Charlotte follows the story of four students in an alternate reality from Hoshinoumi Academy, a school founded to protect children with special abilities that develop during puberty, as they search for and protect others like them throughout Japan. (Source: http://charlotte-anime.wikia.com/)
CHARLOTTE is a unique, surreal, drama and science fiction anime. It was ranked # 1 2015 Anime on Japan based from my blogger friend Shiroyuni. (Please do read the “Charlotte: The Controversy” article too.) Why Charlotte is the title? Charlotte is an asteroid crossing on earth every 75 years (not sure). Inhaling the dust from the asteroid will give people super natural ability (known as ability wielders).
The genre of the songs is something like electronica (owl city like sound) which is cool and appropriate for its animation.
Here the list of songs:
- Bravely You by Lia OP
- “Yake Ochinai Tsubasa (灼け落ちない翼)” by Aoi Tada ED
- 楽園まで」(Rakuen Made) by Yusa Nishimori ED
- How -low- Hello by Yusarin (Episode Insert)
- Fallin – Zheind (Episode Insert)
The story focuses on students including Yū Otosaka, a boy with the power to control another person, albeit only for 5 seconds and only when directly looking at the target, Nao Tomori, who uses her power to become invisible to one person she chooses in order to convince others to listen to her, Jōjirō Takajō, with the power to move extremely quickly making it look like teleportation, and Yusa Nishimori who is usually possessed by her deceased pyrokinetic sister, Misa, due to her ability as a medium.
Together they will catch the ability wielders abusing their powers and convince them to be protected.
Yū Otosaka (乙坂 有宇, Otosaka Yū)
is the male protagonist of the story, and a first-year transfer student at Hoshinoumi Academy. He has the ability to temporarily possess a person for about 5 seconds. However, it is later revealed that his actual ability is stealing the abilities of an ability-user he possesses. Towards the end of the series, he becomes widely known (and feared) as the One-Eyed Grim Reaper. He is Ayumi Otosaka’s older brother and Shunsuke Otosaka’s younger brother.
Nao Tomori (友利 奈緒, Tomori Nao)
is one of the main characters of Charlotte. She is a first year and the Student Council president of Hoshinoumi Academy. Nao often uses her camcorder to record the power of ability users for proof, and is a huge fan of ZHIEND, her brother’s favorite band.
Jōjirō Takajō (高城 丈士朗 Takajō Jōjirō)
is a member of the Hoshinoumi Academy student council. He is also an ability wielder.He is able to move at extremely high speeds. This movement is so rapid, things around him slow down and makes him look like he is teleporting; however, it is not to be confused with actual teleportation.
Yusa Nishimori (西森柚咲, Nishimori Yusa)
is a main character and also a member of the student council. She is the vocalist of the band How-Low-Hello and a teen idol of sorts. She is also known as Yusarin. Her real surname is “Kurobane” (黒羽 柚咲, Kurobane Yusa) but her agency changed it since they thought that the name was not appropriate for an idol. This means she was born as Yusa Kurobane.
Ayumi Otosaka (乙坂 歩未, Otosaka Ayumi)
is a main character in Charlotte and Yū Otosaka‘s little sister. She is in middle school and idolizes Yusa Nishimori from the band How-Low-Hello.Throughout the series, Ayumi displayed a very cheerful personality. She gets along easily with other people, as seen when she first met Nao Tomori and Yū in her new apartment. She cares a lot for her brother, making sure to wake him up early to prepare breakfast for him every day.
P.A. Works and Aniplex are responsible for the animation. And, it was great! The animation of this anime is attractive for me. It’s modern and digital integrated. The different emotions of Yu was well shown in his facial expressions.
Comments and Suggestions:
On my shortest summer break, Charlotte anime series made me transcend to the galaxy of supernatural and life beyond experience. Thanks to Jana’s younger brother because he has the complete 13 episodes copy. It made me watch it continuously. (No Buffer!)
I thought it will be just another school life drama but I was wrong. It was really UNPREDICTABLE. It had adrenaline rush watching the middle part of the series up to the end. Though, I fast forward some scenes in Yuu’s depression drama and around the world mission.
Watching this is like playing a mind game but you suddenly lose because you get lost on finding out what’s next. I even get confused in some point of the story. (Yu’s dream after collapsing in ZHEIND’s Concert) I like the student council club relationship (reminds me of Hyouka) developed thoroughly as episodes goes by. This support group (Yusarin, Takajo and Nao) helped Otosaka Yu to get motivated and recovered faster in the hospital.
Yusarin’s pop idol sensation, Zheind’s vocalist big apetite, Takajo’s ability to order fastly and Ayumi’s repetitive omelette rice give light to the story. (Just a few humor to chew on in this series). Regarding the different abilities, I’ve seen Yu’s the most powerful and threatening. It’s the ability to loot others power.
He becomes the key solution in the end to save the world. I was terrified upon discovering it because it reminds me about my “personal tragic past experience”. I already saw it on my nightmares. Let say, I had some same experience to Yu’s. On the other hand, knowing that this power is only temporary (puberty disease) puts my hopes high.
At First, I hate Yu and don’t like him to end up with Nao. Tomori Nao is my most liked character because she just rocks :p. haha! I’ve come to like Yu when he confessed to Nao. *oops spoiler* I love how Nao responded to him in the most matured and logical way. They waited to prioritize saving the world. Wow! It’s not an overly dramatic romance. Good Job! Maeda san!
The anime taught me the value of life, reality of miracles and responsibility for power. It was my first Maeda work experience. It was nice! I recommend it to people who has higher wisdom and astronomy nerd (? Haha). So, what’s your thought about this anime? Let me know by leaving comments below.
PS: My country Philippines was also mentioned in this anime last episode.
Rating : 7.5 out of 10