A Very GLORIO 2016: Marlin’s Spirit Quest

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.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 9

With only a few episode remaining, shows like Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu scramble to meet their mandatory anime episode quotas, tackling the cultural festival and beach episodes respectively. Fortunately both shows remain just too sweet to be dragged down by anime clichés, and we get yet another week of solid Roundup viewing.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 8

I probably need an insulin shot after watching anime this week as nearly every show was super sweet and endearing – even my dumb Art Club show. At least 91 Days is back with more murder to make sure my cold, dead heart doesn’t thaw out too much.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 7

With 91 Days taking a week off and Orange feeling like filler, we’re left with nothing but sunshine and rainbows with the rest of the perpetually pleasant Roundup shows. Sweetness and Lightness does give us a few gut punches while playing the Mom Card, but stick around for Iro’s important PSA on cutting food.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 6

I’ve been giving a lot of love to the cute and sweet shows that dominate this season’s Roundup so let me shout 91 Days this week. It got real dark this episode but not in the excessively juvenile way you might expect. Of course those others shows are still adorable and you should watch those too.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 5

Believe it or not, we’re already at the midpoint of the Summer season and our Roundup shows are in peak form. Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu continue to bring happiness to the world, Art Club comes dangerously close to making me angry but pulls through, and 91 Days will make me hesitate the next time I eat lasagna.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 4

This being summer we have quite a few Glorio members on the go this week, but me, Iro, and Marlin are here to hold things down in The Roundup. Sweetness and Lightning and Amanchu introduce some new friends, That Art Club show is still pretty good, and blame Artemis for Cheer Boys resorting to a recap episode.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 2

The fun Roundup shows continue to do their thing, which means I now know more about white sauces and how air pressure affects your body underwater than I ever did. Meanwhile, Artemis and I try to explain what’s wrong with the serious shows without sounding like we don’t like them. I’m telling you, 91 Days just needs color coded suits and everything will be fine.

The Roundup: Summer 2016 Volume 1

The First Looks have finally ended and we are finally fully staffed, so let’s get back in to the Roundup! Looks like we’ve got another batch of easy going comedies this season with just a touch of sadness and dash of violence to keep things interesting. What shows could I possibly be referring to? You’ll just have to read on and find out.

First Look: Orange

High school student Naho receives a letter that claims to have been written by her future self. Though skeptical at first, Naho is surprised when the letter correctly predicts that a new transfer student is joining her class that day. Worried by the letter’s ominous vision of her future, she decides to follow its instructions in order to prevent its future of origin from ever happening.

The GLORIO Summer 2016 Anime Guide – Part 1

Who remembers ye goode aulde days when the summer lineup of anime was a wasteland bigger than the Naruto subreddit after a shipping war? Nowadays, all seasons get their fair and equal share of anime, likely because Aniplex and co. finally realized that nerds never really go out, not even in summer. This leaves the task of culling the prospected…