On a fateful day in July 2012, we created our first post. To commemorate this special occasion, we decided to relive 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 looking at 2016, which was such a good year for anime that it almost takes up a post of its own.
And so another GLORIO year comes to a close with only one thing left to do: reveal our picks for the ten best anime series of the year, or in our case eleven since it seems the only flaw in our system is getting ties at #10. If this is your first time joining us,…
Only half joking with that title, this year has been marked with a lot of changes, not the least of which being my entry into studies for the priesthood. Still you’re not here to listen to me talk about contemplating celibacy, you’re here for the people who pretty clearly are on the opposite end of the spectrum. 2016 was a light year for pure romance shows, but I’m here for you to dish out the best of the best.
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!
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.
Another year’s gone by, and Iro’s got more random awards for stuff he liked! Hooray!
In his annual roundup of the year, Zigg ruminates on the importance of character and uniqueness in the shows we watch, and explains why he feels this year was a creative rebirth for anime.
After twelve weeks of guilt, grief and gratuitous gluteus maximus, Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash has come to an end, so it’s time to consider all of its vices and virtues one more time and see if this show deserves to stand as the one “trapped in a video game” anime to trump them all, or if it will go down in history as little more than a curiosity.
If you go about doing a season preview, it is only obvious you also close off on a season review. In The Wrap-Up, all of our contributors get to shine a spotlight on the show they thought to be the very best of the past few weeks, as well as reflect back on the preview to see which shows let us down the most. When you watch currently airing anime or tokusatsu, eventually the question will rise which of these shows can rank amongst the medium’s true classics. Regardless of who covered what, this is where we single out the cream of the crop, and decide which shows from the past season deserve to stand the test of time.
On the brink of earning their volunteer soldier licenses, the party decides to raid a goblin stronghold.
The party realize that Mary will probably never open up to them if they don’t open up to her. Luckily, they seem to be getting a lot better at the whole goblin slaying thing, allowing them to invest in some much-needed new equipment.
Yume and Shihoru try to welcome Mary into the party, which goes about as well as you’d expect. When it turns out she used to party with one of Grimgar’s most famous guilds, the boys hope to find an explanation for her standoffish behaviour.
Finally getting the hang of their chosen vocations, the party starts to venture deeper into the goblin stronghold… Until an inevitable disaster tears their fragile alliance apart.
Awkwardness within the party is at an all-new high thanks to Ranta peeking on the girls bathing. Luckily, the discovery of an abandoned city full of goblins offers some hope for their future in Grimgar.
Starved for cash, the party heads out on another goblin hunt. It doesn’t go well.
A bunch of Japanese teenagers end up in a beautiful fantasy world without their memories. It may or may not be a big video game.
For the final part of our Guide, we clean up an outbreak of Visual/Light Novel trash, including a new Muv Luv anime that has me shivering with flashbacks of Total Eclipse. But hey, there’s a new Macross coming soon so maybe everything will be OK.