Glasslip – 02 Review

Future Vision

Glasslip 02 – What’s going on here?

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit – I’m not entirely sure about some of the things presented in this episode. Although the main plot events were clear, there were a lot of little discrepancies that I noticed throughout, which made me wonder: exactly what is going on here? I watched it three times because I thought I was going crazy, but I’ve come to the conclusion that there was something noticeably “off” throughout this episode. Read on for some specific examples – and make sure to let me know what you think is happening!

Synopsis:

The creepy transfer student calls Touko out to discuss their psychic ability. Sachi is clearly disturbed by the Touko x Kakeru possibility. Hiro starts thinking about confessing to Sachi. Yanagi expresses her desire to confess her feelings to Yukinari. After the ban on dating is lifted, Yukinari makes a beeline for Touko and confesses his love. Yanagi eavesdrops on the confession, and with a broken heart, decides to use a different strategy to catch Yukinari.

Review:

What would summer be without an overly dramatic anime confession-fest? Honestly, I have no idea; since I started watching anime years ago, I haven’t had a summer without the requisite bombardment of on-screen confessions.

I think the confession-fest is actually being handled quite well in Glasslip. I’m more used to the typical-anime approach, which involves characters waiting until the last minute to confess (like AnoNatsu or Nagi no Asukara). In those series, the entirety of the show is a build-up to the confession, and it is assumed that the characters just ride off into the sunset and live in happy-ever-after-land following that oh-so-dramatic climax. Featuring a confession-pocalypse so early in a series is different; it means the series will focus on the characters having to deal with the fallout from those confessions.

Common Sense

I can’t forgive him for threatening the chickens, but at least he has some common sense.

And a “confession-pocalypse” is what this will certainly be! There’s a love-hexagon going on in Glasslip, and I’m not sure that any of the crushes involved are mutual. In my experience, close groups of friends usually break up when everyone likes someone in the group and none of that liking is reciprocated. I will say though, in my experience, that sort of set-up never happens as conveniently in RL as it does in an anime.

Another thing – what is going on with Yannagi falling for Yukinari? Crunchyroll has informed me that the two are step-siblings, but the series itself hasn’t explained their situation at all. I think that’s a little weird. Clearly, Yukinara and Yannagi live together, but from just watching the series, the viewer has no idea what their situation is. And from Touko’s confusion when she heard Yukinari’s voice (via Yannagi’s phone) that the bath was ready, I wonder if the other characters know what their situation actually is.

And that brings me to the meat of what is on my mind regarding this episode. It simply seems that everyone is not on the same page, and there are some deep misunderstandings between these friends.

Now for the specifics:

Bath Time

1) Yukinari and Yannagi.

So, if my best girlfriend called me up and was talking about how she was planning on confessing to her stepbrother, I would be like, “Whoa, whoa, WHOA. Hold up.” I would explain to her how even though they aren’t related by blood, they are related by marriage, and how those sorts of family ties still invoke the same feelings about incest as blood-ties do. If it was me, I also would have noticed by now that Yukinari is definitely not into Yannagi, and I would have done everything I could to dissuade her from wrecking her social life and home life by confessing to him. I mean, damn. What would their parents think if they started dating?!?! Totally unacceptable…. Unless they were both deeply in love and decided to wait to pursue their love until they were both grownups and out of their parents’ house.

So, what’s going on here? Why was Touko surprised that Yukinari would tell Yannagi that the bath is free, when Touko knows they live together as siblings? Does Touko not know? Or is this simply an oversight of the writers, to have not revealed Yannagi and Yukinari’s situation? I suppose that it’s also possible that Touko is just mildly retarded (as many anime main-characters are) and is jumping to conclusions and imagining Yannagi and Yukari taking a bath together.

Dating Ban

2) The dating prohibition.

When Sachi tells Kakeru that people in their group aren’t allowed to date, Touko expresses surprise. I think it’s pretty clear that Touko had never heard of this rule before. It’s possible that Touko is just an airhead and no one bothered to tell her about it because they figured she’d never want to date anyone anyways. However, when Touko declares the dating ban lifted, Hiro is totally surprised – Hiro has also never been informed that there was a rule against dating. He’s an airhead too, but not so bad that he would be completely left out of major group decisions, right?

The other thing that I’ not sure about concerning the dating ban is this: were the members of their group prohibited from dating only each other, or were they not allowed to date anyone at all? This is not explained by the anime. Just putting it out there – it’s definitely possible that this is a translation problem… But no matter which of the two situations it is, it is still questionable that (at least) 1/3 of their group of friends wasn’t informed that they weren’t allowed to date others. It is almost as if Sachi, Yukinari, and Yannagi got together and decided this without telling Touko and Hiro. Those three are the ones who are most possessive and personally invested in preventing inter(or intra)-group dating. Sachi, because she has a serious attachment (bordering on yuri feelings) for Touko. Yukinari, so that Touko will never be able to date anyone (but himself). And Yannagi, so Yukinari will never confess to Touko. Suspicious, right?

Now for some other incongruities:

First Time

3) Kakero and the “first time”.

I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but when Kakeru is talking with Touko about their psychic visions, he says that the first time he “both saw and heard” a fragment (psychic vision) was when he saw Touko at the festival. What?!?!

Now, it’s possible that he meant “the first time he had seen something quite so vivid” or “the first time he had audio with the video” – as was the case for Touko. I really hope that it is one of these two things, because the third option (that it was the first time he’s ever had a psychic event in any way shape or form) makes Kakeru the creepiest transfer student ever.

Why does that make him even creepier? Well, if he’s only been having psychic visions for 2 days (max), he sure does have a highly developed world-view about them. He’s already totally confident that his visions are of the future – which, unless there was more to the vision they had at the festival than what was showed on screen, seems a bit premature. He already knows that Touko needs some sort of trigger to see visions – and how in the hell does he know that?? But even more concerning is that Kakeru has already developed a comprehensive system of psychic-vision ethics. He heard (what he assumes to be) Touko’s future voice, and he apologizes to her for hearing it without her permission. This shows that he has already decided what is right and wrong concerning the visions, and to have nailed that down after only a few days, with something so non-every-day-life as seeing the future, makes Kakeru an unacceptably creepy guy in my opinion.

Future Ethics

If he’s been having visions (just less intense, or whatever) for years and years, then okay. He would have had time to figure out what he is and isn’t okay with and what he thinks constitutes crossing boundaries in reference to it all. But after only a few days? It just reminds me of adolescents that have played a few too many hours of Vampire: The Gathering and are already equipped with all the background knowledge, cultural sensitivities, and answers to ethical dilemmas that they would need if they were ever to be transformed into a vampire in real life. I’m saying that being able to accurately see the future is such a rare and unlikely thing for most teenagers, for him to have it all figured out after 2 days proves that he is either a) special, or b) suffering from 8th-grader syndrome.

The other thing I thought was strange is that Kakeru talks about how he sees visions when he’s with Touko. He wasn’t “with” Touko when he had the vision at the festival, and he wasn’t with Touko when he heard her voice while chilling in his arm chair. Did he share the vision that Touko had while they were together at the light house (is that what that place was?)? Who knows?

Touko Vision

4) Touko’s future vision.

I almost feel as if I’m splitting hairs with this one, but when taken in conjunction with the other unanswered-questions presented in the episode, I have to bring it up. When Touko and Kakeru are talking, he tells her to look at her glass bead (to induce a vision). Touko sees her friends on the railroad track, waving goodbye, and herself looking somewhat upset/confused/sad/etc and she hears her own voice saying, “I want to see the future too!”

I will say that I think it’s interesting that Touko’s crew is all together and she is apart from them. Any amount of dream interpretation research will tell you that this is not good – it surely means that Touko is splitting apart from her friends, or worse yet – that her friends will soon shun her and expel her from the group. Not really surprising, considering how possessive and exclusionary her friends seem to be, and considering that confession-pocalypse that is going on in her circle at the moment. Touko is fascinated by an outsider (Kakeru) and whether she knows it or not, that sort of thing is not okay with her best buds.

At the end of the episode, when Touko frantically calls Kakeru, she remembers her vision and realizes that it has come true (although that point is debatable). My beef is this: what she said in her vision is not exactly what she said in real life. In the vision, she said, “I want to see the future too.” On the phone with Kakeru she said, “I want to see the future.”

Incongruency

Is that splitting hairs? I don’t know. She used different wording and a different tone of voice in the vision versus the phone call. Maybe the emphasis was that Touko had come around to desiring the psychic visions? I think that it seemed like she was curious and into it ever since Kakeru talked to her about it – between Touko having absolutely no objections to Kakeru’s interpretation of her hallucinations (that she’s seeing the future) and her chatting with her sister about it over dinner, it’s no surprise that Touko would eventually hit Kakeru up to get more involved with the vision stuff. Point is, I think any reasonable person would insist on a more exact match between reality and their visions when trying to determine if they are actually seeing the future.

Okay Mom

5) Touko’s parents.

Once again, in Episode 2, we’re showed a scene of Touko’s family sitting around the dinner table and her parents reminiscing about the days before they were married. It seemed strange to me that such a comparatively long time was spent listening to Touko’s parents talk about a minor misunderstanding they had on their first date – Touko’s mom was very late to the date, but since the dad said, “I also just arrived” when she showed up, Touko’s mom always thought that he had been late also. Of course, she didn’t understand that saying, “I’ve also just arrived” was simply the polite thing to do. So, yadda-yadda, on their first date Touko’s mom was an inconsiderate airhead; yeah, whatever, who cares, right?

Coming back at us with the same thing in Episode 2 really caught me off guard. This series isn’t sooo slice-of-life that is has time for details as small as this. And, if the series was looking for some humor, having the main charas interact would be better, since it would also allow for a bit of character development. So, Touko’s dad tells a story about how he “rescued” her mom from a fainting spell, and it was a very memorable event in their budding relationship. But Touko’s mom claims to have no memory of the event.

What’s going on here? Why spend several precious minutes telling the audience these seemingly-unimportant details about Touko’s parents? Why go through the trouble to point out that Touko’s parents have incongruent memories and aren’t necessarily on the same page about their past shared experiences? Can people know each other super well (like, being married for 20-ish years) and not know these little things about each other and their own relationship? Is this foreshadowing? Do Touko and her friends not know each other as well as they thought they did?

 

 

So, those are some of the thoughts I had while watching this episode. Maybe these are just plot-holes resulting from poor writing or direction, but maybe there is something to it? Did anyone else notice these things or was it just me? There were some other things too, like how Kakeru told his dad he was going on a “date” (even though it totally wasn’t a date), and how it’s not clear whether or not Sachi knows that Touko has visions (I guess she does now though)… There’s so many things to be bothered by in this episode!

Also, what’s up with Kakeru’s living situation and his dad? That whole situation with, “Sorry the room’s not ready yet” seemed strange. Why would Kakeru live in a tent if his house is right there and equipped well enough to hang out in, cook in, listen to Chopin in, etc? Does his dad also live in a tent? Is the house being remodeled or something? I don’t get it.

The other thing I noticed was that the music was distracting in this episode. I liked the classical-type BGM in the first episode, but they introduced easy-listening jazz and samba-esque sounds, which were very bad. On top of that, the music was simply too loud; it noticeably took the attention away from the dialogue between characters, especially during the confession scene. The obtrusive, overly melancholy and dramatic music, in combination with a lot of the BGM-sparse scenes, makes the series feel much darker than it currently appears to be. Even worse, the not-smooth musical transitions likely contributed to my overall feeling of the pacing being off in this episode.

There is something going on in this series that is rubbing me the wrong way. Either it’s just a mediocre anime with bad pacing, or there is a somewhat sinister element to the plot that hasn’t yet been introduced. I don’t know at this point. I’ve enjoyed the other P.A. Works anime that I’ve watched, so I can’t simply write it all off as plot-holes, bad pacing, and shoddy writing. Sadly, I don’t have high enough expectations for this series to think that they would throw us some crazy plot-twists or darker themes (like people who think they know each other actually not knowing each other). But, when I think about AnoHana, I think it’s possible that the series could take a darker turn; even remembering Blood-C (as awful as it was), I am reminded that sometimes anime do things you weren’t expecting.

Glassblowing

No matter how you look at it, there’s something else going on here. It almost feels as if we missed an episode. That could work out to be a very good thing, or a very bad thing. I feel the same way this week as I did last week – I have no idea where this series is going. I’m just hoping that next week’s episode will shed some light on all the questions I have. I hate being kept in the dark! The series gets a few points for showing Touko working with glass – after all, that is what initially lured me in. Unfortunately, the series loses a few points for pacing that just felt off and throwing loopholes at us. The only thing we can do is wait until next week… And maybe then I will share with you my story of when I saw a future vision that my best friend’s love interest would ruin my close-knit group of friends – sounds a lot like Glasslip, doesn’t it? See you then!😉

 

What do you readers think? Did anyone notice the little details I pointed out? Did something about this episode feel “off” to you? What do you think is going on and what direction will this series go in? Let me know in the comments!

Episode Rating: 6.0/10.0

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Posted on July 12, 2014, in Anime, Glasslip, Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Okay, now I’ve seen the second episode of Glass Lip… Holy shit! To talk in general terms the biggest problem of this episode is that it lacks clarity. There isn’t some sense of focus to what and why anything happens. Actually, it feels more like three or four storylines just got violently smashed together for this show. Also, I love the quiet, symbolic way of storytelling this series chooses. But since it has a ton of story to address with a rather laid-back plot, things happen in sudden spurts of development without the series ever having the time to actually talk about the meaning of these things. Beneath the surface this episode is just jampacked with content.This is one of the rare cases where I would think the series needs to be a bit more blunt. Otherwise, the series expects to do a lot of work for them in terms of making the story work.

    A couple things, I liked: The great music-direction in the first half with how music only appeared to underline the characters. ‘David’ is getting this heavy, tense, string-heavy classical tune, then there are the quiet slice-of-life-scenes with no sound except cicadas and the talk between Touko and ‘David’ had a very mystical, yet hopeful sound to it (the latter because, of course, the ability is just there to give their love a fateful undertone). Then there’s little details like the blonde-haired being in his room and there’s always some woman singing some JPOP-song on a radio while the sister always needles him about manliness and understanding women. Then glasses-girl really seems to be into Touko and her room has this glass-chime at the window in place of Touko that always makes this one clear ringing sound while glasses-girl is looking at it. Either she sees herself as really good friend of Touko or this is yuri, probably the former, but this series really can be a little more blunt about that stuff.

    > He already knows that Touko needs some sort of trigger to see visions – and how in the hell does he know that??

    Okay, that’s how this ability works: Both Touko and ‘David’ have the ability to hear ‘fragments’ of the future. Those fragments are bits and pieces from the future. Alone each of them only hears short sentences. And for the ability to work they each need a ‘trigger’. In Touko’s case it’s shiny things like glass and fireworks. I suspect ‘David’ uses classical music as a trigger. But in the first episode, the thing that ‘David’ realized was that when he gets closer to Touko (who he had already heard about from previous fraggments) he’s capable of not only hearing ‘fragments’ but seeing them as well.

    > My beef is this: what she said in her vision is not exactly what she said in real life. In the vision, she said, “I want to see the future too.” On the phone with Kakeru she said, “I want to see the future.”

    The point of this episode is actually Touko being unable to deal with the change brought by ‘David’. His appearance starts a chain of events that leads to her having to deal with a confession by that brother-guy. And at some point when the sister-girl tells her about how she wants to confess, Touko, after the end of the conversation, frets about how she wouldn’t know how to deal with such a situation. But ultimately she’s actually faced with such a situation and the complications of that confession are clear to her, yet she doesn’t know what to do about it. So, her solution ends up being that phone-call where she commits to exploring her precognition-abilities further.

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    • “Beneath the surface this episode is just jampacked with content”

      Isn’t it? I was honestly surprised that this series had so much going on in this episode.

      “I love the quiet, symbolic way of storytelling this series chooses”

      Yeah, I do too. I appreciate that we aren’t being slammed with info-dumps or the typical transfer-student scene (aka a convenient way to introduce the charas). But (as you pretty much said already), this style of storytelling can be a bit scattered.

      “This is one of the rare cases where I would think the series needs to be a bit more blunt”

      True, true. There is a lot of little information that has been left out of this series that is typically present in slice-of-life/drama. For example, how long has this group of friends been friends? Since childhood? Do all of them work at the cafe? Is that how they met or are they helping out because it’s Hiro’s grandpa’s place? Most series throw those details at the viewer immediately; Glasslip wants us to infer those things from the content. Though… it’s also possible that Glasslip won’t bother with giving us a lot of those details. While it’s typical to divulge that information in an anime, it’s also not totally necessary to know those things to get what’s going on.

      I do think the series will explain everything a bit later though, if the reveal about Sachi’s illness was any indication. In the first episode, when they were talking about how they should do things that Sachi could participate in, it was already pretty obvious that she had an illness (or some other limitation like that). In this episode, they confirm that in the conversation between Hiro and his sister. I imagine that the rest of the series will flow like that, with explanations/confirmations coming after the events happen. It’s certainly a different way to pace a series like this, but it might end up being really good.

      “The point of this episode is actually Touko being unable to deal with the change brought by ‘David’”

      Is it? I don’t think Touko is “unable to deal with it” – it seems to me like she was ripe for a change. Not consciously, of course, but she plays right into the whole psychic-vision thing with a minimum of internal struggle.

      Also, just as an aside, I did some lurking on some forums (MAL and I don’t remember what else) after writing my review. I was interested to find out that other people were so confused after this episode. Everything from people thinking that Sachi is actually in love with Yukinari (I suppose it’s possible?), to thinking that Yannagi, Yukinari, and Hiro all live together.

      What I hope is that this scattered style of storytelling is a foreshadowing of the content – like, maybe something (dark) happened in the past between the five of them, and that is why they are so protective over Touko? I thought it was interesting that Sachi left Touko and Kakeru alone only after he explained that he would “help” Touko. It definitely makes me think that there’s a lot more to this story that hasn’t yet been revealed (fingers crossed).😉

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      • > Is it? I don’t think Touko is “unable to deal with it” – it seems to me like she was ripe for a change. Not consciously, of course, but she plays right into the whole psychic-vision thing with a minimum of internal struggle.

        Well, of course, she had those fragmented visions of the future all along and that whole supernatural stuff is her idea of dealing with the situation. If you think, that betting on this supernatural stuff is an apt way to deal with all the shit that’s going on, sure, you might consider her less clueless than I judge her to be.

        > I was interested to find out that other people were so confused after this episode.

        Hmm, I can only talk about my perspective… but to me it seemed like the episode was unnecessarily circumspect as to what it told the audience instead of subtly hinting at it.

        I mean, it never felt like to me like the internal logic of the episode didn’t make sense. The storytelling was just more ambitious than the story warranted it to be. That’s my problem with how subtle this episode was: It’s all fine and dandy to hint at stuff rather than tell it in a story but finding out what the story’s hinting at should be a reward. If you just find another mass of typical tropes beneath the story’s surface, it all just ends up being a bit of a mess as far as storytelling is concerned.

        > I thought it was interesting that Sachi left Touko and Kakeru alone only after he explained that he would “help” Touko.

        I interpreted it as Sachi being a good ‘bro’, it was more a threat along the lines of “You better not do anything bad to Touko, dude…” but she also accepted and respected Touko’s wish to talk with ‘David’ that way. That she would instinctively read the situation as “Oh, they want to talk alone!” is exactly the kind of thing this series won’t even mention, I feel like.

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  2. Just to add, I believe when he said that it was his first time seeing and hearing a fragment, I think he meant at the same time. I’m sure he’s done one or the other multiple times (or as you said, makes little sense), but this was the first time he had both parts of it/everything was clearer.

    Now if the Anime could be a bit clearer with what it’s about, maybe I’ll know if I will keep watching. Hopefully the 3rd episode sheds some light–I find it usually takes 3 episodes on average to give an idea on what something is about.

    On the step sibling thing though… We don’t know how recently their parents got together. She could’ve liked him before that. And it’s not actually that odd either. They aren’t blood related, they may have never seen eachother as siblings. And I can think of multiple shows that did the opposite of couples and married couples’ parents who had divorced or lost their significant other ending up remarried to their child’s mother/father-in law.

    It’s something that really isn’t looked at in the same reign as incest.

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    • “I believe when he said that it was his first time seeing and hearing a fragment, I think he meant at the same time”

      I do think you’re right about this. He can hear, she can see, and when they’re together they can both hear and see. I assume this is the case.

      “On the step sibling thing though…”

      Yeah, I totally see what you mean. But no matter what the exact situation is, they are in high school and live with their parents (and each other). I can’t imagine that their parents would feel comfortable with them dating while they’re still living at home. I know that plenty of anime do this – and I mean PLENTY – where the bro/sis fall in love but it turns out they’re not actually blood-related, so it’s all gravy. And I’m sure I’ve seen a few K-dramas where 2 people got together and then their divorced parents started dating as well…. And while these things make convenient for story lines, and it’s technically not a problem to get it on with your step-relatives, it’s definitely still taboo to some extent and could become a problem for their families.

      “I find it usually takes 3 episodes on average to give an idea on what something is about”

      Me too! I’ve always been surprised that the first 1/4 of some many anime is just the introduction! I bet Episode 3 is going to settle some things – especially: what direction is this show headed? Slice-of-life, drama, teen rom-com, supernatural, mystery-ish, etc?

      “maybe I’ll know if I will keep watching”

      What would make you stick with it and what would make you drop it? Just curious.🙂

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      • Characters would need to pull me in (in a non-frustrating way. Like I knew the whole confession thing was going to happen and I was jut hitting my head against a wall because love drama happened so fast) and the plot would have to make me want to know what happens.

        I like some of the characters already, though others feel almost bipolar (more on the writing sense) between the personality changes (such as “David”‘s threatening Chickens to wanting to help out Touko) and just having no idea how the plot goes, I’m not sure what to think.

        If it gives a lot of reasons/backstory and/or we get more reasons on why “David” is there/how long Touko was doing this/more ANYTHING that makes me want to know the whole story, I’ll be thrilled. That said, I’m really picky and have trouble really stating what keeps me interested versus what doesn’t.

        Golden Time is an example where I saw the end coming a mile away and got frustrated because they put a bunch of unnecessary drama (and apparently have no idea how amnesia works) where the story could’ve worked just as well, if not better, without the terrible subplot filled with things where all I could think of was how amnesia doesn’t work that way. I don’t mind fantasy stuff, but not when it’s based off a actual real thing (and is played straight).

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  3. “Golden Time is an example”

    Yeah, true about that. Although, for some reason I liked Golden Time. I’m not sure why – maybe just because it was cute?

    “That said, I’m really picky and have trouble really stating what keeps me interested versus what doesn’t.”

    I’m totally the same way! It’s hard for me to put my finger on exactly what makes me like a series, but I definitely know whether I like something or not. I’m not extremely picky though – I enjoy a wide range of series and genres, that don’t appear to have all that much in common. Typically though, I enjoy things with above-average stories and scripts, but that’s not always the case.

    “love drama happened so fast”

    If definitely did. Which made me think that the series had something really important to do, and they were just trying to get the confession-mania out of the way.

    “having no idea how the plot goes, I’m not sure what to think”

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m not sure where this series is trying to go. I mean, I guess it’s a drama/slice-of-life, where basically the typical slice-of-life daily routine gets thrown out of whack by a certain event happening (like the introduction of creepy transfer student). But so far, Kakeru hasn’t actually instigated change – maybe him just being around has caused the characters to think/feel differently, but the series hasn’t said as much.

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    • Nah, I know what you mean. I think all the characters (minus Ghost Banri) were well-developed and interesting. That’s why I kind of stuck with it even though I saw it coming a mile away. The thing is, even if they were going with “oh, I had feelings for Linda”, they could’ve done amnesia properly, had his feelings compared to those with Koko (which when he remembers everything at the end kind of happens) and realize who he cares for more. Had them stick through as he remembered old feelings rather than making him forget everything for past stuff then suddenly remember everything and both of the last two episodes were jarring due to that.

      I’m starting to lean towards just not caring for things with forced drama that doesn’t make sense in terms of the story or develop the characters. I’m pretty opened to most things, but I hate when characters are destroyed for a sucky plot point (Two examples that come to mind are Ryuusei no Rockman where Luna’s entire character development was destroyed in contrast of the game and most of Ran’s appearances in Detective Conan–shown to be a Blackbelt and frequently becomes a damsel in distress randomly while other times she is kicking the guy in the face. It’s just very back and forth and it annoys me. In some cases I can ignore it to focus on other things (the former), but others make me really dislike the character (latter) because you can only blame writing on so much of it.

      I’d like to think I’m pretty opened with trying things, but I want reasons and development, not “this fits our needs/is easier so let’s do that” or “this will help draw the story out more” or just general lazy writing.

      Would’ve been nice to think, but Episode 3 felt like such a let-down. It’s like hoping to learn info and then they just ended it so fast and went back to love drama with several scenes that made me question what the point was.

      I don’t necessarily mind Slice of Life with bits of other things (K-On and Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for example), but this is like if K-On had gotten rid of every single time they practiced and occasionally threw in “hey we should start a band” “look at us play music kind of well” “sometimes together” once in a blue moon and then just did normal friend stuff and leaves you wondering what the point is/when it is going to get to that plot.

      I just still don’t know where it’s going even after the third episode which makes me feel more confused than ever. I’m half tempted to just drop it and maybe pick it up later when I have an idea what it’ll be about because right now I just feel frustrated.

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      • “I think all the characters (minus Ghost Banri) were well-developed and interesting.”

        Yeah, Ghost Banri was terrible! He was definitely the worst part of the whole series. Including him brought a supernatural element into the series, which didn’t work very well. Amnesia is already so over played in anime and throwing in ghosts (who can steer a car) was just too much.

        “had his feelings compared to those with Koko (which when he remembers everything at the end kind of happens) and realize who he cares for more”

        You know, now that you mention it, I think that’s really why I liked Golden Time. The series didn’t totally commit to the idea, but it was nice to see two characters with great chemistry fall in love with each other – even though they weren’t each others’ first loves. That’s so rare to see in an anime, but it’s the most common thing in the world in real life. Normally, the main charas in an anime are each other’s first date, first kiss, first love, etc. I’ve gotten tired of watching two dull charas fall in love with each other for absolutely no reason… And the fact that when the series ends, it’s assumed that they will just graduate high school (or whatever) and get married and live happily ever after drives me nuts. Most people don’t marry their first crush! People grow and change, and once they get out of the awkwardness of middle/high school, what they want in a partner changes as well. Golden Time was one of the few series that I’ve seen that has actually tried to deal with this, and even though it wasn’t prefect, it was a noble attempt.

        “I’m starting to lean towards just not caring for things with forced drama that doesn’t make sense in terms of the story or develop the characters.”

        Ah…. You’re starting to show signs of a jaded anime viewer!! I’m with you though. After watching hundreds of series, you just start to get tired of all the repetitive tropes and you start to want writers who can actually tell decent stories.😉

        “Episode 3 felt like such a let-down”

        Yes. It totally was. Right now, Glasslip just doesn’t seem like it knows what it wants to be. It wants to be a supernatural drama, but it also wants to be a happy-go-lucky slice-of-life. I’m okay with either kind of series, but Glasslip needs to pick a direction and go in that direction. I’m really hoping that Episode 4 will be better!

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      • Yeeeah, exactly. Like I think minus the way they did amnesia (While it’s overdone, it doesn’t surprise me they used it) and Ghost Banri, the series could’ve been a lot better.

        Koko and Banri’s chemistry is why I stuck with it. Even though it was kind of obvious they’d be together (or those were the biggest lies of an opening I’ve ever seen :P), it was nice to see how it unfolded and what caused it. Plus it helped develop both of them in a way–Banri found someone he could help take care of versus being taken care of and Koko found someone who took the time to understand her and help her calm down/find her strong points for herself versus due to a person. It was just really good for both characters.

        Honestly, if the story is still decent, I’ll probably still watch! There’s just certain things that reeeeally get to me😛

        Hopefully! I’m probably going to stick with it out of curiousity and the fact that while I’m frustrated, the series hasn’t actually done anything to really anger me–I just want to know what it’s about! I just wish it could tell me that. We’re supposed to be hooked in and right now, the only hook is me being curious enough to wonder what this is supposed to be about in the first place.

        I remember when I first started episode 1 and read the summary, I thought the Summer Festival was actually a skip forward and then we were going to watch how it got to that point (not that I’d feel any less confused but), and just each episode leaves me even more lost in a way.

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