Glasslip Episode 11: Piano
This show is dragging its metaphorical balls through miles of broken glass across a sandy desert.
Is it over yet? If one thing’s stayed consistent, it’s that I still have no idea what’s going on – god knows why Touko spent the entire night like a hobo in the art room with stalker!Kakeru and best chicken. She says she has some connection to it, and that they’ll learn something – but we don’t learn anything! It’s all vague and abstract – if it’s even there at all. Even innocent scenes like Hiro going mountain climbing with Sachi suddenly turned strange when she just disappeared into the forest of trees, and snow started appearing. I was like: “Holy shit! Sacchan is a wizard, too?”
Touko x Kakeru feels like it’s as messy as Glasslip itself. It’s hard enough as it is to salvage writing the rest of their relationship, and Kakeru has to fuck it up even more by essentially going: “Touko. Do I really like you? Or am I making myself think I like you?” Touko isn’t helping either. She looks at him with supposedly adoring eyes, and clearly doesn’t want him to leave, right? But for the first half of the episode she told him that they don’t understand anything about each other. Well, of course they don’t. We don’t, ourselves. This romance is based around the fact that they both had powers in the first place, and things are getting even more confusing on that front. Even when their families gathered together to get to know one another and introduce themselves, Touko is sitting outside going: “Our experiment is about to begin!” Seriously? Our experiment?
It’s all so clunky and unrefined, which is such a shame because it felt like P.A. Works went all out with the artwork this week. Not the animation unfortunately – they gave up on making all the characters speak for a while and decided to stick in the OP and a montage of scenes. They’ve also gone back to reusing episode titles… as if “Piano”, “Jonathan”, “Punch” and “Snow” weren’t already a product of five seconds’ work. With no better way to end the show, they’ve decided to make the group drift apart again, perhaps to provoke some sort of emotional response – and maybe they might have gotten one if the relationships were more substantial to begin with.
The only one I really want to see a conclusion to is Yuki x Yanagi, and that’s only because it feels sort of sweet. The text messages from last time were as confusing as fuck, but I suppose they were romantic in a long-distance, melancholic sort of way. Sacchan x Hiro feels like it’s been awkwardly taped back together with food.
I think the real loser of the episode was Hina. Not content with producing a crappy show, P.A. Works decided to make the one entertaining and likeable character suffer all night from eating too much, because her sister decided to be a hobo for a night. I felt so sorry for her… fuck you Touko!
On that note, here are the chicken pictures.
And here are the Hina pictures.
Oh, and some scenery!
Finally, look at this cute sea slug! Part of me wants to go back through the series and look for more NagiAsu references or cameos, but sitting through the show again would be as exciting as watching paint dry.