Hey, did you know? P.A. Works stands for “Progressive Animation Works”. If this fuckturtle of a show is progressive animation, then anime is dead.
This shit is over at last, and I can now rest in peace. Much of this review and overall thoughts below will be tantamount to me beating a dead horse, but I hope you are entertained at the very least. If you took the time out of your busy schedule to complete this show, rest assured that the fortitude of your mental strength has been proven. I salute you, good sir or madam.
Firstly, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that absolutely nothing was resolved. They just went back to school, and the show ended. Touko x Kakeru would arguably have been the most important issue, but no. After Touko’s high ended, she fainted. By requesting another piano piece I assume she requested a second joint, but we don’t even see what happens with that because they never bother showing us. I really should have set up a drinking game around halfway through the series – whereby I would be obliged to take a shot of vodka whenever something stupid or confusing was said. Maybe I’d have learned to hallucinate too!
Aghast at the thought of redeeming themselves somewhat, P.A. Works decided to make the very last conversation between the main couple of the show a vague, circular incorrigible mess. This is genuinely how it went, starting with Touko:
“I saw you.”
“Was that a coincidence?”
“Not quite… it wasn’t.”
“You saw it because you wanted to see it.”
“It’s not the future. It’s something that hasn’t happened, but it’s sure to happen… isn’t that the same?!”
“Did you mean it to be?”
“Then it probably means something else.”
Clearly it was a bad idea to get the passionate confessions over with by the second episode, because now it feels like they’re sharing a surreal mid-life crisis together. No points for guessing that nothing surrounding the fragments of the future were resolved, either. I bet there are more Miuna x Kaname shippers than there were answers for this entire issue. The only thing we got was that apparently Touko’s mother was also a wizard when she was young – at that point, when they implied that even she didn’t know what the fuck the visions were I realized they were never going to tell us. I only hope that Hina doesn’t get afflicted by this terrible curse when she gets a bit older. In the end, the only meaningful thing Touko and Kakeru did was -when faced with the absence of shooting stars- throw a bunch of marbles in the air and hallucinate their own shooting stars with their eye powers. I shit you not.
God knows what the rest of the group were doing this episode. They say they want to see Touko, but they can’t call her and ask to meet up, oh no. They have to see her randomly. Yes, randomly. The thing that really added insult to injury was when Yana-chan and Kakeru started getting all friendly all of a sudden. I prefer Yanagi to the others in that group -maybe only because I like Hayami Saori- so I don’t want Tsumugu Proto anywhere near her. Of course, he then goes from calling her Takayama to Yanagi, soaring over the boundaries of Japanese social etiquette like a fairy riding a fucking unicorn over a rainbow.
Okay, I think I’m done now.
But before that, it’s time for everyone’s favourite chicken! This guy is like the onii-sama of chickens.
Where did it all go wrong? Glasslip started out as one of the season’s anticipated shows, and now it’s finished in smouldering ruins – to the point that every time someone says something good about it, a baby seal gets clubbed. I suppose the warning signs were there from the very beginning, if only mildly – it tends to be the case that these sorts of shows start off slow, though P.A. Works evidently took our trust and shat all over it before flushing it down the toilet. By the halfway point, it was already going down a slippery slope – but instead of trying to pick itself back up, it headed even faster for the cliff with the whole snow hallucination, a bitchy Sacchan and dark sorceress Yanagi. To be fair, I liked Yana-chan, and Sacchan was great exactly because she turned out to be a calculating bitch – actually, Hiro and Yuki-kun are perfectly fine too. And Hina is best girl, if only because she had almost nothing to do with this fuckturtle of a show. By process of elimination that would mean that the main problem lies with Touko and Kakeru – and by extension, the whole mess over the future visions that weren’t. You can sort of tell that the pairing is doomed when the foundation it rests upon is a fantasy thingy nobody knows anything about, even after the show is over – sadly, they coincidentally happened to be the main characters. To P.A.’s credit though, both the animation and OST were beautiful. But it’s wasted on Glasslip. I love the OST in particular – it would suit a real romance or drama show, ironically neither of which this show was. Gone are the days when the quality of an anime could be guaranteed by ChouCho or nano.RIPE attaching themselves to the project.
A foreseeable defence for Glasslip is that it can be treated as a calm, iyashikei slice-of-life where you enjoy and de-stress from the fact that nothing really happens. There are a few problems with this viewpoint. The most significant of those is that it features a plot – or tries to, at least. It had a fantasy-type mystery, lots of drama and an attempt at romance, which is a far cry from shows like Aria or GochiUsa, which have wonderfully light and fluffy settings where everything is right with the world. This sort of thing certainly wasn’t the expectation we had of Glasslip – it wasn’t the expectation P.A. Works themselves had of Glasslip. I remember saying in my first impression post that I wasn’t sure what it wanted to be as a show – the fact that it failed and fizzled away with nothing happening as a result doesn’t make it a proponent of that genre all of a sudden. Ultimately, it wasn’t healing at all – it was boring. There’s a fine line between the two, but it exists.
My love for Nagi no Asukara is as great as my distaste for Glasslip, and it is the only reason why I still retain a bit of trust in P.A. Works. In retrospect, there were flaws with Red Data Girl and Tari Tari too, but those two don’t even compare with how badly they fucked up here.