series LIVE via Twitter. After that, I’ll continue the journey with other seasons, which may just have a surprise or two of their own along the way!

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the fifteenth 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.

Fate/Stay Night Schedule

We will only be taking our usual one week break for this one, so meet back on the 22nd of November 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 Fate/Stay Night for free, and legally, by using justwatch.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, please keep in mind that Monday’s are the main days for discussion but you basically have the whole week to watch (if you need to miss a week or whatever, that’s all good too):

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That’ll make this watch 10 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!

Jon’s Bizarre Adventure – A JoJo Retrospective in Preparation for Stone Ocean

I’ve Returned From Yet Another Anime Pilgrimage…

My last multi-year journey in anime saw me visiting Hunter x Hunter but even before that I had begun an even longer journey back in 2016, now five years later, I have returned from one bizarre adventure, the story of which I am prepared to share with you here today. I’ll be walking through each leg of the journey, my thoughts, the things I took away, and naturally, any regrets that came along with my travels. So sit back, enjoy a fine wine, and let me regale you with the anime legend that is:  Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Continue reading “Jon’s Bizarre Adventure – A JoJo Retrospective in Preparation for Stone Ocean”

RahXephon – To Binge or Not to Binge

An #AnitTwitWatches Discussion

Season 14 of #AniTwitWatches just concluded by time you are seeing this article, but I actually finished RahXephon some time ago closer to the middle of the watch as I lost access to it around then. As a result, I had to binge through the whole thing in more-or-less one sitting past episode 10. Long story short, I don’t recommend doing that, but why don’t I? In today’s article I want to discuss the benefits of a more metered watch like #AniTwitWatches provides, and why some shows really deserve you taking your time with them. Continue reading “RahXephon – To Binge or Not to Binge”

15 Anime that Obliterate the 3 Episode Rule

I Pulled in a Favor

Lately I’ve been pretty busy so I asked my buddy K at the Movies if I could borrow his intern for today’s article. This is what they came up with, and I think you’ll have plenty to talk about after giving this one a read. Here are 15 anime that prove the 3 episode rule isn’t one fans should always follow. Continue reading “15 Anime that Obliterate the 3 Episode Rule”

Samurai Flamenco – Technically Perfect, Ultimately Lacking

Everything’s Here But…

While watching Samurai Flamenco I couldn’t help but notice the show shares a flaw with it’s prominent theme. The main character, Hazama, struggles with his sense of identity in his pursuit of justice. In the same way, the show struggles to tow the line between genre parody and its more serious narrative elements. So would I recommend this one? Yeah, but it comes with a pretty big caveat. Let me explain. Continue reading “Samurai Flamenco – Technically Perfect, Ultimately Lacking”

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!

Worst in Season – Spring 2021

Still Too Much Anime!

Alright, the Spring 2021 season was stacked, and after taking a closer look, I realized I watched a pretty big chunk of the shows. Rather than do a bunch of individual reviews, I thought it’d be fun to do a best and worst of list featuring five shows for their respective categories. Today I’m looking at the shows that left a bad taste in my mouth or otherwise missed their mark, along with why I thought this was the case. You’ll likely disagree with some of these, and if you do, that’s fine! I’m glad some folks enjoyed some of these shows, even if I don’t agree. Of course, just like last time, let me know what would have made your list in the comments below. Continue reading “Worst in Season – Spring 2021”