I don’t fucking understand this.
What the fuck? I know this feeling. It feels like I’ve just watched another episode of Glasslip.
I’m getting tired of this bullshit. I was so happy to actually be able to write this post out relatively on time, and the episode turned out to be absolute shit. I should have watched Konosuba instead. Haruchika has retained my patronage this entire time purely because of Chika and the fact that I want to sleep with the twins, but it’s really, really testing my patience now. At least Glasslip had nice animation, right? What even was this episode?
It was already looking like a sub-par episode when they introduced that slimeball ‘first love sommelier’ who made me think of Ted Cruz for some reason. Serizawa made me hopeful that it’d be interesting, but then it distorted into some weird extended metaphor story about her aunt and how her first love was with a guy named Benjant who was depicted as a massive bear. Like in Goldilocks. Benjant was a member of the ‘Children of the Forest’ and he made onigiri with Serizawa’s aunt every day but slowly poisoned the rest of the forest children in order to get revenge for something which is never confirmed. The aunt ends up eating one of the poisoned onigiri by mistake one day and Benjant assaults her and starts strangling her. I’m not sure if that was supposed to be him trying to get her to throw up the onigiri, but it’s not very convincing when she’s on her back. Benjant poisons himself too for some reason, and the story just ends there.
So what was this, exactly? A cult? A care home, given that there were kids there too? A radical activist group? Why was this even a thing in this show? Who thought it was a good idea to create an episode trying to make itself super deep and metaphorical with nothing explained in the end? Note that that last sentence was a description of every episode of Glasslip ever. My first thought was that the onigiri were all drugged, and that Benjant and the rest of the ‘forest children’ were all drug addicts and he didn’t want the aunt and kids to end up addicted too, so he had their non-drugged onigiri made separately. That would explain how they all died too – either of an overdose, or cancer or whatever that drug did to their bodies. You know, I’d have loved Haruta to have explained everything to us. This is exactly what the first half of a Haruchika episode is like – nothing makes sense, and you don’t know how to solve whatever mystery is at hand. Then Haruta pulls out some obscure trivia and saves the day by connecting non-existent dots and coming up with a flawless answer. I wanted him to do that. This is how bad it’s become – I wanted him to asspull his way to the finish line. Because without him, we’re left with this weird mess that makes zero sense. And the show itself has made no efforts to try to address that at all. Did whoever wrote this episode genuinely think that, when viewers were done with the episode they’d go ‘oh okay, I understood that, it was cool’? Did they? From their heart of hearts?
At least Serizawa was cute.
Bath Chika is cute too.