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Glasslip 09 December 2014

2014, 13 episodes: AniDB

Teenage romance and premonitory powers in contemporary small-town Japan.

Five school friends have grown up together; a new boy arrives in town, and causes confusion. But he has occasional flashes of what might be the future, and so does one of the girls.

The early episodes are a little reminiscent of a more rural version of Kokoro Connect (2012), but the romantic complications and the premonitions are both really just background detail and character motivation for the slice-of-life story about growing up that's really what this show is about.

With six principals there's never really time to establish any of them in detail, and the total lack of explanation of anyone's backgrounds doesn't help: most of the people know more about each other from the beginning than the viewer will ever learn, which would be fine if we stuck to the perspective of the new girl, but we don't. The viewer gradually picks up what's going on as the story progresses, and early episodes might perhaps warrant a re-watch afterwards.

Where this series does shine is in the art, both the backgrounds and the details of objects (the female protagonist works in the family glassblowing studio). The music's reasonably solid too, never obtruding but effectively setting the mood.

Not a favourite series but certainly more fun than I expected it to be from the opening episodes.

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