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Glasslip: Episode Two Reflection

While the first episode of Glasslip might be considered to be a hodge-podge of fireworks, the introduction of a new student and True Tears’ chickens, the second episode brings Kakeru’s Newtype powers to the forefront, as well as the beginnings of a love hypercube, beginning with Yukinari’s botched confession to Tōko. Despite knowing that Yagani holds feelings for Yukinari, Tōko’s surprise at this turn of events lead her to contact Kakeru in the hopes of better understanding the future, putting their friendship aside for personal interests. While complaints have sprung up, one must wonder: those individuals doing all the complaining at present would probably put their own interests ahead of those around them if they were given such an opporunity, and as such, though selfish, Tōko’s reaction cannot be said to be unrealistic or unfathomable. After two, Glasslip is turning things around slowly; the characters are slowing become more tangible and the story’s direction is beginning to take shape.

  • It would turn out that glass blowing and glass making is actually a secondary element in Glasslip. This means that one won’t be able to see anything related to glass-making; complaints elsewhere are vehement about Glasslip being “pretentious” and even going so far as to claim that the Kazemichi (Wind-path) cafe would close without their group of friends hanging out there. They’re wrong, and I won’t bother with a proper rebuttal, such is the difference between our skill levels.

  • Why do I refer to the supernatural elements as “Newtype” powers? This is simply because, even though the technical terms differ widely between the Universal Century and what we see in Glasslip, in the latter, it allows for Kakeru to seemingly predict things from the future and hear voices. As such, it is possible that he empathically feels Tōko’s presence, rather like how Banagher was drawn to Mineva in Gundam Unicorn, but becuase the concept of what exactly constitutes a Newtype is vague, the definition is general enough to apply even in something as far removed from Gundam as something like Glasslip.

  • Because these posts deal with the people, rather than the places, the accompanying screenshots will focus on people, rather than places. Elsewhere, the word on Glasslip is still quite mixed, and in fact, I would consider my impressions thus far to lie slightly off centre, towards “favourable”. Ordinarily, I give anime three episodes worth of clearance before deciding whether to drop it or not.

  • Even if a series has deficiencies, there may also be quirks that make it worth watching. The last two examples that come to mind are Coppelion and The Pilot’s Love Song, which, despite being stymied by a chaotic story and weaker-than-expected world building, still had some things going for it that led me to finish them. While I wouldn’t whole-heartedly recommend them, I still found them worth finishing.

  • Fried chicken works surprisingly well with rice; here, Tōko’s parents share their own stories about how they met. As it stands now, while Glasslip does not come close to holding my attention to the same extent as Tari Tari (which convinced me it was worth watching within five minutes of starting), its unusual execution could very well turn out to fit with what lies in the anime’s future, so I’m sticking around for the journey for better or worse.

  • In the worst case, I see Glasslip as being a series that loses its sense of direction and become an entity with no discernible central theme or objective, albeit a pretty one. In the best case, Glasslip could still become a memorable love story. In the latter, I’ll gauge that based on how well it treads on some old wounds: the stronger the recollections, the more effective the story’s execution is.

  • This scene recalls my failed attempts nearly a year ago: the reply I got was to try asking again in a year’s time, so I waited for the year to pass. While waiting, I applied for graduate studies, a pile of scholarships, learned Unity and implemented major updates to the iOS version of the lab’s software. While I was not rejected per se, in retrospect, it was quite foolish to believe that time really could stand still, and that patience would yield something.

  • Sometimes, people don’t have their faith rewarded. Sometimes, things happen. On the day of my iOS project keynote back in April, I learned that my wait would amount to nothing, and in a second, all hope vanished. However, I knew that I still had a presentation to give, and so, I stepped in, knowing that since my app still worked, I could still kick some ass. At the time of writing, it’s been a little more than three months since that day, and although things still hurt when I’m alone, this is a part of living. A more callous part of me also believes that the only healing is to find someone else, but that steps outside the scope of this discussion.

  • The unusual lighting and artistic styles in Glasslip are not supposed to be evocative of the watercolours in True , but rather, the blur and fade effects associated with viewing the world through a glass filter. By extension, the application of such effects act as a metaphor for seeing the future. In that sense, a lapse in attention, a slip, as it were, produces a flaw in the glass product that nonetheless is beautiful. Viewers may miss this and dismiss Glasslip as a poor anime with poor animation, but after the events in episode two, I’ve significantly warmed up to the idea of Newtype powers and how they’re to play out where love and romance is concerned, as well as the unorthodox art style Glasslip has taken.

Over the space of one episode, things have now picked up, and though the flow of events remain awkward and hectic, it seems that Glasslip will probably make use of the Newtype phenomenon and see how (or if) a group of friends can work out a solution that’s best for all of them regarding the difficult field that is romance. This rapid gearing-up is reminiscent of how Tari Tari pushed the characters into different and new situations quickly to keep viewers interested, while simutaneously allowing all of the characters sufficient time to develop. I imagine that, provided that Glasslip will run over twelve or thirteen episodes, its structuring will also be similar to that of Tari Tari, with subsequent episodes focusing on the dynamics between the different characters. On a parting note, it seems that Glasslip itself is a portmanteau of “glass slip”, which specifically refers to the power to peer into the future. As for Glasslip‘s own future, I am now looking forwards to what happens to the characters: far from being “pretentious”, their unique attributes are beginning to emerge and have the possibility to create a unique love story quite unlike any I’ve seen before.

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