Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2013 to Mar 29, 2013
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.381 (scored by 38503 users)
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SynopsisA school love comedy. Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people's minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Kotoura-san
Side story: Kotoura-san: Haruka no Heya
Characters & Voice Actors
As a fan of romantic comedies, I'm always looking for ones with a good balance between both genres and are enjoyable to watch. At some point along the line I stumbled upon Kotoura-san which happened to have two of my favorite genres. Catching my attention, I watched all 12 episodes, and I have to say, It's not the best I have seen, but it was certainly a good brief of enjoyment and I wouldn't have minded a second season.
Story: The plot follows a young girl named Kotoura, who has the ability to read peoples minds. Due to this, it has caused various issues with her relationships, leading her to seclude herself from other people. But this changes when a boy named Manabe accepts her ability and takes an interest in her which leads to them joining the ESP club, introducing the other cast members. I found the story enjoyable to watch. It's fairly simple and straightforward, but it's not cliche either. The story starts of with a nice dose of drama, which I found shocking considering the genre of the show. It gives you the back story of our protagonist, Kotoura, and you get a feel for her character and how her ability actually had a huge impact on her as a person. It gets you emotionally connected with her, and sets you up for the rest of the story. But, despite the seriousness of the first episode, it goes straight to comedy and light-hearted scenes which get's you laughing. There were some scenes in the show that I felt were over-dramatic and exaggerated, but it added a good balance between comedy and serious moments. The plot also portrays this theme of injustice and bullying in society, which I think is realistic to our world today and it keeps the story interesting. As far as the romance goes, It's not what you would expect. The show does touch on it but there wasn't that much development, but it does go somewhere by the end of the show. It isn't literally stated that the characters are dating, nor did they kiss, but by the end they become aware of their feelings and confess to each other. The conflicts become resolved by the end too. Kotoura comes to accept her ability and she makes up with her mother who was divorced because of her psychic powers. The story overall is good, and it's charming in it's own way.
Art: The animation isn't the greatest, but it isn't bad either. I found myself comfortable with it and didn't find the show unpleasant to watch. I thought the character designs were cute, and the facial expressions of the characters were fun to watch and had me surprised. I didn't like how muroto's mouth looked, but it was certainly unique and something I haven't seen before.
Sound: The music was fine. The BGM's were a bit plain, but they were noticeable and fit the scenes. I thought the OP was cute and fun to listen to, as well as the ED. Not something you would listen to outside of the anime, but it wasn't bad.
Character: The characters weren't the most interesting, but they weren't bland, dead characters either. At the least, they are fun to watch. There was some character development too. In the beginning, Koutora resented her ability to read people's minds and even wished she didn't live. But this changes throughout the story. After she met Manabe, the rest of the cast members and formed a bond with them, you notice her becoming a little more positive and more proactive than before. She comes to accept her ability due to the support of her newly found friends, and she found her place in the world after being rejected by society for so long. All the characters are unique, with their own personalities. Manabe is the pervert of the group, adding a lot of humorous scenes. Muroto is the intelligent one, a lot more quiet than the rest of the cast. Moritani actually bullies Kotoura in the beginning, but eventually becomes friends with her and joins the ESP club. She is the most violent one of the group, attacking Manabe on occasions, adding to the comedy and light-heartedness of the show. Yuriko is the leader of the ESP, constantly making plans and watching over the group. She tries to use Kotoura at first for her own gains, but that changes by the end.
Enjoyment: Overall, Kotoura-san was satisfying and it was worth the watch. The romance wasn't what I was hoping for, but the comedy was good. If your looking for something light hearted with a good mixture of serious moments then this is for you.
Wow... Just wow. This show easily makes it onto my highest favorites. There is nothing I can truly nit pick about the show that would detract me from my rating. It took me for a ride I won't soon forget.
Story: This is among the most emotional stories I have ever had the grace and the priveledge of experiencing. I'm not lying when I say this: It deserves to be seated in the high heavens for the drama genre. Why? Haruka's backstory alone had me under emotional torture. The show itself proved how serious it can get when it wants to, and boy they wasted no time in doing so. I have never had a stronger first impression for any show of any medium (yes, even stronger than Clannad). That isn't the say the story is always dramatic; in fact the comedy was equally well done. I might have broken a lung in laughter. Even if it's the same gag, there's still the hint of freshness in that it's done differently each time in differently awkward, yet appropriate situations. Bottom line: If you have any sympathy in you, then this show will exploit every part of it. It's likely the show will crush your soul once or twice, but it also leaves you happy and satisfied. Kotoura-san is absolutely top tier in it's story, and it's not just a simple Romantic Comedy. This story is one for the ages! 10/10.
Art: It's simple, doesn't try to innovate, or invoke scenery porn all the time; but it's that simplicity which makes it very clear what we should be feeling and when.The graphics were very pleasant to watch, and I had no problem with it whatsoever (especially since I marathoned the show) .The special effects were also very pretty to look at and weren't overdone in the sense that they never distracted me from the one fantasy element the show focused on: the telepathy. The character designs were plain for the most part, but very cleanly done which is fitting for telling a story in an otherwise mundane setting. I didn't see any notably bad off modeling (QUALITY!!) during my marathon. I found all of the characters' movements to be enjoyable and sensible except for one: Daichi "fish lips" Muroto. His mouth was just too weird and strange for me to watch, and I can't see why they made that his default expression. He looks like a derp to me when he's supposed to be the smart one, and that doesn't register well with me. Still, the art overall is simple, yet elegant and vividly expressive. 9/10
Sound: The voice acting was absolutely perfect! The characters' emotions and personalities were portrayed in a very clear and concise manner on top of sounding their age. The characters' feelings can be readily felt in their voices, and each voice suited each character in each situation to excellent degrees. The opening and ending themes didn't catch on with me at first, but I grew to love them. As for the soundtrack, I didn't just hear the music, I felt it too. The classical music inspired soundtrack also accompinies the story to carry the appropriate emotions. Seriously, listen to the prolouge theme, as in right now. It is the most profound example of this phenomenon the OST can provide. Otherwise, the simplicity wins again, both in my heart and in it's catchy listening value outside the show. Pure ear candy 10/10.
Character: It's amazing how much I attached myself to the main heroine in just 10 minutes. She is among the deepest and most dynamic characters I've ever followed. Everything about her from her personality, motivations, and thought processes is perfectly justified and empathic to me. Manabe couldn't be a better foil for her, even if he tried. A guy who freely admits his perversion and an overall free and flexible thinker makes for the best long-term counter to Kotoura's telepathy in the most enjoyable way possible. Manabe may be an idiot, but his heart is definitely in the right place and he knows it! The guy definitely earns his balls as well as Kotoura's love by the end. The main supporting cast also develops surprisingly well and likable over, but some of those character's motivations were sold a bit short (I'm looking at you, Moritani, and your distaste for dojo inheritance). Muruto's neutral stance towards Mifune is also annoying and baffling to me, but not extremely so. Otherwise, the characters felt human and were dramaticly driven and they all had real power behind them. 9/10
Enjoyment: I marathoned the entire show in just one night. That alone speaks volumes how much I enjoyed this show: it was an insatiable addiction! 10/10
Overall: WATCH IT! I don't care who you are, or what genre you're normally into. Do yourself a service: drown in your own tears, break yourself in laughter, and/or just enjoy the ride. It's probably the wildest emotional roller coaster out there if you can stand seeing Manabe's perverted thoughts. 10/10 read more
- Both have a supernatural event occurring in a school setting.
- Both deal with a club/group of friends daily lives and problems they face.
- Main guy is very altruistic and is in a love triangle.
- Both are very unusual comedies that carry a lot of dramatic moments bringing out your emotions in every episode.
-Both anime deal with the characters' hidden emotions that are forced to be heard by, or from others because of a unnatural phenomenon or skill that can't be controlled by themselves.
Both series takes place at a school setting between a group of friends in their every day life. The catch? There is some supernatural elements involved in which we don't see often (if at all) in normal high school settings.
Both series involves a club where most of the main characters are part of. Together, they make the most of their school lives while dealing with drama and other incidents.
There seems to be a love triangle in both series and the main male protagonist is in the center of it all.
Both series are rare gems for their way of presenting drama and comedy at the same time. Although lighthearted, they do have emotions and pours heavy drama at surprising moments.
Well, they're both slice-of-life anime with a hint of the supernatural.
Both have romance that builds throughout the shows.
Both are generally funny, but tend to have tendencies to become very quickly dramatic, and very overly dramatic as that. If you can look past the unrealistic drama, then you will surely enjoy both of these otherwise brilliantly executed shows. :)
- love comedy(romcom)
- supernatural influences relationships
- romance are both really cute and both are fun to watch
-both series have their own dark drama moments. Kokoro Connect does this a Bit better than Kotoura-san
- Both animes are well worth the watch. I personally enjoyed kokoro connect a lot more
Both have a nice sense of romance and good grasps of the supernatural. They both have to go through tough times cooperating as a team.
A girl with a supernatural problem that causes her to lose all of her friends transfers into a new school.
A boy who is a bit of an idiot decides to make friends with her.
The girl feels she is a burden and denies him at first, but eventually warms up to the idea.
More friends join later on.
Both are heart-warming stories with cute art styles and cute relationships between the characters.
On the other hand, these slice-of-life/comedies also add quite a bit of drama and sadness that can move you to tears.
Both are basically about a lonely girl who gains a happy life with friends because of one cheerful boy.
Both of these anime have the lead girl with something "different" about them, though Kotoura-san is supernatural. and they face a lot of internal struggling with it. Both female leads have problems making friends because of this. Both anime have a male lead that tries to help her with it. Isshuukan Friends takes itself more seriously than Kotoura-san.
Both are about a lonely girl and a guy who cares for her. The two series also have the same feeling about them.
Opening Theme"Sonna Koto Ura no Mata Urabanashi Desho? (そんなこと裏のまた裏話でしょ?)" by Megumi Nakajima
Ending Theme#1: "Kibou no Hana (希望の花)" by Haruka Chisuga (千菅春香) (eps 1-4, 7-12)
#2: "ESP Ken no Theme (ESP研のテーマ)" ESP Kenkyuukai (ESP研究会) (ep 5)
#3: "Tsurupeta (つるぺた)" by Hisako Kanemoto (ep 6)
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