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”

‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Film Review

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) - IMDb

Back in 1996, a little movie called Space Jam was released. Not only did it define the 90s, but many people who grew up in that era fondly remember it as a nostalgic fever dream that had no right to be as popular as it should have been. Now, 25 years later, a sequel has finally been released. Known simply as A New Legacy and starring LeBron James in place of Michael Jordan. Much like the original, A New Legacy combines animation with live-action, albeit with some updates to place itself in the annals of modern films. All in all, it is merely a shameless, self-aware exercise to see how many IPs can be in one film (It worked with Ralph Breaks the Internet and Ready Player One, so why not this?); some funny, some distracting, all just there for viewers to point and say “Oh, look who it is.”

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A Look Back at ‘Space Jam’ – The movie that defined my childhood (and the 90s)

Amazon.com: Space Jam 11x17 Movie Poster (1996): Prints: Posters & Prints

Anyone who grew up in the 90s will remember the movie Space Jam, the live-action/animated hybrid film which brought together the likes of the NBA with the antics of the wacky Looney Tunes characters that we all know and love. Whether it truly holds up however, is an altogether different animal. The plot, albeit simple, was absolutely bonkers. In case you have never heard of Space Jam (and why wouldn’t you?), the film is about tiny aliens from Moron Mountain, an amusement-park style planet ran by the ruthless Mr. Swackhammer (Voiced by Danny DeVito of all people), who seems to be struggling with bringing in customers for his rides. The aliens that show up to the park find themselves disenchanted with the attractions there. As one bratty alien tells his dad “This place stinks! Don’t bring me here anymore, right?”, a phrase that the corrupt, cigar-chomping proprietor has heard one too many times. “We need new attractions!”, he declares to his assistants, the nerdlucks (Yes, those are their names), who are more than happy to please. So what do they do? They decide to go visit the Looney Tunes in order to kidnap them and bring them back as nothing more than entertainment. Of course, the Looney Tunes are not going without a fight, and convince the nerdlucks to give them a chance to defend themselves. How do they do it? With a game of basketball. Enter Michael Jordan, who has retired from the game in order to play Baseball (which actually happened in real life), though not as skilled at hitting a ball as he was slamming dunks. After a relaxing golf game with Larry Bird and Bill Murray (No joke), Jordan ends up getting sucked into a golf hole down into “Looney Tune Land”, where Bugs Bunny desperately asks him for help.

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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”

A Visit to San Sibilia – Actual Play & Review

I Was Excited But…

Before I start, this is a sponsored post. The creator of the game, Peter Eijk contacted me asking if I would be interested in covering the game and after taking a quick look I enthusiastically said, “Yes!” as I tend to enjoy this kind of game. I don’t let the fact the game was given to me for this review get in the way of actual critique, but be sure to keep it in mind regardless.

What immediately stood out to me with A Visit to San Sibilia, henceforth just referred to as San Sibilia, was its artistic style. The game truly looks great, and since Peter’s goal is to get funding for a physical copy, at the very least I can confidently say this will look absolutely stunning on any gaming shelf or otherwise. Though the game is only a mere 14 pages, each of the pages that include art (most of them), do a great job of invoking a sense of the setting. So let’s take a journey together as we visit San Sibilia! Continue reading “A Visit to San Sibilia – Actual Play & Review”

#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!

Blackjack Bounty – Has Your Luck Finally Run Out?

I Created Another Game!

Recently I had a conversation with one of my friends who also happens to dabble in game development about an idea for a dueling role-playing video game that centered on the mechanics of Blackjack similar to something like Puzzle Quest. However, he was struggling to see exactly how my idea would work given we were basically talking over the phone. That got the ol’ gears turning and I decided to create a solo experience that acted as a “prototype” of sorts for that while still being its own thing, and fun in its own right. Thus Blackjack Bounty was born! So what exactly is Blackjack Bounty and why might YOU want to give it a shot? Continue reading “Blackjack Bounty – Has Your Luck Finally Run Out?”

‘Mortal Kombat’ (2021) Film Review

Mortal Kombat (2021) - IMDb

The original Mortal Kombat from 1995 was as decent of a video game adaptation as one could be. Sure, it was cheesy and the effects have not aged well in recent years, but one thing it had was a sense of self-awareness; it relished in those corny effects and dusty atmosphere, making it feel like the video game that it was based on. The only thing it was missing, however, was enough bloodshed and brutal fatalities to give it the R-rating it so desperately needed. When the original game was released, it caused controversy among parents and politicians for its use of graphic violence, causing the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) to come up with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to ensure that what children were playing was or was not appropriate for them. Now, after twenty-six years, we finally get a live-action Mortal Kombat movie with all the gore, profanity, and crudeness that make for an R-rated extravaganza!

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‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Film Review

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) - IMDb

After 59 years, two of the biggest titans have come together for the ultimate rematch to prove who is truly the king of the monsters in Godzilla Vs. Kong; the fourth installment of Legendary’s Monsterverse, spanning nearly a decade, starting with 2014’s Godzilla, followed by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, along with 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, ultimately culminating to Godzilla Vs. Kong. Like most movies from the past year, Godzilla Vs. Kong was pushed back due to the pandemic with a release date set for 2021. Now the wait is over, and we get to see these two in action yet again. The cheesy effects and rubber suits of yesteryear have been improved with technology that not only makes these two monsters feel real, but are bigger in scale, leading to a path of destruction and high stakes.

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#Animexchange – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

A Decent Comedy

This is the fifth instalment of the “Anime X-Change Project” reviews. If you don’t know what that is, be sure to check out all the info here from an earlier post. A heads up, I’m putting a pause on these for a bit, possibly indefinitely, after this entry. The reason being my new computer is here and my content creation priorities have shifted. Today’s review is brought to you by @MechAnimeReview, or Scott. I held off on Nozaki-kun for awhile because comedy anime are pretty hit-or-miss for me. That begs the question, was this anime a “hit” or was it a “miss”?

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