Full Course Anime – Hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews

Welcome, Please Make Yourself at Home

I know your journey to my countryside manor must have been a long and arduous one, but now that you are here please make yourself comfortable as we prepare for tonight’s meal. We’ll have a full seven course meal paired with only the finest vintage previously unavailable to the public for some time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tonight’s festivities. Continue reading “Full Course Anime – Hosted by Jon Spencer Reviews”

The Ones Within – Mini Review

What Did I Even Watch?

When I was giving my Summer 2019 impressions I wrote this about The Ones Within:

Based on the first episode, I don’t really get how or why anything is happening. Streamers are forced into a contest of sorts, which has life-or-death stakes, but also not?

-My Summer 2019 Impressions

Now, after all 12 episodes I really can’t say my understanding of the show has really increased much further. This isn’t to say that a compelling story didn’t emerge through all this, but where everything is eventually heading to, and why, is totally unknown.

What The Ones Within really boils down to is a quirky slice-of-life show with these bizarre games tossed in to drum up some drama and tension between the cast. Really, the cast is what is going to keep you watching along with these unusual games. That’s the only reason I stuck around and I don’t regret it one bit.

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Eventually, a small mystery begins to unfold when it is discovered that past players are stowing away in the walls of the game space, but it just isn’t explored in enough detail to provide you with anything more than wild speculation. Part of the reason for this is in how this show handled its adaptation. For anime only folks like myself (I had a chat with some folks on Reddit), whole plots are dropped up until the very end which only adds to the ambiguity of certain events and a very confusing ending.

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I didn’t have room to mention this, but the visuals for this show were weirdly good. I don’t really know how to explain it, but they really mixed things up while having a strange consistency.

Speaking of the ending, it was horrible as a stopping point. While the cast has a moment of, “Look how far we’ve come, we totally got this!”, as a viewer, you feel like you’re waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. The thing is, it never does. It’s just a quirky, low-stakes episode that seems to promise more but really just leaves you hanging.

In a completely incomprehensible move, The Ones Within randomly decides to introduce its B cast, the folks in the outside world who are connected to the ones in the game, but outside of very minor context clues, it isn’t even clear who they are. This is what I was getting at with the weird adaptation thing.

For the web manga, the outside folks have a story that runs (mostly) in tandem with our principle cast. The anime cuts all of that completely until the very final episode. I suppose that the switching back and forth could have lead to another King’s Game situtation, but I would have rather taken that then this nonsense approach.

Supposedly this is getting an OVA episode… eventually. Perhaps that will offer some necessary answers? I’m not holding my breath but should I gain access to this episode, I will give it a watch and try to amend this article at a later date.

The source material isn’t too far in, but this really needed to be at least 24 episodes. There is a lot of intrigue in everything going on, but it ultimately ends up being so background that, in a small way, I do feel a bit swindled. Again, I don’t think I wasted my time watching, but I could understand if you said you did.

With all this under consideration, would I recommend The Ones Within? Yes, so long as you are comfortable with the fact that this is woefully incomplete. Normally that’s a big turnoff, but the cast really did have great chemistry. Plus, it was just fun! Himiko is still best girl, just in case any of you were wondering too.

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Her design is so good!

If you actually watched The Ones Within, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Truly an enigma this one is. Like what I’m doing? Consider becoming a Patron or making a small one-time donation via Ko-fi. Just click the corresponding button below for more details. Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you back here again soon!

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What I’m Watching – Summer 2019 Impressions

Summer is Stacked!

I’m watching way more than normal for the Summer 2019 season so I thought I’d put up a list of everything I’m watching and give a little bit of a first impression for each show. Held off on doing this for a week because I added a few more shows that hadn’t started airing. The list is 10 shows long with one held over from the last season, so let’s dive right in! Continue reading “What I’m Watching – Summer 2019 Impressions”

Freaky Friday 1 of 4 – 10 Anime to get You into the Halloween Spirit

Boo!

I hope everybody is doing well this fine October. The past couple of years I’ve done Halloween events, most notably last year with my October Review Fest where I did a whole month of themed content. Unfortunately this year I totally spaced the fact that October comes after September (I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff, bare with me guys) so I was not at all prepared to do an awesome event at that scale again this year. Don’t distress though, that’s where Freaky Fridays come in! Every Friday this month I’ll have a themed article for the Halloween season. Today, 10 anime to get you into the Halloween spirit! Continue reading “Freaky Friday 1 of 4 – 10 Anime to get You into the Halloween Spirit”

The 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 24 – The Most Shocking Moment in Anime

Kuma Shock!

30-day-anime-challengeIt actually isn’t about Yurikuma but I could not resist that. Any way, here’s the schedule real fast. Today’s entry is about a moment that left me shook after witnessing it. I have to warn you, it’s going to be pretty surprising and maybe even just a little bit weird. Strap in and see just what could have given me such a shock! Continue reading “The 30 Day Anime Challenge Day 24 – The Most Shocking Moment in Anime”

King’s Game & The 7 Stages of Grief

Dearly Beloved…

For my initial thoughts, take a look at when I did my first impressions article for the Fall 2017 anime season.

I had high hopes for King’s Game but was ultimately let down. Watching this was akin to watching a death, so with that let us all morn together and walk through the seven stages of grief. May this anime rest its weary soul in peace, torn to shreds by the internet (I actually kind of low-key liked it though…). Continue reading “King’s Game & The 7 Stages of Grief”

Reviewing Fall 2017 – Preview

Hello Everybody!

I have something exciting planned for you all. For the first time EVER I’m going to be reviewing every Fall 2017 show I watched. As you may well know, I typically watch very little seasonal anime but this time I decided to watch quite a bit. You may recall my first impressions article I did awhile back, boy did some of my thoughts change! Any way, here’s a look at the review order:

  1. Recovery of an MMO Junkie – This series is actually finished and I know a lot of folks already talked about it but I have something different planned than the angle everybody else took. Expect this one out next week!
  2. King’s Game – I’m pretty sure everybody knows this show isn’t that good but I will end up completing this one. Consider it an obligatory review but one we can all have lots of fun with. Expect this reasonably fast once the season is up.
  3. A Sister’s All You Need – Now we enter the territory where these reviews will take a little longer to get out. I aim to have this release one week after the King’s Game review.
  4. Juuni Taisen – If I plan well, this will release just a few days after the last review.
  5. Ancient Magus’ BrideMid-season review. Since this series will still be continuing into the next season, I’ll just be doing another impressions article on my thoughts so far (spoilers, I am loving it!).
  6. Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – This will take the longest to get out. I’m watching the simul-dub for this one. I aim to review season one during the waiting time.

That’s the plan folks! Of course, I will still be doing other content sprinkled between but I hope you will look forward to this review lineup. I have some ideas I’ll be trying out here that I think you’ll really enjoy. Until then!

Fall Anime 2017 Impressions – I’m Actually Doing One of These?!?

Usually, I don’t, but This Season I’m Watching Quite a Bit

Other than watching more than usual this season, I thought this would be a pleasant surprise after my short leave of absence. More than a few people have been wanting to know what I was watching this season and my thoughts so, by popular demand, I thought I’d finally do one of these things! I’ll walk through each show, my progress so far, and general thoughts. If a title you were hoping I’d cover is missing, it means I’m either not watching it or just don’t have access (it’s more likely to be the latter). Continue reading “Fall Anime 2017 Impressions – I’m Actually Doing One of These?!?”