GLORIO Winter 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

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With another season and a new year of Glorio Blogging ahead of us, it’s time for a fresh batch of anime to help us through the cold Winter months. The delightfully goofy Space Dandy has certainly grabbed a lot of attention with its creative pedigree and aggressive marketing, and there are plenty of other potential sleepers rounding out part 1 of our season guide. What’s looking good to you folks out there? Let us know after you grab a round of trailers on us, and stay tuned for part 2 later this week!

[12/25/2013 updated with new trailer for Seitokai Yakuindomo Season 2]
[12/24/2013 updated with new trailer for Nobunaga The Fool]
[12/20/2013 updated with new trailer for Super Sonico The Animation]
[12/20/2013 updated with new trailer for Lately, My Little Sister Has Been a Bit Strange]
[12/20/2013 Part 2 of the guide is now available here.]
[12/19/2013 updated with new trailer for Love Song to a Certain Pilot]

Lately, My Little Sister Has Been a Bit Strange

Saikin Imouto No Yousu Ga Chotto Okaishiin Da Ga, ImoCho, That One With the Chastity Belt
Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/4/2014
Studio: Project No. 9
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin

STARTING THE NEW SEASON WITH A BANG, WOO! As Iro so eloquently explained when covering the manga for RMT, this particular imouto series is about a girl possessed by a ghost that wants to get it on with her step brother, which is the only way it can find peace. Apparently there is also a magic chastity belt involved somehow. In keeping with my streak of being a HORRIBLE PERSON, I’m forcing Iro to finish the job and cover the anime adaptation.

Seitokai Yakuindomo 2

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/4/2014
Studio: GoHands
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin

All I can remember from Seitokai Yakiundomo is the rather bland character designs and a copious amount of sex jokes. It’s something about a dude joining the student council of a formerly all-girls school. The new trailer certainly doesn’t offer much, but Marlin says it’s funny so he’ll be giving it a look.

Buddy Complex

Anime Original
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Sunrise
GLORIO Coverage: Dragonzigg

Not a whole lot of info floating around on this one aside from two high school boys become bros and apparently get super robots. I have to be honest the trailer certainly doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from any other mecha show, and the art style almost looks like it’s something for kids. Nevertheless, we’ll have Zigg on the case to see if there’s anything worth checking out.

Noragami

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Bones
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin

In Noragami a girl is being bullied in school and calls a number on a bathroom stall that claims will solve her problems. In response, a fairly useless god shows up and I’m assuming some kind of crazy hijinks ensue? It’s hard to say if this will be any good, but the building blocks are there for a sleeper. Marlin will be giving it a shot and letting us know.

Nobunagun

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Bridge
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong

I… I’m not even sure where to start with this. A girl on a school trip is attacked by aliens but saved by agents with weapons based on the spirits of historical figures? She ends up with the power of Oda Nobunaga in the form of a giant gun, hence the title. Other historical figures like Gandhi and Isaac Newton also appear as weapons, and the trailer kind of gives off an old Gainax/present day Trigger low-budget-crazy-in-your-face kind of vibe. Whether or not that means too crazy will be up to Lifesong, who will be giving this a look.

Tonari no seki kun

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin

I’m kind of expecting this to be a short, but the art style looks vaguely reminiscent of a low budget Nichijou and that alone makes me think it deserves further investigation. The premise revolves around a boy who makes strange, elaborate dioramas on his desk and the girl that sits next to him that happens to notice. Seeing as Marlin loved Nichijou just as much as I did, he’ll be giving it a look should it turn out to be a full length series.

Witch Craft Works

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: J.C. Staff
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong

Stop me if you heard this one before: generic looking dude goes to school with a perfect girl that just happens to be the most powerful witch in the world, she swears to protect him and a romantic comedy follows soon thereafter. The trailer looks kind of fun but nothing particularly noteworthy, even so Life will be checking it out for any surprises.

No-rin

Light Novel Adaptation
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Silverlink
GLORIO Coverage: Lifesong

Kicking off a trailer with a Basic Instinct parody already tells me this could be the type of irreverent comedy I tend to enjoy. The story is about an idol who retires and attends a normal high school, and a boy that was one of her fans that tries to get to know her as a person. It’s the kind of plot that could be really dumb and pandering or it could be pretty funny and sweet. It’s also being directed by the talented Shin Oonuma whom Lifesong particularly enjoys, so he’ll be giving this one a look.

Space Dandy

Anime Original
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Bones
GLORIO Coverage: Zigg

Space Dandy has garnered a ton of attention for being the next project of legendary Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe as well as the concerted effort to market it directly to English speaking audiences. The silly tone, retro art style, and premiere on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block ahead of Japan certainly make that clear. I really have no clue what is going here, all I can tell you is watch the trailer, which claims “Space Dandy is… a dandy guy in space.” Zigg, this one is all yours.

Nobunaga the Fool

Anime Original
Air Date: 1/5/2014
Studio: Satelight
GLORIO Coverage: Gee-Man

In this season’s other sci-fi re-imagining of Oda Nobunaga, the ol’ warlord is carted out by Jeanne D’Arc and Leonardo da Vinci and used to fight some East vs. West planet war with giant robots. I can’t make these things up people. I guess we’ll have to see which Nobunaga inspired show can out crazy the other. Since this one does ostensibly seems to be a mecha show, we’ll have Gee analyze it with his fighting robot expertise.

Love Song to A Certain Pilot

To aru hikuushi e no Koiuta
Light Novel Adaptation
Air Date: 1/6/2014
Studio: TMS Entertainment
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin

Set in the same world as a film called The Princess and The Pilot, this particular story focuses on an ex-prince on a journey through the skies. Inevitably he will run into some pretty girls along the way – including a princess that was a part of the revolution that overthrew his kingdom. Joking aside I could see this having a understated sense of adventure and perhaps a little romance, so this could be a nice little bright spot for the season. Iro has actually seen The Princess and The Pilot so he’ll be checking it out.

D-Frag!

Manga Adaptation
Air Date: 1/6/2014
Studio: Brains Base
GLORIO Coverage: Marlin

D-Frag! tells the eternal tale of a delinquent gang leader forced to join a club full of weird girls who will no doubt force him to do weird, non-delinquent things. Despite a complete lack of context the trailer looks funny and the premise of mixing some wannabe delinquents into your typical wacky girls’ club has potential. A new Brains Base Romantic Comedy seems perfect for Marlin, even if he doesn’t realize it yet, so he’ll be giving it a look.

Super Sonico The Animation

Anime Original
Air Date: 1/6/2014
Studio: White Fox
GLORIO Coverage: Timmy

Look folks, you’re going to know right away whether you’re on board with this or not. The voluptuous mascot of visual novel company Nitroplus is getting her own animated adventure, and considering she has no particular backstory or personality I wouldn’t get your hopes too high for anything deep and meaningful. The trailer looks SLIGHTLY less creepy than I was expecting but whatever, if this is your thing who am I to judge? Speaking of that, Timmy is actually quite the Sonico fan so he’s our obvious choice for coverage.

Hamatora

Anime Original
Air Date: 1/7/2014
Studio: NAZ
GLORIO Coverage: Irothtin

In what seems to be a leftover from this past season’s wave of urban fantasy settings, Hamatora is an original story featuring super powered detectives hired to find a serial killer. The twist is all the victims were super powered themselves. Not much else to go on but the premise could be cool and the art is pretty stylish. Iro has volunteered to cover this, so hopefully it will be good enough to cleanse ImoCho out of his system.

2 thoughts on “GLORIO Winter 2014 Anime Guide Part 1

  1. I am looking forward to the second season of Seitokai Yakuindomo. The fun part isn’t just the sexual jokes, it’s the tsukomu that follows them, and the variety of ways Japanese punnery can be used saucily. It is a beauty of language on display. (Though if anyone were to check the OVAs, one could even call this a 3d season).

    I read the light novel for The Princess and the Pilot. Didn’t expect there to be a sequel, as the story was quite complete. Wonder if it would remain true to the original novel.

    • My remarks on Seitokai Yakuindomo were more out of ignorance than anything. I’ve heard some people say it was entertaining including our own Marlin. For Princess and the Pilot from what I understand this new series is not a sequel but just takes place in the same world.

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