First Look: Jushinki Pandora: LAST HOPE

The development of revolutionary energy technology led to a mass apocalyptic event created by “Evolution Fields,” which have caused biological organisms to merge with technology, leading to monstrous evolution and devastation. In the wake of this apocalyptic event, humans desperately fight against both these monsters and each other for survival.

First Look: Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Jumping in right where we left off 13(!) years ago with The Second Raid, Kaname Chidori is once again the target of various military conspiracies and PMC ambushes. Teletha “Tessa” Testarossa’s estranged brother, Leonard, has returned to kidnap Chidori and do various shady bad guy things. Once again, Chidori’s bodyguard/classmate/boyfriend Sousuke Sagara steps up to the plate to deal with it all, preferably while in a giant robot.

First Look: Golden Kamuy

Sugimoto “The Immortal” Saichi is a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War who’s desperate to make some quick cash to help his deceased friend’s widow. Hearing a rumor about a stash of hidden Ainu gold in the Hokkaido wilderness, he teams up with a young Ainu girl named Asirpa on a bloody quest to find it. But they’re not the only ones after the gold. Between mutinous army platoons, political revolutionaries, and the most violent and dangerous criminals Northern Japan has to offer, the duo have their work cut out for them.

First Look: Gundam Build Divers

In the future, gunpla battle has evolved to the final frontier…VR MMOs. Now players log into Gunpla Battle Nexus Online, a virtual world where Gundam fans can meet up and live out their Gundam fantasies in the digital world. Inspired by the reigning gunpla battle champion, Riku embarks on his journey to become the best gunpla battler.

First Look: Darling in the FranXX

Humanity fights monsters known as Klaxosaurs with humanoid giant robots known as Franxx. Each one is piloted by a boy-girl duo known as, “parasites.” Hiro is a parasite whose washed out of the program after his failure to reach synchronicity with his former partner. Ready to leave for good, a chance meeting with the mysterious fatalistic parasite known as Zero-2 changes his fate forever.

First Look: Devilman Crybaby

Akira Fudo is a sensitive young man with a good heart, but lacks the bravery or ambition to do much with his life. When his best friend Ryo Asuka shows up and reveals to him the existence of demons that have returned from their age long slumber to conquer the Earth, Akira must merge with the devil Amon and become Devilman, the one who can combine the raw destructive power of a devil with the good soul of a human being.

A Very GLORIO 2017: Gee’s Arbitrary Hot Takes

2017, despite being something of a garbage fire of a year, ended up being pretty good for anime. Between some original standouts, old franchises returning to form, and some excellent adaptations, anime is as fresh as it’s ever been, even in the face of some truly offensive offerings. As my life gets busier, I find I end up watching less than I’d like, but nonetheless, here’s my arbitrary list of awards that give me an excuse to talk about some of that anime.

First Look: Welcome to the Ballroom

Fujita Tatara is an ordinary middle school student struggling to find purpose in life. After being saved from bullies by the pro dancer Kaname Sengoku, he begins to take an interest in ballroom dancing. Inspired by fellow classmate, Hanaoka Shizuku, Tatara decides to devote himself to dancesport. 

Final Thoughts: Little Witch Academia

In 2013, Trigger dared to save anime and bring joy into our cold dead hearts with the original Little Witch Academia OVA. In 2015, they threatened us with smiles and magic yet again with Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. In 2017, could they make lightning strike thrice? We share our closing thoughts on Trigger’s latest original anime TV series.

Pilgrimage to Mecha 08: Dominion Tank Police (OVA)

Join us for our Pilgrimage to Mecha – where I go back in time and catch up on some of the classics and hidden gems of the mecha genre. Whether it was before my time or I simply missed out on them, it’s time for me to watch them and let you know why you should too!

This time, I share my thoughts on two different takes on the Masamune Shirow classic: Dominion Tank Police

First Look: Little Witch Academia

Inspired as a child by the witch, Shiny Chariot, Akko Kagari enrolls at Luna Nova Magical Academy to achieve her dream of becoming a witch. Unfortunately, she has seemingly no magical powers, putting her at odds with the school and its students. Undeterred by this, Akko, along with her friends Lotte and Sucy, embark on the path to magical mastery.

First Look: Akiba’s Trip The Animation

Akihabara has been beset by mysterious creatures who possess humans. Weak to direct exposure, they can only be defeated by removing the clothes of their host, even if said victim isn’t wearing much to begin with. I don’t fucking know man. Tamotsu Denkigai is your regular hapless NEET waste of space who suddenly finds himself drafted into the fight to save Akihabara.

A Very GLORIO 2016: Gee’s Hot Takes of Excellence

2016 is already over? Crazy! What a shitshow huh? 2016 was a solid year for anime (if not for literally anything else) and my awards are my chance to give a shoutout to their various accomplishments and qualities. Some of these awards are old standards, others are just my gut reactions to things I liked in 2016. Whatever, let’s go!

First Look: Drifters

Shimazu Toyohisa is mortally wounded at the Battle of Sekigahara. Instead of dying, he finds himself transported to an alternate world where other historical figures like him have been transported to as well. These warriors of different time and place are known as the “Drifters.”

First Look: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans

The year is 323 of the Post Disaster era. Centuries after a great war between Earth and Mars, Mars has been terraformed into a habitable planet that chafes under Earth’s rule. Amidst the growing Mars independence movement, Mikazuki Augus is a war orphan and member of Chryse Guard Security, a martian mercenary group. Gundam Barbatos, a weapon of a bygone era is housed at their headquarters, dormant and acting as a power supply. When CGS comes under attack from Earth’s military arm, Gjallarhorn, Augus steps into Gundam Barbatos and begins his fight against Earth.

First Look: Prison School

Hachimitsu Academy is one of the most famous all-girls schools in Japan, known for both its high pedigree and strict rules. Kiyoshi Fujino along with Takehito “Gakuto” Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jouji “Joe” Nezu, and Reiji “Andre” Andou are the first male students ever admitted to Hachimitsu. But when a series of perverted incidents ends up with them incarcerated in the school’s private prison, their willpower and desire for freedom will be put to the test.