Man, Kakeru, you can’t have a girl look at you like that and not react
There’s a common theme in anime, and in life, that people wish that “these times could last forever.” I don’t know if anyone in Glasslip has wished for this, but it’s no different there that these times don’t last forever.
Flux and Change
The handholding is a nice touch
Things don’t last, and what we’re seeing is the end of a regular group being together. One could ‘blame’ it on a bunch of different people in the group, but as I said back in the beginning of the show, it was in an unstable equilibrium in the first place. All they needed was a push one way or another, or multiple pushes in different directions, to start rolling apart. It’s certainly true that some people in the group – Yanagi, Yuki, and Sachi, for instance – blame Kakeru’s arrival, or even Kakeru himself. But I don’t think that was the reason. He’s just given a direction for Touko to go in, while the others go in different directions.
One thing I find interesting is that the person who’s still most comfortable in the group is the one who has found what he thinks is the most secure situation. Hiro is even rewarded when Sachi introduces him to her mother (and I love hearing Miki Itou, she’s always a great choice for a role like that) as her boyfriend. He’s the one who keeps wanting the group to be together to do things, because he’s pretty darn oblivious, a lot like Touko. But it’s not all his fault, because he seems to be pretty insulated from the rest of the group. He’s not going to find out much about Yana and Yuki because they’re not going to tell him, and neither is Touko. And he’s the only one who doesn’t have any problem with Touko and Kakeru. As far as he knows, Kakeru’s just a guy Touko likes, and could be a friend.
Sachi has a much different reaction when she is with Touko
Nobody Else’s Friend
Hanging out with himself
But everyone else is trying to deal with the issues that their lives are having. Kakeru’s wondering if he’ll need his imaginary selves to continue talking to, now that he seems to have found something special with Touko (this just seemed like a general device to show that Kakeru does a lot of self-contemplation, although it’s a bit odd for them to be personified, even in his head). It seems like they’ve been more like imaginary companions for a boy who has moved around a lot in his life. Touko’s trying to figure out what Kakeru is with her. Is he her boyfriend? Does he like her? He seemed to after the last episode, but she’s too embarrassed to really get a clarification on it. And their discussion is interrupted by a vision, where she becomes very protective of him, underscoring the amount that she cares for him.
At least all the middle school girls think Yuki’s cool
But the others really don’t care for him at all. Sachi still seems very jealous of him, even if she spins it as ‘the group’ is interrupted by Kakeru. I also note that Sachi lies to Hiro to get him out of the room so Touko can visit. Is she two-timing him? She’s said to him that he’s her boyfriend, and said to Touko that he’s not. And then she plainly uses him to try to set a meetup when Touko’s going to meet Kakeru at the beach, just to interfere. Good for Hiro that he gets upset at this. Meanwhile, Yana blames Kakeru for making Yuki be ‘not cool’ (although all the girls in Hina’s swim club think that he’s super cool). I am not sure if she’s referring to Yuki’s failure to deal with his rejection from Touko, Yuki’s failure to deal with Kakeru, or Kakeru just making Yuki look like a yokel. But Yana’s opinion of Yuki has changed, even more than when she saw him confess to Touko.
Is Touko seeing Yana’s intent?
Things never stay the same. It’s how you deal with the changes that determine how you move into the future. But even though Touko’s handling a lot of the changes well, she’s still having trouble keeping up with the others at times. And her visions are turning into something worse, perhaps affected by the mindset of the person she’s talking to, or maybe they’re just becoming more and more paranoid. First with Kakeru falling, and then with the image of black birds flying at her from Yana. Is this something she can get a handle on? And will the strengthening of them drive a wedge between her and Kakeru?