Glasslip Episode 2: Impromptu Confession
If there’s one thing I can predict with reasonable accuracy about Glasslip, it’s that the character dynamics in this show will fluctuate wildly – perhaps even on a weekly basis, if everyone keeps acting in such a confrontational manner. I’m actually appreciating how every character wears their heart on their sleeves – there’s no need for Yanagi to say anything about her feelings, because as soon as the shot pans towards her I can immediately tell what she’s thinking. Similarly, while it took me a couple of episodes, I’m beginning to figure out Sachi as well – she’s got the hots for Touko, hasn’t she? It would explain why she too stood up in protest alongside Yukinari over Kakeru’s advances towards Touko last episode. Perhaps she’s a reserved person by nature, but I don’t think the unwritten ban on dating within the group is the most severe of her relationship problems. Rather, the fear of a stigmatic response to her yuri attraction to Touko is probably what’s eating away at her inside – I honestly don’t think the group members being open to dating is going to change a damn thing for poor Sacchan.
So Hiro likes Sachi, who likes Touko who in turn will come to like Kakeru who likes Touko. But at the same time, Yanagi likes Yukinari who also likes Touko. Dear god, it’s like the vengeful spirit of Okada Mari has come back to haunt us. It’s clear that the majority of them have no intention of including Kakeru in their group, although I think his existence and actions will be enough to severely affect the dynamics within it. Yukinari is definitely irked by his presence, to the point that he’s willing to jump the gun and spring an impromptu confession onto a flustered Touko in the fear that Kakeru might get there first. That really escalated quickly. Alas, this ship is undoubtedly doomed right from the very start, and I think Yana-chan is aware of it – she was scared shitless at first, but now that she’s overheard Touko’s bewilderment she probably thinks she can now take her time with Yukinari. It’s a bit unfortunate that this had to happen right before she was going to confess herself – I guess she’ll be rethinking that for a couple more episodes. At least, I’m sure she’ll support Touko x Kakeru wholeheartedly. Or maybe even Touko x Sacchan! It’s an opportunity to ship Touko off with someone after all.
Although it’s still taking a back seat to the romantic drama, I’m glad that they’re not neglecting the fantasy element to Glasslip too much. He saw what she saw, and he knows that she knows about it – sadly, I certainly didn’t know Touko was aware of her ability. In retrospect, I didn’t relaly think much of the fact that she acted unnaturally calm after seeing a future vision of those fireworks. Kakeru says that they’re experiencing fragments of the future, and Touko reveals that her precognition is triggered through shiny objects like glass – at the moment, it feels like we’re getting fragments of the explanation more than anything else. I, too, am wondering what Touko will do with her power! At any rate, it seems like this’ll all be used as a mechanic to drive a couple of relationships forward, instead of instigating a plot of its own – with how the fragments get far stronger when the two of them are together, the show has almost cemented this pairing in stone by the second episode. Although I wouldn’t put it past P.A. Works to engineer some sort of vision of a tragedy that they all have to prevent. I don’t know, maybe Touko dies in a glass-blowing accident or something.