5 Lesser Known Anime You May Have Missed

More Recommendations!

You guys voted over on my Twitter for me to do a list featuring some anime you might have missed, some might even say obscure, so here we are! I’ve actually done two lists like this in the past which you can read those here and here. So in total, you’ll be getting a whole 15 anime recommendations today! You’ll certainly have a lot of shows to pick from after this.

Much like previous lists, titles featured here are ones I’ve watched. These entries are not ranked in any way and I tried to pick a variety of titles so you can find at least one potential show to give a chance to. Of course, I might have left out a really great title so feel free to make additional recommendations in the comments below for both myself and your fellow readers. Let’s get on with the list! Continue reading “5 Lesser Known Anime You May Have Missed”

Anime ABC’s – K is for Kimi no Na wa

It’s no Secret that I Enjoyed This Film

Kimi no Na wa, or Your Name, is a film that I’ve talked about once before on Jon Spencer Reviews. I did a quick reaction/reflection on the film immediately after having seen it in theaters when it came stateside. Needless to say, I had a wonderful experience. That being said, I saw the film subbed then and my writing on the experience was hardly an in-depth piece on my opinion of the film. Today I’ll be talking in more detail about why I enjoyed Your Name so much and my thoughts on the dub this go around. Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – K is for Kimi no Na wa”

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – Beauty Effects us in Mysterious Ways

Definitely a Shinbou Work

Here we are at the conclusion of Obsucre Week and our October Review Fest. Today I’ll be looking at an interesting title:  Le Portait de Petite Cossette. This anime is a three episode OVA series that came out of studio Daume back in 2004. Haven’t heard of them? Think again, this is the studio behind some fan favorites like Yuru Yuri, and another great Halloween title, Shiki. Is this title a hidden gem, or something that was best left buried in the past? Let’s find out. Continue reading “Le Portrait de Petite Cossette – Beauty Effects us in Mysterious Ways”

Pet Shop of Horrors – Selling Hopes & Dreams?

Not Your Ordinary Pet Shop

Pet Shop of Horrors is a four episode anime adaptation of the manga of the same title. Albeit a loose adaptation, but that was probably for the better. It aired back in 1999 and was animated by Madhouse. You know what they say, you can find anything in the back alleys of Chinatown, and Count D’s pet shop is no exception. You can find a rabbit that looks just like your recently deceased daughter, a beautiful mermaid, and so much more. Be warned, the contract must be followed exactly. After all, everything has a price. Continue reading “Pet Shop of Horrors – Selling Hopes & Dreams?”

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?

Mixed Feelings

First impressions for Rei are not good. The first episode is a forced fanservice episode that doubles as a pool episode. It’s meant to be funny, and to some degree it is, but that’s not why you’re here. Rei is meant to tie up the few loose ends that Kai had in its conclusion. So does it deliver on that front? Let’s dive in and find out! Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (Season 3) – The Perfect End?”

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?

Murder is Better with Friends

I’ve been really excited for this week of the October Review Fest because I get to talk about one of my favorite anime series, Higurashi. This was a series I watched not too far into my anime journey and I loved every minute of it. I’ve since seen the show a couple times over and it is still cemented as one of my favorites. Here’s my look at the first season and why you should watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Continue reading “Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Season 1) – Wait, What’s Going on?”

Ben-To – Taking Things too Far

Ben-To Has One Great Premise

People come together at the local grocery store to beat the tar out of each other for half-price bento boxes. It’s just a totally normal thing in this show. After one episode, I was sold. I then sat down and watched the whole thing in one sitting.

Unfortunately, Ben-To slowly began to lose its charm as time went on. Had it stuck to its premise while only dabbling in occasional fanservice, the show would easily have been a lot better. So what was the problem exactly? Ben-To‘s go to joke was to sexually assault, and in some cases, borderline rape its cast. That just isn’t funny. Furthermore, some of the fanservice was tied up into that mess, which is not a good idea. Ever. Continue reading “Ben-To – Taking Things too Far”

Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic

Edogawa Rampo is the Grandfather of Japanese Mystery Literature

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Hirai Taro, the real name of famed author Edogawa Rampo, was born October 21, 1894. Rampo took inspiration from Western mystery writers such as Dolye and Poe (among others). In fact, his nom de plume is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe as it is a direct verbal translation of Poe’s name. Existing in a time between critically acclaimed Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace, Edogawa Rampo was instrumental in shaping the modern day mystery genre in Japan. Continue reading “Edogawa Rampo – How Rampo Kitan Inspired Me to Read a Japanese Classic”

Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)

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AKA Lolis with Guns

Gunslinger Girl was introduced to me as “lolis with guns.” I was immediately interested by this description and knew that I would be watching this anime. Up until now, the opportunity hadn’t arisen. I had started it up with some friends awhile back, but we never got around to finishing it. Fortunately, Anime ABC’s is just the opportunity that I was looking for to finish this show. I’ll be taking a look at both seasons of the show and the OVA’s in this review, so let’s get started! Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – G is for Gunslinger Girl (S1 & 2 + OVA’s)”

Anime ABC’s – F is for Flowers of Evil

Story Through Music

Flowers of Evil, or Aku no Hana, is another ABC show that  had not seen prior it to it winning the vote. Through it’s 13 episodes run, I experienced the most bizarre coming of age story coupled with a self-acceptance story that I have seen to date. Most striking, however, was the music. You could almost get away with just watching the OP and ED of each episode (with a minor amount of context) and fully comprehend the narrative of this anime.  Continue reading “Anime ABC’s – F is for Flowers of Evil”