Ciao tutti, while my living situation has been certainly interesting over the past year, 2019 will go down in history as a pretty bad year for anime. I barely watched any comedies or romances, and even the ones I did were not all bangers. Thankfully, we still got a few diamonds in the rough.
Tohru Honda is a hard-working girl with a tragic past. After her already tenuous living situation becomes upended, she starts living in a tent in the woods. She happens to set up camp in the land of the Soma family, including her classmate Yuki. After finding out about their situation, they decide to take her into their home, and Tohru quickly finds out Soma family has a bizarre secret.
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane like each other, but their personalities have caused them to be trapped by their collective embarrassment and egos into an incredibly ludicrous game of romantic brinkmanship. It’s pretty darn cute.
Uesugi Fuutarou is your usual misanthropic nobody, incredibly smart but caring for nothing but the cost/benefit analysis of his day to day existence. In order to help his struggling family out of debt, he agrees to be a tutor to the wealthy Nakano family. In what clearly seems like the set up to a visual novel considering this is based off of a manga, to his chagrin, he finds out he actually has to tutor five (identical?) sisters at the same time, and none of them are particularly interested in his services.
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.
In this very special episode, Gouda continues to be thick skulled about his misconceptions. After an awkward meet up with Yamada, Suna finally makes him see the light, and I almost have a heart attack.
Gouda has grown up all his life falling in love, but the girls only ever have eyes for his friend Sunakawa. After graduating middle school, Gouda stops a molester on the train. He quickly falls in love with the girl he saved, but he believes that history will repeat itself once again.
Shizuku and Haru start spending more time with each other, but things are still a little awkward after Shizuku’s birthday. After spending some time apart, spring begins and that means a shakeup in the school order! Placed away from the main group, Haru has to adapt to his new environment, and an awkward scenario with Oshima.
After the ski party, Sasayan and Natsume start to fight. Lack of maturity on both sides prevents the two from patching things up. Later, it turns out that Shizuku’s birthday is Valentine’s Day. This gives a pretty adorable excuse for all the girls to get together and make chocolate, while also letting Haru do something for Shizuku.
Finally sick of waiting for a second season, Marlin has decided to catch up on the manga as it’s being released in America. Starting with where the anime ends, Volume 5 picks up on the drama caused by Natsume’s confession, as well as more insight into Haru’s checkered past. Keep an eye out for volumes 6 and 7 later this month!
Kousei plays for all of the people who have helped him in his life. His imaginings(or Key magic, not sure) predict Kaori’s fate. In spring, he learns of her lie in April.
Kaori survives another scare, but her real fight will culminate in surgery, which happens to be taking place at the same time as Kousei’s performance. Finally giving him the encouragement he needs, Kousei decides to play despite his battered emotional state. He is ready to break down again, but finally has a change of heart.
Kousei still finds his feelings unrequited, and avoids Kaori as long as Watari is with her. Tsubaki finally summons the urge to reveal her feelings, only to wuss out at the worst time. Finally building up the courage to go see her, Kousei happens upon an unpleasant sight.
Tsubaki is dumped and continues to angst about her feelings for Kousei. Meanwhile, Takeshi’s sister engineers an audition with Kousei’s famous teacher, and Kousei gets saddled with handling her. Back at the hospital, Kaori catches magical leg paralysis disease and it’s super hokey.
Kousei goes on to play alone. Meanwhile, his mother gets a bunch of flashbacks that try to make her seem sympathetic. The attempt fails. The show goes on to further cement itself as a bad melodrama as more allusions to Kaori’s death loom in the final minutes.
Kousei and Kaori are hard at work practicing for the gala, but Kousei is struggling. Still bogged down by memories of his mother, only amplified by playing this particular piece, he still cannot hear the notes. After basically being lied to by Hiroko, Kousei starts to look at playing in a different light. On the day of the recital, Kaori is missing. Despite this, Kousei still intends to play, even if it is alone.
Welcome to “A Very GLORIO 2014”, our look back at the best of the past year. We’ll be featuring a different post from each of our authors everyday leading up to our top 10 shows of the year. For today’s installment, Marlin brings back his Love Shack Emporium from last year including the much coveted Ero Kawaii Award.
Kousei runs into his mother’s old friend. Elsewhere, Takeshi has a crisis of conscience as his image of Kousei is shattered by the competition. With his spirits renewed, Kousei resolves to keep playing just as Kaori gets an invitation to a new event.
Kousei is slowly unraveling as the performance goes on. Resigning to his failure, he shocks everyone and stops midway. Giving himself a moment to reflect, he finds the will to play again.
Recap We get even more backstory about Emi, as well as a weird techno remix of a perfectly fine Chopin piece. Later, Kousei finally takes the stage, and the battle with his demons begins.