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Characters, from foreground to back, Kakeru Okikura, Tōko Fukami, Sachi Nagamiya, and in the back, from left to right, Hiro Shirosaki, Yanagi Takayama and Yukinari Imi.
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Glasslip is a thirteen-episode anime that began airing in July 2014; it is produced by P. A. Works and directed by Junji Nishimura, and is centered on Tōko Fukami, whose family runs a glass shop in a coastal town. Tōko enjoys relaxing with her friends at the Kazemichi café. During the summer break before their final year at high school, Tōko encounters Kakeru Okikura, a transfer student who claims that voices help him glimpse into the future, which led him to find Tōko and torches off a summer of both hope and heartache.

The anime is available at Crunchyroll, and manga and light novel adaptations debuted in July and October 2014, respectively.


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Glasslip provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Yukinari encounters Tōko and Yanagi, who were undressing after they fell into a stream in episode three.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: This is implied on two occasions for comedic effect.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Yuki" for Yukinari, "Sacchan" for Sachi and "Yana" for Yanagi.
  • Airplane of Love: Episode five opens with an airplane flying overhead, followed by a shot of Yanagi and Yukinari riding the train together. Later that episode, Yanagi later confesses to Yukinari, acknowledging beforehand that he likely will not return her feelings.
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  • All Love Is Unrequited: Nobody's feelings are reciprocated, and even Tōko does not end up with Kakeru.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • It's implied that Sachi harbours romantic feelings for Tōko, although whether or not this holds true remains ambiguous, as Sachi's actual confession in episode ten turns out to be a request to remain friends with Tōko.
    • Tōko's younger sister Hina seems to become rather enamored with Yanagi, going so far as to call Yanagi her "five-thirty girl".
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Tōko's sudden desire to keep chickens indoors leads her to ignore convention: for instance, house-training poultry is a process that must begin at an early age and requires a stable environment.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Tōko is seen with a positive outlook as her final year of high school starts, but her friends seem to be gradually recovering from the heartbreak that had occurred during their last summer together.
  • Cool Big Sis: Momo is Hiro's older sister and fulfils this role.
  • Family Business:
    • The Fukami family runs a glass shop, and Tōko herself aspires to become a glass artisan.
    • Hiro and Momo work at Kazemichi, a café owned by their grandfather. In addition, Yuki and Yanagi hold part-time jobs here.
  • Festival Episode: Episode one opens with a summer festival.
  • Hair Decorations: Tōko has butterfly accessory on her hair and Yanagi is usually seen wearing either a red or a greenish-yellow bow in her hair.
  • Happily Married: Tōko's parents and Kakeru's parents, even though his mother is often away from home.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Sachi's confession to Tōko turns into a admission of love to both Tōko and Hiro, with the request to stay friends. This happens in a show in which all the hetero romantic attractions are completely out in the open, invoking this trope.
  • Ill Girl: Sachi is afflicted with an unspecified illness.
  • Inseries Nickname: Kakeru is often referred to as "David" owing to Tōko's first impressions of him.
  • Love Confession:
    • Yuki confesses to Tōko in the second episode.
    • Yanagi confesses to Yuki in the fifth episode
    • Sachi appears to deliver one to Tōko, but only to reaffirm their friendship.
  • Love Dodecahedron:
    • Yanagi likes Yuki, who is in love with Tōko, who seems to be falling for Kakeru, who is strongly hinted to return those feelings.
    • Sachi likes Tōko, and she is liked by Hiro.
  • Meganekko: Sachi has red-framed glasses.
  • Mind Screw: The origin of the future fragments, how people gain the ability to see/hear them, how they work and if they even truly relate to the future (if explained at all) are only explained in the most metaphorical of terms.
  • New Transfer Student: Kakeru transfers in to the local high school in his third year.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Yanagi and Yukinari.
  • No Social Skills: It is clear that some of Kakeru’s isolation is brought about by his lack of aptitude in regards to being tactful when talking to people.
  • The Quiet One: Kakeru does not speak very frequently, but appears to be more open towards Tōko..
  • Real Place Background: The town is based on Mikuni, a small seaside town in Japan's Fukui prefecture.
  • Scenery Porn: As is typical of anime from P.A. Works, no attention to detail is spared to the town and surrounding landscapes, with a deep blue sea under a vividly coloured sky.
  • Shrines and Temples: The local shrine forms the backdrop for some important scenes.

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