Charlotte – Review

Synopsis

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.

(Source: MyAnimeList)


Ok, guys I’m back and as I have promised, I’ll now continue to blog for the month of October. I watched the last episode of Charlotte a week ago but I already exceeded my 20 blog per month, so I will just write the review today.


Story

The story of Charlotte is rather supernatural. There are certain people in the world that have abilities, each with their own unique kind of ability. For example, the ability to become invisible, the ability to teleport, and the like. Although these abilities may seem useful, it’s considered as diseases that wears off when these ability wielders reaches adolescence.

The ability wielders doesn’t have a perfect ability. In fact, their abilities lack something. Each of their abilities are not perfect and has some kind of disadvantages to it.

At first, the story looks like it’s like a normal anime with a normal plot or story, a normal boy going to school and uses his abilities to do something wrong but then his personality changed after he met a certain character. I guess for the first few episodes, the plot will flow like that, but as soon as you go further, the darker it gets. I mean, this anime has some really unexpected plot twists.

Characters

One of the main characters in here is Yu Otosaka. He is known to have the ability to possess people, but only within a 5 second radius, I think. As I have said earlier, the abilities are considered as imperfect, so Yu Otasaka’s ability lack something to it. But in the later episodes, you will find out what his true ability is.

The character development here is quite normal. Some people liked the character development, some people don’t. Well I can’t explain if it is rushed or a bit too slow, but for me it’s alright for a 13 episodes anime. All of the characters here have their own unique personality and unique ability. Even the supporting characters, each characters plays a very important role of the story.

Art & Sound

The art kinda reminds of Angel Beats. Well, I guess because it’s from the same producer. But I guess Charlotte is more advanced and has more improvement than Angel Beats when it comes to art.

For the sound, the opening [“Bravely You” by Lia ] has an Angel Beats vibe to it. Maybe because, I think I red some information that the person who sang the opening of Charlotte, is also the person who sang the opening of Angel Beats. The soundtracks are also great, reminds me so much of Angel Beats.

Overall

Overall, this anime is great to watch. If you want something feely or a really emotional anime, you might consider watching this. Although the feely scenes will start early, an even more heavy feel factor will arrive once you reached up to episode 6. Well, it does have some comedy, but for every comedy, there’s always a drama or emotional genre that are mixed into those type of genres (comedy). This anime messed with my head, but not that much because it’s easy to understand the plot twist of the story. I was expecting a sad ending……… (suspense). So for the rating, I’ll rate this anime a 9/10.

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10 thoughts on “Charlotte – Review”

  1. Thanks for posting the synopsis – it adds to why this is my biggest disappointment of the season. The ending just seemed to forget everything the show had been about – there was no sense at all of ‘price’ in what Yuu went through. Slowly become a monster or dying alone? Don’t worry, a symbolic object you only just received and a Deus ex Machina helicopter are all you need! Lost your memories? Well you did that before, and all it took was a bit of Engrish post-rock to jog your mind – plus, Nao’s been recording all sorts of stuff from your past. And lets just forget about the fact that the entire world knows your face as a destructive wraith and pretend that your peaceful life is just beginning.

    Add to that the fact that Yuu’s development amounts to him caring about the human race so much that he’s only prevented from becoming God of them by his memory of just one girl, and caring about his friends so much that he never thinks of curing them of their ‘disease’ once he knows his ability is ‘plunder’, and caring so much about his brother that he decides not to use Time travel to save Kumagami to make some statement about ‘staying focused’ and ‘not messing with time’ when Shun had used Time travel to save him and he’d used it to save Ayumi before /without consequence/ (thinking about it, the entire story is about the success you can have with Time Travel) – and add to that all the other grievances I have with this show’s direction towards the end – and I can’t possibly rate this show as anything but terrible. It’s characters and themes are an absolute mess, and the feels towards the end are minuscule in comparison with other Maeda works.

    I could go on – I got a little hysterical about how bad I thought the last few episodes were on my own blog. But suffice to say that this isn’t a show I’d recommend to anyone. The first half drags (though is at least somewhat enjoyable), and the latter half just doesn’t function as a story. It’s especially bad as a feels-y anime, as feels require you to invest great attention in characters and their depth, whereas Charlotte’s cast collapses into insignificance (‘hi Misa, the story’s forgotten about you for a while, but we’re gonna have a feels-fest around you, ok? Because that’ll work.’) and massive contradictions towards the end. Its poor sales reflect its poor performance, especially in relation to Key’s history.

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    1. Yeah, somewhat agree with this. The story does kinda sway from the original plot as it gets more episodes. It went from stopping people from abusing their supernatural abilities to time travelling.

      It would have been better if the episodes were a little longer, like a 25+ episodes. This will allow more of the characters to develop even more. But they squeezed it to 13 episodes so it seems kinda rushed.
      For the time travelling part, this gave the anime a little bit of a ‘Steins; Gate’ vibe, but it seems kinda fast. Time travelling in the past again and again will mentally destroy you. I haven’t noticed any signs of that on Yu’s brother. He just went, y’know, blind.

      Now that Yu have the ability to time travel, he had a chance to save his little sister. But for me, what would have been better? I mean, he did save his sister, but look at what happened. Kumagami died, what happened to the brother of Nao?, what happened to the lead vocalist of ZHIEND?, a lot of questions still remain a mystery.
      Yu’s character development isn’t really that stable. The part where he broke because Ayumi died is a really relatable if you have lost somone you really loved, but now that he time travelled, wouldn’t Nao’s hardworks to turn Yu back to normal, would be such a waste now that Yu is only the person who can remember on what happened? It’s a little sad that Yu is the only person that can remember on anything that have all happened.

      For the ending, I was expecting a sad ending but it’s a relief that it has a good ending. The only problem is the other characters suddenly popped up, it’s like it was really rushed.

      I appreciate the really long opinion that you gave about my review of Charlotte. Well, we all have our own opinions. For me I quite enjoyed it, despite that it lacks some of the story’s original plot. Thank you for the time and effort in making your opinion. 🙂

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      1. It’s common to hear that a show like this could be better with two cours, but I rarely see it. If the quality of writing is poor for one, doubling that length usually doubles the effect. Unless we’re saying one cour shows can’t be as good as two cour shows (which would be silly), what Charlotte really needs is a better idea of what to do with just thirteen episodes. At least Angel Beats! sense of being rushed works with the story and its themes (lives of characters are cruelly short –> hey, so is the length of this show!).

        And I agree that there are too many mysteries of what could have happened with time travel, which remains a latent ability of Yuu’s (so he could, you know, undo the whole plot if he wanted to). The way time travel is so limited in scope to certain plot points and many unfortunate things are just left the way they are clashes with the sense of perfectionism that comes from Yuu first saving his sister and then the world.

        I think the happy ending was the hardest thing for me to take. There wasn’t even bittersweetness; it was just ‘everything’s okay now!’, and that’s just dull in relation to everything we saw. It kills any interest that could remain after the credits have rolled. Whether an ending is happy or sad, it needs to encourage you to think more about the story after it’s done. A greater sense of tragedy would have worked more in line with Charlotte’s overall plot.

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      2. Well, you’re right if the episodes will be lengthened, it might make it worse. The one that Charlotte really needs is a stable plot for a 13 episode anime. The supernatural ability thing is ok for a story, it just needs a better idea for the plot.

        Yeah, I agree with you on Angel Beats!, even though it only has 13 episodes. It still as a high emotional factor (maybe because of the backgrounds of each of the characters).

        I was really expecting a sad ending, I can already feel Yu’s death flag. The ending was really simple, I feel that the ending lacks something, I just don’t know what that certain thing is. Maybe it’s the thing that you have said, it needs to encourage the viewers to think more about the story.

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