Hey everyone, welcome to the Charlotte review. If you are looking for new shows to try, this review will help you find if this show's worth your time.
Charlotte is an original anime series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and its story was written by Jun Maeda. The story revolves about Yu Otosaka who discovered he has powers and abused. After getting busted by a gal named Nao Tomori, he finds out there are teenagers with powers, and he finds himself joining Nao's group to help those individuals.
The strong points of Charlotte comes from the contrast of light hearted comedic interactions of the characters and then the tragic events that lay ahead in the series. The series perform a good job of making the characters likable that most folks will feel sad. In the animation department, it's a beautifully animated show with detailed scenery, but sometimes, the action during the fight scenes involving powers have a poor frame issue. As fan service, fans who have seen Jun Maeda's earlier works will see hidden references mostly from Angel Beats. Lastly, Charlotte explores themes that will leave fans up for interpretation. If you enjoy anime series and discussing about themes, you will like this one.
For the bad, I would say expectations will kill a show as it did in my experience. I seen one of Jun Maeda's work. I wanted to relive the same experiences. The show is a bit underwhelming in being tragic because it's rushed over the characters and plot due to death and how the characters resolve it. One of the deaths didn't have an impact because of details I can't go into due to spoilers. There isn't a strong sense of loss especially if you watch the series to the end, you will question why the main protagonist didn't do this. When you involved a power that change the game, it makes things feel cheap. If you enjoy happy endings over sad endings, you will enjoy this series. The music is great in Charlotte, but I only found Sala Shane's song memorable due to its bittersweet, melancholy tone. As mentioned earlier, the animation drops during fight scenes. Lastly, the series is bit confined to only 2 or 3 characters. Out of the main cast, Jojiro and Yusa don't have a lot of screen time for them to touch your hearts. While Yusa's backstory is shown, Jojiro is only a 1 dimensional character due to only his comedic antics are prominently shown. If you don't like romance that isn't fully executed, you probably won't like it in Charlotte since there was hints; however, it feels forced not natural.
I recommend Charlotte to those who like to enjoy a touching series about power, responsibility, and love. If you enjoyed X-Men, this is a different spin on how folks view their powers.
Post by graet Artiste on Oct 21, 2015 16:32:40 GMT
Comparing Charlotte to X-men as you did is justifiable. It definitely has the Japanese flavor but the premise is just about the same. The biggest differences are that there is a central character whereas the X-men never really has a single most important character overall (unlike the movies would have us believe by focusing on Wolverine). Also X-men is never-ending whereas Charlotte is a short and resolved story.
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