Charlotte Review — B

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Magic powers are suffering.

I tend to hate Jun Maeda stories. I thought Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters were all awful. But, on the other hand, I thought Angel Beats and Charlotte were pretty great. Perhaps the difference is that those two were originally created for anime while the rest were visual novels. I do think the visual novel format doesn’t adapt itself to anime all that well, especially the part with different arcs for the different tragic girls.

Anyway, back to Charlotte. I like the characteristic Maeda combination of goofy slapstick humor with ridiculous levels of tragedy. I think I was able to buy the tragedy here and in Angel Beats a bit more since it didn’t have the characteristic arc format of the visual novels, in which it’s just ridiculous tragedy after ridiculous tragedy all in a row. With only a single sequence of related tragedies it’s easier to accept.

I felt the ending was somewhat rushed (and also a bit too silly even for Maeda). Especially the girl whose power was courage. Talk about corny.

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The best part was, of course, when Imouto died. Sadly that didn’t last long…

  • Storytelling – B – Goofy humor and tragedy.
  • Voice – B – Quite an unusual world. Somebody really hates scientists…
  • Characters – B – Disappointed the student council faded in importance in the second half. The brother’s friends were never that well developed.
  • Attention Grab – B – Kept my interest.
  • Production – B – Looks good.
  • Overall – B

Recommendations – Angel Beats, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

7 thoughts on “Charlotte Review — B

  1. Somehow, main character engrish in the last episode was even worse than the standard english of the show (like the singer and the “foreigners”). Also I’m surprised with the russian portrait, I expected some bearded guy with a communist hat drinking vodka in the Red Square.

  2. And here I thought I was the only one happy when Imouto died… xD
    Glad you like it… but yeah seemed kind of rush… not enough time to really feel what was going on…
    🙂

  3. ultil the part with the zhe end singer I liked this show very much, the rest wasn’t really coherent, and they could have expanded some parts more; still it was very enjoyable

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