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Jun Maeda`s, original conception “Charlotte”. May become the last 6, in the triple six collection of Summer 2015. For anime: “Gakkou Gurashi: School Live”, and “Oremonogatari: My Love Story”. These 3 series, had the ability to pull themselves through the dumps and back up to the light, on multiple occasions. *Applause*. Though, the 2 still ended in ‘average’ grades. By the end of this review “Charlotte” may join, the two.
In teen years, few are diagnosed with supernatural abilities. In a safeguard high-school, a Student Council group`s job is too find these teens and keep them from abusing powers. Before, they are caught by those who are looking for experiments.
Backdrop & Fine-points
- Concept & head-writer Jun Maeda. Known for: “Angel Beats”, “Little Busters” & “Clannad”.
- Yoshiyuki Asai, saw his first head-directing status on “Charlotte”. Credit In “Angel Beats” as story boarder and assistant director in “Tari Tari”, “Soul Eater”, & “Fairy Tail”.
- Jun Maeda, also worked on the OST with Anant-Garde Eyes, & Hikarishuyo.
Source & Credits
- The ending of “Charlotte” takes innovative approaches at pushing against it’s dull run. Though not completely compelling, it’ll make you cringe a bit. Towards the final at the hospital, Yu is able to relax and have some cheerful moments again with the irrelevant main cast. Also share some emotional thoughtful conversations with Misa & Yusarin. Yu, grows by the end of the show and realizes he has an obligation to fill. There`s respect for that.
- The villains were plain as ever. However, though not a deep enemy. They are just there to show you how frequent their troubles as super natural beings if exposed. Never expected it to end this way.
- Freshly delivered with a bland plot. I applaud them for doing so well. Enjoyable characters. So one up for the writers, having to deal with mediocre characters. Jun Maeda brings up the characters with great ideas.
- The main heroine, Nao is certainly an unpredictable character. Having her spices up the series.
- There’s is a really turning shard in the series by episode 7. This helps the show continuously run with it’s heavy bag of mistakes. “Charlotte” pulls this again and it’s all a real good spin.
- Why the series is named “Charlotte” is explained, right.
- Modern and clean up to date animation by P.A Works.
- Minor Pro: There is a low key and soft section in the opening theme that is really nice to look at. Just the way the little in animation collage, was done in the opening.
- Minor Pro: Ed Theme 1 is pleasant and calm.
- The final episode, they really make their rounds.
Directing & Cinematography
- Solid directing and cinematography. It’s a quality of expectancy rather than something unique although some series just don’t require such a thing as the same with multiple films and TV.
- From time to time glorious shots are to behold.
- Main character loses his touch and become a very typical protagonist and separates himself from episode 1. However, when he isn’t a straight man he returns to becoming a complete ass-hole. “Charlotte” seems to condone the main character’s bitter and rudeness.
- In episode 6 a few more problems surface. A few gags like kicking one of the characters out of a window wasn’t particularly funny & felt like such a stiff joke. Another error was when the little sister’s attacker comes to pursue her. It wasn’t convincing enough. The delivery was very much expected. A sense of flare didn’t exist. By the end of it was a basic episode and stood out, negatively. However in light this episode is turned by a twist seen in Episode 7. Like spoke above.
- The protagonist happens to meet a key figure to the story (ZHIEND`S Lead Singer). However it’s a mediocre and cheap way these two meet.
- The turning point of goodness. The main character finds is flat. When he decides on the people in his life who were kind to him he doesn’t even think for a moment of the others in his club and just chooses Nao, to fill in a romantic void for the series.
- Medium Spoiler: Yu`s brother`s story (Shunsuke Otaka), doesn`t come into play until the last leg of “Charlotte”. Which is the most important. Then there is a weak explanation, for why he doesn`t involve Yu & Ayume in his life. Overall, “Charlotte”, could have easily been in best lead by their older brother.
- The main characters, introduced. Are extremely irrelevant, as the story progresses.
- Yu, is extremely overpowered. Which makes everything so unfulfilled.
Animation & Production Committee Choices
- Minor: CG People
5.4/10 Lows From High
‘Lows From Highs’, what this means is that the complete work of “Charlotte”, comes from well-experienced and great staff + cast. This just happens to be one of their works, that doesn`t stand up very well. Good efforts and choices, are constantly pointed out. They tried their best. “Charlotte”, ended up scoring under a 6, leaving the Fall 2015, Triple 6 Phenomenon to an end.
Below, is a the opening theme. Performed by Lia, a long time contributor to Key & Jun Maeda, works.