Glasslip: Episode 01 Review
Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance report by: Jessica Craven
Progress: Episode 01
Not an awful lot has been revealed plot-wise thus far, but this is not a bad thing in this case. So far, the main character, Toko, goes to watch fireworks with her friends during the summer break of their senior year at high school. They seem to express some trepidation that their lives are about to change and they may be separated after graduation. Toko draws a lot, so I’m assuming that she wants to be some sort of artist. Anyway, one day while she is drawing, she has a rather strange encounter with a transfer student named Kakeru. Towards the end of the episode, he claims that a voice from the future talks to him and led him to her.
It is actually a good thing that not a lot has been revealed so far; the series did not cram all of the exposition into the first episode, which, while tempting, is somewhat tiring and predictable for viewers. Instead, the first episode has carefully set the stage for the action of later episodes to occur without being too wordy. The parts of the plot that have not yet been revealed, such as character aspirations, etc., will be made clear more casually (if they are made, which I am hopeful about), which is a much more life-like depiction. Even though it is only the first episode, the characters already possess such well-defined personalities that they almost seem real. I am really excited for the plot to take off, especially after Kaeru’s interesting twist. Hopefully he does not get any weirder…
While the artwork in the series does resemble contemporary anime, the characters are really uniquely drawn, more like the style of older anime. They don’t look generic at all, which is worth a million praises in this era. Between this and the skillfully crafted exposition, Glasslip is looking to be a very promising series. Hopefully it will not disappoint.