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Tristan "Arkada" Gallant, also known as Glass Reflection, is a Canadian YouTuber who specifically reviews anime series.  Arkada is well known for saying The Ending is Paramount, meaning in most cases, if the ending of a show isn't good his enjoyment of the show overall will be completely ruined; he has received both a lot of criticism as well as a lot of support for this claim. He currently has over 420,000 subscribers as of 2016.


Arkada gained his popularity mainly through his two series: 'First Reactions', which is for an ongoing series or for a completed series that he can't get to the end of due to whatever reason, and his central work: the 'A Glass Reflection Review Of' series which is exactly what the name suggests, as well as his primary focus on the channel. He also occasionally does vlogs, generally if people request them. Lastly, he also has a 'gaming' channel, although so far two months have passed since the last upload, and due to a rather small audience we are inclined to assume that Arkada has decided to only focus on Glass Reflection, with his only gaming content being the occasional stream. Tristan makes a living off of making anime reviews on YouTube, income provided by ad revenue and a Patreon page.

Good Friends on YouTube

  1. HoldenReviews (Holden)
  2. Gigguk (Garnt)
  3. Anime Appraisal (Jeanne)
  4. HappiLeeErin (Erin)
  5. YokuramaGameTalk (Yokurama)
  6. LouTalksAnime (Lou)
  7. PressHeartToContinue (Dodger)
  8. SICnanigans (Sooin)
  9. Full Circle Reviews (Kenneth)
  10. BakaShift (Alain)
  11. Fiction Reviews (Connor)
  12. 42's Anime Reviews (Sarah)
  13. Ninouh (Jimi)
  14. Digibro (Conrad)
  15. FightingforNippon (Doctor Dazza)
  16. Bobsamurai (Bob)


First Reaction

First Reaction is a show on Glass Reflection where Arkada takes either an on-going show or a show he can't complete for his own reasons and then watches the first three episodes of that series (but that can vary for some episodes) and then judges the series so far and whether you should try and watch the entire series. The series as ongoing, with episodes so far covering series such as Parasyte: The Maxim, Sailor Moon Crystal, Death Parade and Food Wars.

  1. Psycho Pass
  2. Btooom!
  3. Robotics;Notes
  4. GitS - Arise
  5. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  6. The World God Only Knows III
  7. Watamote
  8. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
  9. Genshiken Nidaime
  10. Beyond the Boundary
  11. Kill la Kill
  12. Log Horizon
  13. Sailor Moon Crystal
  14. Zankyou no Terror(Terror in Resonance)
  15. Aldnoah.Zero
  16. Assassination Classroom
  17. Death Parade
  18. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
  19. Parasyte -the maxim-
  20. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  21. Sound! Euphonium
  22. Food Wars
  23. Blood Blockade Battlefront
  24. My Love Story!!
  25. Gansta.
  26. Himouto! Umaru-chan
  27. Shimoneta
  28. Gate
  29. One Punch Man
  30. Myriad Colors Phantom World
  31. Dagashi Kashi(no longer on YouTube, copyright strike)
  32. Kiznaiver
  33. Boku no Hero Academia
  34. Ace Attorney
  35. Re:Zero
  36. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  37. Flying Witch
  38. Big Order
  39. Mob Psycho 100
  40. Sweetness and Lightning
  41. Berserk 2016
  42. Tales of Zestiria the X
  43. 91 Days
  44. New Game
  45. Shelter The Animation

A Glass Reflection Review Of

  1. Death Note
  2. Serial Experiments Lain
  3. Lunar Legend Tsukihime
  4. Hellsing
  5. Advent Children
  6. Fruits Basket
  7. Desert Punk
  8. Princess Tutu
  9. Baccano
  10. Claymore
  11. Wolf's Rain
  12. The Girl Who Lept Through Time
  13. Baldr Force EXE
  14. The Animatrix
  15. Appleassed
  16. Hack Sign
  17. Gungrave
  18. Heat Guy J
  19. Ghost Hound
  20. Elfen Lied
  21. School Days
  22. Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho
  23. Kara no Kyoukai - The Garden of Sinners
  24. Yotsuba&!
  25. Digimon Tamers
  26. Witch Hunter Robin
  27. Ruin Explorers
  28. Spice and Wolf II
  29. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
  30. Summer Wars
  31. Genshiken
  32. Bamboo Blade
  33. Steins;Gate
  34. Another
  35. Redline
  36. Fortune Arterial
  37. Sword Art Online
  38. Paranoia Agent
  39. Cowboy Bebop
  40. Madoka Magica
  41. Usagi Drop
  42. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  43. Kanon 2006
  44. End of Evangelion + Death and Rebirth
  45. The World God Only Knows
  46. Soul Eater
  47. Air TV
  48. Clannad
  49. Eden of the East
  50. The Slayers(Seasons 1-3)
  51. Rin - Daughters of Mnemosyne
  52. Sound of the Sky
  53. Angel Beats
  54. Kino's Journey
  55. Ah! My Buddah
  56. Deadman Wonderland
  57. Chobits
  58. Gankutsuou
  59. Project ICE
  60. Final Fantasy Unlimited
  61. Haibane Renmei
  62. Karas
  63. Planetes
  64. Black Lagoon
  65. Fooly Cooly
  66. STR.A.IN
  67. Gundam Wing
  68. Mysterious Girlfriend X
  69. Scrapped Princess
  70. Samurai Champloo
  71. Black Butler
  72. Interstella 555
  73. Guren Lagann
  74. Black Lagoon:  Roberta's Blood Trail
  75. Black Butler II
  76. Maoyu Mao Yuusha
  77. Full Metal Panic
  78. Full Metal Panic - The Second Raid
  79. Gosick
  80. Attack on Titan(Shingeki no Kyojin)
  81. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni(When They Cry)
  82. The Future Diary(Mirai Nikki)
  83. Anohana:  The Flower We Saw That Day
  84. Love Hina
  85. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  86. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  87. Wolf Children
  88. Persona 4:  The Animation
  89. The World God Only Knows - Goddesses Arc
  90. Jormungand
  91. Kill la Kill
  92. Log Horizon
  93. Bokurano:  Ours
  94. Witchcraft Works
  95. Madoka Magica:  Rebellion
  96. Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion
  97. No Game No Life
  98. Psycho Pass
  99. Hidamari Sketch
  100. Fate/stay night(2006)
  101. Terror in Resonance(Zankyou no Terror)
  102. Tegami Bachi(Letter Bee)
  103. Umineko no Naku Koro ni
  104. Hellsing Ultimate
  105. Watamote
  106. The Devil is a Part Timer(Hataraku Maou-sama)
  107. Trigun
  108. Toradora
  109. Fate/Zero
  110. Tokyo Godfathers
  111. Tokyo Ghoul
  112. Girls Und Panzer
  113. Hyouka
  114. Akame ga Kill
  115. Darker than Black - Gemini the Meteor
  116. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
  117. Death Parade
  118. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
  119. Squid Girl
  120. Shirobako
  121. Trigun - Badlands Rumble
  122. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
  123. Azumanga Diaoh
  124. Full Metal Alchemist 2003
  125. Full Metal Alchemist:  Brotherhood
  126. Shiki
  127. Ghost Stories
  128. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU(Review Week of Awesome)
  129. Guilty Crown(Review Week of Awesome)
  130. Berserk(Review Week of Awesome)
  131. Sword Art Online II(Review Week of Awesome)
  132. Fate/stay night:  Unlimited Blade Works TV(Review Week of Awesome)
  133. Hunter X Hunter 2011
  134. One Punch Man
  135. Gotchaman Crowds(and Insight)
  136. Kiniro Mosaic
  137. Moribito:  Guardian of the Spirit
  138. Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  139. Noragami (+ Aragoto)
  140. Erased
  141. Konosuba
  142. Turn A Gundam
  143. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
  144. Comic Party
  145. Your Lie in April
  146. Psycho Pass 2
  147. My Hero Academia
  148. Working!! Season 1
  149. Log Horizon Season 2 (ft. TheHiveLeader)
  150. The Boy and the Beast
  151. Rage of Bahamut:  Genesis
  152. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
  153. Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World

Other Videos

Top Lists

  1. Top 19 Anime Background Music(19-13)
  2. Top 19 Anime Background Music(12-4)
  3. Top 19 Anime Background Music(4-1)
  4. Top 50 Anime Openings(Ver 1.5)[1/3)
  5. Top 50 Anime Openings(Ver 1.5)[2/3]
  6. Top 50 Anime Openings(Ver 1.5)[3/3]
  7. Top 25-ish Recommended Anime
  8. Top 15 Anime Ending Sequences
  9. Top 30 Anime Background Music(Ver. 2)
  10. Top 10 Anime Recommendations from 2015
  11. Another Top 15-ish Anime Recommendations
  12. Top 10 Anticipated Anime of Summer 2016
  13. Top 10 Anticipated Anime of Fall 2016

Frost Watch

  1. Rakugo Shinjuu

Anime Discussions

  1. GR Discussion:  The Endless Eight(Haruhi Suzumiya)
  2. Is the Manga ALWAYS Better?  AKA The Brotherhood Problem
  3. To My Fellow Canadians
  4. Behind the Scenes:  New Lights/Things I Deal With
  5. Anime Discussion:  Unlimited Blade Works
  7. MAGFest 2016 VLOG + RECAP


  1. Mobile Suit Gundam:  Iron Blooded Orphans ft. ProfessorOtaku

Why I'm Excited

A series that Arkada occasionally does, before he watches the first episode, explaining why he is excited for an upcoming airing anime series, giving reasons such as source material, writer(s), director(s), studio(s), where applicable, as well as any other possibly applicable categories.  These videos are typcially sponsored by Crunchyroll, so that they can help promote and help build hype for these certain anime series.  

  1. Mob Psycho 100
  2. Drifters

Review Week (of Awesome)

The Review Week (of Awesome) is an annual event where Arkada makes a list of anime to review and have his fans vote on them.  He pulls from multiple sources; anime he personally wants to review, anime from previous years that he never got to, anime he's done in a review before but the review got taken down for some reason, (weather because of copyright or because he himself pulled it), as well as anime that his fans request for him to put in the list in the moment, (these days he'll typically make a post on Patreon for people to suggest anime to put in the list).  When the list gets completed, (he may add to it later, though), he'll make a video on YouTube announcing it, with a link in the description to where people can vote.  They can vote for as many anime as they want to see him do, but only the top 5 anime voted on will get chosen, as the week only lasts from Monday to Friday.  Arkada stresses that he will never make a promise as to when the week will actually take place, because it all depends on if he's able to finish each review beforehand, (which of course includes watching the seriers, finding clips, making sure he owns it[or, at the very least, that it isn't liscenced], scripting, and putting the review together, each step taking an ample amount of time to accomplish.  Some years the week comes earlier, and some years the week comes later.  2016 marked the 5th annual Review Week (of Awesome), and the 3rd year in a row.  


Arkada joined Patreon on August 11, 2014, so he could make a living off of reviewing anime, which he eventaully
The Patreon Video04:23

The Patreon Video

Patreon Launch/Announcement video

managed to accomplish.  

Arkada's Patreon Introduction

Greetings ladies, gentlement, and others, (including, but not limited to, our future robot overlords)!

My name is Tristan Gallant, known by some here on The Wired (see: Internet) by the handle Arkada, and I have been hosting a review show for the past 5 years focusing on Japanese Animation.  

I've decided to set up this Patreon thing because, though luck and a bunch of other factors, my videos have more or less become a full-time job.  I continue to do it not only because I am very passionate about what I review, but because I find it to be a much needed outlet for my thoughts and thankfully some people seem to find me entertaining/informative.  

My goal here is to improve myself and the content that I can create.  Hopefully, with your help, that'll be a little bit easier.  

Thank you for taking the time to visit this page, and even more if you are reading these words.  Your support means so much to me.  You guys are always awesome!

Since this whole Patreon thing is new to me, expect things to be added in the coming weeks as I get suggestions and comments on this campaign.  Things like new rewards and some nwew goals.  I won't be taking anything away, but I will add things if It hink they are feasable.  

Reward Goals

  1. Pledge $1 or more per month
    1. Firstly, my eternal thanks. You may not think that means much, but believe me, it does. 
    2. Allows access to the Patreon only Q&A Stream when they happen. Ask me anything, literally anything. I might not be able to answer everything, but feel free to ask :)  
  2. Second Reward Goal
    1. Pledge $10 or more per month
      1. Access to everything in the previous reward tier plus:
        1. A special thanks credit in an upcoming review (once per month).
    2. Pledge $50 or more per month
      1. Access to everything in the previous reward tiers plus:
        1. An on camera shout-out before the credits of one of my upcoming reviews (once per month). If something should occur and you don't get your shout-out, feel free to contact me, however more than likely it's been moved to the next video.  
    3. Pledge $75 or more a month
      1. Access to everything in the $1 and $10 reward tiers plus:
        1. A 30-minute one-on-one chat – either Skype call or Google Hangout – where you can ask me whatever you like from anime to gaming to reviewing, or you can just pick my brain for a while, or both. Yeah, both.  Both is good.  

Stretch Goals

  1. $300 Stretch Goal(REACHED)
    1. Presently I make all my videos with a rather famous suite of software. Specifically, Adobe Premiere + After Effect. However, the versions of software I'm using are several years old. Being able to use new features and tricks of the software requires upgrades.  
  2. $500 Stretch Goal(REACHED)
    1. Should this Patreon become this successful, it will allow me to finally upgrade my old Canon Vixia to something quite a bit newer. I've had the Vixia for my entire reviewing career, and while it has been a complete trooper and been one of the most reliable pieces of technology I own, it has it's limitations.  
  3. $5,000 Stretch Goal(NOT REACHED)
    1. Let's Play of the School Days Visual Novel. Exactly what it says on the tin. $5000 is the minimum that I would want to even agree to subject myself to this.  

Rating Scale

In the beginning of his reviewing career back in 2009, Arkada refused to give anime a number score. His reason was because he felt that too many people cared too much about numbers rather than the information presented in the reviews. He did, after awhile, resign and start giving them a score from 1-10, but later on he quit doing it again. The following rating scale is what he's used from the very beginning, and still uses to this day.  

  1. Certified Frosty - The best rating Arkada can give an anime, which he gives only to the best of the best, or those shows too important to ignore.  He'll typically recommend to watch it no matter how you have to, by any means.  
  2. Buy It - A really great anime that he feels deserves to be bought, but isn't quite good enough go out of your way to watch.  
  3. Stream It - A good anime, but not worth buying in his opinion.  
  4. Fuck It - The worst rating, given only to the worst shows he's enver seen. School Days tier garbage.  




  1. The Holden Encyclopedia
  1. Brain Food for the Average Otaku
  1. Dubs, Subs, and Homosexual Inclines
  1. This Is (Not) A Podcast
  1. 3.33. Super Spontaneous Spoilerific EVA Discussion
  1. IT'S SHIT
  1. The Christmas Special with Arkada, Gigguk, Jeanne, and Ho-Ho-Holden
  1. The Winter Anime Chart, Sans Gigguk
  1. The Podcast That Leapt Through Time
  1. The Disappearance of Arkada Suzumiya
  1. Fate/Taku The Holy Dub War
  1. OBJECTION! Jeanne Fights All
  1. Holden and Gigguk's Bizarre Adventure
  1. The Mathematics of Moe
  1. Purgatory, Conventions, and the West
  1. The Drunk Cast
  1. The Void
  1. ROW ROW Fight Da Spoilahs!
  1. Attack on Shit
  1. Kill Witches, Get Bitches
  1. Holden's Gonna Do Some Holding
  1. Live Free and Mind the Gap
  1. Family Friendly Beastiality
  1. I am Jack's Heavenly Feel
  1. Samurai Shampoo (feat. Ninouh)
  1. AtTaku on Hypu
  1. It's Dandy Time!
  1. Combustion of the Jean Encyclopedia
  1. Christmas Special 2013
  1. We've Found You Waiting in the Summer
  1. The Garden of Akiyuki Shinbo
  1. Low Quality Bait
  1. ACEN - The Final Countdown!
  1. The Real Con Blues
  1. Sequels - The (not so) Final Frontier
  1. The Evolution of Dubbing
  1. The Time Skip Episode
  1. Animation Studio Hierarchy
  1. The Era of Manservice w/Baron J
  1. Romance Anime Discussion [Archive]
  1. Limited Budget Works
  1. Tiger and Money w/Mike Oliveras
  1. Sports Anime & Yaoi w/ThaliaLizette
  1. Be Kind Rewind [Archive]



  1. The Fall 2013 Season Chart
  1. Kill la Kill Episode 1 Discussion
  1. Evangelion 3.33 Discussion
  1. Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) Discussion
  1. RWBY Discussion
  1. The Winter 2013/2014 Season Chart
  1. FemTaku
  1. Soundtracks, Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo
  1. MenTaku - Hentai, Sex and Women
  1. Long Anime - are they necessary?
  1. School Days Arguement - The Rock's vs. The J's
  1. Character Archetypes - Tsundere's, Yandere's, all the Dere's
  1. The Spring 2014 Chart
  1. Kill la Kill Series Discussion
  1. Summer 2014 Discussion Part 1 
  1. Summer 2014 Discussion Part 2
  1. The Convention Survival Guide
  1. Madoka Magica Rebellion Discussion
  1. Fall 2014 Season Chart Discussion Part 1
  1. Fall 2014 Season Chart Discussion Part 2
  1. Aldnoah.Zero Discussion 
  1. The Naruto Discussion



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