The visions are getting out of hand
Could it be that perhaps all of PA Works efforts up through the last few seasons have been leading to this tremendously great show? I really hope that other people are enjoying it as much as I am.
Everyone’s Trying to Figure Out Everyone
Yuki’s back in training
I think one of the things I like best about Glasslip is that it’s telling everyone’s story at once. That means that we’re not getting a Yanagi episode, and a Yukinari episode, and a Sachi episode. It means that everyone’s stories are being told pretty much in continuity (although there was one seemingly – or maybe definitely – incongruous part in this week’s episode). This lends to a lot of skipping around, as people are doing things at the same time in different places, but it keeps the show feeling as if we’re in this same time as the characters, a device that I really like. It really helps keep things in order, except when they seem to screw it up like they might have with Sachi returning to her room in the middle of her conversation with Yanagi.
This seems like it’s a pretty sure thing
And that was certainly an interesting conversation. In the interest of not wanting to pry, Yana won’t ask Sachi any more about Hiro, who Sachi is upset about. Nor will Sachi ask Yana about Yuki, who Yana is upset about. Instead, they will just talk about Touko and Kakeru and presumably Sachi fills in Yana on what the two of them see. But even more interesting is Yana’s realization, at Sachi’s downcast attitude when she says that Touko and Kakeru share a ‘special relationship’, that Touko is the one that Sachi really loves. I know I’ve been hammering on that the whole series, but I take this as pretty much 100% confirmation, because Sachi’s reaction when Yana starts that sentence means she doesn’t need to finish it as a question.
But Sachi still tries to talk to Hiro
Living in the Abstract
There’s more to this than just “the future”
I’m becoming more and more convinced that Touko’s ‘fragments’ aren’t anything representing the future, and that any resemblance that they bear to things that actually happen is pretty much coincidental or something that would happen anyway. Plus, her fragments are getting more and more surreal, things that are just not going to happen (and it seems that Kakeru is no longer seeing them at the end of the episode). An exploding plate glass window, a snowy landscape, things that are pretty much outside the realm of possibility. Although I won’t say that Kakeru grabbing Touko and kissing her is “unpossible”, because his actions have seemed to be that kind of way the whole time. But who knows where they can go from here, if Touko can’t get a handle on what’s going on in her head.
I think the scars on Momo’s car tell more than the leaf sticker
And two other people who need to wrap their heads around things are Hiro and Yuki. Yuki is trying by going off to the school’s track team training camp, where he’s doing ok, but obviously isn’t back to being ‘the star’. I think it’s interesting that the coach is happy with his time from before, but Yuki isn’t. I wonder if the coach has much more realistic expectations for a boy who is still rehabbing a knee (knee injuries take pro athletes about 2 years to fully recover from, if they ever do). And Hiro, still stinging from being used by Sachi, goes for a hike to try to clear his head. I think it’s nice that Sachi did try to actually call him, prior to leaving him a text, but I don’t know what Hiro will think of Sachi’s overture of friendship. Or is it really Sachi “breaking up” with him, now that her secret is out?
Does he really want to know?
Bonus Decor Don’ts
Touko! Replace this terrible light fixture!
Another episode of wonderful visuals (that single branch of the tree blowing in the wind was perfect; watch trees in a light breeze and that’s exactly what you’ll see), beautiful music (this time they pulled out Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8, “Pathetique”, with it’s lovely second movement, and I also love the first movement), and continuing that excellent storytelling method that keeps me rapt throughout. We need to find out what is going on with Touko, but I expect that will come sometime soon. Will it be soon enough for her to figure out her friendships with the others, tho? And will Kakeru have to go away with his mother? She seems to be heading that way, with the questions about whether he likes living there, and her conversation with his father last episode. Also, I wish we’d get a little more info about Hiro’s sister and her boyfriend. But I’m not holding my breath on that last one.