I made a visual novel!

If you’re reading this blog, that probably means you’ve at least got a tangential interest in cartoon teenage girls saying things written by grown men who have never talked to a teenage girl before in their entire lives! Do you? Well, then I have got news for you.

First Look: Shine Post

Haru, Rio and Kyouka are working hard to take their idol unit TiNgS all the way to the top, but their efforts aren’t translating into audience turnouts in the slightest. When their disbandment seems imminent, the president of their talent agency decides to give them one last chance… but in order to make anything of it, the girls are going to need a manager who can do the impossible.

First Look: When Will Ayumu Make His Move?

Urushi knows that her underclassman in the shogi club, Ayumu, is smitten with her. Much to her frustration, however, he refuses to ask her out until he’s managed to beat her in fair game. As his shogi skills leave a lot to be desired, Urushi tries to get him to confess in myriad other ways, but his impenetrable poker face is as much of an obstacle to her as Urushi’s superior play is to him.

First Look: Luminous Witches

In a world where World War II is fought against aliens instead of fascists, Major Grace Maitland Steward, who has retired from active duty after losing her magical powers, launches a proposal to motivate troops through the power of music. You probably know what happens next.

First Look: Akebi’s Sailor Uniform

Komichi Akebi is about to start attending a prestigious girls’ junior high school, and is looking forward to wearing its signature sailor uniform like her mother used to. Unfortunately for her, however, times — and the school’s uniform policy — have changed.

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.