The End of Phase 1 – Important Information Regarding the Future of Jon Spencer Reviews

The Day is Here Folks!

If you’ve been following me for awhile then you already know that I’ve been talking about this mysterious “first phase”, and how that phase ends officially today:  10/18/19 at 11:00 AM PST. I’m also sure that most of you are wondering just what the heck is going on, how, or if, things will be effected here, and just what all of phase 1 even entailed. Fear not friends, I will answer all of your questions (and likely more) in this update. Please be sure to read this in full so you know everything that’s going on moving forward. Continue reading “The End of Phase 1 – Important Information Regarding the Future of Jon Spencer Reviews”

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What’s up with Jon? – State of the Blog & Other Stuff

Heya Folks!

I hope you all have been well this week. I wanted to take today’s normal Friday slot (though this is coming out a bit late) to update you all on a few things. We are going to talk a bit about what’s going on with the blog, what stuff is coming up, and some general life stuff when it comes to me. Some really great news, and some not so great news in this one, but either way, I’m glad you are all in for the ride with me here! Continue reading “What’s up with Jon? – State of the Blog & Other Stuff”

#Anitwitwatches 2 – Rampo Kitan Watch Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Second #Anitwitwatches!

In this article I’ll be explaining what this is for those of you who missed out on our first watch, Tonari no Seki-kun, as well as providing all the info you need on the next show the community voted on to watch, Rampo Kitan. This project has been a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to revisiting a show that inspired me a lot the first time around. Even if you didn’t join in on the first one, have seen the show like myself, or don’t have a Twitter, don’t be afraid to join in because I’m sure you’ll have a blast watching and discussing Rampo Kitan with everybody as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a weekly community event meant to bring folks together to revist 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.

Rampo Kitan Watch Schedule

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We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 9/9/19. This is to give me time to properly prepare for hosting the watch and give everybody else a little break before starting something new. We will be keeping the Monday time slot for this watch after careful consideration and feedback.

If you have not done so, you can see where you can watch Rampo Kitan for free, and legally, by using because.moe. 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:

  • 9/16/19 – Episodes 1-2
  • 9/23/19 – Episode 3
  • 9/30/19 – Episode 4
  • 10/7/19 – Episode 5
  • 10/14/19 – Episode 6
  • 10/21/19 – Episodes 7-8
  • 10/28/19 – Episode 9
  • 11/4/19 – Episodes 10-11

This means we’ll have 8 weeks of Rampo Kitan. I carefully split the episodes up in the most logical way I could based on the content in order to create a fun viewing experience. I hope to see you for the watch!

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!”

Anime ABC’s U Results

Surprise, Surprise, ANOTHER Tie…

Alright guys, we managed to once again have a tie on the vote. I shouldn’t be that surprised, as this has happened more often than it hasn’t. Out of our 20 unique voters, these two anime received 7 votes apiece:

  • Usagi Drop/Bunny Drop
  • Uchouten Kazoku/Eccentric Family, The S1

That’s when I decided I’d turn things back over to YOU to break the tie on Twitter. I won’t lie, you had me worried a bit because both titles were neck-and-neck until the very last minute. So let’s see the results below!

That’s right, I’ll be reviewing The Eccentric Family (S1). I may review the second season shortly after in a separate article as well, but it may not be right away. Speaking of, it will take me a little time to get to this review since my Mom also wants to watch this and we are both in the middle of watching K-On! right now (rewatch for me, first time for her).

Until then consider checking out the previous winner, Tokyo Godfathers or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed. As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below. The “Other” category saw some legitimate representation in this round, being tied with the bottom core list shows for one title. Note, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 received a third vote outside of the poll offline and I just didn’t get around to manually adding it to the digital version.

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Other – Ushio & Tora, UraBoku/The Betrayal Knows My Name, Utakata, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199/Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (x3), Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Urusei Yatsura, and Utawarerumono

 

Anime ABC’s – U Voting Round

A Quick Turnaround!

I got to my review of Tokyo Godfathers from the last round very quickly. Being a film helped a lot of course. So we are having another voting round right away! This’ll be the 21st round, meaning we are on the letter “U” this time. It’s a pretty small pool, unsurprisingly, so I’m expecting a very tight race.

Remember, if a show is missing from the list, be sure to consult my alphabetized list of everything I’ve ever discussed here. If you don’t see it there, go ahead and vote for it using the “Other” option. Encourage other folks to vote for it as well, it could always win!

Anime ABC’s S Voting Round Link <- Click Me!

Voting is open from today until 8/21/19 11:59 PM as usual.

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community focused event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all people can participate in this event, even if you know nothing about anime! So how exactly does this all work? It’s simple! Just follow the link above and vote for as many of the listed shows (or provide your own) that seem interesting to you. Each round moves to the next letter in the alphabet, so the current “U” round is the twenty first anime ABC’s. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety with each passing round.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

 

What are you waiting for? Vote now and have your say in what anime I review next!

Anime ABC’s T Results

It Was The Battle of the Films!

With 22 unique voters it soon became apparent that this was a fight between films. The other titles, with the exception of Trigun, didn’t even get close! For a long time it was between the following:

  • The tale of Princess Kaguya
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

It wasn’t until the last few votes rolled in that these four movies even diverged from each other. Soon it was apparent, our winner was…

Tokyo Godfathers! I’ve actually seen this one before but I love Satoshi Kon’s stuff and  am looking forward to revisiting this one as a late “Christmas in July” type deal. I can tell you now, if you haven’t seen this one, it is well worth your time. To find out why, you’ll just have to wait for my review 😉

Since this is a film, I’ll probably get around to this fairly quickly, so please keep an eye out and look forward to it. Until then consider checking out the previous winner, Silver Spoon or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed.

As always, the breakdown of the votes can be found below. It seems again that I forgot to include a show, Time of Eve when it came to this list, but at least 1 person gave it some love with the “other” option. Trust me guys, it is tricky putting these lists together!

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Other – Tsurune, Time of Eve, To Love-Ru, and Tekkaman Blade

Anime ABC’s – T Voting Round

Spoiled for Choice!

The 20th round is started folks! The “T” round has a lot of excellent options, which I curated down to a manageable number of shows. Remember, if a show is missing from the list, be sure to consult my alphabetized list of everything I’ve ever discussed here. If you don’t see it there, go ahead and vote for it using the “Other” option. Encourage other folks to vote for it as well, it could always win! Finally, you can catch up with the latest review in the series covering Silver Spoon here.

Anime ABC’s S Voting Round Link <- Click Me!

Voting is open from today until 7/31/19 11:59 PM as usual.

Not Sure What Anime ABC’s Is?

Anime ABC’s is a fun community focused event that I run here at Jon Spencer Reviews. Any and all people can participate in this event, even if you know nothing about anime! So how exactly does this all work? It’s simple! Just follow the link above and vote for as many of the listed shows (or provide your own) that seem interesting to you. Each round moves to the next letter in the alphabet, so the current “T” round is the twentieth anime ABC’s. This is done to keep things interesting and to allow for more variety with each passing round.

The goal of this series is to encourage community input, interaction, as well as to allow me to discover cool new shows, or in some cases, rediscover ones that I previously watched. You can check out my previous ABC reviews for:

Be sure to click on any of the titles listed above (you can’t click on the pictures below, the link thing doesn’t work in a collage) to see what a finished product will look like!

What are you waiting for? Vote now and have your say in what anime I review 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 😀

Anime ABC’s S Results

The Fate of the Vote is in One Man’s Hands…

This time around we had 20 unique voters who deliberated on over 40 titles. In the end we had an eight-way tie, truly this was the round of impossible choices! We’ve had ties before, but never this many, and this intense. Each of the 8 listed shows received 5 votes each (in no particular order):

  • Attack on Titan
  • Ghost Hound
  • Rakugo
  • SAO
  • A Silent Voice (Film)
  • Silver Spoon
  • Sound Euphonium
  • Spice and Wolf

I truly had expected a tight race, but this was beyond expectations. Breaking the tie myself is normally what I’d do here but I had a fairly unique opportunity. The last night of the vote, after it had ended, I was just coming home from watching some Golgo 13 with my D&D group (we are on a bit of a break right now) and I realized I hadn’t sent him the vote! For shame… As such, I thought I’d take the opportunity to have him be the decider.

Provided with the above list of options he sat and thought for a few minutes before finally consulting me with his final decision. He said it was a tough choice, both Spice and Wolf and Silver Spoon were viable options, but he said he settled ultimately on Silver Spoon because he thinks I would really enjoy it.

So there we have it folks! Silver Spoon has won the prestigious honor of being our 19th spot in this very cut-throat race. I hope you’ll look forward to the review! I’ll be working on the watch over the next few weeks as I have a few other projects currently in the works. Until then, there will be regular scheduled content or you can always check out the previous winner, Run with the Wind or my big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed.

Below you can find a breakdown of all the votes. This time I made the pie graph a little more digestible, but the bar graph is there in full. Also a reminder, one of the other votes was for a show I’ve already reviewed, please do not vote for shows I’ve reviewed previously. Consulted the above alphabetized list before voting please!

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Other – Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Symphogear (I sadly forgot to include this on the list proper…), School-Live (Already have reviewed), and Shinesman