Charlotte is set in a world where children attain incomplete superpowers once they reach puberty. The story follows Yuu Otosaka, a boy who’s ability to control the body of any person for five seconds, and just like any boy his age, he used his powers for his own selfish needs. He goes by living a careless high school life until he gets caught using it by Nao Tomori, a girl who possesses the power of being invisible to a single target. Nao convinces Yuu to join the student council, which serves as a secret identity for what it is doing and that is track teens who have these powers and warn them about it before it could lead into creating catastrophic consequences in the future.
Charlotte’s story is built upon a solid idea of how superpowers are not always a good thing to have. It begins by building the set and introducing the characters through episodic events which had it’s good and bad point. The good point was that it eased the introduction to the story and the characters to the viewer’s mind with little to no ambiguity. The bad point is that the events got repetitive, which was not necessarily boring but it felt like a long introductory arc.
After 6 episodes or so, the real events take place. It was an abrupt change of events, adding a shock value to the show and flipping the story to a much darker, serious side. Although there was a sudden change of event, you’ll only realize afterward that they were hinting about it in previous episodes, however, for many impatient viewers, waiting 6 episodes on a 13-episodes show could be discouraging. I highly suggest you be patient with this one, because the core event is worth it.
Considering the heavy content the show chucked at us left and right, it wrapped up beautifully. A lot of what happens in the second half of the anime was intense and filled with tear-jerking moments. It felt like a roller coaster that could fly off its rail any second. I’ve had this idea at the back of my mind that it be a chaotic last episode, but it was quite the opposite, especially with the last few calming scenes that put a smile on my face.
Charlotte relied heavily on the character’s reaction to events and how they conveyed those feelings, but mainly in the second half. In the first half, although they were handling difficult situations with the teens they’re trying to stop, they still find ways to add humor into it, but the jokes were quite repetitive and in some cases, unimpressive. I was more drawn to the characters’ personalities as each one had different powers which worked well with it. Kurobane Yusa (Yusarin) is a good example on that.
When the second half rolls in, character development takes place as the show gets serious. It was intriguing to see how the change in character occurred after certain events that take place, especially for Yuu.
The design of this anime is not different from some of Key’s anime, it wasn’t appealing to me when it came to their previous titles (*cough*Clannad*cough* ok ok, it’s a pretty old show by now so I’ll give them a break). With that said, I do like the design in Charlotte, especially Tomori’s. As for animation, I can only say that it was great and it has captured the action in this show well.
Charlotte’s opening and ending were okay and that’s as much as I can say. However the music in the show was nice and pictured the feelings of the characters nicely. In the end, it wasn’t anything spectacular or worth remembering.
Charlotte grew to be one of my favourite anime of 2015. It started out with a great idea, slowly built it up into an insane turn of events and concluded with a satisfying ending. It had a wide set of characters whose emotions played important roles in shaping the story.