A Very GLORIO 2016: Jel’s Best Anime Moments of the Year

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.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 9

With Asuka’s future hanging in the balance, the band is counting on Kumiko to convince her to come back. They meet up at Asuka’s house to study and, for perhaps the first time, they have a real conversation.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 8

Asuka continues to miss practice, putting her participation in the Nationals in jeopardy. Kumiko is stuck home with a cold and must confront Mamiko, who has finally explained her reason for leaving college.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 7

Asuka’s mother arrives at school and demands that she quits the band to focus on her entrance exams. With the prospect of losing their leader looming over their hands, the band has trouble staying focused on practice.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 6

The band takes a break after the competition to participate in the school cultural festival. The fun doesn’t last long though as a typhoon rolls into town, both literally and figuratively for Kumiko.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 4

Kumiko can’t bring herself to tell Nozomi about Miyore, but the weight of keeping the secret begins to affect her focus. The situation reaches a breaking point when a still unaware Nozomi decides to talk to Miyore herself.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 3

Band camp is brutal as the grueling practices and internal drama intensify. After Asuka reveals her reason for not accepting Nozomi and learning some huge details about Taki-sensei’s past, Kumiko finds herself with a lot of secrets to keep.

Sound! Euphonium 2 Episode 2

The girls use their last free day before camp to relax at the pool, but DRAMA never takes a day off. After talking to Nozomi, Natsuki, and Mizore, Kumiko is determined (sort of) to figure out why Asuka will not approve Nozomi’s return.

The Catch-Up: Fall 2016

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 existing shows and reminds readers what we thought about their earlier installments. The Fall season is bringing us new episodes of Sound! Euphonium, Natsume’s Book of Friends, Ajin, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and Glorio Blog favourite BBK/BRNK. What’s remained the same and what’s new or different? We’re here to help you find out.

The GLORIO Fall 2016 Anime Guide – Part 2

Part 2 of our Fall guide features Sound! Euphonium season 2, which is possibly the most anticipated show of the season. As for the rest, it’s the usual mixed bag of sex and violence and dumb comedy, but there may be a few hidden gems lurking in this batch. No, I’m not talking about Keijo!!!!! Hip Flip Girl, at least I don’t think so…

Sound! Euphonium Episode 14

In this bonus episode, we get a look at what Hazuki, Natsuki, and the other cut band members were up to as they helped prepare for the big competition. Between confessing to Tsukamoto and not being able to compete, Hazuki in particular has a lot of rejection to overcome.

A Very GLORIO 2015: Zigg’s State of the Union

In this very article last year, I wrote about how 2014 had rebounded from the relative disappointment of 2013 with a new emphasis on original, creator driven shows and a willingness to branch out into new territory. It appears though that anime is very much like Star Trek, since we were definitely on the downswing in 2015. The industry felt in flux, torn between its commercial and artistic passions, and the result was a messy slate of shows which lacked cohesion or a level of overall quality to match last year’s riches. I must admit that these last 12 months have been a difficult time for me to be a fan, and I’ve fallen slightly out of love with the medium as a result. Why is that?