The Second Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase & Best of The Decade!

2 Whole Years!?!

I seriously can’t believe that #TheJCS has grown to become as large as it has been. It’s thanks to all of you that the project has become as successful as it has, to which I am truly grateful. Here’s to another excellent year of the showcase as we look back over 2019 and see what 2020 has in store for us!

The 2019 Complete Collection

Happen to miss out on any of the showcases last year? No problem! I’ve got your back, now you can read up here! You’ll find links to each host and their respective showcase along with other helpful information if you want to learn more about the program or help keep it going.

Reflecting on the Past Year

Last year I had several goals for Jon’s Creator Showcase, let’s look back on those and see what went well, and what didn’t:

Goal:  More participation outside of the anime community. I love the anime community and we have had a good amount of participation outside of it before, but I’d love to see other hobbies and interests represented EVEN MORE. This could be travel, board games, film, literature, or anything really!

Result:  This was a rousing success! It took a little doing, but the showcase has really branched out over the past year. We’ve gotten videos, artwork, book reviews, and a whole lot more! The topics have seen an uptick in variety as well, which is also great! I don’t see this stopping anytime soon as the program gains more traction in the community.

Goal:  Post type variety. Unsurprisingly nearly all of the content featured in our monthly issues are text posts. That’s awesome but wouldn’t it be cool if we had image posts showcasing art, video, and even podcasts? It think so too! I want to encourage more content creators to participate beyond the blogging community.

Result:  I pretty much covered this in the last point, but we did manage this. All of the things I listed above were featured at least once throughout 2019. So, goal achieved!

Goal:  Personally, I’d love it if just one person with a big following participated this year. They often get linked but ignore joining. The showcase is for everyone, big or small, and we want to celebrate the wonderful creations that YOU are putting so much effort into creation. Don’t think you are ever too big or too small for this project, because, you aren’t.

Result:  I’m going to say we achieved this one as well! Some of you guys have actually become pretty big yourselves! That’s great! While we still haven’t penetrated to the masses, I am still happy with the level of reach we managed to achieve in just one year’s time. Here’s to continued growth!

Goal:  On the same side of the coin, I’d like to see a hand extended to smaller creators trying to get off the ground. It’s hard to get recognition so be mindful of who you nominate in this next year.

Result:  Would you look at that, all goals hit! We could still be a bit better about this, but in general the mix of large and small creators has been very healthy. Several new faces emerged across 2019, which was awesome!

Image Overhaul & New Promotional Material

I’ve been really excited about this one! Recently I’ve been working on rebranding my personal image, but I thought the showcase could also use a bit of a makeover. While the old material was great, it used the old hashtag and just didn’t fit what the showcase ultimately became over the past year. Here’s all the cool images I’ve made for the showcase which you can use to promote the showcase yourself!

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New banner!
A new cover poster!
New informational poster!
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A new promotional image! Thank you to everybody who OK’ed me using their images for this.

Hosting Schedule 2020

Like always, you can find the schedule here via the Doodle poll, but I also made a visual schedule for convenience. The tweet below has the image and all of the hosts tagged in order, just in case you are unfamiliar with any of them. Be sure to say “Hi!” while you are there!

I’m Hosting #TheJCS This Month, With a Twist!

Since the decade has come to a close, I have a special twist for this month’s hosting! You may choose to optionally submit ANY creation of yours from the past decade (2010-2019), regardless of if you have shared it for a showcase before or not. This is a special one-time deal, so feel free to take advantage! Of course, I’ll personally read/watch/review anything you send my way so long as you follow the instructions below:

Submissions are open from 1/3/20 until 1/30/20

  1. Share something YOU created, either from December 2019 or the past decade (2010-2019). This can be anything from a blog post, piece of art, video, podcast, or anything you created! Do this by using #TheJCS on Twitter and preferably tag me @JS_Reviews if you don’t reply on the main thread. Alternatively, you can email me, reply here below, or hit me up on Discord. See my contacts page for that stuff.
  2. When putting your submission in, be sure to mention that it is ANY content from the past decade this time, not just the usual December 2019 submissions (though that’s fine too of course). There’s always a little confusion on this, so let’s start making good habits this year by mentioning the desired date range.
  3. Invite a few friends to join in on the fun! Do this by tagging (I suggest 3) friends when making your submission. It doesn’t matter if the person you are inviting only has a few followers or millions, if you think they are an AWESOME creator, please don’t hesitate to tag them!
  4. If you get asked a question like, “What’s this showcase thing all about?” please do your best to answer. You’ll find some useful resources below:
  5. Last, but certainly not least, explore the showcase and help promote it! Look over some of the submissions that came before you, retweet some that you enjoy, and maybe even follow a new creator or two! While it’s true that I’ll be compiling everything for a MASSIVE post at the end of the month, there’s no reason to wait on discovery amazing creators and interacting with each other.

Once again, I’d like to extend a warm “thank you!” to everybody who has participated in the project so far. Your support is greatly appreciated and I’m so glad that there are all these people who enjoy this community initiative of mine. Whether you’ve hosted, participated each time, or this is the first you are hearing of it, thank you so much!

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The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks to YOU and the efforts of the community Jon’s Creator Showcase is now celebrating its first successful year! To think, this project was almost completely shutdown after the first month of operation, and there was a bit of a rough patch towards the end, but everything worked out and it is now a fairly beloved staple in our community here. To every single person who has hosted, submitted, or promoted the project in any way:

THANK YOU!

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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Review & Series Retrospective

WIXOSS is a Great Series

As you guys probably know, I did a whole collaboration with two other amazing bloggers, Ayano and Leth (you should totally check ’em out by the way), covering each episode of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS. You can read up on all those hereAs such, I don’t have a ton to say in terms of an overall review of the season so I’ll also be discussing my thoughts on the series as a whole and a quick rundown on the entire franchise. Let’s kick things off with my quick thoughts on this season!
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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – The Epic Conclusion Episodes 11 & 12

Our Collaboration is Coming to a Close

It was a lot of fun and a ton of stuff happened throughout this wild WIXOSS collaboration adventure. Leth got married, I started and quit a job, and Ayano has been up to all sorts of new, interesting ideas over on her site. Not only that, but the show itself has been a pretty crazy ride! Today we’ll be looking at the last two episodes of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS and what we all thought of them.
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Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration – Episode 5 Featuring Ayano (& Sometimes Lethargic Ramblings)

Getting Some Answers

Oh boy, things are heating up in WIXOSS. Today Ayano and I are going to be sharing our thoughts on episode five. Leth is unfortunately still unavailable but for very good reason. He is getting married really soon! Congrats to him! Hopefully we’ll hear from him again soon though. With that, let’s dive into this week’s episode!

Jon:  Alright so this week I had a lot going on so when I watched the episode I was super tired. My two big thoughts were: Oh man, things really feel like they are about to go nuts here and I was pretty sure that everybody was finally going to get together and start making a strong plan. The second thought did not come into fruition yet though.

That being said, everybody except Ruuko is no in position so the show should be ready to barrel on ahead. Really, it is going to need to start moving some because watching everybody just run around and not progress the plot too much was kind of boring this episode. We did get some information that I wondered about though, and that had to do with losing your LRIG.

When you lose your LRIG can you still battle? Nope. Do the coins really matter this season? No! Can you give away another person’s LRIG after you win it? Noperino. Can everybody become an LRIG during a battle? You guessed it, no, only those who were once LRIGS before.

I really did enjoy this episode and appreciated the information it provided but I am wanting the show to get on with things a bit more. The next episode is definitely poised to do that since Tama has been hearing voices and the other girls were so very close to all meeting up. Next week I shouldn’t be almost falling asleep when I watch for this collab so I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts then too.

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Ayano:  Finally! This episode had me the most hyped thus far. Probably because we know shit is about to go down at the halfway mark! It is all coming together my friends. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. I still think it’s pretty crazy that if you were once an LRIG you can fight with your current LRIG…but the concept is super intriguing. Like…it kinda makes me want to be a Selector just so I can battle with my partner…but then I think about losing my memories and I’m like NOPE! I’m good.

Yuzuki and Hitoe are still keeping Ruuko in the dark and it’s kind of making me frustrated. I know they are just trying to protect her but she’s gonna find out sooner or later. Just as Jon stated the group should be coming together to form a solid foundation in order to beat this game but they are beating around the bush. Come on ladies! I know you are smarter than this! Hana knows what’s up with these games. Each one is becoming more and more dangerous and the weight of each individual is becoming a tough pill to swallow. I feel like something major is going to come into play next episode. I think Tama is hearing Mayu’s voice once again. She keeps calling out to Tama for some unknown reason. I think Mayu feeds off of Tama’s lust for battle and she is trying to draw her back into the realm of WIXOSS.

Hana also made a very valid point to Suzuko this episode pertaining to Chi-chan’s memories. If Suzuko does win back Chi-chan’s memories will she be able to accept those memories after so many terrible things have happened? Will she be able to carry that burden for the rest of her life? I don’t know if I would want my memories back after so much pain, hurt, and sadness already occured. Sometimes it’s just better to forget.

Chi-chan also becomes a Selector once more! I totally knew that was going to happen. Akira tries to force a battle with Chi-chan but can’t since she doesn’t have an LRIG. So you REALLY can’t battle without an LRIG. Huh…very very interesting. Of course everyone gets all frazzled and they start searching around for Chi-chan because they don’t want her to battle. Yuzuki battles Layla in order to get Midori-chan back for Hitoe and the battle doesn’t last long enough for my taste! COME ON! Give me more battle scenes please. Yuzuki loses and she becomes imprisoned in Layla’s key card. ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT in the way of WIXOSS. You have to have some conflict or else this season would be like last season. I’m REALLY liking the direction this season is going!

And at the end Chi-chan runs into Carnival. Carnival is trying to bait Chi-chan into battling with her but at this point Kiyoi and Dona (the LRIG in Shohei’s body) find Chi-chan before anything can happen. Dona doesn’t want Chi-chan to battle Carnival after seeing everyone suffer from before. Dona is called back to the white room of windows and there a voice says, “Tell us your wish.” She wishes to save Chi-chan in Shohei’s place. Dona pops up in Kiyoi’s key card and the battle between Carnival and Kiyoi begins! But the episode ends and we have to wait until next week XD Cliffhanger-kun was in full effect this week! BOOOO. I hate having to wait….I guess I’ll just have to keep coming back until it ends. Loved, loved, loved this episode! I was so giddy at the end. I think we are finally getting somewhere guys. Let’s hope next week’s episode doesn’t disappoint!


As you can see, there is a lot going on in this series and each episode has been delivering (even if I wasn’t as hot on this episode, but I’m chalking that partially up to my lack of sleep :p before watching). Be sure to check out both Ayano’s site and Leth’s. I’ll also link their Twitter accounts down below too! Join us once again next week as we discuss what is (probably? MAL doesn’t have an episode count yet) the midpoint of the series.

Ayano’s site & Twitter:

Leth’s site & Twitter:

Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – We’re Back! Ep. 2

We Love WIXOSS

You must too, right? That or you must really love us! Either way, I’m happy you could join us for the second installment of this little collab we’re all doing together. The first post of ours was hosted by Ayano over at her site which you should totally go and check out. Today is my turn to host one of our posts where we’ll be talking about episode two, so obvious spoilers in bound. First off everybody was asked a pre-episode question and did a write up, then we watched the episode. Let’s see what everybody said and what the question was shall we? Continue reading “Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS Collaboration with Ayano & Lethargic Ramblings – We’re Back! Ep. 2”