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: 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.

First Look: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

Haru Katou works in a section of the police department that could only be described as deadbeat, assigned to looking out for wayward children when he’d clearly rather be out there cleaning up crime and looked upon as a real police officer. His office is thrown into disarray when Daisuke Kanbe, a detective with both God-like assets and a God-like attitude, enters the picture.

First Look: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater

Tsurugi Hina has just moved to a coastal town with her family, just in time to start high school. She’s looking forward to joining the handicrafts club at her new school, but after a chance encounter with another student, she ends up joining the breakwater club instead. 

First Look: Princess Connect! Re:Dive

A girl named Kokkoro is sent to awaken and serve a sleeping hero, who has forgotten his past. They encounter a girl they call Pecorine (who is I’m assuming is a princess), and the trio head toward Pecorine’s homeland.

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: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

After a nasty fall, spoiled child Katarina Claes suddenly remembers her past life: she was a teenage otaku and the world she lives in resembles “Fortune Lover”, a visual novel game she played before she died. To make matters worse, she realizes she has been reincarnated as the game’s antagonist that meets a terrible end in every route. Can her extensive knowledge of the game help change her fate or will it only make things worse?

First Look: Sakura Wars The Animation

Set after the 2019 Sakura Wars game, the Imperial Combat Revue Flower Division – a troupe of mech pilot troops – must deal with a new demonic invasion as well as take care of the amnesiac sole survivor of the Moscow Combat Revue. Also the OP is a banger.

First Look: Kakushigoto

Kakushi Goto is a loving father of a young daughter. He tries his best to give her a good life despite the loss of her mother at some point in the past. However, the one thing he doesn’t want for her is to discover his embarrassing secret: he’s actually a famous author of ecchi manga.

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.

First Look: Listeners

In a world devoid of music and under constant attack by monstrous creatures known as the Earless, Echo Rec is a boy who makes his living as a junk collector in his small town. One day, he stumbles upon a mysterious girl with an audio input jack on her body and no memories of her past. Turns out she possesses the rare ability of a Player, an individual capable of controlling mechs called Equipment.  The two embark on a journey of self discovery.