Wandering Son – Being Yourself

Flawed, but Valuable

If asked to explain my thoughts on the 2011 anime, Wandering Son, I’d say that it is a flawed but valuable piece of animation history. It’s rare to see a work attempt to tackle gender identity (in this case what it means to be trans) in a serious, whole-hearted way. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that this is the only anime that I’ve seen where this isn’t a joke, or trumped up drama piece. It’s honest, if anything, and for that reason, the series deserves your time. Continue reading “Wandering Son – Being Yourself”

Saying Goodbye to Wandering Son – Concluding our Fifth #Anitwitwatches

Come and Vote!

The time has arrived once again to say goodbye to another great season of #anitwitwatches! For our fifth season of the watch we finally decided on Wandering Son. This one has been on the poll since we started this, so it’s been a long time coming! Though like all good things, this season is about to come to a close. With that, it’s time to get ready for the sixth season of the watch! Below I’ll leave a link to our vote on Twitter where you can help decide what we’ll be watching next. Keep an eye out as we’ll be announcing the winner alongside the concluding thoughts for Wandering Son on 5/11/20.

I’ll be reviewing Wandering Son shortly after the watch concludes, so please look forward to that as well!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

This is a community initiative I started a few months ago where we get together and collectively watch an anime. Then, we talk about it on Twitter using the hashtag #anitwitwatches. The first ever watch was for Tonari no Seki-kun which was a lot of fun. You can view more information on the watch, as well as my review on Seki-kun here.

Our second watch was for Rampo Kitan which I had already written about previously, so that review won’t mention the watch at all. However, you can find all of the threads about any previous watch by searching the hashtag on Twitter or by clicking the linked #anitwitwatches right here.

For our third watch we got a bit crazy with the infamous School Days! It wen’t over really well and has even lead others to watching the show some time after the watch has concluded.

Of course, last time we watched Girls’ Last Tour, which was a tiny bit disappointing when all said and done, but still quite enjoyable. With the times as they are, it was an appropriate feeling watch to say the least (even if all this stuff didn’t hit until we were about finished).

Why is X Show on the Poll?

As I mentioned last time, each show was carefully considered using a series of criteria to ensure that this activity remains fun and varied each time. This time around I kept the #anitwitwatches poll largely the same as what we had before with only 1 new edition. A short summary is provided below and in the actual voting thread above as well.

  1. Rolling GirlsA CGDCT show with just enough depth to be interesting week-to-week. Very colorful and fun!
  2. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou – This is a story about failure, but learning to push on even in the face of adversity. For creatives like us, it’s perfect! The show is a 24 episode one, but don’t let that worry you. It’ll work just fine 😉
  3. Death Parade – I still really just want to watch this show again. Due to the nature of the show, it’s ripe for discussion and is easily digestible in large or small chunks. Stories range from heartwarming to tragic. A bit of mystery in here as well.
  4. The Perfect Insider – A short  locked room murder mystery series that has a few quirks. I don’t know if I’d call this “good”, but it is assuredly interesting. Your mileage will largely depend on how quickly you figure out the answer to the mystery. Regardless, I am confident that it would make for a fun watch.

Join in the Fun!

So get to voting! I hope to see you for the next watch and would love to hear about shows you’d like to see added to the poll in the future. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be more than happy to answer!

#Anitwitwatches Season 5 – Wandering Son Schedule & Announcement

Welcome to the Fifth #Anitwitwatches!

We all know that anime can be goofy, action-packed, and a way to escape. However, this season of the watch we are watching a series called Wandering Son, an anime that explores real-world issues in a respectful and meaningful way. If you are LGBT, or even if you aren’t, this is going to be one watch you don’t want to miss!

Below you’ll find information on what the watch is as well as the schedule for the fifth season of #anitwitwatches. Thank you to everybody who has participated in the past and all of you who will be joining for the first time with this series!

What is #Anitwitwatches?

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

Wandering Son Watch Schedule

We will be taking a 1 week break, meaning that we will NOT be watching anything for the week of 3/23/20. 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 Wandering Son 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:

That’ll make this watch 7 weeks long with the usual break at the start. I hope you’re excited to watch this one and I look forward to all the excellent discussion!

My Top 20 Anime of The Decade

The 2010’s Were Full of Great Titles!

There were so many great titles in the past decade, in fact, that I had a hard time only picking 10 of them. So, since we are entering 2020, I thought I’d expand the list to 20 titles! Before we dive in, I need to state that only shows I actually watched to completion were eligible for the list, so if a title is missing, I probably just didn’t watch it yet. Additionally, films will be included on this list as well since there were a few that came out and I saw that I really liked, but not enough for a separate list. Finally, these are my picks, so if you disagree, just make your own list, I’d love to see it! Continue reading “My Top 20 Anime of The Decade”

5 Anime Just in Time for Back-to-School

School is Starting Again…

So I thought this was the perfect time to make a list of five great anime that will get you fired up for back to school. Whether you are just entering middle school, high school, or college, there will be something on the list for everyone. The only rules is that I’ve had to have seen the anime and that it’s about kids at school. Entries are in no particular order. So with that, let’s get right to the list! Continue reading “5 Anime Just in Time for Back-to-School”