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”

Null & Peta – Mini Review

More Than Expected

When it comes to short-form shows, I really haven’t watched that many. There’s I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying as well as Tonari no Seki-kun, and not much else in terms of what I’ve actually bothered with (I’m sure if you looked there are one or two more, but the titles I listed are what sprang to mind). The former being a show that I wasn’t super into and the latter being a pretty big hit. So where does Null & Peta fit into all this? Someplace in the middle.

It’s not like I go out of my way to avoid these shorter shows, it’s just most of the time they aren’t that great or they don’t see any real distribution. That’s why when I saw that Crunchyroll had picked up Null & Peta, I decided to check it out since I was interested in the show’s premise:

Genius inventor Null tragically loses her older sister Peta in an accident. To get over the grief, Null develops “Peta Robo,” a robot with the same characteristics as her late sister. However, the robot is a little different as to what Null expected.

-MAL

It seemed to me that the show would have a nice blend of comedy with an occasional serious moment, which is my general preference when it comes to something like this. I was right in this assessment, and while I can say that there’s more going on than it first appears (it’s not really even that hard to figure out), the production didn’t skip any beats in ensuring that the show lands.

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Additionally, at exactly five minutes per episode, you aren’t risking much by watching this. There are 12 episodes in total that utilize their time well… mostly at least. One episode didn’t quite jive with me like the others, but it wasn’t anything that ruined the show.

As I said, everything generally comes together to deliver a great product. The jokes are funny, the animation is nice, and all the other elements play nicely with each other. It was a smart move to ease into the more serious parts of the show, that while being predictable, felt natural in their execution.

My only real complaint with the series is the lack of an ending theme, or really an ending anything. Don’t confuse this with the show having a lack of resolution, it does have that, what I mean is the episodes end abruptly. You can sense when this is going to happen, but it causes dialog to get truncated, and worse yet, some moments to lose impact.

The only trailer I could find is for Brazil but there’s not a lot too this one…

Finally, I wanted to mention that this seemed to be a precursor to a game that is yet to be released at the time of writing (1/9/20). I’d be interested to see how that ties into all of this and if the game itself is any fun. I’ll leave a link to the game here so you can check it out if you’d like.

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Game link here! There’s a demo available currently.

With that, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Null & Peta. If you decide to try the game out, I’d also enjoy hearing about your experience there too. Want to support my writing? You’ll find my donation buttons below, to which I’d be eternally grateful for you checking them out. Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time – Mini Review

What Will Seki-kun do Next?

Here’s a show I wasn’t expecting to watch this season, one from Winter 2014, but I am really glad that I did. Up front, this show is a 10/10 great time, and if you haven’t seen Tonari no Seki-kun I highly recommend it. In case you haven’t heard, I watched this alongside several folks on here and Twitter under a new initiative of mine, #anitwitwatches. You can read up on the program and what we are watching next here.

If you want to get my weekly reactions (which were blind and live), you can do so by hopping into this Twitter thread. They are in reverse chronological order though.

In fact, Seki-kun had very few “dud” episodes. I say “dud” because even those were still funny, they just weren’t to my taste. It seems we all had one or two of those, but it didn’t reduce my feelings toward the anime at all.

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I loved the robot family! I’d watch a short based on them too XD

There were several excellent moments in the series, but what surprised me the most was how much character and story they actually managed to put into this. Now, it isn’t anything super deep, but it was more than it needed to do. This resulted in a better experience as there are other characters beyond the titular Seki and his neighbor in class, Rumi.

In the Twitter thread I linked above, I talk a lot about the unique aspects of the show like how the OP has Seki making the OP, acting as a pseudo episode in and of itself. There was a lot of great discussion that just won’t fit here so I really do encourage you to check it out.

Even my mom jumped in on this! I recently helped her make a MAL account (don’t be afraid to send her a friend invite) to get recommendations and keep track of stuff, but now that she has it, she’s been using it a fair bit. My mom had commentary about the school system and different teaching methods which she provided some comments on in my thread as well (I posted in proxy).

With that, I think I’ve made my case. Seki-kun was really funny and it brought a lot of people together. My only regret in all this is that I slept on the anime for so long. I’ve had it on my shelf for about 4 years now, but it certainly deserved to be watched far sooner than now. I can only hope that Rampo Kitan is received just as well for the next one!


A big thank you to everybody who joined in on the watch! If you have seen Seki-kun I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you were a part of the watch and write a review yourself, be sure to let me know so I can share it! Enjoy my writing? Then consider a donation by utilizing my ko-fi button below. Finally, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again real soon!

Saying Goodbye to Seki-kun – An Update Regarding #Anitwitwatches & Deciding what to Watch Next!

First of All, Thank You!

A fair number of people have chosen to participate in our first ever #anitwitwatches and I am very glad for it. If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, you can find all of the information here. In short, a bunch of us get together during the week to watch some anime, discuss it, and in some cases make articles or other content relating to the series as we go along as well. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time has been an excellent watch with everybody, offering more than I think most of us really expected it to. However, it is coming to a close so we need to decide what to watch next! Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to Seki-kun – An Update Regarding #Anitwitwatches & Deciding what to Watch Next!”

AniTwit Watches – Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time (Announcement)

Heya Folks!

Image result for tonari no seki kun animeI am starting up a fun project to do with the Twitter community, but I’d also like to extended the invitation out to WordPress folks as well! The project is called AniTwit Watches, where folks come together to discuss and watch an older anime alongside seasonal stuff. This season is PACKED so we decided to go with a short show called, Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time.

The purpose of this project is to encourage discussion of older shows along with discussion. This inaugural anime was chosen because it is easy to get into, legally available on multiple platforms for free, and it doesn’t add to seasonal folk’s plates too much. Plus, Tonari no Seki-kun is a really fun show!

Here’s the plan. Every Monday starting 7/22/19, we are all joining up to watch 3 episodes of the anime. Each episode is 7 minutes, so that is 21 minutes of watching a week. You decide when on Monday you watch them, so we won’t all be on at the same time literally. Then on Twitter with the hashtag, #AniTwitWatches, talk about the show with each other. That’s it!

Feel like writing posts? Awesome! You can do that as well and I’ll promote them for you as long as you tweet ’em out with the hashtag and/or @ me (@JS_Reviews). This is totally optional though. That said, I’d love to see some awesome posts, even if it is just a series review.

Once the show is over, which will take 7 weeks for us on this one, I’ll organize another watch if this one is successful. That’s the plan and I hope you’ll join in with us! It’ll be a lot of fun 😀

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san – Mini Review

Will This Guy Ever Get a Clue?

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What kind of trick could Takagi be up to here?

Awhile back I watched Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san, or just, Takagi-san for short, with my mom and we both really enjoyed it. The plot follows Nishikata’s exploits to successfully tease his classmate Takagi, who is always teasing him. Is Takagi just mean or does she have another motive behind her teasing of Nishikata? Today I’ll share with you three reasons why you might enjoy the show as well!

1. It’s Funny!

I’m reminded of a show titled, “Tonari no Seki-kun:  The Master of Killing Time” when it comes to Takagi-sanWhile I haven’t seen much of the former, this anime seems to be a longer form version of it with a gender-bent take. Just how exactly is Takagi going to tease Nishikata today and how exactly will his attempts to tease her blow up in his face?

Not only that but there are some good running jokes and some supporting cast that adds a bit of extra levity and jokes to the mix. This also helps the story from becoming too much of the same thing by not focusing solely on Nishikata and Takagi.

2. The Will-They-Won’t-They

Besides the comedy, you’ll be getting your regular dose of romantic tension with Takagi-san. Why get so invested in this relationship between two middle schoolers and if it’ll happen? Beats me, but I can can tell you that it is more compelling than it reasonably ought to be.

Nishikata is an idiot. He’s so laser focused on teasing Takagi that he misses out on her fairly obvious attempts at advancement. She wants to know if he likes her but is too afraid to take a direct approach, hence all the teasing. It’s something that is bound to be easily relatable for a lot of folks watching. So the big question, does Nishikata ever catch on? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

3. Lighthearted Fun

Lastly, this anime is just a good time. You don’t have to focus too hard on it and since it is available dubbed or subbed it is perfect for when you want a fairly casual viewing experience. Takagi-san ended up having some nice messages and made me feel good while watching it; just managed to put a smile on my face.

BONUS!

Takgi has a killer design, it is actually what drew me into the show initially. Even with my open love of loli characters, forehead lolis usually just aren’t cute but she is. Not to mention they put the characters in various outfits so visually this won’t be a dull experience either.


Have you seen Takagi-san or read any of the manga adaptations? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below. If you enjoy reading my stuff hit the button below to send a few bucks my way so I can afford to continue existence. Lastly, thanks so much for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!