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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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”

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”

Best in Season – Spring 2021

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 cream of the crop, along with why I thought they were great. Keep in mind some stuff I didn’t watch on purpose (looking at you Fruits Basket finale) or it just may not have interested me, so if your favorite show is missing that’s likely why. Let me know at the end of the article what would have made your list. Continue reading “Best in Season – Spring 2021”

#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!

Solty Rei – Gonzo Does Father-Daughter? Sign Me Up!

Cool Creative Combo

It hasn’t even been a month and I’m already back with another father-daughter review in Solty Rei. During one of our weekly Anime Music Quiz games, the opening for this show played and several players brought the absence of this title on my list to my attention. A Gonzo show? A father-daughter show? Well, sounds like a gross oversight on my part. So now that the meme is out of the way, just how exactly does Solty Rei stack up? Continue reading “Solty Rei – Gonzo Does Father-Daughter? Sign Me Up!”

WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? – Bringing More to the Table

Went in For the Meme…

You know I watch a lot of father-daughter shows so I decided to take things to the next level with WorldEnd. It’s a father-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter-daughter show, so you know I had to cover it! All jokes aside, there was more to this one than I expected resulting in a pleasant surprise. Continue reading “WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? – Bringing More to the Table”

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”

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”

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!”