While the GLORIO blog has technically only existed since 2012, we are still declaring the 2010’s “The GLORIO Decade”. And so as we move into the 2020’s, we’re taking a look back at just how GLORIO the decade was. First up: Jel’s favorite anime of the 2010’s
We cap off a Very GLORIO 2018 by discussing our top 10 anime of the year, as well as a few honorable mentions that just missed the cut.
Another GLORIO year comes to a close and we recommend ringing in 2019 in the best way possible – no, not by partying with friends and family, I mean talking about anime!
It’s certainly been a long year everyone, but thankfully the top-notch anime we’ve gotten to see this year has made the tumultuous time a bit more tolerable.
Our Very GLORIO 2018 year in review begins as always with Jel’s best anime moments.
It’s been a long ride, and though the story of March Comes In Like A Lion is clearly not finished, it’s safe to say I am incredibly satisfied with where we leave off.
“Better late than never” as they always say. Hina’s hard work is put to the test. Inspired by her family, Rei decides to visit his adopted mother, who is conflicted by the feelings she has of her estranged stepson. A new beginning for Hina is marked by a farewell and a change towards the future.
Jel, Iro, Marlin, and Gee aka Team GLORIO USA share their final thoughts on the Winter season. We talk about our favorite (or not so favorite) shows, discuss if Netflix is bad for anime, and Jel and Iro continue to battle over segues.
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.
After experiencing Rei’s high school, Hina has the inspiration to try and get into it. While she is working hard to get in, she can’t help but feel guilty about the strain this might cause to the family finances. While her grandpa affirms her being considerate, he reminds her that it’s these kinds of expenses that are important in life.
The sisters get excited over getting to work the summer festival, as Hina has fresh memories of her time with Chiho. Meanwhile, her school is still struggling with the fallout of these bullying incidents.
We return to a set of shogi-heavy episodes that hits that sweet spot between dedication to the sport and artful insight into a life of dedication and responsibility.
No amount of bad audio, technical difficulties, or even the anime police can stop Jel, Iro, and Marlin from getting of their takes on this season’s bottomless pit of cute shows. We geek out about March Comes In Like a Lion, Dagashi Kashi, and the remaining contenders in our Cute Anime Battle Royale. Seriously though, apologies for the poor sound quality, we will do better next time.
Rei gets informed by the worried chairman. Even well after the match, he is consumed by the euphoria from his match with Souya, but Nikaidou’s return snaps him back to reality. Most importantly, the Kawamotos teach us how to make the best soft-boiled eggs and it is the best combination of good cooking and cuteness ever. Come fight me, Sweetness and Lightning.
Rei finally starts his match against the Meijin. With his play, his place as a rising star in the game is firmly established, and he gains new appreciation in the master-level play he got to experience. Later on, a typhoon brings the two together again, and Souya’s secret is revealed.
Rei is plunged back into the world of Shogi as his exhibition match versus Meijin Souya becomes the highlight of the Shogi world. Thrust into the spotlight, he feels lost, especially compared to the impeccable Souya. However, it would appear the young Meijin is less put together than he lets on…
Mr. Kokubu’s efforts to end the bullying reach their final stages, as Hina’s tormentor is finally forced to give an apology. Working through her feelings, Hina receives a letter from Shiho bringing consolation and hope. Later, Rei learns of the news, and has his real worth drilled through his thick skull.
Coming back from the holiday break, the moment all parties have been dreading comes to pass. Hina’s teacher suffers a breakdown from the classroom problems, and Hina needs to be brought in for a parent teacher conference to straighten things out.
Did your favorite shows make the cut? What did we choose for #1 and why is it Eromanga-sensei? Read on!
Despite the dearth in truly outstanding shows, there have been a lot of good romances and feel good moments for me to love this past year. A big focus has been awkward spazzes and the nerds who love them, so here’s a toast! Whether it’s playing shogi and make sure a bullied girl knows she’s not alone, taking a silent grouch on random photo shoots, or coming out of your shell to find out your best online friend makes a better boyfriend, we’ve had a lot of dorks out to steal our heart.