Progress Report – 2 Weeks into a Schedule

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We’ve Certainly Been Busy!

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the recent changes made here at Jon Spencer Reviews. If you follow me on Twitter (@JS_Reviews), then you may have heard that I switched to a regular posting schedule. We are two weeks into that now, but some of you may be wondering what changed.

The first change is the switch to a posting schedule. Previously, I had a no-schedule approach but now that I’m done with University and have some plans for the site moving forward, a schedule makes sense. Main posts will now be put up on the site Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11AM PST. Content may still occasionally come out Tuesday, Thursday, or over the weekend from me as it has during these two weeks.

Additionally, we’ve gained a new contributor, Frank! He will have weekly postings every Tuesday which have already started. If you haven’t already, go and say hi! He’ll be doing some music reviews (and sometimes other things). I think you may just be pleasantly surprised.

Jacob will still be doing film reviews but his posting schedule is NOT fixed like Frank’s or for myself. Since Jacob covers a lot of films that are in theatres, it just isn’t practical to place restrictions on when his content can go up. He is also planning to possibly cover less recent films as well, but again, those will be posted when he sees fit.

I hope you all have been enjoying my increased activity here and on the various social media platforms. This should continue moving forward for the foreseeable future. With that said, let’s briefly discuss what else is new.

Some of you may have noticed that I updated the site some. I created a new “Film” menu for the site header. Additionally, I am now using a new and improved version of the theme I had been using earlier. This means that some stuff should look cleaner on the main page and when viewing.

A major change you should have already noticed is the site’s new banner for social media accounts. It was created by follower DaBoogie (check out his blog here). I greatly appreciate it! The new banner is so much better than the boring and plain grey triangle thing I was using before. I’ve been playing with a way to add it to the site as well, so hopefully that works out. I’ll be using it a lot for promotional material and a few other things, like these updates.

One change you should notice pretty quick is that the author now has a little bio that appears at the end of each article. There was some confusion about the fact that I have multiple authors on here and I want their work to be credited to them, not myself.

Next week’s articles are all scheduled, except for Friday’s, which still needs a bit of work. I hope you’ll be ready for everything I’ve got planned! That’s it for me, see you back here again soon!

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

Anime ABC’s H Resaults

The Best Turn Out Yet!

Wow! We’ve had a big surge in interaction on the site lately and the voting for this round of Anime ABC’s was no exception. We had a total of 25 votes cast this go around, smashing the previous record of 14. Thanks for helping this series get even bigger! This round’s winner is…

A tie?!? AGAIN?!?

This time we had a tie between Hunter x Hunter (2011) and crowd favorite Hai to Gensou no Grimgar. I’ll be deciding this tie with a battle to the death! Ready challengers? Begin!

Grimgar gingerly steps into the arena but is welcomed by a thunderous applause from the crowd! Hunter x Hunter strides confidently into the arena and is met with almost equal fervor. Tension is high in the air until Hunter x Hunter makes the opening move. Dashing toward Grimgar, Hunter x Hunter lands in early strike but things are just getting started folks!

Grimgar stagers but quickly realizes that this is a life-or-death struggle and manages to gather itself. However, Grimgar isn’t quite fast enough to land any of its next few attacks with its dagger. Thinking quickly, Grimgar switches tactics to archery. Hunter x Hunter continues to dash in and out with frightening ability, landing hit after hit. Grimgar just isn’t giving up though! Firing a mad volley of arrows, Grimgar manages to cripple Hunter x Hunter with a critical strike to the leg! Now on more equal footing, the true fight begins!

Both sides are starting to feel a bit tired but continue to exchange physical and verbal blows. “Your recap episodes are stupid!” Grimgar shouts at Hunter x Hunter as it jabs its dagger into Hunter x Hunter’s side. “Oh yeah, well at least I’m higher rated on MAL!” Hunter x Hunter retorts, spitting some blood from its mouth. It’s nearly over.

Taking advantage of the primal struggle, Grimgar emerges victorious as it plows its dagger one last time into Hunter x Hunter. The crowd explodes as the announcer relays, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new champion tonight-Grimgar!

I don’t really know why I did that, hopefully you though it was kind of silly or amusing. Thought it was a bit more fun than just saying, “Grimgar wins.” I’d be a real dummy not to pick that one given I gave the tie breaker to Gunslinger Girl last time.

This will take me a little bit to get to. I need to rewatch Grimgar and take specific notes about certain events in the show that I want to talk about. In the meantime, look forward to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday release schedule as well as my new contributor Frank’s Tuesday music review releases. Of course, check out the backlog of ABC reviews if you haven’t already or consider looking around at the other reviews and discussions we’ve done here at Jon Spencer Reviews.

Like always, here is an in-depth look at how the votes turned out:

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Other:  Hyoka & Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan/ Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom 

I also asked a few other questions for my benefit, but I thought I’d share the most interesting result with you here. This graph displays how many time people have participated in voting for Anime ABC’s during each of the 8 times thus far. Unsurprisingly, we had a lot of new people and a fair amount of constant voters. The middle groups were about as expected. This is how we want to see this graph looking 🙂

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Anime ABC’s G Results

Drum Roll Please… A Tie!

The two contenders coming in with 5 votes a piece are Gunslinger Girl and Grimgar. Having a total of 13 voters this go around, the results were pretty varied. However, these two managed to be the front runners for the entire voting period! Each one would attempt to overtake the other, but in the end it all comes down to me. The deciding vote, for all the marbles, and the winner is?

Gunslinger Girl!

For those wondering, this title wins out since Grimgar’s Japanese title starts with an “h” and will have a second shot in the next round. Plus, I was secretly hoping Gunslinger Girl would win :p

Any way, great job guys! We managed to bring the vote up to 13 from last time’s 9. I’d obviously love to have even more people vote, but I’m glad that 13 people took the time to vote this time. Let’s aim to do even better in future rounds! Thanks again for voting 🙂

I’ve got things in the works outside of this so expect to see some content from me very soon. You all would have seen something a bit sooner but WordPress and my internet haven’t exactly been playing along T.T One article should be coming fairly soon after this one and of course we’ll have whatever Jacob cooks up. Past that, I aim to have Gunslinger Girl watched and reviewed by the end of the month. In addition to this, I’m reading a book for another article that is in the works and hope that you’ll enjoy it once its ready!

While you wait consider checking out my previous ABC article on Flowers of Evil. A lot of effort went into that review and I tried something a bit different by focusing specifically on how its story is told through music. I’d love to hear what you all think, so stop by if you have the chance.

Of course, feel free to view the results of this voting round in full below.

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Other results:  Ghost Stories & Gourmet Girl Graffiti

 

 

Mega Post! – Update, Mini Reviews, & More!

How’s it Going Everybody?

I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately so here is a BIG post to make up for that. This post will cover the following in order:  An update regarding site activity and my life offline, Anime ABC update, some mini reviews, and cool things I’ve done/bought/to check out. It’ll be a bit of a longer post so jump to whatever sections interest you the most. Continue reading “Mega Post! – Update, Mini Reviews, & More!”

A Quick Update (4/4/17)

Hello Everybody

A quick update for you all about my state of affairs. I’ve just entered my final term of University this week and have unfortunately discovered that this final stretch of schooling is going to be unfathomably busy for me. In short, I’m not going to be posting much over the course of the next 3 months.

I’ll still be around of course but don’t expect the level of activity I’ve been managing of late. Articles will be published by me during this 3 month period of low activity, just far more sparse than I would otherwise enjoy. With that being said, let me tell you what I do have planned for this month at least.

Later this week I’ll be putting up my ABC review of Flowers of Evil which will certainly be interesting. I have really loved doing these ABC reviews and I hope you have been enjoying them as well. Additionally, I’ll be seeing Your Name on Friday and will do a write up of some kind after I see it.

For the remainder of the month I will likely not tackle much else but expect to see Jacob (the guy who does most of the film reviews on here) post from time to time. I may put up another voting round for the G round of ABC’s that would be open for an extended period of time.

Wish me luck on my journey to complete my degree.

-Jon Spencer

Anime ABC’s F Results

 

 

This One Was a Real Nail Bitter Folks

FLCL and Flowers of Evil were going back and forth throughout the voting period. For awhile it looked like FLCL was going to win, but suddenly near the end of the voting period, the two titles were all tied up and it was anyone’s game. In the event of a tie, I would choose between the two based on various criteria (a very secret process that involves my personal preferences) but this was not how this round turned out. In the hours of twilight, a victor emerged with a total of 6 whole votes:  Flowers of Evil.

Man it would have been funny if some other random title dethroned the two front runners but that’s not how this one turned out. I’m actually glad Flowers of Evil managed the victory because I haven’t seen this anime yet while I have seen FLCL already. I’m excited to be watching this one and have been in the mood for something pretty dark, which Flowers of Evil seems to promise.

We had a very small voter turn out this time around with a total of 9 unique voters, but given when I put this up and wanting it closed out by the start of my Spring Vacation, this is not at all a surprise or really all that low. If anything, it is more surprising that FLCL and Flowers of Evil were voted for with as much fervor as they were. I expected Brotherhood to be more of a contender, but am pleased with how things turned out.

I’ll be busy with the Ghost in the Shell live-action film later this week and Your Name the week after, so I may not get to finishing this anime over the break as I had originally intended. The series is only 12 episodes so it shouldn’t be too far out by time I finish this one. I’d like to not take over a month like last time with Erased :p

As always, below you’ll find a breakdown of the votes. I’m looking forward to this review, and I hope you are too!

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Other title voted for:  Flag 

Want to Know Why I Have Been Putting Off My Erased Review?

I’ve Been Writing a Paper

Along with 3 other individuals, I had to write this really long paper for what is essentially a graduation project for my Marketing degree. I still have one term left, but it should be a lot more laid back than this term. I know the Erased article is long over due, but I promise it is going to come out ASAP now. I’m taking the day for myself to finish up bits and pieces for the very little that remains of my term but the Erased article is the first thing on the docket to finish up come tomorrow, no later than Friday (just going to depend on how long it ends up being, don’t want to rush it out for the sake of rushing). Any way, if you want to read the 20+ page report, you can do so below.

The Report:

A quick note about the paper itself. There are some minor problems that we probably missed and the Appendix has some improperly formatted tables but at this point I just said, “F*ck it!” and turned it in as is. The thing has lots of special formatting and is far too long to retype so you can download and review the report here:   Final Submission

Update 2/21/17 – Anime ABC’s Progress, Other Articles, & Just Checking In

Hello Everybody!

Just wanted to drop in and say “hey” to all of you and let you know what’s been going on lately. If you follow me on Twitter, @JS_Reviews, you’d kind of know what has been up lately but there’s a bit more going on regardless. If you have any questions or comments by the end of this, feel free to leave ’em for me and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

ABC Stuff

First off, I wanted to make sure people know I’m working on the next Anime ABC review for Erased. I’m half way through watching the show so it should only take me a little longer to finish watching it and then an additional week to write it. If there aren’t any more hiccups, I suspect that the review will be out no later than the week of the 6th of March.

It’s been a ride so far. This is the first ABC show that I haven’t seen before and I have been hyped to watch Erased with my group (I watch my ABC shows with a small group since they all got into anime recently but haven’t seen much). I’m stoked to review it so look forward to it.

WordPress Shenanigans & My Ever Tested Sanity

So what about other content? I did say I had extra fee time up until March 1st and that is still true. However, WordPress has been a real hassle lately. I’ve been experiencing a lot of really weird problems, like drafts not saving properly, images and videos not showing up in the articles when I place them, and other more minor issues. I have been working pretty hard to resolve said issues, but I’m still having them. This is beyond frustrating to me, so rather than ram my head against a brick wall all day, I have been taking a break from the blog until I can get things sorted out.

Aside from this, my research paper, which I am supposed to be on break for, is massively in the way. It has been eating into my time pretty massively. Between that and the WordPress nonsense, I just haven’t been up to trying to juggle it all. I know I’ve said stuff like that before in the past, but when it comes to school or work that’s just how things have to be. They are top priority for me right now so I hope you all can understand.

This means I just haven’t been producing content here. Sorry about that. Fortunately, Jacob has been a life-saver (again… :p in seriousness though, he is super amazing) so there has been some content to enjoy outside of the one article I managed to squeeze out about RimWorld prior to me experiencing issues.

On that note, if you are ever interested in helping out around here, drop me a line. Just go to the “contact” tab or follow the link in the text. I’d love to have more lovely people on board to talk about stuff!

That’s All Folks!

Again, sorry about the complications on my end here. Hope things are going better for you though and I look forward to seeing you back here for whatever’s next!

-Jon Spencer

Anime ABC’s E Results & Checking In

Hope Everybody Has Been Well!

3727644b109279e2cb405ac89b0f293f1452549294_fullThe results are in and it looks like Erased is the winner for the E round of Anime ABC’s receiving a total of 9 votes. I’m super excited for this one because this is the very first ABC review that I’ll be doing for a show that I haven’t seen before. I just placed an order for the Erased Blu-ray’s and will be watching it once it arrives in the mail. As per the usual, I’ll be watching this one with some friends so expect a bit of a delay with the review. Shouldn’t take us long to watch this one so I’ll get writing once I’ve watched it and have my thoughts in order. Until then, consider checking out the previous ABC review for The Devil is a Part-Timer.

We had a total of 18 unique voters this time which is more than double our typical voting round. At least half of these votes came from people who have never voted before and about 1/4th of them came from people completely new to the site. Let’s keep up the good work for future rounds and try even harder to get more people involved. I still have a goal to get 50 votes on one of these for us, and I know we can do it!

Below you’ll find a break down of the votes and a few other notes about the extra questions I asked. Additionally, I’d like to take a moment to remind you all that I’ve been extra busy with my research paper so I would like to apologize for the lack of activity on the site itself lately.

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As you can see, the pictures are a welcome feature for the polls so I’ll keep doing them. They are a lot of extra work so I wanted to make sure people actually found the pictures useful for when deciding what to vote for. I’ll continue to do that for future polls.

The last chart is the results of the question:  “I am interested in the following reviews (check all that apply):.” Taking in account that this was on an anime related poll, I’m extremely satisfied with the results. The importance of each review category broke down as expected which is what I was looking for. As it stands, I’ve been focusing on anime reviews personally with an occasional video game review. Jacob has the film category on lock so we have been satisfying a good majority of demand. However, board games and TV haven’t been covered quite enough here of late so that is something I will want to look into doing a bit more often.

Thanks to all who took the time to vote and I look forward for seeing you back here once the Erased review drops. Hopefully, my schooling will permit me to get a few articles up between then as well. Until next time!

-Jon Spencer

The Next Few Months – An Update 1/18/16

Hey Everybody

As promised, I wanted to update everybody on what will be going on the next few months here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Some of you may recall that I’m a marketing major attending University and this is the year that I’ll be finishing up and graduating (finally). Unfortunately, this is by far my busiest term and my most critical term thus far.

While I only have 3 classes this term, they are all pretty major. I’m having to retake a nightmare of a class that varies wildly in content and work load each time. The University hasn’t kept the same instructor for this course over the past 2 years and a lot of people fail it since it usually gets handed off to a brand new instructor who may or may not be qualified in the subject. As a result, the class is a lot harder than it should be. That being said, I should do alright this go around so long as I don’t slack off.

My second class is something like a senior project. I’m working with 3 other students to do a research project which we will publish by the end of the term. For now, this class is actually pretty easy and not a lot of work but in about 7 weeks, the work load for this course will explode and I basically won’t be doing anything else for weeks 7-10 this term. If I drop of the grid (which is likely at this point), that’s probably when that will happen and how long it’ll last. Upon conclusion, I can put up the paper we write on the site if people want to read it.

Lastly, I have a fairly straight forward class that is hardly worth mentioning in terms of having any impact on the site. It’s my one “easy” class despite how much work it is. I get to give a cool speech about something I’m passionate about though so I’m taking suggestions.

My classes follow a M/W schedule from 8am-2pm with an occasional Friday class for an hour at noon. This means that I’ll probably prep posts T/R about once a week depending on how much work there is to do. I have an ABC related post in the works that will likely drop next week. The next round of voting will also start soon for that as well, this time will be for the letter E. Jacob will still be around posting off and on as per the usual too.

Don’t forget, I also have a job and other stuff I have to do. Since this site is just for fun and I don’t do anything to raise money here in any way, the site does take a hit when my work load gets heavier. I’m hoping that there will be minimal impact though outside of those 3 weeks later in the term. If anybody has any questions about what’s going down just let me know in the comments.

-Jon Spencer