Music is as integral to a piece of media as visuals or plot, which is why for as long as The GLORIO Blog has existed, we have done some variety of a feature about our favourite anime songs. With the decade having come to a close, we’re presenting the most memorable tracks of them all right here, with all the pithy commentary from yours truly you’ve come to expect.
2016 was bad. Watching the world fall apart has made something as silly as writing about cartoons difficult to focus on at times. Still, it’s good to have a way to escape and anime has been good for that. In fact, I’d say this is the best overall year of anime we’ve had since 2011. I certainly had fun compiling my annual list of favorite moments and it was hard to narrow down to ten… so I decided not to. Hey, it’s my list and I will do what I want. So enjoy the list and stay tuned for the rest of the week as the rest of the crew shares their highlights from this year.
Welcome to the Lost and Found, our convoluted question and answer segment where we tackle the most pressing issues from our recent search terms. Whether it’s a perfectly innocent inquiry about your favorite anime or a search that makes us question the depths of human depravity, we are here for you. In this edition, Jel is up for re-election as Supreme Emperor of Glorio and even though he is expected to win with 99.9% of the vote, he has graciously agreed to take questions from the common people.
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.
Roid (Lloyd?) reveals his true plan, setting up the final confrontation on Ragna.
With Mikumo in captivity, Windermere begins their plan to use her powers as the Star Singer to retake the galaxy. This is bad for business, so Berger tips off both NUNS and Delta squadron to prepare a counterattack.
Freyja, Hayate, and Mirage are put up to a sham trial while Roid (Lloyd?) shows Mikumo her past. With the main trio sentenced to death, Arad and the rest of Walkure must put together a hasty rescue plan.
Delta squad has arrived on Windermere but is split into three groups during the battle. Hayate, Mirage, and most of Walkure are taken captive by the Aerial Knights, and Hayate is forced to confront the truth about his father.
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!
Mirage convinces Arad to let Freyja and Hayate join the offensive on Windermere. While Walkure attempts to open a gate to the planet, Mirage and Hayate are intercepted by a squad of knights led by Cassim.
Freyja and Hayate are grounded for testing after Hayate’s Var-like symptoms in the last battle. Mikumo’s status continues to be unknown, leading to a botched rescue mission by the rest of Walkure. While being detained, Kaname and the other girls recall the difficult early days of the group.
…you can go watch the dumb Bluray extras?
Mikumo’s singing destroys the Protoculture ruins on Voldor, freeing the people but leaving herself, Hayate, and Heinz unconscious. While all sides are at a standstill, Delta squad receives a visitor who seems to know more about their situation than any one else.
The crew arrives back on Voldor but is quickly discovered by the Aerial Knights. Freyja and Hayate encounter the conflicted Qasim and sit down to talk. Mirage and Mikumo find the ruins and spark a battle when Mikumo begins to sing.
Chaos begins their counterattack by using a Walkure concert to weaken Windermere’s control of the system. Hayate must not only confront how he feels about Freyja, he also has to process a shocking revelation from his father’s past.
Windermere is on the verge of conquering the galaxy, but more importantly IT’S FREYJA’S BIRTHDAY!!!
With their funding from Ragna cut off, a creaky old colony ship to fix, and a city full of nervous civilians, Chaos and the Delta squad find themselves with a lot of problems to solve. Back on Windmere, Heinz is crowned the new king while Lloyd (Roid?) reveals his plan for GALACTIC DOMINATION.
The battle for Ragna begins as Delta squad and the rest of Chaos go on the offensive. With Windmere on the front and NUNS breathing down their neck, saving the people becomes the people becomes the top priority.
Using the power of the Wind Singer and their Protoculture ship, the Aerial Knights capture Al Shahal in mere minutes. Ragna is their final target, and Delta Squad must prepare their defense while dealing with NUNS interference.
The crew says goodbye to Messer, but there is little time to grieve. The Aerial Knights are ready to play their trump card, setting the stage for an incredibly high stakes battle.