A bit of a condensed Roundup this week as we rapidly approach the end of the season and prepare for our annual year end posts. But before we get to A Very GLORIO 2017, there’s still a lot of good anime going on. Check it out.
HOW DO YOU DO, FELLOW KIDS? It’s the totally young and hip Jel here bringing you the latest anime hot takes and not fumbling to make a reference to Iyami doing his best Steve Buscemi impersonation… ANYWAY, anime was good this week, enjoy The Roundup.
If you live in the US, chances are at some point today you’ll be super tired after stuffing your face with food and looking for a way to get out of talking to your family. Sounds like a good time to join the Roundup and talk about anime instead! Even better, there’s some really good episodes this week including what’s for my money the best episode of Osomatsu season 2 yet. So shake off that food coma and get in here.
We’re already halfway through the season and on top of that, we’re dangerously close to the end of the year. That means Best of 2017 talk is coming soon! I don’t know if any of our Roundup shows will take Best Show of the year, but I know the conspicuously absent Classicaloid will definitely not. Anyone want to offer their preliminary picks?
It’s one of longest Roundups yet as Gee catches up with two weeks worth of Kino’s Journey and Marlin makes a surprise appearance. Most notably though, March Comes In Like a Lion delivers one of its best episodes and reminds us why I had it as an anime of the year contender. More of that please.
I feel like this ship is slowly sinking as many of our Roundup shows continue to be slightly disappointing. Not bad mind you, but flawed enough to dampen our fun. I mean, how else do you explain Classicaloid employing talking dogs and me not really enjoying it? At least Blood Blockade Battlefront is in top form and I think Anime-gataris has finally won me over, and it seems Just Because is doing well enough to join us this week. What’s everyone else think of the season so far?
Some of our returning shows are starting to lose their luster, but don’t worry, there’s still a lot of good anime going on. Old reliable favorites like Mr. Osomatsu and Blood Blockade Battlefront are holding it down, but I’m not entirely sure why Aqua is still making himself watch Love Live! Sunshine!!.
Pretend we’re still living in better times as we welcome back Mr. Osomatsu, Classicaloid, Love Live! Sunshine!!, March Comes In Like a Lion, Blood Blockade Battlefront and technically, Kino’s Journey. Oh, and I guess we have Roundup newcomers The Ancient Magus Bride and Anime-Gataris.
After The Wrap-Up and The Roundup, it’s time for The Catch-Up! Because it’s a bit silly to write a ‘first look’ post on shows that aren’t technically new, The Catch-Up gathers our brief impressions on new seasons of returning shows and reminds readers what we thought about their earlier installments. Join us as we answer such important questions as “Will Blood Blockade Battlefront still be good without Rie Matsumoto?”, “Will ClassicaLoid still be good without the great Bach-sama?” and most importantly, “Will the Glorio Blog still be good without Aqua’s weekly struggle with Love Live Sunshine!!?” We reserve the right to change our answer to any of these at any time.
With the help of the entire school, Aqours get ready to give the performance of a lifetime at the Love Live regionals.
Even though Aqours have made it past the Love Live preliminaries, Uranohoshi’s not out of the woods just yet. When You points out µ’s had already managed to save their school at this point in their career, Chika starts pondering why µ’s managed to succeed where they failed.
With Riko off competing in the piano contest, the other Aqours girls nominate You to take her place at the prefectural Love Live preliminaries. Unfortunately, rehearsing the new choreography doesn’t go as smoothly as things usually go for her, causing You to worry if her closest friend just sees her Riko’s sloppy replacement.
Dia wants to spend summer vacation training on the beach like µ’s did, but Chika and You have to help out at Chika’s family’s beach cafe. Meanwhile, Riko has to deal with conflicting schedules when she receives an offer to take part in a piano competition.
With the season more than halfway over, it’s time to once again dig into our favorite songs from shows that have been airing for the past few months. Said lineup includes an anime by Yuzuru Tachikawa, the new prodigy of opening sequences, so expect the Mob Psycho 100 to show up a lot on this list. Otherwise, there are still cooking classes, fighting dreamers, and the smoldering depths of hell. Don’t bother counting to 99, and dive right in!
Tensions between Kanan and Mari reach a boiling point, prompting Chika to step in and demand the former friends finally reveal what caused the rift between them.
After their debut performance is met with a less than lukewarm response, Chika and co. get sent back home with their tails between their legs. How could the power of doing one’s best possibly have failed?
After their music video has gone viral, Aqours are invited to Tokyo, where they will be performing alongside other debuting school idol groups in preparation for the grand Love Live competition. Given that every single member has the attention span of a 3-year-old, however, things soon go haywire.
… Because I decided to do something fun and productive with my time (i.e. going on vacation) in stead of wasting it on this lousy piece of work. But don’t worry! In celebration of Sunshine! recycling the exact same plot as its illustrious predecessor, you can always recycle some of my earlier posts and pretend it’s this week’s one. See you next week!
In order to get increase Aqours’ popularity, Chika decides to adopt Yoshiko’s “fallen angel” gimmick, yet Yoshiko herself wants nothing more than to grow out of her geeky delusions and live the life of an average high school student. Furthermore, Aqours’ other members aren’t exactly keen on welcoming ‘Yohane’ to the party.
After being officially acknowledged as a club, Chika, You and Riko set their targets on their underclassmen. Ruby, however, is afraid her sister will not allow her to become a school idol, while Hanamaru is convinced a country bumpkin like her could never be one.