Glasslip PV Reflects Reality



Devoted otaku have yet again set out on another anime-centric pilgimage to the latest seichi of note, this time to bear witness to and compare the similarities between the new PV of impending glass artisan anime Glasslip and its real world equivalent – with the town likely to end up as a prosperous (or merely crowded) tourist attraction.

The 2nd PV of Glasslip from which the comparison photos were based upon:

While the comparison shots below quite resemble the PV, they also conveniently serve as a respectable collage of the town’s rather quaint scenery:















































All this of course may have a point beyond merely saving a pittance on animators: the propensity of anime to spawn “seichi” in otherwise unremarkable backwaters which are then easily turned into lucrative tourist traps is now well understand even by local governments, with some doling out incentives in the hopes of attracting the next blockbuster – or at the very least a small horde of loose-walleted fans.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Why do they bother with this kind of stuff.

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    Comment by Roy
    12:47 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Takes place in the middle of no where in the mountains.

    Now its over run with Japanese tourists.

    CHEAP.... CHEAP... CHEAP....

    Its the call of the tourist....


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they can pay koreans less and maintain some standards, by having them trace everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anne of Green Gables for an island with little other attraction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    art is inspired by life. it's interesting to see the source

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    Comment by HouseLife
    23:23 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes I love seeing these sources, and this is using reference, not tracing too. Matching the elements of the real scenes is not a skill-less thing to do, and it's done everywhere. I don't know the series, but if they are meant to be in that location, then it makes all the more sense. Even if they're not, there's still nothing to stop them from using these and making things that much more believable. Look what the color coordination does to the scenes and the vibrancy in which they enhance the reality without necessarily altering it. That takes more skill and consideration than anyone gives credit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not to mention people some times want to go to the places that they read/watched. Long time ago I read Watership Down, the hill the rabbits lived under is kinda actually real, and I went there. Just felt cool to be in the area that was inspiration to the author.

    People probably get the same feeling from the show. On a more creepy note, there are probably some people that want to go to the place were there favorite characters 'live' to feel like they are part of the show.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    18:15 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Art, motherfucker.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Reminds me when i went out to Nevada where they shot star trek generations and i sat sideways on one of the rocks in the movie kirk and soren fought on and tried to masturbate but i couldnt cum because i chugged a bottle of robitussen earlier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Recreating a place using imagination takes alot of effort while going to the place itself to do some snapshots is much more easier to recreate the place in anime. Besides, all the information are already shown in the pictures so all the background or environmental artist can juz easily work from there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So what is the name of this town/city this show based on?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's what I want to know too. Very nice article showing us all these pictures but you don't tell us the name of the damn town. WTF??

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The anime versions of the "real world" locations are amazingly beautiful and so much more full of life. Makes the "real world" look like shit in comparison.

    Gotta truly admire the power of Art, it really is amazing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me tell you something

    Most of background scenery in either anime or VN are actually photoshopped from the non-fiction places.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's because of the vivid colors in anime compared to the bland scenery dulled by smog irl.

    Just take the first pic. Vivid greens golden sun reflecting from windows, beautiful clear blue river. In contrast everything looks gray in the real life photo.

    Another thing is added/changed stuff to improve atmospheric feeling of the scenery. Take 41 vs 42 for example. The greenery is overhanging the subjects and also growing down the wall which just adds a lot to the feeling of that scene.

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    Comment by Octopi
    06:15 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    and what about the telephone poles that are straight in the anime version?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 02/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think the telephone poles are viewed as something bad.
    I like them a lot, they make the cities look more interesting.

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    Comment by Nedlam
    15:29 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Whenever they compare anime scenes to real life it always kind of saddens me how unrealistic it is. They draw it all glistening and clean and perfect - you compare the real thing and it's completely different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The anime version is more colorful and uses brighter colors. The real versions seem to be various shades of grey, light blue, and brown. The anime version also seems to portray a more dignified decay. To borrow some terms from real estate, the locations in the anime version have "charm" and "character" whereas the real pics are more like "handyman special" or "needs a little TLC" or "As is, where is. All offers must include Schedule A."

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think it have more to do with bad photography. Notice how the anime scenes all have that perfect light angle (like sunset) while most photos were taken in a cloudy day with a shitty camera.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And also, the conditions of the places IRL probably aren't the Best. but, at least it looks great on the anime drawing, which is the one I'll be seeing (Along with many others) this summer :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, the real locations probably aren't kept clean/in perfect-like condition on a regular basis so it looks kinda bad. When the person is drawing a scene from real life and has the option to make it better and more fresh looking, Why not?

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    Comment by pantsu
    23:45 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of my favorite anime forum topics is "what is your favourite anime setting" and this reminds of my answer which is, present day Japan.

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    Comment by Octopi
    06:13 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    world looks better in anime!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mangaka loses his job when he traces, yet the same does not happen with anime; double standards

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think it is really traced, there are differences but it is obviously that it was drawn with a photo of the location as reference.

    Anyway if any jobs would be lost would be from Korean animators, since no one cares about them...

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    Comment by Death by moe
    13:41 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How do they reproduce backgrounds image for anime? Does they take photoand alter them? Or draw each leaves from scratch? Some background are almost too beautiful to be true. Im intrigued by the technique.

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    Comment by SierraM363
    06:50 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder these animators can make some of China's "real world" locales more attractive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure! They have done it before. Just look at anime scenes in China.

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    Comment by SierraM363
    15:17 01/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking more a long the lines of this.

    I think it would be an interesting challenge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get rid of the guys. Just have the girls do things so it can be really perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Already tried that. Look how perfect it became!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like SOMEONE has androphobia.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Downvote this sackless-wonder

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    Comment by MuChaDo
    03:40 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Happy to oblige ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This show looks good interested to check it out. PA has gotten better and better over the years

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    they also save time and effort in making fictitious places

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime > Real Life

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you want to be a 110 pound feminine gay anime male who is a social retard and scared of naked women?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He said anime, not anime male MC's.When they draw places or people, it looks as if they're perfect-like, or extremely good looking without any stuff like pimples or whatever (In many animes at least). Compare that to real life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What if I wish to be Akuto Sai, Akatsuki Ousawa, or Satomi Rentaro? These guys are perfectly fine with female bodily contact. Though you're right in that manly heroes who are comfortable with women are rare, it's not like they don't exist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is amazing.
    An anime with real sights.
    I want to go where the characters were.

    2D coming soon in real life 3D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or 3D real life coming to 2D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing how lazy people can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Really? I don't think this is "Lazy". If anything, Making up a non existent place would be "Lazy" since all he has to do is think of a place. But for this, he'd/she'd actually have to see pictures or be at the town himself/herself, then see where the buildings are located and everything to make it looks similar in his drawings. Also, it attracts tourists to the place. He'd/She'd be helping out the town.

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    Comment by pantsu
    23:59 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    More awesomer still would be to have a Google Maps Camera Car photograph the entire town and then at the studio just apply an Instagram special effect to get the animation perfect, while at the same time having artists do touchups on certain scenes. So when the anime is done you can upload the Camera Car information to a website or create an app for fans that they can compare to the real life version when they visit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah,it can't.Look some Makoto Shinkai works or Miyazaki's Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service.They're actually taken from real places especially Kiki's where some locations are near from Mediterranean Sea.The American cartoons who are lazy,you can't tell the backgrounds if they're walking from downtown or in the desert.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think its kinda neat, makes the story a lil closer to believability. However, I think I'd feel kinda conflicted if my home were shown in an anime like that without my consent. Especially if it then drew a ton of strangers to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 31/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'd be in the background, most likely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:05 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soooo, what is real life town/prefecture name?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 30/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    P.A Works have been using real life locations. I'm not sure about True Tears, but they have in HanaIro, Tari Tari, and Nagi no Asukara. Not that surprising, really.

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