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  • TV-PG
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (7,838)

Charlotte is a 2015-2016 anime television series produced by Aniplex and directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. The series follows the life of a schoolboy named Yuu Otosaka, who possesses the power to possess people's bodies for a limited amount of time. The show is set in a world where a small percentage of people have supernatural abilities or powers, and thus these people are referred to as 'Ability Users.'

The story begins with Yuu Otosaka, who is a high school student with a secret ability to take over someone's body for five seconds. He uses this power to cheat on exams and get ahead in life. However, his peaceful life changes when he meets Nao Tomori, a girl at school who can make her presence invisible to others. Nao's ability involves manipulating people's memories, and she is a member of a small group of people tasked with tracking down and protecting other teenagers with abilities from the hands of the government.

Nao coerces Yuu to transfer to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities, where he meets a group of powerful Ability Users led by Tomoru, who can telekinetically move objects with her mind. Yuu quickly learns that Hoshinoumi is a safe haven for those with supernatural abilities since it is devoid of abuse, experimentation, or molestation’s by the government.

Charlotte has a multifaceted narrative, which is one of the show’s strengths. While it begins with a light-hearted spirit, the show takes a melodramatic turn as the story progresses. Yuu's condition worsens as he begins to experience severe headaches, rendering him unable to maintain his persona when he possesses someone else's body. Thus, the narrative becomes a race against time as Yuu and his friends hunt down Ability Users before the government can get to them.

Another unique aspect of Charlotte is its blend of humor and drama. The show does not shy away from using comic relief in tense situations, creating an emotional rollercoaster for the viewers. Furthermore, the characters are memorable, with diverse personalities ranging from the cold-hearted Tomoru to the quirky and upbeat Yuu.

Notably, Charlotte's animation and sound design are noteworthy. The animation studio P.A.Works, makes use of bright colors, expressive characters designs and smooth animation, making the visuals captivating. Similarly, the sound design is done impeccably, with the soundtrack composed by renowned musician Maeda Jun, whose compositions enhance the emotional impact of the show.

A critical aspect to mention about Charlotte is its theme of adolescence, as the show contextualizes the adolescence experience through the 'supernatural' lens, the different challenges affecting teenagers are evident in the show. The show speaks to the challenges teenagers encounter living in a confusing, unfamiliar world that they have to learn to navigate. It addresses the issue of isolation, trust, camaraderie, romantic relationship, and family and puts them on full display, making the show a relatable, human experience.

In conclusion, Charlotte is a fantastic anime series that blends humor, drama, exceptional visuals, and endearing characters to create an emotional journey through adolescence, highlighting the unique challenges they face. While the show starts lightly, it gradually progresses to a more emotional and serious tone, taking viewers on an emotional and unpredictable ride. Charlotte presents its narrative and themes exceptionally well, leaving viewers with a sense of satisfaction after the final episode.

Charlotte is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on July 4, 2015.

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Memories to Come
13. Memories to Come
September 26, 2015
Yu uses his plunder ability to cure wielders everywhere. Can he handle the side effects?
12. Promise
September 19, 2015
Yu spends time to interact with all his friends, and learn what is truly precious in life as a plan for how to proceed is worked out.
11. Charlotte
September 12, 2015
Yu introduces Ayumi to Shunsuke while Kumagami and Tomori are kidnapped.
10. Looting
September 5, 2015
Shunsuke fills Yu in on everything he's been up to and then divulges the true potential of Yu's abilities, offering him a way to save Ayumi's life.
The World Is Not in Here
9. The World Is Not in Here
August 29, 2015
The ZHEIND concert has arrived, but the events of the previous day have not been forgotten. What is waiting to be unlocked by the music?
8. Encounter
August 22, 2015
Nao has tickets to a ZHIEND concert, but who will she takes along? Meanwhile, Yusarin shows off her new music video, much to Jojiro's enjoyment.
The End of the Exodus
7. The End of the Exodus
August 15, 2015
Things are taking a turn for the worst. After the tragic collapse of the school building, will Nao be able to pull everyone together?
Happy You Did Not Notice
6. Happy You Did Not Notice
August 8, 2015
Yu and the team must hunt down the owner of a mysterious power know only as Collapse.
The Sound You Heard Sometime
5. The Sound You Heard Sometime
August 1, 2015
Yu and the team go camping in the mountains, trying to track down a person with the power of flight.
Moment of Earnest
4. Moment of Earnest
July 25, 2015
Yu and the team confront a young pitcher who's using his telekinetic powers to win baseball games. They figure the best course of action is to play him head on.
Love and Flame
3. Love and Flame
July 18, 2015
Yu and the team find themselves helping out a famous idol whose life is in danger after she finds out a troubling secret.
Melody of Despair
2. Melody of Despair
July 11, 2015
Yu is thrown into a position on the student council and starts his job of teaming up alongside Nao to track down toehr kids with powers.
I Think About Others
1. I Think About Others
July 4, 2015
Yu Otosaka finds he has the ability to possess anyone for five seconds. He uses it for personal gain, but an an intrepid girl with powers of her own, Nao Tomori, confronts him and tries to get him to use his ability for good.
Where to Watch Charlotte
Charlotte is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Charlotte on demand at Hulu.
  • Premiere Date
    July 4, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (7,838)