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 Y Results

Yuri Nation Rise Up!

Taking the gold finish after receiving 9 votes out of the 18 total unique voters, is Yuri!!! on Ice. I did watch this back when it was airing but I never actually reviewed it here so that’s why you saw it on the poll. Not going to lie, this was the show I wanted to win the least, simply because the waves it made aren’t really a secret in the community and my thoughts on it overall are rather plain. However, a rewatch may prove to yield some new opinions or interesting angels for discussion.

I wanted to mention a few interesting takeaways from the final standings for the “Y” round since I got some pretty unexpected results. The biggest one was that every show received at least 1 vote except for Yowamushi Pedal, a cycling anime. I don’t usually review sports shows so I thought this might actually do better.

The other surprises were how many of you really wanted me to review Laid Back Camp. Coming in just one vote shy of tying the overall winner, you guys almost got your wish. In some ways, this isn’t too big of a twist since I know several of you are big fans, but still, I am somewhat surprised.

Now all that’s left is for me to watch the winner and get to reviewing! While you wait for this review consider checking out the previous winner, xxxHOLiC or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed. As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below.

 

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Other Votes: Your Lie in April (I spaced this on the poll… whoops), Yakusoku no Nebārando (reviewed, please be sure to actually see what I’ve reviewed before doing write-ins), Yuyushiki, and Yuru Yuri

Saying Goodbye to The Perfect Insider – Concluding our Sixth #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches! For our sixth season of the watch we finally decided on The Perfect Insider. A lot of speculation, intrigue, and fun discussion has been had for this short mystery series. This genre seems to be a fan-favorite but for the next poll, we are really mixing things up! Below I’ll leave a link to our vote on Twitter where you can help decide what we’ll be watching next. Keep an eye out as we’ll be announcing the winner alongside the concluding thoughts for The Perfect Insider on 6/29/20.

I’ll be reviewing The Perfect shortly after the watch concludes, so please look forward to that as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a community initiative I started a few months ago where we get together and collectively watch an anime. Then, we talk about it on Twitter using the hashtag #anitwitwatches. The first ever watch was for Tonari no Seki-kun which was a lot of fun. You can view more information on the watch, as well as my review on Seki-kun here.

Here’s a complete list of every show watched and reviewed based on what season of the watch they were featured in:

  1. Tonari no Seki-kun
  2. Rampo Kitan
  3. School Days
  4. Girls’ Last Tour
  5. Wandering Son
  6. The Perfect insider – Review coming soon!

Why is X Show on the Poll?

As I mentioned last time, each show was carefully considered using a series of criteria to ensure that this activity remains fun and varied each time. This time around I kept the #anitwitwatches poll largely the same as what we had before with only 1 new edition. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Ride BackA Patron pick thanks to Yon.Nyaan! They describe the show as:  Great low-key sci-fi with some political elements I feel are relevant to an extent in today’s climate. Also, it’s a visually beautiful series.
  2. SSSS.Gridman – Hey, another Patron pick! This time we have Scott to thank. He describes this one as:  An anime that starts on the premise of robot men vs Monsters but with a twist. Ride the wave of mystery as Yuta Hibiki & friends fight mysterious monsters for the right to exist.
  3. Rolling Girls – The people really demanded this one get one more chance, so who am I to stop ’em? This show has a little bit of everything and would be really fun to watch together. Visually unique, inventive, and FUN!
  4. The Devil is a Part-Timer!A reverse Isekai show that’s not only funny, but has heart too. The series that many strive to be but fail to achieve. Been a bit since we watched a comedy too.

A Note About Patrons

You’ll notice that two of the options were provided by Patrons this time around. One of the benefits to being a Patron of mine is having a say on community projects like this along with several other perks, like an extra vote on this poll. This will be a new feature of this series moving forward where at least one option on every poll will be a Patron pick.

Why should you become a Patron? Beyond the perks, the main reason to pledge your support for what I do here is to help me keep programs like this going. Eventually, I’d love to give away a copy of every show we watch for this series to lucky participants. Plus, your support helps pay the bills, which is kind of important! So please consider learning more about the Jon Spencer Reviews Patreon by clicking the button below.

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Join in the Fun!

So get to voting! I hope to see you for the next watch and would love to hear about shows you’d like to see added to the poll in the future. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be more than happy to answer!

‘Da 5 Bloods’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Da 5 Bloods (2020)  When it comes to political and social issues, no one is less afraid to speak his mind than Spike Lee. As controversial as his viewpoints may be for some, it is clear that the messages he is trying to send resonate with most people, making him one of the most influential living directors. ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is his newest effort in making a statement about race in the form of four elderly war veterans who return to the jungles of Vietnam to work on some unfinished business left behind by one of their own as their journey threatens to tear them apart.

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Anime ABC’s – Y Voting Round

The Penultimate Vote!

It’s been a long journey these past 4 years, but we are sadly coming to a close on this rotation of Anime ABC’s. I’ve had a ton of fun on this project and am eagerly awaiting to see what the final two shows are for the series. As for what comes after, you’ll just have to wait and see 😉

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

Voting is open from today until 6/22/20 11:59 PM as usual.

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!

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 “Y” round is the twenty fifth 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!

 

‘Artemis Fowl’ Film Review

Grade: F

 I have never seen a book-to-film adaptation so flimsy, chaotic, and silly in its execution such as Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Artemis Fowl’. Keep in mind! This is coming from someone who has never read the books by Eoin Colfer, let alone even aware of its mythology. All I knew about it was that it was centered on a child thief named Artemis Fowl and the secrets he has to unlock. I am sure that it was one of the books I have wanted to read in my childhood, but never had a chance to. A feature film was inevitable and was in development since 2001, but never saw the light of day until its first teaser hit in 2018. Though, it had been pushed back from August 2019 to August of this year, only to be released just yesterday on Disney+ due to the Coronavirus.

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Somali and the Forest Spirit – A Particularly Relevant Message

I’m Going to be Political Today

If you’ve been around for awhile here than it should come to no surprise to you that I’d eventually review the Winter 2020 anime, Somali and the Forest Spirit as it’s another father-daughter anime, the type I’m particularly fond of. We’ve been getting more of those recently, and while that’s all well and good, I’m going to be focusing on something different with today’s article. A wind of change has been blowing, not just in the US, but across the world, and Somali feels like a particularly relevant anime to discuss as its message is one I think we could all use. Continue reading “Somali and the Forest Spirit – A Particularly Relevant Message”

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”

‘The Willoughbys’ Film Review

Grade: B-

The Willoughbys (2020)   Like ‘The Addams Family’, ‘The Willoughbys’ is quirky both in style and sense of humor; taken straight from other dysfunctional families that have come before them, blended into a colorful, candy-coated, yarn-filled family-comedy-adventure that may be a bit predictable, but fun once you buy into its characters. Tim (Voice of Will Forte) is neurotic and wants the best for his family. His sister, Jane (Voice of singer Alessia Cara) is always singing the same melody and always asking the what-ifs of their situations, while both the Barnabys (Voice of Seán Cullen) are monotonously similar that it is hard to tell them apart, prompting their nanny (Voice of Maya Rudolph) to label one A and the other B. Though, what makes them all similar are their red-heads which come from a generation of Willoughbys before them.

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Koi Kaze – This is Controversial?

Love is Complicated

After I covered School Days, I decided it was high time I explored some other “controversial” titles with comparable reputations. While today’s show, Koi Kaze has a better reputation in the more versed anime circles, the 2004 series still garners a lot of of negative discussion and criticism due to the subject matter it explores. Anime is no stranger to the siscon scenario, but what happens if we play it totally straight? Today, I’m here to tell you why it’s well worth your time, and for reasons you probably won’t expect. Continue reading “Koi Kaze – This is Controversial?”