OP: 「夏の日と君の声」 (Natsu no Hi to Kimi no Koe) by ChouCho
A new P.A. Works original that focuses on the lives of a bunch of friends as they spend their final summer together and meet some transfer student who may or may not have ESP / Special Powers? Sign me up!
Five Friends Plus One
For its first episode, Glasslip managed to fit in quite a bit with the limited time it had to tell its story. Quickly getting us up to speed with our main cast of five and giving us a little insight into some of their more personal quirks (like how Yuki totally has the hots for Touko or how Touko just goes with her own flow), I get a good feeling that we’re going to be in for a doozy when it comes to the emotion department. Throw in the sixth and final character, Okikura Kakeru, who claims he can see things that others can’t and the building blocks for the fantastic slice-of-life with romance and fantasy that Stilts promised us have been set!
Another bonus is just how unique each character seems to be. With a diverse group of self-sufficient people to play with, I think the choice to have fully functional characters that don’t need to use each other as a crutch will really help get the story rolling. That or at the very least give us super entertaining episodes no matter where the spotlight happens to shine.
Like a lot of other shows in this genre, the coming of age theme is strong in this one. With talks about what everyone plans to do once their final high school summer is over combined with various scenes of characters taking steps to make their dreams a reality, I have the utmost confidence that P.A. Work’s original story will do this theme justice.
While a lot may have happened and the animation was absolutely beautiful, this first episode didn’t really “wow” me as much as I hoped it would have. Yes I can clearly see a lot of things being done right but I would have expected P.A. Works to really use this first episode to draw viewers in and captivate them so ruthlessly that we would have no other choice but to tune back in.
That said, it seems that next week’s episode is going to cut a lot of the crap that tends to accumulate in a slice-of-life with romantic undertones and leap straight into people asking other people out — which I can’t really say is something that’s wrong or right but definitely is a little different.
Like I’ve said before though, should this turn into a crap shoot there’s still ChouCho and nano.RIPE to listen to every week. Totally worth!
ED: 「透明な世界」 (Toumeina Sekai) by nano.RIPE