From the start, Glasslip has been a methodical paced series, and it will certainly bore a lot of people, and apparently, from how much everyone hates the series, it bored a lot of people. Also, the characters are not always likable. However, to me, the series' slower pacing and realistically unlikable character actions made the entire series seem more realistic and believable. The drama could be heavy-handed at times, but they acted like real people with real problems, and not archetypes. People are jealous and do mean things to other people in a very passive aggressive kind of ways, although that is not to say that the characters are terrible people, but they make mistakes. The series certainly has its flaws with the ending making the entire series a little pointless, but Glasslip is a pure slice-of-life drama with a few elements of humor. On a positive note, the animation by P.A. Works is simply beautiful! At times, the series uses still frames to obviously save budget, but the creators are able to fit them in a creative enough ways. Due to how much everyone dislikes Glasslip, I can only recommend it to hardcore fans of P.A. Works.
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?
Akame ga Kill!
Akame ga Kill is a fantasy action shounen that follows Tatsumi, a swordfighter, who sets off to the Capital of the land to find a way to make money to save his poverty-stricken village. Things happen, and he eventually joins an assassin guild, named "Night Raid," that fights the corrupt government. After Tokyo Ghoul, Akame ga Kill is probably the most popular series of the summer, and it makes sense since Akame ga Kill is a by-the-numbers shounen with a few unexpected tweaks. Akame ga Kill contains many of the tropes of the shounen genre, both good and bad, yet the violence is dialed up a few notches and the characters lack plot armor, which means main characters die. These few tweaks to the formula actually make Akame ga Kill worth watching, at least for shounen and action fans. Yet, the series still contains some of the worst aspects of shounen like overly-dramatic male villains, fanservice, and a few really dumb moments. However, White Fox's animation is very solid for a shounen, and the action and humor are a lot of fun. The lack of plot armor (for both the heroes and villains) raises the series above typical shounen like Magi, and the new villainess, Esdeath, is one of the coolest villains of the season. The series is more than halfway through its 24 episode run, and once finished, I will probably review it in full. Also, even though my current rating is a tad lower than some might expect, if the series continues to improve, its final score is likely to be much higher.
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