A Very GLORIO 2016: Artemis’ Pleasant Anime Surprises

It’s all too easy to remember the awful shows we subjected ourselves to over the course of the past year, but often much harder to remember the stuff that surprised us in the best of ways. In order to cap off 2016 on a positive note, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about those anime titles which, while not necessarily the strongest of the year, definitely exceeded expectations.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 9

With only a few episode remaining, shows like Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu scramble to meet their mandatory anime episode quotas, tackling the cultural festival and beach episodes respectively. Fortunately both shows remain just too sweet to be dragged down by anime clichés, and we get yet another week of solid Roundup viewing.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 8

I probably need an insulin shot after watching anime this week as nearly every show was super sweet and endearing – even my dumb Art Club show. At least 91 Days is back with more murder to make sure my cold, dead heart doesn’t thaw out too much.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 7

With 91 Days taking a week off and Orange feeling like filler, we’re left with nothing but sunshine and rainbows with the rest of the perpetually pleasant Roundup shows. Sweetness and Lightness does give us a few gut punches while playing the Mom Card, but stick around for Iro’s important PSA on cutting food.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 6

I’ve been giving a lot of love to the cute and sweet shows that dominate this season’s Roundup so let me shout 91 Days this week. It got real dark this episode but not in the excessively juvenile way you might expect. Of course those others shows are still adorable and you should watch those too.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 5

Believe it or not, we’re already at the midpoint of the Summer season and our Roundup shows are in peak form. Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu continue to bring happiness to the world, Art Club comes dangerously close to making me angry but pulls through, and 91 Days will make me hesitate the next time I eat lasagna.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 4

This being summer we have quite a few Glorio members on the go this week, but me, Iro, and Marlin are here to hold things down in The Roundup. Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu introduce some new friends, That Art Club show is still pretty good, and blame Artemis for Cheer Boys resorting to a recap episode.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 2

The fun Roundup shows continue to do their thing, which means I now know more about white sauces and how air pressure affects your body underwater than I ever did. Meanwhile, Artemis and I try to explain what’s wrong with the serious shows without sounding like we don’t like them. I’m telling you, 91 Days just needs color coded suits and everything will be fine.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 1

The First Looks have finally ended and we are finally fully staffed, so let’s get back in to the Roundup! Looks like we’ve got another batch of easy going comedies this season with just a touch of sadness and dash of violence to keep things interesting. What shows could I possibly be referring to? You’ll just have to read on and find out.

First Look: Cheer Boys!!

A shoulder injury has sidelined Haruki from competitive judo, leaving him feeling a bit lost. When his buddy suggests starting up a male cheerleading team he’s reluctant to join, but this show is called CHEER BOYS!! so this is totally happening.

The GLORIO Summer 2016 Anime Guide – Part 2

Welcome back to the only preview guide where ‘cautiously optimistic’ is the highest possible praise! In the previous part, you could witness my nominal interest in ReLIFE and Orange, but I’m afraid that charade is conclusively over and done with now. This ain’t a place for no heroes, kiddo. We’ve already seen the best 2016’s summer will…