Glasslip Review

glasslipStory:
Toko Fukami’s family owns and runs a glass shop in their town. Having lived in her town all her life, Toko’s friends have known her for years and they always hang out in the same cafe to chat and plan outings. But when a new boy, Kakeru Okikura, moves nearby, Toko and the relationships she has with her friends alter forever.

Violence:
Almost nothing here. A few scrapes, and one character has an old injury he is recovering from. Nothing that would even give the faint of heart a flutter.

Language:
Pretty tame here. A few sh-ts and such. With, at most, a b-word in a heated moment. But nothing to worry about and very rare indeed.

Nudity:
Oh, Japan. Is it normal to walk around the house after a shower naked? Ok, so maybe if you lived alone with the door locked or had a super chill roomie. But when you live with a FAMILY? Yeeeeah, no. So, that happens. We don’t see detail, just backsides and such, but really. It’s a recipe for trouble and was just beyond unnecessary. That said, there’s not much else to comment on. Oh. There is also a scene where the main heroine is kissed against her will. I have very strong opinions on trash like that and the situation was tense enough on screen for me to mention it. I really hate how stuff like this is glazed over in media because if it had happened in real life, ain’t no way I would trust said offender so easily again. Yet quite often the victim does. So much BS.
Sorry, rant over. For now.

Theology/mythology:
Aside from the ever present cultural tradition of clapping and praying at a temple for the New Year and such, not much to report. As a slice-of-life show, there’s not too much theology being passed around. That said, there are very open-ended story lines concerning being able to see the future and alternate-reality futures. I say “open-ended” as it is never quite clear if this power is legitimate or not, what the rules of it are and so on. Everything about it is vague.

Personal impression:
This show is more than a little weird and also really slow to get going. If you’re not one for drama, it’s definitely a skip as it runs heavy at times. That said, it wasn’t quite as dull as I feared it might be at the start. A few episodes in, the concept of future seeing is introduced and, I must say, it was interesting how they managed it. Although there is indeed a lot to critique concerning how much wasn’t said on the power’s boundaries and rules, the fact that the show remained focused on the characters, and not just their abilities, was rather refreshing. A show with a supernatural element that focuses just on characters? Not a common occurrence. I also liked how the male lead’s family was bit non-traditional, what with the mother often gone away to professionally play piano and such.
Even so, the show was, sadly, boring overall. Too little, too late, as well as being painfully slow, killed the interesting elements in the story. It also didn’t help that most of the characters were lack-luster and easily forgotten. Hard to swing a character driven show when the characters are so bland.
If you’re interested in a show with drama and a bit of the fantastic, but also quicker paced and interesting, I’d suggest Golden Time. As for this one… perhaps if you’re killing time?

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 13
Language: Sub
Official rating: TVPG
Genre(s): Slice-of-life, fantasy, romance, drama
Company: Showgate
Official streaming: Crunchyroll
Screenshots:
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