TV (13 eps)
2.77 out of 5 from 4,816 votes
Rank #16,292

Glasslip follows the story of Touko Fukami, an aspiring glass-blower whose family runs a glass-working business. During the summer, she and her four friends meet a transfer student, Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future lead him to Touko. His arrival sets off a chain of events for the six of them that will make their final summer together full of hope and heartache.

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This was originally a recap on the finale (containing spoilers) as well as the following final impressions. This was originally posted on my old anime blog, Moe Monster. Glasslip title screen. Glasslip is vile. The show contains zero merit worth mentioning and will turn small children into drug fiends and human traffickers. That may sound harsh in a way, but I just finished watching episode 13, so take my word for it. In this final impressions, I’ll go over Glasslip‘s production and storytelling, give the show a rating and issue multiple warnings as to why no one should come near this dangerous psychoactive experiment. Signature Touko. Signature Glasslip.  [Audio has been lost to the ages]. Before I begin, listen to the above audio, while looking at the above photo. If that doesn’t appeal to you, STOP RIGHT NOW. Turn and pretend like you never even heard of the series titled Glasslip. Ok, I warned you… The production of Glasslip is like a tale of two mediums. All of the visuals were perfectly horrid. From the bland, boring and uninspired character designs, to the crappy barbie doll animation — the show was terrible looking. So much so, that it was constantly noticeable. The character’s huge ugly and disturbing faces were literally in our faces — so to speak. This is one of those shows (you’ve seen them before), where characters don’t have wardrobes, and wear the same one or two outfits over the durtion of the series. Well, except the model character, Yanagi.  The accent on the outfits — like Yana-model’s bow, or Hiro’s headband — are so important, that without them, they are complete strangers. Completely gratuitous swim team seen in 1/2 the episodes. The most interesting thing about the animation are the seaside and village backgrounds, which are done in an almost photo-realistic way. So, terrible visuals overall, but Glasslip does have terrific audio. I don’t care about opening and endings, but the series “in show” music  was really good, and better than really good at times. However, the background score serves no purpose except to confuse the viewer. For example, the piano music featured throughout the series (especially in the second half), is so dramatic that it adds a tension that isn’t needed. Nothing is happening that needs the tension. I think that’s the main reason I disliked the series overall, which leads me to the story and how it was told. First, there isn’t a story. There’s a bunch of kids living good lives in a scenic sea-side village. It was apparent in the first couple episodes that each of these kids had feelings for someone or another, except possibly Touko, who just had feelings for her chickens. Kakeru falls to death via M.C. Escher in episode who cares. Ok, so the show is a romantic, slice-of-life show, right? Wrong. We first glimpse the series’ supernatural theme in the very first episode, but then it takes a back seat to things like cafes, chickens, jogging, etc. During this time, they’re establishing the character’s relationships with each other. However, it’s boring, tedious and on the whole not very enjoyable. But it is something. Then, the two main characters’ super-powers resurface and the show becomes one giant pressure cooker, but like, an un-heated pressure cooker. Throughout the rest of the series, the almost non-issues surrounding Touko (the female lead) and Kakeru (the male lead), weave in and out of the story’s main focus, while all the characters do what they do. When I say, “what they do,” I don’t know what it is they do exactly. A couple of the more attractive characters jog. Some make glass, some swim, some read, etc. But it’s in no way a slice-of-life show. It’s more like a social psychotropic experiment. I could see the Japanese government using Glasslip as a mind-control device, or perhaps a torture device. Maybe that’s why in the final scene, it’s called, “Project Glasslip.” Obvious mind control. What I’m trying to say, and trying unsuccessfully, is that there is no story. There’s no coming-of-age overarching plot, not meaningful youthful observation and this isn’t a instructional glass making anime, although it should have been. If anyone tries to defend this waste of airtime, or point out that things have deeper meanings, do not listen to them. The events that take place over the duration are a jumbled juxtaposition of ideas thrown together for no reason, unless you count confusing the viewers a decent reason. The creators do, so I do also. Glasslip is 52 Pick Up, Abstract Expressionism and anything that is awful and brilliant at the same — all rolled into one and thrown in the glory hole. The characters on the show are hard to describe. The main character is an idiot and her boyfriend is an un-emoting arrogant prick. There’s also Sacchan, the killer. Don’t let her frail, learned appearance fool you. She’s the killer. [More audio gone forever]. None of them are memorable. Wait… I’m getting a glimpse of the future where I’ll say something like, “Glasslip has no balls.”  Sacchan illustrates the lack of huevos perfectly. She’s a transgendered young girl. Wait, what? I don’t know what the fuck to call these people these days, but I’m 39 and no longer give a shit. She’s a lesbian, or possibly bi-sexual as the series hints in the second half. But, intsead of saying such, or coming out and admitting something sensational, there’s just smoke and mirrors and references to the moon and the stars and the birds and the bees. Glasslip is horror show and will give your children nightmares — in the future. So, is there anything good about this series? Why would you ask that when the answer is obviously no. Perhaps it would be beneficial watching if you’re an upcoming CIA field operative who needs to learn how to break the toughest of war criminals. Or perhaps, if you’re a story-teller of some kind and what to learn what not to do. In all seriousness, the show doesn’t contain any positives. It’s not one of those series where you say, “that’s a shame, because there was potential.” There’s no potential here really. Sure, there were allusions to the series heading towards certain paths. They see the future, so surely there was something they could have done. For example, if the “future fragments” actually came true, and were bad, then the main duo could work to alter the future, a la The Girl Who Leapt Through Time or Back to the Future, etc. Unfortunately that’s way more involved than Glasslip ever gets. With Glasslip’s terrible plot, horrid one-dimensional characters, lack of balls to get more serious when it could have, and for making me almost smash my monitor at the show’s lowest points, Glasslip receives my lowest score possible — 1/2 out of 5 on my Kitsune Scale™. I’ve only rated three anime series a half Kitsune, so grats Glasslip for being a gigantic pile of shit. It’s now in the company of such classics as Ozma, Vividred Operation, and Seikoku no Dragonar. At least Dragonar appealed to perverts and sort of came through. Nothing inGlasslip was worth watching for. I have two other rating systems I sometimes use and are both worth mentioning. First, would I recommend this series to anyone? Yes, if you like watching bad psychedelic trips take place over the course of 6 hours, marathon the shit out of this show — you’re welcome. Secondly, did I ever think about dropping Glasslip? Yes, in fact, I never didn’t think about dropping this series. With 10 minutes in the final episode, I almost dropped this vile bottom feeder. Thanks for your time all, I hope this review can help someone. Thanks for being confused with me all season!

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