Anime ABC’s R Results

Which Title Took Home the Gold?

The results are in on our 18th round of Anime ABC’s! We had 20 unique voters this time, which is just slightly below average for us. Most shows received about 4-6 votes each, with the low end being 0 and the high end at 9. The big loser was Radiant, which I can’t say I’m all too surprised about. I never thought it would win, but it didn’t even get a single vote…

Enough anticipation though. Our big winner today is Run With the Wind! This is the first time that a recently aired show has ever won. I really wanted to watch this anyway, so now I have the perfect excuse. For those who don’t know, the source is by the same person who did The Great Passage, which was a show I absolutely loved. I don’t expect this to be quite that good, but it may just surprise me. A lot of you folks seemed to enjoy it, so I’m sure you’ll be anticipating my thoughts on this one.

As usual, I’ll leave the full results below for your viewing pleasure. If you need some content to hold you over until I get this article out, I’ll be posting every M/W/F at 11:00 AM PST unless otherwise noted. Additionally, be sure to check out my look at Cowboy Bebop and its film or consider exploring the big alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed.


Other votes:  Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san, and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai*

*Please note that Recovery of an MMO Junkie and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai would not have been counted toward the official vote had they won. I already have reviews of each series on the site in my alphabetized list, which is listed in the voting rules. In future rounds, please be sure to utilize that resource to ensure that your vote is not wasted.


Anime ABC’s – R Voting Round

Back to Normal

The last vote, for what was supposed to be “Q” ended up being a redemption round. The winner of that ended up being Cowboy Bebop. However, there are plenty of “R” titles so we’ll be doing normal votes as we make our way to the end of the alphabet!

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

Voting is open from today until 4/23/19 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 “P” round is the sixteenth 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 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!

What’s Going on? – Updates & Such

Hey Everybody!

I didn’t really know what to write about for today, so here’s an update talking about what I’ve been up to lately and why I haven’t been posting a ton. I’ll be talking about anime I’m watching, projects for the site, projects outside of the site, and other stuff. For your convenience, I’ll be organizing this by section so you can just read whatever you care about. Continue reading “What’s Going on? – Updates & Such”

Jon’s Creator Showcase – Anniversary Edition

Welcome to the Showcase!

Before we dive into this special Anniversary Edition of the Showcase for January 2019, let me once again say, “Thank you!” to all you awesome people who have helped out with the project since its conception. That includes hosts, people who submitted something, and of course, readers just like you!

I’ve already written a post detailing what the Showcase is which features a link to every edition from 2018 which you should really check out. There is so much amazing content and so many wonderful creators for you to discover. It’s fun to go back and read older works instead of just focusing on the contemporary pieces. Seriously, you won’t regret it!

A reminder, this time around I did something a little different in that we have a featured creator this month. They wrote something that really stood out to me. Of course, all of the submissions were wonderful and are certainly worth your time, I just thought this would be something fun to do as a change of pace. A competition element was attached to this edition as a little extra bonus for folks, so if you are the featured creator please contact me at: to receive your prize!

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Ok, enough formal stuff! I can barely contain myself, let’s jump straight into the Showcase! Continue reading “Jon’s Creator Showcase – Anniversary Edition”

Time for an Update


I just wanted to write you all a quick update regarding this week’s scheduling. I will not be putting up any articles except for the Friday collab with Yomu. There are a few reasons for this so please allow me a moment to explain.

  1. Due to the weekend not shaking out as intended I did not have time to write, “Monday’s”, meaning today’s article in advance. I had intended to review Bunny Girl Senpai but that looks like it will have to wait until next week.
  2. Additionally, a friend of mine was discussing some stuff about his job (he’s an engineer) and I made some recommendations regarding the business he works for. As a result, I now have a temporary (and by that I mean very temporary) consulting job. I’m going to be busy assisting him in writing a business plan proposal. I could use the money obviously, and I am in no position to decline this. However, that means I do not have much extra time for writing this week.
  3. My third, and final, reason for this is that I need to prep the showcase. Submissions close next week on the 28th but I still have to read several submissions still and begin organizing what I have into a pleasant format. I am going to take this time off to focus on that in place of new content for the week. In my opinion, it is more important to have this ready than to rush content for the week and try to do this at the same time.

I thank you in advance for your understanding. Please enjoy your week and I look forward to resuming our regular schedule next week!

Anime ABC’s Q Results

One Title, One Chance at Redemption!

We had a lower turnout than usual, but despite this, it was a very tight race. It turns out when you pit all the fan-favorite shows against each other, folks have a hard time deciding which one should win. With a total of 21 unique voters, one show received 9 votes among them. The winner was none other than Cowboy Bebop!

The plan is to rewatch the series and get an article out. After that, I’ll be watching the film and producing a follow-up article for that as well. This is going to take me awhile because I’m losing my Amazon Prime account, so that means I need to finish a few shows they have that are still exclusive before anything else. After that, this’ll have my full attention though.

If you would like something to enjoy in the intern, you can read my article on Psycho-pass from the last voting round. Alternatively, check out my giant alphabetized list of every anime I’ve reviewed/mentioned since the site’s creation. I’m sure you can find some great reading there.

As always, you can see the full results of the votes below. It was awful close so I’m sure you’ll be curious to see what titles almost won. Even my personal pick only managed second place (but what one could that be?).



Anime ABC’s – Q Voting Round?

Welcome to Redemption!

This is the 17th voting round of the Anime ABC’s series and normally we’d be choosing between titles that begin with the letter, “Q” but this round is going to work a little differently. You see, there are not very many anime that start with this letter, and the few that I could feasibly watch, I have absolutely zero interest in. So instead, this is a redemption round where second place losers from the rounds prior get the chance to have their day in the sun!

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

Voting will remain open from today until 1/16/18 at 11:59 PM PST per the norm.

There were a few options where I more than one title was a previous runner up and in those cases I made a call or chose the title that hadn’t already been reviewed (as was the case in some instances). Including this in case you go back through each round and see how each round shook out because it wouldn’t line up exactly otherwise.

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 “P” round is the sixteenth 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:  Anohana, Bacanno!, Code Geass, The Devil is a Part-Timer, ErasedFlowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s), Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, Joker GameKimi no Na waLittle Witch Academia, Mob Psycho 100, NHK ni Youkoso!, Ouran High School Host Clubor Psycho-Pass. by clicking either of their respective titles for examples of what the end result looks like.


So what are you waiting for? Vote now and be sure to come back next week to see which show ended up winning this round.


The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update


Thanks to YOU and the efforts of the community Jon’s Creator Showcase is now celebrating its first successful year! To think, this project was almost completely shutdown after the first month of operation, and there was a bit of a rough patch towards the end, but everything worked out and it is now a fairly beloved staple in our community here. To every single person who has hosted, submitted, or promoted the project in any way:


Continue reading “The First Anniversary of the Jon’s Creator Showcase – A Warm Thank You & Submission Update”

Hiatus Over! – Hiro’s Ascension (Please Play and Vote) & Update

Hello Everybody!

Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you wonderful folks! I’m back though and even have some content scheduled for ya next week. I finished up making my video game for the Indie Game Making Contest (IGMC) 2018 too! That said, there is still some junk going on so join me as I go over all the good, and bad, that’s happening right now.

Game Info

Hiro dreams of venturing off to the legendary city of Válor, a centuries old labyrinthine structure that people flock to in order to make a name for themselves. On the day of his 18th birthday he is finally able to leave his sleepy little village in pursuit of his dreams. Be it alone, or with the friends he may meet along the way, Hiro aims to join The Hallowed Hero’s Hall by exploring the many secrets held within Válor’s walls.

Everything you need to know about Hiro’s Ascension can be found on the game’s page (which is assailable via the competition entry page I’m linking to) here. I spent a LOT of time making this game so I would really love if you could play it and rate the game for the contest. Higher rankings mean I am more likely to have a chance at placing, or even winning! Really, I don’t expect to win at all but the prize money and getting a game published would be amazing. If you would like to review the game on your site as well, please feel free to do so.

Everything Else

While I am no longer on hiatus, I am still needing to deal with disability services. My claim was rejected so now I have to go to court. No clue when that is and I still have no idea if I have a lawyer for that or not yet either… As you can imagine, this is stressful and obnoxious because I NEED money and I still haven’t found any work.

A lot of you know by now that I make about $50 a month working at my church by providing childcare. Between that and my savings, I’ve been alright for a good two years. If there is one thing I am, it is frugal and responsible when it comes to money. Most of my monthly budget is necessities, but I do occasionally purchase stuff just like anybody else. Be that going to the movies, an anime, or what have you.

Sadly, I am down to just under $200 in savings. That’s it. I’ve barely managed to cover Christmas for people but it is nowhere near the level of fun and extravagance that I usually go for. In case you didn’t know, I am an excellent gift giver, and LOVE giving gifts! So usually I go all out for birthdays and Christmas, even though nobody really does that for me. This year, not so much.

Anyway, so why am I telling you this? I want you to have an idea of where I’m at. Truthfully, I hate asking for money and for people to consider donating. I wish I didn’t need to do that. However, that’s the reality. That said, I don’t expect everyone to just give me money either.

Here’s how you can help me out. As always, you can visit my Ko-fi page and donate that way. It is easy and convenient for me. I’ll even leave my button right below for ya. Otherwise feel free to contact me ( about a job. Things I can do include writing/proofing related tasks, survey creation and curation, promotion, etc…

Despite having a marketing degree and being able to help other folks out on that front, I’m terrible at employing these strategies for myself. At this point I’m mostly desperate and just want to figure out some way to generate any income, even if that was only an extra 10-20 bucks a month, that would be extremely helpful. I know that sounds ridiculous but that could allow me to actually break even, or even save a few dollars each month.

Other than that, I’m back and content should resume a fairly regular schedule. I may miss a day or two depending on what I find out for disability but that is still out of my hands. Going to see the doctor a few times next month again so those dates may be ones I don’t publish either. We’ll see.

Lastly, I plan to be reading your posts more so please accept my apologies for not having done so for so long. I know I’ve read a few, but it has been next to nothing. The goal is to read every other day at least so ya know.

Hope you all have been well and I’m glad to be back, though I wish circumstances were a little brighter.


Life & Stuff – Hiatus for the Month

I’m Just Too Busy

Starting today, until the end of the month, I am not going to publish anything else here on the site. I appreciate everybody who’s been reading but I haven’t been able to give this place 100% or really keep up with any of you guys. There is just too much going on. Let’s walk through all that stuff now.

Disability & Money

As you may know, I put in for disability awhile back and they denied my claim. This isn’t that unusual but that means I now have to go through the appeals process. I have to get a lawyer (again) and get people to come to a court hearing so I can hopefully get the aid. Personally, I’d rather work but nobody will higher me and the few times I did I quickly got laid off or had to leave for health reasons. It really put me in a bad mood. Money is a major concern for me and people are always hammering me for not doing enough.

I still have my job at my church but that has become pretty awful. Lately I’ve been getting angry church-goers tell me to keep the kids stock silent during church but that is really hard. They abolished our dedicated space to a small space behind the pews. I need the money but this has made me hate going to church and the job. Don’t get out much either so this is extra disappointing.

Indie Game Maker Competition 2018

You may have seen that I’m working on a game for the Indie Game Maker Competition 2018. I’ve been working really hard on my game, Hiro’s Ascension. It isn’t complete yet but you can play a demo of the game right now if you’d like, and for free too! Received some kind words from folks but also one comment about how my writing is bad. Don’t know what I’m doing well, just that the game isn’t good enough.

I’m gonna keep at it but I really didn’t need that comment right now. It isn’t that I can’t take criticism, I get it all the time, I just didn’t need it with everything else. I’ve been pouring a lot of effort into this dumb game because it is something to do. Never planned on winning either. There are enough people telling me I’m not good enough.

I do appreciate the feedback, and I recognize that the person is trying to be helpful. They do provide good points. It just comes off to me like I made a bad game, even when they said they thought it was a good first effort. Compounded with the last point, I’m feeling a lot less motivation for this project now…


There is a project I’m working on with a ton of other bloggers, which is very exciting! I will be needing some time to give that more of my attention. Please look forward to this when more information becomes available.

The Site

That said, I just can’t do all the things. Either I do stuff for the site, or I work on the game. The project obviously isn’t going to be tabled either. Before writing this today, the game was the clear winner since I was having fun with it. Today, I’m just not as excited about it but I don’t want to give up on the thing either. When it comes to the site I just haven’t felt like writing much. There has been a lot less engagement with my writing, so maybe that’s a sign to take a break?

Been feeling bad because I can’t keep up with everybody else and their content either. I try but it is just too much. That probably plays into the engagement drop off too. Especially for my longer time readers.

Regardless, I’m gonna take a break until the end of the month. Thanks to those who have been sticking around and such but I do apologize for the abrupt break I’m taking.