repost from old blog.
I don’t like the word “hype” much, as it is really overused and doesn’t really describe anything, but Charlotte, is indeed one of the most hyped anime of Summer 2015. But does the hype really have any backing? Here I’ll try to justify whether or not Charlotte lived up to the hype.
Charlotte is set in world where certain teenagers for an unknown reason gain special abilities. Our main character – Otosaka Yuu has the ability to possess someone…but only for 5 seconds. He uses his ability to cheat his way into one of the most prestigious high schools. However he soon is caught by a girl named Tomori Nao. He realizes that he is not the only one with a special ability.
When I first began watching Charlotte, I have to admit I was not impressed. Charlotte is another Key/PA Works collaboration… as well as Jun Maeda holding the pencil again. The director and sound director are also the same from Angel Beats. I watched, and I guess what I got? Angel Beats. As I wrote in my first impressions post, I hated this. People loved it for this because they all loved Angel Beats (as do I) and wanted more of Angel Beats. But I don’t want a carbon copy of Angel Beats. The story telling was completely the same. I wanted something different, something that I could differentiate from Angel Beats. I wanted something new that could stand on its own and not be a copy of something else.
This review will contain spoilers…you’ve been warned. Click here to watch Charlotte.