To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we’re reliving our favorite part of forcing ourselves to watch every anime that ever comes out: the surprises. Just about every season a show or two pops up out of nowhere and turns out to be pretty good, and we wanted to give a shout out to a few you might of missed. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at 2014 and 2015.
Welcome to “A Very GLORIO 2014″, our look back at the best of the past year. We’ll be featuring a different post from each of our authors everyday leading up to our top 10 shows of the year. This year, Iro’s raging against the machine and looking at what he thought was extra shitty. Happy Holidays!
Welcome to “A Very GLORIO 2014”, our look back at the best of the past year. We’ll be featuring a different post from each of our authors everyday leading up to our top 10 shows of the year. To start things off Jel fights off his inner cynic and lists his favorite anime moments from 2014.
Ritsu’s new friendship goes south as she unexpectedly ends up at a karaoke mixer. Back home, a little bit of plum “juice” coaxes her into some much needed honesty.
Sayaka receives a visit from an old friend and her housemates are more than willing to pry embarrassing stories out of her. Ritsu is beginning to open up and seems to make a friend of her own, leaving Usa with mixed feelings.
Usa returns to work at the houseboy cafe as they install some new bookshelves, which seem to attract a few repeat customers. Chinatsu returns to the complex seeking help with her summer homework and stirs things up a bit with her brutal honesty.
Mayumi is feeling particularly depressed and stages an impromptu acoustic show on the roof of the complex. Ritsu freaks out when she finds a centipede in her room and the entire group goes on a mission to dispose of it.
Usa begins his new job at the houseboy cafe (as that is apparently a thing) and immediately runs into trouble. The rest of the Kawai complex crew decide to pay him a visit as his “Freak Show” past begins to haunt him.
A flasher has been harassing women in the neighborhood and the Kawaisou crew worry about Ritsu’s lack of situational awareness. Sumiko’s friend owns a very specific themed cafe and tries to recruit Usa when she recognizes his ability to wrangle crazy people.
Shiro returns a missing wallet to the police which happens to be owned by a young elementary school girl. When the girl stops by the Kawai complex to thank him, she… falls in love?
The Kawai complex residents sit down and analyze how they handle their relationships. Usa takes a genuine interest in one of Ritsu’s books, giving the pair some common ground. Sumiko proposes telling a group story to kill time together, with disturbing results.
Usa takes Sayaka’s words to hard and ups his efforts to get closer to Ritsu. He learns more about why Ritsu doesn’t have friends, but his borderline stalker methods might take things too far.
Usa buys a bike but Ritsu doesn’t seem impressed. Mayumi’s Ex tries to contact her, leaving her with mixed emotions. Sayaka’s flirtatious personality proves to be quite dangerous in more ways than one.
The residents of the complex spend their break together, making giant bubbles, doing laundry, and watching horror movies. Usa meets the fifth and final tenant of the building but she may not be the sweet, normal girl that she appears to be.
Usa is an unsupervised high school student, one of those weirdly common things in anime I’ll never understand outside of plot convenience. He wants to live a quiet life and meet an intelligent girl. Upon moving to his new apartment, he finds peaceful living might not be so easy.
Part 2 of our Spring 2014 Anime Guide is headlined by the Noitamina block of shows and a pair of potential big hits in The Irregular at Magic High School and Knights of Sidonia. Add in a RomCom from the author of Love Lab and a few anime original projects and I’m finding the second half of the guide even more intriguing than the first.