GLORIO Summer 2015 Anime Guide Part 1

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Can you believe Summer 2015 marks three complete years of GLORIO blogging? It feels like only yesterday we were covering modern anime classics like Kingdom while somehow skipping what turned out to be one of my favorite anime ever. Twelve seasons and nearly 300 series later we’re still going strong and, if I can say so myself, putting out some of our best content yet. Thanks goes to all you loyal readers out there, some who have been with us through all of it. Your likes and comments are always appreciated!

Looking at this particular Summer season, we have our work cut out for us. Those pesky light novels are making a comeback and a lot of the new series are leaving us uncertain at best. Part 1 of our guide is headlined by the hopefully glorious train wreck that is Chaos Dragon while shamefully hiding Shimoseka, the front runner for Worst Show of the Season. Somewhere in the middle we have the return of Aquarion and Symphogear, the hot blooded action of Gangsta and Ushio & Tora, and some unknown romantic comedy potential with Classroom Crisis. With that kind of lineup maybe “glorious train wreck” is the best any of these shows can hope for, but surely we will find the surprise hits like we always do. Take a look, judge for yourself, and let us know what you’ll be watching.

Chaos Dragon

Drunken Tabletop RPG Session Adaptation by Silver Link
Air Date: 7/2/2015
Imagine Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero), Kinoko Nasu (Fate/Stay Night, Garden of Sinners), Ryohgo Narita (Baccano! Durarara!), author Izuki Kougyoku (no one cares), and illustrator Simadoriru (also no one cares) got drunk one night and played a tabletop RPG session with Makoto Sanda (part of the Record of Lodoss War team) as Game Master, then when they woke up the next morning they decided to make an anime out of it. You don’t have to imagine because that’s basically what happened, and thus Chaos Dragon was born. The actual plot is something about a small nation that has been conquered by its neighbor and the main characters presumably fighting to take it back or something, but let’s be honest: this is going to be hottest of messes and I can’t wait. Given the respective authors already have trouble reigning in their ideas on their own, I can’t imagine how crazy things could get with all of them together. I doubt Chaos Dragon will be good, but I’m confident it will be a spectacle. I’ll have my popcorn ready.

Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2

Fake Vocaloid Adaptation by Liden Films
Air Date: 7/2/2015
Guys, girls, you might not believe me but the first season of Miss Monochrome was really great. The plot, which is basically “What if Hastune Miku was a broke nobody and tried to be an idol?”, is a subtle, incredibly charming jab at the idol industry with a little touch of Immortal Robot Lonliness for depth. Even as a 3 minute short it was one my favorite shows of 2013 and turned my attention onto Liden Films, currently doing a great job with Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. Since the first series Miss Monochrome has been tagging along with legendary voice actress Yui Horie as her fake vocaloid alter ego (wow, that is a weird thing to say) so she’s hasn’t been completely out of the spotlight, but even so I’m shocked they’re making another season of anime. In the meantime go watch season 1, you can get through the whole thing in about an hour and it’s totally worth it.

Gangsta

Manga Adaptation by Manglobe
Air Date: 7/2/2015
Tired of cute girls eating cake in club rooms? Non-descript boys with no social skills somehow becoming Anime Jesus? Well based on the trailer and the description, Gangsta might be aimed right at you. The story revolves around two bad enough dudes that are somehow pulling jobs for both the Mafia AND the police. Granted this might have enough testosterone to break down into a male fantasy show of a different kind, but I’m willing to take a chance on something a little bit grittier. If they can tack on some decent plotlines and characters this might be worth keeping an eye on.

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Anime Original by Lerche
Air Date: 7/3/2015
I’m assuming this would resonate more if I knew who Edogawa Ranpo was but aside from Wikipedia telling me he was a famous mystery novelist, I got nothing. It appears Ranpo Kitan is more of an “inspired by” situation than an adaptation of one of his works, so maybe that doesn’t even matter. The plot itself revolves around a school age genius detective sent to investigate a series of murders. I think I will hereby call this series Naoto Shirogane: Boy Detective. It even has infamous Persona 4: The Animation director Seiji Kishi at the helm! OK that’s not particularly positive, but this seems worth a look at least.

Classroom Crisis

Anime Original by Lay-Duce
Air Date: 7/3/2015
In the not too distant future, students attend a high school where they are paid a salary and work developing spaceships. First of all, I would have signed up for that school in a heartbeat. Second, this is being openly billed as a romantic comedy, so while the premise sounds cool I’m a little worried it won’t matter. I really hope the concept isn’t thrown away to recycle some anime clichés. That said, it’s got some fresh talent working on it so maybe they’ll surprise us. Also, that is a classy logo, how bad could it be?

Aquarion Logos

Anime Original by Satelight
Air Date: 7/3/2015
I don’t know anything about Aquarion besides the last series had women orgasming to power their robots and the Yoko Kanno soundtracks are pretty sweet, so I am probably grossly under qualified to write about this. It probably doesn’t matter because no one else knows anything about this latest project either. Judging by the trailer and the series’ reputation for being totally bonkers, it looks like this 10th anniversary project will be par for the course. Whether that is a good or a bad thing has been a hotly debated topic over the years, so we’ll see when it airs.

The Castle Town of Dandelion

Jokumachi no Dandelion

Manga Adaptation by Production IMS
Air Date: 7/3/2015
Nine Royal siblings live out their life Big Brother style under the public eye but instead of getting voted out, the goal is to get voted in to being the next ruler of the nation. Oh, and they also have super powers. It sounds like a potentially original concept but the quality of the trailer is a little dicey and anime can’t seem to have a group of siblings without some kind of incest. Color me skeptical. On the flip side, it’s the also the kind of crazy concept you could only get with an anime comedy that could be a lot of fun, so I hope they can pull it off.

Ushio and Tora

Manga Adaptation by MAPPA
Air Date: 7/3/2015
MAPPA, you owe us one after last season’s Punch Line and no, I don’t care about claims that actually got good toward the end. Ushio and Tora is a nearly 20 year old manga, so it’s tough to say which way this could go. A story about a boy and his giant Man Tiger thrashing mythological beasts sounds rad, but will there be enough hot blooded adventure to counter the inevitable avalanche of shonen manga tropes? The animation looks great in the trailer, so at the very least the fights could be cool. I’d say this is another one to keep an eye on.

Gate: JSDF’s Otherworldly Ops

Gate: Jiei-tai Ka no Chi ni te, Kaku Tatakaeri, Iro and I Take Liberties With the Titles Again

Light Novel Adaptation by A-1 Pictures
Air Date: 7/4/2015
A gate opens in Ginza and pours out all kinds of Medieval fantasy monsters and what not. An intrepid squad of JSDF soldiers head in to investigate, and are joined by a local elf girl in their adventure. I am extremely wary of the fact that this is based on a light novel and the main character is described as an “otaku solider”. This could very well end up being another dumb power fantasy thing that thinks it’s far more clever than it really is. Still, the small amount of footage in the trailer looks OK so I don’t want to judge too harshly yet. Maybe we’ll finally get a good anime based on a light novAHAHAHAHAHA… sorry, I’m saying crazy things again.

Symphogear GX

Anime Original by Satelight
Air Date: 7/4/2015
I’ve enjoyed the bits of dumb, over the top action I’ve caught from Symphogear, to the point where it’s always been hovering at the top of my backlog. With as much musical space idol fighting as you could possibly want this side of Macross, I’m kind of surprised I’ve never made time for it. The trailer for the third season looks like it’s going to be more of the same, so maybe now is the time to catch up. I know in trying to watch the first season when it originally aired I got hung up on all the stupid character melodrama, so if someone can convince me there’s less of that and more punching things, I think I’m on board.

Shimoseka

Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai, A Boring World Where the Concept of “Dirty Jokes” Doesn’t Exist, A Flaccid World Without Low-Hanging Fruit, Dumb Light Novel #675432129

Light Novel Adaptation by J.C. Staff
Air Date: 7/4/2015
You know what? I’m going to guess that this will turn out like last season’s Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? (also by J.C. Staff) where it sounds like the worst thing possible but only turns out to be normal levels of bad… at least that’s what I thought until I saw the penis shaped loading bar that kicks off the trailer. As with all light novels, the title makes the premise abundantly clear so I’m not going to bother explaining it. I’m assuming this is a gross overreaction to some of the legislation in Tokyo over the past couple years and the author thinks they are being smart and profound as they fight the EVILS OF CENSORSHIP. If anyone knows more about the series feel free to correct me, but based on that concept this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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18 thoughts on “GLORIO Summer 2015 Anime Guide Part 1

  1. Hey, those, pesky light novels are invigorating anime! If anything we should be kissing the ground they walk on. 🙂 Love your blog and the Summer 2015 Anime Season Guide. I’ll be watching Aquarion Logos and Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace. And, hey, why would Seiji Kishi be infamous I wonder? On second thought I sense an anime fan disagreement so don’t answer that.
    Cassandra @ The Huge Anime Fan blog

      • Haven’t seen that anime but then again I am not all that into a lot of action anime these days. I am branching out and just because one anime is terrible does not make them all accountable. Food for thought.

      • They are short, bite-sized pieces of craziness. I bet most would be more enjoyable than the first episodes of most of the anime the crew are forced to watch.

        That said, I still can’t explain why I enjoyed Ai Mai Mi.

  2. Woooot, so excited for Gangsta and Gate Jietai! Gate should be an interesting surprise for you guys since as far as I’ve read, it veers more seriously seinen and not otaku power fantasy. Gangsta’s manga is incredible in terms of art and the storylines are fairly out of the ordincary, so I’m excited to see how the anime handles it. As you say, well done grit is always welcome in this otaku pandering world

  3. Chaos Dragon looks like a hot mess with potential. I don’t know, I’m getting Aldnoah Zero vibes. Those basic character designs though…all of them literally have the same eyes with minor tweaks. Either way, expectations are hitting 0K for this season

    • I’m mostly interested in Chaos Dragon to see what kind of crazy ideas that group comes up with, they’re all very good at having crazy ideas.

  4. Aldnoah Zero vibes is not exactly high praise around these parts. It has the same possibility every DnD campaign has, 10% competently done, 50% boring, 30% terrible and 10% so terrible it’s hilarious.

  5. So you’re basically writing witty comments about shows you know nothing about trying too hard to sound smart and judging them based on your terrible taste.

    Do the world a favor and stop writing this mess of a blog.

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