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GLASSLIP #1 -- Special Review

Is it "glass slip" or "glass lip"? The answer is: yes.

So mysteeeeeerious.
So mysteeeeeerious.

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A new show by animation studio P.A. Works, you say? The people who brought us the stellar THE ECCENTRIC FAMILY (UCHOTEN KAZOKU) and the heart-warming, tear-jerking NAGI NO ASUKARA (NAGI-ASU)? Why yes, I would like to watch that, please! Thank you for pointing it out!

Since this is the third P.A. Works show I’ve started, I’ve noticed that the studio has a certain style to it in terms of artistic direction, tone, and theme. Whether or not you should check out GLASSLIP depends largely on if this house style resonates with you.

Fukami Toko and her tight-knit band of friends are nearing the end of their high school lives, so it seems they want to get a bit of “endless summer” in before they have to move on with their lives. When a hunky and mysterious new boy transfers into their school, however, questions start being asked that perhaps no one really wants the answers to… mostly about who has a crush on who.

With liberal doses of young romance, philosophical introspection, and mystical symbolism, GLASSLIP is firmly planted in the P.A. Works wheelhouse – and in fact feels a bit more like a NAGI NO ASUKARA REDUX than it does a new show. Most of the main cast act like (and even to some extent look like) those lovable underwater scamps, falling into similar archetypes (the responsible one, the dreamer, the quiet observer, the outsider) and similar love polyhedrons.

That's her thinking hat.
That's her thinking hat.

While NAGI-ASU was nestled in the tween demo and dealt with puppy love, GLASSLIP is more “young adult”. Despite having the same color palette and bright-eyed character designs, the show feels much darker. As in, “maybe that new boy is a sociopathic animal torturer” darker. I mean, he clearly isn’t.

But he could be.

Beyond that, the way the high school friends look at each other and answer questions of one another hints at a rift between them that is larger than they care to admit. Some of them are aware that they’ll eventually move on with their lives… and some are still blissfully ignorant.

There’s a bit of “second verse same as the first” going on between NAGI-ASU and GLASSLIP, but GLASSLIP is more grounded and perhaps more broadly relatable. If you happen to like your slice of life with a dollop of romantic intrigue, check it out.

You can watch "Fireworks", episode 1 of GLASSLIP, here. Seen it? Leave a comment below!

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sickVisionz moderator on July 18, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
Since this is the third P.A. Works show I’ve started, I’ve noticed that the studio has a certain style to it in terms of artistic direction, tone, and theme.

That is one thing that has started to get to me a little bit about them and lessened my excitement for a series they make. Outside of Another, they are making a show about teen angst and high school romance. Maybe the teenagers are mermaids, maybe they are humans, maybe they're robots... none of that really matters as it's just a delivery method for telling the same first crush teen love story over and over again.

Anyways, I generally like their shows despite the sameness so I will check this out when I'm in a mood for teen drama.

takashichea moderator on July 18, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

Matt Murphix and @sickVisionz:

I'm not acknowledged on companies.

PA Works has this pattern:

  • Group of Children
  • The children don't know their true calling
  • Romance Issues - It was a deep and complicated in Nagi no Asukara.
  • Set in school.
  • Ties to a real issue in Japan's culture. For Tari Tari, it was the declining birth rate. Nagi no Asukara, I believe it has to do with racism because Japan has issues with indigenous people and Koreans (I can't remember clearly). I don't know what Glasslip has.

I do commend PA works for doing anime original series. Most of the time, we see light novel, video game, and manga based anime adaptations. Angel Beats was probably PA Works' best anime series of the time. I haven't seen a lot of PA works.

On topic:

I only seen one episode of Glasslip, but it didn't pull me in. It's like Tari Tari for me. I watch it, but it's not making me feel anything at all. Nagi no Asukara and Angel Beats were works from PA Works that I truly enjoy.

waybig1010101on July 18, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

Been enjoying this series so far and im sure i'll watch it for the rest of the season. BTW Nice review

zaldaron July 18, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.

Hmm PA did Angel Beats...hmm not as good as Hanabi Renmei and similar to it to much for my taste with a bit of Matrix thrown in but still somewhat moving though had issues. I reviewed it a long time ago on Banzai Beat. I can link it if anyone wants. Given I have found myself liking shows Murphix detests not sure what to do with shows he likes...this looks like it might be a little to moe for my tastes not sure.

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