The decade makes us look back and see how we’ve changed these last ten years. When we started the GLORIO Blog over seven years ago, I was billed as the “romance guy”. I still keep that in remembrance in the many awards of my Year End Post. Yet, I can’t help but notice how my tastes have changed over the decade. While I still enjoy a good romance show, my real passion is for good comedies, the kind of shows you can only get from the unique strengths of animation and Japanese sensibilities.
To commemorate our fifth anniversary, we’re reliving our favorite part of forcing ourselves to watch every anime that ever comes out: the surprises. Just about every season a show or two pops up out of nowhere and turns out to be pretty good, and we wanted to give a shout out to a few you might of missed. In today’s post, we’re taking a look at 2014 and 2015.
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. To start things off Jel fights off his inner cynic and lists his favorite anime moments from 2014.
Tonari-no Seki-kun proves that not only are anime shorts worth giving a look, they are capable of being just as rewarding on a weekly basis as any normal length series.
We bid farewell to the BEST SHOW OF THE SEASON and If Her Flag Breaks proves nothing says gag comedy like going to an alternate universe where all your friends are dead.
The Devil’s Riddle almost jumps the shark, Date a Live and Chaika get beat with the Ugly Stick, and even though Ping Pong has gone on to a better place Nananananana has our back when it comes to animated table tennis action.
Ping Pong stirs the souls of Gee and Marlin, Iro reminds us that we are still watching The World Is Still Beautiful, and Lifesong actually drops a show!
Marlin buries Nanananana, Lifesong takes a break from theoretical politics to rave about Black Bullet and No Game No Life, and I remind everyone Seki-kun x Kana Hanazawa is this season’s OTP.
Ping Pong delivers the coolest OP of the season, Lifesong geeks out over No Game No Life and not because of the Jojo references, and we have our first official drop of the season. WHAT COULD IT BE???
In this week’s episode: Lifesong and Marlin both refuse to drop anything as we unleash our full slate of shows. A certain table tennis anime continues to ping our pong (that sounds disgusting), Nananananana’s Buried Treasure goes for the shotgun blast of anime girl fetishes, and if you look closely you just might find a Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure joke.
This Week: Riddle Story of Devil The Devil’s Riddle continues to keep us delightfully perplexed, I finally get to geek out over Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time a.k.a the Best Show of the Season on a weekly basis, and Lifesong gets to flex his considerable anime-watching muscle on a host of other shows.
Seki-kun wastes time by playing with a robot family, building an elaborate note delivery system, inventing a new Shogi scenario, and knitting a stuffed toy.
Seki-kun finds several new ways to kill time, including an unconventional game of Shogi, polishing his desk, an even less conventional game of Go Chess, and crafting a seal out of an eraser.
We take a look at Tonari no Seki-kun, Robot Girls Z, My Big Sister Came, Strange+ and The Best Anime To Have Ever Graced Mankind, and see if any of them are worth your ti– Okay, yeah, sorry, I can’t finish that sentence. Hold me.
With another season and a new year of Glorio Blogging ahead of us, it’s time for a fresh batch of anime to help us through the cold Winter months. What’s looking good to you folks out there? Let us know after you after grab a round of trailers on us, and stay tuned for part 2 later this week!