Super humans. Comets. Paradox. Charlotte. Charlotte is that show that you need to stick to through thick and thin. It takes quite a while for it to pick up momentum, but once it does, it’s impossible to get off. Just like any other P.A works series, your heart strings will be played with rigorously, but the solutions to these problems are just as powerful as the problem. This show will take you through a journey of an adolescent’s journey with supernatural powers, but like anything, they have their shortcomings. There’s an equal exchange. An eye for an eye. But keep your eyes, you’ll need them to watch this anime. Please, let me tell you why.
The storyline follows our main character, Yuu, through his journey with supernatural powers. Yuu lives alone with his sister Ayumi (who makes some killer pizza sauce omelettes,) and he also has the ability to take over someone’s body. Sounds fun right? Sure, you can look it at like that. He can basically only possess the body for five seconds. Initially, he is using it for his own needs. He is able to cheat on tests and get accepted to prestigious high schools, and basically hoodwink all of his peers into believing that he is the ideal teenager. This works to his benefit, for a while. The only downside to his power is that it’s a bit obvious that he possesses people. His body is basically a ragdoll when he possesses someone and the person he ends up possessing has little to no memory of what happened. If you do it enough in the same area consecutively, people will eventually pick up on it. After he passes his entrance exams to a very prestigious school, he is asked to take the exam again; with no one else in the room. As he is sitting alone with a teacher in a room, he decides to possess his teacher to see the paper he is holding, which he assumes to be the answer. He is wrong. The teacher is a total hentai. He was reading pornographic material to escape the bitter realization that his wife doesn’t sexually stimulate him anymore since he has become desensitized to sexual activity (crazy assumptions.) After finding out that he doesn’t have the answers, he aggressively rips the magazine, and upon returning to his body, he sees a camcorder aimed straight at him. The girl with the camcorder, or Tomori, claims that she knows that he has superhuman powers, and he straight books it. As he is running, Tomorrow's friend, Jojiro, launches to catch him. That is his power. He is able to launch himself at a crazy speed, but the only downside is that someone else has to stop him, which can be better said by Isaac Newton. Finally being detained, he is forced to talk to Tomori. She tells him that there is a school specially made for people like him, and it is called Hoshinoumi academy. Upon hearing this, he is quite surprised. She offers him the opportunity to attend, and to no one’s surprise, he accepts the offer. There he meets a bunch of new people with a bunch of powers, and even discovers some of his own hidden powers, but the most important thing, is that he finds a place to be himself, and use his power wisely.
As previously stated, the show was made under P.A studios. Like any of their shows like angel beats or another, the colors really pop out and the detail is spot on. Whether it’s Tomorrow's shining blue eyes and radiant hair or the three dimensional shapes of the room, the artwork is excellent. The characters look truly original, and overall, it makes their personality. It’s also worth mentioning the effort they put into their powers. They capture them perfectly. The possessions are seamless and not derpy, and they just seem natural. Overall, I was really impressed with the animation. It captured the overall essence of the varying personalities and changing attitudes.
When I initially heard about this show, I wasn’t too excited. The storyline sounded like another superhero school comic book like X men or even like the movie sky high, but it’s the progression that makes this show. Yuu progresses so much, and there’s just so many twists. It creates an individual and original anime. In the beginning it seems like Yuu will just use his powers recklessly and childishly like Makoto in The Girl Who Lept Through Time, but his progress is monumental. His realization of his powers and his actions just speak for themself. And it’s not even just in the Yuu, it’s also in the plot. They pick up pace so fast, and it honestly made it so much more fun to watch. The twists were completely insane (especially the time elements,) and seeing Yuu realize his true purpose for his powers was a nice experience. Out of all the summer anime, this one really brought some amazing things to the table.
Review by: Victor