‘Man Vs. Bee’ Series Review

Rowan Atkinson has returned to his slapstick roots in Man Vs. Bee, a nine-episode comedy series on Netflix that premiered on June 24, yet I finally just watched. In Man Vs. Bee, Atkinson plays a house sitter for a couple (Jing Lusi and Julian Rhind-Tutt) as they go on vacation. Yet what seems like a quiet week of house-sitting immediately turns into a battle against an unwanted guest: That being a bee. As the battle of man vs. bee ensues over the course of nine episodes, we are treated to a mixture of funny slapstick and uncomfortable gags that you would expect from the guy who gave us Mr. Bean.

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Fate/Apocrypha Extra Route 1 – Fate’s Battle Royale

Exceeding Expectations… (Mostly)

When I announced I’d be working my way through the Fate franchise, primarily the mainline stuff, K at the Movies suggested to me that I add Fate/Apocrypha to the list. After Zero, I thought I could use something to break things up and didn’t want to dive into Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya quite yet so this felt right. Lucky for me, this is actually a solid way to follow Zero, so for those of you wishing to dive in on the franchise in a similar fashion I can happily suggest this upfront for you. As for anyone else? Well, you’ll just have to read on to hear more. Continue reading “Fate/Apocrypha Extra Route 1 – Fate’s Battle Royale”

Fate/Zero Route 0 – Where it all Began…

What I Wanted from Fate

When I previously watched and reviewed Fate/Stay Night (2006), I made no secret of the fact that I enjoyed it but found the series to have multiple issues. I had guessed that watching something like Fate/Zero would have made going backwards a lot harder for myself, and I suspect newer fans would be of no exception. Now that I’ve watched Fate/Zero, I can safely say that the order I chose to view these titles in was indeed the correct one as this was easily the better of the two experiences. To put things simply, Fate/Zero was everything I wanted out of the Fate franchise the first time around, a polished version of what was first attempted in 2006. Continue reading “Fate/Zero Route 0 – Where it all Began…”

#Anitwitwatches Season 17 – Girls und Panzer

Welcome to the Seventeenth #Anitwitwatches!

Wait what happened to season 16?!? Don’t panic, this wasn’t a mistake. Along with season 15’s watch, Fate/Stay Night, we also watched the Unlimited Blade Works film. You can find the article covering both watches here, along with my plans to continue the Fate journey separately on my own time (meaning more content for you). This time around we had a really awesome curated list of choices for the watch, and while all of them are shows I’d eventually like to watch as part of this program, I shall reveal to you our winner:  Girls und Panzer!

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.

Girls und Panzer Schedule

As always, we have a short break before returning. The main reason for this is to give everybody a little time off between watches. This time around I need the extra week for something else too, provided everything goes to plan, so I can share something else unrelated that’s been in the works. Anyway, that means we’ll be starting on Feb. 14, 2022.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Girls und Panzer for free, and legally, by using justwatch.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, please keep in mind that Monday’s are the main days for discussion but you basically have the whole week to watch (if you need to miss a week or whatever, that’s all good too):

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We’ve had some pretty long watches lately, so I made sure to keep this one on the shorter side. As a result, we only have 6 weeks for this series. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

Found in Translation – A Discussion on Accessibility in Media

We’ve ALL Heard the Sub VS Dub Debate…

When it comes to anime, the conversation surrounding accessibility in the community is a weirdly contentious one. I don’t just mean the usual sub VS dub debate either, as the conversation goes well outside that but for several reasons, supposed “fans” of the medium are quick to dismiss these ideas all too often. The weird thing though, it’s not really an issue in live-action media. That’s why I’d like to take a moment to talk about two recent things I watched:  Amazon Prime’s Cinderella and Netflix’s Squid Game. What do these two experiences have in common when it comes to accessibility, and why anime licensors and distributors should be taking a page from their books? Well, you’ll have to read on to find that one out.

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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop – Review in Haiku (Sort of)

I Made Another Video!

Today’s video covers the recent Netflix film, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop. Originally, I wrote a series of Haiku upon watching the film that summarized the events and gave some slight impressions, but I expanded that into a full video. That’s not all though! I challenge you, especially if you are a #TheJCo member, to introduce a piece of media you enjoy using only Haiku (the rest can be a normal review/discussion). With that, here’s the video:

If you enjoyed this, please give me a like and subscribe. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film and video as well, either here or on the video’s page itself. Thanks for watching and see you next time!


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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”

Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime

Recently I Gave Both of These a Watch and…

When it comes to reviewing Netflix “anime” adaptations, I’m no stranger. Housing some of the best titles I’ve ever watched right alongside some of the worst I’ve ever seen, their track record is spotty at best. That’s why these two recent titles, Yasuke and Trese are worth talking about. On the surface, both 6 episode series don’t have a lot in common. They are radically different stories, but at the end of the day, they share almost the exact same issues. They both avoid playing into their strengths, what make them unique, in favor of telling bland, straightforward stories. Continue reading “Yasuke & Trese’s Biggest Problem – A Continued Look at Netflix Anime”

#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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Don’t Sleep on High-Rise Invasion

Unironically, One of The Best Netflix Anime

I saw High-Rise Invasion on the Winter 2021 lineup, and seeing it was a Netflix title, figured I wouldn’t be watching this one until June at the earliest. Color me surprised that it only recently dropped, dub and all, just a few days ago at the time of this writing. I knew instantly when I saw it on the list for shows this season that I was going to watch this anime, and as you can probably already guess, I’m really glad I didn’t pass this one over. In a season where there is just so much to watch, I hope you won’t overlook High-Rise Invasion.

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