I seem to remember writing a first impressions review back at the start of the summer being really, really excited about Charlotte. Jun Maeda, Key, P.A Works and super powers – what could possibly go wrong? Three months later, I’m here to tell all.
Background and plot
The premise to Charlotte is a simple but very good one: a proportion of adolescent teenagers have (albeit somewhat limited) superpowers, ranging from flight to telekinesis. The show follows the student council of a school full of such teenagers who are out to protect other ability users that are at risk of being caught and experimented on by evil scientists.
The show runs for 13 episodes and initially sets a very good pace, using the first five or so episodes getting to know the members of the student council, Nao, Joujirou, Yusa and Yuu as well as the laters younger sister, Ayumi. Charlotte really excels in the middle episodes where the development from the opening really pays off with plenty of really enjoyable, well done drama and action.
There are couple of gaping problems in the plot however: firstly, an event occurs which in many ways makes a lot of things that happen in the show pointless and makes no effort to rectify the issue later on in the show.
In the past few weeks Charlotte has become this season’s anime to watch. What started off as a nostalgic Angel Beats! throwback has grown into a twist filled, action packed, feels heavy train ride into the trials and tribulations of Yuu Otasaka and those around him.
After last week’s episode it was hard to tell where the show was going with it’s final three episodes. The show had seemingly resolved what could have easily been a problem for the whole show. But this is Jun Maeda. So things won’t stop happening until the end of the thirteenth episode.
The episode opens by skipping the opening and reintroducing Yuu (again) and Mayumi to their older brother Shunsuke. For the first time in the show Yuu actually makes the decision to reflect on the scenario he has found himself in as well as what he has just been through. Compared to episode 7, Yuu shows some independence and maturity, while inwardly thinking of Nao, showing again the effect she has had on him as a person.
It’s new anime time! Spring has finished and with the coming of the new season comes a lot of new shows.
Possibly the most highly anticipated of the summers shows is Charlotte. Written Jun Maeda and produced by Key Studios, we’re seeing, for the first time, the same combination that created Angel Beats!. No wonder people are excited.
Charlotte takes place in a largely normal world where are very small amount of teenagers have supernatural powers. One such person is the main character, Yuu Otasaka, who has the power to take over the consciousness of others around him. For much of the first episode, he uses his power to cheat in tests to get into a top school and then to impress the girl he likes – it makes him come across as pretty dislikable kind of guy. That said this episode sets the show up as a good comedy.