- Title: Charlotte
- Genre: Drama, School, Super Power
- Studios: P.A. Works
- Episodes: 13 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 5 July 2015 — 27 September 2015
While on the surface Yuu Otosaka appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager, he has a secret—he has the ability to slip into people’s minds and fully control their body for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school.
When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.
An original story from Jun Maeda, creator of Angel Beats and Clannad, Charlotte explores the supernatural lives of these teenagers and the price they must pay for being special.
Charlotte was one of the few anime I’ve watched that was completely at random. It wasn’t recommended to me by anyone and I’ve never heard about it either. I just randomly stumbled upon it while looking through anime titles and jumped right in. No expectations and no preconceptions whatsoever. Thankfully Charlotte turned out to be heaps of fun with great art, breathtaking music and a world with so much potential. Unfortunately, it does have its flaws.
Charlotte, without a doubt, has successfully created a world worth exploring. Being a show about super powers, it truly is an endless fun to be introduced to more characters with different super powers each time. With each new super power discovery comes a whole new layer of excitement and potential.
Removing the plot, Charlotte is an anime that doesn’t disappoint in terms of its interaction with our senses. What I mean is that Charlotte is simply aesthetically pleasing. The characters were wonderfully drawn, the environment so beautiful that it felt powerful and mystical at times and its music easily conveyed the emotions at play.
However, with its many plus points in mind, Charlotte is by no means a perfect show. It has great moments and an interesting premise, great art, music, great lots of things. But at the same time, it is somewhat lacking. Charlotte seems too convenient, such that the sentiments and emotions at play become somewhat forced. Nevertheless I did end up feeling quite a bit for the show. It was still thoroughly entertaining.
My one major disappointment about the show is its rushed conclusion. 13 episodes were clearly not enough to fully explore the world that Charlotte has built up. While it does tie up many loose ends, the ending was just too abrupt and quick that it leaves us wanting more, or rather, wishing it could have gone on for just a bit more. I think being an original story (that isn’t from a Light Novel or Manga), there was too much being written to fit into the budget, or maybe there was just not enough time, I’m just speculating though. But basically what I mean is that the show’s one and only major downfall, is how it seemed rushed.
Should I watch Charlotte?
I would say Charlotte has similar vibes to its siblings Angel Beats and Clannad (quite sentimental), but with much more action. With only 13 episodes and a closure, Charlotte would make a good anime for those of you looking for a quick watch. It has plenty of great moments to offer but there will be some moments that you’ll feel indifferent to as well. If you’re able to watch this show with a pinch of salt, and not take their faults too personally, then you’ll most definitely enjoy it for what it has to offer instead of what it failed to deliver. Despite everything, Charlotte is still a great anime series to watch.
My views are my views alone so any one of you may have different opinions about the show. Let me know if you shared the same thoughts as me, or maybe you completely disagree with mine. I’d love to hear from you.