Glasslip – Episode 04 Review

Sorry Kakeru

Glasslip 04 – Kakeru Heads for a Different Series

I hereby pronounce Glasslip dead. Or maybe I should say that I hereby pronounce that I would very much enjoy seeing all of the characters in Glasslip die gruesome, shocking deaths as soon as possible. I can’t handle another week of this dull, uninteresting crap.

Synopsis:

I’m not even going to bother with a synopsis this week. Not enough happened that I think we need to review it here.

Review:

This series is just awful. Nothing is happening. Rather, it’s more like things (of questionable significance) are happening, but they don’t really matter.

For example, Touko discovered in Episode 2 that she and Kakeru can see/hear the future together. That’s pretty interesting!

But it seems like Glasslip totally forgot about that!!! At the very least, having prophetic visions isn’t important enough for Glasslip to warrant any actual screen time. What the hell? Touko finds out she can see the future, gets worked up enough about it to call Kakeru to chat about it, and then…. AND THEN NOTHING. She’s gotta go eat some pork cutlets. Oh, and then she has to go hiking with her pals. Oh yeah, and then it’s imperative that she laze around drawing pictures of chickens. Future-vision? Huh? What future-vision? Oh, right… I can see the future. I sure do hope my future is a good one, blah-dee-dah.

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And to think that it would be so desperately boring….

And Kakeru is just as bad. He’s finally found the girl that communicates with him from the future. That’s a big damn deal! But what does he do? He admires the pan-warmed Canadian bacon his dad made, blathers on with his dad about what could be some character-developing content but simply turns into nothing, and then…. He goes for a walk in the woods. Because obviously, if you found the girl of your dreams, you wouldn’t make an effort to get to know her or talk to her, right? Clearly, the correct course of action is to just check dream-girl off your list and get on with your camping-in-the-yard lifestyle. Who gives a shit about seeing the future, much less trying to figure out how it works, or if it’s legit, right?

This is one series where I care a lot more about the supporting cast than I do for the main characters. Hiro is doing his best to spend some quality time with Sachi; he even asked her out on a date. That’s awesome! Go Hiro! He wasn’t incredibly smooth when he asked her out, but who cares, at least he is trying his best to make his desires into reality. Sachi seems alright too. I think she’s got a pretty good idea that Hiro is interested in her – it definitely seemed that way last week. That’s how it would be for any reasonable person. If a person you’ve known for a while suddenly starts stammering and blushing around you, it means that the way they feel about you has likely changed. It may simply indicate that they are embarrassed over ripping a loud fart when you were around, but if you’re a young boy and girl (especially in an anime) chances are that they want to go out with you.

Yukinari is also a reasonable human being. Even though he’s a bit stubborn by continuing to be in love with Touko when she’s made it clear that she isn’t interested… That’s completely normal. You don’t fall out of love overnight! He seems like he is making an attempt to be around her and get used to her post-rejection. On top of that, he’s making it very clear to Touko that he still has feelings for her, and that confessing to her was a huge deal for him. He brings up the confession, he says he can’t be in the same room alone with her, and he questions her about Kakeru. That is the 16-year-old boy way of saying: ”Confessing to you was a monumental event in my adolescence, and I am totally heartbroken that you rejected me. However, I fell in love with you because I appreciate you as a person, and even if we can’t be lovers, I still want to continue our relationship. Please understand that I care for you deeply, and I will be able to be around you and it not feel uncomfortable to either of us, but it may take a little time.” He’s being really cool, in my opinion.

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Yannagi is definitely the most interesting one in the series. She sees that Kakeru likes Touko; she’s known that since episode 1 (as should have everyone else). The most important thing is: Yannagi isn’t making an ass of herself about it. She likes Yukinari and she’s doing what she needs to do to give that relationship a chance (well, except for… should I bother mentioning the brother-sister thing here?). For example, she eavesdrops on Yukinari confessing to Touko. Afterwards, she doesn’t run in and passionately declare her love for her brother – she does the cool, calm, and collected thing. She simply acts like a fun, supportive, and reliable woman. And, ladies, that’s exactly what you should do in a situation like that. If the guy you love loves someone else and has never noticed you, he probably never will. However, showing him how cool and fun and supportive you are, consistently, can sometimes turn his feelings around. It’s highly unlikely, but I’ve seen it happen.

The other thing I like so much about Yannagi is that she’s doing her best to “manage” Touko. Be forewarned that I may be reading into this too much; this is Glasslip, a series that appears to have no fondness for character depth. Anyways, what I mean by “manage” is this: she’s trying to maintain the friendship with Touko, but she’s also trying to keep Touko off of Yukinari.

For example, if I was in love with Bob, but Bob was in love with Jane (and I knew that)…. The first order of business would be to get as friendly with Jane as possible, so that she will feel close to me and will not be able to accept Bob’s advances – because she would feel guilty about hurting my feelings. Then, when Bob is all sad because Jane rejected him, I would find reasons to be around Bob a whole lot more than normal, to show him that I am a really awesome girl (and that I’m actually better than Jane – which would probably involve a bit of trash-talking about Jane). Bob, fresh from the sting of rejection will look for any reason to decide that Jane is an unworthy girl, and after offering him those reasons, he’ll get with me to restore his broken pride.

Not ImpressedYeah, neither am I.

See? It’s astoundingly simple, and almost every girl does this at least once in their lives. Actually, that’s really the absolute minimum of weird catty things that girls do to capture male attention and compete with each other. Surprisingly, it’s a subject that isn’t represented very accurately in drama/literature/etc. I have no idea why though, because I’m sure you could ask any woman about it and they’d be able to explain all the subtleties of girl-fighting. That being said, I think Glasslip is doing a shockingly good job of portraying that via Yannagi’s character. Unfortunately though, that is the only thing that Glasslip is doing right, and I am certain they will screw it up, since they have screwed up everything else so far.

Touko sucks. Touko is the absolute worst. Touko is the epitome of the awful, catty, deeply ignorant, self-centered, attention-whoring, two-faced, insensitive, clueless, rude, careless, overly-dramatic, and selfish traits of woman. She’s a total bitch – even Yukinari thinks so. Of course, Yukinari is okay with it for now since he thinks she’s hot… But his opinion is strong enough that he comes out and says it to her.

My biggest problem with Touko is that she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the future-thing. How lame can the girl be? Her inability to conceive of the gift of prophecy as an important thing is totally ruining the anime for all of us viewers (haha, okay that was kind of a joke). Seriously though, I had a big problem with her and Yannagi’s interaction in this episode. First of all, she calls Yannagi out of the house, to the docks, which appear to be pretty far away from Yannagi’s place. WTF?!?! Yannagi just got out of the hospital with a sprained ankle! She’s on crutches for god’s sake! How insensitive and totally thoughtless can Touko be? Sure, I understand that since Touko wanted to talk about Yukinari, it couldn’t be at Touko’s house… So give it a rest for a few days until Yanngi gets better! What made it worse was that Touko called Yannagi out to talk about herself. Yeah, whatever, Touko gave a nod to politeness by asking Yannagi if she would be okay to meet at the dock… But when they arrived, Touko didn’t say, “Are you feeling okay?” or anything of the sort. She just launched into, “Oh, I’m soooooo sorry that Yukinari confessed to meeeee.”

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When Yannagi steps up and tries to be the better person by saying it is okay, that’s when Touko commits the worst crime a friend can commit. She says, “Oooooooh, but it’s sooooo not okaaaay! Because I feeeeelt something for Yukinari when he was confessing to meeeeee!! I was all aflutter!” Shut up, ho. Can you possibly be a bigger bitch, Touko?

Maybe Touko didn’t read the “How to be a Somewhat Decent or at least Moderately Acceptable Friend” manual. If she had, she should know that when your bestie’s crush has just confessed to you, you are supposed to go to great lengths to let your best friend know that you didn’t care at all, that you think he is stupid and ugly and dumb, but that of course he wouldn’t be those things if he were confessing to your best friend. You have to try hard to make sure that you and your friend are very clear that you have no interest in your friend’s crush at all. So, what did Touko do? Even though she and Yannagi had already worked things out on the hike, she had to wait until Yannagi was injured, right after she saw Yukinari and Yannagi getting close. And then she called Yannagi out to bring up the drama again, and essentially implied that she was still on the fence about returning Yukinari’s affection. All the while, she knew it was hurtful to Yannagi to rub all that stuff in her face – she should have easily seen Yannagi act uncomfortable and sad. If nothing else, she had a future-vision in which she made Yannagi cry – but, oh yeah, those visions don’t matter anymore in Glasslip. What a bitch.

Adding insult to injury, Touko then proceeds to be a total bitch to Yukinari when he sees her at school. He’s trying so hard to tell her that his feelings are hurt but that he honestly cares about her beyond being her lover. What does Touko do? She jumps up and looks at Yukinari like he’s infected with some horrifying infectious disease when he tries to talk about his feelings. Come on, how would you feel if someone looked at you like that when you were trying to say difficult and embarrassing things?? And then… And then… This bitch starts FLIRTING WITH HIM. How soulless can this girl be? Now that’s she’s realized she has him in the palm of her hand, she starts toying with him. She’s all giggly and blush-y as soon as she forces him to start expounding on what he thinks is hot about her. I suppose that since Touko is an unrivalled egomaniac, she gets turned on when people talk about how sexy she is.

As if that wasn’t enough of Touko-the-relentless-bitch in a single episode, there’s the typical-anime-romantic-misunderstanding scene. Touko sees Yannagi and Kakeru in an embrace, and loses it. Can someone please tell me what right Touko has to get jealous of Yannagi and Kakeru? Yannagi has been saying since Episode 2 that Kakeru is hot, and since it has just been made painfully clear that Yukinari isn’t into her, it seems only right that she would move on. Touko has vehemently denied to everyone that she is interested in Kakeru (even though anyone with a brain knows she actually is). However, I have to say, “Sorry, Touko,” Yannagi followed the girl-code by telling Touko in advance she was interested in Yukinari, and when Yannagi asked (which she clearly did on the dock) if Touko was interested in Kakeru, Touko said no. By the rules, Kakeru is fair game. It was just an anime-worthy accident, but I’m sure the incident will precipitate a veritable riot. Touko will flee with passive-aggressive flair, and make long, dramatic (not-to-be-taken-seriously) speeches about how Yannagi should be with Kakeru because she feels guilty that Yukinari confessed to her instead of Yannagi.

misunderstanding

Touko sucks. She wants all the guys to belong to her. She likes that Yukinari is into her; she flirts with him and leads him on even though she rejected him, and she won’t give him up to Yannagi. She won’t admit she’s interested in Kakeru, but she loses her shit when she thinks he’s flirting with Yannagi. And to make matters even worse, when all of “her boys” are unavailable, she goes to the coffee shop and starts asking for Hiro. What does she want with Hiro? Will she try to seduce him too?

So, what will come of all this?

I think it would be whole-new-levels-of-amazing if Touko transformed from being the clueless, pretty, kind-of-mystical, anime heroine (aka Manaka from Nagi no Asukara) into being an outright evil, self-centered bitch who demands that all the boys pay attention to her. That would be so outrageously cool for an anime to do.

Unfortunately though, I have no hope left for this series. Last week, I was eager for some explanations and got none. The future-vision stuff was untouched, Kakeru didn’t interact with the main characters in a meaningful way, and the plot didn’t progress at all. This week was exactly the same. Even though we “know” that the main group of five is important and that Kakeru is important, they aren’t interacting. At this point, Kakeru could never show up in the series again, and I wouldn’t be surprised. He doesn’t matter, and the supernatural elements he introduced don’t matter either – at least, the series has not given me any indication that they do.

Even more importantly, the main characters don’t really matter to me. You don’t get the feeling, from watching the series, that any of this “drama” between them will have any lasting effect on their lives. They ignore their own feelings, try to make everything seem fine, and they try to play emotionally significant events off like they don’t matter. However, the problem with the series is that the audience hasn’t been shown that those emotional events do matter. Sure, we know that Yannagi is hurt when Touko rubs Yukinari’s confession in her face, but we have no idea how it affects their home life. And we know that Hiro has been thinking about Sachi a lot, but we have no idea if Sachi gives a damn. It’s just not shown to the viewers. For an anime that is relying entirely on a very slow-paced, character-based, slice-of-life type of setting, it is imperative that the audience be able to connect with the characters. So far, that hasn’t happened. We have not been clued in to the characters’ thoughts, feelings, or struggles, and it’s impossible to connect with them without that.

I’m really disappointed with Glasslip. It proposed itself as being a supernatural drama, and so far it is neither. Already 1/3 of the way through, Glasslip is nothing more than a dull slice-of-life with worse-than-average characters. Sure, it’s fun to go off on a tangent and pretend that the characters’ actions are meaningful, but in reality, they are not. My point again is: if the series does not care about the events and plot, why should I?

I have no hope left that the future-visions of Touko and Kakeru will play a prominent role in this story. At this point, I don’t have much hope that we will even see teen-romance-drama that is worth watching. Myself and others in the blog-o-sphere are begging for suicides or murders, because the only thing that can save the series at this point is a hugely disturbing plot twist. Sadly, even if the gang started dying next week, I doubt there would be enough time left to make the series feel anything other than rushed and contrived.

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I have a feeling that this coupling will not work out.

Episode Rating: 3.0/10.0

What do you guys think? How many of you have decided to drop the series? Does anyone have any good ideas about what would make it better?

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Posted on July 26, 2014, in Anime, Glasslip, Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. When I watched this episode hoping that something interesting will happen, it did grant me a few minutes of airtime with Kakeru. He’s the only reason why I watch this. (Yes, I’m a girl so to be interested in the mysterious male lead is to be expected.) I was wondering what his trigger was if Touko’s trigger was glass. I thought maybe music? He got all surprised when he realized his dad was playing music but then again, he did say it was his mom’s piece and he did hear Touko’s voice so its either the slice of meat or the classical music. I don’t know if I’m over-analyzing this anime and I’d end up cursing in frustration. Maybe his mom died and that’s why he’s detached from everybody. Maybe he wants to use his ability to see the future to prevent anything bad from happening, unlike Touko who simply wants to know how to deal with the love-related tangled mess she’s in.

    Although at the end of the episode, I was surprised at how useless and completely senseless the episode was. Sigh. Its already at 4 out of 13 with no plot or character development whatsoever and only speculations of foreshadowing which is most likely just bad writing. This sucks!

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    • “he did say it was his mom’s piece”

      I got the feeling that his mom is dead, maybe? Either that or she and his dad are divorced. Either way, it seems like his mom is not around anymore. The music that was playing was Chopin (I think), and I assume his mom was the one playing it. So, his mom must have been a classical pianist, which could explain why his parents dragged him to and fro – classical musicians, at least in anime, are always flying off to Europe or elsewhere to play concerts. (It’s not really like that in real life though!)

      “I was wondering what his trigger was if Touko’s trigger was glass”

      I think his trigger is classical music. I don’t know if it’s only classical piano, or only Chopin, or only when his mom plays it though.

      It’s kind of interesting that both his and Touko’s triggers are related to their parents’ professions. Since Touko’s parents are in every episode, and Kakeru’s dad has been in half of the episodes so far, it seems like there could be some interesting story there. Like, they inherited the future-vision from their parents, or their parents know something about it that they don’t… Something like that, which could bring up some interesting themes about the parent-child relationship.

      Sadly though, I don’t think Glasslip is going to delve that deep. Like you said, it’s already been 4 out of 13 episodes, and nothing has really happened. They’ve set up a lot of interesting possibilities (like you said, all the foreshadowing stuff), but at this point, I don’t think they will have time to explore them.

      “which is most likely just bad writing”

      It almost seems like the writers had some sort of grand vision about making a teen romance/drama with lots of depth and meaningful themes the audience could connect with… But somewhere along the way, it fell through. Maybe the producers thought it was too complicated and decided to dumb it down?

      The series feels so strange. There’s so much build-up, and the music creates a lot of tension. But the characters and the plot aren’t matching that level of tension, and it just ends up being really frustrating because it feels like something should be happening and it isn’t.

      “I’m a girl so to be interested in the mysterious male lead is to be expected.”

      Hahaha!🙂

      Kakeru is definitely the most interesting of all the characters, but all the mystery surrounding him seems a little unnecessary. Why is he sleeping in a tent instead of the house? How long has he been hearing the future? And why is he sooo awkward?

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  2. People sure have different tastes, it is the anime im most looking forward to watching each week

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    • Really? What do you like about it? And… Are you not bothered by the lack of explanations, especially concerning the future-visions?

      Honestly, I *want* to like the series, which is why I think I get so frustrated with it!🙂

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  3. Actually the pacing is what makes it so frustrating to watch

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  4. Couldn’t agree more with your review.

    The story has been stuck for almost the entire five episodes so far. The content covered was at most worth 2 episodes. Some romance here, some slice of life there. Oh wait, wasn’t this anime supposed to about a supernatural phenomenon?

    Also, like you pointed out, even if the storyline would be not that ridiculously bad (Why would Yannagi suddenly turn to Kakeru to ask him for advice?), I still see issues with the entire setting itself. Just imagining having the power to foresee the future, no person would act like Kakeru or Touko did. Thus, the supernatural element itself has to be questioned.

    I also do not understand Yannagi and Kakeru based on the story so far: Are they really kyoudaishimai? I believe that the anime is lacking to provide some clarity (additionally, some background information on the household of the two would not hurt). Another aspect of the lackluster storytelling are all the seemingly coincidental meetings between the main characters – It happens way to often.

    How to make the anime better?
    After starting an anime like this, I actually see no chances to turn Glasslip into a must-watch title. A severe plot-twist or something similar has to occur to have a shot at turning around the story. However, this cannot be done without loosing credibility: How would you explain that e.g. Yannagi gets tremendously envious of Touko and decides to kill her while Kakeru foresees the action and prevents it eventually leading Yannagi to commit suicide. Seems to make sense, right?

    Summarized, Glasslip is almost destined to be a failure. Although the animation is good and music choice is not to bad either (some Beethoven or Schumann wouldn’t have been bad though for my taste), the main point is the story and the characters.

    Btw, you write the following in paragraph 7 of your ‘review’ section: ‘Yannagi is definitely the most interesting one in the series. She sees that Kakeru likes Touko; she’s known (..)’
    Do you mean Yukinari likes Touko or am I messing up with the names?

    Anyways, great writeup.

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