First Look: Komi Can’t Communicate

Shouko Komi is the most popular girl in school, adored by many as a cool, aloof beauty who won’t deign to talk to mere mortals. This perception couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as resident good boy Hitohito Tadano realizes that Komi is merely suffering from extreme social anxiety. In spite of this “communicative disorder”, he promises to help her make one hundred friends, but the rest of the school doesn’t exactly appreciate a milquetoast everyman like Tadano cosying up to their queen bee…

The Wrap-Up: Summer 2021

In The Wrap-Up, all of our contributors get to shine a spotlight on the show they thought to be the very best of the past few weeks, as well as reflect back on the preview to see which shows let us down the most. When you watch currently airing anime or tokusatsu, eventually the question will rise which of these shows can rank amongst the medium’s true classics. Regardless of who covered what, this is where we single out the cream of the crop, and decide which shows from the past season deserve to stand the test of time.

First Look: The Aquatope on White Sand

Eighteen-year-old Fuuka Miyazawa decides to take an impromptu vacation to Okinawa after she fails to realize her dreams as an idol in Tokyo. There, she meets Kukuru Misakino, the self-appointed director of a local aquarium.

First Look: The Detective is Already Dead

Some random guy finds himself on a suspiciously spacious plane with a mysterious suitcase — upon which he is promptly roped into assisting a brilliant detective who is coincidentally also a middle school girl. Together they fight a guy whose ear spouts tentacles, visit a school festival and have a lot of magniloquent conversations about nothing. At best.

The Wrap-Up: Spring 2021

It’s alive! It’s aliiiiive! In celebration of what has to be one of the greatest anime seasons in recorded history, we at The Glorio Blog were reminded of the fact that we are, apparently, a blog, and therefore expected to deliver written content. Hence, the highly anticipated (?) return of our most tried and truest feature — The Wrap-Up.

First Look: The World Ends With You

Waking up a ghost in the middle of Shibuya Crossing, amnesiac Neku Sakuraba finds himself competing in the Reapers’ Game, a weeklong struggle for survival that takes place in a parallel universe known as the Underground. He teams up with a girl named Shiki Mikami, but their partnership gets off to a rough start once the Reapers make their appearance.

First Look: Koikimo

A high school girl makes the extremely ill-advised mistake of saving a businessman from falling down the stairs. Fully convinced that this means they are destined to be together, the man then proceeds to bother, harass, stalk and proposition her for the remainder of the episode and I can only imagine the rest of the show. This is supposed to be funny, by the way. Yeah.

First Look: Adachi and Shimamura

High school delinquents Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura spend their days cutting class, playing ping-pong in their secret hiding spot, observing the rest of school toiling away at gym and cultivating a relationship they both realize can grow beyond mere friendship anytime soon.

GLORIO goes Ghibli — Castle in the Sky

To fill in a gaping hole in his credibility as an anime lover, Aqua takes a look at the films that cemented the legacy of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takehata’s legendary Studio Ghibli.

This time, he checks Studio Ghibli’s debut picture, the movie that every JRPG ever released aims to be.

First Look: Sing “Yesterday” For Me

Rikuo Uozumi is struggling with adapting to life after college, sustaining himself by working part-time at a convenience store. As he gets closer to Haru, a regular customer with a pet crow, and his old flame Shinako enters his life once more, Rikuo finally finds the motivation to escape his rut. Matters are complicated, however, once the mysterious Haru turns out to be a former student of Shinako’s.

First Look: Arte

Following the recent passing of her father, a young noblewoman named Arte decides to leave her sheltered life behind and pursue a career in art. In 16th century Florence, however, that is easier said than done for a girl.

GLORIO goes Ghibli — Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

To fill in a gaping hole in his credibility as an anime lover, Aqua takes a look at the films that cemented the legacy of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takehata’s legendary Studio Ghibli.

This week, he checks out Miyazaki’s second film and first independent effort, a rousing call to arms for anyone who cares about anything, really.

The GLORIO Decade: The 2010s in Anime Music

Music is as integral to a piece of media as visuals or plot, which is why for as long as The GLORIO Blog has existed, we have done some variety of a feature about our favourite anime songs. With the decade having come to a close, we’re presenting the most memorable tracks of them all right here, with all the pithy commentary from yours truly you’ve come to expect.

First Look: Stars Align

Shijo Minami Middle School is known all over the country for its excellent girls’ soft tennis team. The boys’ team, on the other hand, is little more than a punch line. Desperate to avert his club’s dissolution following a draconic new rule imposed by the student council, the team’s captain tries to recruit Maki Katsuragi, a new transfer student, after noticing his amazing reflexes. Maki, however, refuses to join unless the club is willing to pay him — hinting at the fact that he has other things to be worried about.

Our Two Cents: One of Us

What do you do when you want to write a top ten list, but you’re too lazy to come up with ten whole entries? Just ask your friends to chip in! Our Two Cents is a feature in which the writers of The Glorio Blog take turns to throw in their proverbial two cents on one topic at a time. That’s one far-fetched question, with up to ten entirely unsolicited answers! Today, we’re discussing those creators from outside the anime industry we’d like to see attempting a transfer.