After three weeks of gathering entries, it’s finally time to showcase some awesome posts for Jon’s Creator Showcase. If you’re new to this project, Jon, of Jon Spencer Reviews, created this showcase as a means to highlight posts from across the blogosphere and achieve the following goals:
- Give exposure to both the host & creators who submit content to the showcase.
- Highlight a wide variety of content including written word, art, video, audio, etc…
- Allow for all creators, regardless of skill or current recognition, to participate and share their creations.
- Encourage involvement from creators across all platforms.
- Offer a fun and interactive way for people to discover new and interesting creations.
- Inspire growth and exploration for both the host and creators.
As the host for September, I asked bloggers to submit their best post from the month of August and then created a list which is located after the jump. If you didn’t have a chance to submit anything this month, don’t worry! Ayano, from KawaiiPaperPandas, will be the October host so be sure to send her your best posts from the month of September!
PSA: Before we start with the showcase, I’d like to mention that Jon is looking for a blogger to host the December Showcase. If you’re interested then visit Jon’s site for all of the details and then visit the sign up page and add your name.
With that out of the way, let’s start to the Showcase!
Note: I’ve categorized the posts as follows: Reviews, Collabs, Characters, and Commentary/Other
Tcrow looks at episode 10 of Black Bullet and shares their top three moments, along with other thoughts that they had while watching it. The post does contain spoilers, but whether you are watching the show or not definitely check out what’s written here. I really loved how Tcrow took some of the darker themes present in Black Bullet and ended up talking about how we’re seeing these things in real life, especially when looking at Trump’s America. It’s an insightful piece that I think will really resonate with a lot of people.
Rachel, the female lead in Angel of Death, just wants to die by the hands of her male counterpart. Spooky is a blogger who watched the first five episodes of Angel of Death and wished for the same thing, only it was more of a general statement because she isn’t a fan of how things currently stand. Spooky says, and I quote, “I can’t say that I love Angels of Death, or that I even like it all that much. It sounds like a walk-through, is passive to watch, is repetitive… yet for some reason I’m still continuing it.” Not exactly a stellar praise for Angel of Death, but not a failing one either. The entire review of the show is quite funny, so be sure to check it out!
Aria understands that Phantom of the Twilight may not gel with everyone’s tastes. There are a lot of weird and ‘wonky’ elements to the show and for the most part it’s very ‘flawed.’ And yet! Aria found herself looking forward to each new episode that came out. Her enthusiasm of the show shines through in this post and I couldn’t help smiling while reading it. If you’ve found yourself thinking, “Should I watch Phantom in the Twilight?” Then do yourself a favour and check out her post, so you can get that much needed push to check it out.
If you couldn’t tell from the title, BiblioNyan really didn’t like Calamity of a Zombie Girl. And I mean, she really didn’t like the movie. During her review, she says, “Calamity of a Zombie Girl was agonisingly terrible; the worst fucking piece of shit I have seen, and I’ve seen some awesomely horrid shit.” Ouch, but funny. I won’t spoil the rating, but when I saw her score, I laughed. BiblioNyan may not have liked Calamity of a Zombie Girl, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading her review for it.
Infinitezenith reviews of Shikioriori, which is a Chinese movie that highlights Chinese culture through three stories. The review of this movie may seem daunting at first, because it is so big and Infinite really goes into depth, but the more I read it the more I found myself sucked in. This post isn’t just about the anime, it’s a post about Chinese culture mixed in with Infinite’s own life as a Chinese-Canadian. While I’m not Chinese, I am an immigrant (who also lives in Canada) so I found myself connecting with a lot of what was said here and I think other readers will too. Definitely check this review out!
Darling in the Franxx was one of the bigger shows of the year, which makes sense since A-1 Pictures and Trigger worked together on this anime. While it was airing, you couldn’t go anywhere on twitter without hearing something about it. Even Kim Kardashian was inspired by the show. It was everywhere! But not for Nesha. He didn’t pay attention to all of the hype and didn’t watch it until it was completed. It’s always interesting to read reviews from people who watched an anime all in one go as oppose to week-to-week since they always view things with a different perspective. When it comes to popular animes, you don’t have the added hype that fans bring as they wait for the next episode. For Nesha, the hype for the show lead to disappointment, but you’ll have to check out the review to see why.
A contrast to the Darling in the Franxx review, here Arthifis checks out an anime that has a horrible review on MAL. Like Nesha, he watched the show all in one go as oppose to week-to-week. Instead of it leading to disappointment, Arthifis ended up loving the show and didn’t understand why people hated it. As a fellow lover of the Lost Village, I don’t understand it either. But it does seem like if you binged watched the show you’d have a more favourable impression of it. At least, that’s my take on it. What I loved about Arthifis’ review is that he originally planned to write something else about The Lost Village, but due to the extreme hate people have for it he wrote a review instead. Be sure to check out the comments where bloggers explain why they love the show and why they hated it.
DerekL takes a trip down memory lane as he looks back to the animes from the summer of 2014 and provides quick reviews for the shows he watched. In total, he viewed 12 shows that season, some by himself and some with his wife. This is just a side point, but wow does 2014 feels like forever ago. It seems almost wild that shows like Barakamon and the second season of Sword Art Online came out then, because it feels like they’re older. Or is that just me? It doesn’t feel like it was only four years ago, right? Right?? Anyways, take a trip down nostalgia lane with DerekL’s post about the animes he watched way back then.
Lina always finds such interesting animes to share! This time it’s a 21-minute movie called Golden Time that you can find on Netflix. Despite its short length, the movie managed to not only tell a story about a depressed little TV, all done without any dialogue, but also deal with a topic that Lina studied in school. I think that says it all right there. Check out the review and then check out the movie.
Scott takes a look at Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water. The show, which originally aired from 1990-1991, was on Scott’s bucket list for quite some time. It wasn’t until he found it on sale that his dream finally came into fruition. Sometimes I forget that there’s this treasure trove of older animes out there that are just waiting for you to discover them. And while Scott’s review of Nadia is well done and does its job of making me want to check out the show, it also makes me want to check out older animes as well.
I remember a time when kdramas were all about romance stories of two star crossed lovers who wanted to be together, but faced trouble due to economic status or economic status or…switching bodies with someone of a different economic status. Families too, because of economic status. A lot has changed though with kdramas releasing different kinds of stories and venturing into different territories. And that’s exactly how it feels when you read Raistlin review of The Lawless Lawyer. It looks like a home run, but don’t take my word for it, Raistlin says, “Lawless Lawyer is above all a terrific revenge thriller with some wonderful plot twists and an absolutely amazing cast.” If that alone doesn’t sell you to the show, I don’t know what else will. Be sure to check out the review for more info!
Jon was able to finally check the latest expansion of the Super-hero themed card game, Sentinels of the Multiverse. I’m not familiar with this series, but Jon’s love for it shines with every word on this post. His enthusiasm over The Big Box is infectious. Not only do we see the physical cards of the game, but Jon also the digital version as well. If you’re not ready to dish out money for the game, then you can head over to Steam and try a free demo. Be sure to check out Jon’s review and see pictures of the Big Box. Spoiler Alert – it’s pretty big.
Ya Boy Jack switches things up on Aniwriter by reviewing Blerd Lines by Lujaune “El’ja” Bowens. In this collection of poems, Bowen tackles identity and how to navigate it in that is ever changing world. Not only through the lens of race, but sexuality as well. There are some fun poems too, even though they deal with serious topics. Ya Boy Jack makes mention of one of Bowen’s poems titled, “Nerd Haikus and Other Ramblings.” In it, there’s apparently a mention that Piccolo is a real father to Gohan, which is kinda true. As much as I like Goku, he’s not going to win any Father of the Year awards. That doesn’t mean he’s a terrible father or that he doesn’t love his family…it’s complicated. And the best way to deal with complicated feelings is through poetry, so why not check out Ya Boy Jack’s Review and see if Blerd Lines is something that will resonate with you.
One of the beautiful things about the internet is that it can connect you with people from all across the world. Another beautiful thing is that it helps facilitate collaborations like the one between Moya, from The Moyatorium, and Yomu, from Umai Yomu Anime Blog. The two ani-bloggers teamed up to sing Kogarashi Sentiment from the Monogatari series. This is their first vocal collab, but let’s hope this is the first of many more to come!
Once upon a time, Scott, from Mechanical Anime Reviews, Shoujo, from Shoujo Rambings, and Lethargic, from Lethargic Ramblings, decided to join forces and create a podcast about the Dragon Ball series. Sometimes in life, things don’t work out the way you want it to so the podcast never materialized, but that didn’t stop them from creating an awesome collaboration piece. Lethargic hosts the third part of this series as our three bloggers discuss the Buu Saga, GT, Super and a slew of other things like how Gohan got shafted. Be sure to also check out Part 1 and Part 2, which were hosted by Scott and Shoujo.
Most stories have a plot and setting, but what pushes the narrative forward and makes people remember these stories are the characters. Without them, you have no story. If you’ve watched enough animes, you’d know that there are shows that really have no main plot, and yet, those shows still manage to create huge fandoms due to their memorable characters. Railgunfan75 dives further into this world of characters as he tries to answer the age-old question of, “What makes characters so appealing?”
One of the ways that My Hero Academia shines is how it treats its characters, especially when it comes to All Might whose humanness really shines through in episode 15 of season three. Karandi looks at our mighty hero and highlights the complexities of his character. As she puts it, “…the best thing about All Might is that even when he was the symbol of peace, the audience was always in on his hidden secret and that made him always seem very human. And it is the human aspect of his character, rather than the heroic ones, that make him memorable as he continues on his journey however long or brief that journey may be.”
Rossiroad starts this list off by saying, “I really like flawed character.” And I have to say, I absolutely agree! Flawed characters make you feel something off, whether it’s a good kind of off or a bad one depends on the story. All you need to know is that the more you see of them, the more you’ll find yourself relating to their humanness. That reliability is the core of all flawed characters and the reason why we crave them so much.
After being nominated by Yomu, Average Joe decides to drive into the world of ‘The Brotherhood Award.’ Even though I’m horrible when it comes to awards, I love reading the responses when it comes to other people. It resonates with my nosy side, especially since we get to learn some amazing bits of information from bloggers. For example, did you know that Average Joe can make a mean Bacon stuffed Jacket Potato Cheese Bake? I didn’t know that until I read his post, where he not only answers some questions, but also provides a recipe for the Bacon stuffed Jacket Potato Cheese Bake.
Many anime lovers dream of traveling to Japan and visiting the many sites that are offered there. The historic sites, the anime sites, the fashion hubs and many more. There are tons of things to do in Japan, which is why I’d love to visit the country one day. Even though Japan has tons of things to see, sometimes it’s the smaller stuff that makes us remember a place fondly. And that’s exactly what Nerdy posts about as she complies four of the ‘simpler’ things that she loved during her trip to Japan last year.
If you’re a blogger then you know that our biggest hurdle is to create quality content. The balancing act of writing about something you’d love, but also attract readers is something that we’ve all struggled with repeatedly. It’s easy to write something down, but when you know that there are people who will read your posts it can push you to create amazing content, but it can also drive you mad as you struggle with keeping your readers happy. Quality content is what we all strive for, which is why Peach’s post will resonate for most of us.
When it comes to fandom culture, there’s this one word that always creates sparks. Shipping. It can be a fun thing creating pairings that are based in canon or pairings that are not. It can spur on fan fiction and create bonds between people that may last a lifetime. Shipping, at its heart, isn’t a bad thing. However, there are times when it can spiral out of control and create toxic environments. Mel, our resident Queen of Shipping and Pretty Boys, talks about this side of the shipping culture where fans have lashed out at creators and actual individuals due to their own misguided love of a pairing. Shipping is fun, just don’t be a dick about where said dicks (or vaginas) are placed.
Despite being around forever, mental illness is something that people still have a hard time talking about. Even though we’ve made strides in recent years, we still have people making light of depression or calling addicts ‘evil people’ even though they’re all struggling. When it comes to media, mental illness is still hit or miss. Ty-chama decides to tackle on this very sensitive topic by showing how anime is improving, but there are still some questionable depictions out there.
Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry and for taking part in this Showcase! Also, please make sure you check out these wonderful posts and experience some of the great stuff our blogging community posted during the month of August.
If you like what you see here and want to be a host, be sure to add your name to the sign up page since Jon is currently looking for hosts for December.