GLASSLIP

GLASSLIP

IMG_0913.PNGTouko Fukami is the daughter of a glass-worker in a small town by the seaside named Hinodehama. She leads a normal life, hanging out with her four best friends at the local cafe. One year during their summer break, the group meet a transfer student named Kakeru ‘David’ Okikura who confides in Touko that a voice from the future talks to him, and that the voice has led him to her.

The first thing that attracted me to this anime was how pretty everything was. Not only the characters, but all the different types of scenery. Everything had a way of portraying simplicity but beauty at the same time: a bit of a sparkle to it in its own way: the sea glittered, train windows has a gleam, and even the forest had a shine to it, in its own way. And this was all in the opening scenes. It’s tricky to pull off, and definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

IMG_0617.JPGThe music was very complimentary to all the scene-setting. It had a good variation of easy-listening, laid-back kind of feel to a certain poppy and upbeat feel when important things were beginning to happen. It’s not exactly the catchiest, but it does a very good job of adding a mood to scenes without completely stealing the show. Slice of life drama has got to have a certain type of subtlety to it, which I think is well executed for the cause in this instance.

The characters, I felt, took a little while to develop. With this type of anime, character development is practically paramount to having the plot move along, it sometimes felt that an episode would pass with very little happening. However, they have since opened-up on their own and the anime can now be seen to be less focused on just Touko and moves on to Yanagi, Yukinari, Sachi and Hiro as stand-alone characters and their developing relationships which, I feel, has been worth the wait. I’m particularly enjoying the budding romance between Sachi and Hiro, as it feels that there is a little bit of mystery about it that I can’t wait to have revealed to me. In fact, I’m more interested in the supporting characters than Touko and Kakeru themselves.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah – where’s Yanagi and Yuki?

Despite all of the typical ‘slice of life’ elements that this anime displays, there is an extra addition that sets it apart from the rest. There is a supernatural element at work here, where both Kakeru and Touko find that they can see ‘fragments’ of what they believe to be a possible future. This is a plotline that is being played close to the chest, as it were, and more information on why Touko is seeing these things is being played out on an episode-to-episode basis. Everything seems to be ticking along quite nicely, but there always seems to be a sense that we should be waiting for the other shoe to drop. And this is exactly what keeps me tuning in every week.

IMG_0916.PNGDramatic tension is what serves GLASSLIP very well. It’s rare that I see this level of subconscious suspense in this type of anime. On the surface, everything seems to be rather mundane: Touko’s parents talk about their first date together, Hiro’s sister gets her driving licence, and all of them go on a camping trip together. However, this all seems to have some foreshadowing to it: why does physically-weak Sachi keep staying at the hospital? Why did we see Touko wishing that her future self will fix her life? Will the obvious animosity between the group and Kakeru some to some sort of head? Hopefully the answers to these questions will slowly be revealed.

IMG_0920.PNGWhat I really want from GLASSLIP is the promise of delivery. They have placed a lot of subtle messages and suggestions in earlier episodes, so I hope that these will be addressed and used to the best advantage. Sometimes these small hints of drama can go unrecognised due to time restrictions and rushed endings – but I have high hopes for these characters, so I’m hoping this anime delivers what it promises.