If there’s one thing P.A. Works knows how to do flawlessly, even more so than visual quality, it’s swiftly establishing a heart-warming atmosphere through both sound and art. Shirobako’s premise of “an anime about making anime” may seem tripe and akin to other such series that overdo the parodical caricature of it all, but it’s meaningful to not forget the P.A. pedigree that this project derives from.
Glasslip is ambitious and aesthetic in its ambient story-telling from the get-go, introducing its cast of six main characters within the first two minutes (though four out of six of them only getting so much as a simple still-shot with their name overlaid as a caption) in a montage of events opening up to an exciting fireworks festival scene, of which the episode itself is named after.