A Very GLORIO trip to Scotland Loves Animation 2021

Scotland Loves Animation is a yearly festival that runs in Glasgow and Edinburgh, bringing a curated selection of premieres and classic movies to the big screen for a week in October. Three of us from the GLORIO crew were there this month for the latest instalment, where we watched fifteen different films in the charmingly cosy Edinburgh Filmhouse cinema.

First Look: Build Divide: Code Black

By playing and winning games of Build Divide, you can earn key chips. If you collect twenty-one of those, you get a shot at being able to play against the King, where victory means a wish of yours will be granted. It’s an anime adaptation of a trading card game.

First Look: Muteking: The Dancing Hero

Muteki arrives at the busting Neo San Francisco with plans to stay with his grandma. While out exploring the city he meets DJ aka DJ, a man with a boombox and little care for personal space. When an evil force turns a crowd of festival-goers into a puddle of ink, he uses his boombox to transform Muteki into Muteking, the Dancing Hero!

First Look: Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut

The World War is over, and the UZSR and the UK are in the midst of a space race. After successfully sending a dog into space, the time for human missions is quickly approaching. However, still unsure if it’s safe for humans to venture into space, the UZSR look to send the next closest thing; a vampire.

First Look: The Duke of Death and his Maid

A young duke, known to us simply as Bocchan, was cursed by a witch when he was just a child. As a result, anything he touches dies. Though his family has abandoned him, he’s served by his ever-loyal maid Alice, who enjoys nothing more than teasing the easily-flustered duke.

First Look: Girlfriend, Girlfriend

Mukai Nayoya has recently started dating his childhood friend Saki Saki (yes, that’s her name), and things are going smoothly. During school, he’s asked out by Minase Nagisa, a girl he’s seemingly never met before. He loves his girlfriend sincerely, but instead of turning Nagisa down, he opts instead to try and date them both openly. Yeah.

First Look: Shaman King (2021)

You Asakura is a shaman, which enables him to see and communicate with the spirits of the dead. He was also born with an evil twin, who immediately channelled a spirit and noped out of the room moments after birth because his grandpa tried to kill him. 

First Look: Cestvs: The Roman Fighter

Cestvs is a slave in the Roman Empire, drafted as a boxer to fight other slaves for the entertainment of the high class. Due to his owner being a “merciful man”, he will gain his freedom upon winning 100 fights, though a single loss will guarantee his demise. 

First Look: Let’s Make a Mug Too

Himeno Toyokawa’s family run a small café in the city of Tajimi, and she’s eager to encourage her new classmates to visit as she introduces herself on the first day of highschool. After showing off some of the café’s unique mugs, she’s approached by the energetic Kukuri Mika, who wants to show her around the pottery club.

First Look: MARS RED

It’s 1923, and Major Yoshinobu Maeda has been sent to Tokyo after reports of an actress being severely injured on stage. The wounds were near-fatal, yet she had completely recovered after only four hours. 

First Look: Horimiya (live action)

Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura both have a side to themselves that they don’t share with their peers. The two seem to be complete opposites of each other, but after a chance meeting outside of school, they quickly realise that they aren’t so different after all. 

First Look: D4DJ First Mix

Rinku is a very enthusiastic girl who grew up on a small African island, and while she may be unfamiliar with a lot of things, she really likes H Jungle With t’s 1995 hit single Wow War Tonight. 

First Look: Maesetsu! Opening Act

Mafuyu and three other college students want to be successful manzai comedians, so they go to a high school and… mime a band performance? They spend the rest of the episode thinking it’d be nice to be comedians. 

First Look: Moriarty the Patriot

Seven young boys have been brutally murdered, yet the killer is still at large. William Moriarty is on the case, though his idea of justice is a little different from what you might expect from a so-called crime consultant.

First Look: Talentless Nana

On an island in the middle of nowhere, a school has been setup to nurture students who possess incredible ‘talents’. The hope is that they’ll use them to fight the Enemies of Humanity, a rather aptly named group of monsters, but there are concerns that they may have already infiltrated the island.

First Look: Monster Girl Doctor

Glenn and Saphentite, a human and a lamia, are two doctors who treat a variety of different species. Despite their professionalism on the job, this is an anime so things get horny quickly.

First Look: Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2

Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane still like each other, and are still too egotistical and embarrassed in equal measure to go ahead and admit it. Strap yourselves in for another season of misunderstandings, comical situations and failed attempts at getting the other person to admit their feelings.