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!”

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”

#Anitwitwatches Season 10 – Kanon (2006) & Announcement

Welcome to the Tenth #Anitwitwatches!

As winter comes into view and we move closer to the end of the year, it feels fitting that the 10th watch will be bringing us there! Not only that, but to my surprise, you all picked a winter themed anime:  Kanon (2006). Hope you are ready for some tears, but don’t worry, like most Key stories things tend to have a positive spin by the end. I hope you’ll look forward to this (often overlooked) show! The watch begins 11/16/20.

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.

Kanon (2006) Schedule

As is our norm, we’ll be taking a short one week break before starting Kanon (2006). This is to give folks a brief break before jumping into a new show. I checked dates and there was no reason to take time off for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so there will be no additional breaks in this period. 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 Kanon (2006) 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 10 weeks long. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Anime ABC’s Y is for Yuri!!! on ICE

A Love Letter to Figure Skating

When a work has so much love and passion for a given idea or topic poured into it, it’s almost impossible to ignore. It comes through in the final product. Yuri!!! on ICE is an anime that took the world by storm because of its love for professional figure skating and the statements it makes on love itself. However, it’s passion is also the show’s biggest downside, often sacrificing quality for its passion.
Continue reading “Anime ABC’s Y is for Yuri!!! on ICE”

Gosick’s Most Interesting Story & Why it’s NOT Victorique and Kujos’

A Tale Spanning Centuries

Over and over again I’ve been recommended Gosick for both its mystery and romance angels. While I can say the show is alright to that regard, following Kujo, or “The Reaper who Comes in Spring”, and Victorique the “Golden Fairy of the Library”, it’s far from the most interesting thing Gosick has to offer. Today I want to explore the rise of science as the mystical is slowly lost within this world. Continue reading “Gosick’s Most Interesting Story & Why it’s NOT Victorique and Kujos’”

My 4 Year Journey with Hunter x Hunter (2011)

I Was Skeptical

It used to be when you first became an anime fan that there was an almost unspoken list of anime everyone was silently expected to check out. You’d see shows like Code GeassCowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood appear on almost everyone’s list. As time when on, this list has changed, and for many even, doesn’t even really exist anymore. Some shows have survived the test of time and are regarded as “must-see” classics, while other titles have found themselves wasting away to obscurity. Hunter x Hunter is a show that has debatably hit this titan status as you’ll see it recommended countless times to both new and veteran fans alike. Today we are going to discuss my four year journey with the 148 episode series, and what a journey it was. Continue reading “My 4 Year Journey with Hunter x Hunter (2011)”

#Anitwitwatches Season 7 – Rolling Girls & Announcement

Welcome to the Seventh #Anitwitwatches!

After losing its spot on the poll, the community rallied to see this entry be granted just one more chance. That’s right, it’s the winner of the S7 poll, Rolling Girls! I’ve actually been pretty excited to watch this one for the series as I suspect we’ll all have a good time with it. While the anime is far from a favorite, it’s extraordinarily unique and should provide some decent conversation, or at the very least, cool screenshots. I hope you’ll be joining us for the watch starting 7/13/20!

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

Rolling Girls Schedule

We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 7/6/20. 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 Rolling Girls 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 7 weeks long with the usual break at the start. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Kakushigoto – How to Write a B Plot

When You’re More Invested in the B-Plot

No doubt none of you are surprised by the fact that I watched, enjoyed, and am now reviewing the Spring 2020 anime, Kakushigoto. It’s got a lot going for it, the father-daughter dynamic I love so much while based on a manga written by Kouji Kumeta (you probably know him for shows like The Eccentric Family or Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei). What’s not to like? What pitches itself as a comedy, however, quickly reveals something deeper going on that promises to tug at your heart strings, and that’s what I’d actually like to focus on today. Continue reading “Kakushigoto – How to Write a B Plot”

Anime ABC’s X is for xxxHOLiC

An Interesting Take

On the surface xxxHOLiC doesn’t look too different from your typical “dark bargain” kind of story. There’s a shop that grant any wish you desire, at a price of course. In several ways it is reminiscent of something like Pet Shop of Horrors or the plethora of other stories just like it. Except xxxHOLiC has a bit of a twist; it’s a comedy. The question is:  does it work? Continue reading “Anime ABC’s X is for xxxHOLiC”