Are you lost P.A. Works? What story do you want to tell with Glasslip?
Frequent readers will know I’m a fan of P.A. Works, but recently I’m becoming more and more skeptic about their productions. They seem to have lost their touch in making a slice of life story with meaning or a message.
You may argue that Hanasaku Iroha also belongs within the string of series that didn’t add much value to the lineup of P.A. Works. But Hanasaku Iroha gave us one of the most ‘human-like’ characters ever, namely Ohana. Her emotions were transmitted perfectly from within the setting to the viewer.
After Hanasaku Iroha P.A. Works didn’t really deliver strong characters that really made a difference. They were bland characters, used as plot devices to progress a story. This sounds very skeptical, but I cannot really make a connection with the characters anymore. They seem distant and unreal.
Red Data Girl was abstract, Tari Tari was boring and Glasslip follows the same pattern. It has no clear understanding where it wants to go. There is no beginning and no end. The story has no underlying message to convey to its audience and guide them through the events at hand.
Perhaps I’ve lost the understanding of what a slice of life series should do. Strictly speaking it gives a glimpse into one’s life. Look at Minami-ke that does just that, and only that. It doesn’t add supernatural elements to spice up the slice(ha, good one).
Glasslip, and therefore P.A Works, seem to be in confused what their series should do. Create an fully immersive supernatural series such as Angel Beats! or the daily happenings of an inn in Hanasaku Iroha. They try to mix and blend, ultimately creating a series that is nothing of both with Glasslip being the embodiment of this inner struggle that has befallen P.A. Works.
12 thoughts on “Flashback: Glasslip”
I take exception to the notion that Tari Tari was boring.
Tari Tari could’ve done a better job. But it was not really a masterpiece either. The topic at hand wasn’t that exciting to be honest.
You have my attention now; what aspects do you feel could have been improved upon? I’ve offered my thoughts on the series elsewhere that outlined what I took away from the series, and I found it to be a relaxing, worthwhile watch.
Tari Tari you mean. I found the characters quite annoying to be honest. The show itself had honest scenes and the visuals were top notch. But the overall theme of the show didn’t really engage me, mainly because of the rather shallow main cast.
Yeah it was boring for me.
I think that’s the overall sentiment viewers have:p
The show needed to revolve around chicken farming and less rom-com elements. Hopefully they won’t repeat the same mistakes in Shirobako…or else.
I think the show would be better if it focused on rom-com and drop the supernatural, which in the end didn’t add anything to show apart from being a ‘plot-driver’
I was being serious about the chickens.
I know you were:p
It upsets you because PA Works is your “sweet sugar anime” and I at least get that. Which is why I dropped my man crush for Shaft a while back.
It hurts me indeed to see P.A. Works fail me more often and now starting to realize it. But I’m willing to give me a chance when a new show comes up, hoping it will become great somehow:p