Who is GLORIO?

jel_700

Job Class: Warden of the Asylum

  • Graphic Wizardry: 4 out of 5
  • Passive Aggressive Management: ✔
  • Controller: Qanba Real Arcade Fighting Stick Q4 (3 in 1)

What kind of anime do you like?
Dumb comedies with heart, snarky romance, artsy symbolic thinkers

What are some of your favorites?
SDF Macross, the Gainax classics, more recently the -monogatari series, Nichijou and Penguindrum.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
I love classic RPGs, from the glory days of Squaresoft to present day Persona. I also really enjoy Bullet Hell Shooters from companies like Cave as well as indie stuff like Touhou. I do some light figure collecting, mostly nendoroids and figmas. I may even appreciate some vocaloid, but that’s between you and me.

Tweet! @brannewlovesong
Email! jel@theglorioblog.com

zigg_700

Job Class(es): Incoherent Podcaster, Toy Pusher, Rubber Suit Expert

  • Verbosity: Extreme
  • Tea: Yes please
  • Cyclone: Joker

What kind of anime do you like?
Epic, sweeping adventures, surreal arthouse pieces, action shows with plenty of heart. The more out of this world and fantastical, the better. I love ambitious, brave and thoughtful shows, and those that dare to be different.

What are some of your favorites?
Gurren Lagann is an all time high few can match. But Eureka Seven, Mawaru Penguindrum, FLCL and GaoGaiGar all come close. For softer or funnier moments, Cardcaptor Sakura and Azumanga Daioh are timeless classics. Porco Rosso is one of the greatest movies ever to emerge from Japan, as is Only Yesterday.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
As the blog’s resident fan of tokusatsu, I’m very much into men in rubber suits beating up other men in rubber suits while everything behind them explodes. I also maintain an interest in Japanese videogames, though probably not quite as in-depth as some of the others. And I have a collection of anime figures that’s way too large for my own good.

Tweet! @Dragonzigg
Email! dragonzigg@theglorioblog.com

iro_700

Job Class: Director of the Random Manga Theatre, Literary Snob

  • Fiction Writing: B++
  • Noble Phantasm: GLORIO Skype Chatroom, Anti-Army, Rank EX
  • When I Was Your Age: We watched in 240p and liked it you damn rabblerousers

What kind of anime do you like?
I tend to gravitate towards a good urban fantasy, but most things with strong worldbuilding and characters are right up my alley.

What are some of your favorites?
I’m known around here as the Type-Moon guy (Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero, Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai), and I’m also a big fan of Ryohgo Narita’s works (Baccano!, Durarara!!). When given a chance I will gush for hours about The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer. Otherwise, classic mecha like Gunbuster and Gurren Lagann never fail to entertain.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
I grew up on the JRPG greats like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, starting me on a lifelong obsession with the genre (and most recently, Persona). As mentioned, I do my best to keep up with Type-Moon, whatever their newest venture be. I have a passing interest in light novels.

Tweet! @Irothtin
Email! irothtin@theglorioblog.com

marlin_700

Job Class: Romantic Connoisseur

  • Hopeless Romantic: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
  • Objection!: That was objectionable.
  • Write a Number: Threeve

What kind of anime do you like?
While romance is my specialty in the blog, my greatest love is for absurdist comedies. There’s just something about throwing the audience for a loop with your comedy that makes me love a show. For shows where they combine like Arakawa, it’s really hard to find anything better.

What are some of your favorites?
My favorite of all time has to be Azumanga Daioh. It just has this great blend of cute and crazy that I fell in love with instantly. I’m also a huge fan of The Tatami Galaxy, which is a great show that really speaks to anyone who’s struggled in college. As for romance, my favorite has to be the beautiful music made by Nodame Cantabile.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
Like most everyone else, a love of anime usually goes hand in hand for a love of JRPGs. It makes sense, their stories and art can usually be much like a playable anime.

Tweet! @MarlinClock
Email! marlinclock@theglorioblog.com

aqua_700

Job Class: Jukebox Hero

  • Indie cred: 96.8%
  • ESRB Rating: M for Meticulous Monomania
  • Anime Girl I Would Take To The Prom: Yuno Gasai, she’d kill everyone and I would have a reason to go back home

What kind of anime do you like?
I get this question a lot, especially with stress on the “do”. In any case, a good anime to me is one that sparks my imagination and gets me thinking about it when I’m not watching. I appear to have a particular fondness for either fast-paced, twist-heavy shows with quirky characters, or slow, morose, artsy shows, both preferably on the darker side of vibes.

What are some of your favorites?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica has everything I want from a work of fiction. Other favourites are Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Death Note, Future Diary, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Ouran High School Host Club, FLCL, Durarara!!, Azumanga Daioh and Wandering Son. Whenever I feel under the weather, you may catch me watching Lucky Star, Hidamari Sketch or Minami-ke.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
I have a love/hate relationship with Japanese games, though I can pick out the cream of the crop by now. I like manga, in the rare case when it actually decides to be worth my precious time, like with The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, The Flowers of Evil, Gunslinger Girl, Yozakura Quartet or Yotsuba&!, of course. You can also find me hanging around tokusatsu, because it is very often some of the most imaginative and plain entertaining stuff a screen can convey. Finally, being a big music lover, I am also very interested in the Japanese — pardon my language — indie music scene. And with that I don’t mean Nico Nico Douga, no.

Tweet! @Aquagaze
Email! aquagaze@theglorioblog.com

timmy_700

Job Class: Expensive Loot Curator

  • Secondary Class: Lvl. 23 Procrastinator
  • Weapon of choice: Banana on a stick
  • Signature move: Super Octo Emerald Homing Spinning Laser Busting Tailwhip.

What kind of anime do you like?
Honestly, I’ll watch pretty much anything. From dumb comedies to serious tearjerker romances and everything in between, if it’s watchable then count me in. Although I do especially love shows that leave you pondering them well after you have watched them.

What are some of your favorites?
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is probably top dog for me. Others off the top of my head include Gunslinger Girl, FLCLTengen Toppa Gurren LagannThe Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaThe Place Promised in Our Early Days,  Black Lagoon, Bacanno, Full Metal Panic, and a whole lot more I am forgetting.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
This is a bit of a tough question for me seeing as I have only been exploring the wonders of Japanese culture for a few years now unlike most of the other guys here. If I had to say something it would be my growing love for anime style artwork with Niθ’s and Tony Taka’s stuff among my favorites. Also Japanese figures I guess if that wasn’t already obvious.

Tweet! @Itsatimmy
Email! timmy@theglorioblog.com

gee_700

Job Class: Hot Blooded Mecha Consultant

What kind of anime do you like?
Manly and hot blooded stories! Anime that gets your blood pumping as you watch the heroes struggle to defy all odds! To give a slightly better answer though, I like anime with straightforward and well-executed narratives supported by strong characterization. As an artist, I also love anything with good art direction or animation.

What are some of your favorites?
Predictably, most super robot or anime involving robots in general. Gunbuster/Diebuster, Getter Robo, Eureka 7, FLCL, and Gurren Lagann are my main favorites. From the manga side, I’m quite partial to the likes of Hajime no Ippo, The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, Yotsuba&!, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
As much crap as I’ll give them, I still love JRPGs, quirks and all. Whether it’s Chrono Trigger, Persona, Tales, or something else, I find they bring something to the table you can’t find in Western games. That’s not really that weird though…

Uh, I personally think that the pillows’ recent albums are actually pretty good, and while they may not have the nostalgia factor of their FLCL-era work, they’re good enough to stand on their own. Is that weird enough?

Tweet! @Gee0Man
Email! gee-man@theglorioblog.com

chris

Job Class: Nuclear Enhanced Dinosaur

  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Godzilla
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Godzilla
  • Best Picture: Godzilla: Final Wars

What kind of anime do you like?
Romantic comedies, most Shaft shows, anything that is good fun.

What are some of your favorites?
Clannad: After Story, Hunter x Hunter (2011), Steins;Gate, Katanagatari, Pani Poni Dash and more!

What other weird things from Japan are you into?
Video games are pretty cool. I’m particularly fond of RPGs, though I often spend more time worrying whether or not I have the time to finish them than actually playing them. I’m also rather fond of Japanese music, with Tomoyasu Hotei being a stand-out favourite. I also have many figurines, films and doodads from Japan. Godzilla is my waifu.

Tweet! @euricaeris

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