I Want to Eat Your Pancreas – Mini Review

Apparently, You Should Too

Related imageNot too long ago I had the opportunity to see both A Silent Voice and I Want to Eat your Pancreas (referring to this as Pancreas moving forward) at the theater. While I loved A Silent Voice, something I’ll spend more time on in a separate article (hopefully), Pancreas was more of a mixed bag.

There was a lot of online hype surrounding this film, especially with the unusual title that drew me to the film in the first place, and the book this is based on is pretty well liked. So I was pretty hopeful going in, but I figured it’d be worth the experience regardless of the quality in terms of shear uniqueness. I loved telling people I was going to see this film!

For those who somehow missed out on what this film is, it should be fairly obvious after one glance at the art. This is your typical sort-of-kinda romance story about a girl with a terminal illness, in this case cancer. For some that’s already going to be enough to have emotional resonance, but personally these kinds of stories need more than just some base appeal to do well long-term.

Additionally, it is worth noting that in some cultures telling somebody you want to eat their diseased body parts is a way of indicating how you wish you could cure them/take the illness onto yourself. The movie flips this a bit by having the female lead, Sakura, hear about how in some cultures the diseased person eats a healthy persons body part in order to cure their own. It’s kind of the thing this film relies on to get its big moment across, but ultimately it was pretty unimportant to the actual plot.

I want to take a moment to circle back to the theater here and mention something that actively hurt the movie. Before it began Aniplex decided the film should be front-loaded with interviews from both the Japanese and English casts. Awesome, right? Eh, not really. The Japanese portion was excellent as it was more a, “thanks for watching” with some genuine emotion from the cast. You could tell they loved this film! The English portion on the other hand….

It was filled with spoilers. They should not have put this at the start of the film. The one thing that this did improve was, “Gum Boy” who I would have literally given no mind to otherwise, but that’s it. So rather than discover the film for myself, I was actively told what to look out for and that signaled a lot of the plot to me way too early. Apparently this is a trend with Aniplex titles as reports of the same thing happened with NGNL 0 as well.

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Both share themes, ideas, and narrative devices but one is a lot better than the other

Putting that aside, let’s talk about the actual narrative. It’s very similar to an anime, Your Lie in April except it is very upfront about the whole death thing (by the way, this is not a spoiler for either Pancreas or Your Lie in April). The series has emotional appeal and time on its side, so that’s what I’d ultimately recommend watching over this but giving the film credit, I would say this has a better narrative in so that it doesn’t beat around the bush and takes a slightly more interesting route for its ending.

To level some more criticism at this Pancreas, it was a bit annoying that Sakura would shove her dying in the male leads face in order to force him to do stuff. At times she borders on abusive and that even tips him to a breaking point at one point in the film. It was a tense scene but I couldn’t help but feel it was kind of unnecessary, it didn’t feel organic at all.

Then you have Sakura’s friend, Kyouko, who hates the main lead for literally no reason. You’d think Kyouko would respect her friend Sakura, who constantly tells her not to worry about the guy and that they are friends. It’s not like I couldn’t find her believable, but Kyouko just came off as an awful person. Pancreas wants you to like her though but doesn’t really do anything to get you to that point. They try and give her some redemption at the end, which was appreciated, but it felt forced.

Speaking of lead boy, his name is this big secret for the film. Thematically, the idea is that you shouldn’t make assumptions about people based on appearance, their name, etc… but it resulted in a sort of anti-climax. Both my friend and I weren’t very impressed with this big reveal.

Now I did speak to the ending, which I won’t spoil, but I want to note that it was by far the most interesting part. They took what felt like an obvious cliche ending and gave it a bit of a twist. There’s foreshadowing for it and it did improve the film. However, it doesn’t make up for the rest of the film. Pancreas is kind of dull and fails at tell even a pretty basic story convincingly.

The dub was good though, music was good, and the animation was pretty

Again, was Pancreas worth watching? Yeah, I did enjoy it despite some pretty deep flaws, but I wouldn’t watch it again. For some this film is absolutely something to avoid, and hopefully I’ve given enough hints at things for you to decide if that’s the case for you, but otherwise this is a fairly average experience.


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Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool

Anime Teaching you Things?!?

Over the weekend I started collecting information for something that I will likely be trying in the near future. Just what may that be? Using anime to teach valuable life lessons, promote discussion, and encourage the exploration of different ideas/cultures that people may not have considered otherwise. This all started when Mrs. K, a friend of mine who I help run the Youth Group with at my church, suggested we watch some anime with the kids sometime. Today I’ll be sharing my discussion with people on Reddit while asking you, what anime would you suggest to a kid to watch and why? Continue reading “Youth & Anime – Using Anime as a Teaching Tool”

Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds

Doing Something a bit Different

Today I felt like talking about my desktop backgrounds and my thought process behind how and why I choose the ones I have. This article is a good way to get to know me some more and an opportunity for folks to share some cool images with each other. This isn’t really meant to be in-depth or anything, just for fun. I know this is something fairly atypical of me but I hope you’ll indulge me a bit and enjoy 🙂  Continue reading “Taking a Look at my Desktop Backgrounds”

Top 25 Anime Openings

nfzmig8When the OP is Just Right…

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve personally put an actual article up on here. So I thought I’d get back into the swing of things by celebrating some of my favorite anime openings. I’ve seen a couple hundred anime, so this list took some careful consideration to whittle down to just 25.

The list is in no particular order and the only rule is that the opening has to have come from a show I’ve seen. Other than that, no repeats for stuff I’ve reviewed outside of honorable mentions. Obviously this is just my personal taste, so if an OP you love isn’t on the list I probably didn’t see the show or just didn’t like the opening that much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Continue reading “Top 25 Anime Openings”

What’s Jon Doing? May 2016

Hey There!

This article is part of a monthly series that is updated throughout he month so that readers can see what I’m up to since I don’t always have the time to post. Be sure to check back every few days to see new what I’ve added. This is article 1 in the series.

This is a new series I’ll be starting up here on my site. The series will detail what shows I’m watching, games I’m playing, and the stuff I buy that is hobby related. Why am I doing this? The reason behind this decision is to let you guys know what I’m doing during the month, even when I can’t post often. This post will be updated on a weekly bases AT MINIMUM. With that being said, let’s get this series started.

Stuff I Bought

In this segment I’ll tell you what hobby stuff I bought and why. This month I bought the following items for my hobbies:

Of course I might end up picking up more stuff, but that’s what I grabbed for the month so far. Each item is linked to where I bought it from and details on the product itself. Here’s why I bought what I bought.

The Garden of Sinners has always been an interesting film franchise for me. There are numerous reviews and critiques of the series and when I first started getting into anime these videos quickly caught my attention due to crisp visuals and supposed superb writing. I had originally gotten my hands on the DVD release, but after having seen part of the series I had wanted to upgrade to Blu-ray ever since. Normally, I wouldn’t be able to drop this kind of cash on just one show but I made a special exception since my birthday was in April and I had a bit of extra cash. Here’s a review from Glass Reflection, albeit a bit older:

Note that I am not associated with Tristan or his YouTube channel. I included this review in particular over a newer one since Tristan avoids spoiling the series and reviews it in a short video.

Shirobako was purchased due to its praise on its look at the anime industry as a whole. I’ve been waiting ages to watch this one, so it’s no surprise that I added it to my collection. If you don’t know much about this one, I’ll point you again to Tristan’s review which I’ll provide below.

Same here, not associated with Tristan’s channel. The video is provided solely for context and to offer an example of what the show is like. This video is newer and of much higher quality than the one above.

The remaining two anime items (Your Lie in April set 2 and Tokyo Ghoul Season 2) were purchased because I have the other parts to them. Your Lie in April is a show I have been waiting anxiously to watch since it is absolutely beautiful, in addition to being exactly the kind of show I know I’ll love. With Tokyo Ghoul, I heard this show is pretty so-so and I may even dislike the second season in general. However, I bought it so it would match my collector’s set of season 1, but I like to own what I watch regardless. At worst, it’ll look nice on the shelf until I get around to viewing both seasons.

Lastly, (for now at least) I also picked up Battleborn for a buddy and myself. Looking forward to killing some time with this one until Overwatch comes out later this month. I’ll likely spread my time pretty evenly between the two when I do play games with my friends.

New Additions!

Rightstuf had a crazy sale today (5/16/16) so decided to pick these titles up dirt cheap. The first title is one I’ve heard of, but wasn’t really interested at full price. However, for $7.50 it seems well worth it. The K-ON! movie was an easy choice, now just need to actually by the series. That being said, buying the movie now will save me since it was on the buy list regardless. Lastly, Canaan is one of those shows I’ve heard a lot about but not actually seen. Reviews are pretty solid and considering the price, I decided to just throw it in.

(Probably) Last up for the month, I caved and bought Overwatch. I really enjoyed the open beta portion and stress test weekend. Surprisingly, many people I know actually got this, so I picked it up. Should be fun!

Turns out I was wrong in the last paragraph! Rightstuf had ANOTHER crazy sale for Senti shows. This time I only picked up the first part of Space Brothers since it was so cheap and already on the buy list. The other titles in this sale are mostly fantastic, but I own a majority of them as is. If you haven’t already, I recommend you check it out.

Shows I’m Watching:

This segment will feature the date I watched something and what episodes I watched. I will note when a show is completed and occasionally offer quick thoughts there. Other bits of information and such may be provided if, and when I think it’s necessary.

Viewing List With Dates

5/6/16 Viewed episodes 7-9 of Boogiepop Phantom and episode 8 of Dimension WI. I also watched the two newest episodes of Adventure Time in terms of non-anime related shows.

5/7/16 Watched a few episodes of Jimmy Neutron‘s final season. My friends and I are re-watching older cartoons from our childhoods and discussing our thoughts and feelings on an episode to episode basis. At some point, we may do a podcast style discussion which may end up on here. Additionally, watched episodes 7-9 of Girls Und Panzer6.

5/8/16 Completed Boogiepop Phantom (episodes 10-12). Scored the show a 7/10 and would recommend to fans of shows like Serial Experiments Lain. Unlike Lain, this show was easier to follow but was noticeably similar.

5/13/16 Watched episodes 1-3 of Aldnoah.Zero. So far the series has a strong start. I’m aware that the series is supposed to go down hill after episode 12, but I’m hopeful that I will still enjoy it. The first 3 episodes were exciting and I watched them back-to-back when I had only planned to watch one. At the moment it gives me similar vibes to Guilty Crown but without the magic and having a stronger lead character.

Additionally, watched the first season of The Legend of Korra with some friends. I’ve seen the full series but they haven’t seen any of it until now. Season 1 was decent but definitely looking forward to the stronger 3rd and 4th seasons. Season 2 will most definitely be the hardest to watch if memory serves.

5/14/16 This one’s going to be a bit longer. Saturday tends to be the day I watch more TV than not. This is partially due to the fact that this is the only day I really hang out with friends, except on rare occasions. Starting this list, we watched some good ol’ Jimmy Neutron. We then enjoyed episodes 3-5 of Sakamoto which were down right hilarious. This reminds me, if I list episodes in the middle like I just did, it’s because I already started the show before I was doing this new series and have already seen those episodes.

Moving on, we watched the brief, but funny, Luluco episodes 6-7. Episode 7 was of particular note and should be seen by any fan of Kill La Kill most definitely. One of the funniest series of “in jokes” (though blatant) in anime that I’ve seen in awhile. Next up was The Lost Village episodes 5-7. Episode 6 really started kicking this show into gear. The show had been good before, but this only furthered my interest in it. The last show I watched with my friends was Aldnoah.Zero episodes 1-3. I had already seen these, but they wanted to check it out.

Lastly for the day, I watched an episode of Elementry, episode 9 of Dimension W, episode 4 of Aldnoah, and episode 3 of season 5 of Psych. I watched these ones on my own though. All of which I enjoyed. Expect this watch list to be a lot less active during the week to come, going to be busy.

5/17/16 Enjoyed episodes 6-8 of Aldnoah.Zero. Not really seeing how this show is going to drastically go down hill as many people tell me it will. That being said, haven’t gotten to the turning point yet. Regardless, the music and animation are fantastic.

Ok, this weekend I watched quite a lot of stuff. I normally watch a bit more, but I did even more so than usual. First up 5/20/16 Finished season 1 (ep 9-18) of Aldnoah.Zero. I thought it was quite strong and rated a solid 8/10. Continued Dimension W and made it through episodes 10-11. Looking forward to the show’s conclusion. I started Hunter X Hunter (2011 version) viewing episodes 1-3. So far I am enjoying it but the English voice actors threw me off a bit. Lastly, watched the first 3 episodes of Steven Universe’s 3rd season. Excited as ever to see this series continue. Slightly disappointed with the cluster situation though, felt a lot like Adventure Time’s 5th season conclusion.

5/21/16 Luluco episode 8 (no real comments though this season seems to have a theme). Sakamoto was funny as ever with its 6th episode. Clearly more than meets the eye going on with this series that hasn’t ceased to entertain at all. The Lost Village had a frustrating (characters are unbelievably annoying at times, though it all makes sense in context. It’s just frustrating to watch sometimes), but enjoyable 8th episode. The surprise ending was easily the best part of the episode. This series has been a pleasant surprise. Watched some RWBY S2 ep 4-5. It’s a good series. Almost finished Jimmy Neutron and did complete Girls Und Panzer which was enjoyable but ultimately pretty silly. A decent 7/10.

5/22/16 Watched some Psyche (S5 eps 5-6). Also finished Aldnoah.Zero which I kept waiting to become “horrible” but it never really did. I thoroughly enjoyed it overall. I’d give the series as a whole an 8/10.

5/24/16 Watched the first two episodes of Shirobako which were pretty cool. My only complaint is that there is WAY too much subtitling on screen for several of the frames. If I wasn’t watching on my laptop it’d be really hard to read any of that, not that it isn’t somewhat difficult as is.

5/27/16 Didn’t watch a whole lot. Just a few episodes of NCIS and a few episodes of anime. Watched Konosuba episode 1-3 and Kids on the Slope episodes 1-4. Everything was pretty enjoyable, but my favorite was Kids on the Slope which exceeded my expectations.

5/28/16 Watched the next episode of The Lost Village, Sakamoto, and Luluco. Picked back up with Fleet High School (ep. 2-4) which is surprisingly interesting. It’s dumb in much the same way that Girls Und Panzer was but has managed to be more engaging and compelling so far.

5/29/16 Caught up with Elementry, Steven Universe, and watched a random episode of Adventure Time. Didn’t do much TV watching Sunday. *EDIT* Forgot that I finished up Dimension W as well. Enjoyed it, but the ending was a bit cheesy. It could do with a second seasons since it feels like it had a lot more story left to tell. Solid 6/10.

5/30/16 Am now current with Hunter X Hunter and must say that the hunter exam is really interesting conceptually. Not sure how I’ll enjoy the show overall, but I am really enjoying this part. Also caught up with NCIS which had a nice send off episode for Anthony’s character. Lastly got all the way up to episode 13 of Shirobako.

This list is up to date as of 5/31/16.

Games I’m Playing (Board, Card, and Video)

This segment is dedicated to what board, card, and video games I’ve been playing. This segment will be done similarly to the “Watching” segment, but will not always feature dates.

Board & Card Games

This month I played a few board games so far. On 5/6/16 I played Spector Ops and Tobago. The next day, I replayed these games and also played For Sale with a different group. I may get to reviewing one of these games this month since I’ve had the chance to play them enough. I’ll probably not get to play many more board and card games this month.

Video Games

For video games I’ve been avidly playing Hearthstone since the newest expansion hit recently. Been enjoying it so far. I also got the chance to play Overwatch. I’ll probably pick this one up once it comes out. Beyond this, been switching between Rocket League and Verdun when gaming with friends.

Played a few hours of Battleborn on 5/11/16 and 5/12/16. The game is really fun, but it’s so poorly optimized. I exceed specs, but the game is still pretty lag intense. The problem varies from map to map and mode to mode. Too bad, because I would really enjoy the game otherwise.

Tons and tons of Overwatch since its release. The game is really fun and I like it. One complaint is that sometimes the matchmaking isn’t very good. Some people don’t get the concept of playing the objective or switching their hero when they need to. This can make for some frustrating games. As a whole though, very fun.

And That’s It!

*Phew* That sure is a lot. I’ll be updating this as often as possible so be sure to check back every few days to see what I’ve been up to. This post will be pinned to the front page each month so it’s easy to find. If you have any suggestions on how I might format this in the future, or have any general comments about what I’ve been up to, then be sure to let me know in the comments below. Lastly, be sure to like this post if it’s something you want me to keep doing. This is an experiment right now, so if there isn’t much interest after a few of these I may stop doing them altogether. Commenting, liking, and sharing let me know  that this is content you care about!

Until next time,

Jon Spencer