Glasslip

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Glasslip
Glasslip Prmotional Image.png
Promotional image for the series featuring the main protagonists.
グラスリップ
(Gurasurippu)
Genre Drama, Romance, Slice of life
Anime television series
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Written by Rika Satō, Junji Nishimura
Music by Akito Matsuda
Studio P.A.Works
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, SUN, FTB, KBS, TVA, AT-X, BS Nittele, ITC, BBT
Original run July 3, 2014September 25, 2014
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Manga
Hina's Lip
Written by Kazemichi
Illustrated by Mayumi Katō
Published by Pony Canyon
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Ponimaga
Original run July 3, 2014 – present
Light novel
Written by Yoshimori Uchi
Illustrated by Shino
Published by Pony Canyon
Demographic Male
Original run October 3, 2014 – present

Glasslip (グラスリップ Gurasurippu?) is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Junji Nishimura. The screenplay is written by Rika Satō and Junji Nishimura with character designs by Miki Takeshita. The anime aired in Japan between July and September 2014. A manga adaptation is serialized in Pony Canyon's Ponimaga online magazine, and a light novel series has also been published.

Plot[edit]

Tōko Fukami's family runs a glass-working business in a small seaside town named Hinodehama (日乃出浜?, "Sunrise Beach"). She hangs out with her four best friends at a cafe called Kazemichi (カゼミチ?, "Wind Way"). During the summer break of their senior year in high school, they meet a transfer student named Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future talks to him, and that it has led him to Tōko.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Tōko Fukami (深水 透子 Fukami Tōko?)
Voiced by: Seria Fukagawa
Tōko is an 18-year-old girl from Fukui Prefecture and is the main protagonist of Glasslip. She is the daughter of a glass workshop owner, and she dreams of becoming a glass artisan. She has big hazel eyes and long brown hair which is seen down, with two braids on either side. She has a cheerful personality and never seems to be upset. She likes to draw. When she focuses on glass, she can see images from the future. She has feelings for Kakeru.
Kakeru Okikura (沖倉 駆 Okikura Kakeru?)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka
Kakeru is a mysterious and aloof high school student who appears to have some relationship with Tōko. He has black hair and blue eyes. He recently transferred from his old school and is a third year. Tōko's first impression of Kakeru was "David". He has feelings for Tōko.
Yanagi Takayama (高山 やなぎ Takayama Yanagi?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
Yanagi is a high school student who is taking lessons to become a model. Yanagi has olive brown eyes and mid-length brown hair which curls at the bottom and is usually seen wearing a colored bow in her hair, which is dark red and pale yellow. Yanagi sometimes has a tsundere-like personality, but usually is cheerful and participates in most conversations. She has feelings for Yukinari and is jealous of Tōko.
Yukinari Imi (井美 雪哉 Imi Yukinari?)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Yukinari is Yanagi's step brother. He is on his high school's track team, but is in rehabilitation at the beginning of the series. He has black hair and dark green eyes. He is a cool and laid back boy. He is in his third year much like his friends. He has feelings for Tōko and is jealous of Kakeru.
Sachi Nagamiya (永宮 幸 Nagamiya Sachi?)
Voiced by: Risa Taneda
Sachi is a quiet and soft spoken third-year high school student. She has black shoulder-length hair and violet eyes. She is usually seen wearing her glasses and reading a book. Upon their first meeting, Sachi takes a disliking to Kakeru.
Hiro Shirosaki (白崎 祐 Shirosaki Hiro?)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita
Hiro is a cheerful high school boy who is always seen smiling. He has brown hair pulled back with a white band and has dark brown eyes. He has feelings for Sachi. His grandfather runs a cafe called Kazemichi where he and his friends often hang out.

Other characters[edit]

  • Ken Fukami (深水 健 Fukami Ken?) is Tōko's and Hina's father. He runs a glass workshop named Yataglass Studio. Voiced by: Hiroyuki Kinoshita
  • Mari Fukami (深水 真理 Fukami Mari?) is Tōko's and Hina's mother. Voiced by: Rieko Takahashi
  • Hina Fukami (深水 陽菜 Fukami Hina?) is Tōko's younger sister and is a junior high school student. She is in the school's swimming club. Voiced by: Nao Tōyama
  • Momo Shirosaki (白崎 百 Shirosaki Momo?) is Hiro's older sister and is a college student. She just got her driver's license. Voiced by: Ai Kayano
  • Matasaburou Shirosaki (白崎 又三郎 Shirosaki Matasaburō?) is Hiro's grandfather who runs Kazemichi cafe. Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura
  • Toshihiro Okikura (沖倉 利尋 Okikura Toshihiro?) is Kakeru's father. Voiced by: Yūji Takada
  • Miwako Okikura (沖倉 美和子 Okikura Miwako?) is Kakeru's mother and a pianist. Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka
  • Suzune Nagamiya (永宮 すゝね Nagamiya Suzune?) is Sachi's mother. Voiced by: Miki Itō

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The 13-episode anime television series is produced by P.A.Works and is directed by Junji Nishimura.[1] The series aired between July 3 and September 25, 2014 on Tokyo MX. The screenplay is written by Rika Satō and Junji Nishimura, and the music is produced by Akito Matsuda.[2] The opening theme is "Natsu no Hi to Kimi no Koe" (夏の日と君の声?, "A Summer Day with Your Voice") by ChouCho, the ending theme is "Tōmei na Sekai" (透明な世界?, "Transparent World") by Nano Ripe, and the image song is "Lucent Eyes" (ルーセントアイズ?) by ChouCho.[3] The series was simulcast in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, parts of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa by the Internet streaming website Crunchyroll.[4] The anime has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.[5]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Fireworks"
"Hanabi" (花火) 
July 3, 2014
2 "Bench"
"Benchi" (ベンチ) 
July 10, 2014
3 "Utility Tank"
"Poritanku" (ポリタンク) 
July 17, 2014
4 "Steep Road"
"Sakamichi" (坂道) 
July 24, 2014
5 "Hinode Bridge"
"Hinode-bashi" (日乃出橋) 
July 31, 2014
6 "Punch"
"Panchi" (パンチ) 
August 7, 2014
7 "Bicycle"
"Jitensha" (自転車) 
August 14, 2014
8 "Snow"
"Yuki" (雪) 
August 21, 2014
9 "Moon"
"Tsuki" (月) 
August 28, 2014
10 "Jonathan"
"Jonasan" (ジョナサン) 
September 4, 2014
11 "Piano"
"Piano" (ピアノ) 
September 11, 2014
12 "Fireworks (Again)"
"Hanabi (Futatabi)" (花火(再び)) 
September 18, 2014
13 "Shooting Star"
"Ryūsei" (流星) 
September 25, 2014

Print media[edit]

A manga adaptation titled Hina's Lip (陽菜'S リップ?), written by Kazemichi and illustrated by Mayumi Katō, began serialization in Pony Canyon's online manga magazine Ponimaga on July 3, 2014.[6] Pony Canyon began publishing a light novel series on October 3, 2014 under their Ponican Book imprint. The novels are written by Yoshimori Uchi and illustrated by Shino.[6]

Reception[edit]

Matt Packard of Anime News Network praised Glasslip for being visually beautiful, but criticized it for the generic characters, the lack of explanations for the supernatural phenomena introduced at the beginning of the series, and the presence of too many incongruities.[7] Stig Høgset, writing for THEM Anime Reviews, also praised the striking visuals, but found the characters believable and showed maturity when dealing with their respective relationships. Høgset ultimately found the show disappointing because its great start was marred by Tōko's visions leading toward a vague conclusion, saying that it "basically sells its own gimmick as a huge waste of time."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "P.A. Works Makes Glasslip TV Anime For This Summer". Anime News Network. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ グラスリップ [Glasslip] (in Japanese). Furusaki Yasunari. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Glasslip Anime's 2nd Promo Features Full Cast". Anime News Network. May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Glasslip, Argevollen TV Anime". Anime News Network. June 26, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Chaika - The Coffin Princess, 7 Summer Titles". Anime News Network. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "アニメ「グラスリップ」スピンオフコミカライズ「陽菜'S リップ」、本日より 配信開始!" [Anime Glasslip Spin-off Manga Adaptation Hina's Lip Begins Distribution Today!] (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. July 3, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Packard, Matt (August 29, 2014). "Glasslip Episodes 1-8". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Høgset, Stig. "Glasslip". THEM Anime Reviews. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 

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