I Joined the Interview Project!

Cool, What is That?

I can almost hear you collectively asking yourself just that. The #interview_project is something put together by some of us in the blogging community where we encourage people to tell their stories. Why did you start blogging? What got you into anime? Do you cosplay? Love video games? Tell us all about it! My interview is actually the first up on the site and you can read it here.

The reason I decided to get involved with this is because I thought it was a super cool idea. I hope that you will consider joining the project by sharing your story. More info on that here. I’m not the person who came up with the idea for the project, nor am I the only person running it (as I mentioned), but if you have any questions feel free to contact me about them since I am acting as a public face for the project for the time being. Bloket-chan should be joining Twitter very soon so be on the lookout for that.

Before I sign off, I’d like to say a big thank you to Irina for promoting the project and sharing things out sooner than I did! She’s super amazing and the group really appreciates her support 😀

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The Creator Showcase & How it Works

Happy New Year!

I wanted to start 2018 off by doing something special. I know everybody loves those tagging games both on here and on Twitter so I came up with something similar called, “The Creator Showcase.” Just what is that, and how does it work?

The Creator Showcase will be something I host every month for 2018. It will highlight the AMAZING works that the community creates over the course of a month. Any creation may be submitted by its creator be that a blog post, YouTube video, podcast, fan art, etc… All are welcome to participate! At the end of the month I’ll feature some of the submissions on the site here, and yes, I will read/look at/watch/etc… everything submitted.

So how will this all work? Here are the rules:

  1. Be sure to follow both here at Jon Spencer Reviews and my Twitter @JS_Reviews so that you can keep up to date on both The Creator Showcase and all the happenings here.
  2. Like this post and each month’s tweet that will house submissions*.
  3. Share your favorite thing that you created in the previous month.
  4. Tag at least one other creator and encourage them to post with the #CreatorShowcase
  5. Be sure to check out the other submissions by creatives like you!

That’s it! We’ll be kicking things off starting today (1/1/18) so be sure to spread the word, even if you don’t have something to submit. This month’s showcase will be about your favorite creation from December 2017. Remember, it can be anything as long as you created it! I hope this ends up being a huge success and people have fun too 🙂

*Unfortunately, I will only be accepting submissions on Twitter. The reason for this is that a lot of folks are already using it and it is both a convenient and central location to keep track of everybody’s posts.

Reviewing Fall 2017 – Preview

Hello Everybody!

I have something exciting planned for you all. For the first time EVER I’m going to be reviewing every Fall 2017 show I watched. As you may well know, I typically watch very little seasonal anime but this time I decided to watch quite a bit. You may recall my first impressions article I did awhile back, boy did some of my thoughts change! Any way, here’s a look at the review order:

  1. Recovery of an MMO Junkie – This series is actually finished and I know a lot of folks already talked about it but I have something different planned than the angle everybody else took. Expect this one out next week!
  2. King’s Game – I’m pretty sure everybody knows this show isn’t that good but I will end up completing this one. Consider it an obligatory review but one we can all have lots of fun with. Expect this reasonably fast once the season is up.
  3. A Sister’s All You Need – Now we enter the territory where these reviews will take a little longer to get out. I aim to have this release one week after the King’s Game review.
  4. Juuni Taisen – If I plan well, this will release just a few days after the last review.
  5. Ancient Magus’ BrideMid-season review. Since this series will still be continuing into the next season, I’ll just be doing another impressions article on my thoughts so far (spoilers, I am loving it!).
  6. Kekkai Sensen & Beyond – This will take the longest to get out. I’m watching the simul-dub for this one. I aim to review season one during the waiting time.

That’s the plan folks! Of course, I will still be doing other content sprinkled between but I hope you will look forward to this review lineup. I have some ideas I’ll be trying out here that I think you’ll really enjoy. Until then!

Anime ABC’s – L Voting Round

The Time Has Come Again!

Here we are at the twelfth Anime ABC’s voting round! Last time we had a record amount of votes so let’s keep up the enthusiasm. For this round you can vote for any anime that start with the letter L. I went ahead and reminded folks on the survey what “L” anime I’ve already reviewed, so please do not vote for those titles under “other.”

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

Voting will remain open from today until next week, 12/18/17 at 11:59PM PST.

Thanks again for taking the time to vote and I can’t wait to see which anime you guys will have me be watching next!

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 “K” round is the eleventh 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, Erased, Flowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s), Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, Joker Game, or Kimi no Na wa. 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.

I Have a Job! – Update 11/30/17

Hello Everybody!

Sorry for not really writing much this week but I needed to take care of some stuff that came up last minute. Don’t worry though, it’s good news! Here’s what’s going on and what you can expect from the blog moving forward.

As some of you may have seen on Twitter yesterday, I have a job now! I’ll be working at my local Target store that is just a short walk from my house. I’ll be starting on as a seasonal worker but should move to fulltime pretty quickly, according to the lady I spoke with. I’m even getting extra hours from the sound of it (close to 30 instead of around 15). So this should be very good. I have orientation tomorrow morning and should start very soon after.

What does this mean for the blog? At this time, I’m going to be in a transitional period. Until I have a better idea of how my schedule will work, I’m not making any promises. I’m going to do my best to post at least two times a week but we’ll see how that goes. Most likely I will switch to a T/R posting schedule as apposed to the M/W/F schedule I had been using. That being said, it is still up in the air so things may not even change at all. I just need the dust to settle a bit.

In regards to my job developer and DHS, they both seem content with this so no problems cropped up on that front. I have to do a little extra paperwork, but no big deal. I was a bit worried that somebody would take issue with this but it all worked out!

That’s it for today, I’m working on a review for tomorrow so hopefully that will be up 11AM as usual. Don’t forget to vote for Anime ABC’s K Round, the period is almost up! I’ll have the results of that posted Saturday morning (12/2/17) at 11AM. I’m excited to see what title will win out!

Have a great day!

-Jon Spencer

Anime ABC’s – K Voting Round

That’s Right Folks, Time For Another Round!

This time we’ll be voting for anime that begin with the letter K, making this our 11th anime ABC’s voting round so far! We had a wonderful turnout for the J voting round but I know we can do better. Let’s do our best to encourage everybody to vote and try to smash the previous record!

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

Voting will remain open from today until next week, 12/1/17 at 11:59PM PST.

Thanks again for taking the time to vote and I can’t wait to see which anime you guys will have me be watching next!

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 “K” round is the eleventh 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, Erased, Flowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl (S1-2 + OVA’s), Hai to Gensou no Grimgar, I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying, or Joker Game 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.

Anime Blogging Party & Update

Hey There!

Sorry for getting today’s article out late but I had some extra stuff to do this week that I wasn’t expecting. Any way, I wanted to tell you about this super amazing thing that Arthifis is putting on called the Anime Blogging Party. It’s a Facebook group for anime bloggers, YouTubers, or anybody who just wants to talk about anime. Anybody is welcome! I hope you’ll join us if you haven’t already because it is already pretty cool and it just started out.

I’ll be following everybody in the group and look forward to meeting you all too 🙂

Next up I wanted to let you know the plan for the week. It’s Thanksgiving holiday and I totally forgot. On top of that I have my DHS meeting too. That means I’m going to try and get the Joker Game review up Wednesday (it’s on track so should be good to go) as well as a new voting round for “K” up Friday. Past that the site is kind of in limbo again. I hate to break my MWF schedule I’ve been trying so hard to keep (again) but it really seems like that’s what I’m going to have to do moving forward. We’ll see though and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

That’s it for today, and as always, thanks for reading!

-Jon Spencer

Another Update – 11/13/17

How’s it Going Everybody?

I hope things have been going well for you. As you may have noticed, and you likely have if you are reading another update of mine, I’ve been on hiatus since 11/3/17. If you don’t know what that’s about for some reason, full details on that here. Today I am going to provide an update regarding that and let you know what my plans are moving forward.

My Meeting

Last Thursday I had a meeting with my DHS worker’s boss. Mr. K and I went to talk to him about concerns I had and what I was needing on their end. Mr. K was there to ensure that I was being listened to and clarify certain points made by both parties. There was a very real chance that this meeting could not have gone well so I needed an advocate in the room.

Fortunately, the man I spoke with was fairly pleasant. He agreed that I needed more assistance and recognized that DHS has really dropped the ball when it comes to my case. There were several things they did not do that they should have since I started interacting with them five years ago.

So what exactly was the problem? I believed that my resume had some issues and wanted a job developer to give it a look over and help me make adjustments to it as needed. Turns out I was on the money. Despite my resume being, “perfectly fine” according to my University, it has some fairly obvious issues that I can’t exactly fix easily. I don’t have a way to edit the document currently, for example.

Additionally, I had concerns regarding my aid worker as she would give me strange advice. This included but was not limited to telling me not to pay off debt and buy a house, move to New York, lie about stuff on applications, apply for jobs I am not qualified for, etc… Obviously, there was a problem here. To make matters worse she uses a lot of language to indicate that she doesn’t think I have a “real” disability by saying stuff like, “Well you look capable enough.” or, “Normal people do this all the time, you have a degree so you should be able to just figure all this out.”

Naturally, he did agree that this was problematic. I still have to work with this lady though. Herein lies the rub. I have to wait around, doing nothing because I’ve done all I can on my end, until two weeks passes. This will have one of two outcomes:

  1. My aid worker contacts me and we schedule another meeting. That’s it, just scheduling. Who knows when the actual meeting might be. Keep in mind, I’ve made this request multiple times over a 5 month period and we are just now thinking about fulfilling it.
  2. My aid worker does NOT contact me in this two week window. In which case I contact her supervisor. It is possible that I initiate a legal response at this point as well since I have a lawyer, provided to me free of charge by a disability rights group, because I have sat on my hands long enough.

My point being, I have some free time on my hands until one of these two conditions is met. Here’s what that means for you guys.

Plans for the Site

Starting today, I will resume normal operations. Tuesday Frank will have a music review released. I have settled fully on what Wednesday and Friday will be, I may get my Joker Game review out this week but it may need to be pushed to the week after. Not sure yet. I have a video game review ready to be put together and a few anime things kicking around as well.

I’ll continue to be on my Monday, Wednesday, Friday publishing schedule but expect an interruption at some point during these two weeks. Once I hear back from DHS, I basically have to drop everything and get working on that ASAP. Don’t worry though, I’ll keep everybody up to date as much as I can.

Other Stuff

Since I was on hiatus I didn’t read any articles at all, sorry about that, so if you wrote one you want me to check out in particular or saw one I should catch up on, feel free to link me to them in the comments below. I’ll get around to them best I can 🙂

Lastly, if you feel like helping me out I do have a Patreon. Every bit helps and goes a long way. Allows me to buy a few things for review purposes, and if I get enough help, start paying some bills that I soon won’t be able to afford (like my internet). Don’t feel like you have to but if you can I would be eternally grateful. For full details, just click the button below.

Patreon

Thank you again for your patience as I work through this. I would love to just be working or be able to support myself from writing here but neither is happening at the moment. Hopefully things can turn around soon because this is fairly exhausting. If you have any questions, want to chat, or anything else feel free to leave a comment or email me at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com.

Thanks again,

-Jon Spencer

Temporary Hiatus – What’s Going on With Me

Hello Everybody.

Originally, I had something else planned for today, but in light of recent events, I instead have to announce that Jon Spencer Reviews will be entering a temporary hiatus. I will not be publishing any materials from Monday, November 6th 2017 to Friday, November 10th 2017. This period may be extended for an additional week, but I really don’t know yet.

Let me first apologize for this. Since entering a MWF schedule, I have managed to keep that up with quality content for several months now. I hate to ruin this period of growth and success for Jon Spencer Reviews, as we’ve seen huge spikes in viewership and engagement ever since switching to this consistent schedule. However, I assure you that this hiatus is extremely necessary.

So what exactly is going on?

As many of you likely know, I have been trying extraordinarily hard to get a job. I am starting to get to the point where I desperately need money. I have been in a vocational rehabilitation program through DHS, but I have not been receiving any real aid. Naturally, this is frustrating when I keep getting rejected from every job I apply for. This includes jobs that are well below my actual qualifications, such as a sales clerk in a store.

As a result, I have had to make more aggressive moves so that I can receive proper assistance and move forward. I put in a letter of request to meet with my aid worker’s supervisor to discuss my concerns and how things will proceed. I have also been talking to a lawyer from a disability rights group, but hopefully there will be no need for legal action. I fully expect to resolve things as civilly as possible.

What does this have to do with you guys?

This means I simply to do not have the time or energy to properly devote to running Jon Spencer Reviews during this process. I have to prepare a lot of materials for this meeting on top of getting certain records and files for other steps that I need to take in addition to this one. I’m pursuing every avenue that I can at this point to gain employment that provides a livable wage, ensure that I have the proper (and up to date) files and records regarding my disability, and allow for me to live my life largely unassisted but with some aid where needed.

Thank you for sticking with me and (hopefully) for your understanding regarding this. I apologize for needing to do this as well, as I feel pretty bad about doing so. This is especially so for the few Patreon supporters I have. Feel free to stop supporting me on there if you feel it necessary since this month will be very light on content, I completely understand.

In Regards to Content

As I just stated, I will not be publishing any of my own articles during this hiatus. It is possible that Jacob may choose to publish during this time however. Frank has a few articles that need me to run some edits, but if I am able to do that before the weekend, you will see an article or two from him during this time as well. Don’t expect much on either front though.

I did finish viewing Joker Game for Anime ABC’s so I will try to get that done for when I am back from these matters. My goal was to have this out for next week, but things happened. Rest assured though, that you will see this article no matter what this month. In addition to this, you will also see a new voting round open up shortly after as well.

The reason for stating this is just in case I have to extend the hiatus further than expected. I know that I will need next week, and it is quite possible I will need the week after as well. However, there is always the chance that this month ends up needing to be spent on these matters exclusively. I simply do not know at this point.

Again, thank you for your understanding and I apologize for the disappointing news.

– Jon Spencer

October Review Fest – Event Wrap-up

That’s All Folks!

Thank you to everybody who participated in this year’s Halloween event. I did more than I have ever done for an event like this; it ran the whole month! In case you missed any or all of the event, here is a list of each week and the respective reviews:

Week 1 – Lika Week

Week 2 – Fun & Gams Week

Week 3 – Higurashi Week

Week 4 – Obscure Week

We had a lot more articles published beyond this from both myself and contributors as well. Here are a few other articles that you may want to check out for the Halloween season from my contributors:

October Review Fest ended up being a little more taxing than I had initially expected, but that was largely due to real life interference. I would love to do more events like this in the future. I hope you’ll be around for them! That does it for this Halloween. Until next year!