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I’m beginning to think that Tamako’s antics along with the cute girls are carrying the story. I’m going to stay on though.
So we start off with this Samurai armor killing this dude.
Aw he died so young and he never had a name!
So after the opening we start off Sakuya practicing her arrow shooting. It’s good that she practices. How about giving back to the school and joining the archery team?
It looks like things are going good for them relationship wise but then Shin screws it by mentioning Suseri and then Sakuya gets all angry and feeling inferior because Suseri’s stacked and she’s flat as a pancake.
Hahaha then we switch to school and someone’s already here.
Sakuya must be hating life right now…
So then we switch over to gym class where all the second year guys are drooling over Suseri from the second floor and the girls are questioning why she’s so quiet.
Then we go to Nadeshiko’s class where Suseri explains that there’s another reason why she came to the school…other than to get Shin to come to her side.
So turns out that someone’s been opening the gates at the school and Suseri’s here to investigate and she’s got her suspect.
Ah that it explains why Sakuya’s a blond despite being Japanese. She must be half Japanese and half something else.
But the accusation that she might be involved pushes Sakuya to her limit.
And that ends that scene. When we come back, we’re at back at Sakuya’s home and she’s really mad and doesn’t even want to talk about Suseri.
So when it comes to eating dinner, she asks for Irish Stew for dinner. Irish Stew? Aren’t you Japanese? I’m guessin she’s half Japanese and half Irish.
And when she goes to her room she looks at that blue bird and says Father.
That’s what confuses me. How can she have a Irish father and Japanese mother but still have a Japanese name?
Anyway once they have dinner Sakuya goes all Tsundere on him but eats it anyway. I think that’s feeling sad right now. The accusation does more damage than the crime. Even if she didn’t do it then she’d still be looked at with suspecion.
So we switch over to Suseri’s side where she leaves on a sealing and tells her guards not to tell Sakuya…guess what happens to the guards…
There were no survivors…
So we go to the battle with samurai with Suseri and she’s losing bad. Well it’s bad because there’s so many of them. Lucky that Shin and company come along to help
Personally I think that neither of them should be head of the family. Think about it. Sakuya’ highly emotional and Suseri’s reckless.
Suseri walked right into this trap with only her attendant as her backup. If everyone else didn’t come then she’d be dead.
So when the group shows up, they get wrecked by the fact that they can die and the samurai don’t. So they’ve got to run away and get a new strategy. They figure out that the samurai is actually a golem controlled by someone.
They knock off the helmet of the samarai and yay the day is saved!
And Sakuya goes crazy because the sword’s cursed by this lady…
She goes after Shin but he blocks her and seals the sword by using its true name…hmm I’m guessing he needs to kiss something to get its true name.
And with that the episode’s ended.
I’m not against this show but it’s not that bad. It’s just not as good as it could be. I’m going to stick with it because something keeps drawing me back.
So until the next episode,
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So after some plot began last week, could that continue this week?
Here’s my review!
I’ll be honest here, I’m not really enjoying Glasslip all that much. P.A. Works has done a fantastic job making this anime one of the best animated this season, as they always do, but something isn’t going that well in their writing department. Maybe this stems back to Red Data Girl, but I just haven’t liked any P.A. Works anime after Tari Tari in the summer of 2012. True I never watched all of Nagi no Asukara as I dropped it after ep 1, but that’s still adding to what I’m saying. Had I liked ep 1 I’d have stayed with it thru the end.
That said, I really had hopes with Glasslip as the PV looked good, I read it was about glass blowing (which I no nothing about but it sounded cool) and the setting reminded me of Tari Tari (which I greatly enjoyed). All in all it was lining up to be something good, a bounce back anime that’d make me remember why I fell in love with P.A. Works.
So here we are though, 3 eps into their latest anime, and I’m disappointed and down right annoyed with things. It didn’t help that ep 1 was verging on a filler (let’s not forget Date A Live II ep 1) and from there it was already having to get up to pace in ep 2 and everything that follows. Had ep 1 focused more on starting the plot, as should most things especially a 13 ep anime, then I think we’d have something better here.
Another reason that I’m not really enjoying this anime is that I’m finding it hard to really get emotionally attracted to the characters. With anything I watch or read one thing that I always look for is if the characters are something I should be caring about as they go through said events. Do I get swept up in their lives and forget about everything else for the 24 minutes of the episode or the chapter of a book? Glasslip isn’t doing that and being a P.A. Works anime I was hoping they could give me that experience.
What kills this for me has to be David. This guy is just too edgy for his own good. I didn’t like him the moment he opened his mouth and I still don’t like him even after we find out more about him in ep 2. How he interacts with everyone is annoying to watch too; I mean why is he always so hostile when talking to everyone? Geez, can’t this guy just chill for a bit?
As for the other characters, I’m not really liking how they’re all interacting with each other. Pretty much everyone likes someone else yet all this is just lost in their awkward moments where they try to express themselves but something happens that ends up stopping them from progressing. Yuki took a bold move in ep 2 by confessing to Touko, but her response wasn’t really what Yuki wanted, so their whole situation is awkward. Didn’t help that Yanagi oversaw that whole thing (I was surprised she actually mentioned that) so now it’s triply awkward between the three of them.
That brings me to the whole Sachi-Hiro dilemma now. It’s obvious that Hiro likes Sachi, but like I said last week I feel there is something terrible wrong with Sachi, psycho yandere killer maybe? Far fetched, but it’s a theory I’m working on. What I don’t really like with them is that Hiro just can’t get his shit together and say what he wants to. Goddamn man, come on! He almost had it in this ep, but no, he fucked that up too. You know, even if Hiro does confess to Sachi, I’m slightly worried as to how Sachi will react. If she’s as crazy as I fear her to be, her reaction might be a few things, or she could just snap and start killing. Honestly that might save the anime at this point.
I think lastly what I’m not liking about this anime is that we’re 3 eps in and there still aren’t some kinda basic questions answered. Yes I’ll keep mentioning this, but why do Yuki and Yanagi live together, what exactly is wrong with Sachi as in why does she have to go to the hospital for check ups, and in regards to visions, what did the vision of everyone on the train tracks mean? It seemed rather ominous as I interpret it as someone is going to be hit by a train at some point. What did you think after seeing that vision? So whatever the meaning really is, I’d like some clarification about these few things, the first two should start to be explained by this point, I mean they’re working with 13 eps here so there really isn’t time to sit back and leisurely explain things at a slow pace.
So pretty much this ep was them going hiking in the mountains, we see Touko and Yanagi getting wet in their bras and panties, David is still on my nerves and we’re left with questions as to what exactly will happen with Sachi in the near future. As brought out in the above paragraph there is something wrong with Sachi, that much is for sure, but they’re beating around the bush too much and haven’t said what exactly it is at this point. We know that at some point she’s going to end up in the hospital as that’s what Touko’s vision has told us, but as to why, when, or if there is anyways to stop it, we’re still left in the dark. Personally while seeing the future might be a cool thing, there are just some things we were never made to do, and I think Touko will find out really quickly why it’s not as fun as she thinks. Just because you can see the future, it’s not some instant guarantee that you can change it.
Sometimes you just lose.
Here are some screen shots from the ep.
So that brings an end to ep 3 of Glasslip. If you’ve made it this far, what are your thoughts on P.A. Works latest anime? Love it? Hate it? Got any good theories, because I’d love to hear ’em!
Sorry for the delay with this review, I was just being lazy this week; I’ll try to get ep 4 out sooner. Up next I’ll have the Rail Wars ep 3 review and I think Justin will have some reviews up soon too. Not many bonus pics for Glasslip, so enjoy this one that I found after searching Pixiv for a bit.
I’ll cya in the next post!
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P.A. Works latest anime returns for another ep. This time we’re treated with some plot to go along with the beautiful art.
Here’s my review.
After last week’s ep, I was left with disappointment about how this might proceed. While on a whole I like Glasslip, it was lacking the plot to really get me engaged in ep 1, thus making it not super enjoyable, but more of a filler-ish introductory ep. That being said, as ep 2 rolls around I was hoping the actual anime would start now, given that we pretty much know the characters now.
We start off right where we ended ep 1, back in the cafe as David makes the statement that he saw what Touko saw that one day. Still wondering what that means, but don’t worry, we get the answer in this ep. David also makes arrangements to meet up with Touko tomorrow so the two of them can talk.
Note: This is Deven chiming in. Look at the comments. You’ll see why it isn’t going to be on my Review List much longer.
We cut to the lovely OP before coming back 1:30 later. Now that David has left, everyone starts to pepper Touko with questions about what exactly is going on and why he’s asked her to meet up with him later. Also, notice how annoyed Yuki looks with this conversation. It’s clear that he’s got feelings for Touko, so her going to meet up with this David guy has him on edge. Sensing she might be worried and anxious about going to meet him, Sachi says she’ll go with her as support. Points for coming to her aid.
The next day we see David at home, lounging a chair when he suddenly hears Touko’s voice and wakes up quickly. Okay, weird. He mentions that he was “too careless” about something. We also find out that if David wasn’t weird enough, he’s living in a tent while his room is getting worked on or something. While it’s not actually said what exactly is wrong with his room, I’m guessing it’s being renovated or something. Maybe painted.
Anyways that’s not the matter at hand here. David arrives at the location chosen for their meet up, where Sachi gets very protective for Touko. David is still an edgy prick here as he’s yet again shooting his mouth off, asking Sachi what he has to do to earn her trust. Geez, can’t this guy take a hint that no one likes him?
But then he says something that’s slightly interesting, asking Touko if she can see visions at certain times. Hmm? What’s this now? What’s also interesting about this is that Sachi doesn’t really react all that much to that; any normal person would at least wonder what he’s talking about, but she didn’t seem worried about it. That leads me to believe that Sachi must know something here.
Touko asks Sachi to give David and her moment so they can talk, Sachi is a bit nervous about leaving them alone. Assuring her that it’ll be fine, Sachi leaves, but not before saying that there is a no dating policy in their group. Hmm, interesting she’d bring that up at a time like this. David of course has some shitty come back to that, which Sachi gives him a very angry look for. Geez David, you’re on thin ice already, don’t start intentionally breaking it you dumb ass.
Now begins the slight info dump moment. David and Touko chat about this ability of hers, seeing visions of the future, and what it’s all about. Now outside in the sun, David goes on to say that he wasn’t concentrating and heard her voice earlier. Touko is of course confused as to what exactly he’s talking about, so David explains that he was accidentally eavesdropping on something she’d say in the future. Okay… sounds legit. Touko mentions that at the festival the other day, she also heard something too, “fragments of the future” as David calls them. Trust him to coin some cheesy name for them. So what this is boiling down to is that Touko can somehow see the future when she looks at something sparkly, or just glass in general. Being that she’s does glass blowing, making beautiful glass objects, she’s gonna be trippin’ if she starts looking at them too much.
Anyways, David proves this to her as he gets her to look at the necklace she’s wearing, as it’s got glass on it, and concentrate really hard on it. Touko then starts to see the future, something that she’s never seen so clearly before, but this happened because David was with her this time. Hmm, I see where the trouble will arise now, David will have to join their group. Later we see Sachi and Touko talking over ice cream, Sachi asking if everything went alright with David. Touko insists that everything went fine, prompting Sachi to say that she’s not sure what she’d do if anything bad happened to Touko.
Okay that’s weird coming from her. First of all there still is a lot we don’t know about Sachi. She’s got something wrong with her, as it’s mentioned she was at the hospital for regular check ups, but other than that she’s hiding something. She must know about the visions Touko is seeing because she was too calm when that was mentioned; she must also know who David is as she had the most reaction when he walked up to them in the cafe. Couple that with the fact she made mention that she’s not even sure how she’d react should something bad happen to Touko, I’m thinking we should be very worried about Sachi now. Pretty much everything lines up for her to be some absolutely ape shit insane killing machine should something set her off. What do you think about her?
The second half of the ep is a lot of romantic drama. We kick things off with Yuki and David running into each other while out for a jog. Yuki obviously wants nothing to do with David, so that conversation is very short. Once back at his house Yanagi is surprised to see him back so soon, as I guess his runs are longer than that. Also I noticed he was wearing a knee brace, indicating that he must have injured his knee at some point and it now going through the recovery stage.
What furthers this point is that not only does Yanagi make a direct mention that he’s still recovering, but she’s helping him stretch it out. In ep 1 Hiro made mention that running was the only thing on his mind all the time (or something along those lines) so I’m going to say he was injured possibly during a race in the past and he’s still bitter about it somehow. I’m sure we’ll get more info as it goes along. Also I find it interesting Yuki says he won’t lose to him; this is obviously relating to his feelings about Touko, this really gets Yanagi flustered.
The following scene is of Yanagi calling Touko to ask her for some advice on something. This brings into question what exactly the relationship between Yanagi and Yuki is. They act like siblings, they live in the same house, they seem to hang out together a lot, yet they don’t have the same family names. I’m not sailing the wincest ship yet because I don’t think it is, mostly because if they were related and Yanagi is calling Touko to get advice about how to ask someone she likes out (Touko understandings this must be Yuki), I highly doubt that Touko would be so open and encouraging for a brother and sister to start dating. I mean think about it, it really doesn’t make any sense for them to be related because of that reason, but it still doesn’t answer the question of why they live together. Plus, if they are related, when Touko mentions Yuki to her, being the person she wants to ask out, Yanagi showed no sign of Yuki being her brother. But the final thing that happens before this scene makes me wonder if I’ve got it all wrong. Yuki has finished taking a shower and walks into Yanagi’s room (fully clothed of course) to tell her that he’s finished. Only a brother and sister would be that calm about entering each others rooms. To close out that scene, Touko overhears Yuki telling Yanagi that the bath is ready for her, and Touko seems to question if they’d be taking a bath together. Once again it shatters that theory that they’re related, as Touko wouldn’t be so calm about a brother and sister bathing together. So all this is going through my head as I rewatch this scene, and once it’s over I’m still back at square one, and I’ve got no solid answer of what their relationship is. If you’ve got your own theory about this matter, I’d love to discuss this with you, so leave a comment and we can talk!
The ep close out with a few key scenes. At the cafe, Hiro talks about their upcoming hiking trip that they’re all going on. Touko also lifts the dating ban, something that gets a reaction form everyone. Once again, going back to the previous paragraph, if Yuki and Yanagi are siblings, Touko wouldn’t be encouraging their forbidden love so eagerly. Later on once they’ve all left, except Hiro who’s still working, Yanagi shows up looking for everyone. Hiro tells her that they’ve all left and also mentions that Touko has lifted the dating ban. Bolting from the cafe, Yanagi fears the worst is about to happen.
Yuki and Touko are about to part ways on their walk home, but Yuki has something he wants to tell Touko. Okay, so I keep having to back to that paragraph, but once again Touko wouldn’t be pulling the strings trying to get a brother and sister to date, so the siblings theory is tested once more. Anyways, Yuki and Touko talk for a bit about things, all the while cutting back to a running Yanagi trying to get there in time, and it finally rolls around for Yuki to confess to Touko. At this point Yanagi has arrived and has overheard all this happen. Touko is very flustered and flees the scene quickly, leaving Yuki a bit depressed about the whole ordeal. Acting natural about everything, Yanagi causally walks up, saying she’s just on her way home. Having enough excitement for one day, Yuki and Yanagi walk home, both unknowing the others feelings now.
We end the ep with Touko calling up David and asking to see the future, something that she foresaw earlier! What happens next, well we’ll have to wait till next week to find out the answer to that question.
So as far as episode 2’s go this was pretty good. The plot is actually starting and the romantic drama is already starting off at a high level. Yuki confessing was kinda a big deal to have so soon off the start, but that ending with Touko wanting to see the future, damn girl, sometimes it’s better not to know. The truth can hurt and Touko might just find something out she won’t want to know.
So there you go, Glasslip ep 2! I hope you enjoyed this review and subsequent episode as well. Up next I’ll have… hmm, something. I’m not sure what but something will be posted. I’ll see how my new writer is doing as well, I personally want to see some Aldnoah.Zero, Akame ga Kill and Zankyou no Terror reviews posted too, but I can respect the fact things happen.
Here’s what’s gonna happen next week!
I’ll cya in the next post!
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The first anime review of the summer anime season will be for the latest P.A. Works creation, Glasslip. Like any of their anime, it’s always a treat to watch and the animation is always so beautiful But can Glasslip have some substance with all it’s beautiful style?
Here’s my review!
We start off the anime with some lovely scenery shots of the quaint little town this anime is set in; we see people out walking in the streets, some women dressed up for a festival. We see a train doing down the tracks too, something we continually cut back to every few moments (suddenly Rail Wars breaks out!) before zooming in on a guy sitting in the train. His name is Kakeru Okikura. From there we cut to later that evening and fireworks are exploding in the air; we meet another character, a girl named Touko Fukami. We also meet two other guys, Yukinari Imi and Hiro Shirosaki. Jumping over to another character, we meet one more girl, Yanagi Takayama. Finally we stop in the window sill of one more character’s house, this girl being Sachi Nagamiya. Back with the train, it’s still coming down the tracks and has now finally arrived at the station where Okikura exits.
Back at the festival, Touko and Yanagi are playing a game of ring toss, a game that Yanagi wins with ease. Her prize appears to be what looks like old school 3D glasses, except both lens are blue. Hmm… okay. While they probably aren’t that at all, but rather just some look-a-like glasses with blue lens, Touko takes them and puts them on. Suddenly things slow down as she looks up at the fireworks, mesmerized by the vibrant colors. As this happens, we hear the voice of someone, later it’s found out o be Okikura’s, as he says he’s finally found her. Before that really gets going anywhere, Touko directs our attention to something else she’s spotted to get as a gift for a ‘Sacchan’ who we later find out refers to Sachi Nagamiya; as she’s picking out the gift, a little bell, we have a freeze frame and we see Okikura walking past.
Stopping suddenly though he looks over at Touko for some reason, who also looks back his way, but he’s gone before she notices him staring. That’s weird dude. Later on both girls meet up with Yukinari and Hiro, who have bring some food and drinks, and the four of them admire the fireworks for a while. We also find out during this part that Yukinari is into running, as if the opening didn’t show us that. As the four of them talk away, we’re shown Okikura walking determinedly up a set of stairs, this time Touko looks over and sees him. Yanagi brings her back to the conversation by stating that these are their last few months together, indicating that they must be nearing graduation soon. We end this scene with Touko making a prayer that they’re able to stay friends long after graduation.
The next day we’re back with the gang, this time with Sachi, as they’re at a cafe run by Hiro’s grandfather. Yukinari is shown to be working there and does a very good job handling the customers. Back at the table, Sachi, who has yet to say anything, picks up one of the two gifts the girls got for her the other night, that being the 3D glasses. Taking off her regular specs the puts the 3D ones on (guess they can’t fit over the others) and looks around. Hiro, who is clearly interested in Sachi, takes out his phone and turns on some kinda flashlight thing for Sachi to look at, as the glasses make some sparkly things for the wearer to see.
That scene, which was really just to show us that Yuki has a job, ends and we’re back with Touko who arrives back home and we meet her mother as well as Touko’s sister, Hina. Hina though is just on her way out to some school related thing as she’s dressed in her uniform. Touko is shown in the workshop doing some glass making (or whatever it’s called) with her father. We jump around to Sachi as she recalls the conversation about the bell that Touko got for her, before stopping back with Touko at school doing some sketching of the local chickens that hang around in the school yard.
Okay so before jumping in with what happens here, I’m kinda annoyed with the fact P.A. Works didn’t make the awesome reference to True Tears by having some of the chickens names be the same as the ones in that anime. Think about it! In Tari Tari they had that epic shout out as they sung the OP from True Tears, this would’ve been perfect for them to use the names of those chickens here. Back to the scene here; so as Touko is struggling to draw the chickens as they keep moving around, Okikura walks out of the school and begins talking to her. Being that the sun is shining overhead, when Touko turns to see who’s talking to her, Okikura’s stance reminds her of David, as in that David.
From here we learn that Okikura has transferred into the same school as her, but overall their first official conversation is quite strange. Okikura is giving off a very… hmm, strange vibe to him; he’s way too edgy, angsty and just gives a very bad first impression. I have no idea what he was rambling on about, the pros and cons of keeping chickens in cages or not because of the wild animals in the area, but geez this guy is failing terribly at the mysterious transfer student thing.
Touko is also getting the same impression that I’m sure lots of us were as she’s slightly confused and also annoyed with this guy. He’s just shown up at her school and he’s already quickly descended into the realm of a character type that I don’t like at all. Hopefully this douche can pull his act together but if he’s gonna be an edgy prick, then I hope he likes the world hating him.
Touko makes the hasty choice that to protect the chickens, the safest way to divide them up between her friends and they each keep one at home. They drop one off at Sachi’s place, who still hasn’t said much, before ending up at Yuki’s house. Now I’m not sure the relationship between Yuki and Yanagi, are they supposed to be siblings or something, because they both don’t have the same last name, so why is she living in the same house as him? I can’t seem to really find any info to answer my question, but was there something I missed? Anyways, Yanagi asks Yuki if this was Touko’s idea, to which he says yes and it’s clear that Yanagi isn’t thrilled by that answer. No I’m not trying to start some wincest ship here, I’m just wondering why they both live under the same roof, that’s all.
Over a chicken hot pot dinner, Touko breaks down her spur of the moment choice to bring the chicken home, wondering if it really was a good idea in the long run. The next day all the chickens are back at school, guess things didn’t work out. Back in the cafe the gang are talking about all going out and doing something, something that Sachi will be okay doing. This makes me wonder if Sachi has some kinda medical problem or something like that. But the fun times end when in walks none other than Okikura. Goddamn prick.
What’s interesting about this part though is that Sachi seems to know this guy or something, as she stands up when he drops his name. Yuki isn’t really one for games though as he just wants to know who Okikura is and what he’s doing. Before we get that answer though, Okikura says to Touko that he saw the same thing she did that day. Wow, mysterious as ever bud. And the eps ends there.
So walking into this one with high expectations, I can say that I’m pretty happy after the first ep. Sure this was mainly just a introduction to all the characters, but the ending starts to get things going and now I want to know what Okikura is babbling about seeing things. Like every P.A. Works anime, the visuals are amazing and I’ll give them massive points for delivering this again. Overall I’m interested in seeing more of this one as it feels like it’s got a lot to offer and hopefully the plot will be crafted and executed well too. I also wanted to quickly mention that I really enjoyed the music in Glasslip as well. The OP is sung by ChouCho and the group nano.RIPE sings the ED. The OST is simply marvelous, as every P.A. Works anime OST is, and it adds so much more to the viewing experience when the stunning visuals are accompanied by such lovely music.
If you watched the premier of Glasslip, what are your thoughts on it?
Let’s take a look at some screen shots now.
So after ep 1 I’m enjoying this anime a lot and I’m looking forward to next week’s ep. Looking at how things are now, for a schedule I’m thinking I’ll watch it first from the CR rip then for my review I’ll use the Kaylith Subs edition. Being that their release is a bit after CR, my reviews might be posted sometime late Thursday night/early Friday morning, or maybe just Friday afternoon. I’m still waiting for Rails Wars to start as that might be my Friday anime to review, but I’ll have to wait before I can really make a solid schedule. If you didn’t notice yet, at the bottom of the page I have a text widget where I’ll have the schedule posted once I have it planned, so be sure to check that out as it slowly fills up over the week.
Alright then ep 1 is over and the hype for ep 2 has already begun! Once again if you’re watching this one, what are your thoughts on the series opener? Liked it? Hated it? Favorite character? Let me know in the comments below!
Enjoy the first bonus pic of my reviews! I’ll cya in the next post!
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