Five Years of GLORIO: 2012-2013

To celebrate our 5th anniversary, 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. To start, we’ll be taking a look at 2012 and 2013.


Welcome to another edition of What We Got and What We Thought. Better late then never this month as we find only Gee, Life, and myself with new things to talk about.

Kokoro Connect Final Impressions

When we learned that the final arc of Kokoro Connect was going to be cordoned off to be released at a later time, it left a sour taste in the mouths of us loyal fans here at the Glorio Blog. Poised to be one of our favorite shows of the year, the lack of conclusion made us have to reevaluate it at the breaking point, and ultimately label it incomplete and unsatisfying. Now that this last arc has been released, will it be everything we hoped for? Read on as we look at Kokoro Connect Episodes 14, 15, 16, and 17, the Michi Random arc.

The 2012 GLORIO Awards Part 2: Taking the Stage

Welcome back to the First Annual GLORIO Awards, our collection of highlights from the anime of 2012. For our second part, we’re taking the stage and honoring the best characters and performances of the past year. So join us once again as we announce our winners, and as always feel free to jump in the debate with your own selections.

Kokoro Connect Episode 13 and Final-ish Impressions

After Taichi earns his award for worst coverup attempt, Heartseed 2 goes berserk with its age shifting powers. At the same time, Iori’s step-dad has gone out of control. Can our group help Iori in time, or will the constant interference be a hurdle they simply can’t cross?

Kokoro Connect Episode 12

As the phenomenon continues, Aoki and Yui come to terms with their past emotions in order to move on to the future. Will Inaba never give me a screen that I can’t exploit for hilarity?

Kokoro Connect Episode 9

Recap: Taichi heads up the regrouping effort and brings back Aoki and Yui. Unfortunately, Iori isn’t having as much luck with resident cynic Inaba, but a visit from a total bastard might change her actions completely.

Kokoro Connect Episode 8

Everything falls apart as everyone is frustrated and no one has solutions. Time for our MC to get some pep talks from our favorite alien host and his lecherous class representative.

Kokoro Connect Episode 7

Some lighthearted desires give way to grittier feelings as Heartseed continues to play with our protagonist’s hearts. Will anything ever be able to settle fragile Yui’s heart?

Kokoro Connect Episode 6

With the body swapping put to an end, the group tries to move on and salvage their shaken lives. However, there would be no story without conflict, and their ethereal agitator reveals his hand once again.

Kokoro Connect Episode 5

We start with Aoki delivering one of the sappiest but charming confessions, but don’t be fooled. The main focus of this episode is the relationship between Taichi and Iori, as well as another existential crisis. Seeing as talking about anything past that would be a massive spoiler, let’s just say Heartseed is a bastard.

Kokoro Connect Episode 4

After the rock of the group succumbs to a fainting spell,  circumstances fall so that more of the group confer their anxieties to Taichi.  will MC Happypants (My new favorite nickname for our intrepid protagonist) be able to heal everyone’s heart with a good talk and somewhat creepy revelations? For the sake of this story’s…

Kokoro Connect Episode 3

Recap: The vulnerability of switching bodies is starting to unravel members of the Cultural Club. Can Taichi keep everyone afloat? Come to think of it, how many times have dick kick jokes been used in anime?

Kokoro Connect Episode 2

Recap: Our slackers find the body swapping events happening with greater frequency. While VP Himeko tries to lay down the ground rules, an unexpected visitor comes to the club.