#Anitwitwatches Season 9 – Another & Announcement

Welcome to the Ninth #Anitwitwatches!

I’ve been planning a spooky Halloween flavored watch now that we are approaching October, so all of the options on the poll were themed around that. I’m not surprised that Another was the show that won out, given a lot of you haven’t seen it and, really, the show is pretty ideal for a group watch like this. For the shows that missed out, they’ll have their day eventually. Join us starting 9/28/20 for the discussion and fun!

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

Another Schedule

No break this time, we are going to dive right into things since we just had a break and the last watch was a film, so there’s no real risk of burnout here. 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 Another 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!

Anime ABC’s Z Results

Welcome to the Final Results

After four years and twenty five previous reviews, Anime ABC’s is coming to a close. Before I delve into the results properly, I’d like to take a few moments to thank everyone who has enjoyed the series. Additionally, I’d like to state that this isn’t planned to be the last you hear of this series either. I’ve had a secondary goal with this series, and as long as everything goes as planned, I’ll have something cool to share with you later. I can’t speak anymore on this just in case things fall through or take longer, but rest assured that I don’t plan on killing this series off just because we reached “z”. For now, all I can say is stay tuned and enjoy the final review in my first go at this.

Now, let’s get to the final results I know you all want to see. We had 20 unique voters this time and not a ton of options. Still, I was surprised to see that Terror in Resonance ran away with the votes with a landslide victory, taking 11 unique votes compared to second place’s (Blast of Tempest) 6This review will be interesting since it won’t be the first time I’ve considered talking about this show before, in fact back in 2016, I planned a more serious discussion piece on the show’s contents only to scrap it.

Back then, my original idea was simply to ambitious between my real life stuff and actual ability. I can’t say that Terror in Resonance will speak to me in the same way today, in fact I’m sure it won’t, but I can say that I’ll be ready to bring you the best article possible after giving it a rewatch. In some ways, this will make a fitting end to the this series and I can only hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you again for sticking with this series for all this time, even if you ended up joining part way through.

While you wait for this review consider checking out the previous winner, Yuri!!! on ICE 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: Zegapain, Zettai Shougeki: Platonic Heart (Master of Martial Hearts), Zero no Tsukaima (Familiar of Zero), Zone Of The Enders (x2), Zaion, Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho (Grimoire of Zero), Zetman, and Zombie Land Saga (I swear you folks never learn on this even after four years, I’ve reviewed this before…)

The Princess and the Pilot – Mini Review

A Pleasant Enough Film

For the eighth season of #AniTwitWatches, I decided to host a movie night and the winner of the public vote to decide what to watch happened to be The Princess and the Pilot. Didn’t know much about this film going in, so wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. As you might imagine, the 2011 feature follows a princess as she is transported by a lone pilot in hostile territory during a time of war. It’s a quiet film peppered with moments of action. While not bad, it’s a bit plain.

Really, that’s the long short of things here. The Princess and the Pilot isn’t a film I regret watching, nor is it something I’d recommend you give a pass to, but I find it hard to just outright recommend. It does just enough to be spared feeling totally average, while simultaneously being so obviously constructed that it doesn’t bring much of its own flavor to the table.

The one exception to this is the dogfight sequences, or really any time the plane is utilized in the film. These kind of anime are more rare, so it’s nice to see them. However, the action sequences, though brief as they are, do deliver. The tension is there and the right amount of emphasis is placed on each moment.

As a result, the slower, more intimate parts of the film where our pilot and princess talk to each other feels appropriate. The two characters don’t really part from the “two different worlds” story, which is further contrived with the shared history between the pair, but their interactions are earned with growth felt between both of them. Still, I can’t help but feel there was more opportunity here that went ignored.

There isn’t much else to say about this one. I know I haven’t exactly painted The Princess and the Pilot as the most exciting film, but if you have a free afternoon and are looking for something fairly straightforward to watch, this’ll fit the bill just fine. Likely, you’ll enjoy yourself but find that the film is underwhelming despite the premise. Final verdict, worth the one-time watch on a rainy day.


That’ll do it for this review of The Princess and the Pilot. What did you think of the film? Share your thoughts in the comments below and consider joining me on Twitter @JS_Reviews for the next watch. If you enjoy my writing please check out my Patreon or make a one-time donation via Ko-fi utilizing the buttons below. Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

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Anime ABC’s – Z Voting Round

The Final Vote is Upon Us!

It’s been a long journey these past 4 years, but we are sadly coming to a closing out this rotation of Anime ABC’s. Don’t worry though, this isn’t the end of the project, I still have a bit more up my sleeve in that regard. For now though, let’s stick to the main event:  the vote!

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

Voting is open from today until 9/22/20 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!

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Film Review

Grade: A

Jessie Buckley in I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

If there is one thing that makes Charlie Kaufman such an interesting writer, it is his exploration of the human psyche and what makes the mind tick. Whether it be the fulfillment of desire/longing to live another life (Being John Malkovich), what we decide to do with our memories both good and bad (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the dedication of achieving an ambition (Synechdoche, New York, Kaufman’s directorial feature), or finding meaning in a life filled with monotony (Anomalisa, which Kaufman also directed). The films which Kaufman has written for may be quirky, existentialist fantasies, yet somehow, they feel as real as can be. The characters Kaufman creates are just ordinary people, though it takes a certain fantastical situation to help dig in to the recesses of their minds as to make them relatable, whether they achieve their goals or not.

The same could be said for Kaufman’s newest feature I’m Thinking of Ending Things, based on Iain Reid’s debut novel, which hit Netflix on September 4th. Like Kaufman’s earlier works, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is yet another mind-bender about the human psyche that deals with existentialism, identity, and how we perceive relationships told through the inner monologues of a young woman (Jessie Buckley) as she goes off to meet her boyfriend Jake’s (Jesse Plemons) parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) during a snowstorm. As expected from a Charlie Kaufman film, things take a turn for the psychologically bizarre.

How else can I describe I’m Thinking of Ending Things without spoiling anything? It is a film that requires you to accept the eerie bizarre reality of its protagonist’s mental state, where one event twists into a completely different outcome in the strangest of ways, until we find ourselves pulled into its deteriorating state of psychosis. I cannot guarantee that I’m Thinking of Ending Things will go down easy with the average viewer, especially with scenes that feel as if they could halt the movie in its tracks, but it will give fans of Charlie Kaufman the satisfaction of questioning everything they have seen.

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”

#Anitwitwatches Season 8 – The Princess and the Pilot

Welcome to the Eighth #Anitwitwatches!

We’ll be doing something a little different for this season of the watch so please be sure to read this full article for all the relevant information. To start, we are going to be watching a film that was suggested by patron yon.nyan called The Princess and the Pilot thanks to your votes. I don’t know much about it but it seems like it’ll be a pretty fun film!

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

The Princess and the Pilot Schedule

We will be taking a 2 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 8/31/20 OR 9/7/20. 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.

To offer more clarification beyond the usual speech, I want to further clarify why we are taking a two week break and the plans for the next watch. I happened to get asked in for jury duty so I need to take an additional week off, plus Labor Day is one of the days we’d normally watch. Therefore, it just made sense to give an extra two weeks. However, the biggest reason by far is my plans for the season 9 watch. I won’t say what I have planned exactly, but you better get ready for some spooky fun 😉

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch The Princess and the Pilot 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’s the super easy schedule for the film, it’s exactly one day:

Since this is a film, we’ll only be having the one watch date so nice and simple. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

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’”

Pet’s Commitment to Presentation

Pet was Disappointing

I don’t think that stating this should come to a surprise to anyone who’s watched it. What looked to be a show that was going to borrow on ideas present in Inception and Paprika was instead a fairly muddy story about interpersonal drama and abusive relationships. While Pet ultimately has some interesting things to say, it simply doesn’t deliver on expectations for a variety of reasons. However, one place it doesn’t compromise on is in its presentation, and the reason I stuck with the anime for all 13 episodes. Continue reading “Pet’s Commitment to Presentation”

Saying Goodbye to The Rolling Girls – Concluding our Seventh #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches! For our seventh season of the watch we had The Rolling Girls, which is a weird little spectacle that a lot of folks missed out on. I think folks have had a pretty good time with it so far, even if we can all pretty much agree it isn’t super amazing or anything, but sometimes a show’s “uniqueness” can really make it worthwhile regardless. 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 Rolling Girls on 8/24/20.

I’ll be reviewing The Rolling Girls 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
  7. The Rolling Girls – 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 the #anitwitwatches poll only consists of films. That’s for a few reasons. The first being that I have something in mind for October and didn’t want to overlap. The second being I have jury duty all of September and my schedule for this event got thrown off as a result. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. The Princess and the Pilot – A Patron pick thanks to Yon.Nyaan! I really don’t know much about this movie but it sounds super interesting. A love story set in a time of war. Beyond that, I don’t really know but I’m certainly intrigued!
  2. Lu Over the Wall – Hey, another Patron pick! This time we have Scott to thank. Yusa has been in the spotlight when it comes to the anime community for some time, but even still, he’s not somebody who’s work has been seen by many in the anime community. This film was an exception to the normal criteria something needs to satisfy in order to qualify for the watch, but I think it’s an entry that would be worth it!
  3. Night on the Galactic Railroad – An older film that I included merely for my own self-indulgence. I’ve wanted to watch this for sometime, but if that’s not incentive enough, this is a prerequisite to me reviewing Penguindrum, a series you’ve all been requesting from me for some time now. So maybe vote for it?
  4. In This Corner of the WorldWhile this is a war-time story it’s not like the rest. The color palette should make that obvious. I don’t really know all too much about it but it’s been sitting in my queue for ages.

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!