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

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